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WOTC Extra – Elemental Correspondences & Elemental Herbs

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WOTC Extra – Elemental Correspondences & Elemental Herbs

ELEMENTAL CORRESPONDENCES

EARTH:

Feminine Element

North

Green

Rules Spells dealing with fertility, jobs, money, business, health, ecology, and stability.

AIR:

Masculine

East

Yellow

Rules spells dealing with memory, tests, intellects, divination, psychic powers, and travel.

FIRE:

South

Red

Rules spells dealing with success, sex, banishing, illness, protection, legal matters, strength, energy, health.

WATER:

Feminine

West

Blue

Rules spells dealing with love, friendship, meditation, healing, dreams, childbirth, clairvoyance, and purification.

 

ELEMENTAL HERBS

Activator: Mistle toe, Mandrake, Dragon’s Blood

Banishing: Black Willow, Hellebore

Beauty: Catnip, Ginseng, Maidenhair, Yerba Santa

Courage: Cohosh, Mullen, Thyme, Yarrow

Divination: Broom, Dandelion, Hibiscus, Meadowsweet, Orris, Pomegranate, Mugwort, Dragon’s Blood, Black Willow

Employment: Devil’s Shoestring, Lucky Hand, Pecan

Friendship: Lemongrass, Sweetpea, Passionflower

Happiness: Catnip, Hawthorn, High John the Conqueror, Lavender, Meadowsweet, Morning Glory, St. John, Witch grass

Healing: Adders Tongue, Bay, Blackberry, Burdock, Cedar, Fennel, Garlic, Hops, Horehound, Life Everlasting, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vervain

Health: Caraway, Galangal, Juniper, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Rue Sassafras, Tansy

Love: Apple, Basil, Betony, Chamomile, Coltsfoot, Copal Damania, Gardenia, Jasmine, Verbena, Meadowsweet, Moonwort, Poppy, Raspberry, Rose, Violet

Mental Ability: Eyebright, Horehound, Mustard Seed, Periwinkle

Protection: Acacia, Ash, Broom, Datura, Dogwood, Elder, Foxglove, Rowan

Psychic Ability: Borage, Honeysuckle

Purification: Sage, Benzoin, Copailm Iris, Thistle, Vervain, Yucca

Sleep: Agimony, Chamomile, Hops, Lavender, Passionflower, Pepper, Valerian

Spirituality: Frankincense, Gardenia, heather, Sandalwood

Strength: Carnation, Mulberry, Pennyroyal, Oak, Saffron

Success: Cinnamon, Patchouli, Chamomile, High John the Conqueror Root

Wisdom: Bodhi, Iris, Sage, Yew

Goddess: Willow, Moonwort, Hawthorn

God: Holly, Mandrake, Buckthorne

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Creating An Artificial Element

CREATING AN ARTIFICIAL ELEMENT

The elemental Spirits of Earth are the Gnomes.
The elemental Spirits of Air are the Sylphs.
The elemental Spirits of Water are the Undines.
The elemental Spirits of Fire are the Salamanders.

1- Decide on the purpose and do a divination to determine the outcome. If it is positive, proceed to number two.

2- Perform the Opening by Watchtower.

3- Imagine that you are the element which you wish to from into an artificial element. Hold your hands nine to twelve inches apart, palms facing each other. Now imagine a bottle or box between your hands. Next, as you exhale, visualize all of the element you are working with going out with your breath and being trapped in the container between your hands. Do this until the container is
literally bursting with elemental energy.

4- Take your hands away and let the container float in front of you. Pick up the tool associated with the element with which you are working. Put the end of the tool against the visualized container.
Say:
“I hereby name thee ________.
Go thou and do (whatever you wish it to do).
When you have completed this task, disperse and reunite with (name of element)
everywhere and harm none on your way.
If thou hast not completed thy task by (date and time), then disperse
nonetheless and reunite with (name of element)everywhere and harm none on your
way.
So mote it be!
Be on thy way!”

5- Perform the Closing by Watchtower.

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Elemental Magick – Water

ELEMENTAL MAGICK – WATER

The elemental Spirits of Water are the Undines.

Mastering the element Water…

1- Make a list of things which have the combined qualities of being cool and moist. Practice this for one week. Be sure to record the results each day in your magickal diary.

