Working the Magick of the Four Elements in the Western Mystery Tradition
By David Rankine and  Sorita d’Este

"The four elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth exist as spiritual essences, as philosophical concepts, as energy states and as a tangible physical reality."

Working magick with the elements helps to connect us to the tangibly present natural powers in our physical world, whilst at the same time returns us to the building blocks of magick by rooting our feet in the material world. Since Empedocles formalized the system in ancient Greece in the 5th century BCE, the four elements have become an integral part of the Western Esoteric Tradition – passing from ancient Greek magick through the Qabalah & Grimoire Traditions into modern derivative traditions of ceremonial magick and paganism.

In Practical Elemental Magick the authors provide an unprecedented combination of research and techniques for working the magick of Air, Fire, Water and Earth, as well as information on the spiritual creatures associated with each. The Elemental Gods, Archangels, rulers and other types of elemental beings (including Sylphs, Salamanders, Undines & Gnomes) are discussed and explored.
Both the spiritual and physical aspects of the four elements are considered, together
with how they interact with each other and their appropriate uses for magickal work. The creation and use of Elementaries (Elemental Thought Forms); Elemental Tools, the Elemental Tides and correspondences are all considered in detail, together with previously unavailable original ritual & meditative material including the Unification Rite, the Inner Talisman, the Elemental Pyramids, the Elemental Magick Circle & the Elemental Temples.

In mastering the four elements within & without we master ourselves, bringing the external forces of the natural world & the internal forces of our existence into harmony.

2008, 188 pages. Paperback & Kindle editions available.
ISBN 978-1-905297-19-1
B&W 5.5 x 8.5 in or 216 x 140 mm (Demy 8vo) Perfect Bound on White w/Gloss Lam

Practical Elemental Magick by David Rankine and Sorita d'Este

  • Elemental Magick
    The Four Elements
    Elemental Interaction
    Exploring The Elements
    The Unification Rite
    The Elemental Archangels
    The Elemental Beings
    Elemental Tides
    Preparation For Ritual
    The Elemental Tools
    The Magick Circle Of The Four Elements
    The Elemental Pyramids
    The Elemental Temples
    The Inner Talisman
    Invocation Of The Archangels
    The Elemental Deities

    Four Or Three Plus One?
    Symbols Of The Four Elements
    Elemental Fragrances
    The Elements And Minerals
    The Elements And Plants
    The Elements And Animals
    Names Of Power
    Intonation Of Words Of Power
    License To Depart
    The Pentagram
    Other Systems Of Elements
    Elements In The Zodiac
    Dealing With Vexatious Elementals

    Further Reading

  • Sorita d’Este has been experimenting with ways of walking on the liminal since she was a child, exploring along the way many pathways of experiencing magic, mysticism and religion.  Her own personal practice integrates aspects of Hellenic (Greek), Egyptian and Hermetic practices with a lived Orphic inspired philosophy, and experience gained in Initiatory Craft, traditions preserved in Italian, French and British grimoires and other contemporary esoteric teachings of the East and West.

    More on her website at

    David is an author, researcher and qabalist based in Glastonbury, UK.  He is the author or co-author of numerous books published by Avalonia, including The Complete Grimoire of Pope Honorius, The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet, A Collection of Magical Secrets, The Book of Treasure Spirits, The Book of Gold, Climbing the Tree of Life, The Cosmic Shekinah, Practical Qabalah Magick, The Isles of the Many Gods, and The Guises of the Morrigan.


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