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.
The Green Mother’s Book of Shadows