There a four basic elements most Witches 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 spell-craft 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-versa etc.
The element of Earth is used to help you feel more in-tune 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
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 Northwest (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 Northwest to represent 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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