The Wiccan Elements

A Basic Guide to Working with the Elements

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There a four basic elements most Wiches work with Air, Fire, Water and Earth. There is also a fifth Spirit
which we commune with and use on a daily bases.

When working with and using the elements for spellcraft and rituals please make sure to always dismiss
them and tell them to go back from where they came with your thanks. Not doing so can cause some
strange things to happen where ever you may have used them, i.e. in your home electronics might act up,
feeling a draft for no reason, hearing water running when none is, etc.

Spirit is used any time you call upon a God and/or Goddess and/or an Archangel for help with something.
This element does not usually cause anything strange to happen if you do not send it back. You still should
thank whom ever you called upon to lend power and help to whatever you are doing.

The element of Air is most commonly called upon when needing help with somethig that is intelligents, i.e.
home work, getting a job done by a deadline, some times just thinking straight, etc.

The element of Water is most commonly used when dealing with something involving emotions. By this I do
not mean bending another persons free will trying to make them feel a certain way. In this case you maybe
dealing with grief of someone who just crossed over (died) and want the grief to lessen some, or asking the
Universe to help you find your true love, if you are feeling down, etc. Asking for help in finding your true
love is not the same as asking for a specific person to fall in love with you.

The element of Fire is commonly used for transition, i.e. going from being a child to an adult, moving from
one place to another and asking for help in finding the right place for you, going from working to being
home all the time or vise-virsa etc.

The element of Earth is used to help you feel more intune with your self and those you are around. To
ground you, not as in punishment but as in not feeling so confused and/or not yourself for no apparent
reason.

The four basic elements of Air, Water, Fire and Earth can be used together for certain types of spell work and
each should always be represented on your Altar when preforming any type of Ritual. The fifth Element of
Spirit is always a guiding force during Rituals and should also be represented on your Altar.

Examples of what can be used to represent the Elements on your Altar:

Air set in the East – a feather, hatched wild birds egg, incenses or yellow candle, bird’s nest

Water set in the West – a bowl of tap water or rain water or melted snow (this is usually used in
transformation work), bowl of sea salt or blue candle

Fire set in the South – a red candle or if outside and/or if you have a fireplace on a south wall a real wood
burning fire is possible

Earth set in the North – a bowl of regular table salt, a bowl of dirt from your yard or a green candle

Spirit set in either the Northeast or Nortwest (I always set mine in the Northeast as I feel Spirit and Air
usually work together) – an Angel and/or Goddess and/or God statue or white candle. SPirit can also be
represented by having something in the Northest to represt Goddess (female aspect) and something in the
Northwest to represent God (the male aspect. NOt all witches or traditions of witchcraft work with the duality
of all things also known as the female and male aspects.

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Mackgial Tools

Many witches get by without any tools, others have many. It is all personal choice when you practice as a Solitary Witch. In a Coven, some tools might be required for you to have

The tools you use for magickal use are blessed and put aside just for using when you are doing something in The Craft and/or The Old Ways. They are not to be used as daily objects such as a glass for water, or a salt shaker, or knife you would set on the dinner table during a meal or a candle holder for display, etc. The items are listed in what I feel is order of importance.

The following are suggestions you may want to get to help you in spellwork and/or rituals:

1 container for Water – which you would put water in for your altar

1 container for Earth – which you would put dirt or regular salt in for your altar

1 candle holder for Fire

1 incense burner for Air

Wand- made of wood, crystal, metal, stone whatever you feel the most comfortable using. If you use wood you will want to find a tree that “calls” to you and ask it for a branch. Make sure you cut the branch cleanly when taking it. It should be about the length from the crook of your elbow to the tip of your middle finger on your pwoer hand (the hand you write with)

If you use wood you will want to find a tree that “calls” to you and ask it for a branch. Make sure you cut the branch cleanly when taking it. It should be about the length from the crook of your elbow to the tip of your middle finger on your power hand (the hand you write with). Again some people like a shorter wand while others may want a longer one. Make sure you have brought something to give the tree to thank it for the gift of your wand.

1 Candle holder for your Personal candle

Pentagram for the middle of your altar

Measure of You Cord – The length and how it is made varies widely according to who you read or talk to. Cleanse the cord before you start making your measure of you cord. This cord is made during your dedication to The Craft and/or a Goddess and/or God ceremony. I teach the cord should start about 7-9 feet long depending on how tall you are. It should be made of a natural material, so not nylon, such as silk or cotton (if you are on a budget like me you can use a piece of a regular clothesline). You hold it up so one end is touching the floor and put a knot there for your feet and the cord to help ground you. You tie one knot for 6 of the 7 main Charkas. Going from bottom to top one knot at each point – even with your groin, even with your belly button, even with your diaphragm, even with your heart, even with your throat. The last knot is tied even with the top of your head or crown Charka to connect you with the Universe. On mine I took small pieces of ribbon the color that corresponds to the Chakra it was tied for. So again starting bottom to top at groin would be a red ribbon, Orange next, then yellow, then green, blue, indigo, and purple at the crown Chakra. Some people also measure their arm and leg lengths. However, you choose to make yours cut off about an inch away from the top knot whatever cord is left over and discard. This cord is then tied around your waist during any gatherings, rituals or ceremonies you may attend. When not being worn should be kept in a small bag made to hold it. This is the most personal of all your magickal tools no one else should ever handle it.

