This is the beginning of a 4 part series about the Elements Air, Fire, Water and Earth.
The Elements can be found in us, in the physical as well as spiritual; the visible as well as the invisible. They also act as Guardians between this world and the next as well as Guardians of the God and Goddess. As we spin our circle round, we call them in to act as protectors and witnesses of the rites we work therein.
Air, Fire, Water and Earth are a part of us everyday. We breathe in and out the Air around us every moment of our lives. It blows us clean as we stand in the fields, arms outstretched in supplication. We have, for all eternity, used Fire to warm our weary bones and it is this fire, this electricity within us that sends the impulses to and through our brains for love and memory and pain. We leap these bonfires of life at our Sabbats; our Holy Festivals. Water makes up most of our body weight and without it, we would die. We need its moist, cool essence to cleanse us for our Rites. The Earth, our Mother, our home. We would be nowhere without here. That “pale blue dot” as Carl Sagan calls her, is our home, our bond and our Mother. We would not exist were it not for the Earth.
In truth, we would not exist if even one of these four Elements were missing. We need them to protect us in our mundane lives as well as our spiritual ones. Without them we would only be stardust.
The meanings of most of the elemental correspondences are easy enough to understand. There are a few that may need a little explanation. If you have been around Wicca long enough or if you have studied anything related to Western esoteric mysticism, most if not all of these terms will be familiar to you.
Bija- The term literally means seed and is used as a metaphor for the origin or cause of things. According to the Yogacara school of Buddhism, all experiences and actions produce Bija as impressions stored in the consciousness. The external world is produced when the seeds "perfume" this consciousness. This idea of Bija has been likened to memes (as genes transmit biological information, memes can be said to transmit ideas and belief information).
Buddhist Mantra- A mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that are considered capable of creating spiritual transformation.
Cities of Danaan- The four great cities from which the Tuatha de Danaans were said to have sprung.
Goetia- This refers to a practice which includes the invocation of angels or the evocation of demons.
Dialectic Process- is a method of argument, which has been central to both Indic and European philosophy since ancient times. Dialectic is based on a dialogue between two or more people who may hold opposing views, yet wish to seek the truth of the matter through the exchange of their viewpoints while applying reason.
Enochian- is a name often applied to an angelic language recorded in the private journals of John Dee, a noted English occultist and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination, and Hermetic philosophy. He claimed that it was revealed to him by angels. There are those that consider it to be completely fabricated, albeit viable for magical workings. There are others who consider it to be a poor copy of another ancient language.
Ogham- This is the Celtic or Druidic tree alphabet of twenty five letters grouped in to five different groups or Acime’s or Aicme’s. Each Acime’s or Aicme’s is named after its first letter.
Tattwa- The term tattwas means realities or states of being and they are the primal energies that underlie the elements of Hindu philosophy.
Tetramorph/Kerub - This is a symbolic arrangement of the four different elements the form of three animals and a man and also a representation of the four biblical characters of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Qabalah- This is a mystical tradition that is the underlying philosophy for magical societies such as the Golden Dawn, and is a precursor to the Neopagan, Wiccan and New Age movements.
Sephiroth- The ten attributes that God created through which He can manifest. Arranged on the Qabalistic Tree of Life from bottom (earthly manifestation) to top (spiritual manifestation) they are: 10- Malkuth, 9- Yesod, 8- Hod, 7- Netzach, 6- Tiphareth, 5- Geburah, 4-Chesed, 3- Binah, 2- Chokmah and 1- Kether. Each one, beginning with Malkuth and ending in Kether is spherical step up the ladder to become one with Divinity.
AIR- To Know
Affirmation- I am intelligent.
Age of Man- birth
Alchemical Element Equivalent- Azoth
Alchemical Metal- mercury
Angelic Elemental Ruler- Chassan
Animals- eagle, hawk, all birds, winged angels, flying insects, spiders, dove
Animal World Totems- Flying Creatures, wolf, eagle, hawk, deer, cats, most day birds, horses, butterflies; air, creativity, illuminator.
