The Elements

The Elements As The Rhythm Of Nature and Life

The Elements As The Rhythm Of Nature and Life

 

While the Goddess and the God provide balance and harmony to the earth, the foundation of nature and human life are represented by the elements. There are five elements (spirit, air, water, earth and fire) that symbolize the phases of matter. They are represented in the pentagram and are an important part of any Wiccan ritual and/ or other magickal workings.

Earth is a feminine element that symbolizes stability, nurturing, protection, fertility and growth and is represented by the north point of the compass.

Air, represented by the east point of the compass, is symbolic of the soul, our thoughts and the breath of life. With it comes wisdom, the spiritual connection to nature and the powers of the mind. Because of its lightness it can carry way negative energy such as worry, anxiety, fear etc.

Fire is a masculine element that represents energy. It symbolizes destruction and creation, healing and harming. It destroys the old and give birth to new life. It represents passion, energy, sexuality and authority and occurs on the south point of the compass.

Water is the feminine symbol of purification. It represents cleansing and healing and is marked by the west point of the compass.

Spirit is what unites all the other four elements. Where the others can be represented by compass points and physical earth elements, spirit is in the mind. It is the binding force that exists in everything that comprises the universe.

 

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 Wicca :Wicca Beginner’s Guide: How To Incorporate Witchcraft, Wiccan Beliefs, Magic And Rituals Into Your Life.
Alice Campbell

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Let’s Talk Witch – The Element Of Air


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The Element Of Air

 

Air is the element of the intellect; it is the realm of thought which is the first step toward creation . Air is the clear and uncluttered pure visualization and movement, the impetus that sends the visualization toward manifestation.

Air rules spells and ritual involving travel, instruction, freedom, wisdom, recovering lost items, and discerning truth. Air can also be used to develop the psychic faculties. Air is a masculine element, being dry, expansive, and active. It is the element that excels in places of learning and which is at work while we theorize, meditate, and explore all possibilities. Air rules the East the greatest light of wisdom and consciousness. Its color is yellow of the sun and its season is spring. Air governs the magic of the four winds most divinations, concentration, and visualization magics. Air is symbolized today by a wand.

One caution – Air magic can be as unpredictable as the Four Winds themselves. The Winds are thought of as being four different types, corresponding to the four cardinal points of the earth, each possessed of its own magical virtue and contain magic that are best used for certain types of spells and rituals.

The four winds are at least superficially related to the elements of that cardinal point, and it is important to also remember that in speaking of which wind to use, it is the direction the wind is blowing from, not the direction that it is blowing to that is to be called upon.

The North Wind is the wind of death, not necessarily of physical death, but the elimination of negativity, bad habits, or harm.

The North Wind blows from the direction of winter and snows , it is dry and barren, thus paves the way for spells of destruction, breaking, banishing, and cleansing. While the North Wind does share some of the magical qualities of Earth, it is dry and not favored for fertility or prosperity magics, though it can be greatly effective in healing. Its color is the black of midnight. Also note in the Southern Hemisphere the South Wind would have these characteristics. The East Wind is that of freshness, renewal, life, strength, power, and intellect.

The East Wind is a warm bracing wind that blows from the point that the Sun makes His fiery appearance in the morning, the Moon and stars make her glowing appearance , shining in the evening. It’s the direction of beginnings, new life, and the new beginnings that occur after the Workings of the North Wind.

The heat is that of the Sun and the spark of Creation, and the East Wind is best utilized for spells and rituals that involve dramatic improvements, behavioral changes, and spells and rituals involving growth in intellect, knowledge and wisdom. The East wind is related to the element of Air and is represented by the pure white of the light of the Moon.

The South Wind is a hot fiery wind. Symbolically it rules the high time of the sky, when the Sun or Moon is at their zenith, the time of greatest light and heat. Because the South Wind is related to fire its magic covers the same ground of passion, will, change, and sexuality. The South Wind can be used for any type of magic and when it is blowing it is a good time to do your Workings.

Since this wind is strong and hot, spells performed are assured of an extra jolt of power. However, be warned that fire, even the diluted fire of the south wind can be dangerous if mishandled. The color of the South Wind is the yellow of the Sun. Also note in the Southern Hemisphere the North Wind would have these characteristics.

The West Wind blows cool and moist, and may convey a hint of rain or mist as it washes over the land. It is a fertile, loving force which is gentle, persuasive and symbolically rules the between times of between day and night, when the world seems at a standstill and is holding its breath; and the landscape of muted colors and cool breezes; the best times of all to perform magic, more so if the correct wind happens to be blowing.

