EARTH – Its colour is Yellow (Direction East)
The element of earth is the densest and the most accessible of all the elements because earth is the foundations and building blocks of life; it is energy in its solid form. The carbons, which build our organs and skin are made from this dense element giving us the understanding of the material world around us and allowing us to feel objects and textures. Earth is also the element which allows us to understand the spiritual teachings physically, it gives us the opportunity to experience life directly and brings about the full understanding of our incarnated selves.
This is the most practical of all the elements as it transforms the world of energy into direct experience, allowing us to realize our dreams and fulfill our potential here upon the globe. The very planet we live on is even referred to as Mother Earth, showing us that this is a powerful element that sustains all life and give the foundational support all life needs to grow.
The direction we turn to acknowledge earth is East, it is here where we come to integrate the other elements and teachings into our lives and gain insight and wisdom within ourselves. This is the direction of the Witch, the Sorcerer, and the Magician the direction where the first shafts of light penetrate the day. These are people who have transformed themselves through working with these subtle energies and have come to the full understanding of the outer and inner worlds of existence. Through integration and understanding of all the elements you return to your true nature, Integrating and balancing all the elements within yourself and merging with the ocean, which is the clear essence of being.
The Earth element resides in the Stomach and from time to time when you are feeling a bit unwell it’s a good idea to visualize pure yellow light being breathed into your body and circulating around the stomach area. This way the elemental qualities will wash into your internal organs helping them to support their natural processes.
WATER – Its colour is Blue (Direction South)
Water is the element of the South and through meeting water we meet the great nurturer that it is our mother. For nine months we swam in the seas of our mother’s womb, being protected we grew within this vital life fluid. Water is the creator of our emotions enabling us to experience the world as sensations and feelings.
Water teaches us to watch the world with non-‐attachment; by just letting thoughts drift by allows us to come to the understanding of the nature of the world. Our mind is the vast ocean and our thoughts are what swim within it. If we remember to focus on the ocean and just watch our thoughts without creating any attachment to them we become fluid and free. This is the element that reminds us we are made up from water; our entire bodies are fluid and moving just like our thoughts and the sensations within us. When we work with these qualities we come to the understanding that we need to be fluid and flowing within the mind.
When we free the mind from the constraints of thought we learn that we become clear. By having no attachment to our thoughts allows us to experience the clear mind the Witches talk about.
It is only by surrendering to the depths of the vast ocean that we come to experience life, allowing us to be reborn once again within a second birth, this time not from our maternal mothers, but from the eternal mother.
The water element resides in the kidney organs and from time to time these can become weakened with our excessive lifestyles, when you feel a weakness in this area of your body imagine breathing in pure blue light into your kidney organs. Let it wash into them restoring them with refeshing waters, restoring and healing you from deep within.
FIRE – Its colour is Red (Direction West)
Fire is the energy that creates life and it is also the power behind conception and birth. Fire needs air to sustain its existence because without it, it withers and dies. Fire is what gives us the potential for action in the world; it forms momentum that allows us to grow and reach adulthood and become complete in our life’s purpose. When we talk of people burning with passion, this is the fire we talk about, an energy that fuels their ability to achieve their dreams. This potent element allows us to be inspired and to move from the point of birth growing fully into our lives. It brings momentum and without its transformative qualities all would be static. Fire is the powerful energy store within us that allows us to reach transcendence and move into pure consciousness to fully understand the Gods.
Fire is in the West, the direction of the setting sun, when we turn to the direction of the West we offer our prayers for the gift of life. We light candles and burn bonfires to this element and we feel its power as it transforms everything with its touch. Nothing can ever stay the same with the element of :ire, our lives are a process from birth to death; we burn throughout our existence consuming the air we need to keep living. At the end of our lives when the fire has dwindled we finally take our last breath and devoid of fuel we transform and dissolve into the next form of existence.
The fire element resides in your liver organ and from time to time when we get a bit cranky this organ feels sluggish. This happens when we eat the wrong type of foods and when we get stressed, to calm yourself and strengthen this element when it feels weak imagine breathing in the fire element as red pure light and let it infuse your liver organ cleansing it with healing and refreshing light that restores and heals.