Basic Nature- Flying, Moving, Fresh, Intelligent, Suspending
Bija- Yam (Yaungg)
Bodily Liquids- phlegm
Body Organs- heart, kidneys
Buddha Mantra- Tam
Celtic Name or Compass Point- Airt
Characteristics- transparent, light, reflective, insulator, compressible and expandable, moveable, mutable, malleable, male, penetrating mediator, reacts to energy, carries fire, flying, moving, fresh, intelligent, suspending; air manifests itself through sound, thought, communication, travel, intellect, abstract thinking, teaching, divination, freedom, joy, laughter, beginnings, communicates, strives, cuts, disperses.
Chemical Element- oxygen
Color- yellow (shamanic), blue (ceremonial)
Creation Gods- Sky Father
Creative Process- development
Days of the week- Wednesday
Death Rites- desiccation
Demon King of the Goetia- Orions Amaymon
Demon Prince- Æazel (Azazel)
Dialectic Process- synthesis, integration
Direction of View- outward
Divine Names- Shaddai El Chai (almighty living God)
Druidic Tools- wand or staff
Eastern Polarity- yang
Egyptian King- Ameshet (young man)
Egyptian Son- Tuametef: Horus’s jackal-headed son
Elemental Being- sylphs, zephyrs and fairies that inhabit the world of trees, flowers, winds, breezes, mountains
Elemental King- Paralda
Elemental Ruler- Ariel
Energy Type- projective
Energy Flow- crown down
Enochian Divine Name- OROIBAHAOZPI
Enochian Elemental King- TAHOELOJ
Enochian Worlds- EXARP
Familial Aspect- son
Feeling- cool and fresh, free
Gender- masculine, projective
Gods- Enlil, Hermes, Khephera, Mercury, Quetzacoatl, Shu, Taliesin, Thoth, Vayu, Zeus.
Goddesses- Aditi, Aradia, Arianrhod, Athena, Cardea, Danu, Isis, Kwan Yin, Nike, Nuit, Urania. Maiden.
Hand- index finger
Hebrew Letters- Vau
Hebrew Name- Ruach: means wind, breath, mind, spirit
Human Elements- mental, mind
Image- billowing clouds, sky, feathers, wind, breath, smoke, vibration
Incense- sandalwood, galbanum, mellow
4 pts rosemary
2 pts mugwort
1 pt chicory
½ pt coffee bean
Influences- Earth, Dreams, Guilt, Overeating, Studying, Travel, Instruction, Freedom, Knowledge, Recovering lost objects, Inspiration, Hearing, Communication, Harmony, Herbal knowledge, Plant growth, Intellect, Thought, Ideas, Revealing the truth, Overcoming addictions, Movement, Psychic abilities, Conscious mind, Meditation, Teaching
Judiciary Process- science
Jungian Functions- thinking, thought
Kitchen- steam rising from hot food
Levels of Understanding- deductive, logical
Magical Action- to dare
Magical Process- imagination
Metals- mercury, aluminum, tin, copper
Mineral World Totems- crystals of inspiration, stones for meditation, philosophical
Energizers for meditation, highly illuminating messengers.
Moon Phase- New
Musical Instruments- Flute, All Wind Instruments
Mythological Beings: gryphons, gremlins, Pegasus
Natural Symbols- Feathers, Incense smoke, Fragrant flowers
Negative Characteristics- gossipy, boastful, spendthrift, untruthful, selfish, fickle, muddy thinking, slow, inability to communicate, inattentive, chatterbox, shallow, or over-Intellectualization, memory problems
Norse Dwarf- Sudhri (when in south)
Ogham- Acime Huatha
Oils- Almond, Anise, Bergamont, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Melissa, Niaouli, Peppermint, Pine, Sage, Spearmint
Part of Person- mind
Personality Types- excitable, passionate, optimistic
Physical Action- thinking
Physical Properties- vaporous gas
Physical State- gas
Place on Pentagram- upper left
Places- Mountaintops, Wind-swept plains, Cloudy skies, High towers, Airports, Schools, Libraries, Offices, Travel agencies, Psychiatrist's offices
Plant World Totems- aspen trees; Meditative Incense: lavender, sage, marjoram, mint, cloves, mace, lemon, verbena, lemongrass; air rooted plants: philodendron, some ivy. Dark leafy vegetables; dandelion, wildflowers, milkweed, most trees.
