Spirit, the Fifth Element

This month, I’m looking more closely at the element of Spirit, or Ether or Akasha.  Akasha is the Sanskrit word for Ether/Aether, which represents the universal inner space, the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere. (Wiki)

Spirit is thought to be the fifth element, with the other four classical elements being Earth, Air, Fire and Water.  Together they form each point of the pentacle.

Spirit represents the prime element present in all things, providing space, connection and balance for all elements to exist.  It is essential to our sense of connectedness with spirit and well-being.  Spirit represents represents the sense of joy and union, transcendence, transformation, change, everywhere and nowhere, within and without, immanence.  It represents the human spirit and energy of the Goddess and God.

Types of magick include enlightenment, findng your life path, spiritual
knowledge, seeing and understanding karmic paths of life.

Direction Centre, circumference, complete lack of direction and dimension
Gender Universal
Energy Universal
Colours White, Black, Purple
Season The turning wheel of the year
Goddesses The Lady, Isis
Gods The Horned God, Akasha
Magick tools Pentacle, robe, cord, rope
Rule of Magnus To become perfected
Symbols Infinity, the cosmos, godhead, the creator, infinity sign, wheel, pentacle
Chakra Crown, Third Eye
Animals Dove
Trees/Plants Mistletoe, the flowing almond tree
Gems & Stones Quartz, diamonds
Sense Sixth sense, intuition
Positive Traits Wisdom
Negative Traits Self-destruction

http://www.wicca.in/the-wiccan-elements/
© A Year And A Day (2012)

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The Element of Water

This month, I’m looking more closely at the element of Water.  Water is one of the four classical elements, which also includes Earth, Fire and Air.  A fifth element, Spirit or Akasha, is also sometimes included – and can represent the five points on the Pentacle.

Water represents emotions, feelings, courage, absorption, subconscious/ unconscious mind, intuition, purification, cleansing, eternal movement, wisdom, the soul, vision quests, self-healing, sorrow, reflection, psychic ability, emotional aspects of love and femininity, the womb, menstruation, fertility, marriage, happiness, friendship, dreams, sleep, and healing.

Water symbols include oceans, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, springs, wells, pools, fog, or rain.  Types of magick using water include mirror divinations, magnet work, love magick, lucid dreaming, cleansing, or protection spells.  Water related rituals include ritual bathing, dilution, washing, sprinkling, brewing, or tossing objects into water.

Direction West
Gender Feminine
Energy Receptive
Colours Blue, turquoise/aqua, green, grey, indigo, black
Time of Day Twilight, dusk, evening
Cycle of Life Maturity
Moon Phase Full, Waning
Season Autumn
Sabbat Lughnasadh/Lammas, Mabon
Wind Zephyr
Goddesses Aphrodite, Isis, Marianne, Selene, Arianhrod, Hecate, Persephone, Inanna
Gods Dylan, Ea, Manannan, Osiris, Neptune, Poseidon
Spirits/Elementals Undines, Nymphs, Mermaids, Fairies of ponds, lakes or streams
Magick tools Cup, goblet, chalice, cauldron, mirror, water
Rule of Magnus To Dare
Zodiac Signs Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Planets Neptune, Venus, Moon
Chakra Heart
Tarot Cards Cups (Emotion, Feeling), Queens
On Pentagram Upper right
Animals Whales, albatross, fish, water snakes, dolphin, cat, frog, turtle, swan, crab, dragon
Trees/Plants Willow, magnolia, lavender, water plants, gardenia, apple, apricot, birch, elder, elm, rose
Herbal Water plants, ferns, lotus, mosses, bushes, water   lilies, gardenia
Incense lotus, sandalwood, myrrh, mugwort, camphor, vanilla, violet, chamomile, jasmine, raspberry, catnip, cherry, hibiscus
Gems & Stones Aquamarine, amethyst, blue tourmaline, pearl, coral, blue topaz, fluorite
Metals Mercury, silver, copper
Instruments Anything resonant, harmonica, cymbals, harp, lyre
Sense Taste
Positive Traits Forgiving, easy going, sensitive, gracious,   compassionate, wise
Negative Traits Overly emotional, weepy, lazy

http://www.wicca.in/the-wiccan-elements/
© A Year And A Day (2012)

The Element of Fire

This month, I’m looking more closely at the element of Fire.  Fire is one of the four classical elements, which also includes Earth, Water and Air.  A fifth element, Spirit or Akasha, is also sometimes included – and can represent the five points on the Pentacle.

Fire represents change, energy, inspiration, love, sexuality, passion, life force, spirit, will, leadership, faith and trust, elusiveness, innocence, physical and personal vulnerability, relationships with others and self, renewal, self-healing, stress, courage, strength, protection.

Fire symbols include the sun, stars, volcanoes, lava, eruptions, heat, flame,
candles, bonfires, saunas, lightning, heated objects (stones in particular), fire
forged objects, red feathers, blood, sap.  Types of magick using fire include healing and destroying, purification, love spells, and energy work.  Fire related rituals include burning objects, lighting candles and fires, cauldron work, and baking.

