Working With Nature’s Gifts

Determining a Wind

Determining a Wind

As you have seen, air magick can be done one of two ways: actually using the element of air through one of the above spells, invoking the correct wind or not, or by simply invoking the powers of all of the winds or one in particular and performing another type of spell.

For spells in which you wish to invoke a wind but aren’t sure which is appropriate, the following spell can be used.

In a fireproof item or area, build a small fire of any type of wood. Or, use some charcoal and light it.

Next, when the fire is blazing brightly or the coals are glowing, throw green branches of trees and shrubs on the fire or coals to create smoke. The smoke should rise steadily from the fire. The fire isn’t important now; only the smoke is.

Watch to see the direction the smoke travels in.

It may immediately move toward a direction, or rise straight up. If the latter occurs, keep watching and it should turn. The direction in which the smoke travels is the appropriate wind for the spell you are considering.

Granted, this is a bit of trouble, but it works. Be sure that the fire is safely extinguished, with sand or water, before leaving the area.

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To Communicate with an Absent Friend (East Wind)

To Communicate with an Absent Friend (East Wind)

In the open air, face the direction where the person is present. If this is unknown, repeat the steps below to each direction, starting in the north.

Extend your arms and hands and in a clear but soft voice, call the person’s name.

Visualize his or her features. Call the name again, with more force, and then a third time, quite loudly.

Next state your message as if speaking to them in person. Keep this short and precise. When you have finished, listen for a reply.

Don’t imagine one, but listen.

This works best with practice or with friends with whom you are intimately close.

 

 

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To Vanquish Fear (south wind)

To Vanquish Fear (south wind)

Light a yellow candle indoors and sit in quiet contemplation for a second. See the candle’s flames drawing in your fear and anxieties ; see it and the candle becoming infused with them.

Take the candle outside and let the wind quench its flame. It is done.

(Check to make sure there is a breeze or wind outside before trying this one.)

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A Loving Bell (Working with the West Wind)

A Loving Bell (Working with the West Wind)

Hang up a bell with a pleasant ring in a window that remains open for a good part of each day, and through which the wind blows (preferably the west wind).

As you do so, speak these words:

 

Little bell of love, I hang you to whisper my need
for love on the breezes and winds.
Little bell of love, speak of my need for love to
your brothers ad sisters.
Little bell of love, I ask you to speak softly and
draw to me someone who listens.
 

Every time the bell rings, it is “whispering” of your need for love. (The brothers and sisters are other bells who will add their own power to the spell.)

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Air Spells

Air Spells

These are some of the workings associated with the element of air. For your convenience, I have listed the appropriate wind related to each, although it is never necessary to wait until the wind is actually blowing to perform these spells. tie up your troubles (north wind)

On a sturdy, preferably dead bush or shrub still planted in the ground, in a place where the winds blow clear and free, tie or push onto the tip of a branch or twig one leaf for every one of the ills that is bothering you. If you tie the leaf, do so loosely and use a natural fiber cord. This is all you have to do, for the north wind will rise and, perhaps slowly, untie and free the leaves, thereby releasing energy and going to work to alleviate the ills besetting you. This spell works over a period of days or even weeks, not minutes, so leave the shrub after performing the spell. If you wait and watch, the wind might never rise. (Of course , it gives you a head start to perform this work during a stiff north breeze!)

 

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Working with One Wind

Working with One Wind

If you are performing a spell suited to one wind, just before you begin, turn to the appropriate direction and say the words associated with it above. Stand for a moment. Feel the wind (if only in your imagination) blowing from that direction, roused by your magical call, gathering in speed as it rushes toward you with awesome force. (This is also a good thing to do while invoking all four winds.) Then perform the spell.

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Invoking the Four Winds

Invoking the Four Winds

 

Many spells and rituals can be prefaced with an invocation to the winds. This is particularly true if you are often working with the winds.

The idea of invoking or calling the winds is an ancient one, dating back to at least classical Greece and certainly earlier. It is not only a summons of their power (all four winds to help your spell) but is also a general announcement to them of your intentions. This is made, in effect, to the entire world.

Summoning the powers of the winds and asking for their help is a great way to begin any spell. The technique?

Once you have assembled everything you need for the spell in the place you are performing it (preferably outside), turn to the north and say something like the following:

Winds of the north!
Rushing and mighty!
Aid me in my magical work!
 

Turn to the east and say:

Winds of the east!
Dazzling and bright!
Aid me in my magical work!
 

Face south, and say:

Winds of the south!
Fiery and radiant!
Aid me in my magical work!
 

Then move to the west and say:

Winds of the west!
Gentle and buoyant!
Aid me in my magical work!
 

Now proceed with the spell, secure that the ancient powers of the four winds are aiding you in your magick.

 

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Charting the Winds

Charting the Winds

As mentioned previously, the best way to determine the winds is by a weathervane or windsock. The latter can be made cheaply in seconds and is as accurate as anything.

Take a strip of heavy but flexible cloth at least one-and-a-half feet in length (or, if you prefer, a long, clean sock) and find a good place on your property to hang it up. It should be free of surrounding buildings or trees that could block the winds . Preferably, it will be on your property and will be visible from the house.

If you lack such a spot, a rooftop antenna will do. Tie the cloth securely to the antenna (or a pole high enough to catch the wind) and insure that the wind won’t blow it free or slide it down along the pole.

Now determine the directions and wait for the wind. When it blows, the cloth will stream in the opposite direction. Thus, when the cloth is streaming south, the north wind is at work. If the windsock is visible from within your house, it will simply be a matter of looking at it, determining the wind from its condition, and proceeding from there.

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