I would offer a different view to the above.
Many do not begin practicing spells until they have explored a particular magical tradition, and learned its various rules, morals, and methods first.
For many, this includes exploring meditation to strength mind and spiritual awareness, examining the chakras to understand the flow of energy through yourself and all things, and similar such steps before a spell is ever cast.
"Your element" is merely that element that you feel most comfortable with. Spells that are of that element are likely along the lines of spiritual healing, divination, cleansing, etc. When you see others claiming vast and fantastic things straight out of Hollywood, they are -usually- full of crap.
Part of the initial discovery is learning for yourself where that line that distinguishes true magic from your own imagination and things that might otherwise be explained rationally is a very big part of these first steps.