Western Elemental Correspondences

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Elemental correspondences are used in various magick and healing systems. Correspondences vary according to tradition and geography and some practitioners create their own correspondences according to their own intuition and experience. Correspondence tables are useful magical tools serving as a sort of cheat sheet for drawing in the sort of energies you are looking for.

Earth

  • The Element of Earth is generally called from the North.
  • The element of Earth is considered cool and dry and is associated with the melancholic temperament.
  • The element of Earth represents the solid state of matter.
  • The element of Earth corresponds to the physical part of our selves, our physical body and rules the elder stage of life.
  • The element of Earth rules the intestines.
  • The element of Earth rules the winter and the night.
  • The Element of Earth represents the sense of touch and all physical, practical, material things including money, crops, livestock, the home, property, family, career, investments, saving.
  • The Alchemical Mineral associated with the Earth is Salt.
  • Other Minerals associated with the element of Earth are: halite (aka salt), granite, jasper, emerald, jade, malachite, hematite, lead, ochre
  • It is usually considered feminine in nature.
  • Colors associated with the element of Earth include green and brown.
  • The element of Earth is associated with Old age, or maturity, the Winter, Nighttime and the Winter Solstice.
  • The best time to perform spells associated with the element of Earth is when the moon is in one of the Earth signs: CapricornTaurus or Virgo
  • Symbols of the element of Earth include- soil, the pentacle, cattle.
  • Herbs associated with the element of Earth include apple, bistortcomfreycypress, fern, all grains, all grasses, honeysuckle, horehound, ivy, magnolia, mugwortnarcissusoak, oakmoss, primrose, rhubarb, vervain, vetiver

Air

  • The element of Air is generally called from the East.
  • The element of Air is considered warm and moist and is associated with the sanguine temperament.
  • Air is generally considered either hermaphrodite or masculine in nature.
  • The element of air represents the gaseous state of matter.
  • The element of air corresponds to our spirit body and our breath and rules the infant stage of life.
  • The element of air rules the lungs and the sense of smell.
  • The color yellow may be used to represent the element of air.
  • The element of air rules the springtime and the dawn and the Vernal Equinox.
  • The Element of Air rules the breath, the voice, speech, eloquence, information, communication, networking, and intellect.
  • In Tarot, the element of air corresponds to The Fool, The Kings and the suit of Swords
  • Animals the represent the element of air include songbirds, eagles and hawks.
  • The elemental spirit associated with air is the sylph.
  • In astrologyair signs include AquariusGemini and Libra.
  • The elemental tool of air is the dagger. Other tools that correspond to the element of air in some traditions may include the athamewandcenser.
  • Minerals that correspond to the element of air include the metal mercury and holey stone, picture jasper, emerald, jade, malachite, hematite, sapphire, citrine, smoky quartz, tourmaline, topaz, Gold beryl, Rhodonite, blue chalcedony, Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, Peridot, Carnelian.
  • Plants the correspond to the element of air include acaciaalmondanise, citron peel, frankincensegum-arabic, gum benzoin, bergamot, lavender, lemon verbena, lemongrass, mace, marjoram, mastic, myrrh, pansy, parsleypeppermintprimrosesage, star anise, vervainvioletyarrow
  • Incense that corresponds to the element of air include galbanum, sandalwood, mallow.

Fire

  • The element of Fire is generally called from the South.
  • The element of Fire is considered warm and dry and is associated with the choleric temperament.
  • Fire is active and penetrating and considered masculine in nature.
  • The element of fire represents energy.
  • The element of fire corresponds to our conception and birth and our very life force- the “spark” of life, also of inspiration.
  • The element of fire rules the liver and the sense of sight.
  • The color red may be used to represent the element of fire.
  • The element of fire rules the summer, and noontime.
  • The Element of Fire rules our passions, inspiration and life force. The drive to create.
  • In Tarot, the element of fire corresponds to Judgement, the Knights and the suit of Wands
  • Animals the represent the element of fire include the dragon, lion, and horse.
  • The elemental spirits associated with fire are the salamander and djinn.
  • In astrologyfire signs include SagittariusAries, and Leo.
  • The elemental tool of fire is most commonly identified as the wand. Other tools that correspond to the element of fire in some traditions may include the sword, dagger, rodstaffcandle, tripod, lamp and/or censer.
  • Minerals that correspond to the element of fire tend to be red or brightly colored, and/or are formed in fire and/or are associated with battle, passion, and fury. These include the metals iron and gold, and the stones fire opal, fire agaterubyobsidiantiger eyecarneliangarnet, and amber
  • Plants the correspond to the element of fire often inherit their correspondences from Mars or the Sun. These are often prickly, hot and/or protective in nature. They include allspiceangelicabasilbay-laurel, beech, buttercup, carnation, cedar, cinnamoncloves, coriander, deer’s tongue, dill, fennelgarlicjuniperheliotrope, lime, marigold, mustard, nettlesnutmeg, red peppers, onion, orange, peppermint, red poppyrose geraniumrosemary, sassafras, sunflower, tangerine, tobacco, woodruff.
  • Incense that correspond to the element of air include olibanum, copal.

Water

  • The element of Water is generally called from the West.
  • The element of Water is considered moist and cool and is associated with the phlegmatic temperament.
  • Water is considered feminine in nature.
  • The element of water represents the liquid state of matter.
  • The element of water corresponds to maturity, but also has some associations with death and rebirth.
  • The element of water rules the heart and kidneys, blood and the sense of taste.
  • The color blue may be used to represent the element of water.
  • The element of water rules the autumn and sunset.
  • The Element of Water rules our emotions as well as our subconscious.
  • In Tarot, the element of water corresponds to The Hanged Man, the Queens and the suit of Cups
  • Animals the represent the element of water include the dolphin, sea serpent, the seal, gulls and the fish.
  • The elemental spirits associated with water are the undines.
  • In astrologywater signs include CancerScorpio, and Pisces.
  • The elemental tool of water is the chalice or the cauldron.
  • Minerals that correspond to the element of water include the metal silver and the stones topazsapphirelapis lazuli, chalcedony, amethystcitrine.
  • Plants the correspond to the element of water are usually juicy and refreshing or may grow near water. Plants that correspond to the planets Venus and the moon are often associated with the element of water. Some of these plants include apple blossom, calamus, chamomile, camphor, cardamom, catnip, cherry, coconut, comfrey, cucumber, elder, eucalyptus, fern, gardenia, heather, hyacinth, iris, jasmine, lemon, lemon balm, licorice, lilac, lily, lotus, melon, moss, motherwort, orris root, passionflower, seaweed, sandalwood, peach, lungwortrose, rush, spearmint, stephanotis, sweet peatansythyme, tonka bean, vanilla bean, violetwater lily
  • Incense that corresponds to the element of water include ylang-ylang, myrrh, onchya

Aether

  • The element of Aether is the “stuff” that Gods are made of, sort of.
  • Aether is considered androgynous.
  • Aether represents transcendence or eternity
  • Aether represents the Plasma state of matter.
  • It can be symbolized by the cauldron.

Spirit

  • The element of Spirit is virtually identical to either Aether or Fire.
  • Sometimes the Spirit entities (ancestors, Gods, nature spirits, etc.) are referred to as the element of spirit in ritual. Sometimes it is magickal energy that is being referred to.
  • The following stones symbolize Spirit diamondquartz crystal, jetonyx


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