The West Wind is related to the element of water thus love, fertility, healing and anything to do with emotional well being flow from that quarter. The energies are especially excellent for cleansing or purely religious rituals. The West Wind is a welcome relief after the dry hot fiery winds of the South. The West Wind is represented by the blue of the sky just before all light fades.

Charting the Winds is best done by a weathervane or a windsock, the latter being inexpensive and easily crafted by your hands and energy for your workings.

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WOTC Extra (1b) – Ways of connecting with Water


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Ways of connecting with Water

Probably the most powerful way to attune to the energies of Water is to immerse yourself in it.

Swimming in any natural body— ocean, lake, river or pond— is an ideal experience of communion with nature, but this can be a far-away or even unattainable luxury for many people. A pool can also do the trick, as can a relaxing soak in the bathtub. The next time you’re immersed in Water, notice the feel of it on your skin and the difference in the way it feels to move your body.

Of course, it isn’t strictly necessary to be completely immersed in Water to be in tune with its energy. Dipping a toe or a foot into a stream, taking a refreshing shower, or even running your hand through a bowl of water also forms a direct connection, as does appreciating a long, cold drink of water to quench a thirst. Water is also experienced through sight and sound—walking along a river or spending time on the beach gazing out at the waves is calming to the body, as is the sound of rain or small waves quietly lapping a shoreline or a river bank. Even recordings of water sounds can help bring people more in touch with their inner selves! As mentioned previously, the calm surface of a bowl of water or even a pond or lake can be used for scrying— Water can speak to you through images, just like clouds and fire. Wherever you encounter

Water, be in gratitude for its healing , cleansing, purifying, and nourishing qualities. Allow it to help you open up to the unseen and mysterious forces at work in the Universe— both in yourself and in those around you.

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WOTC Extra (1a) – Do You Have A Water personality


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Do You Have A Water personality

 

People with Water as a dominant Element are the most naturally psychic of all the Elemental personalities.

Even if they don’t realize the source of their intuition and intense feeling, they can be incredibly sensitive to the moods and energies of others, whether those people are in the same room, or, in the case of those they’re emotionally close to, very far away on the physical plane.

Water people tend to have a deep understanding of the makeup and motives of the human psyche, and make for good healers and listeners. They are generally creative types, with mystical leanings and an appreciation for the sensual. The energy of Water allows them to be more at home in their emotions than others, which is essentially a prerequisite to being an artist of any kind. Water people love to be in love, and are immersed in the connections they form with others.

The challenges of carrying Water energy include intense emotionality and difficulty maintaining psychic boundaries.

Water people can be overly sensitive, to the point that

they are essentially immobilized by all of the stimuli around them and risk drowning in other people’s emotions and energies. Depression can be a recurring issue for Water people, as can obsession with wanting to know the unknown before such knowing is possible. Indeed, a drawback of the high levels of psychic activity in Water is that they get accustomed to accessing information unavailable through the usual five senses, and they can get stuck seeking answers to questions they just aren’t meant to have answered at the time. They may also unintentionally give away too much of their power to negative people who feed off their kindness and loving natures, and thus become drains on the energies of others.

Some natural Water bodies are stagnant, which, while beneficial for some life forms, is unhealthy for humans to drink . Likewise , Water people can succumb to laziness and lethargy if their energy frequencies are too low. Earth energy is a good starting point for Water people who need balance, as the ground can absorb excess Water. Fire, Water’s opposite, can shed light into the shadows, raise the frequency, and brighten the mood.

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Let’s Talk Witch – The Element Water


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The Element Water

 

Water shares with Air the ability to move easily, and is the shape-shifter of the Elements. Also like Air, it inhabits physical realms we can’t access, in the form of the deepest depths of the oceans and the glacier-covered extremes of the North and South poles.

Water covers most of the planet and manifests in a dizzying array of forms, from the smallest raindrop to an unfathomable tsunami. Essential to the makeup and survival of all living things, Water is nourishing and often soothing, provided we’re not tumbling in the rough surf of the ocean or getting drenched in a torrential rain storm!

Water can be completely still or in constant motion, can appear to disappear completely as it joins with Air, and can change to solid form. Its ability to exist in three different states of matter is a testament to the mutability and flexibility of Water. Water will always take the shape of whatever contains it, be it a cup, a pipe, or a depression in a rock. Indeed, it always follows the path of least resistance, as seen when rivers create new pathways in the Earth to get around physical obstacles. Water is powerful— it can flood dry land, extinguish Fire, and when combined with Air can it even dissolve metal over time— but it is also cleansing and purifying.

Water’s ability to flow connects it to the realm of human emotions, demonstrated most physically by tears of sadness and joy. The phrase “welling up” is sometimes used to describe a sudden onset of tears caused by emotion. Water is also associated with psychic abilities, as is the Moon, which links to Water through the push and pull of ocean tides. Sensitivity and intuition are related qualities of Water, as are romanticism, generosity, and empathy.

