The Elements

Elements, something that we all work with in one form or another, small or large. Even though it is something that all witches and familiars can recite off of the top of their head, we will be covering more than just the western version of the elements. So grab a cup of brew and let’s jump into this.

The Western Elements

  1. Earth – That northern most element, that despite it’s fertile energy, it’s season is that of winter and the time of deep night. As a witch, you will want to use this element for rituals that are for money, prosperity, fertility, stability, grounding and employment.I also use Earth for healing magic. Yes, yes I know that is usually water but I like earth so bugger off. Right here is an example of how not every “twue” way works for every witch. Normally water is seen as the healing element but that is not how that works for me and it may not work for you when you are performing healing craft.

    Types of magick that is generally ruled by this element:

  • Gardening
  • Magnet
  • Stone
  • Tree
  • Knot
  • Binding

2.  Air – This element may be considered flighty but it is the element of intelligence and communication. Air rules over Spring, the east and the dawn, the time of new things. Air is used in rituals for traveling, instruction, study, freedom, knowledge and recovering lost items.

Types of magick that is generally ruled by this element:

  • Divination
  • Concentration
  • Visualization
  • Wind magick

3. Fire – Is an element that both creates and destroys. It is passionate, energetic and sexual. Fire rules over summer, of course, the south and Noon. Protection, courage, sex, energy, strength, authority, and banishing negativity are the rituals that use the element of fire.

Types of magick that is generally ruled by this element:

  • Candle
  • Storm (passionate and energetic)
  • Time
  • Star

4. Water – Water is the element of emotions, healing and cleansing. It is soothing, flowing and loving. Water rules over Autumn, the west and dusk. Witches can use the element of water for purification, love, psychic awareness, dreams, sleep, peace, marriage and friendship.

Types of magick that is generally ruled by this element:

  • Sea
  • Ice
  • Snow
  • Fog
  • Mirror

5. Spirit – Must I really go over spirit?

Now this doesn’t cover all aspects of the elements, sometimes you have to do your own damn research, as there are colors, senses, tools, tarot, animals, places and so on and so forth that align with each element.  There are also several chants that can be used to invoke the elements in your rituals, personally I just use

“Oi! What up. You want to help out? That would be great. No pressure, just don’t want some creepy crawly with me while I do my craft.”

If you like high magick/craft and or alchemy, you can add in three additional elements to the above mentioned five; the sulfur, mercury, and salt.

The Chinese Elements.

We have metal, water, wood, fire and earth. Wood fuels fire. Fire forms earth. Earth contains metal. Metal carries water. Water feeds earth. These are the basic tenants of the Chinese elements.

  1. Wood is an element of the early morning/sunrise. It is a driving force and an element of independence. People who align with the element of wood tend to be competitive, courageous and are active to try new things. Surprisingly, the colors of wood is blue and green.
  2. Fire is the most yang of the elements. It peaks in the summer, at noon and in the south, as so does the Western fire element. Like its Western sibling, it a element of magic and passion. People who align with the element of fire tend to enthusiastic, compassionate, confident, vibrant and love meeting new people. The colors of fire are reds and bright oranges.
  3. Earth peaks in late summer/early fall and late afternoon. It is a transitional element that allows for a stabilizing factor that allows for transformation to take place. The earth, like the western element, sustains live and provides a safe haven. The person is aligns with Earth is the peacemaker, seeks harmony, accepts love and support. The colors of elements is that of soil.
  4. Metal is an element of late autumn and the evening. It is connected to the heavens, stars and sky.It is an element that is know for the conversion of various elements. A person that aligns with metal is normally refined and noble. The person tends to be structure and organized yet has a flexibility to adapt to change. They are leads and tend to pursue justice. The colors of metal is that of metal such as silver, gold, bronze, etc.
  5. Water is the element of winter and of deep night. It is the element of the greatest yin. It provides vitality and endurance and is the seed for creativity. A person that is aligned to water tends to go deep and reflect from within. This person is also independent and purses truth. The colors of water is black and dark water

Now, I will be completely honest, the Chinese alignment is not something I am 100% familiar with. However, if it is something you are interested in, please go research it and dive right into it. Or even if it just peaks your interest a little, still research it. I have to be honest, its not something I believe I have seen often mentioned in most books/websites that are available to us.