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Question of the Week: 110 - 5/14/2003

What’s Your Favorite Element?

Do have a special affinity for one of the elements of Earth, Air, Water or Fire? Do you find one of these easier to work with than the others? Do ritual objects or other items associated with this element just seem to find their way to you?

On the flip side, do any of these elements – or what they represent – give you trouble? (For example: If you are drawn to the Fire principle, do you struggle with the emotional or spiritual aspects related to Water?) How do you balance out the elements within yourself? If you are ‘missing’ an element (or more than one) in your astrological chart (few or no Air, Water, Earth or Fire signs), do you consciously make an effort to enhance or strengthen the influence of that missing element(s) in some way?

What symbols, tools, animals, compass direction, emotions or spiritual guidance do you associate with the elements of Earth, Air, Water and Fire? And what does Spirit represent or mean to you?

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AIR! May 14th. at 1:16:34 pm UTC

Neko (Calgary, Canada) Age: 21 - Email


Ahhh.. the most ignored element.
Very few people tell me they're air it seems and most claim to be either water or fire.

My starchart is completely air except for one lone Taurus in Venus. The rest is a mix of Gemini and Libra.

I'm obsessed with beginings and youth! It's where I connect most to the cycle of things. All my happiest memories are ones of warm bright mornings in the springtime where you can hear the birds and the sun is still golden. Things are just begining anew and being reborn. It was a time to read and study the world around me. A time to learn.

I can't wait to give these moments to my children as well.


Always Working On Balance May 14th. at 1:22:10 pm UTC

Witch of the Woods (Wisconsin) Age: 28 - Email


Even though I am a Leo, I have trouble with Fire. I find it to be my most beneficial ally and my most dreaded foe. I use candles with almost every ritual and take every advantage to use my firepit when I can. But, sometimes that "fire in the belly" can give me trouble. I, on occassion, find myself spewing opinion or getting all fired up over nothing. And yet, that can be advantageous when you need it.
My most comfortable element has to be Earth. I enjoy spending time just sitting in the grass and caressing the rocks around me. Maybe my comfort has to do with the fact I am a more logical thinker and more apt to weigh all decisions more than most. Maybe it's my focus on the more material and mundane things in life. Either way, I try to work on the elements I find myself having trouble with...and for some strange reason that changes often. But, Earth has always been a stable, solid elemental friend to me.


Balance In All Things! May 14th. at 1:33:29 pm UTC

Silver Raven (Nottingham, England) Age: 21 - Email - Web


I always keep a balance between the Elements, as with the Goddess and God. I admit that I do occasionally feel drawn to one more than the others sometimes, but I still include them all, treat them equally and give them equal attention.

The only Element I don't often feel drawn to is Earth, mainly because I don't have any planets in any Earth signs. I don't feel a need to compensate though, as two important relationships in my life are Earth signs, my mother and husband. I'm very close to both of them and I believe this provides the balance with Earth that is otherwise missing.

As for representations, it depends really on time, relevance and location. I usually have incense or a feather for Air; a candle or flower for Fire; fresh rain water, water from a natural source or fruit juice for Water and salt, a crystal or a stone/pebble for Earth. As I am new to the Craft, I have not found any other correspondances for the Elements as yet - I usually focus on the spirit of each Element within myself instead; my breathing for Air, passionate feelings for Fire, tears and emotions for Water and my physical body for Earth.


Elements May 14th. at 1:55:05 pm UTC

joy (ok) Age: 30 - Email - Web


Water is the deepest of all mysteries. I suppose its the curious aspect of my nature to know all the answers. That requires a very deep dive and what I have found is that there probably is no bottom. I am most drawn to water but find that I need the elements of fire and earth to balance out my tendency to get lost in the underworld. Air is always present and fuels my every expedition into the deep waters. When I work, I pay careful attention to the fire and earth elements and am always certain to approach my work with balance.


All Wet? Full Of Hot Air? Or Earthy? May 14th. at 3:52:52 pm UTC

KatRivers (Central Kentucky) Age: 38 - Email


Do have a special affinity for one of the elements of Earth, Air, Water or Fire?

Well, I am naturally drawn to water (ponds, creeks, rain storms) , so perhaps that's my special element. Also, I have practiced ritual next to water all of my life, ever since I was a little girl and would sneak out of the house in the very early morning in order to head down to the (prohibited) creek and burn candles, send up prayers to the Goddess, and make offerings to the spirits of the water. However, I also love air and fire. I feel like I am an "airy" personality. (Does that make sense?) Although I love the woods, gardening, etc., I find that I am less drawn to the element earth, for whatever reason. Still, I collect fossils, so I suppose earth elements do find their way to me!

I don't have any trouble working with any of the elements, I just prefer air and water . . . Really, I don't know that I even realized my preferences until I read this question!
But I don't feel unbalanced or out of sync with any of the elements and I believe that they all have their spiritual place.

What symbols, tools, animals, compass direction, emotions or spiritual guidance do you associate with the elements of Earth, Air, Water and Fire?
Symbols:

Earth = An acorn; salt; a bowl of earth; the Green Man; a pinecone.

