A Wiccan of 25 years, Sage likes to put her background as a writer and teacher to use by helping people learn about this NeoPagan path.
On a lot of websites for Wiccans, Witches, or Pagans in general, you’ll see a lot of talk of controlling the Elements, developing Elemental powers, and finding your Element. You will see on YouTube videos of people making candles flicker or spinning little bits of paper under glass bowls. On my Wiccan message forums and in my e-mail box, messages are always popping up that ask questions like, “How do I know my Wiccan Element? I think I have an affinity for water because I love to go swimming and hang out on the beach, does that mean Water is my Element?!!”
These issues are confusing to beginning Wiccans, and I want to do my best to help straighten it all out. Let’s explore exactly what it means to find your Element, and to control the Elements, by looking at Elements logically in a traditional Wiccan context.
For more on elements in Wicca and their correspondences, read here.
The Four Elements
Traditional Wiccan Chant:
Earth my body, Water my blood,
Air my breath and Fire my Spirit
Finding Your Element In Wicca
A lot of young Wiccans are eager to find their elements. I don’t mean to burst any bubbles, but traditionally in Wicca, there is no such thing. Yes, you read that right. I know that’s not a popular opinion these days because the idea has gained recent popularity, but please follow my reasoning before you dismiss it.
I remember when this idea began popping up in the last 10 or 15 years. A lot of us long-time Wiccans looked at each other with furrowed brows and asked, “Huh?” I tried hunting down the source—nearest I can tell, the idea came from fiction and cartoons and made their way into bad Wicca 101 books and the kind of websites I tend not to recommend because they present every New Age concept as Wiccan.
First, it should be understood that Elements Earth, Air, Fire, Water are not the same thing as dirt, oxygen, flames and H20. The Spiritual Elements—capital “E”—together make up everything in life.
For example, the Element of Water (capitalized) is not just the stuff that pours out of your faucets or fills your pool. Water is H20, and H20 is the most pure symbol of the Element, but the Element of Water is so much more than that. It’s also intuition, it’s string instruments, it’s silver jewelry, it’s fish, it’s the moon, it’s being wishy-washy, it’s being nurturing, it’s both compassion and depression, it’s drowning, it’s the sunset hour, it’s peeing and drooling. The Element of Water is infused in every aspect of life, and this is so with the other three as well.
Second, the very notion that someone is “an Element” would contradict a key tenet of Wicca—which is to find balance in all things. If you were one Element, you would be an incredibly imbalanced person. If you lean that heavily toward one Element, it would mean you need less of it, and you need more of the other three.
Some would argue, saying something like: But my astrological sign is (fill in the blank), making my Element (fill in the blank)! Yes, I know—astrological signs fall under the Elements as well. Just because your astrological element’s influence is Water doesn’t mean Water is your only Element. For one thing, your Sun sign is not your only astrological sign (you also have a Moon sign, an Ascending sign, and all those houses in your chart with different planets).
Water touches everyone’s life in many ways, as do all the Elements. One of the ways it influences you is through your Sun sign; that doesn't make it your one and only Element.
But I have an affinity for (fill in the blank) because (fill in the blank)! The word “affinity” simply means you like something. I have an affinity for chocolate, that doesn’t make me the element of chocolate (though—it might be fun).
Read More From Exemplore
Basic Element Info
Masculine, projective element connected to rational thought, the mind, intellect, wisdom, communication, etc.
Corresponding to the North, the winter season, middle of the night.
Feminine, receptive, connected to stability, practicality, materialism, the physical world, etc.
Corresponding to the East, to the spring season, to sunrise time,
Masculine, projective, connected to the will, passion, creativity, etc.
Corresponding to the South, to the summer season, to midday (noon).
Feminine, receptive, connected to the emotions, intuition, mysterious, the subconscious, etc.
Corresponding to the West, to the fall season, to twilight time.
The idea of controlling Elements in Wicca is another misconception. I’m not going to argue here whether it’s even possible to control fire or water or air with your mind—and I don’t even know how someone would go about controlling earth (other than gardening or making mud pies). Even if this was possible, this would fall under the category of psychic abilities. While a Wiccan might believe in this stuff, or attempt to perform these tasks, it does not make doing these things part of our religion.
I do have to note here, the idea of "controlling elements" seems to me like an incredible waste of time and energy. Let’s assume here for a second people who claim they have these powers can actually do what they say they do. They cause a flame to flicker or a little feather to bounce around or water to ripple at will. That’s all fine and good, but I ask… what is the spiritual lesson and benefit in this?
The amount of practice and effort that goes into what amounts to little more than a neat trick to show off with at parties is ridiculous. How does it actually help someone’s spiritual journey to waste an hour or two a day for months to learn how to make the candle flame bob up and down? It seems to me there is no actual spiritual benefit from being able to do these things—it’s just something you can use to impress yourself and your friends, like juggling 3 oranges or finding someone’s card in a deck.
