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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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Difficult To Say... May 16th. at 6:15:07 pm EDT

Skye Silverstar (Edmonton, Alberta) Age: 19 - Email

Of the five elements I'm used to (earth, air, fire, water, spirit) I'd say spirit is my favorite. That's mostly because I love all the elements.
I love plants, and want to be an herbologist someday. Doesn't it just make you feel good when you notice for the first time that spring has brought green growth to you?
I love water, and for some reason it just doesn't feel right if I live somewhere where I can't see water everyday. Edmonton is the first place I've lived (that I liked) where there isn't a large body of water. But the river here is nice.
I love the wind and the things you can feel just by standing still and breathing the air. Have you ever stopped to consider just how much information comes from smell, even if we don't realize it? I'm light sensitive, so I don't know if this works for everyone, but I can see the light in the air between myself and other objects. It's beautiful, if somewhat painful.
I love fire, how can you not? It's beautiful and colorful, and has an energy you don't regularly see in anything else.
Fire has a sort of life all it's own, and I feel that when I'm looking at it.
To me, while spirit is till it's own, separate thing, it encompasses all of the other elements, and the feelings I get from each of them. On it's own, spirit is important to me beacause... it's difficult to explain. I don't hate. I never have. There are things I don't like. I know everything has both good points and bad - in differing ratios maybe, but it's there. I've never understood disliking someone because there black or gay or christian, or anything else that might be different than me. I have never in my life emcountered someone I thought was ugly physically. People are fascinating creatures, ESPECIALLY if they're different!
I've been told this makes me too innocent or naive to be normal, but I like it this way. It's not that I don't know these views and beliefs exist, it's just that I don't understand them. I just let everyone else think whatever makes them happy.

Light Me Up! May 16th. at 1:07:33 pm EDT

RuneWolf (Reston, VA) Age: 44 - Email - Web

“I have only one burning desire –
Let me stand next to your Fire!”
-Jimi Hendrix

Yeah, there’s no doubt about it – Wolfie is a Fire sign! I have always had a fascination with the Destroyer, since my earliest childhood. Autumn and winter were my favorite seasons, because my parents used the fireplace in our house, and when they stopped using it around the time I was five, I was very upset. So I took to starting my own fires, in novel and inventive ways. To this day, my friends still laugh over some of the fire-related escapades I was involved in, and my mother still cringes over some of the close calls!

I appreciate the other Elements, but prefer them mixed with Fire: I love the eerie and terrible beauty of fountaining lava, the endless variations of lightening, and a good, hot steam-bath. But Fire itself is my first love. I like nothing better than to gaze into a roaring fire, or into the mesmeric, flickering embers that come later. (Have you ever scryed in the embers of a large fire? Try it some time, but be prepared…) As much as I like the night and the gentle light of the Moon, I love basking in the raw heat of the summer Sun at pool-side, slowly roasting under a slathering of cocoanut butter. And a ritual without candles is like a day without sunshine!

Next to breath, Fire is most often synonymous with Spirit – the “imbas forosnai” of the Irish Celts: “I am the God who puts fire in the head…” I work with Spirit-Breath because that is traditional in most of the Eastern practices that I use, but I also work with Spirit-Fire, and I find the effects altogether different, and every bit as powerful. Beyond even the Goddess and the God, in the terrible and ultimate realm of the Absolute, the source of everything is the Sacred Flame, which burns in each of us, and in all of manifest reality, and which is spoken of and eluded to in many cultures and traditions, under many names.

The boon of Prometheus is our friend and our servant, our enemy and our master. Fire brought us up from the Beast, and may yet be our ultimate doom. In Ragnarok, the world shall be consumed by the fires of Surtr, and when I read the words of the volva, I can’t help but think of the Elemental Fires of the sundered atom…

Seven To Nine Elements If Old Celtic Traditions May 16th. at 12:18:26 pm EDT

Ariotanos Yuranantatios (The Woods of Wisconsin) Age: 37 - Email

Depending on your version of old Celtic traditions, there are seven to nine elements, which correspond to the parts of the body. One Gaulish version, which I use, follows:

Waitos (blood) = Mori (sea)
Kikos (flesh) = Talamu (earth/ground)
Knamis (bone) = Krakon (stone)
Anatlah (breath) = Wetos (wind)
Mentos (mind) = Dengwos (mist)
Enyepos (face/honor) = Sahweliyos (sun)
Anatiah (soul) = Tanos (fire)

Note that the spellings are deliberately incorrect, but should be able to show an English speaker how the words are pronounced.

Nine Elements In Asatru May 16th. at 11:16:35 am EDT

Rede Seeker (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) Age: 48 - Email

The primary elements in Asartu are Fire and Ice; the secondary elements are Air and Water; the other elements are Venom, Salt, Yeast, Iron, and Earth.

