following diagram gives a layout of the
eight possible elemental combinations. The seasonal cycle and the elements
they embody determine these combinations. As the diagram shows, Fire
cannot combine with Air because Winter and Summer are at opposite times
of the year. Similarly, Earth cannot combine with Water because Fall
and Spring are at opposite times of the year.
| As an example, if a person's
Spirit came into their body within fifteen days before the Fall Equinox
we would say they are Air over Earth or Air/Earth. Air being their primary
element and Earth being secondary. If, on the other hand, they came in
within fifteen days after the Fall Equinox, they would be Earth over Air,
or Earth/Air. The primary element is the energy that the person abides
in; the secondary element is the energy they are pulled toward. Therefore,
an Air/Earth person abides in Air energy and is pulled down toward the
grounding influence of Earth, whereas, an Earth/Air person resides in
Earth energy and is pulled upward toward Air.
It is common for people to accept one of the elements they embody and to resist the other. In addition, we often times interact harmoniously with people of certain elemental make-ups but find ourselves in conflict with people embodying other elements. As we push away part of our nature, we tend to cling to other parts. This dynamic seems to keep us caught up in struggle. Unconsciously, we play this opposition out in our interactions with other people as well as our relationship to money, work, our home and our bodies. Most of us are not consciously aware of this dynamic or how to deal with it effectively. We simply find ourselves attracted to, struggling with, or avoiding certain types of people or situations again and again. The elements teaching can help us to understand why we feel compelled to do this.