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The four elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, are very important for most Wiccans.  A fifth element, Ether/Spirit/Akasha, is also used in many Wiccan traditions.  These elements are symbolic of physical, spiritual and emotional attributes and are part of nature and ourselves.  Ancient Greeks believed these four elements were at the root of all existing matter.  Some see the points of the pentagram as representing the five elements.

The elements are commonly invoked at the beginning of rituals or used in their physical forms to symbolically purify the ritual circle.  Each element has associated symbols, rituals and meanings, which are outlined below.  Note the correspondences below are in reference to the Northern Hemisphere.

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   Air represents the mind and intelligence, communication, telepathy, psychic powers, inspiration, imagination, ideas, knowledge, dreams and wishes.  In rituals, Air is represented in the forms of tossing objects into the wind, aromatherapy, songs, and hiding things in high places. It rules spells involving travels, instruction, freedom, knowledge, discovering lost items, and can also be used to develop psychic faculties. Air also rules the visualization.

Gender Masculine
Direction East
Energy Projective
On Pentagram Upper left
Symbols Sky, wind, breezes, clouds, feathers,   breath, vibrations, smoke, plants, herbs, trees, flowers.
Goddesses Aradia, Arianrhod, Cardea, Nuit,   Urania
Gods Enlil, Kheoheva, Merawrim, Shu, Thoth
Spirits Sylphs, Zephyrs, Fairies of trees,   flowers and winds.
Time Dawn
Cycle of life Infancy
Season Spring
Colours Yellow, white, crimson
Zodiac signs Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Sense Smell, hearing
Stones and jewels Topaz, pumice, rainbow stones,   crystals, amethyst, alexandrite
Magick tools Censer, wand, sword
Metals Tin, copper
Herbal Clove, myrrh, pansy, primrose,   vervain, dill, lavender
Trees Acacia, Almond, Aspen, Hazel, Linden,   Maple, Pine
Animals Eagle, raven, spider
Instruments Flute, wind instruments
Type of magick Divination, concentration, wind   magick, prophecy, Karma work
Ritual Action Playing a flute, tossing objects in   the air (over the shoulder), burning incense, hanging objects in trees

      Fire represents energy, inspiration, love, passion, leadership. In rituals, Fire is represented in the forms of burning objects, love spells, baking, and lighting candles and fires. Fire is also the element of change. Actually it represents magick itself. Fire is the most physical and spiritual of the

Gender Masculine
Direction South
Energy Projective
On Pentagram Lower right
Symbols Flame, lightning, heated objects   (stones in particular), volcano, rainbow, sun, stars, lava, heat
Goddesses Brigit, Hestia, Pele, Vesta
Gods Agni, Horus, Prometheus, Vulcan
Spirits Salamanders, Firedrakes
Time Noon
Cycle of life Youth
Season Summer
Colours Red, gold, crimson, orange, white
Zodiac signs Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Sense Sight
Stones and jewels Ruby, fire opal, volcanic lava,   agathe
Magick tools Dagger, sword, athame, censer, lamp,   candles, incense, herb burning, paper requests, knife
Metals Gold, brass
Herbal Garlic, hibiscus, red peppers,   cinnamon, coffee, beans, seeds, chilly peppers
Trees Alder, Ash, Cashew, Cedar, Chestnut,   Fig, Juniper, Mahogany, Oak, Holly, Rowan, Walnut
Animals Dragon, cat, lion, horse, snake,   cricket, mantis, ladybug, bee, scorpion, phoenix, coyote, fox
Instruments Guitar, string instruments.
Type of magick Candle, healing, love spells, energy   work
Ritual Action Burning objects, wood, paper,   heating, preparing decoctions, cauldron work

      Water represents emotions, absorption, subconscious, purification, eternal movement, wisdom, the soul, emotional aspects of love and femininity. In rituals, it is represented in the forms of pouring water over objects, brew making, healing spells, ritual bathing, and tossing objects into of water.

Gender Feminine
Direction West
Energy Receptive
Symbols Ocean, river, shell, spring, lake,   well, rain, fog, cup
On Pentagram Upper right
Goddesses Aphrodite, Isis, Marianne, Mari,   Tiamat, Yemaha
Gods Dylan, Ea, Manannan, Osiris, Neptune,   Poseidon
Spirits Undines, Nymphs, Mermaids, Fairies of   ponds, lakes or streams.
Time Twilight, dusk
Cycle of life Maturity
Season Autumn
Colours Blue, turqoise, green, grey, indigo,   black
Zodiac signs Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Sense Taste
Stones and jewels Aquamarine, amethyst, blue   tourmaline, pearl, coral, blue topaz, fluorite
Magick tools Cup, cauldron, goblet, mirror
Metals Mercury, silver, copper
Herbal Ferns, lotus, mosses, bushes, water   lilies, gardenia
Trees Apple, Apricot, Birch, Cherry, Elder,   Elm, Rose, Willow
Instruments Anything resonant, harmonica,   cymbals, also a flute made from real reed or willow bark
Animals Dragon, water snakes, dolphin, fish,   cat, frog, turtle, swan, crab
Type of magick Mirror divinations, magnet work, love   magick, lucid dreaming, cleansing, protection spells
Ritual Action Bathing, dilution, washing,   sprinkling, preparing cold herbal infusions

     Earth represents strength, abundance, stability, prosperity, wealth and femininity. In rituals, Earth is represented in the forms of burying objects in the earth, herbalism, and making images out of wood or stone.

Gender Feminine
Direction North
Energy Receptive
Symbols Rocks, fields, soil, salt, caves,   clay
On Pentagram Lower left
Goddesses Ceres, Demeter, Gaea, Mah, Nephtys,   Persephone, Rhea
Gods Adonis, Athos, Arawn, Cernunnos,   Dionysus, Mardyk, Pan, Tammuz
Spirits Gnomes, Dwarfs, Trolls
Time Midnight, Night
Cycle of life Age
Season Winter
Colours Black, green, yellow, brown
Zodiac signs Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Sense Touch
Stones and jewels Rock crystal, emerald, onyx, jasper,   salt, azurite, amethyst, quartz
Magick tools Pentacle, Pentagram, salt, images,   stones, gems, cords
Metals Iron, lead
Herbal Ivy, grains, oats, rice, patchouli,   lichens
Trees Cypress, Honeysuckle, Jasmin, Lilac   (some say Lilac is Water)
Animals Cow, bull, dog, horse, ant, bears,   wolf
Instruments Drums and percussion
Type of magick Gardening, magnet images, stone   (jewel divination, work with crystals), knot, Binding, money spells,   grounding, finding treasures, runes,
Ritual Action Burying, making clay effigies,   planting trees or herbs

Aether (also called Spirit) is the prime element present in all things, providing space, connection and balance for all Elements to exist. Aether is immaterial unlike the Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Aether is essential to our sense of connectedness with spirit and well-being. Aether represents the sense of joy and union.

Gender Universal
Direction Universal
Energy Universal
Symbols Cord, rope
On Pentagram Upper
Goddesses The Lady
Gods The Horned God
Cycle of life Eternity
Season The wheel of year
Colours White
Sense Higher receptions
Animals Dove
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