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This is so powerful. I love this.

 

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If only my knitting skills were better! These would be so cool for Yule decorations!

 

Click the pic for the free pattern from Knitting Daily!

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I’m having ‘one of those days’ already today (it’s only 8:53 am) and truth be told, I’ve been having ‘one of those days’ this whole week. So, I’ve been putzing around the house, watching the cats enjoy the sunshine on the windowsills and trying to remind myself that life is one big cycle and the bad times don’t last forever. Surfing the different newsfeeds on my facebook page (I have 14 categorized newsfeeds – type A personality, remember?), I came across an article by a local meteorologist that got me thinking.

 

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We’ve had a LOT of flooding the last few weeks and in the article he talks about the impact the flooding has had on Lake Michigan. When it first started raining a few weeks ago, I was pretty happy: a) I love rain and b) the lake levels had dropped quite a bit last year because of the drought we had. Of course, we’ve gotten way too much rain in way too short a period of time, hence the flooding. Anyway, I digress. The article got me thinking about the nature of water and how, thanks to the cycle of evaporation and precipitation, it renews and replenishes itself.

Spiritually, it does the same for us. Water teaches us to ebb and flow with life. It also teaches us that, though we may go through a tough patch (a drought, if you will), we can be replenished and renewed (the rain will come again).

I think today I’m going to be mindful of the element of water and let it guide me along through the tough patches. Water always finds a way even though it might not always be a fast route.

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The final and fifth element is known as Spirit or Akasha. It is represented by the top point of the pentacle and has no cardinal direction, rather being thought of as ‘center.’

Silver, white, purple, or the rainbow are used as color representations of Spirit. Unity, selflessness, mercy, self-awareness, and transcendence are the gifts of Spirit.

All of the astrological signs are associated with Spirit.

All seasons of the year are associated with Spirit.

A few stones associated with Spirit are:

Amber

Coral

Fossils

Jet

Mother of Pearl

Petrified wood

The magical themes of Spirit are unity, peace, harmony, and enlightenment.

Spirit is also known as the Ether or Void. It binds, unites, and directs the other four elements. It represents the unknowable and our ability to transcend and touch the Divine.

For me, Spirit has always been a within and without type of element. It embodies the Divine forces outside of me, but also that spark of the Divine that is within me. Spirit is simultaneously the Divine and me. There is no distinction. This is a hard element for me to explain because Spirit will mean something different to everyone. I also never feel like I truly express exactly what Spirit means to me. It’s hard to completely pin down.

What does the element of Spirit mean to you?

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We circle along now to the North and the element of Earth.

Brown, green, and black are used to represent Earth. Its gifts are faith, confidence, nature, support, structure, determination, and money.

Expressions of Earth come in the form of echoes, brass instruments, our sense of balance, and tactile responses.

Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn are the astrological signs associated with Earth.

A few of the plants associated with Earth are:

Alfalfa

Beet

Corn

Cypress

Fern

Honeysuckle

Horehound

Mugwort

Patchouly

Potato

Rhubarb

Rye

Tulip

Vervain

Wheat

Winter is the season of Earth and touch is the sense associated with it.

A few stones associated with Earth are:

Agate, green and moss

Calcite, green

Coal

Emerald

Jasper, brown and green

Jet

Malachite

Peridot

Salt

Tourmaline, black and green

Night is the time of Earth while the magical themes are stability, grounding, and finances. The tools representative of Earth are the coin and pentacle.

Earth is the Mother Spirit in whom we are rooted. Earth teaches us sensibility, practicality, and wisdom. The deeper we extend our roots, the higher we can reach without falling over.

Earth is my astrological element. I have often been told by friends that I am practical and stable. While that is sometimes boring, it has always been a good thing in my life. When I think of the element of Earth, I think of the boundless support we all have from it. I think of the understanding and the nurturing we get from Earth. There have been many times that I have gone out into my yard, knelt on the ground with my palms planted firmly, and just let all of my troubles flow from me, grounded and neutralized by Earth. I also think of the confidence and determination that Earth provides for me to walk my path and make my decisions in life.

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The element of Water is representative of the west in the protective circle.

Water is usually represented by blue, aquamarine, and bluish silver. Compassion, courage, accomplishment, imagination, fertility, and inventiveness are gifts of Water. Water can be representative of the sub- or superconscious mind.

Prayer bowls, the gong, tears, saliva, perspiration, raindrops, and waves are all expressions of Water.

Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio are the astrological signs of Water.

A few plants associated with Water are:

Aloe

Avocado

Banana

Belladonna

Blue Flag

Catnip

Chamomile

Chickweed

Crocus

Daffodil

Daisy

Elder

Eucalyptus

Feverfew

Foxglove

Grape

Heather

Hemlock

Jasmine

Larkspur

Lilac

Lotus

Maidenhair

Morning Glory

Myrrh

Orchid

Pansy

Papaya

Poplar

Poppy

Rose

Sandalwood

Spearmint

Strawberry

Thyme

Trillium

Valerian

Vanilla

Violet

Willow

Yarrow

Yew

The season associated with Water is Autumn and the sense is taste.

Some of the stones associated with Water are:

Amethyst

Aquamarine

Beryl

Calcite, blue and pink

Chalcedony

Coral

Crystal, quartz

Geodes

Jade

Lapis Lazuli

Moonstone

Pearl

Sapphire

Tourmaline, blue, green, and pink

Dusk is the time associated with Water and the Cup or Chalice is its tool.

The magical themes of Water are healing, intuition, emotions and lunar magic.

Water teaches us to flow intuitively with life and the energies of the universe. It teaches patience and persistence to wear away any obstacles in our path. Water also supports and strengthens when needed.

Water is an element I feel very in tune with. It’s not that I flow through life very well. Rather, it’s that the times I find the utmost peace are when I’m with Water or meditating on it. Water brings me happiness. I enjoy the rainy days far more than the sunny ones. The first thing I do when it rains is to go out in it, even if only for a moment. I love watering my gardens. I can waste hours just standing in the shower.

Not everyone has an affinity for all the elements. How does Water make you feel?

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May you go forth under the strength of heaven,
under the light of sun, under the radiance of moon;
may you go forth with the splendor of fire,
with the speed of lightning, with the swiftness of wind;
may you go forth supported by the depth of sea,
by the stability of earth, by the firmness of rock;
May you be surrounded and encircled,
with the protection of the nine elements.


Source: Celtic Devotional: Daily Prayers and Blessings by Caitlin Matthews (Harmony Books, 1996).

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