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The Wiccan Element of Air

Updated on August 19, 2016
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A Wiccan of 25 years, Sage likes to put her background as a writer and teacher to use by helping people learn about this NeoPagan path.

Element of Air

In Wicca, the Elements generally play a role in ritual and magic, if not spirituality on the whole. Everything is represented by one or more of the five Elements: Air, Earth, Fire, Water and Aether (sometimes called Spirit, or Akasha).

In the first article of this series on Wicca and the Elements, I introduced the concept of Elements as a whole. In this article I will discuss the Element of Air, with an extended list of correspondences.

Please keep in mind that correspondences can vary from tradition to tradition, from person to person. Though there are more similarities than differences, never take any list of Elemental correspondences as written law.

Element of Air

Cool, windy mountaintops have long been a symbol for the Element of Air.
Cool, windy mountaintops have long been a symbol for the Element of Air. | Source

Alchemical Symbol for Air

The Element of Air:

Gender: Masculine

Charge: Positive

Energy: Active

Qualities: abstract; ethereal

Aspects: analytical thought; rational mind; travel; communication

Attributes:

Positive: witty, intelligent, communicative, inquisitive, inventive, literary, social, idealist, clarity of thought, rational, technical, scientific, logical

Negative: aloof, cold, dispassionate, eccentric, scattered, unfocused, ambivalent, indecisive, deceptive, untrustworthy.

The Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water & Earth in the Wiccan Circle
The Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water & Earth in the Wiccan Circle

The book is a twist on words, and talks mostly about the use of elements within rituals, and how elements can affect your rituals. This author has written a few good books now on the classical Elements in relation to religion, magic and life in general. Any of her works are highly recommended, but this one in particular for anyone seeking to work more with Elements.

 

The Invisible Element

The invisible Element of night, where the cold winds blow from the north over the mountains; the time of life when our spirits are like a breath of wind.
The invisible Element of night, where the cold winds blow from the north over the mountains; the time of life when our spirits are like a breath of wind. | Source

Aligned With:

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Direction: North

Locations: Mountain tops, sky, clouds

Sabbats: Samhain, Yule

Time of day: Night

Time of Life: Death through Rebirth

Time of the year: Winter

Wind: Boreas

Witch’s Pyramid: To Know

Air is

The breath, inhaling and exhaling; there are many things you can survive without-- but without air we'd  be dead in  minutes.
The breath, inhaling and exhaling; there are many things you can survive without-- but without air we'd be dead in minutes. | Source

Ruling over:

Body parts: brains, nervous system, lungs

Bodily functions: breathing, thinking, speaking, singing, coughing, whistling, belching, flatulating

Colors: yellow, white, sky blue, midnight blue, shades of gray

Incense: sandalwood, storax, mastic

Instruments: woodwinds, bagpipes

Careers: accounting, acting, advertising, executive, astronaut, computer programmer or technician, con artist, gambling, judge, lawyer, mathematician, public speaker, sales, most kinds of sciences, singing, teaching, writing.

Sense: Smell

Knight of Swords

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Corresponding to:

Herbs: Acacia, almond, anise, benzoin, bergamot, bistort, bittersweet, borage, bromeliad, broom, caraway, chicory, citron, clover, dandelion, elecampane, endive, eyebright, fenugreek, goat’s rue, hazel, hops, houseleek, lavender, lily, linden, mace, male fern, maple, marjoram, mastic, meadowsweet, mint, mistletoe, palm, papyrus, parsley, pine, pistachio, rice, sage, saffron, slippery elm, wormwood

Metals: mercury, aluminum

Minerals & Gems: agates, aventurine, amethyst, jasper, mica, pumice

Runes: ANSUZ, RAIDO, EIWAZ, ALGIZ, TIR, MANNAZ

Tarot: Suit of swords, knights, The Fool, The Magician, The Lovers, The Hermit, Hanged Man, Justice, The Star

Wiccan tools: knives (athame, bolline)/swords, censer, incense

Zodiac: Gemini: (mutable); Libra (cardinal); Aquarius (fixed)

Creatures of Air

Creatures of Air
Creatures of Air | Source

Associated With:

Animals: birds, flying insects, spiders, bats, foxes, primates

Elemental Beings: Sylphs, fairies, djinn

Gods: Allah, Amergin, Anu, Apollo, Ascepius, Baal, Buddha, Ganesha, Hermes, Jupiter, Mercury, Odin, Thoth, Tyr, Uranus, YHWH, Zeus

Goddesses: Arachne, Arianrhod, Athena, Ishtar, Juno, Ma’at, Minerva, Mnemosyne, Morrigan, Muses, Mt, Neith, Nike, Nuit, Sarasvati

Mythical Creatures: Gryphons, Harpies, Hippogrifs, Pegasus, Sphinx


Pentagrams

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