The Cross and the Four Elements

by dvogel on February 15th, 2014

As many other things the cross, that the Christians have chosen as the symbol of their religion, is a stolen symbol used in many of the ancient religions. One of the most famous is the Ankh of ancient Egypt which symbolizes the soul manifested in the physical body or the four elements. The Christian Romans chose as well to use the cross, however first in the 4th century AD they depicted Jesus on the cross and gave us a little hint to the occult meaning. In many paintings and art of the cross they have put the inscription I.N.R.I which they now explain to be “Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum” meaning “Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews”.

Within occult Christianity this means the following in Hebrew:

IAMMIM - Water – A great part of our body is water.
NOUR - Fire – Body heat, the red blood cells.
RUACH - Air – Or energy which makes us able to control our body.
IBESHAH - Earth – Which is our flesh ”Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust”.

The cross is the four elements with Jesus representing the soul manifested in the physical body, like it did with the Egyptians.

However the Christians are not the only ones to have copied the reference to the four elements, some have just done it a bit differently.

 Filed under: Religion, Cross


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dvogel: A little more cross symbology from

the grand master of occultism:

It may be helpful to understand the symbol of the Cross as this "world soul" which then becomes married, in a sense, to ones own soul that progressively sees itself mirrored "in the world." . Through studying the dynamics of nature and conceptualizing it within the mind, one comes to further understand his or her own soul very deeply. These two "souls" are rather like the Twins, or Lovers, of Gemini, represented by the Lovers card in Tarot. These Lovers may also be seen as the conscious and subconscious pillars of ones being, the two arms of the Cross. One arm is conscious (mind, ego, spirit, identity, personality), and the other is subconscious (the body, the physical, the soul, the world, the DNA). There are many ways one could look at this and describe it, this is not the only way, but through seeing the dynamic "torque" pattern of the Swastika as symbolic of astrological modality, the conscious and subconscious aspects of being undergo what may be considered a "wedding," where harmony between the inner and outer can be struck through this marriage of seeming opposites.
The two arms of the Cross are like a magnet, and one might also consider the two pillars of the symbol of Gemini, ♊, the Lovers, as being a tuning fork. One is dependent on the other. As depicted in the Lovers card, the male figure is holding a spear and the female figure is holding a cup. This symbology of the spear and cup, or the "I" and the "O" is discussed further below. The "I" may be likened to the suits of Swords and Wands, the masculine polarity (Will), whereas the "O" may be likened to the suits of Cups and Disks, the feminine polarity (Love). The balance of polarities is further symbolized, among other things, by the snake and the egg in the Lovers card, and also by the mobius strip with a single edge that is both inside and outside.

The cross pulls and attracts the same kinds of things to an individual over and over again that require alchemical refinement and distillation. Here we find the endless repetition of the Thanatos complex as discussed on the Cross of Elements page, but there is a positive Eros side to the process as well. Even though the same kinds of things may get pulled to an individual over and over again, by understanding their process more deeply they may transmute the seeming friction of those very same "oppressive" archetypal movements into cathartic, healing and ultimately highly creative expressions.

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