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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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I Am Wildfire Sooo Ya May 19th. at 1:39:35 pm EDT

Wildfire (In my own little wonderful world) Age: 18 - Email

I would definately have to say I like the fire elementals the most. This is closely tied with spirt. Then earth, air, and water.

blessed be

Earth Is My Haven May 19th. at 4:49:46 pm EDT

Fate Stepped In (Santa Barbara, CA) Age: 26 - Email

My favorite element is Earth, and has been since I was a child too young to understand what an Element even was. I was the girl on the playground who played with clovers, made wishes on dandelion puffs, and even pretended to be a witch with my best friend, by sitting in a cube made of tires and making "potions" from acorns and grass for our classmates. I found my spirit guide at age 6, and she has been with for 20 years now, but I associate her with the Earth, because she draws me to the forests and rivers of my past so often. I don't have a green thumb, but I can easily commnicate with plant spirits and I have been told by people who think magick is bad, that I have an uncanny ability to communicate with animals. Most of my time on the Path has been as a solitary, and my altar faces North, a custom I started before ever picking up my first Craft book. Winter has a rare quality to it that has always called to me, cold though it may be, I find it refreshing and love it.
My second favorite Element is water, and Fall is my favorite season. I love the bracing winds that begin in Fall, and the way they carry over to Winter. Samhain has been my favorite holiday since childhood, a time when communing with spirits wasn't considered so odd by those I lived around. As far as my other magick practices are concerned, many consider mirror magick to be associated with Air, but to me it has very much been associated with Water. I usually see Earth or Water scenes before me when I perform mirror magick. Gemstone magick is also near and dear to me, and I like to charge my tools in a bowl filled with dirt.
My parents did not know it when I was born, but the name they created for me was perfect for a child with a Virgo (Earth) sun sign, and a Scorpio (Water) rising sign. My name means Bee Waterfall.

Such A Hard Choice... May 19th. at 8:01:04 pm EDT

Jesse (Arcadia, IN) Age: 21 - Email

I like all the elements because they all are integral to everything. As I have grown in my spiritual beliefs I have come to see them all as necessary. But the one I have always had an affinity with and have been close to is Water. I have loved to swim all my life, and I feel its emotional pulls as well.

The Colors Of The Wind Are My Paint... May 19th. at 10:28:50 pm EDT

Nic (WA) Age: 15 - Email

My favorite element has always been the wind, the air, the sky, space...anything and everything to do with the air! Ever since I was a child wading into the disagreeing rapids of Christianity with the rest of those around me, I have loved the air and wind. I used to believe I could control the wind and even now people tell me I seem to had a certain power over it. I tell them that the wind and I just have an agreement. On windy days I used to climb to the top of the highest hill I could find. Then I'd run as fast as I could to the edge and leap off into the air. For the few seconds, with the wind whipping at me gently, I felt like I could fly. Only those seconds seemed like eternity. The feeling was so pure and rich and free! Then I'd come crashing to earth and tumbling down. I have quite a few scars from it too. In all truth, I still can't resist trying to fly whether it's off a cliff into the water or out of a tree onto the ground. My dream has always been to fly, and now that this faith has found me I am certain it was a sign.
The earth comes in second, I have always known it well. We seem to have come to terms with each other since I was young. I am very much an environmentalist and seem to gather a special flow of energy from the earth that I don't get with the other elements.
In a close third is water. I've known how to swim for about as long as I've known how to drive, ride a horse, shoot a gun/bow and climb...which is before I could even walk very well. The water and I are like fire and ice. You need one to help the other, whether the fire be to melt the ice or the ice to stop the fire.
Then comes fire, of course. I am obsessed with fire, but not to the point of pyromania. I just love to watch it, feel it's warmth and security. It mesmorizes me. Don't mistake me, I've been burnt more times that I can count but I am still drawn to it.
But through all of this, air is my favorite. It has been there to lift me up when I was down, give me love when I needed a hug, listen to me when I needed someone to talk to, and watch over me when I was feeling unsafe. The air has always been my secret friend and there is no one who could replace it, because it will always be here for me.

