The Ancients recognized four basic elements: Air, Fire, Water, and Earth.
These four elements are still recognized in ritual magic. And it makes perfect sense that, because all things are interconnected, the elements work together toward common purposes.
But for now, let’s focus on each elements individual traits, as opposed to the seemingly infinite ways you can use them in combination with one another.
For this post we will turn our attention toward Water …
Water is constantly active beneath the surface of the Earth. Likewise, She is always fluid under the surface of our physical being. Maintaining the ebb and flow of our moods and emotions.
Waters areas of power are passion, intuition, emotions, wisdom, subconscious, eternal movement, and the soul. She has great influence concerning fertility; particularly when there is an issue involving the womb.
Use Water to wash away negative emotions, to stir up stagnate energy, and to promote insightful intuition in the holistic healing environment.
This element is used to purify the casting circle and all of the tools used within it. For this purpose, She is often mixed with salt. If you are able to obtain Water from the ocean for your practice, consider it a special blessing. I am fortunate in this way and exceptionally grateful for that.
Altar representations of this element should be on the west side, as this is the direction She is connected with.
She can aptly represent herself in your spellwork or sacred space. It is generally simple enough to fill a small vessel with some Water and place Her on your altar or in your casting circle. Still, if you would rather use shells, driftwood, or some other item representing a body of Water to represent Her feel free. She can also be represented by the color blue. Color is a great way to represent Her when you find yourself away from your altar and/or magical supplies.
I find myself particularly drawn to rendezvousing with Her where She appears in large bodies; such as the ocean, a large lake, or a river. But there is no doubt that being in Her presence as She exists in the form of ponds, streams, marshes and wells also has a profound effect on me as well. If you have the opportunity to frolick with Her in waterfall form, be sure to do so. A waterfall creates a microclimate which is perfect for both physical regeneration and magic work.
As one who practices magic it is paramount to stay connected to the energy which surrounds you; making it invaluable to work with the four elements. We have the great fortune of joining forces with Nature and using the power created by this union to manifest our needs and desires.
I encourage you to become close friends with Water. Get to know Her. Talk to Her. Listen to Her. Work together with Her to manifest the life of your dreams.
It is my opinion that the best way to get to know an element, in this case Water, is to dedicate a 30 day block to the task. On each one of these days engage in an activity which exposes you to the element. Experience it fully. Journal your experience, particularly any insights it provides for you while you 'dance together'.
Here are a few ideas for ways to spend time with Water to get you started …
- Go outdoors during a rain storm (naked if you can) and allow Her liquid to soak your body
- Soak in a large body of Water fully experience the weightlessness it provides
- Sit quietly next to a large body of Water and listen for what She has to say
- Sit quietly next to a small body of Water and listen for what She has to say
- Set an alarm for 4 separate times throughout the day and splash your face with water when it goes off
I have no doubt that you will experience exponential growth from your 30 day journey with Water.
She is consistent. She is faithful. She is a remover of obstacles.
Hold this amazing element in reverence my lovely Tribe! She will serve you well. She is one of our faithful Ancient Allies!
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