2- Remove your clothes and enter a bath or pool where the water is cool. If you have access to a lake or river, this would be best. Also, it would be good if you could get a swimming snorkel so that you can breathe while completely submerged beneath the surface of the water. Obviously, this would be difficult to do in a small bath tub or in a shallow pool, but if you have access to a snorkel and have a place where you can be totally submerged, you will have the quickest success. Once you are submerged as much as possible, and if you are completely submerged, breathing comfortably through the snorkel, do the relaxation ritual. Next, become very aware of your breath. As you do this you will find that your breath will automatically slow down. Notice the way the air feels as it comes in through the nose, down the air pipe and into the lungs. Feel this. Once again, imagine that your body is nothing more then an enormous breathing apparatus. If you experience any sort of “drowning sensation”, stop immediately and try again later. You should do this exercise for one week.

3- Spend a period of up to three minutes (no more), once a day, imagining that you are the element Water. Feel the fluidity, the coolness, the refreshing moisture of the elemental waters. Know what water feels like, what water is. Do this for one week.

4- Once you have learned to “be Water”, the next step is to control the element Water. Take a moment and imagine yourself to be Water. Bring the feeling from the previous exercise into your consciousness. Next, hold your hands 9-12 inches apart, palms facing each other. Imagine a bottle or box between your hands. Now, as you exhale, visualize all of the Water element which is in you going out with your breath and into the container between your hands. Three to five breaths
should be enough to fill it. Then, with three breaths, inhale it back into you and go back to normal consciousness.

THE TEST
The next time you feel hard headed, overly tense, or like you muscles are hard as a rock, do this exercise. If you feel relaxed and reasonable, you have succeeded with the test AND with mastering the element Water.

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Elemental Magick – Fire

ELEMENTAL MAGICK – FIRE

The elemental Spirits of Fire are the Salamanders.

Mastering the element Fire…

1- Make a list of things which have the combined qualities of having heat and dryness. Be sure to record the results each day in your magickal diary. Do at least daily for one week.

2- Find a place that is extremely hot, such as a desert or a dry sauna (not a steam bath). If those are not possible, find a place where a roaring fire is going. Such a fire could be in a fireplace or a barbecue pit or grill. Remove all of your clothes, or as much as you can, and get as close to the heat source as possible without risking a burn. Once you are in a position where it is uncomfortably hot, but not painful or unbearable, do the relaxation ritual. Focus on your breathing. Again imagine that you are a huge breathing apparatus. Do this for a short while, usually ten minutes. Do not spend any time longer then that. Do this exercise at different times of the day or night for one week.

3- Spend a period of up to three minutes (no more), once a day, imagining that you are the element Fire. Feel the heat and your ability to transmit the heat. Know what Fire feels like, what Fire is. Do this for one week.

4- Once you have learned to “be Fire”, the next step is to control the element Fire. Take a moment and imagine yourself to be Fire. Bring the feeling from the previous exercise into your consciousness. Next, hold your hands 9-12 inches apart, palms facing each other. Imagine a bottle or box between your hands. Now, as you exhale, visualize all of the Fire element which is in you going out with your breath and into the container between your hands. Three to five breaths
should be enough to fill it. Then, with three breaths, inhale it back into you and go back to normal consciousness.

THE TEST
The next time you feel listless or have a total lack of energy, do this exercise. If you feel energized and revitalized, you have succeeded with the test AND mastering the element Fire.

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Elemental Magick – Earth

ELEMENTAL MAGICK – EARTH

The elemental Spirits of Earth are the Gnomes.

Mastering The Element Earth….

1- Make a list of things which have the combined qualities of dryness and coolness. However, don’t to this just out of your head. Rather, make a list of Earth things that you see each day. Practice this for one week. Be sure to record the results each day in your magickal diary.

2- Find a place filled with nature, such as a field or park. Wear as little clothing as you can (if possible, nudity is best), and sit or lie on the ground so that as much of your skin as possible is touching the ground. This is especially easy for women, as they can simply wear a flowing skirt with no underwear and sit on the ground with the skirt spread out. Spend some time contemplating, feeling the coolness and dryness of the Earth. You should do this at least three times within a week.

3- Spend a period of up to three minutes (no more), once a day, imagining that you are the element Earth. Feel the heaviness, the slowness, the coolness and dryness of Earth. Feel the way you can absorb the pains and problems of the world (however, do not actually do so). Become Earth. Do this exercise for at least a week before moving to the next exercise.