Air = Incense; a feather.

Fire = The sun/a symbol of the God; candle flame.

Water = a shell; a piece of driftwood; water from a creek or well (water that has recently touched the earth) ; a statue of the Goddess.

And what does Spirit represent or mean to you?

I'm not sure if I can explain what Spirit represents to me. I know that sounds especially trite coming from a writer. Still, I would have to describe Spirit as a feeling and a way of knowing . . . But what does it represent? A love of others and of Mother Nature, embracing inner and outer peacefulness, working toward love instead of hate, being generous, trying to control negative impulses and behavior (I have to keep reminding myself that it *is* a bad thing to flip off other drivers on the Interstate) . Kat


Air May 14th. at 4:38:33 pm UTC

Eclipse (Virginia) Age: 26 - Email


I guess I would have to say air (though I never really thought about it before) . I love the wind. I grew up in the Appalachain Mountains where it seems like the wind blows constantly.

Other than the fact that I'm a Gemini (which if memory serves is an air sign) I have no idea how this fits into my astrological chart.


Captain Planet May 14th. at 4:59:04 pm UTC

Sloopz (Scotland) Age: 17 - Email


I dont have a fav. eleement to me all elements are equal they are equal as all uises and abilities of each are unique.


Fire May 14th. at 5:31:25 pm UTC

Kat (KY) Age: 26 - Email - Web


My favorite element is Fire. I am a leo with the sign of Fire, and in the Chinese zoaidc i'm dragon with element of Fire also. I'm pretty good with fire, making it burn and playing with the flame. =^_^= I Love Fire.


Earth May 14th. at 7:03:08 pm UTC

Saryn (North Vancouver Island, Canada) Age: 15 - Email


I'm a completely biased Goat here; My favorite element is Earth. I love just going for walks in the woods (usually to avoid school... *whistles innocently*) and trying to see if I can find anything unusual.


Plenty Of Earth, Little Spark May 14th. at 8:21:51 pm UTC

Bryony Ravenwillow (Independence, MO) Age: 34 - Email


Though I am a Libra, an Air sign, my moon is in Capricorn, and the majority of planets in my birth chart are also in Earth signs. I have a couple of planets in Water, and only one in Fire.
So, while I have a lot of traditionally Libran traits, my greatest affinity is with Earth. I loved playing in the dirt and mud when I was a child, and I've had a lifelong love of stones (and not just the pretty sparkly ones, either!) . People have told me that I have a tremendous serenity around me and that just being around me is soothing.
Air would be the next greatest affinity. I love discussions of a philosophical nature, and I value intelligence and good ideas. I love windy days, and when a thunderstorm is about to come through I like to stand outside with my arms outstretched just when the wind is really starting to pick up and let the energy blow through me.
Next would be Water. I like running streams and rushing rivers. I'm not an openly emotional person, but I feel things deeply, and I can empathize with most anything (but I'm not an empath) .
Fire is my weakest Element. It takes a great deal to get me worked up. I'm not a particularly brave person, and one of the few things I get really passionate about is sex! ;-) If I didn't persist in having lots of candlelight when I do ritual, there'd be almost no Fire in my life at all.
To me, Spirit is ephemeral yet complicated, an intricate melding of the other four elements that is so complex and intertwined that to even attempt to separate the strands would destroy the beauty of the whole. Spirit is the animator, the thing that is of the elements, but also what gives them their existence. It is life itself.


Feather Of All. May 14th. at 10:10:38 pm UTC

Storm's Feather (Russellville, Arkansas) Age: 16 - Email


Whenever i'm troubled and wish to talk, i always think of Air. Since i don't work magic beyond wishes, prayers, and the occasional color, candle, or scent magic (i see drawing circles as being a bit messy, and it draws unwanted attention) i use meditation to heal problems, and normally i visit the elements in my mind. Air is normally a quick responder, and talks to me if i'm troubled.
However, Water is the most compassionate. I found an outlet for my pocket-burning money, since i have a problem spending, and i don't like to really waste my money: fish. i have 4 goldfish (one gold/white, one black/gold, one white, one gold/black) , a spotted silver pictus catfish, a bronze catfish, an albino catfish, two female bettas, and two male bettas. The two bettas are kept in seperate glass goblets on my windowsill above my bed, and the rest in a community fish tank against my wall between windows, next to my arm chair. One of them had bad vibes, and i had to ask my guardian to protect both of us from it. It went away.
I use Earth for most of my protection needs and for blessings.
Fire is for beauty, protection, and purification. I don't use fire so much for Protection, but for its beauty. It's soothing to see fire, almost as soothing as it is to hear water. Soul healing, sort of.


Balance May 15th. at 12:29:13 am UTC

ShadowsAura (USA) Age: 35 - Email


I try to balance all the elements into the magick I am inspirerd to do. But if any sign I have to get more intune to and that would be water. I am A fire sign (leo) but my moon is in scorpio wich is a water sign. All that tells me is that I have to get to my feminine side by asking the Goddess to help me accomplish my goals and to be more balance in goals.


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