There are different orderings of the four (or five) elements, and in the 12 banners system, for example, every possible ordering is examined. In the doctrine of the Four Elemental worlds, sometimes overlaid on the Tree of Life, there are two common orderings which will be covered below.
Traditionally, according to most doctrines you will encounter, Fire always comes first, followed by Air then either Water or Earth. (Spirit, whence from Fire arises, self-created, does not come into being, its essential nature is unborn and eternal and is usually assigned the place of Ain Soph Aur when the Four Elemental Worlds are aligned along the Qabbalistic Tree of Life.) It depends on whether we are descending by gender or by generation. In the generation descension, Fire and Water come out first, because they are the oldest. In gender descension, Fire and Air come out first, because they are male in nature. Heaven precedes Earth in that lineup of elements. In all Alchemical discussions, Being precedes Matter. Since you’ll run into at least 2 predominant arrangements for *four elemental worlds* with virtually no rational explanation for either of them, it can be difficult to trust which one is real or useful.
Getting clear on this topic is vitally important since this is where the magickal universe begins; this is our *starting assumption* from which all other 4-elemental rationales proceed. Indeed the Tree of Life itself is built upon these starting assumptions, yet there has been almost nothing published in the form of a coherent thesis explaining why the Four Elemental Worlds might align one way vs another. What I will now reveal is one for the history books, a powerfully lucid and relevant solution. (This article is for members only, to continue, click “Join us” on the left to learn about applying for membership, otherwise, if you are already a member of The Abrahadabra Institute, click here to go to the full article.)