When it’s all said and done, I think we will find out that water has a great deal more power (magic) than we thought. I have said this before, but it bears saying again. Water is the hidden mystery. If there is one thing that can show us the direct hand of the Great Alchemist, it is water.
Of the four powers--water, earth, air, and fire--water possesses three. It is, first and foremost of course, water. It is the element of liquid, and there is no need to expound upon its being of the realm of Water. But with a temperature change, it becomes solid. Now this is not just a façade of being “solid,” this is the real deal. Ice has an ordered crystalline structure and is considered a mineral. Water increases in volume when frozen due to hydrogen bonding. These bonds form hexagonal crystals, and that is of the realm of Earth.
|Caught in the act!|
With yet another temperature change, the ice releases its mineral qualities and becomes gaseous, as you can see in the photo. The ice was caught in the act of transmutation, and that has the Great Alchemist stamped all over it. Suddenly the particles have become vastly separated, and now the water enters the realm of Air. Now as elemental gas, the water is free to take on the qualities (and magic) of air.
The only realm it has no command over is the realm of Fire. At least, not that we know of, although I am confident that one day we will see water has been entering that realm all along. Until then, it is important to note that the realm of Fire directly affects water, allowing it to transmute to different realms. Indeed, without the realm of Fire (temperature change), water would be imprisoned. It is fire that gives rise to water.
They are really not opposites when you think about it, but complementary friends. Without the fire, the water is imprisoned. Without the water, the fire is ultimately destructive and consumes itself. This is all greatly simplified, of course, and run through the biased lens of an eccentric writer.
What provides the electrical impulse to begin with? This is one of the ongoing questions of In Pursuit of Maine, although it necessarily takes the background against the beauty of the great outdoors. The impulse is hidden everywhere and is most likely to be found in nature in its simplest forms. The simpler, the better. The quest continues.