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The fifth element is the main symbol of the story; it is a power strong enough to combine the strength of the four elements of nature and direct it against evil. And this power is love. The fifth element stands as a symbol of love, of feeling that has no boundaries, no clear explanations, but still is exists. And through thousands of years it will stay as the most important thing worthy to fight for.
Four stones stand as the symbols for four elements of nature: water, wind, fire, and soil. Combined together they possess great power. It is not accidental that in the time of such modernized technologies and possibilities humanity once again has to turn to nature for help. It reminds people that machines cannot provide protection, it is nature that always has been the source of power, as it exists forever. And only things that exist forever, like nature and love, are of major significance. All the rest is not everlasting.
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The Elemental Stones are a group of brick-like objects that in combination with the Supreme Being, otherwise known as the Fifth Element, become a powerful weapon capable of defeating the Great Evil that threatens Earth. Throughout the film, many of the main characters, including Leeloo, Cornelius, and Zorg, search relentlessly for the stones, which are finally located by Korben inside the corpse of the slain Diva Plavalaguna.
There are four elemental stones, each representing one of the four classic elements in nature: fire, water, earth, and air (referred to as "wind" in the film). The stones appear to be a light, tan-colored clay formed into sturdy, triangular bricks with markings carved into their sides to represent their respective elements. The stone representing Air/Wind, has six waved lines engraved into the top half of the stone. The stone representing Earth has six straight, horizontal lines carved into the bottom of the stone. The stone representing Water has six waved, horizontal lines engraved into the bottom of the stone. The stone representing Fire has waved lines engraved vertically into the bottom of the stone.
Purpose and power
"Wind blows, fire burns, rain falls..." -- Leeloo, giving Korben a clue to "open" the stones
Each stone's elemental power, once "opened", contributed to the power of the Fifth Element (Supreme Being), to form the "Divine Light", a powerful weapon that is capable of destroying the dark entity known as the Great Evil. The stones power could only be accessed when placed in proper position in the temple of the Supreme Beings, with the Fifth Element in the center. The stones would then need a sample of their respective elements to "open" them, causing their powers to become accessible for use by the Fifth Element. When the stones are "opened" a small part of them literally opens on each of their triangular faces, sending a shimmering beam of light upwards and out of the stone.
The stone representing Air/Wind was opened partially when the David unknowingly exhaled on it in desperation. While the rest of the group clambered and argued as to what David did to cause it, Korben repeated Leeloo's clue and figured out how to finish the process, by blowing across the face of the stone slowly, mimicking wind. Once opened fully, a yellow beam was emitted by the Air Stone.
The stone representing Earth was opened next, when David tossed a handful of sand onto its face. A green beam was emitted.
The Water Stone was opened when Cornelius dripped a bit of sweat from a handkerchief onto its face. It emitted a blue beam.
Ruby Rhod was assigned the Fire Stone, but was not sure how to open it because he did not have any fire. In response, Korben produced a single match. After a close call with the lit match almost being blown out,Korben quickly touched the flame to the stone's face, causing it to open and emit a red beam.
After activating all the stones, Korben quickly encourages a distraught and depressed Leeloo to use what's left of her strength to create the Divine Light. At first, weak and injured from her encounter with Zorg, Leeloo is unwilling to unite the stones to create the weapon to save Earth. After viewing clips of war and their destructive aftermath earlier on the ship, and being gravely injured during Zorg's cruel assault, her rationale is that humans are ungrateful with the life they have, and she tearfully expresses this by saying, "What's the use of saving life when you see what you do with it?" Korben responds that she is right, but there are beautiful things worth saving, like love. Leeloo cannot relate to love, as she was built to protect, and not to love, and so therefore was not needed for anything other than becoming the weapon. Korben refutes this, stating, "I need you. I love you." Leeloo sobs, embracing Korben in a passionate kiss. As the Great Evil rockets into the Earth's atmosphere, with seconds to spare, Leeloo activates the Divine Light, a pure white beam of light erupting from her chest and into the oncoming Evil, neutralizing it and rendering it harmless as Earth's second moon.
