Classical Ancient Element Symbols
Fire element is considered to be the first element that was born when the universe was created. It was commonly associated with the qualities of energy, assertiveness, and passion. Fire can give warmth and enable life, and it can also burn and destroy. In the spiritual plane, Fire stands for Light and in the physical plane, it is the Sun or Flame. The element symbolizes incredible energy, activity, creativity, passion, freedom, power, love, vision, anger, strength, will, assertiveness, courage and dynamism.
It is associated with the Summer season and its corresponding direction is South. The symbolic representation of Fire is a triangle pointing upwards.
Water is accorded cleansing power. It is symbolic of dreaming, healing, flowing, fluidity, purification, regeneration, stability, strength, change, fertility, devotion, receiving, and unconditional love. It symbolizes death as well as rebirth. It is life-giving, but can also be destructive. Fresh Water stands for life and good health, while polluted/stagnant Water is symbolic of bad health.
It is associated with the Autumn season and the West direction. An inverted triangle is the symbolic representation of the Water element.
Air (also called Wind sometimes) is often seen as a universal power or pure substance. It is associated with breath of life, and attributed with cleansing power. Air symbolizes communication, intelligence, perception, knowledge, learning, thinking, imagination, creativity, harmony and travel. This source of life can also, at times, become a force of terrible destruction.
Air is associated with the Spring season and its corresponding direction is East. The Air symbol is an upright triangle with a horizontal line going through it.
Earth is one of the classical elements, in some systems numbering four along with air, fire, and water. The Earth element has cleaning power. It symbolizes prosperity, fertility, stability, orderliness, groundedness, sustenance, creativity, physical abundance, nourishment, solidity, dependability, security, permanence, intuition, introspection and wisdom.
The season related to Earth is Winter and the associated direction is North. The element is symbolically represented by an inverted triangle with a horizontal line running through it.