Good morning and Merry Meet to you all this morning. Hopefully everyone has stayed safe and sound during the storms moving across the country over the last two weeks. I know some of extended family lost electricity for a few days in this lovely 100+ degree weather, yuck! Well lets hop to it shall we? The five elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water…and Spirit
Recently I’ve been focusing on the elements with my children, and the coven in which I assist. To me the elements are close parts of me, just like my arms, fingers, and toes. Some of us have an automatic connection to a certain element, normally the one we are born under.
Earth represents stability, our roots, and the soil beneath our feet that sustains life. Earth is patient and reliable. It is solid and strong. To be on solid ground encourages one to seek the practical and most logical answer to a problem. It also represents those materialistic things in our lives and the shelter we all seek. Try sitting outside in a patch of grass or leaning against a tree and you will feel the energy that feeds you gladly to help keep you grounded.
Air has always represented to me, the wind blowing out the negative and bringing in the new positive changes. It is through the influence of this element that we learn to communicate. It’s a way for us to listen and gain knowledge of our ancestors before us and the living all around. It’s fresh and new and can always sweep out old hindering thoughts and bring in bright new ideas and dreams.
Fire has always been my favored element. As a Leo *through and through* I am proud to be put under this sign. It comforts you when you’re cold and feeling low, its bright light can always guide you down your path. It provides you with protection, self-confidence, and the without it there’s no expression and spark to start a new idea or goal.
Water has a nice cooling affect compared to fire. It rushes in along our toes and reminds us we are all connected and one. It seeks to heal and nurture things around it. It pours forth to others. This element allows one to feel their pain and suffering and offer sincere compassion, serenity and calmness.
Spirit. Well to sum it up, Spirit is with all of us, all the time, in everything we do. It is the mother and the father, the creator and the all mighty.
Now just like everything in our lives, there is a balance, a positive and a negative that exists that we must maintain….but that’s a whole other blog that I will touch on soon… but the elements represent such balance in our daily lives. Every year becomes a journey through each of the elements, giving us a chance to experience them wholly and to observe the imbalance in our lives. Their energies surround us in our daily lives and they are the building blocks of our foundation. I will sometimes be at home just stewing away on a situation at hand and when I just can’t take it anymore I’ll grab a yellow candle or maybe a feather from my mantle and ask Air to please help me in my time of need. Please help to carry out the block in my mind and fill it with wonderful new ideas. Or I might be in my car and have had enough road rage or am around a certain someone I don’t like to be around, I might call on fire to help keep trespasses from me and me to containing my own inner flame. You don’t always have to be in a circle to talk to and ask guidance from the elements. Before we move on to our activity today, first why don’t we touch on what element your birth falls under?
If you’re a Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn you are an Earth sign. These people tend to be sensual, loyal, and sincere, focused, and like to feel wanted and trusted.
If you happen to be Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius you fall under and Air sign. Normally people under this sign tend to be spontaneous, communicative, playful, and needs to feel regarded as interesting and considerate.
If you’re born under Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces you are a Water sign, These people are often creative, caring, sensitive, trusting, passionate…asks for trust in return and to be given space.
And last but not least if you fall under Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius you fall under the Fire sign. Fire signs are normally independent, adventurous, honest energetic, assertive, and they need self-expression and requires honesty in others.
Today we’re going to make a fun visual aid to help remind us why the elements are so special to each of us. Now this project can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like. You can start off slow and then have new ideas spark up over weekend.
• All you need is five sheets of paper. Either all white or one for each color representing an element. *Earth Green or Brown, Air yellow or gray, Fire reds and oranges, Water blues and turquoises for example *Now you can use tiles , pieces of wood, glass sheets, picture frames, only your imagination is your limit*
• Crayons, markers, chalk, whatever crafty scraps and coloring tools you might want to use.
• String or ribbon to hang your work with when you’re done
• And finally little things that remind you of the elements. A feather, rock, piece of grass, use your imagination!
On each sheet of paper write an element for it to represent across the middle in BIG letters. Now take on sheet at a time and think what that element brings to your mind. What words describes the elements when you think about it? Does air make you feel free? Or Fire maybe warmth or safety? Attach things that make you feel close to the elements. For Air you can glue feathers or maybe incense. Or perhaps with fire you can paint flames around the sheet, maybe paint some glue on the paper and sprinkle a little of your Yule log ash. Water you can attach shells, sand, pictures of the beach…what makes you think water? Earth you can glue twigs, dirt, rocks…just take a walk and see what draws your attention!!
Once you’re finished and they are dry you can attach them to a dream board …. To help you keep focused when you feel disconnected or need an answer. Or make them hangings on your walls. It can make a wonderful family project and you can all do a show and tell when it’s finished. They will be totally unique just like you!
Now just for your personal bag of info I listed the herbs associated with the elements in case you want to add a touch of life to your alter or circles…or maybe just in your home or garden.
EARTH: material matters; physical form; wealth; career
Balm of Gilead, Bistort, Cedar, Cinquefoil, Clove, Fern, High John the Conqueror, Honeysuckle, Horehound, Jasmine, Mandrake, Patchouli, Pine, Sage, Slippery Elm
AIR: intellect; mind; creativity; breath; visions; psychic power
Acacia, Anise, Benzoin, Broom, Comfrey, Elder, Eucalyptus, Eyebright, Hazel, Lavender Lemon Verbena, Marjoram, Mastic, Mistletoe, Mugwort, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Sandalwood
Spearmint, Thyme, Wormwood
FIRE: will; passion; divine within; energy; protection; healing
Alder, Angelica, Basil, Bay Laurel, Betony, Carnation, Celandine, Cinnamon, Coriander
Cumin, Garlic, Holly, Hyssop, Juniper, Marigold, Peony, Pepper, Primrose, Rosemary
Rowan, Rue, Saffron, St. John’s Wort, Thistle, Vervain
WATER: emotions; subconscious; dreams; purification; blood; fluids
Apple, Ash, Burdock, Chamomile, Cypress, Catnip, Elecampane, Geranium, Henbane, Hyacinth, Ivy, Lovage, Meadowsweet, Myrrh, Orris Root, Poppy, Rose, Star Anise, Willow
Well I really hope you all enjoyed this little bit of fun and I really hope it helps you and your family enjoy the wonderful elements that make up our wonderful world. Have a blessed and WONDERFUL day!!!!