Ice is my element of close kinship. It comes to me when I need a shield, it also induces clarity by slowing chaotic forces around me. There is also the aesthetic beauty of ice, glistening like gems.

The Asatru saga of Ragnarok (Surt and the singer-of-twigs) is fire-based world annihilation. Perhaps, that's why I am very uncomfortable around unattended fire. I'm usually the one standing guard around candles or incense during a ritual and I've extinguished them if I see they are not being attended.

Earth/air May 16th. at 11:16:30 am EDT

Julie (Brooklyn, ny) Age: 17 - Email

i'd have to say My affinitys lie with earth and air..when i did my birth chart mojority was earth..i can be stubborn but air is deffinitly part of me because I i'm also intelectual (did i spell that right :) ) and i'm an artist.When i was little i had my own wand and would call winds and i would always dance in a circle while doing it.But earth is also there...i am powerful but slow to get to where i need to be or go..i assume that since earth or trees/plants create air i am sorta like that all i need is to get a handle on fire and i'd be good :)

Fire May 16th. at 10:17:42 am EDT

Ares Hearthfire (ny, ny) Age: 21 - Email

I am a fire person. No doubt i am a fiery and energetic Aries. I also get along very well with Air believe it or not. I should look into why this is!


Water Water Everywhere... May 16th. at 9:38:27 am EDT

Anjie (ND) Age: 21 - Email

I'm definately a water person. When I was younger, I spent most of my summers in the lake near my parent's house. I try to enjoy a good dance in the rain when I can. Also, I feel that water from the earth is like milk from a mother. We just never get weened. :)

I'm A Square. :P May 16th. at 1:34:11 am EDT

Mirri (California) Age: 17 - Email

I'm fairly strong in all the elements, which is odd, as I'm a Gemini. You'd think a Libra would be more inclined to balance like that... Anyway, I've come to the conclusion that I'm strongest with Fire, in both the good and the bad aspects. I often find myself getting burned-literally and figuratively! I also have an affinity for Air-although the breeze seems to have its own ideas of what it wants to do. No wonder my favorite day is a windy, sunny one! Of course, the Air/Fire nature of my being makes me highly volatile, and has a tendency to make me "flare up" in tense situations.

I tend to associate yellow, flutes and whistles, and feathers of any kind with Air; red, and candles for Fire; green and brown, salt, and greenery for Earth; blue, cups of any type, and shells for water.

I've also noticed that the elements will *not* listen to me; I can beg and plead, but they won't do what I ask unless they feel like it. Perhaps they're testing me...? :D

Opposite's Attract May 16th. at 1:33:51 am EDT

Nateseia (Canada) Age: 41 - Email

Every part of my being......and birth entrenched in the Earth sign.
I might as well be known as a 'Mud Witch". That said, however, my preference in circle is to be in the South quarter.
I love the passion of the fire, in all it's aspects. It is the one time where I can step outside of my birth path
and truly experience another realm.


From What I've Tasted Of Desire... May 15th. at 11:26:36 pm EDT

Destinyrain (Ohio) Age: 25 - Email

I hold with those who favor fire.

Blaze Of Glory May 15th. at 11:08:19 pm EDT

Reddusk Hawk (Texas) Age: 18 - Email

Fire. I can't help it really. I'm an Aries, so fire is my natural element. The color red makes me look older and more mature, and for some reason I'm addicted to candles and anthing else that burns effectivly. I'm NOT a phyromaniac okay! I just like to watch the fire lick against the melting wax of a freshly made candle as it dances too and fro in the wind. Fire does have a life all it's own, made to be admired and RESPECTED! Never leave a candle burning on it's own!! *looks at large burn mark in expensive carpet.

Different Aspects May 15th. at 9:53:20 pm EDT

Melegwae (KY) Age: 16 - Email

I think I got the runt of the deal. ^_^ I seem more connected to water (due to emotions, mood swings, and my love for water and rain itself) yet at the same time I have many fire aspects, but from what I can see just the bad ones, lol. I'm ill tempered (very) but at the same time I can be passive. Neither of them happen at the right times. I'll be passive when I should stand up for myself and get angry when I'm really only overreacting. I thought water and fire were opposites, so how do I have such strong traits between the two? As much as I love earth, I believe I don't have any as I can never anchor myself to anything. I always have to have a change - something which can lead to heartache. Oddly enough however, my favorite animal and spirit friend is the wolf, and I enjoy the North. Even though I am as free as the wind in spirit, I don't believe I have much air either or I would have more wisdom in controlling my emotions and temper. *sigh*

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