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Imagine Elementals as an epic visual poem — an odyssey traditionally only ascribed to Homer describing the travels of Odysseus during his 10 years of wandering. Elementals brings to life the striking manifestations of nature’s phenomena on Apple display.

There is a pleasure in the pathless roads

nter the intangible world of wind (feng) and water (shui), positive and negative forces, yin and yang energy flows, cosmic breaths, and the interaction of nature’s elements constantly changing, constantly in a state of flux.

Everything on our planet is comprised of the first four, or the classical elements — fire, water, earth, and air. Various states and combinations of them make up our world. We get darkness and light through fire. Water gives us rain and ice, and earth gives us nature. These elements are vital for life; they make life possible, and death inevitable.

Our fascination with these elements has led to countless theories — even entire schools of thought have been created that revolve around one or more of these elements. One such area of elemental study even incorporates philosophical connections to human life, with the individual elements being associated with various personality types.

There is a pleasure in the pathless roads,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society where none intrudes,

by the deep sea, with music in its roar:

I love not man the less, but Nature more.

― George Gordon Byron

 

Tao — “the Way”

he dynamic flow of energies are enticing composites of mystical moments in the art of life. We can live in harmony within the elements of nature — balancing them — while tapping into the auspicious energy lines of the earth, and witnessing invisible but powerful energies of the natural environment at work.

The Chinese believe there are two cosmic forces, opposing yet complementary energies that shape the universe and everything in it. They refer to these dual-force energies as “yin” and “yang.” Together, yin and yang constitute a balanced whole known as the Tao —  or “the Way” — the eternal principle of heaven (male) and earth (female) in harmony.

We human beings are a microcosm and contain the same elements as those of the world: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. If these elements are working in harmony, the body is balanced.

The relationship between the elements is called the Nourishing Cycle. Water feeds the land to grow, wood fuels fire, the ashes of fire nourish the earth, the earth minerals condense to metal, and metal is alchemized back to water.

"Like the plants,
we are a complex of the right ingredients,
in the right amounts,
at the right times."
                                       ― Vladymir Rogov.

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