The fire element, often credited as coming directly from the sun, represents light, heat, energy, and the power of transformation.
According to Ayurveda, a holistic healing system, the fire element is the generator of energy in our body. It gives us the ability to digest food, but also to process visual information, thoughts and ideas.
In Chinese astrology, where each element is associated with a season, fire represents summer—the time of the year when fruits are growing, when flowers are blooming, when we feel most energised and creative.
In Nature, water appears in various forms. Oceans, rivers, glaciers, lakes, swamps, clouds, moisture, are all sources of water. Water is also present in our physical body: on average, 60% of a human adult body is water.
Water is never completely still. It flows, and it can take up the shape of anything it is contained in. The water element therefore symbolises our ability to adjust to our environment, to come up with creative solutions, and to overcome obstacles—either by eroding them away over a long period of time, or by removing them forcefully, like a tsunami.
According to Ayurveda, the water element is connected to emotions and it is most clearly felt in the pelvis. In Latin, the word ‘pelvis’ translates to ‘basin’, a container holding liquid. When we hold on to our emotions, they are often stored in this area of the body. We can let go of them by opening the hips through specific yoga postures.
Earth is the element of stability, stillness, and potential. It is the most solid form of energy, and our physical body—the densest part of our being—is made of this element.
Therefore, to connect with the earth element, we need to learn to honour and respect our body. By engaging with our body at this deeper level, we are able to become more grounded. This anchor, or sense of stability, gives us the confidence to step out of our comfort zone and grow.
The earth element is also associated with beginnings and endings. In Chinese Astrology for example, the energy of earth represents the pause between the rising and descending elements. It is that brief period, in between seasons, where no change is needed. Nature is still, taking a rest ahead of the next cycle.
Air is intangible and without permanent physical form. It is often associated with creativity, lightness, freedom, and new beginnings.
In our body, we often associate this element with the air we breath. But according to Ayurveda, air is also present in the blood circulation process and in the nervous system, and it gives us a channel for communication and self-expression.