AIR – Its colour is Green (Direction North)
Air is associated with the direction of the North winds and this is the realm of spirit where the primal energy of the universe floods into our world. Air is invisible, we breathe it in giving us life but we cannot touch it. We feel it sometimes on our skin, when the wind blows it caresses us and touches our bodies.
Air is just like spirit, it is there but we cannot give it form because it is formless, it is a feeling that lifts us beyond the everyday world and transports us into a realm where all things are possible, the realm where magic is made and transformation takes place. It is one of the greatest gifts of the universe because it gives us life. But what is life? It is the awareness with which we can perceive the world around us with. But like air the world is not as solid as is seems, it is a moving and flowing rhythm of energy that we dream into being. Air teaches us that everything is energy, moving in and out of form and formlessness, forever in motion.
Our breath is spirit, air gives us the gift of life and we in turn acknowledge that blessing and give thanks. Burn some sweet incense for air or maybe tie a small piece of cloth on a tree as a spirit flag. The air will carry the smoke to the sky and toss your colored rags around carrying your intentions high.
The air element resides in our lungs and its bright luminous quality gives strength to our bodies. When you are feeling a bit down or lacking energy try breathing in pure green light of the air element and let it infuse your whole body with a healing quality that supports and restores you.
Prayer to Earth
Let the powers of Earth be balanced and strong
Allowing all to be where they truly belong
Giving good foundations for our feet
On sacred ground where we meet
Prayer to Water
Let the power of Water be balanced and strong
Allowing all to be where they truly belong
Wash clean and refresh all within
So now the circle can begin
Prayer to Fire
Let the power of Fire be balanced and strong
Allowing all to be where they truly belong
Burn bright and strong with magical power
At this most enchanted hour
Prayer to Air
Let the powers of Air be balanced and strong
Allowing all to be where they truly belong
Blow through this place and cleanse all within
So the magic can begin
May the Earth bless me
So I may always be supported
May the Waters bless me
So I may always be cleansed
May the Winds bless me
For their powers of inspiration
May the Fire bless me
So I will always have a warm heart
Song to the Elements
Oh elements of creation bless me with your powers
Let the Fires of creation burn strong in my body
Let the inspiration of Air carry my prayers to the gods
Let Water cleanse and ease all my troubles
Let Earth always support my feet as I walk the sacred ways
Let me be strong for those who are weak
Give me the gift of forgiveness towards all those who suffer
May I by engaging in sacred deeds always be in service for others
May the elements always abide in balance within me
May I always be a child of nature
The Frying Pan
A man was sitting quietly reading his paper one morning, peacefully enjoying himself, when his wife sneaks up behind him and whacks him on the back of his head with a huge frying pan.
Man: “What was that for?”
Wife: “What was that piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name Marylou written on it?”
Man: “Oh honey, remember two weeks ago when I went to the horse races? Marylou was the name of one of the horses I bet on.”
The wife looked all satisfied, apologizes, and goes off to do work around the house.
Three days later he is once again sitting in his chair reading and she repeats the frying pan swatting.
Man: “What was that for this time?”
Wife: “Your horse phoned.”
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2016 June 10
NGC 6888: The Crescent Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Michael Miller, Jimmy Walker
Explanation: NGC 6888, also known as the Crescent Nebula, is a cosmic bubble about 25 light-years across, blown by winds from its central, bright, massive star. This sharp telescopic portrait uses narrow band image data that isolates light from hydrogen and oxygen atoms in the wind-blown nebula. The oxygen atoms produce the blue-green hue that seems to enshroud the detailed folds and filaments. Visible within the nebula, NGC 6888’s central star is classified as a Wolf-Rayet star (WR 136). The star is shedding its outer envelope in a strong stellar wind, ejecting the equivalent of the Sun’s mass every 10,000 years. The nebula’s complex structures are likely the result of this strong wind interacting with material ejected in an earlier phase. Burning fuel at a prodigious rate and near the end of its stellar life this star should ultimately go out with a bang in a spectacular supernova explosion. Found in the nebula rich constellation Cygnus, NGC 6888 is about 5,000 light-years away.
