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Understanding the Elements – A Key To Understanding Yourself

Despite its wide diversity, all personalities can be classified according to the four primordial elements or “tattvas”: Fire, Earth, Air and Water.

The Four ElementsWe have all five elements present in our structure although in different proportions. This inspired some psychologists to develop a theory about different personality types. For the purpose of better understanding the basic rules of reality though, it is more practical to abandon that type of division and instead adopt a more generic one inherently related to the features of each of the elements. Usually there is one leading and one supporting element, while the influence of the other two is less significant, although it’s not an absolute rule.

You can easily recognise one’s leading element by its distinctive features, expressed through one’s behaviour, attitude and also voice.

The tattva transmitted through our voice is the representation of the leading Element(s) of us as individuals.

The Element of Fire

Fire is a strong, forceful, straightforward and self-confident element which can be immediately recognised through speech. A representative of the Tattva of Fire can happily do without a microphone. He or she will express their opinion in a straightforward, loud and vivid way. If they meet an obstacle they will scream and shout trying to deliver the message. Fire thinks fast and will jump into a dispute with no hesitation, even if they don’t have sufficient knowledge about the subject matter.

The Element of Earth

The Tattva of Earth is calm, practical, self-conscious and always talks business. They will explain their thoughts in a rational, cold and sometimes monotonous way and their speech will be filled with facts and proven data. Unlike Fire who will be more than happy to deliver an impromptu speech anywhere and at anytime, Earth hates surprises and needs time to think things through and be perfectly prepared. They will usually like to rehearse their role or speech beforehand and it is highly unusual for the Tattva of Earth to raise their voice.

The Element of Air (Metal)

He who speaks the Tattva of Air will hold a conversation on slightly higher tones – like a breeze of wind in high mountains. He will express his thoughts in a clear, precise and engaging manner. He knows how to hold a pause for greater effect and is a master of metaphors and allegories. He will always find the perfect descriptive word and come up with the right words at the right time. Beware of his eloquence though – the Tattva of Air, when missing real data is easily capable of making it up on the spot. He is a good speaker with an incredible memory, capable of quoting endless authors and explaining things with such clarity and detail, that few questions will be asked afterwards.

The Element of Water

The voice of the Tattva of Water sounds like the murmur of a stream combining the maximum of emotions with the minimum of information. In that voice one can hear both the whisper of the sea or the squelch of a bog. Water doesn’t have the pragmatic stability of the Earth or the clarity of breeze or the bright energy of fire. When confronted, water flows quietly around to avoid any obstacles, giving evasive answers in a manner which may be charming, although often unintelligible. The Tattva of Water is usually incapable of putting together or delivering a well-structured and ‘punchy’ speech – and because they know that Water types tend to loathe public speaking.

Below are some examples of typical reaction of representatives of different elements to various life situations.

Example 1: Missing a bus.

Fire: Seeing the bus leaving, he curses out loud and runs after the bus! And catches it!

Earth: He is NEVER late for the bus. Or in fact anything else, ever. He know it takes exactly 7,5 minutes to get from his home to the bus stop and he plans everything in advance. He organises his life by the clock.

Air: Who cares about the bus? There always will be another one. Or a taxi. Or  we can walk. Or… wait, is it a bookshop over there? Let’s go to the bookshop instead!

Water: “Again! Why such things always happen to me, out of all people..? Even the stupid bus seems to hate me… Life makes no sense…” He will then be waiting quietly at the bus stop, listening to some relaxation music and thinking sad thoughts.

Example 2: Buying a car.

Fire: A car must be A – fast, B – flashy! Red is the best. He buys a car he can’t really afford and says he would think later how to pay for it. He also loves car racing.

Earth: Buys the most reliable car, maybe a jeep or a Volvo, or a Mercedes – probably of some dark colour. Good quality is key. He will compare hundreds of websites, feedbacks and all the available data on the car, before he makes his decision. He will plan in advance, how to pay credit and when exactly he will pay it all off.

Air:  He will get something cheap second-hand, or buy a car from a friend – as long as it doesn’t fall apart it will do! It can be missing a few details like seats or the windows may not open properly – but hey, it can take him from A to B.

Water: He doesn’t want a car and he doesn’t like driving. He thinks a bicycle is much nicer… He will buy a car under the pressure of his family, not the colour and model his fancies, but at least big enough to fit the children, dogs and shopping inside. He will then be driving it around feeding unhappy about the whole thing. The only thing he will like will be the amazing acoustic system, which means he can listen to his favourite music all the time.

Example 3: Going on holiday

Fire: He will leave booking till the last minute, to discover that the options he wanted are no longer available. He will then pay extra and get cross about it. A holiday must be in the most fashionable place possible or involving lots of physical exercise.

Earth: After a good research, he will book a complete package including the flights, accommodation, insurance, taxi and all city trips – a year in advance. He will know exactly how much he is going to spend, what food to avoid while abroad and what places are worth seeing.

Air: He will go somewhere with his friends, the destination is not as important as a good company. Camping in Glastonbury would do nicely. He likes going to places he hasn’t seen before and tries to pick up some foreign language while there. He may suddenly get inspired to see the Himalayas, buy a last-minute ticket and leave the next day. Air LOVES travelling.

Water: He wants to visit some places with deeper meaning, like old shrines in India or some forgotten sanctuary in Tibet. He usually won’t be able to afford it, though, as he’s already given most of his money to his ‘friends’ who keep asking him to lend some, and despite they usually don’t pay back, he can never say ‘no’. Trying to find a cheaper holiday option he will be hesitating for ages, until he eventually decides that staying at home with a book is a wonderful alternative. He may write a poem about faraway lands instead.

It is very helpful to know your leading element, because the tattva you are connected with is your additional course of energy, a loyal friend and supporter. You can channel the energy of elements for your own needs.

For example, if Water is your element – take a shower when you are feeling exhausted and you will feel immediately rejuvenated. If your leading element is Fire, even a small candle flame can be very helpful for you (but mind you, Fire is VERY rarely tired.) For Air, use the energy of wind – go for a walk in a windy place and you will feel great, especially, if a storm is drawing near. And if your element is Earth – mountains and caves will be your paradise, but if you can’t travel that far, a walk barefoot in your own garden will give you the energy you need.

P.S. Your leading element will also determine what kind of methaphysical science (or magic) will be your domain. Air will be the strongest in verbal magic (or NLP), water – in hypnosis and meditation and so on.



  1. Narcheska says:

    Brilliant article! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Thank you! Please feel free to share ❤

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