The Elements

Mastering the Element Earth

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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Mastering the Element Air

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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Opal Magick (All Four Elements Are Combined Within)

Opal Magick

The opal holds the same properties as all four of the Elements combined. It is an extraordinary stone and is unequaled in its magickal power.

Superstitions abound about the opal. It is commonly thought that anyone who was not born in the month of October should not wear an opal, that it is unlucky and could possibly have dire consequences. This superstition came about because of a nineteenth-century novel, Sir Walter Scott’s Anne of Geierstein. It is not based on the actual properties of the gemstone itself, but on a work of fiction.

While the opal has extremely strong magickal characteristics, it is weak in physical strength. Do not use your opals in a manner that will bump them about or cause significant temperature changes. Opals are very delicate and will crack or shatter. Black opals and fire opals are highly prize as magickal stones.

Because the opal carries the attributes of all four Elements, it may be used for any intent as long as you keep on thing in mind: it is a magnifier. Whatever you use it for will manifest in many different ways, and so will backlash you might earn if using an opal for negative work. Because the opal is blend of colors and carries the attributes of each one within it, it is unlimited in its magickal uses.

The best use for an opal is as a guardian for protection. Keep it as a positively charged energy booster, use it as a scrying vehicle, or use it as a stone to contact divinity. Also, a charged opal placed on the third eye is a powerful kick to encourage astral projection.

 

Opal Protection Spell

Light a white candle and place the opal at the base of it. Say:

Flashing Lights
Rid me of fright
A guardian I do seek
Protect all you see
Home and family
It will be as I speak!
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Quarter Calls

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Quarter Calls

East

Lords and Ladies of the Watchtower of the East, thou gentle sprites and airy sylphs, soaring eagle and sweet butterfly, Eurus master of the Eastern wind, be with us in laughter and in thought, bring us the bracing dawn wind and memories of fragrant Spring.  I do summon, stir and call  upon you – Come!  Be welcome in this our rite.  Blessed be.

South

Lords and Ladies of the Watchtower of the South, thou leaping salamanders and fiery ones, lion in passion and dragon in power,  phoenix arising pure and  whole from the flame, Notus, master of the South wind, be with us in passion and in truth, bring us the warmth of the hearthfire and the summer sun, and the clear sight of noonday.  I do summon, stir and call  upon you – Come!  Be welcome in this our rite.  Blessed be.

West

Lords and Ladies of the Watchtower of the West, thou deep-dwelling undines and swift-flowing naiads, loving dolphin and hidden eel, Zephyrus master of the Western wind, be with us in feeling and in vision, in the evening tide’s mystery and the upwelling autumn dreams.  I do summon, stir and call  upon you – Come!  Be welcome in this our rite.  Blessed be.

North

Lords and Ladies of the Watchtower of the North, thou Gnomes within the earth and oreads of the mountain forest, bear slow and sure, and bull of great strength, and tunneling worms whose work insures life. Boreas master of the north wind and ruler of the winds, here at the dwelling place of the gods be with us in solid  strength and permanence, giving us sure knowledge of nature’s ever-renewed cycles, the safe womb of night and the slow movement of winter.  I do summon, stir and call  upon you –  Come!  Be welcome here in this our rite. Blessed be.

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Your Personality Element

Your Personality Element

 

Your personality element may or may not be the same as your power element. To discern your personality element, ask yourself the following questions: What are your likes and dislikes? How do people describe you? What hobbies (or art forms) interest you most? What’s your temperament? Do any themes appear in your answers? Next, look over the following descriptions of elemental personalities for more insight:

Earth Witches

You like stability and creature comforts. Usually, you carefully plan out everything and take your time making decisions. People consider you to be dependable, steady, and practical. Your favorite color may be black, brown, or forest green. You enjoy plants and nature. Your hobbies might include gardening, ceramics, woodworking, or other handicrafts.

Air Witches

The world of ideas appeals most to you and you love learning new things. You engage in long conversations with friends and probably have a large circle of acquaintances. People often describe you as outgoing, independent, and maybe a bit ditsy. Your favorite color may be yellow, pale blue, or white. Reading and/or writing are among your hobbies, and perhaps hang-gliding or flying kites.

Fire Witches

Passionate and energetic, you enjoy adventure and taking risks. You have no patience with wishy-washy sorts or couch potatoes. Always on the go, you have trouble sitting still. People might describe you as hot-headed or impulsive. Your favorite colors are red and orange. You probably enjoy sports and your hobbies might include dancing, horseback riding, or traveling.

Water Witches

Your gentle temperament leads you to go with the proverbial flow. Easily influenced by others, your emotions are sensitive and deep. You possess keen intuition and perhaps artistic or musical talent. A natural caretaker, you nurture others and may be a healer. People describe you as shy, reclusive, or moody, and you need quiet time alone. Your favorite color is purple or blue, and your hobbies might include painting, music, fishing, or swimming.

