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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Oct 05, Diana Murdock rated it it was amazing.
Heirs to Elemental Power
Earth Tones by Angela Wallace is, in my opinion, her best novel yet. Now understand that her other novels are amazing, but it seems that with each title she releases, her stories are richer and perhaps deeper in texture. Her elemental characters come alive off the page and are "real" people with abilities that, though are supernatural, are not overdone or far-fetched. Nita and Keenan are elementals faced with saving a small Alaskan town from destruction of supernatural proportions. The back stor Earth Tones by Angela Wallace is, in my opinion, her best novel yet.
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The back story of their love for one another is threaded through the trials they encounter and grows stronger as the situation gets tougher. Wallace's writing style, for me anyway, is almost calming for lack of a better word , but when push comes to shove, the tension builds up and before I know it, my heart is beating faster and I'm reading at an accelerated rate. I usually read when I'm on the treadmill and my 45 minutes usually goes by totally unnoticed. Bravo once again for Angela Wallace and Earth Tones. Oct 01, Marcy Kennedy rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy-scifi.
Once again, Angela Wallace does an excellent job of bringing a richly detailed world to life. Not only does she immerse you into Nita's life in a remote Alaskan town, but her magical world is also believable and internally consistent. What I enjoyed most about this book was the multiple problems Nita faced.
She's in love with another elemental named Keenan, but thinks they can never be together.
The Stewardship Council has assigned them to different parts of the country. Even if one of them did de Once again, Angela Wallace does an excellent job of bringing a richly detailed world to life. Even if one of them did decide to leave the area they love, there's still the question of children. Because they're two different elementals, their powers will cancel each other out and any children they have would be normal humans.
While Keenan is visiting her, she's trying to help a newly-formed werewolf and get him to a pack before he harms himself or someone else. She's also facing strange maulings that she worries might first be caused by the young werewolf but soon finds are caused by something much more dangerous. And an epidemic of a strange, fatal disease is spreading through her town.
I want to keep this review spoiler free, so I won't say anything more except that Nita and Keenan discover all the problems are related. For anyone who hesitates to purchase a self-published book because you're worried you'll run into grammar problems, poor editing, or poor formatting, you don't need to worry about that with this book.
It maintains a high professional standard. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Angela Wallace. Angela Wallace. Angela Wallace has been penning adventures ever since she was sucked through a magical portal as a child. What she saw and whom she met gave birth to exciting and complex fantasy worlds where defying the laws of physics was a bonus. She has since come back down to earth, only to discover this mortal realm has magic of its own.
These different cultures and even individual philosophers had widely varying explanations concerning their attributes and how they related to observable phenomena as well as cosmology. Sometimes these theories overlapped with mythology and were personified in deities. Some of these interpretations included atomism the idea of very small, indivisible portions of matter , but other interpretations considered the elements to be divisible into infinitely small pieces without changing their nature.
While the classification of the material world in ancient Indian , Hellenistic Egypt , and ancient Greece into Air, Earth, Fire and Water was more philosophical, during the Islamic Golden Age medieval middle eastern scientists used practical, experimental observation to classify materials.
Modern science does not support the classical elements as the material basis of the physical world. Atomic theory classifies atoms into more than a hundred chemical elements such as oxygen , iron , and mercury. These elements form chemical compounds and mixtures , and under different temperatures and pressures, these substances can adopt different states of matter. The most commonly observed states of solid , liquid , gas , and plasma share many attributes with the classical elements of earth, water, air, and fire, respectively, but these states are due to similar behavior of different types of atoms at similar energy levels, and not due to containing a certain type of atom or a certain type of substance.
The Persian philosopher Zarathustra B. In Western thought, the four elements earth , water , air , and fire as proposed by Empedocles frequently occur; Aristotle added a fifth element, aether ; it has been called akasha in India and quintessence in Europe. The concept of the five elements formed a basis of analysis in both Hinduism and Buddhism.
In Hinduism, particularly in an esoteric context, the four states-of-matter describe matter, and a fifth element describes that which was beyond the material world. Similar lists existed in ancient China , Korea and Japan. In Buddhism the four great elements, to which two others are sometimes added, are not viewed as substances, but as categories of sensory experience. In other Babylonian texts these phenomena are considered independent of their association with deities,  though they are not treated as the component elements of the universe, as later in Empedocles.
The five elements are associated with the five senses, and act as the gross medium for the experience of sensations. The next higher element, water, has no odor but can be heard, felt, seen and tasted. Next comes fire, which can be heard, felt and seen. Air can be heard and felt. In the Pali literature , the mahabhuta "great elements" or catudhatu "four elements" are earth, water, fire and air. In early Buddhism, the four elements are a basis for understanding suffering and for liberating oneself from suffering.
The earliest Buddhist texts explain that the four primary material elements are the sensory qualities solidity, fluidity, temperature, and mobility; their characterization as earth, water, fire, and air, respectively, is declared an abstraction — instead of concentrating on the fact of material existence, one observes how a physical thing is sensed, felt, perceived. The Buddha 's teaching regarding the four elements is to be understood as the base of all observation of real sensations rather than as a philosophy.
