Settling The Manor At Tara: part 5

Part 1: Introduction 
Part 2: Models and Mandalas of Contemporary Initiation
Part 3: The Provinces and Their Attributes
Part 4: The Masters and the Treasures
Part 5: Elemental Attributes
Part 6: Thelemic Initiation Through The Provinces
Part 7: Afterword

Part 5: Elemental Attributes

We are not offered directional attributes in these descriptions of the masters or great teachers from the four cities, though we can perhaps come towards an understanding through the four treasures of the Tuatha de Dannan and how they are attributed to this circle in the Western tradition. In a lot of contemporary western esotericism including the Golden Dawn, Wicca, neo-Druidry and most post Golden Dawn Magic and certainly in post Golden Dawn magick, we have come to an elemental attribution of air in the east, earth in the north, water in the west, and fire in the south. Working from this tradition one might surmise that the sword is found in the east, the stone or lia fal is found in the north, the cauldron is found in the west, and the spear in the south.

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While satisfying if we disregard the provincial qualities, there are some jarring correspondences when we consider them.

However we find a different directional and element correspondence in some thelemic rituals, and a switch is described in the Vision and the Voice. We can see some allusion to this also in the Thoth tarot, in comparing the positioning of the four tetramorphs there, and in previous decks. This switch involves placing air in the North, and earth in the East. If we also invert the related treasures, we get lia fal, the stone of destiny in the East (the place of prosperity) and the sword in the north (the place of battle).

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 This also offers a pleasing correspondence when we take into account the four typologies of Jung we initially used to frame our discussion, with intellectual discernment or thinking in the north and air, and sensation in the East in the element of Earth. How we place and use the masters, cities and weapons are idiosyncratic to how we work, based on some of these considerations, and from practical experience and experimentation. For those walking the path of forming a modern synthesis, mileage may vary in terms of these correspondence sets, and some may be idiosyncratic to how we use them, and we encourage individual exploration and meaning maps.

Part 1: Introduction 
Part 2: Models and Mandalas of Contemporary Initiation
Part 3: The Provinces and Their Attributes
Part 4: The Masters and the Treasures
Part 5: Elemental Attributes
Part 6: Thelemic Initiation Through The Provinces
Part 7: Afterword