4- Once you have leaned to “be Earth”, the next step is to control the element Earth. Bring the feeling from the previous exercise into your consciousness. Next, hold your hands 9-12 inches apart, palms facing each other. Imagine a bottle or box between your hands. Now, as you exhale, visualize all of the Earth element which is in you going out with your breath and into the container
between your hands. Three to five breaths should be enough to fill it. Then, with three breaths, inhale it back into you and go back to normal consciousness.

THE TEST
The next time you feel lightheaded, overweight, just heavy and lethargic, do this exercise. If you feel lighter and better, you have succeeded, with the test AND with mastering the element Earth.

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Elemental Magick – Air

ELEMENTAL MAGICK – AIR

The elemental Spirits of Air are the Sylphs.

Mastering the element Air…

1- Make a list of the things which have the combined qualities of warmth and moistness. Practice this for one week. Be sure to record the results each day in your magickal diary.

2- Find a place where you can be alone, take a lounge chair along with you. Wear as little clothing as you can (if possible, nudity is best), and sit or lie in the chair. Begin pore breathing. This is started by doing the relaxation ritual. Next, become very aware of your breath. Become aware of the slow in and out motion of the physical air. Notice the way the air feels as it enters your body. Now imagine that your body is nothing more then a huge breathing apparatus. Imagine that every part of your body only has the function of breathing. You should do this exercise daily for one week.

3- Spend a period of up to three minutes (no more), once a day, imagining that you are the element Air. Feel the lightness, the giddiness, the warmth and moisture of Air. Feel how physical things don’t seem to matter. Do this exercise for only one week, NO MORE. If you wish to do it again, only do it once a month.

4- Once you have learned to “be Air”, the next step is to control the element Air. Take a moment and imagine yourself to be Air. Bring the feeling from the previous exercise into your consciousness. Next, hold your hands 9-12 inches apart, palms facing each other. Imagine a bottle or box between your hands. Now, as you exhale, visualize all of the Air element which is in you going out with your breath and into the container between your hands. Three to five breaths should be enough to fill it. Then, with three breaths, inhale it back into you and go back to normal consciousness.

THE TEST
The next time you feel heavy, slow or lazy, do this exercise. If you feel relaxed and refreshed, you have succeeded with the test AND with mastering the element Air.

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Let’s Talk Witch – Your Elmental World

Let’s Talk Witch – Your Elmental World

Earth

Solid and strong – Earth is the mountain, protective it is the shelter of the cave, nurturing it is the food from the fields and the animals of the hunt. It is life. It is ancient and it is replenishing. Earth is also the direction of the North where the great mountains reside, it is midnight, it is winter and it is the point between death and rebirth when things sleep to gather strength. It is the embrace of death and the promise of rebirth.

Earth is traditionally thought of as a feminine element for from the Earth springs life and that is the realm of women. Earthy things are practical, protective and nurturing. In astrology it is represented by Capricorn (Ambitious, Hard-working, Miserly, Grouchy), Taurus (Calm, Traditional, Sensual and Greedy), and Virgo (Organized, Conscientious, Fussy and Anxious). It is the color of green (or brown).

Earth is the element of the North and the gift of the North is the Lia Fial or magick stone that would cry out when a righteous ruler touched it. This person would be a protector (mother/father) to a nation.

Air

The breath of inspiration, serenity and logic, creativity and the wonder that fills us as we look to the skies and see shapes and dreams within the clouds. Air is also the raw power of a cyclone and the precision of a lightning strike, it is the violence and turbulence of the thunderstorm that also mimics the creative process.

Air is traditionally a masculine element. It is thought and action, inspiration and wonder. It is youthfulness and it is boundless energy. In astrology it is represented by Libra (Charming, Tasteful, Easygoing, Indulgent), Aquarius (Progressive, Inventive, Eccentric and Rebellious) and Gemini (Lively, Talkative, Flirtatious and Crafty). It is the dawn of a new day, it is Spring time, new beginnings and the directions of the sunrise – The East. It is the color Yellow.

Air is the element of the East and brings the gift of the Sword of Nuada that was said to embody the power and knowledge of the Celtic people.

Fire

Burning passion, desire, heated arguments, rage, shouting, screaming, laughing, and crying. All acts of passion and the heat of the moment. Explosions of temper and passionate embraces. Fire is all this but it is also devotion, determination and drive. It fuels us to great accomplishments and gives us hope when all else is lost.

