Visualizations and the Elements

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These are visualizations I use for the elements

Water:
Visualize a brook, with a small water fall into a shallow pool. Wade into the pool and sit in the water. Feel it flow around you. Feel the coolness. Hear the water as it cascades over the rocks. Smell the ozone in the air, like after a heavy rain shower. Taste the water, let it quench your thirst. Enjoy the benefits for cooling you. Understand the power of a tidal wave or current.

Fire:
Visualize an nice fire. Feel the heat. Smell the smoke. See the flames dance, the variety of colors. Hear the crackle. Watch it spark as you toss a new log on the fire. Roast some marshmallows on the fire. Enjoy the benefits of fire for cooking and warming. Understand the power of it when it rages out of control.

Air:
visualize a cool breeze on a hot day. Feel it lift the hair from your scalp as it sends shivers down your spine. Feel the wind tug you in the direction it blows. See the leaves dance in the air, and the trees and plants sway in the breeze. Hear it rustle the leaves, and tinkle the wind chimes. Understand the raw power of a tornado as a wreaks havoc in it’s wake.

Earth:
Visualize a nice cool cave. Smell the scent of rich, fertile earth. See how it supports itself and the life around it. Touch the earth that is dry on top and dig down into the cooler wetter depths of it. Plant a seed. Taste the dirt. Understand the awesome power of the earth as it shakes uncontrollably beneath you.

Sun & Moon Superstitions

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Sun

  • To move in a circle against the motion of the Sun (counter-clockwise) will invite the powers of darkness into your life.
  • If you sweep dust in the direction of the Sun you are destined to never be wed.
  • The Greeks regarded the sun as an all-seeing eye, and believed that no deed escaped its detection.
  • The appearance of three suns, it is said, denotes war. It is claimed that they are only visible at sunrise, and differ in size.
  • The head of the bed must never be placed toward the rising sun, since it will cause the sleeper to rise with a bad headache, and even insanity may result.
  • In Germany it is the custom on St. John’s Day for hunters to fire at the sun, believing that they will thereby become flawless hunters.
  • For the sun to shine upon a bride is a good omen.
  • The Mexicans say when it rains, and the sun is shining, a she-wolf is bringing forth her offspring, or a liar is paying his debts.
  • If the sun shines while it rains, the witches are baking cakes.
  • When the sun does not shine, all treasures buried in the earth are open.
  • To dream you see the sun shine, shows accumulation of riches and enjoying posts of honour in the state, also success to the lover.
  • To dream you see the sun rise, promises fidelity in your sweetheart, and good news from friends.
  • To dream you see the sun set, shows infidelity in your sweetheart, and disagreeable news. To tradesmen, loss of business.
  • When the sun sets on a cloudy day, the following day will be a stormy one.
  • In the Scotch Highlands they still “make the deazil” around those whom they wish well of. This superstition consists in walking three times around the person according to the course of the sun. To circle in the opposite direction or “withershins,” is productive of evil, and brings bad luck.

Moon

  • The full moon is good to start a new job, and to finish old business.
  • Cucumbers, radishes, turnips, leeks, lilies, horseradish, saffron, and other plants, are said to increase during the fullness of the moon; but onions, on the contrary, are much larger and are better nourished during the decline.
  • The moon seen over the right shoulder brings good luck, the moon seen over the left shoulder, brings bad luck.
  • Being poor when in presence of a new moon was thought to bring bad luck. Having a few silver coins cancelled this out.
  • If a girl is curious about whether or not she will wed, she should hold a silk handkerchief up in front of the moon. The number of moons that she sees represents the number of months until her wedding day.
  • The full moon gives a very favorable energy for divination. If you keep a moonstone in the mouth during the night of a full moon, you have the power to see what awaits you in the future.
  • Children born on a full moon night are said to become very healthy and strong.
  • Sick people should not look at the full moon because in this way, they will delay their healing.
  • Deaths occur most often when the tide is going out, and births occur when the tide is coming in.
  • At first sight of the new moon, flip a silver coin and make a wish.
  • In Roman times, to have a healthy baby, women wore silver crescent moons on their shoes.
  • Charms and amulets in the shape of a crescent moon, are used to protect you from the evil eye, witchcraft, and bring you wealth. The crescent should always point to the left, representing the moon’s first quarter, when things prosper and grow.
  • You will be caught if you try to commit robbery on the third day of a full moon.
  • It is said that “When the New Moon holds the Old Moon in its Arms”, meaning that a ring is seen circling the New Moon, ships will be lost at sea.
  • Pointing at the moon is unlucky.