M5.2 earthquake shakes California
There were no immediate reports of damage from the moderate earthquake that shook southern California residents awake early Friday morning.
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 5.2-magnitude earthquake – a moderate but noteworthy earthquake – near the San Jacinto fault in southern California. The quake was centered in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. A local news outlet, the Desert Sun reported that the quake shook southern California residents awake early Friday at 1:04 a.m.
USGS gives the following information about the quake:
2016-06-10 08:04:38 (UTC)
22.0 km (13.7 mi) NNW of Borrego Springs, CA
24.0 km (14.9 mi) ESE of Anza, CA
25.0 km (15.5 mi) NE of Warner Springs, CA
43.0 km (26.7 mi) S of Palm Springs, CA
68.0 km (42.3 mi) ENE of Escondido, CA
98.0 km (60.9 mi) NE of San Diego, CA
109.0 km (67.7 mi) SE of San Bernardino, CA
Initial incomplete data had suggested two quakes of roughly the same size shook within a minute, but USGS deleted one of them shortly afterward.
California is an earthquake-prone region because it is located along what geologists call the Ring of Fire surrounding the Pacific Ocean.
Dr. Lucy Jones – a geologist in southern California – has posted many tweets about the June 10 earthquake this morning:
Moon and Jupiter in Leo on June 10
Tonight – June 10, 2016 – as soon as darkness falls, look for the waxing crescent moon in the western sky. That nearby bright “star” is actually the king planet Jupiter, the brightest starlike object in the evening sky. The fainter light on the other side of the moon on June 10 is Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion.
There’s no way to mistake Regulus for Jupiter – or vice versa. Jupiter is by far the brighter object, outshining Regulus by some 20 times. That’s not to say that Jupiter is the more luminous of these two celestial lights. It’s not.
Jupiter, being a planet, shines because it reflects the light of the sun.
Regulus is a star, so it shines by its own light.
If Regulus were at the sun’s distance from Earth, it’d visually be 150 times brighter than our sun. Or, another way of putting it, the sun at Regulus’ distance of 79 light-years would appear 1/150th as bright as Regulus. You’d need an optical aid to see the sun at this far away.
The moon travels in front of all the constellations of the zodiac in about four weeks. As seen from Earth, the moon moves much more quickly relative to the backdrop stars of the zodiac than does any other celestial object.
For instance, the moon will move past Jupiter on June 11, and then will leave the constellation Leo to enter the constellation Virgo after a few more days.
Jupiter won’t enter Virgo until August 8, 2016.
Bottom line: Watch for the moon and the planet Jupiter to light up the constellation Leo the Lion as soon as darkness falls on June 10, 2016.
Your Daily Influences
June 10, 2016
Victories may be empty. False pride must be avoided. Sorrow is possible.
Jera denotes positive, recurring cycles, fertility and a time to harvest rewards from your hard work.
The spirit of someone you knew dearly is trying to guide you in this aspect. In a dark room light a single candle and focus upon its light. Listen carefully with your heart and you will know what to do.
Your Daily Influences represent events and challenges the current day will present for you. They may represent opportunities you should be ready to seize. Or they may forewarn you of problems you may be able to avoid or lessen. Generally it is best to use them as tips to help you manage your day and nothing more.
Your Charm for Today
The tortoise represents the dome of the sky, the universe. It tells you to take slow, deliberate steps and you can achieve everything you desire.
In China, Japan, and many other countries in the East, the Tortoise is regarded as a talisman for repelling every description of magic, and the supposed malign influence of the evil eye. This jade charm is also used as a powerful amulet for good fortune, happiness, both of the heart and body, endurance, strength, and longevity. In Eastern Asia the Tortoise is regarded as the symbol of the universe, the dome of the sky being represented by the shell, and the earth by the body of the tortoise.
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