The elements are a part of many witchcraft and pagan practices. At first believed to be the base of all matter in existence, the classical/Western elements have become a representation of the different energies in our world.
Tapping into the energies of the elements can help us find both exploration and balance in our lives. We tend to have a dominant energy and tapping into the others can help us grow!
The elements can also be a way to connect with the energies of nature, especially when we live in areas that aren’t surrounded by nature itself.
Today I’m sharing with you some main qualities and associations for each of the elements and ways you can strengthen your connection with them
Colors: Blue, Indigo
Cardinal Direction: West
Tarot Suit: Cups
Zodiac Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Tools: Cauldron, Chalice
Both the earth and our bodies are made up of primarily water. It connects us to each other and our environment. It is also used as a means of transportation and is where a large amount of creatures live.
The energy of water is about flow, intuition, receptivity, peace, and calm.
All of the elements also have a dark side when they are imbalanced. You can see this in the case of tsunamis and tidal waves, bad storms, and in people as an overwhelming amount of emotion and turmoil.
Ways to connect with the element of water include taking a bath, being in or near bodies of water, standing in the rain, and tapping into your emotions and intuition.
Colors: Red, Orange, Gold
Cardinal Direction: South
Tarot Suit: Wands
Zodiac Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Tools: Wand, Candles
We see fire energy in the sun and the spark of life within all of us. It has become an integral part of our survival as humans.
Fire energy is about energy, drive, activity, and illumination.
It doesn’t take much to imagine what happens when this element gets out of hand. It’s literal fire, but also fire in the form of anger and unhealthy obsession.
A common way to connect with fire is by watching flames – this could be standing around a bonfire with others or gazing at a candle in the quiet by yourself. You could also exercise in a way that raises your body temperature.
Colors: White, Silver, Yellow
Cardinal Direction: East
Tarot Suit: Swords
Zodiac Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Tools: Athame, Bells, Incense
Air is all around us all of the time. And although we cannot see it, it’s extremely important to our existence. You can see it in the sky, wind, and flying creatures. It has the ability to help living things fly and spread seeds.
The energy of wind connects to swift movement, intellect, communication, and change.
When imbalanced Wind can look like storms and extreme fluctuating temperatures. In people it can take the form of lack of focus or scattered thoughts, or arrogance.
Ways to connect with the element of wind include focusing on your breathing, spending time outside or next to an open window, enjoying a nice breeze, or even sitting in front of a fan.
Colors: Green, Brown, Yellow
Cardinal Direction: North
Tarot Suit: Pentacles
Zodiac Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Tools: Pentacle, Salt
The Earth element is so integral to our life that it’s what we call our planet! Without the element of earth we wouldn’t have ground to stand on, cellular structure to keep us physical, food to eat, or structures to live in. We are surrounded by earth all the time.
Earth energy relates to strength, stability, prosperity, and grounding
In its imbalanced form it can look like earthquakes, rock slides, and in people, stubbornness and resistance to change.
You can connect with the earth element by spending time in nature, walking outside barefoot, and tending to a garden – both traditional and potted.
How to use the elements
The elements can be used for a variety of purposes. Many people display representations of them on their altar. You can also use them in cleansing and consecration rituals, casting circles, and in spell work.
One of my favorite uses is in learning about yourself and the energy you gravitate towards. One of the easiest ways to do this is to look at your astrology chart. I recommend astro.com for this. Your chart will include a table that shows which elements are dominant. Here’s mine:
You can see that I’m water dominant, air and earth are tied, and I barely have any fire (just one of the more common asteroids). I like listening to feelings and emotions and am naturally intuitive (water). One of the things I struggle with the most is taking action (fire). Even without going into detail with your astrology chart, the elements can provide you with a lot of insight.
How do you use the elements in your practice?