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Working with the Elements
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Each quarter, my coven mates and I work on a different element for that time frame. When I first became a dedicant to my coven, I started working with Earth. My sun sign, Capricorn, is an Earth sign, and I am a very earthy person when it comes to the importance of stability and being grounded. This is by far my favorite element to work with. I envisioned myself as an Earth Goddess, sitting atop a mound of dirt, nursing the children of the planet, my round naked breasts and full belly out for all to see. What a vision! I carried this vision with me throughout my workings. I felt like a spiritual provider for my family. The stability I offered was that of mama, lover, friend, etc. It gave me a feeling of personal power. I was able to keep very grounded and focused during this time frame. I really enjoyed working with this element and feel it is my true nature.
I was afraid to delve into Air because I thought it might be too logical for me, and if anyone knows me at all, I am not always a logical thinker. I am more intuitive and emotional (hence why I thought Water would be a breeze, but we will get to that soon) . When I began working with Air, I found it fairly compatible with my personality, particularly the communication aspect of it, and the need to communicate in writing. I was working on a ritual for my coven during this time along with my coven brother, and it just flowed out of me. What I wanted to “communicate” to my other coven members came out easily on paper for me. The creative flow I felt was inspiring. For isn’t that what the Air element is about as well? Inspiration? Communication? New beginnings? I rather enjoyed Air and felt a bit foolish being intimidated by the logical aspect of it, for I discovered I am organized and logical when I put my thoughts down on paper...more so then when I try to verbally communicate to someone. I often find there are no words to really explain how I feel at times, but ask me to write it down, and I’m a regular Dorothy Parker (one of my favorite poets and writers who had a “masculine” or “Air element” view on life)
Fire-passion-will-motivation...these are terms that look good on paper, but often have intimidated me. The passion part, not so much, when it comes to love and sex of course. But as far as the will power or motivation, well, sometimes I can be a little too stuck in the Earth to move or “transform”. Yes, I am an earth sign and stubborn...big surprise there, my friends. My feelings of desire and anger seemed to come very easily to me during this time, and I knew that in order to keep those feelings in check, I would need to understand the transformation that comes from the flames of the fire. I didn't quite grasp it until after I was done working with Fire. Something to think about the next time around.
Water. Tears. Emotions. Gut instinct. All these things make me who I am. (My moon is in Pisces) , I got so in touch with my watery side (I earned the nickname “Leaky Lola”) that it rubbed off onto my husband, who is an Air sign and very even keel. He began showing more emotions than usual, even shedding a tear here and there (don't tell him I shared this all with you; he would be embarrassed.) I felt not only was I “drowning” in my emotions, but my family was too. It got intense. There were things shared amongst me and my husband that I don't think we would have ever shared with each other in the past. Some of these things hurt, but in the long run, did us wonders as a couple (along with some therapy, meditation, a trip to a pagan festival, and much more) I was ready to be done with water. If I shed another tear, I was going to go mad! I thought I would have a handle on this element because it is so much of my make up (remember, Pisces moon) , but it became overwhelming and ended up being the toughest element to work with. Next time around, I will remember to ground and shield myself at all costs, and also, let the feelings flow freely, but not like rough waters...more like a nice stream.
As a first degree now, I am in the process of working towards my second degree this year in my coven. We began with Earth again, and are now in Air. I am excited to see how the elements go this time round. Knowing I survived them once, especially Water, I know I can go through it again with some back up and a new set of eyes, for the second, third, etc time around is different each time.
Just like the Wheel of the Year...you never stop working it. It is circular for a reason. You are at a different place in your life when each Sabat comes up. My path leads me on this spiral dance of Elemental guides and visions. They are familiar, always have been, but are foreign as well. When greeted by Gnomes, Fae, Dragons, and Mermaids, whether it be all at once or separately, I am always amazed at the lessons they have to teach me. Not only do I have my “parental units” in my God and Goddess, but I feel like the elements and their beings, are like my siblings, or even a favorite aunt or uncle. Family. Friends. Guides. They inspire, motivate, bring me to laughter and tears, and boy howdy, do I continually welcome them with open arms.
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