“The east wind is my lodge, it is powerful; The air is my medicine”-Siksikaitsitapi Song
Over the last few weeks I have been really trying to focus on balancing out myself, spiritually. Although, I know I am over due for a vision quest I feel that I have to at least find a balance within myself before I go venturing and pushing my limits into the worlds unseen. So last week I under went a balancing of the spirit ceremony (not really what it is called but it’s the easiest way to explain it). During the preparations for this ceremony I went for a walk in a local nature preserve to search for certain items that I needed. While I was there I let the spirits guide me to the items. They had me walk every single trail and off shoot. At first I was a little annoyed but began to understand why as I walked. I not only needed the connection but they took me through every element while I was there. Between a rushes of cool air, waterfalls that I didn’t know existed, large boulders, and even coming across an old fire pit I was exposed to every element along my walk. I was lead to everything I needed and more, it was truly eye-opening and nourishing.
Just as the spirits brought me full circle, we now come to the end of my Connecting to the Elements series ending with the element of Air. Air is the manifestation of movement, freshness, and communication and of the intellect. Sound is another manifestation of this element. As an element, it is invisible, but its reality can be felt in the air that we breathe. When we invite the energy of air into our lives, we invite change and inspiration. As an artist and author air plays an important role in my life even when I do not reach for it. A great way to connect with air is to express the qualities and correspondences of the element through art. You do not need to be a best-selling author or be able to paint a masterpiece. It is about using the qualities of the element to help us understand its energy and it can be fun too.
If your looking for more of a relaxing way to connect with the element, there are many meditations out there you can follow. The use of air is extremely common in and is an important aspect of meditation, especially with its connection with incense and breath work. When we are balanced with air our minds are clear, precise, focused, and open to new ideas and perspectives.
Speaking about incense, why do we burn incense? What are the reasons why certain herbs are used? Where does the concept of incense hail from? Who else has similar beliefs of its use? When and how do others use incense? Try to answer these or something similar or create an incense with the herbal correspondences associated with the element of air.
Consider also researching and learning about how other traditions and cultures view and use the element of air. Many of the ancient cultures believed that the wind was influenced by the direction from which it originated from. If the wind blew from the south, it represented fire and was said to generate passion, warmth, or vitality. A wind moving from the west embodied the qualities of water; from the north, earth energies; from the east, it doubled the strength of the air element. Air can be found in almost every tradition and cultural spirituality. You may come to find that what you may have been taught about the elements and the directions they are associated with may not fit into your personal spirituality. Its all on the winds of change.
In modern Witchcraft, many Witches often do air element magick to inspire new ideas, improve communication or cooperation between people, or strengthen mental abilities. For instance, if you are taking an important test or taking on a creative project, consider performing an air spell. Air spells tend to take effect quickly, but the results are not usually as long lasting as those of earth spells. The wind direction can also be used in numerous types of air magick. For example, in banishing, always scatter magickal ingredients to the wind moving away from you to take away a problem. In the magickal sense, air holds the energy of the mind, of intellect, inspiration, and imagination. It is ideas, knowledge, dreams, and wishes. These are just some intentions that you might want to focus on while creating and performing spell to help you connect with the element.
Lastly, divination and air can be very rewarding and useful. Air can be used for a variety of divination methods. Whereas, some read clouds, trees, or sand by throwing it to the wind and seeing what patterns it forms. The element of air can also carry messages that can be heard in a multiple of ways. The Aborigines of Australia believe that the winds carry messages from the Divine. In the tarot, air is represented by swords and can reveal the messages from the mind. Use the spread below taken from “The Modern Witch’s Curriculum” or choose your own method that uses air as the holder of information.
Place card 1 on the far left and place card 2 under card 1. Then place card 3 on the top center. Place card 4 on the far bottom right and card 5 on top of card 4.
- Your thoughts. What do you think of yourself?
- Your wall. What blocks you?
- Your scale. What keeps you in balance?
- Your rope. What grounds you?
- Your creativity. What inspires you?