The Elemental Connection

Element Connection
The four basic tools of the Witch are aligned with the energies of the elements. They are the Athame, the Wand, the Chalice and the Pentacle and they serve to deepen the connection to the elements within the Witch as well as the energies that surround him/her.

For the sake of generalization certain of the tools and their elemental energies are associated predominantly with either the God or Goddess. In reality, however, the God and Goddess are present within each of the elements and have some component within each of the tools that serves as its own place of polarity. For example, swords are most often attributed to the God in representation of the phallus; the penetrating nature of their action (being surrounded by the womb of energy that surrounds the space in which the blade is cutting through as it moves). However, many Warrior Goddesses wield the sword as a modality of transformative action.

The Earth is most often associated within the scope of the Goddess and the gifts of her body; but under the care of the Horned God, all earthly life is protected and maintained. The Pentacle represents that grounding force containing all the elements, and these are found both within the province of God and Goddess.

Air – The God
Athame
Daggers
Swords

These tools bring clarity and inspiration of mind to the magickal working. They are the blades that cauterize, clear away debris and work as the seed implanted within the fabric of creation towards manifest outcome. The sacred Circle of Art is traditionally cast with the Athame. Air and its connection to the mind serve as the flow of inspiration and breath in the energy of the casting.

Additionally, the action of scribing the Circle and open the Quarter Gates makes use of the directed flow of energy that is achieved through the tip of the blade. The call to presence is “punctuated”, if you will by the piercing of the veils that separate the mundane from the magickal; the physical from the ephemeral.

Review AIR (Lesson 2: The Natural World)

Fire – The God
Wands
Staff

These tools serve to quicken and enliven the energy being worked upon. The wand holds the fires and will of the Witch. Unlike the Athame, which comes to a point of focal energy in outpour, the wand may direct the energy from either end. Both ends serve as terminals and often a wand will have a crystal on top and/or bottom of the length of the tool. The Law of Correspondence- “As above, so below” is affirmed by the energy of the wand, with each drawing upon the other in the wielding of its force. Fire waxes and wanes in its dynamics and so too the fiery energy attributed to the wand/staff work in this manner.

Review FIRE (Lesson 2: The Natural World)

Water – The Goddess
Chalice
Cauldron

These tools act as the container and womb of creative effort. They hold or contain the primal state of being as life evolves, heals and transforms. It is the bell of the chalice or cauldron that receives the varied materials that are placed within it. The energetic qualities are that of ebb and flow, the sides being the circle of continuum and the top open to the influx of the breath of inspiration. All spiral downward towards the base of manifest form and combine to create something fluid and moving in nature.

Review WATER (Lesson 2: The Natural World)

Earth – The Goddess
Pentacle

This tool connects with the grounding and foundational nature of earth and all the bounty that is offered in the natural world through the combined efforts of earth and the other three elements. In this form of the Pentagram we see the circle of eternity that binds within it the polarized quarters and energies of the four foundational elements. At its core center is Spirit, the place of synthesis, anchor and filter for all that moves towards this place of magnetism.

Review EARTH (Lesson 2: The Natural World)

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About themagickalpen

Robin Fennelly is a Third Degree Initiate within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan Experience Study Group that serves as foundation for membership within Coven of the Mystic Path. Her spiritual journey is strongly rooted in both Eastern philosophy and theWestern Magickal systems from which she has formed a core foundation that is diverse in knowledge and rich in spiritual practice. A life-long learner, her practice has evolved from the classical and philosophical teachings of books, practical experience and enrichment of this knowledge base by attending workshops of various spiritual traditions presented by master teachers. Robin formally came to the Wiccan path in 1994. Following practice as a solitary for 2 years, she dedicated to Oak and Willow Coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition in November of 1996. She received her 1st, 2nd and finally 3rd degrees within the Assembly Tradition. As a teacher of esoteric and magickal studies she has used Energetic Anatomy, Tarot, Astrology, Hermetic Qabala, Eastern Philosophy, and Numerology as the foundations of her diverse selection of workshops and writings for more than 25 years. Exploration of varied energetic protocol has been the focus of her work for some time now and the information gained through direct experience informs all of her magickal and spiritual work. Robin’s writings have been featured online, and in print Internationally. She has authored several books incorporating her unique style of writing making use of poetry, prose and pathworking to enhance the concepts presented. She has taught extensively throughout the Pagan community, including Sacred Space Conference, Spring Magick, Between the Worlds Interfaith Conference and Free Spirit Gathering Festival this Summer. Her most recent project is hosting an online blogging community entitled The Pagan Experience. Robin is the owner of Holistic Embrace providing services for mind, body and spirit such as Tarot readings, Astrology reports, Spiritual Guidance and other related offerings. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania and her life is blessed by a 43-year marriage, five children and the opportunity to work in the field of public education. Robin's esoteric writings can be found on her blogs.
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