Alternative and Classic Elemental Representations

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Fire

  • A Candle
  • Incense
  • Charred wood
  • Coal
  • Soot
  • Hot peppers
  • Matches or a Lighter
  • Lizards
  • String Instruments/Music

Earth

  • Stones or Crystals
  • Wood
  • Plants
  • Soil
  • Clay
  • Bones
  • Spider Webs
  • Seeds
  • Coins
  • Bonsais and Houseplants
  • Woodwind Instruments/Music

Air

  • Incense
  • Feathers
  • Bell
  • A Prism
  • A Fan (hand or electric)
  • Honey
  • Pollen
  • Birds
  • Dandelion Seeds

Water

  • Water
  • Ice
  • Shells
  • Drums
  • Fish
  • Cups

Spirit

  • Keys
  • Blood
  • Magnets
  • Cats and Dogs
  • Pomegranates
  • Poisonous Plants
  • Singing

Element Aligned Spell Items

Elemental Correspondences

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Guided imagery exercise to connect to the elements

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Shake your limbs to relax yourself. Settle down with your spine straight and take our time taking three breaths with your surroundings, then allow your mind to linger on the words: earth, air, fire, water.

Earth. You have imagined the earth beneath your feet. Now think of the many manifestations of earth on the planet. Feel your feet on the earth of your choice… marshland, desert, forest, mountains, hills and valleys, sandstone, granite, chalk. Feel, with the pressure of your feet against the earth, the pull of gravity, keeping you anchored. Feel the current of energy from the earth throbbing upwards. You are a creature of earth. Relax into this feeling, and then open your awareness out and find yourself in a high place…

Air. Feel the air as a tangible presence as you gaze out to the vast horizon, laid out below the huge arching dome of the azure sky. In this high place, your awareness expands: the great winds of the earth, swirling round, think and pure, sharpen your wits and blow the cobwebs away. You breathe in air that sparkles like wine and are intoxicated, feeling yourself light and buoyant, You extend your arms above you as if you could float on the thermals that support the birds in their flight, feeling at one with the wind that carries messages all over the world. Stand firm, as your awareness is pulled high into the sky…

Fire. High in the vast expanse of blue, feel the blaze of the sun, striking down, warming the thin grass and bursting the buds of the alpine flowers, drying up the atmosphere. With your eyes shut, stretch in an attitude of ecstasy, fed by the warmth that pours down in golden rays. The water is pulled up into the upper atmosphere and you open your eyes to see a large cloud on the horizon. Watch it travelling with speed, and whilst it is in the middle distance in that huge vista, you see it disgorging its rain as a hazy mist over the landscape…

Water. In your imagination, see the rain from that cloud sinking into the soil, percolating through the ground to a deep subterranean spring that makes its gradual way to the surface. There is a tiny trickle of crystal water emerging from the ground, and you see it in your mind’s eye gaining strength as it tumbles downhill, changing eventually from stream to river, and making its way to join the massive depth of the sea.

Allow the scene to fade as you come back to everyday reality. Stretch, yawn, and wriggle to feel fully back in the present here and now.

Source: The Path of Druidry by Penny Billington

Pyromancy

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Watching the Flame
Pyromancy, the act of divination through fire, is incredibly ancient but is still a popular form of divination for those who connect to the power of fire. Here we’ll modify this practice a bit to work with candles used for spells. Watch the flame as it burns and look for any of these sorts of signs or messages.
Flame goes out = Try again, now is not the right time. Dispose of the candle, do not try to reuse it.
Flame is large and hot = Power is manifesting in favor of your desires, keep praying and sending energy to your desires.
Flame is weak = You’re facing strong opposition and you’re losing the battle. Try your spell again.
Flame flickers = There is indecision either within yourself or in the process of your magick.
Flame jumps repeatedly = Bursts of energy, chaos and uncontrolled emotions surround you and your work.
Candle breaks = Try again, the time isn’t right. Dispose of the candle and do not reuse.
Candle burns slowly or almost goes out = Task requires caution. There will be many obstacles to overcome to reassess your plans.
Candle burns our quickly – The situation calls for fast action and lots of energy. It may also indicate that the goal will be attained very quickly and easily.
Flame is multicolored = The energy of fire, ruled by the Salamander, resides in your spell and is aiding your work. Communicate with the energy of the Salamander as it will help you in your work and bring you helpful messages.
Black soot develops = This is a very positive sign as it indicates negativity and barriers are being burned away.
Crackling sounds = The Salamander is pleading your case with the Spirits. The lounder the sounds the harder it is working for you and the more opposition you’ll need to overcome.
Watching the Smoke
Looking for signs in smoke is a long held form of divination and you can get answers about your spells by taking time to watch how the smoke is rising and reacting.
Smoke moves toward you = Your request has been heard.
Smoke moves away from you = Work hard and send more energy to your desires.
Smoke turns right = You’ll need to be patient.
Smoke turns left = You’re too emotionally involved and may need to sort out your emotions and feelings before you’ll see results. Take time to reconsider your feelings and try again.
Smoke move North = Physical manifestation is in progress.
Smoke moves East = Mental manifestation is in progress.
Smoke moves South = Success will come fast. The results may be quick and intense.
Smoke moves West = Your emotions will likely get the best of you. Better to hold off and try your spell again later.
Watching your Holder
The holder that your candle is in can something react to the candle and give you signs as well. Most commonly people today use glass holders but you can take these and modify them for metal or wooden holders as well.
Glass breaks = There is magick being done against you with regards to this desires. Stop this spell and do an uncrossing spell first, being sure to watch signs from those candles before moving back to this spell.
Glass remains clear = In spite of blocks that are in your way, your desires will manifest.
Glass turns black at the top but is clear at the bottom = Someone is working against you, but you need to stick to your guns. The darker the glass the strong the opposition.
Glass turns completely black = There are serious obstacles for you to overcome and possibly spells being cast against you. Stop this spell and work a cleansing spell on yourself and an uncrossing spell for any forces or people working against you.
With these signs from your candle you can know what to do next. Do you need to cast your spell again? Do you need to do something else before this spell is going to even take hold? These signs can help you make your next move in your process of manifesting your goals.