* * *Nic* * *

Now To Hear From A Pyromaniac May 20th. at 8:00:39 am EDT

SilverFox (Tennessee) Age: 19 - Email

I am a newbie to the wiccan faith, and I just want to say I love this site. Okay now to the question. Ever since I was younger I have had a fascination with the flames. I use to take dried anything and watch the fire devour and consume. A stick, leaf, bug, anything dry and flammable would suffice. I didn't realize then what this meant I just knew that because of my fixation, I was going to "wet the bed everynight from playing with fire." My mother being a sweet understanding lady bought me candles. My room is full of all colors and sizes. I sit in my room with all of them lit and just bask in the light, warmth, and dancing flames that surround me. Then as a I grew I found out about the greek gods and immediately became fascinated by hephestus and apollo gods of fire and the sun. Everyone has always called my personality Firey. I charge my crystals by fire light and dreamt since I was a child that I could control the flames or conjure them at a whim. On rare occasions this dream resurfaces and I use my gift in order to clean fields of dead rubbish so that new can grow to cleanse the earth of filth that it may flourish and not stagnate. When I meditate it is easiest to calm myself down by imagining myself in a warm fire and feel the flames consume the baggage of the day and take away all of its stress. Flame magick came fastest and easiest to me. And flame scrying is the most fun I have. And a couple of months ago a friend did my astrological chart for me. I am a cap (earth) with a rising Leo (fire) . Strangly enough earth is my least favorite. Water is my second, I was swimming before I was talking. I do nothing but sleep, eat, swim during the summer. Third is Air. This element boggles me. Even though it is inconstant and shifty as fire it doesn't have any stability. And last is earth like I said, I just find the earth too solid and not shifty enough. I revel in change and chaos, the crazier life is the better. Thank you for letting me express myself :D.

Elemental Interactions May 20th. at 8:33:47 am EDT

Bonnie (Alburg, Vermont) Age: 36 - Email

As a fire sign, I am drawn to the element of water when I seek peace and tranquility. It tames my flame when it ignites to great heights. I fear fire, a representation of myself for the most part. I see what it is capeable of and know what I am capeable of. It reflects the shadow self of me. The element air is both soothing and frightening. It can be a calm caress, soothing me or it can add fuel to my firey nature. The element earth, is of my favorite as it grounds me and keeps me in balance. Spirit is a mystery and keeps me enraptured, like a good novel that you can not put down, thus mimicking the wonderous connection with all. The Elements and I are entertwined, joined, a part of all and each other. Our energies linked.

In Harmony,

Favourite Element.. May 20th. at 10:43:32 am EDT

Raistlynn (OH) Age: 31 - Email

My favourite element is Fire, being an Aries. My second favourite when I need to unwind is water. I like to light candles while in the bath/shower, so that's a combination of my two favourites. I've seen lightning associated with Air, so that would have to be my third favourite. I don't have much Earth in my chart, other than being a Virgo rising, so Earth I would have to say would be my least favourite, though I do love to take walks in the woods.

Earthmama May 20th. at 11:16:36 am EDT

Fernmeadows (Boston , Ma.) Age: 35 - Email

I love the Earth elements.A walk in the woods, a cool breeze in the air, the smell of a campfire and the sound of a babbling stream or brook near by. That is my Avelon! My Summerlands! Have a Great SummerSolstice! Blessed Be

ABOUT THE ELEMENTS May 20th. at 11:58:40 am EDT

Crystal Fulks (Moore, Oklahoma) Age: 18 - Email

I have always considered myself more of a water person, for the elements. Although, I generally correspond with water, but my actual element is air.

Spirit And Fire May 20th. at 12:43:08 pm EDT

Catherine V. Bidwell (Bridgeport, Pennsylvania) Age: 26 - Email - Web

I have a strong affinity to both spirit and fire. Interesting this is because my sun-sign is pisces, my rising-sign is cancer and my moon-sign is scorpio - all water signs! (And yes, I am very emotional!) I live in the spirit - although I know I have things to do here on Earth. I wish to return to the spirit - not to sound depressed or depressing here. I wish to return to my astral family - both before and after me. As for fire, I am just entranced by it. I trust it, though I know that it can kill and get out of control. I just feel it is a friend - sort of like - that's the best word I can think of right now - "friend."

My Favorite Element Is... May 20th. at 2:23:02 pm EDT

Kyra Bruno (Erie, PA) Age: 16 - Email

My favorite element would have to be Earth

Favorite Element May 20th. at 2:50:46 pm EDT

Josh Howard (Shallotte) Age: 16 - Email

My favorite element would have to be wind.

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