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Empedocles, a fifth century BC Greek philosopher, originated the terms Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. He explained the nature of the universe as an interaction of two opposing principles called love and strife manipulating the four elements. He stated that these four elements were all equal, of the same age, that each rules its own province, and each possesses its own individual character. Different mixtures of these elements produced the different natures of things.
Most philosophers and alchemists also believed that the four elements exhibited itself in man as four varying natures and that one was more prevalent in each individual than the other three. An individual leaned more to one particular type rather than possessing equivalent amounts of all four. Empedocles said that those who have near equal proportions of the four elements are more intelligent and have the most exact perceptions.
Update #3! April 15th, 2008: The introduction text and test results text were both taken from a series of websites I cannot remember the names of or links to. I take no credit whatsoever for the text of the introduction and test results, that that text is credited to its respective author(s). The test questions and how they match up to the results were created by myself, however, and are based off of my analysis of the result texts and my general (and very limited) understanding of astrology and personality. Update #2! January 10th, 2007: Almost two years after I created this test and I STILL get mail about it. Just a reminder - mail sent regarding this test is ignored. I appreciate the feedback, but unnecessary and, to be honest, a bit annoying. Don't let this stop you from enjoying this test! P.S. I also fixed some overlooked minor mistakes and one odd contradiction. Updated! April 25th, 2005: Many new and wondrous changes have been made to the test structure and questioning. The test is now structured so that Fire is no longer the most common result. All "homophobic" references were also removed (although I am still not sure how any of them were "homophobic," but whatever). Retake the test if you have already taken it before...hopefully it will be much more accurate than before! Remember that negative comments regarding this test that are sent to the author are ignored, so do not waste your time. Thank you.