Finding Your Element

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Finding Your Element
By: / Novice
Post # 1
Hello everyone! Thought I'd share some good tips on what to do with your element and how to find it. There are so many people who think that finding your element is based on your Zodiac sign and that is not always the case. A lot of times, its the one you feel most connected to and meditating and learning to ground/center yourself will help you discover which one you're closest to.

Here's a little something to help;

Step 1. Knowing your element and you

The first step is knowing your element. Finding out what it is isn't that hard to do. It's about which one you feel closest too. It's not your zodiac sign though many end up being close to their predestined element. I'm a Scorpio so mine should be water but its Earth. Meditation and spending time with your element are important. It creates a bond with you two. I will use my element since I know it best. With Earth, I spend a lot of time outside. Sitting in the grass, or just outside period. It lets Earth know that I care about her, that she is my element and I am her person. Get it? Good.

Step 2. Using your element.

Okay, here comes the fun part. You ready?
You can't control the weather. I don't care how many times you swear up and down to your great grannies dead grave, you can't. Having an element is more so on the spiritual and emotional plains. Your element isn't there for you to make it rain when you want to, or snow, or make trees grow. It's there for support, to help guide you into a better life and bring you positive energy. It ***IS NOT*** a tool to bring you whatever bloody weather you want that day. Use it in your rituals or spells, by calling them to you one at a time facing each direction the element is represented as. The energy and concentration will help your spell or ritual that much more :)

Step 3. Thanking your element

As a practitioner, you are responsible for doing the right thing, whatever you deem that be. But thanking your element should always be a priority. Your element, when connected, is important to you, and you appreciate those important things in your life, yes? You'd better. Simply do something you know your element will love, as a thank you. Earth loves it when I keep her trimmed and looking nice. So I cut the grass every Wednesday and Saturday. Trim the bushes, she loves it. That's my thank you to her for bringing me love and light everyday.
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Re: Finding Your Element
By: / Beginner
Post # 2
I like this a lot. Let me just add this;

The first element of the alchemical tradition.
Air is the essence of intuition and learning, the element of the nature of the mind.
Astrological Signs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
Represented by: Feathers, Birds, incense, fans, flags, flowing garments and sheer material.
Season: Winter
Color: White
Chakra: Crown

The third element of the alchemical tradition.
Water is the essence of love and fertility, the element of the nature of emotions.
Astrological Signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.
Represented by: Water, lavender fragrance, Fish, coral and sponges.
Season: Summer
Color: Blue
Chakra: Thyroid

The second element of the alchemical tradition.
Fire is the essence of purification and change, the element of the nature of the will.
Astrological Signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
Represented by: Fire, candles, lights, dragons and the sun.
Season: Spring
Color: Yellow and Green
Chakra: Adrenals & Solar Plexus

The fourth element of the alchemical tradition.
Earth is the essence of grounding and stability, the element of the nature of balance.
Astrological Signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.
Represented by: Dirt, sand, sage, Gnomes and goblins, a staff or stake, trees and plants.
Season: Autumn
Color: Red
Chakra: Root

North - Earth
East - Air
South - Fire
West - Water

Hope this helps more!! :)
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Re: Finding Your Element
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 3

Actually, the idea that you have an Element isn't correct. It's something that Hollywood dreamed up in the movie, The Craft, and someone people latched onto it and it won't go away.

We are not one Element, we are composed of all of the Elements. What we truly want to do is learn to work with all of them in balance. It is true that you may find that one or two of the Elements are initially easier to work with. That isn't because they are "your Elements" but because you need to spend more time and effort learning to work with the others that are more difficult for you.

Nor is it true that "your Element" is the Element of the Sign of the Zodiac in which you were born. Anyone who does astrology can tell you that your birth sign is only a portion of what influences your life. Which Houses the other planets fall in also has great influence. Take myself for instance, I was born in Taurus, which is an Earth sign. But I also have planets that fall under Water, Air, and a lot in Fire. So again...I am not one Element only.

Which Elements you work with also depends in part on which forms of magic you practice. The classic Elements in Western magic are Earth, Air, Wind, and Fire. Some also add the Element of Spirit to that. In Chinese astrology and magic the Elements are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. That's why it is important to understand what you want to work with and in which system you are working because it changes the perceptions regarding the Elements.

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Re: Finding Your Element
By: / Beginner
Post # 4
Forgot to also mention that what I posted was in par with the Pagan path. Apologies if anyone should be confused.
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Re: Finding Your Element
Post # 5
There is no certain element in Magic. Here is a good book that will help explain things even better. The Elements of Ritual
by Deborah Lipp. I also agree with both Sappho and Lark.
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Re: Finding Your Element
Post # 6
Whe are a blend of all elements, corect would be saying your dominant element, like your dominant hand
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Re: Finding Your Element
Post # 7
The idea that magic-workers have one specific element with which to work comes from movies and fantasy literature. I like both, they make great entertainment, but they are not accurate reflections of real magic.

No one has their "one element" or their "soul's element". Most people who are going to work with the elements have an affinity or preference for one over the others, but that's no different from preferring chocolate ice cream over vanilla. It's a personal affinity and nothing more. If you feel drawn to the element of water, for example, you'll find your work with the water element easier than any other because you'll enjoy it more and put more of your effort into it.
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