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Wiccan Info: The Fifth Element, Akasha
The 5 Elements in Wicca
The elements are a cornerstone of the Wiccan religion. Nature is considered sacred and held in the utmost respect by Wiccans. The four elements most people have heard of, whether Wiccan or not, are fire, water, earth, and air. But there is another element that is maybe the most important. This is the fifth element, which is the element of Spirit. It is also known as Akasha. The five elements come together to form the universe and are represented by the Wiccan pentacle (the five pointed star with the circle around it).
What is Akasha to Wiccans?
The fifth element. And no, I'm not talking about Mila Jovovich in the smash-hit, future sci-fi flick with Bruce Willis. Akasha, not Aaliyah's beautiful, dangerous character from Queen of the Damned.
To Wiccans, the fifth element is known as the "spirit". Another common Wiccan name for the fifth element of spirit is Akasha . This name given to one of Anne Rice's characters in the Vampire Chronicles was most likely pulled from a religious Hindu or Wiccan book.
Akasha can ultimately be defined as "the immutable, changeless source of all energy." Because it is the source of all energy, the type can be considered both receptive and projective. The colors most associated with Akasha (the Wiccan fifth element) are purple and black. Purple being the color to represent psychic abilities and black being the combination of all colors.
What point in life correlates directly with the Wiccan fifth element? Preconception and soulness, before birth and after life, the entire life, death, and rebirth cycle.
Are there any herbs, stones, or other ritual tools or Wiccan supplies that correspond with Akasha (the Wiccan fifth element)? No herbs and yet all herbs, no stones and yet all stones, as far as metals, meteoritic metals are the closest association. It is hard to associate particular Wiccan tools or items with Akasha, as all things are associated with it and through it.
Akasha is rooted in Hindu beliefs and is actually considered the first element by the Hindu religion. The word Akasha is actually a Sanskit word "meaning aether in both its elemental and metaphysical senses" (according to Wikipedia). Akasha is also taken to mean sky, by way of Hindu and Gujarati Indian languages. This is why Wiccans also associate Akasha with outer space or "the void".
How is the pentacle or pentagram associated with Akasha the fifth element? The top point is associated with the Wiccan fifth element, or spirit. The other four points are associated with the four elements, earth, air, fire, and water. What does the circle around the five pointed star? It is the circle of life, death, and rebirth and the energy that draws us all together as one. The circle that pulls together all elements, as well as humans and things derived from the elements. In essence, I assume that the circle is also representative of Akasha, as Akasha is the root of all energy.
Akasha, the fifth element, is something that we all seek our entire lives, in one way or another. Even if you don't realize it, you are a part of Akasha and Akasha is a part of you, infinitely.
The Fifth Element of Spirit
© 2011 Nicole Canfield