Working With the Elements

Updated: May 26

How To Capture the Energy of Water, Fire, Earth and Air

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Working with the Elements

The elements are the foundation of life. They have a deep and profound connection to all of life and as such they are important. If you’d like to use the power of the elements and understand their meanings then keep reading our guide to working with the elements.


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What Are the Elements?

There are four classical elements’ water, fire, earth, and air. Together, they form all of creation and support life as we know it. According to the Occult, there is an additional element that is associated with witchcraft. This 5th element is referred to as spirit and is referenced in the Pentagram, a symbol for Pagans and Wiccans. Each element is featured within its point, representing the perfect balance and connection that they share. The elements are all around you and within.


The Significance of the Elements

Not only do the elements bind the fabric of life but they serve as an important divination tool. Their energies can be used to manifest intentions, for many who practice witchcraft they act as ingredients for spells.


Incorporating the elements into your spiritual practices or giving thanks to them in your daily life is straightforward and simple as they are easily accessible. The way that you use the elements may differ from others so it is important to create your own relationship with each one. Ask yourself, what is your intuition telling you about this element? How do they make you feel?


“Don’t dismiss the elements. Water soothes and heals. Air refreshes and revives. Earth grounds and holds. Fire is a burning reminder of our own will and creative power. Breathe them in. Swallow their spells. There’s a certain sweet comfort in knowing that you belong to them all.” Victoria Erickson

Symbolism and Meanings of the Elements


Water

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Working With the Elements

Water encompasses the energy of flow and movement. It often represents intuition and creativity. Its purification properties make it ideal to use if you want to wash away bad energies. There are several ways that you can work with the energy of water, here are some examples.


How to Work With Water

● Drink more water. You can even infuse it with a specific intention or spell to make it more potent.

● Take a bath or shower and languish the experience.

● Dance in the rain and feel the droplets cleanse your soul.

● Be spontaneous.

● Light a blue candle and bask in its glow.


A popular witchy tip is to always keep a vessel of water on your altar or nightstand. This helps you to bond with the elements and keep their powerful energy near. By doing this you are also honoring the properties of water and all of its magic.


A Magical Water Spell

If you’re looking for a water spell to test out working with the elements here’s one you need to try:


Write out your worries and fears onto a leaf, you can use as many as you want to convey your thoughts and feelings. When you’re ready, release the leaves in a river and watch them float away symbolizing the release of negative energy.


Water Element Correspondences

You can also use these items to represent water in your rituals. Their connection to the element makes them an ethereal tool for intentional magical practices:


● Seashells

● Sand

● Chalice

● Sea creatures

● Blue crystals

 

Fire

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Working With the Elements

Fire encompasses the energy of passion, strength, and inspiration. Use this energy to invite excitement and enthusiasm into your life and give you the momentum you need. Fire energy also works quickly so it is ideal to use when you want fast and effective results.


How to Work With Fire Energy

● Do candle magic

● Be adventurous

● Exercise

● Brew a warm beverage

● Do a space clearing


A Magical Fire Spell

Besides performing candle magic, fire can be used to create quick results in a spell. Here is an example of a conjuring spell for love and how you can incorporate fire to make it work in your favor:


Write out all of the qualities you are seeking in a partner, make it as detailed as possible - the more specific the better. Light your list on fire and envision the universe manifesting romantic opportunities into your reality. As it burns, know that you are surrendering control and allowing the universe to take over.


Author's note: This spell is actually how I manifested my last two serious relationships.


Fire Element Correspondences

Each of these items represents fire and can be used in spellwork or placed on your altar. Whichever way you decide to work with them should be intentional and harness your inner fire.


● Candles

● Dragons

● Red and orange crystals

● Phoenix

● Incense

 

Air

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Working With the Elements

Air encompasses the energy of freedom, communication, and imagination. Use air energy to be more flexible and receive help to you to make decisions. It is also connected to the mind and the intelligence of man and the divine.


Working With Air Energy

● Hang wind chimes around your home

● Spend time in nature

● Do breathwork

● Balance your throat chakra

● Do creative projects

● Open windows and let in fresh air


A Magical Air Spell

Refresh your energy and harness the wild ways of the wind with this invigorating spell. You’ll feel better and more together after you try this easy, magical remedy:


On a windy day, stand outside for as long as possible. As the air around you brushes over your entire body, visualize the wind taking away any negative energy. Continue doing this until you feel clear.


Air Correspondences

Celebrate and represent the glorious, ethereal nature of air by using these items to symbolize the element:


● Essential oils and diffusers

● Windchimes

● Fairies

● Incense

● Feathers

 

Earth

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Working With the Elements

Earth energy is grounding, stable, and logical. You can use earth energy to find balance, create lasting results and connect with the earth. Earth also represents monetary wealth, success and earthly desires.


Working With Earth Energy

● Spend time outside

● Eat non-processed food

● Cook from scratch

● Tend to a garden

● Have plants in your home

● Do a grounding meditation


A Magical Earth Spell

This home protection spell will keep bad vibes at the door. The power of earth will keep you out of harm’s way and comfort you in your time of need:


Bury black tourmaline by your front door to prevent those with bad intentions from entering your property. It will safeguard your sacred space and ensure that you are only surrounded by beneficial energy.


Earth Element Correspondences

Get creative and add these earth-like items to your spiritual routine. You will gain the benefits and influence of the elements in a variety of ways. Try them for yourself.

● Soil

● Plants

● Green candles

● Green crystals

● The Earth goddess

● Flowers

● Acorns

● Gnomes

● Animal totems


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The elements should be incorporated into every witch-curious or witch's routine. In one way or another, they play an important role in your development, existence, and potency of your spellwork. Use our guide to help you get acquainted with them and make your magick come to life.


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Witch's Guide to Working With the Elements

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