Atheme-ceremonial knife – some people have this sharpened others do not. I have a sharpened Atheme that I also use as my ceremonial knife. To me and other people they are one in the same. To others, they are two separate tools. This is again a personal preference.

Ceremonial Knife – for cutting herbs, pine needles, etc for potions and as need to burn on charcoal burner (see below)

Cauldron – if you get a cast iron one and have a good heatproof pad to set it on you can use it to burn the charcoal briquettes in

Heat proof container for burning special charcoal briquettes – These are not the same as you would use in a grill, these can be deadly if used indoors. The ones here are made to burn inside to put loose herbs, incenses, or essential oil on.

Sword – Length is a personal choice.

A Cape worn only for rituals and ceremonies.

You are also going to want to get at some point in time some herbs, essential oils, loose, stick or cones incenses, different types of crystals and stones, a variety of colored candles. The list could be endless, but all you really need is the first – eight items to begin with to set up your altar properly. Do not just go out and buy the first thing that catches your eye until you have held the object and feel a connection to it. Buy items as you can comfortably afford them do not put yourself in debt to get your tools. In the beginning take a rarely used bowl or glass for Water and Earth, use a candle holder you already have, everyday item you can bless and use for your magickal workings. For the first two years I used an old paring knife from my kitchen as my Atheme because I had small children and couldn’t afford anything else,

How to Cleanse Objects Using the Elements

The following should be used to cleanse any object for Magickal use and jewelry you buy or get as a gift. Be it a Ritual tool, amulet for protection or other need, any object to be charmed/enchanted for a specific reason. It can also be used on any jewelry or any other gift your receive.

The purpose for this is to rid the object of anyone else’s energy who may have handled at some point in
time. Thus it will only have your personal and Universal energies attached to it, making the object totally
yours.

This should also be done if anyone besides you picks up and/or touches the object. It should also be done to a black stone weekly if it has been empowered to collect negative energies to ensure it is always at its peak of power to collect negativity before it gets overloaded and leaks onto and/or into you and.or someone else.

What you will need:

The object to be cleansed

Small bowl of water

Regular table salt without Iodine if possible

Feather

White candle

Small white cloth

How to cleanse any object:

Fill in the blanks with the proper element or object depending on where the blank is in the sentence.

If you are cleansing a stone, crystal, gem, semi-precious gem the wording it change to say for each element, “______ I ask you to remove all energies but mine and the _______.”

Add the salt to the water. place the object in the salt water with your power hand (the hand you write with). Then say three times, ” Earth and Water I ask you to remove all energy but my own from this ______”. Take it out of the salt water with your power hand. WARNING: Some gems and crystals should not be left sitting in any type of water. For those things sparingly sprinkle them with the salt water (Earth/Water Element) on all sides.

Place the object on the white cloth. With your power hand pick up the feather. Wave it over the stone saying three times, “Air I ask you to remove all energy but my own from this _______”. Turn the object over and repeat until all outside surface has been done.

Light the white candle then pick the object up in your power hand. Move the object over the top of the flame (being careful not to burn yourself) saying three times, “Fire I ask you to remove all outside energies from this ________”. Turn the stone over and repeat until all outside surface has been done.. Place the object back on the white cloth and blow out the candle.

The white cloth represents Spirit. While an object is laying on the cloth cover it with part of the cloth.Say over it three times, “Spirit I ask you to remove all energies but my own from this ______.”

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Basic Altar Set Up

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One example of a simple, basic altar.

This is one way of setting up a simple altar for spellwork and rituals being done in a sacred circle. Some Witches leave their altars set up at all times and some do not. It is a personal choice whether you do or not. You can set your altar on a table, the floor anywhere you can walk completely around it to make your sacred circle. As you get more comfortable on your path it will reflect in how you do your altar and what you put on it.

We will start at the top or North/element of Earth – here you need a bowl of dirt or regular table salt or stones or a piece of wood or a green candle.

Next going clockwise (dorsal) is East/element of Air – here you need incense or feathers (real ones not store bought ones) or a yellow candle.

Moving to the bottom is South/element of Fire – here you need either a red or orange candle or a lighter or some matches. The above illustration shows a charcoal burner, but you don’t need that yet and it might be you never use one.

Next is West/element of Water – here you need a bowl of water or some sea shells or a statue of some kind of sea or ocean life or a blue candle.

For Spirit, they have a God and Goddess candle. You can also use a statue or something that to you show the element of Spirit and you can put just one thing in either between Water and Earth or Between Earth and Air.

At this point, you might not have a wand or Atheme (ceremonial knife) yet which is fine. So do even concern yourself with that part of this above illustration. If you do have one then place them as shown on the altar.

You should have one taper candle that you have inscribed your name on, this is your personal candle. You need to cleanse it before inscribing it of all energy but your own (there is a post up on here about how to do that) If you have an Atheme use that to do the inscription. If not a favorite sharp kitchen knife will work. It sets on the altar one side of Fire or the other. It should be on the side your power hand is on. Your power hand is the one you write with. You will use it to light the incenses and/or other candles on the altar from.

Have your Book of Shadows and something to write with; with you always when doing spellwork and/or a ritual so you can either read the spell or ritual from it or want to write down something that happened in your circle. This sets on the opposite side of Fire from your personal candle.

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