THE SUMMER ISSUE 2013
DRENCH YOUR SOUL
Water, together with Wind, Earth and Fire, is one of the four known basic Elements representing the substance of the world. The ancient Greek philosopher, Thales of Miletus, concluded that water was the beginning of all things and the first of all elements and most potent because of its mastery over the rest.
In Taoist tradition, water is considered an aspect of wisdom. The concept being that water takes on the form in which it is held and moves in the path of least resistance. Ancient Egyptians believed their beloved (and heavily relied upon) Nile river was akin to the birth canal of their existence. To the early Native Americans who graced the arid plains and southwestern regions of North America, water was a valuable commodity and considered to be a symbol of life.
Water has been known to symbolize the following:
My relationship with water is intimate. As a child I frolicked in the fascination of buoyancy. With the Colorado River as my literal front yard, I knew the power water had over me and embraced how something so simple could make me feel so alive. I also understood that man often controlled the river - I feared the water’s force and wept over it’s vulnerability.
Water is also a reflection of the power of transition. From liquid, to solid, to vapor - water is the epitomic symbol for metamorphosis...profound change. The Summer Issue of Élan humbly honors this transparent, odorless, tasteless, yet precious liquid known as water. Our pages celebrate life’s transitions, explorations, and adventures. From cooking to glamping and from bathing to hiking, Élan finds complete joy in drenching your soul with our Summer content. All you have to do is dive in!
Darci Hansen - Founder
Editor in Chief