[ Under Re-Construction for completeness ]

"I have often been asked, almost accusingly, why I speak of four functions and not of more or fewer. That there are exactly four was a result I arrived at on purely empirical grounds. But as the following consideration will show, these four together produce a kind of totality. Sensation establishes what is actually present, thinking enables us to recognize its meaning, feeling tells us its value, and intuition points to possibilities as to whence it came and whither it is going in a given situation..somewhat like the four points of the compass..provid[ing] a system of comparison and orientation..." [Italics mine]

From Psychological Types (1976 Edition: paragraph 958-59) by C. G. Jung (1931)

You will enjoy your visit to this site if you are skilled at two techniques which you can learn here. I suggest that you print out this page so that you can learn them at your own pace.

The first technique is called "semantic baskets," and the second "maats." Both are archeological-type skills for uncovering the 5 elements in various people's narratives and graphics. If you learn these 2 techniques, you will appreciate and understand when and where authors have communicated the five elements as a content or as a template for their ideas.

Semantic baskets is an analytical filter for sifting through writings. Maats is a synthesis device for templating the results. Semantic baskets and maats are the finding and cleaning of 5 element "artifacts." "Show and tell" is for the museum. Later, I will show you how semantic baskets and maats work together in a section titled [["Humor and Charm"]]. No humor or charm now. Here you're working with your hands and focused like at school. Learning to follow directions is no joke either.

Words enclosed within a pair of double brackets like this
  • [[-term-]]
indicate a potential link to another webpage. If nothing happens when you click on the term inside the brackets, your mouse went to lunch; actually, the activation is being deliberately delayed for reasons that you'll understand when you're older.

Semantic Baskets : Read the whole next paragraph before doing anything. Yes, read the whole next paragraph before doing anything. That's right, read the next whole paragraph, all of it, before doing anything


Read the sample poem below. Write down any word that identifies something, each word under the last chosen. I'm going to call the words you choose "poem words." No pronouns, no adjectives. The poem words should be in a single column on the far left of a ruled sheet of paper. After you have made a column of poem words, draw 6 lines down the paper, equally spaced, to create 6 blank columns to the right of the far-left column of the poem words. If you can't draw a column free hand, use the edge of a ruler or book. At the top of each empty column write one category word in this order : Earth, Air, Water, Fire, Space, and Time. Six columns, six words. The historical significance of this verse will be discussed in [[ "The Bread Recipe." ]].

Sample poem [[KJV Psalm 24: 4]]

"(S)he that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his(her) soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully."


End of reading the whole paragraph. Now get those little hands busy doing what I asked you to do above.

Next Step in learning Semantic Baskets.
Now, review the list of poem words you've chosen, and place a check in one of the column categories that best fits each poem word you picked out. For example, if one of your poem words was "dirt", then you would put a check in the "Earth" column. (Yes, I know that "dirt" was not in the poem; and I'm sorry your pencil broke.) Do all the poem words, and when you are done, scroll toward the bottom of this page to see the correct answers. If you cheat, where you're sitting will smell like cat urine FOREVER.

Having done the semantic basket exercise, you're now ready to make your first maat. The word "maat" rhymes with "dot" if pronounced as one syllable, or if pronounced as two syllables "Ma-at," the second syllable rhymes with "dot." This may be a new word for your vocabulary unless you've already read some [[ Ancient Egyptology ]]. If you haven't, all you need to know is that [[ Maat ]] is the Force of Nature's Order, a Universal Force of powerfully savvy goodwill. Yeah, cat urine is just a sample of what she can do. Every pharaoh had to swear allegiance to her above all the Gods and Goddesses upon coronation. May the Force be with you has been around for a very long time.

To make a maat, simply draw a horizontal line across a vertical line and then draw a circle around them to make a wheel. Draw a small hub wheel in the center of the crossed axis of the lines. The larger wheel is thus 4 quadrants, which you will number 1 thru 4 , staring with the top-left-most quadrant and numbering clockwise. The small hub wheel in the center of the crossed axis of the lines is number 5. Thus you have a number maat, Maat 1, one of the 7 Maats used as guides in maat making. You can learn about these guide maats in the sections below, and visit the stars themselves in the links provided.

    Now that you have a template for a 5 element cluster, can you make a maat for your poem words of Psalm 24:4? Hint : use the number maat as a guide; start with "earth " in quadrant 1. Compare your maat with the maat's on the [[ Home ]].

    You're done for now, you little burro. Jump the answers to see what you've learned.


    The correct matches are :

    • "hand" - earth,
    • "sworn deceitfully" (i.e. words, mind) - air,
    • "heart" - water,
    • "soul" - fire,
    • no words to choose - space
    • no words to choose - time
    In this exercise you have been taught that a 5 element cluster seldom appears in its "home base" garb of the natural 5 element cluster "earth/air/water/fire/space(-time)." And, you notice that not every match is perfect, but you can still "connect the dots" like a good scientist to see the pattern.


    So this what you have learned on this page:

    • A 5 element cluster is a schema, a cluster of variant synonyms.
    • Each term in the variant group is a synonym of its base term in the natural five element family. The natural five elements family is "earth, air, water, fire, and space/time." Their order, and gender, differs from culture to culture.
    • The variant synonyms are all conditioned to be what they are by the context of the schema's appearance.
    • Five elements clusters (schema) appear in the Bible. Proverbs has a mother-load of them. The more you find, the more you see them.
    • Not every match is perfect, but you can still see the pattern.

    © 2008 Clay Moldenhauer