Different esoteric traditions, for example yoga or magic distinguishes 5 fundamental elements of Genesis: earth, water, fire, air, ether (earth, water, air, wood, metal). To define what element dominates in a certain object/substance we can take a look the table below.
|Element||Properties and conditions||Substance condition||Organs and functions||Disorders|
|Passivity, inactivity, hardness, ability to retain form, unyielding; material.|| ||Solid substances: bones, teeth, nails, gristles, muscles, tendons, skin, hair. Immunity, regeneration. Nails fragility, brittle and lifeless hair, poor immunity, problems with stool, long period of regeneration.||Nails fragility, brittle and lifeless hair, poor immunity, problems with stool, long period of regeneration.|
|Plasticity, fluidity, flexibility, susceptibility, velocity.|| ||Liquids: gland secretions, mucous membrane, blood plasma, cytoplasm. Velocity of metabolic processes.||Dry skin, metabolic disease, varicose veins, laziness.|
|Mobility, motility, lightness, desire to fill the whole space; changing.|| ||Blood circulation, respiration, thinking, hearing, evacuation function.||Irritability, overactivity, disorders of respiration and/or blood circulation.|
|Energy, power, warmth, light, hot.|| ||Digestive system, metabolism, intellect, body temperature, eyesight.||Poor or over-active metabolism, disorder of thermoregulation, intellect, feeble muscles.|
|Life||Death||Alive||Dead||Balance, spirit perfection, harmony, wholeness.||Kind and malicious thoughts, actions and way of life.|
|Moving, well-coordinated, integral, alive.||Motionless, immovable, fixed, isolated, incomplete, partial, dead.|
As an example of different conditions of one and the same substance let’s take water:
Earth – ice, fire – mixture of ice and water, water – water, air – steam, ether – hydrogen + oxygen.