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Week 8: Living With The Elements

This month’s studies have been so much fun. And now this topic is drawing to a close. However, I did not work on these lessons just to abandon them. I will be working to continue keeping them in my daily life.

A few years ago I wrote a pretty decent lesson on Living In Sync With The Elements. I have read that essay a few times last week and feel it is a good lesson to keep in mind. As I wrote in Week 5, the Elements can be found in every aspect of everyday living. This week, I will be working on meditating with the Elements in mind. I aim to keep them in my thoughts as I go about my day.

Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Spirit
Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Spirit

This month has not made Fire and I super close, but we have reached an agreement. Of sorts. I can get charcoal and incense to actually stay lit. My grill’s self-starter finally worked (after having the grill for nearly a year and it refusing to NOT self-light). It is a tenuous relationship. A start toward something maybe a little stronger.

Week 6: Elemental Work

Picture from: http://www.tigersandstrawberries.com/2006/05/07/grubbing-in-the-dirt/

Now that I have started a relationship with the Elements (if a tenuous one with Fire), I felt it was time to up that relationship. Well, a little. I pretty much did more Elemental meditation. And it was a PERFECT week for it. It was so gorgeous outside that I was able to spend almost the entire day, all week, working on getting my herb garden set up.

I felt that sun beating down on me. Worked with that dirt. Reveled in the fresh air. I didn’t water anything, yet, but I did feel a happiness that I equate with Water.

It was pretty hard work. My arms are still sore. And admittedly, it was also the reason I fell behind on my blog posts. /sorrynotsorry

I have also been reading Earth, Air, Fire, & Water by Scott Cunningham. It is a sweet, simple read. It has some lovely little Elemental exercises and magickal exercises. A few of which I will be working on for my lesson in Week 7.

Week 5: The Elements

Mommy Witch|Element pentagram
Picture from: http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/the_elements/the_pentagram..asp

 

I used this week to pretty much reintroduce myself to the Elements. We’ve been really close buds in the past, but somewhere along the way… we just drifted apart.

Now, some acquaintances are meant to drift out of our lives. The Elementals are not one that should. Someone once told me that they loved science so much partly because of the Table of Elements. That table has everything (known so far) that creates life as we know it. This resonated with me because the alchemical elements, which are decidedly more simple, are also the essence of our lives.

Most of us who are on the Pagan path can usually feel a connection to one or more of the commonly used Elements:

I also connect with Spirit, but that particular Element is set apart from the others. If you follow an Asian path, you may also include Wood or Metal. I do not know as much about those Elements, so will not go into detail on them. At least not for this session.

Reconnecting with the Elements has been interesting. I have really always had a deep connection with Water. Air has also been pretty close to me. Earth has generally been a bit stand-offish, but we get along. Fire, now. Well, Fire and I need a little help.

It seemed easiest to start by focusing on each Element separately. Spending a little time every day meditating on the different aspects of each one and how they all fit into my life. This was easier when I was doing something that really connected with that Element. For instance, I would work with Water while taking a shower. Paying attention to how the water felt and looked. Taking notice of its changeable nature.

I have done some meditation in that fashion pretty much every day. With maybe slightly more focus on Fire. I really need to work on a better relationship with Fire. I have even found a maṇḍala that has torch-like pictures to color. I think we are starting to at least come to an understanding, if not a relationship. I can at least get my grill going. That’s a start and I will take it.

Elements – Air

To get myself back on track with my Year-And-A-Day beginner/kids series, I decided to start back up with easy lessons on the Elements.

I decided to start with Air. It is the first Element I invoke during Circle. And, as my last lesson was on Circles, this makes sense to me.

Air Element

 

Air is the element of the mind. We take walks in the fresh air to clear our heads. For my kiddo, I will have him walk with me while we discuss the aspects of Air and how we use this Element everyday. His homework will be to journal his thoughts on Air.

 

General Air Correspondences

(taken from a few different books, including True Magick by Amber K and Earth Power by Scott Cunningham)

General: mind, imagination, intellect, knowledge, theory, breath, peaks, wind, towers

Direction: East

Colors: blue, white

Ritual Tools: athame/sword, wand, censor

Sense: Smell

Goddesses: Aradia, Ariamhod, Cardea, Nuit, Urania, Iris

Gods: Mercury, Thoth, Khepara, Enlil

Spirits: Sylphs

Angel: Raphael

Zodiac Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Season: Spring

Time of Day: Dawn

Wind: Eurus

Animals: Birds (especially hawks and eagles)

Plants: Vervain, yarrow, primrose, violet, frankincense, myrrh

Tree: Aspen

Stones: topaz, sapphire, lapis lazuli

Incense: Galfanum