Element of Air: Sairys (Dragons of breezes and winds)
The element of Air governs the eastern quarter of the circle. Its dragon ruler is Sairys (sair’-iss), who oversees the dragons of breezes and winds. Its color is pure yellow; it is considered warm and moist. The positive association of Air are: sunrise, spring, incense, the wand, the gong or bell, clouds, breezes, the breath, optimism, joy, intelligence, mental quickness, renewing, any kind of helpful air. Negative associations are: frivolity, gossip, fickleness, inattention, bragging, forgetfulness, windstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, destructive air in any form.
Dragons of the element of Air belong to a family of draconic beings whose subspecies include those of wind, storm, and weather. At times they join forces with the dragons of fire and volcanoes, seas and other waters, mountains and forests, and chaos. Just as no one element works totally alone, whether in magickal endeavors or physical activities, elemental dragons join their great powers to accomplish tasks. Sometimes there is conflict of elemental powers, producing great atmospheric and environmental disturbances, but mostly the elemental dragons work in harmony.
Many Vietnamese pagoda roofs are decorated at the end of the ridge poles with ch’i wen dragons (mouth drums), who swallow evil influences, and at athe eaves with the chao feng (dawn winds), who catch and distribute the good vibrations. Several of the temples in the ruins of Angkor Wat have what are known as makara dragons carved on the lintels above the doorway. These dragons carved near these sculptures, but also a metaphorical doorway, necessary for spiritual growth.