Direction South
Gender Masculine
Energy Projective
Colours Red, green, gold, crimson, orange, white
Time of Day Noon
Cycle of Life Youth
Moon Phase Waxing to Full
Season Summer
Sabbat Beltane, Litha/Midsummer
Wind Notus
Goddesses Brigit, Hestia, Pele, Vesta
Gods Mars, Agni, Horus, Prometheus, Vulcan, Ra, Lugh
Spirits/Elementals Salamanders, Firedrakes
Magick tools Athame, sword, wand, candle, censer, lamps, daggers, spear, staff (Some traditions align the Wand with Air)
Rule of Magnus To Will
Zodiac Signs Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Planets Mars, Sun
Chakra Solar Plexus, Heart
Tarot Cards Wands (Inspiration, Spiritual), Knights
On Pentagram Lower right
Animals Phoenix, squirrels, tigers, lions, porcupine, badger, coyote, fox, cats, bear, rabbit, snakes, hawk, dragon, horse, snake, cricket, mantis, ladybug, bee, scorpion
Trees/Plants Alder, Ash, Cashew, Cedar, Chestnut, Fig, Juniper, Mahogany, Oak, Holly, Rowan, Walnut, Maple
Herbal Nettles, sunflower, garlic, hibiscus, red/chili peppers, cinnamon, coffee, beans, seeds, nuts, mustard, onion
Incense Sweetgrass, myrrh, cedar, frankincense, dragon’s blood, juniper, sage, clover, thyme, cinnamon, cedar
Gems & Stones Jasper, ruby, fire agate, blood stone, garnet, fire opal, pink carnelian, red carnelian, red amber, amber calcite, blue amber, yellow and gold fluorite, citrine, lava
Metals Gold, brass, iron/steel
Instruments Guitar, string instruments
Sense Sight
Positive Traits Energetic, daring, passionate, enthusiastic, intelligent
Negative Traits Resentful, angry, jealous, stubborn, greedy, arrogant

http://www.wicca.in/the-wiccan-elements/ 
© A Year And A Day (2012)

The Element of Air

This month, I’m looking more closely at the element of Air.  Air is one of the four classical elements, which also includes Earth, Water and Fire.  A fifth element, Spirit or Akasha, is also sometimes included – and can represent the five points on the Pentacle.

Air represents the mind and intelligence, knowledge, communication, inspiration, imagination, intuition, illumination, ideas, freedom, clarity, telepathy, psychic powers, dreams and wishes, travel, finding lost things, ability to know & understand, brainstorming, and new beginnings.

Air symbols include the sky, wind, clouds, vibrations, smoke, feathers, plants, trees, flowers.  Types of magic using Air energies include divination, concentration, visualization, wind magick, feather magick, prophecy, karma work.  Air related rituals include playing a flute or wind instrument, tossing objects in the wind, burning incense & aromatherapy, hanging objects in trees/high places.

Gender Masculine
Direction East
Cycle of Life Birth, Infancy
Moon Phase New, Waxing
Season Spring
Symbols Sky, wind, clouds, breath, vibrations, smoke, feathers,   plants, herbs, trees, flowers
Sabbat Imbolc, Ostara
Wind Eurus
Goddesses Danu, Athena, Aradia, Arianrhod, Cardea, Nuit,   Urania
Gods Mercury, Thoth
Spirits/Elementals Sylphs, Zephyrs, Fairies of trees, flowers and   winds
Magick tools Censer, athame, sword, wand
Rule of Magnus To Know
Zodiac Signs Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Planets Mercury, Uranus
Chakra Heart
Animals Doves, hawk, eagle, foxes, turtle, raven, spider
Trees/Plants Wildflowers, lavender, clover, lemon balm, ash   trees, birch, aspen, beech, acacia, almond, hazel, linden, maple, pine
Herbal Frankincence, myrrh, pansy, primrose, vervain,   violet, yarrow, dill, clove
Gems & Stones Fluorite, moonstone, turquoise, amethyst, rhodochrosite,   silver, topaz, pumice, alexandrite
Metals Tin, copper
Instruments Flute, wind instruments
Type of magick Divination, concentration, visualization, wind   magick, prophecy, karma work
Ritual Action Playing a flute/wind instrument, tossing objects   in the wind, burning incense & aromatherapy, hanging objects in trees/high   places, discovering lost items, developing psychic abilities

http://www.wicca.in/the-wiccan-elements/
(C) A Year And A Day (2012)

The Element of Earth

This month I’m looking more closely at the Element of Earth.  Earth is one of the four classical elements, which also includes Air, Water and Fire.  A fifth element, Spirit or Akasha, is also sometimes included – and can represent the five points on the Pentacle.

Earth represents permanence, stability, strength, security, wisdom, practicality, materialism, wealth, abundance, prosperity, patience, truth, and responsibility.

Earth symbols include the earth, soil, rocks, mountains, trees.  Types of magic using earth energies include gardening, grounding, working with stone/crystals, knots, binding, money spells, and runes.  Rituals include burying objects in the earth, herbalism, planting trees/plants, 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 Gaia/Gaea, Ceres, Demeter, Mah, Nephtys, Persephone, Rhea
Gods Adonis, Athos, Arawn, Cernunnos, Dionysus, Pan
Spirits Gnomes, Dwarfs, Trolls
Time Midnight, Night
Cycle of life Old Age
Season Winter
Colours Black, green, yellow, brown
Zodiac signs Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Sense Touch
Stones and jewels Amethyst, angelite, azurite, celestite, agate (green, moss), cat’s eye, coal, emerald, geodes, halite/salt, jasper, jet, obsidian, olivine, onyx, peridot, quartz, tourmaline
Magick tools Pentacle, pentagram, salt, stones/gems, cords
Metals Iron, lead
Herbal Ivy, grains, oats, rice, patchouli, lichens
Trees Cypress, Honeysuckle, Jasmin, Lilac
Animals Cow, bull, dog, horse, ant, bears, wolf, deer/stag, buffalo
Instruments Drums and percussion
Type of magick Gardening, magnet images, working with stones/crystals, knots, binding, money spells, grounding, runes
Ritual Action Burying objects in the earth, herbalism, planting trees/plants, and making images out of wood or stone

 http://www.wicca.in/the-wiccan-elements/ and other sources
(C) A Year And A Day (2012)