The elements of nature have been shown starkly by some, since the forces that concern can trigger (and unleashed) disasters such as floods, earthquakes, eruptions and hurricanes. However, the generalized tonic is the represent them under a beautiful and mysteriously symbolic worship filled with romanticism, which for many is the first inspiration that come already from the earliest times of the creative man, nature always. As well we have seen in paragraph marks Toth Tarot, long before Plato thoroughly analyze these four archetypes in his very important work philosophical Timaeus, the wise Toth and his initiated alchemists used them to classify the different forces of nature and the cosmos. These four forces, because, like many other things, come the primordial Egypt (or the mysterious civilization that Toth departed), and not could have given more than themselves in the cultural history of civilizations. All cultures, ancient and modern, use them in a way u another. Often find them deidificados or personified, as in the Greek deity Poseidon, Lord of the seas. Christianity, as we see in the world (XXI) of the Tarot of Marseilles deck, fit them for their four evangelists under the symbols of the lion (San Marcos, fire), the Eagle (San Juan, air), del toro (San Lucas, Earth) and angel (San Mateo, water) However, as it could not be otherwise, in cultures with more respectful of nature and related beliefsas the Buddhist or Celtic, which we’ll discuss later, where the four elements have assumed tremendous importance.
With the passage of centuries, and despite the inevitable and confusing contradictions, associations that Toth had been set and their Greek assimilation Hermes enacted, these being the most common throughout the West. In the Middle we can find some modifications, all four of Earth, air, fire and water are renumbered the five Taoists of Earth, water, fire, metal and wood. However, in some styles of life cultural and philosophical Orientals as Zen, the four elements of the West can be studied without any alteration.