It took me a lot of time and contemplation to grasp the fundamentals of the elements. First, the biggest hindrance anyone can have is to link the elements to their mundane, earthy equivalents when in truth they are far bigger and all encompassing - for example Earth is not physical dirt or the globe earth, it has certain characteristics matching but "Earth" element is a combination of all the elements; Bardon writes; "All the life created can therefore be explained by the fact that all elements are active in the fourth, i.e., the earth element. Through realization in this element came out the Fiat, “It shall be”.... In addition, all elements contain a positive(+) and negative(-) trait, the positive is constructive and the negative is destructive. In simplistic, human religious theme, this could be construed as good and evil but in reality it is not a question of good or bad, it is positive or negative = polarity, that's all. What is your understanding of the Elements? Did you find it easy to fully grasp?