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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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| Balance In All Things! ||May 14th. at 1:33:29 pm EDT|
|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.
| Always Working On Balance ||May 14th. at 1:22:10 pm EDT|
|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.
| AIR! ||May 14th. at 1:16:34 pm EDT|
|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.
| I Swear I'm Trying To Stay Balanced ||May 14th. at 12:43:37 pm EDT|
|Bran Rivka (Minnesota) ||Age: 24 - Email |
I try to keep the Elements balanced. Honest. But I am often drawn to Fire. Probably because I'm an Earth person by nature, & Fire balances that very well in energy work. Fire & I also have a fun/screwed-up relationship that draws me to it. As a writer I'm also connected to Air & its association with communication, & these are the 'tools' that most often find me. My spiritual *practice* is most based in Earth - trance dancing & long walks in Nature rather than quiet meditation.
My 'weak' Element is Water. I'm not a very emotional person (more given to theatrical histrionics than actual feeling, & my most easily roused emotion is anger, very Fiery) . But sometimes, for no discernible reason, I'll just burst into tears. That's Water, telling me to pay attention.
My associations for the elements tend to be either bodily (breath for Air, blood for Fire, tears for Water, bone for Earth) or musical (woodwinds for Air, brass for Fire, strings for Water, percussion for Earth) . I have spirit allies in each direction, each one very much in keeping with the Elements, & I can't think of any Element without thinking of its ally.
Spirit...Spirit is alchemy. It is the place where all Elements meet & create something so much greater. The Ancestors called it the Quintessence; what it really is remains one of the ultimate unknowables, but at the same time, it is that thing we each carry with us that makes us what we are, & more than what we are, & connected to each other, the Elements, and the ever-growing Multiverse.
*grumbling* Oh, well, if *that's* all it is...no problem! That makes *perfect* sense.
| Two.....depending On Your Definition ||May 14th. at 12:13:24 pm EDT|
|Lady Gaia NiCiamahra (Wisconsin, USA) ||Age: 22 - Email |
Water, and Fire. I am a water sign, and I am drawn to it's aspect of ruler of death, and also the fact that it represents blood, so vital to life. It has amazing and wonderful duality. Fire because of the same principles: we need warmth and cooked food, but it can be quite deadly as well; not to mention it is the complimentary and balancing element to my birthsign. I find the phoenix represents me as well, dying and being reborn of the ashes....death and birth and life-in-death. Wonderful paradox. Some might consider a third element, Air, for me; I am very attuned to Faery (or so they say I'd like to think) . Some associate faerys with Air, but I feel they are more in a class of their own, since not all faerys reside or work in/with air.
Though I feel neither Air nor Earth are strongly present in me, (though I could be wrong) , I also do not think they are working against me, nor do I feel a need to bolster their presence; if it was necessary for me to have them, I think I would be there, without me having to try to get them to be present.
Spirit, to me, is far too complex to be explained away in just one quick go. It is, IMHO, in a class the same as if all 4 others were balled into one class; it has many different facets to be worked on and worked with.
Blessings in Darkness,
Lady Gaia NiCiamahra
| Elements ||May 14th. at 12:09:03 pm EDT|
Well, since I'm not a ceremonialist, wiccan, etc.. I don't have a favorite "element" per se, the directions are different in traditional witchcraft, so sadly, I don't have a favorite.
| Fire Sign ||May 14th. at 10:39:59 am EDT|
|Mandy K. (NYC) ||Age: 19 - Email |
I'm a Fire Sign, (Sag) so I suppose I can't help it. I have some interest in herbs, stones, oils, etc. but I *always* employ candles and always have to visit the candle section of any store I'm in. Orange is my favorite color.
Interestingly, I'm also very strongly drawn to Water. Love baths and showers, long for the pool and beach. Turquoise is my other favorite color, as well as my birthstone.
While I don't feel anything really stongly towards Air or Earth, I don;t feel like I am "opposed" to them or that they "work against me."
| Fire And Earth ||May 14th. at 9:23:22 am EDT|
|Wolf's Voice (Singapore) ||Age: 28 - Email |
I find myself drawn towards Fire and Earth.
I resonate strongly with things associated with solar energy and Fire. Fire is warmth, protection, shielding, Life and Death. It's quite interesting that one character in my Chinese name has the character depicting 'sun'. Perhaps, with the strong identification with Fire, I also struggle with a temper.
Earth is the grounding aspect in my life and in fact, the Earth element within me finds itself at odds at times with folks who identify with Air.
One such archetype I work with is the Phoenix. Solar energy. Fire. Rebirth and renewal.
And what does Spirit mean to me? Life. Source. Ever-changing. Ever-learning.
| FIRE !! ||May 14th. at 8:12:35 am EDT|
|Macha (NC) ||Age: 39 - Email |
Fire Fire Fire !!! but i do enjoy working with all the elements.
Because there is so much Fire i notice the water aspect alittle dry but i am working on that! laughs
| My Favriot Element ||May 14th. at 8:02:38 am EDT|
|MorningDove (Indiana) ||Age: 27 - Email |
Iam fond of all, but seem to turn more towards the earth and water elements in my workings. By nature Iam a capricorn and an earth element, I have found that most of my workings are usally for healing animals and humans.
Thank you for your time,
Love and Light
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