In The Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation), the author, believed by many to be Abraham, tells us that four things correspond to each other: These are:
The Creation (and I submit it is referring to the spiritual creation) – The Pattern.
The Universe (physical creation) – being a Macrocosm.
The Year (the seasons of earth) – another Macrocosm.
Man – (his body) – Being a Microcosm.
What this great book is teaching us is that the creation was done in a certain way, and an illustration, or example of that pattern can be seen in the universe.
We read regarding the physical creation how dimension was added, and the elements were inserted and divided:
“These are the ten spheres of existence out of nothing. From the spirit of the living God emanated air, from the air, water, from the water, fire or ether, from the ether, the height and the depth, the East and West, the North and South.” 
This is the creation of the “Universe” or the “macrocosm.” Created first as air, the air divided-off water (mud), which created fire. Fire and mud, with air mediating between them. Just like the seasons, hot and cold with medium between them.
In the Microcosm:
“…in the Soul are fire, water, and breath. The head is created from fire, the belly is created from water, and the chest, created from breath, decides between them.” 
These three regions of the body can be thought of as corresponding to the three degrees of glory. People live their lives from the belly, their hearts, or their minds.
“We have learned that when the blessed Holy One created the world, He formed the lower world on the pattern of the upper world, corresponding entirely to one another, and this is His glory above and below.”
Don’t our very lives correspond to water, air, or fire? Or, a Telestial law, a Terrestrial law, or a Celestial law?
 Kalisch, Chapter 1:9
 Scholem, Chapter 3:5
 The Zohar, Daniel C. Matt, Standford University Press, Vol. III, Pg. 261.