Why don't you pull up a chair and brew a pot of your favourite tea and sit a while? I feel like Chatting about the Elements today.
When people talk about the elements we each have our own unique view of what each element is, what I see as being Earth may not be exactly how you feel earth should be and vice versa.
For those of you that are new to the craft you may like to know which elements we're talking about. Its not the periodic table of elements that you may have learnt in school but the elements that make up all of creation; of which there are five:
These are what many may refer to as the Cardinal Elements for each one is represented by a direction on the compass, in some traditions, these are as follows:
- Air - East
- Fire - South
- Water - West
- Earth- North
- Spirit- The Fifth all encompassing direction or the central point
Now like people the elements have many varying aspects of personality, what an element may be used for or viewed as one day may be completely opposite the following day. Like all life they change with the seasons and have their own ways of being 'alive' in the world.
To truly connect to the elements I believe that you have to experience them in the world before you can truly understand them. For example how can you know what a raging sea is like when you have never been on a fishing boat off the east coast in winter? Or know what the scent of a summers meadow is at dawn unless you've been there and got the t-shirt? Now just so we understand each other, my friends, I am not asking you to walk into a burning building or into a Tornado, some sides of the elements are best viewed at a distance for as much as an element can create in can destroy just as fast.
It is my belief that no element can exist without the others for as much as they battle against each other they also allow each to thrive. i.e. Water feeds Earth which feeds Fire which feeds Air which feeds Water and together they feed spirit or life.
I would never say that one element is stronger than another as all have their strengths and weaknesses and there is a fine balance of power between them, There is no Fire that Air cannot blow out or water quench, no rock that cannot be worn away by water or Air etc.
I am not going to dwell on the meanings of the elements and recite to you what I see them as being for the lesson I would like you to go away with today is that in order to work with the elements you must truly know them to understand the meanings you give to them, so get out into the world and experience them for all of their benevolence and destruction.
Brightest Blessings My Friends,