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Aligning the Elements of SELF|
The Elemental Year
Author: Robin Fennelly [a Witchvox Sponsor]
Publisher: Robin Fennelly@Serpent's Gate
Category: Magickal Studies Level: All
Based on the required studies for new Dedicants of Oak and Willow Coven of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition, The Elemental Year provides the reader with a year of personal interaction with the Elements of Magick. The focus of this work is a deeper understanding, and integration of the natural forces that we work with in magickal practice and are a part of our daily existence. Our new members spend several months aligning with each of the 5 Elements and upon completion of this study they are asked to write an essay describing their understanding and application of the Elements they have worked with during their year and a day. We have found this to be an invaluable tool in deepening whatever baseline of information and understanding the individual has as well as accumulating new experience and newly acquired knowledge of a staple component of all magickal practice. The format of this book is one that will support you in a similar way as you move through your own year of study of the Elements.
We begin in Chapter One with an overview of the Elements as they are most frequently used in magickal practice. Spirit, of course is the fifth and universal element that is contained within and without the other four. Chapter Two: Using the Elements in Ritual, gives an introduction to incorporating the elemental pentagrams, the quarter elements and some basic correspondences to support and enhance ritual and magickal working.
Each of the subsequent Chapters focuses on one of the Four Elements. The pure essence of that element is discussed; correspondences that may be used and a suggested practice exercise for the specific element is offered. The practice is intended to connect you to the physical nature of the element and how it is expressed at its basic level within and around you.
Within each Chapter the sub-elements contained within the primary one of focus are presented for additional exploration. Every month you will spend some time learning more about the deeper changes within the basic element when you consider it as having another contained within it.
I have used poetry and meditations as adjuncts to this work. Just as the subconscious mind responds productively to the outer stimuli of music, which has been used as a vehicle for healing, transformative work and altered state of consciousness; the use of writing in a specific style entrains the mind in a similar fashion. There is a certain rhythm contained within poetry that is withstanding whether overt rhyme is used or not. The structure and placement of the words upon the page engage the visual stimuli of the mind’s eye and expanding the writing into the form of a meditation or pathworking engages less often used centers of the brain in conjunction with the kinesthetic qualities of eye movement, thus imprinting it in memory as well.
This book is a valuable tool for every occult student who wants to delve deeper into the mysteries of the Elements of Magick.
Author's Notes: I have used a sub-title for the book of: Aligning the Elements of SELF. I think of the SELF as being the Self Enlivened Life Force. It is that part of ourselves that is wholly integrated and in communication with all parts of itself; mind - body - emotion and Spirit. Working with the energies of the Elements of Magick and applying them directly to personal growth and experience reveals the mysteries of our inner and outer worlds.
My hope is that you will find this information intriguing as well as useful in practical application. Taking the time to fully engage with each of the elements and their sub-elements will be well worth the effort as you see your personal practice expand and fine tune with the underlying currents that exist in all manner of life.
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