I'd really love to know how people feel about this concept, and if I can provide information on how to change the standard application of ritual, would you be willing to try it.
The thing that keeps nagging me is that Fire is not an element. Fire is technology and a chemical process.
Earth, Air, and Water...they are elements. Fire is not.
"But fire comes out of the earth in volcanoes, and when lightning strikes things".
Yes it does. Which is exactly my point. What causes fire to come from inside the earth is Friction. The excitation of electrons from surface to surface being converted into thermal energy. The EXACT same process of charged particles in clouds is what causes the buildup of negative electrons to overbalance and seek a grounding and pull positive particles into a line (strange force) and then discharge in a thermal exchange that makes a brilliant flash of light in the form of perfect electron fire.
Now consider this. The entire foundation of Natural Magic is translating one energy into another for work. Fire can do this, but fire does this at a rather massive cost imbalance.
Electricity does work at a significantly improved return rate on cost.
And the next thing to consider is the Ancient Batteries...(Baghdad battery) Why did the Egyptians, Etruscans, and other ancient people have clay batteries. What would they use batteries for? We know it isn't electroplating gold.
Well my theory is that they were doing magic. And the batteries were driving a low voltage Climbing Arc, or Jacob's Ladder.
You've seen them in old movies and cartoons, two wires in a V shape and a spark of electricity traveling between the two wires upward.
Now here is the really interesting part to me. You need Earth, Air, and Water, to create an acidic electrolyte that can create electricity.
In a battery you have an acid, an alkali, and oxidation, to facilitate the transfer of electrons. A copper anode, iron diode, provide the earth, lemon juice, grape juice, or vinegar provide the acid, air oxidizes the mixture and creates electricity.
Now take two very thin copper rods and point them in a V out of the top of that clay battery and you get all your ritual elements in one place AND you get very powerful energy climbing up the rods and dispersing into the atmosphere to carrying your intentions, and your magic, out into the world.
Is it possible this is why magic is so much more difficult now? because we are using an "element" that is so inefficient and not the right element in the first place.
Is it possible so many ancient rituals were done in skyclad circles with swords as a way of drawing in lightning and grounding it to drive group magic?
A group of people, holding hands, being wet and barefoot would actually stand a real chance of being hit by lightning and not harmed at all.
What do you think?