- When the stones deactivate after being used, their appearance resembles the different colored Rupees from "The Legend of Zelda" video game series.
The Five Element Symbols of Fire, Water, Air, Earth, Spirit
In classical elemental systems, each element has two qualities, and it shares each quality with one other element.
Each element is either warm or cold, and this corresponds with a male or female gender. This is a strongly dichotomous system, where male qualities are things like light, warmth, and activity, and female qualities are dark, cold, passive, and receptive.
The orientation of the triangle is determined by warmth or coldness, male or female. Male, warm elements point upward, ascending toward the spiritual realm. Female, cold elements point downward, descending into the earth.
The second pair of qualities is moistness or dryness. Unlike the warm and cold qualities, moist and dry qualities do not immediately correspond to other concepts.
Because each element shares one of its qualities with one other element, that leaves one element completely unrelated.
For example, air is moist like water and warm like fire, but it has nothing in common with earth. These opposing elements are on opposite sides of the diagram and are distinguished by the presence or absence of the crossbar within the triangle:
- Air and earth are opposites and have the crossbar
- Water and fire are also opposites and lack the crossbar.
Hierarchy of Elements
There is traditionally a hierarchy of elements, although some modern schools of thought have abandoned this system. The lower elements in the hierarchy are more material and physical, with the higher elements becoming more spiritual, more rarefied, and less physical.
That hierarchy can be traced through this diagram. Earth is the lowest, most material element. Circling clockwise from earth you get water, and then air and then fire, which is the least material of the elements.
The pentagram has represented many diverse meanings over the centuries. Since at least the Renaissance, one of its associations is with the five elements.
Traditionally, there is a hierarchy among the elements ranging from the most spiritual and rarefied to the least spiritual and most material. This hierarchy determines the placement of elements around the pentagram.
Starting with spirit, the highest element, we descend to fire, then follow the lines of the pentagram over to air, across to water, and down to earth, the lowest and most material of the elements. The final line between earth and spirit completes the geometric shape.
The issue of a pentagram being point-up or point-down only gained relevance in the 19th-century and has everything to do with the arrangement of elements. A point-up pentagram came to symbolize spirit ruling over the four physical elements, while a point-down pentagram symbolized spirit being subsumed by matter or descending into matter.
Since then, some have simplified those associations to represent good and evil. This is generally not the position of those who commonly work with point-down pentagrams, and is often not the position of those associating themselves with point-up pentagrams either.
The colors used here are those associated with each element by the Golden Dawn. These associations are commonly borrowed by other groups as well.
Ceremonial occult systems traditionally depend on systems of correspondences: collections of items that are all associated in some way with the desired goal. While the types of correspondences are nearly endless, associations between elements, seasons, time of day, elements, moon phases, and directions have become fairly standardized in the West. These are frequently the basis for additional correspondences.
The Golden Dawn's Elemental/Directional Correspondences
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn codified some of these correspondences in the 19th-century. Most notable here are the cardinal directions.
The Golden Dawn originated in England, and the directional/elemental correspondences reflect a European perspective. To the south are the warmer climates, and thus is associated with fire. The Atlantic Ocean lies to the west. The north is cold and formidable, a land of the earth but sometimes not a lot else.
Occultists practicing in America or elsewhere sometimes do not find these correspondences to work.
Daily, Monthly, and Yearly Cycles
Cycles are important facets of many occult systems. Looking at daily, monthly, and yearly natural cycles, we find periods of growth and dying, of fullness and barrenness.
- Fire is the element of fullness and life, and it is closely associated with the Sun. Therefore, it's unsurprising that noon and summer would be associated with fire. By that same logic, the full moon should also be in the same category.
- Earth is in the opposite direction as fire and therefore corresponds with midnight, winter, and the new moon. While these things might represent barrenness, more often they are representative of potential and transformation; the point where the old gives way to the new; the empty fertility readies to feed new creations.
