Elements

Let Nature be your guide. Observe. Integrate. Thrive.

thrive wheel of the year

Nature is cycling continuously around us, from the orbit of the earth around the sun, to the pollinating patterns of bees and butterflies. We use our own Southern Hemisphere seasonal wheel of the year, dedicated to the elements of Nature, and to the pre-socratic philosophers that first brought them to our attention. We also added in the Celtic festival names for fun.

Earth

"The Octave formed a Circle and gave our Noble Earth its Form"

Pythagorus was one of the first to realise the Earth was round, but did he also know that the fundamental frequency in our atmosphere vibrates at almost an octave or 7.83 Hz to be exact?

Earth is Nature's womb, where plants and animals go to rest and restore before their next growth cycle. We are passionate about everything that comes from the Earth, and we are passionate about conserving and restoring it.

Fire

"Character is Fate"

Heraclitus was born around 530 BCE as Persia conquered Egypt. He spent his youth acquiring wisdom in the shadow of the pyramids, bringing back the concept of the Logos, the active principle governing the universe that inspired a generation of Stoics such as Marcus Aurelius. For Heraclitus, the averarching element was fire, the light of wisdom and truth embodied in material form. For us fire represents the action required to gain the critical skills for self-sufficiency.

Air

"Pneuma encompasses the world"

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For Anaximenes, Air or Pneuma (spirit) was the apeiron, that primary substance whence all natural things draw their life. The Stoics saw pneuma as the active, generative principle that structures matter and organizes both the individual and the cosmos. We feel it as that thing inside us that longs for meaning, for a return to a peaceful unity with everything. And yet whilst science has been able to peer into whole new quantum worlds of quarks and gluons, we have not yet observed Pneuma. Perhaps it can only be felt.

Water

"Know thyself"

As the world's first scientist Thales of Miletus led humanity out of mythology towards a more reasoned existence. Aside from a brilliant geometrician he was also the first to scientifically explain around 650 BCE the regularity of the seasons through the solstices and equinoxes.

Another amazing water scientist was Viktor Schauberger, who seemed to understand that water must be vitalised under implosion. Like matter, all the water ever created after the Big Bang is still with us to this day, constantly carrying our germs to the great cleansing salt bath of the oceans, before being revitalised in the atmosphere and falling as rain. For some unknown reason plants clearly thrive on rain water as opposed to regular spring water, never mind municipal water. Viktor probably knew why, we're still trying to figure it out.

"We must look into unknown dimensions, into Nature, into that incalculable and imponderable life, whose carrier and mediator, the blood of the Earth that accompanies us steadfastly from the cradle to the grave, is Water."

- Viktor Schauberger

As we gain further insights into Nature, we should try to tread lightly without ego on the earth and not take ourselves too seriously, remembering the words of the poet...

"It's your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you but no one can walk it for you."

- Rumi