Fire is thought to have been born when then universe was first created yet it cannot exist on its own - it is associated with having transformational and purifying powers, consuming impurities and driving back the darkness. While it can emanate warmth and light to enable life it can also burn and destroy. The fire element is symbolic of: extraordinary energy, strength and power; passion, vision and creativity; freedom, love and devotion; and confidence, courage and vigor.
Water is the element of emotion and the unconscious, constantly flowing, with much of its activity happening below the surface. It is tangible and can interact with all of the physical senses. While it is life giving, water can also be destructive - fresh water represents vitality and good health, stagnant water is emblematic of sickness and affliction. The water element is symbolic of: a dream state, fluidity and change; healing, purification and regeneration; fortitude, balance and stability; and fertility, adoration and unconditional love.
Largely intangible and without permanent form, air exudes a conscious intellectualism that represents the breath of life; ultimately it is the source of life. Air is constantly in motion, even when it cannot be seen. The air element is symbolic of: perception, consciousness and communication; intelligence, broad knowledge and wit; deep thinking, creativity and imagination; harmony, cooperation and friendship; and a penchant for travel and exploration.
The earth is stable and reliable, yet constantly working and moving. It is the element of beginnings and endings, or death and rebirth, as life comes from the ground and then returns to again become one with it after death. The earth element is symbolic of stability, groundedness and solidity; fertility, prosperity and physical abundance; permanence, dependability and security; creativity, imagination and resourcefulness; and intuition, introspection and wisdom.