- Air is the element of new beginnings, youth, increase, and creativity. As such, it is associated with spring, the waxing moon, and sunrise. Things are growing warmer and brighter, while plants and animals give birth to a new generation.
- Water is the element of emotion and wisdom, particularly the wisdom of age. It represents a time past the peak of livelihood, moving toward the end of the cycle.
Fire is associated with strength, activity, blood, and life-force. It is also seen as highly purifying and protective, consuming impurities and driving back the darkness.
Fire is traditionally seen as the most rarefied and spiritual of the physical elements because of its masculine properties (which were superior to female properties). It also lacks physical existence, produces light, and has a transformative power when it comes in contact with more physical material.
- Qualities: Warm, Dry
- Gender: Masculine (active)
- Elemental: Salamander (Here referring to a mythological lizard creature which could burst into flames)
- Golden Dawn Direction: South
- Golden Dawn Color: Red
- Magical Tool: Sword, athame, dagger, sometimes wand
- Planets: Sol (Sun), Mars
- Zodiac signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
- Season: Summer
- Time of Day: Noon
Air is the element of intelligence, creativity, and beginnings. Largely intangible and without permanent form, air is an active, masculine element, superior to the more material elements of water and earth.
- Qualities: Warm, Moist
- Gender: Masculine (active)
- Elemental: Sylphs (Invisible beings)
- Golden Dawn Direction: East
- Golden Dawn Color: Yellow
- Magical Tool: Wand, sometimes sword, dagger or athame
- Planets: Jupiter
- Zodiac Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
- Season: Spring
- Time of Day: Morning, Sunrise
Water is the element of emotion and the unconscious, as opposed to the conscious intellectualism of air.
Water is one of two elements that have a physical existence that can interact with all of the physical senses. Water is still considered less material (and thus superior) to earth because it possesses more motion and activity than earth.
- Qualities: Cold, Moist
- Gender: Feminine (passive)
- Elemental: Undines (water-based nymphs)
- Golden Dawn Direction: West
- Golden Dawn Color: Blue
- Magical Tool: Cup
- Planets: Moon, Venus
- Zodiac Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
- Season: Fall
- Time of Day: Sunset
Earth is the element of stability, groundedness, fertility, materiality, potential, and stillness. Earth can also be an element of beginnings and endings, or death and rebirth, as life comes from the ground and then decomposes back into the earth after death.
Qualities: Cold, Dry
Gender: Feminine (passive)
Golden Dawn Direction: North
Golden Dawn Color: Green
Magical Tool: Pentacle
Zodiac Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Time of Day: Midnight
The element of spirit does not have the same arrangements of correspondences as the physical elements since spirit is not physical. Various systems may associate planets, tools, and so forth to it, but such correspondences are far less standardized than those of the other four elements.
The element of spirit goes by several names. The most common are spirit, ether or aether, and quintessence, which is Latin for "fifth element."
There is also no standard symbol for spirit, although circles are common. Eight-spoked wheels and spirals are also sometimes used to represent spirit.
Spirit is a bridge between the physical and the spiritual. In cosmological models, the spirit is the transitory material between the physical and celestial realms. Within the microcosm, the spirit is the bridge between body and soul.
- Golden Dawn Direction: Above, Below, Within
- Golden Dawn Color: Violet, Orange, White
Well, you. The robbers tortured my mother completely. Also a child for you. jokingly, Tatyana dismissed.
Element symbol fifth
I, according to the tradition that has developed recently, was the last to know everything, this was only gladdened. With this support, our chances were greatly enhanced. The plans, apparently, were also developed without my participation. Well, of course, where can I, young and stupid, offer something to experienced adults.
It remained only to watch how events unfold and, with luck, take advantage of the fruits.Fifth Element, \
Yeah. But nothing happened. Irka glanced ingratiatingly at Anya. Peace. Aren't you angry.
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It cannot be said that she was now somehow agitated. This was not her life, and she did not have to make a choice. But what Tatyana told her about could not leave her indifferent. Once she went through something similar.