Monday, April 1, 2013

Lesson 5: The Element of Fire - Free Wicca/Witchcraft Lessons


Sacred Blessings Everyone!

It has been such a long time since the last lesson was posted. August 2012! Wow!! As I always say, onward and upward, so let's get down to this week's lesson.

The Element of Fire

The element of Fire is both creative and destructive. It can be an impulsive and dangerous element that can easily become out of control. Fire also provides what the Sun itself does for the whole world -- it provides Brilliant Light and also serves as a heat source for which we cook upon.

Fire can also give us wings of courage, compassion, devotion and passion to motivate us to achieve our goals, and gifting us the passion to make those goals and dreams into a reality.
The Fire Element by grimdeva

Fire's qualities are Brightness, Thinness and Motion and it's mode is Active. Fire, unlike the other elements, does not exist in a natural state. Its physical form can only take place by consuming some other element. Fire is the transformer, converting the energy of other objects into other forms: heat, light, ash, and smoke.

To feel the manifestations of Fire you can simply go out on a sunny day and feel the Sun's rays upon your face. In Autumn, hear the crackling of the logs and smell the woodsmoke from the burning fire. Gaze upon the transformative and illuminating flame of a candle as you meditate and immerse yourself into the energy of Fire. Fire is the natural element of animals and mankind, and they "have, in their natures, a most fiery force, and also spring from celestial sources."

Fire is associated with the direction South and is a masculine element representing change, passion, creativity, motivation, will power, drive and sensuality. It is sexuality both in the physical and Spiritual sense. When used in spell work, rituals and candle magick it is often used for healing and purification as well as breaking bad habits and addictions and the destruction of disease and illness.
 

The primary color associated with Fire is Red; while Fire is also associated with yellow and orange. Interestingly enough, Fire can also be associated with blue that is produced by intense heat as well as greens and purples like one sees through a campfire. Lastly, the color white can also be associated with Fire. We have all heard the expression "White Hot".

Summer is the season associated with the Fire element. The season for harvesting, when the trees are full of fruit and plants are blossoming abundantly. In your life, the power of the Fire allows you to bring your work to fruition. Fire’s emotion is Joy and the sound associated with Fire is laughter.  Summer is a time of playfulness, contentment, fun.  It is important to bring joy and laughter into your life as much as possible in general, but in particular during the summertime.

Spiritually, the element of Fire is associated with the Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess. Goddesses that are associated with Fire and Summer are:

The Hawaiian Goddess Pele
Hestia
Vesta
Brigid

Fire is also associated with Love, Passion, Rapture so the Goddesses Aphrodite and Venus are also connected to the this fiery element.

Hawaiian Goddess Pele

The time of day Fire is associated with is Noon and Dusk. Noon being the height of the Sun's heat and Dusk the warmth left as the Sun goes down. Rituals aimed at Protection, courage, sex, energy, strength, authority, banishing negativity is the Elemental Fire's territory.

Herbs that are associated with the element of Fire are:

Buckeyes, Cinnamon, Damiana, Dragon's Blood, Fennel, Frankincense, Garlic, Ginger, Hawthorne, Hyssop, Juniper, Mustard, Nutmeg, Olive, Orange, Peppermint, Pennyroyal, Poke, Prickly Ash bark, Rosemary, Sassafras, White Oak, Witch Hazel, Woodruff, Yucca


Crystals and Gemstones often associated with Fire are:
Bloodstone, Carnelian, Hematite, Obsidian, Red Jasper, Tiger's Eye

The Sacral/Navel Chakra is associated with elemental Fire. The Sacral Chakra is associated with our personal power, will, mental activity, sense of individual identity, and boundaries. Physically it is associated with our digestive system, including our pancreas.

Although some of the crystals and stones associated with elemental Fire are red with some orange or yellow, when working with the Sacral/Navel Chakra meditate using crystals and stones such as:

Orange Calcite (cleansing and activating)
Coral Calcite (amplifier)
Moonstone (balancing)
Orange Carnelian (healing)
Snowflake Obsidian (calming)
Citrine (cleansing and energizing)
Orange Aventurine (opening)
Leopardskin Jasper (protecting)

This will help open the Sacral Chakra if closed or imbalanced plus it will also allow the flow of your creative fire that is associated with this vibrant element. Also note that the Sacral Chakra is also the center of our sexuality which the Fire element is associated with. Summer heat, passion, harvesting, power, drive, motivation, sensuality all encompass Elemental Fire.

Exercises and "Homework" you can try to work with the Element of Fire.

Visualize the sun or a flame in your Sacral/Navel chakra, just below your belly button. Imagine the heat of the flame is clearing away debris, fueling your will, and empowering your sense of personal boundaries and identity

Gazing a candle flame, or fire in a fireplace. Allow your eyes to blur a bit, and connect with the heat and movement of the flame.
Standing in the sunlight with your eyes closed and focusing on the heat of the sun on your skin for about 20 minutes. Take in and Embrace the Sun's Energy. Breathe in this Vibrant Fire Element, plus you will get your Vitamin D quota for the day!
  1. Name 5 things you could use to represent Fire on your Altar
  2. Which direction represents Fire as YOU see it? (this is subjective)
  3. What colors to you represent Fire?
  4. Within your magic and spell work, when would you invoke the element of Fire?
  5. Write a spell or invocation using Fire Power
  6. Write a quarter call for Fire.
  7. What would the Element of Fire look like to you? 
  8. Make a creative representation of the Fire Element (this could be a handmade candle, vision board representing the Fire within you or even a vision board representing how you would like to see the Fire Element come alive within you) as it relates to you and your path. Give thanks and create some kind ritual welcoming in the element of Fire into your body, mind and spirit.
  9. Write down some questions you would like to ask an Elemental Fire.
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Monday, October 1, 2012

Lesson 4-The Element of Air


Sacred Blessings Everyone!