Planets- Neptune, Mercury, Jupiter
Plants/Herbs/Trees- acacia, alder, anise, aspen, ball moss, birch, cedar elm, frankincense, lavender, lemon grass, mimosa, mistletoe, myrrh, pansy, primrose, vervain, violet, Yarrow- Fragrant, Pungent, Airy
Point in Life- Infancy
Positive Characteristics- joyful, humorous, communicative, intelligent, intuitive, diligent, mind, psychic abilities
Posture- arms raised parallel
Professional Status- nobility, military service, scientist, politician, lawyer
Ritual Work: astral travel, communication, dawn, divination, elemental magic, finding lost things, freedom, harmony, hearing, herbal, ideas, inspiration, intellect, knowledge, memory, movement, plant growth, psychic abilities, Spring, study, sunrise, telepathy, test taking, thought, travel, revealing the truth, visualization. Sunrise, Spring, Knowledge, Herbal Knowledge, Tossing objects into the air, Suspending tools in high places, Fanning light objects, Positive thinking, Concentration, Wind
Rules- the mind, all mental, intuitive and psychic work, knowledge, abstract learning, theory, windswept hills, plains, windy beaches, high mountain peaks, high towers, wind and breath.
Runes- Ansuz, Raidho, Eihwaz, Tiwaz
Qabalistic Action- movement
Qabalistic Sephiroth- Yesod/Foundation, Tiphareth/Beauty
Qabalistic Words- Yetzirah: the World of Formation
Sense- smell, hearing
Shamanic East- Here springs the light and where the Morning Star lives to give men wisdom.
Your Relatives- the Elk Nation, Black Elk, Elk Nation Woman that brings joy &
Sacred Pipe & daybreak star; 4 sorrels.
Spiritual Aspect- enlightenment
State of Matter- gas
Stones- amethyst, aventurine, carnelian, chalcedony, citrine, fluorite, jasper, lapis lazuli, mica, pumice, sapphire, topaz
Symbol of Kali- scepter, dorje
Tarot Court Cards- Kings
Tarot Suit- wands
Tarot Trumps- The Fool
Tattwa Sanskrit Names- Vayu
Tattwa Shapes- blue circle
Tattwa Time- June 21- September 23
Temperate Qualities- hot and moist, light and active
Tetramorph/Kerub- man- Matthew
Tibetan Direction- North
Tibetan Failing- envy, greed
Tibetan Symbolic Animal- Garuda Bird: a mythological bird of Buddhist culture usually described as having a human form with the head of a bird.
Tools- Wand, staff, feather, pen, broom, scourge, incense, censer, oaken
symbol creative visualization, feather fan, (Some traditions align the
Athame and Sword with Air but most Celtic traditions align them with Fire).
Tuatha- Spear of Destiny (Lugh, Oak-Wand) from the Otherworld
City of Danaan- Finias
Force- Intellect of Air
Invocation- “Tuatha! Tuatha! Esras to light!
Spear of Destiny, Eastern Might!
Grant intellect amid the fight!”
Vices- impulsive, frivolous, boasting, thoughtless, judgment, critical, gullible
Virtues- intelligence, practicality, joy, logic, justice, discrimination
Welsh Faerie- Raven’s Feather
Wind Spirit- Eurus, A handsome youth
Word of Power- YOD-EH-VAV-HE
Zodiac- Libra (beginnings), Aquarius (fixed), Gemini (mutable, changing)
The Elements have always fascinated me. They were the first things I studied when I started on my path and I have continued to study and research them for the past 22 years and these is the culmination of that research. Fire, Water and Earth are to follow in the coming weeks. Blessings on you all.