Friday, January 15, 2010

The Element Air

The Element of Air is the Breath of Spirit.  It is associated with the East in the Northern Hemisphere.  This is where the sun rises so Air as an element is associated with the Sunrise....and new beginnings.  Air is the child of wisdom.  It is associated with the wonder and curiosity of childhood.  Air is the animating principle that gives life.  We enter the world with breath, and we depart when it is gone. 

Air may be a still, gentle breeze or a whirlwind.  Whatever form it may be, Air serves to cleanse the environment of pollutants and allows the pollen and seeds to circulate.  The astrological Air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.   It is in the North where we connect with our mind, the seat of our consciousness.  The element of Air teaches us how to keep our minds active so we can act with clarity and flexibility. 

 Creatures Associated With Air
Eagles, Hawks, Wrens, Sparrows, Larks, etc.
Butterfly, Dragonfly, Ladybugs, Bees

Think for a moment of the joy you feel as sun comes up and lightens the Eastern sky.  think of the sense of potential you feel as the clouds take on the colorful hues of the beginning of a new day.  Breathe deeply; take the breath into your heart, then let it out...and as you exhale, ponder the mystery of Air.   Air is also associated with the sense of smell.  Think for a moment about how scent effects your mood, your state of mind.  How does the scent of lavender, of pine, of cinnamon, make you feel.  And what about the aroma of a home baked apple pie?  Frankincense, Myrrh, sacred spaces...Incense is the magical tool of the East and of the Element Air.  

The elementals associated with Air are called "Sylphs".  They are perhaps the easiest of the elementals to see...especially as a flash of light in the corner of your eye.  They appear as small winged creatures adorned in pastel colors who ride the airwaves.  They are often times called fairies.  They can be quite mischievous little creatures who like to blow things about...rustling your hair...making sounds that are distractful to you, but they can also be very helpful with the following: communications, speaking, writing, poetry, music, intellectual skills.  You can always ask them to help you.

Types of Magick
 Different types of Air Magick include visualizations and divination.    Another type of Air Magick is Mirror Magick.  It can help in overcoming inner problems and help with personal decisions.  It uses both  the word and visualization forms and can also aid in being able to visualize a future event.  Sometimes it is used as a Scrying Tool. 
Ritual Tools
Wands, swords, incense

Yellow, white
Air Meditation
Sit quietly and relax.  Visualize yourself walking against the wind.  FEEL the wind blowing against your skin and HEAR the roar of the wind in your ears.  SMELL the fresh air as it blows against you.  FEEL each step while walking in the wind.  Do this for about five minutes.  


  1. Our first breath: sacred. Our last breath: sacred. Every breath in between: sacred too, if only we would stop and realize it.

  2. Unfortunately, our world is one that we don't 'stop to smell the roses' as the old saying goes. We move too fast. Always in a rush.

  3. ~i am breathing quite calmly now...such a surreal post...and a beautiful reminder of the greatness of AIR...LOVE the picture above...brightest blessings

  4. Wonderful Air! Who doesn't love a deep breath, a warm breeze, a whiff of incense?