Elemental Magic: From Beginner Witches to Expert Occultists
From inside the book:
Everything has its own spiritual energy. From rabbits, to televisions, to people and clouds. Everything has its use, and every problem has a solution.
That, essentially, is what this book is about. I want to teach you how to deal with your problems with magic. I want to teach you how to create a better world for yourself and others with symbols. I want to teach you how to interact with the gods, and understand what those gods might do for you.
I also want to teach you how to find your own meaning. Reality does have its constants, but not everything is set in stone and the same for everyone. Fire might mean death or pain to you, while to me it means energy, sexuality, life.
Each of the four elements we will touch in this book has a huge range of meanings, symbols, and abilities. It’s easy enough to say that water makes you wet, but can you tell me how to use water in a curse?
How can you use earth in a fertility spell?
How can you use air to increase your psychic abilities?
How can you use fire to improve your social life?
You don’t know all that, do you? That’s okay. Even I have to research this stuff, and so does everyone else. We’re not walking, talking encyclopedias of magic and symbolism. You know what we do know, though? How these elements make us feel.
What do you feel when you think of air?
What do you taste when you think of fire?
What do you smell when you think of water?
What do you hear when you think of earth?
These are things you can know, and that’s powerful. Your knowledge of your own experiences can power your magic so much more than standard correspondences. If anything in this book seems out of place, do what feels right in your heart. Don’t eat a poisonous plant, of course, but otherwise do what seems right.
Chances are, you already know what the elements are. You probably already know how useful they can be in magic, how their use goes back thousands of years.
Witches often claim to be closer to one element or another. I’m no different. My astrological chart is filled with fire signs, and so are the charts of my mother and sister. Fire is what I was raised with. Flared tempers, pushy personalities, and natural leaders that, of course, don’t want to follow anyone else? That’s easy for me.
What’s not so easy is changeability, like we get with water. Or the powerful grounded nature of earth. The subtle and wise nature of air.
That’s not to say I don’t work with the other elements, though. You don’t have to completely understand all of the elements in order to work with them! Working with them may even open the door to new pieces of your personality, or help you to understand your lover or friends better. It’s important not to get stuck in only your own little bubble, especially not with magic.
Elemental magic is one of the oldest forms of magic available. As long as humans have been alive, they have tried to control wind and rain, fire and earthquakes. That’s not to say it’s always easy, but it gets easier when you have all of the bits and pieces laid before you. Think of this like magical lego. You add a few pieces and you could make something beautiful!
You may notice a few things change as you play with the elements:
The way you relate to the world, your friends, and your family may change. Understanding how to play to their elemental personalities may make you a better friend, for instance. Knowing which plants are related to which element may help you plant a better garden.
Your magic may change dramatically. Where you were once following spells already written for you blindly, you might start changing them. Even better, you might start writing your own.
Spirits and elementals could be attracted to you. Expect to have more spiritual or paranormal experiences as you open yourself up to their world.
New deities will speak with you. Deities you never knew existed, from pantheons you’ve never explored, could begin to show up in your dreams. You may find that you’re not really called to be a Dianic Wiccan. Maybe Sarakka of the Sami will come to you. Perhaps your dreams will be haunted by none other than Peko of the Estonians.
When you stop playing by the rules other people have set out for you, things change. Usually for the better, but sometimes things are chaotic. Don’t be afraid to seclude yourself from the magical world, to set up wards against an elemental or do a spell to forbid a deity from your dreams.
There are, of course, other elements outside of these main four. They are outside the scope of this book, since spirit could be so many things at once. A book on harnessing spirit would fill four large tomes!
While reading this book, don’t be afraid to experiment, to mix and match. Unless you are dealing with poisonous plants, there is no harm in playing around. While the meaning of an herb or stone is set, there is always some wiggle room.
Do your own research, too. You may find something about a plant that I failed to find.
This book is to stimulate your thoughts and research towards a practice that works for you. There is no such thing as a tried and true method in witchcraft, because all things depend on your own will, your own personality, and your own ancestors.
If something doesn’t work for you, just move on. Try again at another time, or chalk it up as something you will not be good at. No witch is the master of all talents, but most witches should certainly try.
Magic isn’t just fantasy. Magic is real, and you don’t have to be pagan or Wiccan to experience or use it. Magic is without religion, without race and often without gender.
It’s a craft. It’s something you learn, and then it’s something you use. Magic can be huge, elaborate rituals, or it can be the simple escape of a willful thought. Curses can be accidental, and blessings can be grand gestures. There is magic in your words, and in your fingers. Be careful with that power… but have fun with it, too.
I’m not here to police you. I am a fan of curses, and I use them often. Every magic has its place, and I will never tell you not to do something. You get to learn for yourself how you feel about curses and blessings.
Isn’t that wonderfully freeing?
Keep in mind that magic works. The threefold law, in my experience, is utter nonsense, but curses can be reversed and deflected. Be aware that what you’re putting out there could come back to you. Probably not more powerful than it was when you sent it out, though. That makes no sense, scientifically speaking. Released energy doesn’t build like that.
But once you know what you’re doing, and you’re sure of what your true will is, curse away. Let me know how it works out.