Further thoughts on the Elements.
If you have certain chronic diseases, they will have their own elemental signatures. And these are just my own ideas. Things may vary according to the person or even area. Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear.
These can often be dealt with when making peace with them by drawing in an element on the next turn of the wheel, either in attitude or by herbs of that element.
For instance, a stomach problem may be an earth problem or a fire problem so adding air to the earth or water to the fire problem can help. This is not unlike paying scissors, paper rock. Water puts out fire.
So Arthritis is a problem of Fire. At least it is for me. Water has always been my solution. For instance being in water takes the weight off the joint that is screaming. So will a good rub with eucalyptus oil.
This also works with a cold where you have a fever and trouble breathing. I put eucalyptus oil or Vicks on the shower head and turn on the water. This is water in Air to fight Fire.
The key is not to be balanced because balance is stagnant and not active and it resists action. The key is to be aware of the elements and how they interact in the dance. If you are sitting foursquare on the elements and striving to be in balance you have created inertia and it takes a lot more energy to get moving again. Remember your physics? Things at rest must be acted upon by an outside force. An object in motion will remain in motion until acted upon by that outside force.
That is Newton’s first law: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.
Newton’s second law: The acceleration of an object as produced by a net force is directly proportional to the magnitude of the net force, in the same direction as the net force, and inversely proportional to the mass of the object.
What did you think magic didn’t work on physical principles? Newton was an alchemist. http://www.alchemylab.com/isaac_newton.htm Even thought the Royal Society tried to suppress it he wrote a great deal on alchemical principles. So he would have been familiar with how the elements worked. Or at least he did discover that the earth sucked aka gravity works.
What Element do you have an affinity for?
Everyone has at least one element they work best with for spells and other magic. When you know your elemental affinity it makes it easier to quickly pull the energy together. In a public ritual it makes circle casting much easier if you are doing “your” element. I do recommend using all the elements from time to time because it’s always good to not be earth heavy etc. Balance can be a good thing and as we mature and change in the Craft your elemental affinity may change or during different rites of passage such as pregnancy your elemental affinities may change.
If you are Earth you can pretty much plant your feet and go but if you are Air you may be the one in circle that has to have your hands over your head and reaching. People with Fire affinity may find they have energy to spare and Water people can quite literally go with the flow to move energy.
I have found that elemental affinity has absolutely nothing to do with what is in your astrological chart. Just because you have a lot of Air signs in your chart does not mean you will work more easily with Air, in fact you may find the opposite is true. For instance: I have 5 planets in Cancer and a grand water trine and Gemini sun and moon. I have one planet in Earth and yet that is the primary element I feel comfortable working with. I don’t like working with water. I even hate to swim so working with water does not appeal to me at all. You would think it would be easy with that much water but it isn’t. It feels gross.
So how do you know what elements you have an affinity for? Turn around and look at what you like to do. How do you choose spend your non-working time or even what job did you choose to do if you are happy in your job?
Some are no-brainers. If you love to garden and be out with plants and have your hands in the dirt? Have a green thumb? Then probably Earth is your element. But it also can be liking to bake, do things like silver –smithing which also could be tied to fire depending on what the attraction is. People who like exercising and learning martial arts also may be Earth oriented.
Writing and liking computers can indicate air but if you like creating new ideas and stories that also may show an affinity for fire. They call it the creative spark for a reason.
Are you a good counselor? You may have an affinity for water and it may be Air also. It depends on how it feels.
Are you happiest out in the weather? What kind of weather is pulling you outside? Is it a thunderstorm, it may be fire? Wind storm obviously Air. Rain would be water. Still calmness most likely to be Earth. Hot sunny day? F ire. As I said some are no-brainers. And you may find you have 2 elements that you have affinities for.
Sometimes, you have to ask yourself why you like a particular activity to get to the elemental answer. What if you’re a long distance trucker? It wouldn’t necessarily seem to have an affinity. So do you like the freedom? Do you like seeing new places? The fact that any boss you may have is far away? Or do you like being out in weather? Do you like the fact that you are transporting food to people who need it? What aspect is making you happy? That would be a pretty good clue to the element that is yours. You can ask these questions for any activity to get your answer.
If you really enjoy asking the questions then I’d say Air, right there.
In case you hadn’t figured mine out, it would be Earth and Air. I’m never happier than when I’m taking pictures outside or gardening and telling stories. What are your favourite things to do? What element makes you happiest?
Notes about Gaelic
The emphasis is almost always on the first syllable so if you are emphasizing any other syllable you are doing it incorrectly.
There are only 18 letters in the Gaelic alphabet – There are no J, k, q, v, w, x, y or z.
A is pronounced like the a in hat or cat
Ah is pronounced like the a in are, car or bar
E is pronounced eh in bet or let
U is uh as in shut or but, but really more like any vowel found in the middle of an English word.
Ae is pronounced like the a in ale, fail or bale.
Oe is pronounced like woe or owe
Aw as in paw
G is hard as in group or guppie
Tch as in itchy, scratch or chair
Ñ with a tilde is the same as in Spanish with a y, an ny sound union
Ch is always a hard sounding c but farther to the back of the throat
GH almost the same but slightly voiced
L, T, D & N almost the same as English but thicker.
For more complete pronunciation http://www.taic.me.uk/fuaimean.htm
English Gaelic Pronunciation
North a tuath uh too uh
South a deas uh jess
East an ear un yerr
West an iar un yee urr
Earth talamh tah luv
Air gaoth guu
Fire teine chee nyuh
Water uisge oos geh
Spirit spiorad speerid