The four properties are cohesion water , solidity or inertia earth , expansion or vibration air and heat or energy content fire. He promulgated a categorization of mind and matter as composed of eight types of " kalapas " of which the four elements are primary and a secondary group of four are color, smell, taste, and nutriment which are derivative from the four primaries. The Chinese had a somewhat different series of elements, namely Fire, Earth, Metal literally gold , Water and Wood, which were understood as different types of energy in a state of constant interaction and flux with one another, rather than the Western notion of different kinds of material.
Although it is usually translated as "element", the Chinese word xing literally means something like "changing states of being", "permutations" or "metamorphoses of being". The Wu Xing are chiefly an ancient mnemonic device for systems with five stages; hence the preferred translation of "movements", "phases" or "steps" over "elements. In view of the durability of meteoric iron, metal came to be associated with the aether , which is sometimes conflated with Stoic pneuma , as both terms originally referred to air the former being higher, brighter, more fiery or celestial and the latter being merely warmer, and thus vital or biogenetic.
In Taoism , qi functions similarly to pneuma in a prime matter a basic principle of energetic transformation that accounts for both biological and inanimate phenomena. In Chinese philosophy the universe consists of heaven and earth. Yin, Yang, and the five elements are associated with themes in the I Ching , the oldest of Chinese classical texts which describes an ancient system of cosmology and philosophy. The five elements also play an important part in Chinese astrology and the Chinese form of geomancy known as Feng shui.
These five elements have been associated since Plato's Timaeus with the five platonic solids. Sicilian philosopher Empedocles ca. In his On Generation and Corruption ,   Aristotle related each of the four elements to two of the four sensible qualities:. A classic diagram has one square inscribed in the other, with the corners of one being the classical elements, and the corners of the other being the properties.
Aristotle added a fifth element, aether , as the quintessence, reasoning that whereas fire, earth, air, and water were earthly and corruptible, since no changes had been perceived in the heavenly regions, the stars cannot be made out of any of the four elements but must be made of a different, unchangeable, heavenly substance. A text written in Egypt in Hellenistic or Roman times called the Kore Kosmou "Virgin of the World" ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus associated with the Egyptian god Thoth , names the four elements fire, water, air, and earth.
As described in this book:. And Isis answer made: Of living things, my son, some are made friends with fire , and some with water , some with air , and some with earth , and some with two or three of these, and some with all. And, on the contrary, again some are made enemies of fire, and some of water, some of earth, and some of air, and some of two of them, and some of three, and some of all.
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For instance, son, the locust and all flies flee fire; the eagle and the hawk and all high-flying birds flee water; fish, air and earth; the snake avoids the open air. Whereas snakes and all creeping things love earth; all swimming things love water; winged things, air, of which they are the citizens; while those that fly still higher love the fire and have the habitat near it.
Not that some of the animals as well do not love fire; for instance salamanders, for they even have their homes in it. It is because one or another of the elements doth form their bodies' outer envelope. Each soul , accordingly, while it is in its body is weighted and constricted by these four. According to Galen , these elements were used by Hippocrates in describing the human body with an association with the four humours : yellow bile fire , black bile earth , blood air , and phlegm water. The Neoplatonic philosopher Proclus rejected Aristotle's theory relating the elements to the sensible qualities hot, cold, wet, and dry.
He maintained that each of the elements has three properties. Fire is sharp, subtle, and mobile while its opposite, earth, is blunt, dense, and immobile; they are joined by the intermediate elements, air and water, in the following fashion: . The elemental processes form the basis of the calendar , astrology , medicine , psychology and are the foundation of the spiritual traditions of shamanism , tantra and Dzogchen. Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche states that.
In addition, the elements are correlated to different emotions, temperaments, directions, colors, tastes, body types, illnesses, thinking styles, and character.
From the five elements arise the five senses and the five fields of sensory experience; the five negative emotions and the five wisdoms; and the five extensions of the body. They are the five primary pranas or vital energies. They are the constituents of every physical, sensual, mental, and spiritual phenomenon. The names of the elements are analogous to categorised experiential sensations of the natural world. All five elemental processes in their essential purity are inherent in the mindstream and link the trikaya and are aspects of primordial energy. As Herbert V. Thus, bearing in mind that thought struggles incessantly against the treachery of language and that what we observe and describe is the observer himself, we may nonetheless proceed to investigate the successive phases in our becoming human beings.
Throughout these phases, the experience das Erlebnis of ourselves as an intensity imaged and felt as a "god", lha setting up its own spatiality imaged and felt as a "house" khang is present in various intensities of illumination that occur within ourselves as a "temple. This is to say, since we are beings of light we display this light in a multiplicity of nuances. In the above block quote the trikaya is encoded as: dharmakaya "god"; sambhogakaya "temple" and nirmanakaya "house". They were seen by early alchemists as idealized expressions of irreducibile components of the universe  and are of larger consideration within philosophical alchemy.