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Your Power Element

Your Power Element

 

How do you determine your power element? By paying attention. Go to places where you can experience each element intimately. Stand in a strong wind, sit by an ocean or waterfall, watch a blazing fire, or walk into a cave or forest. Which location makes you feel the most alive, nurtured, and content? Pay attention to your senses—do they feel more keen or activated in one place than another?

Once you determine which element energizes you, you can find ways to plug into that source of renewable energy any time you need a boost. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Earth: Work in the garden. Sit on the ground while holding brown or black gemstones in your hand. Take long walks in the woods. Keep potted plants in your home and workplace. Eat lots of root vegetables: potatoes, carrots, turnips, beets.

Air: Open the windows. Practice yogic breathing exercises. Go to a windy location and let the breeze embrace you. Watch birds. If you work in a building where you can’t open the windows, put an electric fan near your work station.

Fire: Get out in the sunshine. Light candles. Build a fire. Sit next to a heater. Dance to lively music, around a ritual fire if possible. Drink hot beverages and eat spicy foods.

Water: Go swimming. Sit beside a body of water. Take long baths or showers. Play in the rain. Drink lots of spring water.

You can also connect with these elements through meditation. Envision yourself in a setting that corresponds to your power element. Or visualize yourself surrounded by the element in its most fundamental state. As you breathe, imagine you are inhaling that nourishing force into your body where it invigorates you on all levels.

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How do you determine your power element?

How do you determine your power element?

 

By paying attention. Go to places where you can experience each element intimately. Stand in a strong wind, sit by an ocean or waterfall, watch a blazing fire, or walk into a cave or forest. Which location makes you feel the most alive, nurtured, and content? Pay attention to your senses—do they feel more keen or activated in one place than another?

Once you determine which element energizes you, you can find ways to plug into that source of renewable energy any time you need a boost. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Earth: Work in the garden. Sit on the ground while holding brown or black gemstones in your hand. Take long walks in the woods. Keep potted plants in your home and workplace. Eat lots of root vegetables: potatoes, carrots, turnips, beets.

Air: Open the windows. Practice yogic breathing exercises. Go to a windy location and let the breeze embrace you. Watch birds. If you work in a building where you can’t open the windows, put an electric fan near your work station.

Fire: Get out in the sunshine. Light candles. Build a fire. Sit next to a heater. Dance to lively music, around a ritual fire if possible. Drink hot beverages and eat spicy foods.

Water: Go swimming. Sit beside a body of water. Take long baths or showers. Play in the rain. Drink lots of spring water.

You can also connect with these elements through meditation. Envision yourself in a setting that corresponds to your power element. Or visualize yourself surrounded by the element in its most fundamental state. As you breathe, imagine you are inhaling that nourishing force into your body where it invigorates you on all levels.

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Your Personality Element

Your Personality Element

Your personality element may or may not be the same as your power element. To discern your personality element, ask yourself the following questions:

What are your likes and dislikes?

How do people describe you?

What hobbies (or art forms) interest you most?

What’s your temperament?

Do any themes appear in your answers?

Next, look over the following descriptions of elemental personalities for more insight:

Earth People

You like stability and creature comforts. Usually, you carefully plan out everything and take your time making decisions. People consider you to be dependable, steady, and practical. Your favorite color may be black, brown, or forest green. You enjoy plants and nature. Your hobbies might include gardening, ceramics, woodworking, or other handicrafts.

Air People

The world of ideas appeals most to you and you love learning new things. You engage in long conversations with friends and probably have a large circle of acquaintances. People often describe you as outgoing, independent, and maybe a bit ditsy. Your favorite color may be yellow, pale blue, or white. Reading and/or writing are among your hobbies, and perhaps hang-gliding or flying kites.

Fire People

Passionate and energetic, you enjoy adventure and taking risks. You have no patience with wishy-washy sorts or couch potatoes. Always on the go, you have trouble sitting still. People might describe you as hot-headed or impulsive. Your favorite colors are red and orange. You probably enjoy sports and your hobbies might include dancing, horseback riding, or traveling.

Water People

Your gentle temperament leads you to go with the proverbial flow. Easily influenced by others, your emotions are sensitive and deep. You possess keen intuition and perhaps artistic or musical talent. A natural caretaker, you nurture others and may be a healer. People describe you as shy, reclusive, or moody, and you need quiet time alone. Your favorite color is purple or blue, and your hobbies might include painting, music, fishing, or swimming.

Once you understand your elements, you can focus on the type of magick that suits you best. For instance, air people may have great success with chanting and affirmations. Fire people often gravitate toward candle spells. People with earth personalities tend to be good at herbal magick. Water people can concoct wonderful potions and witches’ brews.

If your power element and personality element are different, try to tap both in your magick spells and rituals. For example, a witch whose power element is earth and personality element is air could be an avid communicator who leads group rituals for abundance or healing. Play to your strengths.

Reference:
 
The Everything Wicca and Witchcraft Book (Everything®)
Alexander, Skye (2008-07-01).
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