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

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 UTC

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 UTC

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.
SilverFox


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

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,
Bonnie


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

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 UTC

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 UTC

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 UTC

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 UTC

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


My favorite element would have to be Earth


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

Josh Howard (Shallotte) Age: 16 - Email


My favorite element would have to be wind.


Wind May 20th. at 3:01:04 pm UTC

Kyra (Mandeville, Louisiana) Age: 15 - Email


My favorite element would have to be Air, but i never really thought of it as Air but more so as Wind. It comes naturally to me, i remeber even as a little girl conjuring up wind. And water, water has always felt like a warm safe place for me to be in. I love water and I'm a Pisces. But Wind is the easiest foer me to control, summon, and work wit. Some of my most powerful magick is done when i sing. (is that wierd or can someone else do that too?) Anyways i guess that's about it. cool question.


Water Is My Favorite Element May 20th. at 3:07:21 pm UTC

Annick Lynn Rodriguez (New York) Age: 35 - Email


I have always loved the water since I was a child. I have also had an intense fear of the water , since I nearly drowned as a child. But I still love the sensation of water, I love being near lakes and oceans.I know there is something magical about it and also that it is a force that should be respected, not feared. One day I will learn to swim so that I can feel the power of water touch me. I know I will get over my fear one day and when I do I don't think anyone will be able to get me out of whatever body of water I am in.


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