Practitioners of aether magic attune themselves to the elements in order to cast their respective spells. The elemental system is based on two parts knowledge and one part belief. Attunement to an element requires intense study of the intricacies of how it works through both communion and rote memorization.
Belief plays a factor in classifying exactly what is considered an element. For instance; some Eastern cultures define “Wood” and “Metal” as elements, while Western beliefs classify them as a subset of “Earth” or not at all. On the other side, “Lightning” and “Ice” are often seen as Western elements, yet in the East they are subsets of “Wind” and “Water”.