I am so sorry for the missed lesson last week. It has been one helluva few weeks for me health wise, work wise and just life in general! I hope you have been utilizing these lessons and I am hoping they have been helping you as well.

Since we are working with the Elements I have not had the need to separate Wicca and Witchcraft as both work with the elements. So we carry on dearies!

Our first element we worked with was the Earth. Did you try that tree meditation? Feeling more grounded and secure yet? Now, we take a look at the element of Air. Air takes the stability of Earth and sends it soaring, rising high and low and reaching us to feel and embrace!
Vitalija Zelenevska-Nimmann

Air is the breath we take in. It is with us from birth til death. It is the element of thought, our mind and all those intangible things we know exist but can not prove or see. Psychic abilities, telepathy, divination, prophecy-that is all within the element of Air.

Astrology, empaths, mediums, astral planes and even coven working are all within the Air realm and element.

The gentle Spring breeze you feel against your cheek as well as the icy wind that whips around us is of course the realm of the Air element. Hurricanes, tornadoes as well as that cooling whisper on a hot Summer day. Air is a Purifier as clean Air supports life as we know it!

We are beginning to see the interconnected-ness of all things.

What does Air mean to you? Are you an Elemental Air person? After going through all the elements you may try working with each to see which one you resonate with most unless you already know and what element you can work more with if one or more are either ignored or weak. There is no right or wrong, it just is.

Personally, I am a very Earthy person with lots of Water mixed in as we will soon learn about in future lessons.

Activities:
  1. Name 5 things you could use to represent Air on your Altar
  2. Which direction represents Air as YOU see it? (this is subjective)
  3. What colors to you represent Air?
  4. Within your magic and spellwork, when would you invoke the element of Air?
  5. Write a spell or innvocation using Air Power
  6. Write a quarter call for Air.
  7. What would the Element of Air look like to you? 
  8. Make a creative representation of the Air Element (like a mobile or handmade wind chimes or even a simple collage which can be made into a mobile too) as it relates to you and your path. At Dawn, Bless this, asking it to be your guide into the realm of Air. You can then hang this representation from a tree or in your home from a window, etc.
  9. Write down some questions you would like to ask an Elemental Air.
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Lesson 3 Part 2-Connecting to the Earth Meditation


Sacred Blessings Everyone!

Here is a wonderful Earth Meditation for you to practice with to guide you and help you connect to our Mother Earth. I have included a written meditation that I have always loved and below that I have also included a beautiful video meditation as well.

Try doing these every other day and begin recording how you feel in your journals. You can share your experiences on your blog by connecting with Mr. Linky down below!

May your week be filled with Earthly Pleasures and Blessings!

Healing Tree Meditation
© Jennifer Sanfilippo @ Spiritual and Soul Healing
© Jennifer Seitzer 2012


This is a meditation that will bring healing to the physical body as well as stimulate emotional release and well being...

This meditation is best done in a quiet place. If you can sit upright do so, otherwise laying down will work as well.

You are going to be a tree. Visualize your body as a large tree. A mighty Oak, a majestic Maple, a beautiful Walnut, a towering Cottonwood, pick any tree that you care too. You are a tree, complete with full branches crowned with leaves, a solid sturdy trunk and deep strong roots.

Feel this tree as your body, they are one. It is a warm sunny day, the Sun is gentle but firm upon your leaves and branches. Feel the heat of the Sun on the crown of your tree. The warmth feels like the Sun on your face and arms in summer. See this energy as a golden light. Let the Sun send you this golden light and let it fill your leaves and branches. Feel this golden light start to warm you. Let the Sun fill you completely with this golden energy. When you are totally filled with the golden light all the way out to the tips of your branches and fingers, all the way down your trunk, down into your roots and legs, then thank the Sun for giving you its healing love that is the gold light.

Next, turn your attention to your roots, this deep base that keeps you grounded in Mother Earth. Feel the damp coolness of the Earth around your roots, just like digging your toes into the moist earth. Feel this cooling as an offering of Healing Love from Mother Earth. Ask her to send her healing energy to you. See this healing energy as an emerald green liquid. Pull this healing liquid up through your roots just like sucking on a straw. Feel this cooling energy start to fill your trunk body. Let it rise all the way up into your branches and crown. Sense and feel the mingling of the Suns gold light with this emerald green healing energy from the Earth. Feel the healing, the balance of both healing energies within all of your body. Let it bring release and the healing that you need.

When you have been able to do this, thank both the Sun and the Earth for helping you to heal. This is done out of Love. Remember, Love is the strongest force in the Universe. This meditation will indeed bring you both Healing and Love when you accept it through your Heart.


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