A Wiccan of 25 years, Sage likes to put her background as a writer and teacher to use by helping people learn about this NeoPagan path.
Element of Air
In Wicca, the Elements generally play a role in ritual and magic, if not spirituality on the whole. Everything is represented by one or more of the five Elements: Air, Earth, Fire, Water and Aether (sometimes called Spirit, or Akasha).
In the first article of this series on Wicca and the Elements, I introduced the concept of Elements as a whole. In this article I will discuss the Element of Air, with an extended list of correspondences.
Please keep in mind that correspondences can vary from tradition to tradition, from person to person. Though there are more similarities than differences, never take any list of Elemental correspondences as written law.
Element of Air
Alchemical Symbol for Air
The Element of Air:
Qualities: abstract; ethereal
Aspects: analytical thought; rational mind; travel; communication
Positive: witty, intelligent, communicative, inquisitive, inventive, literary, social, idealist, clarity of thought, rational, technical, scientific, logical
Negative: aloof, cold, dispassionate, eccentric, scattered, unfocused, ambivalent, indecisive, deceptive, untrustworthy.
The Invisible Element
Day of the Week: Wednesday
Locations: Mountain tops, sky, clouds
Sabbats: Samhain, Yule
Time of day: Night
Time of Life: Death through Rebirth
Time of the year: Winter
Witch’s Pyramid: To Know
Body parts: brains, nervous system, lungs
Bodily functions: breathing, thinking, speaking, singing, coughing, whistling, belching, flatulating
Colors: yellow, white, sky blue, midnight blue, shades of gray
Incense: sandalwood, storax, mastic
Instruments: woodwinds, bagpipes
Careers: accounting, acting, advertising, executive, astronaut, computer programmer or technician, con artist, gambling, judge, lawyer, mathematician, public speaker, sales, most kinds of sciences, singing, teaching, writing.
Knight of Swords
Herbs: Acacia, almond, anise, benzoin, bergamot, bistort, bittersweet, borage, bromeliad, broom, caraway, chicory, citron, clover, dandelion, elecampane, endive, eyebright, fenugreek, goat’s rue, hazel, hops, houseleek, lavender, lily, linden, mace, male fern, maple, marjoram, mastic, meadowsweet, mint, mistletoe, palm, papyrus, parsley, pine, pistachio, rice, sage, saffron, slippery elm, wormwood
Metals: mercury, aluminum
Minerals & Gems: agates, aventurine, amethyst, jasper, mica, pumice
Runes: ANSUZ, RAIDO, EIWAZ, ALGIZ, TIR, MANNAZ
Tarot: Suit of swords, knights, The Fool, The Magician, The Lovers, The Hermit, Hanged Man, Justice, The Star
Wiccan tools: knives (athame, bolline)/swords, censer, incense
Zodiac: Gemini: (mutable); Libra (cardinal); Aquarius (fixed)
Creatures of Air
Animals: birds, flying insects, spiders, bats, foxes, primates
Elemental Beings: Sylphs, fairies, djinn
Gods: Allah, Amergin, Anu, Apollo, Ascepius, Baal, Buddha, Ganesha, Hermes, Jupiter, Mercury, Odin, Thoth, Tyr, Uranus, YHWH, Zeus
Goddesses: Arachne, Arianrhod, Athena, Ishtar, Juno, Ma’at, Minerva, Mnemosyne, Morrigan, Muses, Mt, Neith, Nike, Nuit, Sarasvati
Mythical Creatures: Gryphons, Harpies, Hippogrifs, Pegasus, Sphinx