Fire is also traditionally a Masculine element often associated with wars and the Sun. Fire gives us purpose and direction. In astrology Fire is represented by Aries (Energetic, Competitive, Impatient, Selfish), Leo (Commanding, Colorful, Superior and Self-Centered) and Sagittarius (Adventurous, Jovial, Careless and a Spendthrift). It is the mid-day sun, it is summer, it is the prime of our lives. It is represented by the color red.

Fire is the Element of the South and its gift is the Spear of Lugh that when wielded in battle would emit a blinding light stunning ones foes and leading to victory.

 

Water

Burning passion, desire, heated arguments, rage, shouting, screaming, laughing, and crying. All acts of passion and the heat of the moment. Explosions of temper and passionate embraces. Fire is all this but it is also devotion, determination and drive. It fuels us to great accomplishments and gives us hope when all else is lost.

Fire is also traditionally a Masculine element often associated with wars and the Sun. Fire gives us purpose and direction. In astrology Fire is represented by Aries (Energetic, Competitive, Impatient, Selfish), Leo (Commanding, Colorful, Superior and Self-Centered) and Sagittarius (Adventurous, Jovial, Careless and a Spendthrift). It is the mid-day sun, it is summer, it is the prime of our lives. It is represented by the color red.

Fire is the Element of the South and its gift is the Spear of Lugh that when wielded in battle would emit a blinding light stunning ones foes and leading to victory.

Spirit

We are physical beings born of flesh and blood, yet at the same time there is a piece of us that will outlive our bodies and that connects us to each other. This is our astral selves, our aura, the touch of divinity. In traditional alchemy the four traditional elements (earth, air, fire and water) were easily found in nature and within ourselves, but alchemists devoted thier lives to looking for the fifth element (spirit) that would only manifest when there was a balance of the other four within our lives.

Spirit is the fifth point on the Pentagram and the center of our circles. It provides balance by connecting us to not only the other Elements but to each other and divinity. The gift of spirit is the akashic records from which we are connected to all things.

Spirit is not associated with any time of day for it rides with us, it is also not associated with a season or stage of life except perhaps for the point between death and rebirth. Spirit exists apart from time and space. We invite spirit into our rituals when we call on Diety. It is represented by the altar itself, and by the pentacle.

 

Source:

Living in the Shadows

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Let’s Talk Witch – Respect for Water

Let’s Talk Witch – Respect for Water

Respect for Water Water, like all the elements, can bless, or kill. A real understanding of the immense force of all the elements is essential to understanding our true place in the world. The very noise of the ocean, so soothing when you meditate from the right distance, can buffet your sensibilities, too. Similarly, waves of emotion can cleanse us or, bursting out inappropriately, can be profoundly damaging. Water can glamour us; stay aware, to learn life lessons about balance, allowing grace and beauty to enter. We are small, but we have a right to our place in the world; we can also be mighty in our effect, so we should deal compassionately with each other. And, like the tides, our fortunes will wax and wane. This is being human, being alive. Be joyful!

Water takes the line of least resistance, yet remains completely itself. Waves may fret around large obstructions, but the river’s impetus carries it inexorably onward. Water constantly moves in a cycle, evaporating, becoming clouds and dispersing as rain, hail, or sleet to rejoin the earth or sea. Amphibians and many insects live dual lives between water and the land. These are seed-thoughts for visualizations, which will keep us on course in the changing, moving flow of life.

Whether presently in the shallows or combating the rapids, feel the joy of life! And remember water’s role in transporting us. In your mind’s eye, take a magical barge and then, by the power of magical imagination, allow the boat to travel with you to the place you wish to be— the safe harbour of the future you wish for yourself, where you are loved, secure, and content. A place where you can express your true self absolutely. Where the life you live is magical; where how you think reflects back into the world, connecting you to its subtle changes … Our brains are 70 percent water, the feeling element. Take the lessons of water deep into your being. Embrace love and life in all its fullness; drink pure water; gaze deep into the well… You are not only nymph, water sprite, or merman, but ruler of your life. Celebrate!

Source:
“The Joy and Magick of Water”
Author:  Penny Billington
Llewellyn’s 2014 Magical Almanac: Practical Magic for Everyday Living
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