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Author Topic: Magickal Tools and Elemental Symbolism  (Read 3105 times)
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« Reply #2: February 02, 2009, 11:25:35 am »

So, in light of the different takes on the tools' elemental correspondences, I was interested in hearing some arguments in favor of a particular set of correspondences.
I am not commenting the main topic, only two other things that you mention on your post.

If you look at it from a Tarot Standpoint, Swords is related to Air, while Wands is Fire.  And of course, the associations of swords applies to athames by extention, even though they are more specific.

You mention the Tarot Standpoint on elemental associations. There isn't really such, but several different tarot traditions. Originally the tarot suits were cups, swords, batons and coins (not wands and pentacles!). They had no inherent elemental associations because you can't find such things in centuries old tarot decks. People have later designed tarot decks with elemental associations. They simply added the associations that they thought were correct or appropriate. That's why there are decks with different elemental associations. You are likely thinking about Rider-Waite-Smith and Thoth decks, but there are different systems like El Gran Tarot Esoterico, too.

The Four Treasures of Ireland held by the Tuatha de Danaan are supposed to include a sword that represents air . . . or at least that is the association given to it nowadays.

I have heard that elemental associations of The Four Treasures are an invention of the 19th century. I hope someone more knowledgeable can comment this.
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