(If anyone knew exactly where this comes from I’d be really grateful if you’d inbox it to me. I found this scrawled in the back of my old anthro notebook (I did my semester project on paganism and the sources tend to run together).

Paganism and Wiccan in relation to The Elements

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In this past week I’ve been researching and reading a lot about pagan beliefs in relation to the elements. I already knew about

Fire, Earth, Air, Water. In pagan beliefs, there is a fifth element: Spirit. Here is my research on the current elements and their symbolism/belief relations in Paganism. I can use these in my project by displaying them through photographs and illustration, it also helps me understand the importance of the elements in some peoples lives.

Air

Relative to:

  • Soul
  • ‘Breath of life’
  • Communication
  • Wisdom
  • Powers of the mind

Belived to:

  • Rid you of troubles
  • Dissapate strife
  • Carry positive thoughts to others

Colours:

  • Yellow
  • White

Fire

Relative to:

  • Strong will
  • Energy
  • Creation
  • Destruction
  • Healing
  • Harming
  • The ‘birth of a new God’

Believed to:

  • Bring about new life
  • Destroy worn life

 Colours:

  • Red
  • Orange

Water:

Relative to:

  • Feminity
  • Godesses
  • Passion
  • Emotion

Believed to:

  • Heal
  • Cleanse
  • Purify

Colour:

  • Blue

Earth

Relative to:

  • Stability
  • Fertility
  • Ultimate feminity
  • Godesses
  • Nurturing
  • Stable
  • Edurance
  • Strength

Colours:

  • Brown
  • Green

Water Magic

The human body is composed mainly of water, and working with this magical element can lubricate your emotions to promote healing. Love magic, spiritual cleansing, and developing psychic powers are all enhanced by working with water magic. The best days of the week to perform water spells are Monday (ruled by the Moon), and Friday (ruled by Venus, the planet of love).

If you are lucky enough to live by the sea, its tides can be a great energizing force that initiates dramatic magical transformations. When the tide goes out, work on clearing your worries and visualize them being drawn away. High tide is an optimum time to concentrate on wish magic, and as the waves crash onto the shore imagine your dreams being carried towards you by the surf. Spells cast on a riverbank or by a spring will also be empowered by the moving energy of water.

Water magic tools are usually those that are vessels to the element

Bowl – used for cleansing

Chalice – holds water that is drunk as part of a ritual or spell

Cauldron – used for magical herbal brews

Air Magic

Air is an ethereal element that will activate your communication spells and gently open your mind to new ideas and possibilities. The optimum days of the week to perform air magic are Wednesday (ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication), or Thursdays (ruled by Thor, the Norse God of Thunder). If possible, choose a windy day as gales and thunderstorms make all spells much more powerful.

Air spells are most effective when performed beneath an open sky. A high hill, a tower, or even an airplane is a good location to contemplate air energy! Just ask a question and meditate on the pictures in the clouds until an answer presents itself. Another way of performing air magic  is to write a wish on a kite and then fly it regularly. The air spirits will help you to make the necessary changes in your life that will manifest your dream.

These tolls can be used to carry your wishes to the sky and spirits of the air:

Incense – use this to bless a magic circle or to activate charms

Feathers – represent flight and the spirits of air; use them to direct smoke within a spell

Mobiles – can be charged with a spell and hung outside to be constantly reactivated by the breeze

Earth Magic

Earth is a sensual element that will charge prosperity charms, fertilize your creative spells, and help your magic grow. The optimum time of the week to perform earth magic is on a Saturday (ruled by the planet Saturn), or a Friday (ruled by Frigg, the Norse Earth Goddess). If possible, choose dawn or dusk when the magical half-light is neither day nor night, a truly mystical time.

Earth spells a most powerful when performed outside. A wood, cave, hill, or moor make a natural sacred space in which you can attune to the earth’s energy, infusing your spell-casting with the forces of nature. If you live in the city, a park or garden can be just as effective. After using salt, sand, or soil in a rite, ground the energy of your spell by returning it to the earth in a respectful manner, or use it as an offering to the spirit of a tree.

Earth tools are items that grow from this element and can contain the other elements

Bowls – able to hold all of the other elements in clay or stone containers

Salt – consecrated salt disperses negativity.

Clay – make charms and other magical items

Sand – make talismans and mandalas