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?