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Animal correspondences to the four elements

The Elements and Animal Correspondences (Ongoing List)

Across many of the earth-based traditions we see the 4 elements of wind (air), water, fire and earth. These elements are used as the pillars of ritual and magic, intention setting and worship – and they are often said to correspond to specific animals, colours, seasons,  herbs, quarters of the year, etc. While there are differing opinions out there about which elements best match with which animals, there are some that are agreed upon across a variety of nature traditions.

(You’d be hard pressed to find a group of people who argued that fish should be put into the fire category 😉 )

As I illustrate a new deck, I find myself referring back to lists of the elemental correspondences with their animal counterparts, so I’ve decided to keep a digital on-going list here. Please feel free to leave any additions that you would suggest in the comments below.

xo Chris-Anne

Element Fire Water Earth Air
Elemental Being Salamander, Djinn Undine Gnome Sylph
Other Magical Creatures Phoenix, Dragons Mermaids, Silkie Giants, Gargoyles Angels, Faeries/ Fae, Gryphon, Pegasus
Animals that correspond with each element
  • Lion
  • Tiger
  • Lizards
  • Stag
  • Fox
  • Scorpion
  • Bee
  • Cat
  • Salmon
  • Crab / crayfish
  • Dolphins
  • Whales
  • Jellyfish
  • Otter
  • Cuttlefish
  • Loon
  • Other Fish & Aquatic life
  • Horse
  • Bear
  • Dog
  • Coyote
  • Wolf
  • Deer
  • Most 4-legged animals
  • Bats
  • Dragonfly
  • Hummingbird
  • Eagle
  • Owl
  • Butterflies and moths
  • Spiders
  • Most birds and Winged Insects
Symbolism in Nature flames, lava, hot springs shells, coral, dew sticks, bones, clay, rocks, crystals, acorns, seeds feathers, aromatic flowers, incense smoke, sound

The Element of Air

Air brings with it the flowy, flittering flying things and the magic of movement and sound. Plants have an affinity for air, and the air element is masculine and intelligent.

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