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WOTC Extra (1b) – Ways of connecting with Air


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Ways of connecting with Air

The simplest , most instantly available method for attuning to the energies of Air is through conscious attention to our breath. There are many different meditative breathing exercises, practiced in a range of spiritual and healing traditions, that are worth exploring for their many health benefits. But you can also simply sit with your eyes closed and notice how it feels to breathe.

Another way to spend some time with Air is to watch how individual leaves on a tree interact with the breeze. Anyone who has paid attention knows that leaves and branches don’t all move uniformly in response to the push of wind—although in particularly strong winds, this may appear to be the case. Most of the time, if you watch closely, some branches will bend lower than others, and some leaves will flip and flutter much more vigorously than others. Observed in this way, the unpredictable intricacies of Air’s movements can be fascinating.

Simply focusing your attention on how Air feels on your skin can be reenergizing, particularly on a hot day when a cool breeze comes sweeping in, even for just a moment. Burning incense is another potential way to bring the positive qualities of Air into your awareness. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area that offers views from high elevations, spending some time in such places is great for refreshing your perspective . Mountain locations are ideal for this kind of communing with the Air Element, but rooftops, particularly on tall buildings, can also work wonders. Finally, resurrect that childhood habit of looking for shapes in the passing clouds. (If you never did that as a child, make up for it by starting now!) Notice the pace at which the clouds are moving, whether crawling or racing across the sky, and how their shapes are in constant flux, even when they appear to be relatively still. Cloud-gazing can, with practice and intention, become a powerful method of divination for those able and willing to receive information in this way.

Even when the wind blows hard enough to cause inconvenience, and even though temperatures may be too hot or cold for your liking, be sure to appreciate and thank the Element of Air for its effortless availability in sustaining your life.

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WOTC Extra (1a) – Do You Have an Air Personality?

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Do You Have an Air Personality?

 

Air personalities People with Air personalities tend to enjoy a higher degree of emotional detachment and objectivity than those with other dominant Elements.

Their “ bird’s eye view” on life can help them see patterns and possibilities that others can’t, and thus avoid the pitfalls of short-sightedness or “stuckness” that people with other personalities might struggle with. Air people tend to have very active minds and feel at home in the realms of abstract thought. They have a knack for discovering new ideas. They are socially energetic and take an interest in the ideas of others, but their dynamic nature and need for movement and free expression may keep them from hanging around in one place for any length of time. They don’t want to miss anything by being
away too long from their regular, broad-perspectived perch.

The challenge for Air people, then, is to balance their flightiest , high-level energies with more grounded, fixed energies, or else all of that intellectual potential may stay unmanifested in the material world. Just as having one’s “feet on the ground” is considered a positive attribute, we tend to speak of having one’s “head in the clouds” as something to avoid, at least for too much of the time. “Flighty” is another descriptive word with less-than-positive connotations to describe people who seem to lack focus or substance. Air people need to learn to appreciate the value in being still, as well as being in touch with their emotions, which can often be an uncomfortable realm for them. Getting regular exercise can help them move some of that mental energy to the rest of the body, creating a balance that allows those Air qualities to manifest in more grounded ways.

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Let’s Talk Witch – The Element of Air


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Air

In contrast to the visibility of Earth, Air is the Element that we cannot really see at all.

We experience it mostly through our tactile and audial senses, feeling the strength and temperature of a breeze, or hearing the howl of the wind during a storm. Of course , we are in constant interaction with Air via the breath, even though most of the time we’re not conscious of it. In fact, you might say

Air is the Element we notice the least, unless and until we don’t have enough of it! Air is a traveling energy, not limited to the ground-level perspective of Earth inhabitants, but free to rise and move over great distances. Air inhabits vast realms we have no access to, though recently we’ve been able to glimpse Air’s domain via planes, helicopters, and space shuttles . Because its light density renders it relatively “immune” to gravity, the energy of Air is detached and instantly changeable . Though its quality can be tempered by the presence of the other Elements, Air cannot ever be truly contained.

Air carries sounds and scents from nearby locations, and so informs us about our surrounding environments. We also communicate by pushing air through the lungs and throat in order to speak or sing. Air energy is therefore associated with the qualities of intellect, mental clarity, and communication, and represents the source of knowledge and ideas. It is also the Element of imagination and inspiration— indeed, we speak both literally and figuratively of “needing fresh air” when our indoor environments, or our lives, have become stagnant. We also talk of surprises as coming “out of thin air” or “out of the blue,” as if to recognize the link between the invisible forces that influence our lives and the air itself.

 

 

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