Allow me to repeat myself, because I feel it’s a very important point that many Wiccans miss: the Element of Fire is not just flames, the Element of Water is not H20, and so on. Controlling a flame with your mind (even if you could) is not the same thing controlling the Element of Fire. You’re just controlling a bit of fire (small “f”). Controlling H20 is not controlling the Element of Water; it’s controlling water (small “w”). And so on.
Really Controlling the Elements in Wicca
In Wicca, controlling the Elements isn’t about making candle flames dance or creating gusts of wind with your mind. Controlling the Elements is about finding self-control and balance within yourself and your life.
You want to control the Element of Fire? Don’t play with candle flames—learn how to control your temper. Learn how to nurture your passions and channel them productively. Work on expressing yourself artistically.
You want to Control the Element of Water? Don’t play with running faucets to see if you can make the flow shift an inch over—learn how to master your emotions. Learn how to be more compassionate and understanding. Learn how to listen to and interpret your intuition. Learn how control your mood swings.
You want to Control the Element of Air? Study, learn, and apply your knowledge to life. Practice speaking, help yourself learn to think more carefully about what comes out of your mouth and express yourself more effectively. Don’t allow yourself to give into cynical attitudes. Cultivate wisdom.
You want to Control the Element of Earth? Have courage, and do the things that need to be done in your life-- even the hard stuff. Be strong and steadfast—but try to work on not being so stubborn and closed off to anything new. Be practical and pragmatic, put the work and time into developing useful skills.
Learn to work with Elemental Energies—not by playing with one, single physical manifestations of each Element, but by learning to open yourself to them and all they mean. Think about what they symbolize in ritual, what aspects of life they correspond to, and how you can better utilize that understanding to improve yourself internally. Find Elemental balance.
Finding True Balance
While it's true that a certain Element can be dominant in your life (either for your whole life, or for certain periods of it), that doesn't make you "an Element," and it doesn't mean you are intrinsically tied to it, like it or not. It doesn't mean it should be your focus, either in your life or in your spiritual practices (again, it could indicate your need to bring better Elemental balance). Further, it doesn't imply supernatural connection to or power over the Element.
I know a lot of people who came to Wicca more recently and started with books and websites that tout the “find your element” concept, and it’s very hard to think of things differently when you get used to them. Some will even get defensive when such ideas are challenged. I also know some people like the idea of having supernatural mastery over nature, and this very idea is what drew them to alternative religions in the first place. I understand that learning to control your temper is not as exciting and flashy a representation of Fire to some people as making a candle flame do flickering tricks. “You can’t tell me what to believe!” some might cry. And I’m not telling you what to believe. You can believe what you want.
I’m presenting a perspective that I feel needs to be heard, and that some may find more useful. I believe the ideas about the Elements presented here makes real sense within the context of the Wiccan religion, as well as in life. It may contradict a lot of the more feel-good, fanciful ideas you come across, and if that makes you angry, feel free to ignore anything I have to say on the topic.
However, if you were looking for something a little deeper than parlor tricks and games, if you were looking for a spiritual path to actually impact your life, your personal growth and your spiritual development, I hope this lesser known perspective on the topic will help you along.
© 2014 Mackenzie Sage Wright
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on September 24, 2020:
The ones you work to develop.
sophia on April 18, 2020:
how do u know what powers do u have?
These sweet children omg on April 14, 2020:
Any kid reading this. Please read through the article and saying that you can summon some sort of elemental power. THats not how it works!!! Like she said in the article its not like parlor tricks more or doing or saying :
" You want to control the Element of Fire? Don’t play with candle flames—learn how to control your temper. Learn how to nurture your passions and channel them productively. Work on expressing yourself artistically."
Really there is a big difference between these so i hope when you have more experience with this you'll understand that summoning elementals arent like having magical powers, its the powers through your words or feelings
Maddie on April 10, 2020:
I really enjoy this article, learned nearly 5 wind/air spells and now that ive read this, i find it reallly unbalanced. But now that i have read this, thank you, and im learning at 10. This has really helped me.
Sam on January 22, 2020:
I understand what you're saying about how choosing one element would create an unbalance because too much of one element isn't good, but what if you are already unbalanced. that unbalance can cause you to feel more attracted to one or two elements than the others so that you arable to achieve balance.
. on January 21, 2020:
I don't know how but I summoned a small fire ball that I used to cut a rope I couldn't reach would that be under this or a different area of elemental abllity
Oscar on January 08, 2020:
If i was born on aprill 14 what is my element
Samuel on December 13, 2019:
Help me cast fire in my hand with just a snap please
Lightning on September 12, 2019:
i found your info very in sightly and i always thought like this even tho i never followed the full new age stuff. im 37 no im not really a wiccan i been mostly just looking into it but oddly enough i mostly came her because i always thought it was odd how "air" its self is never counted as a element they count wind as air and i dont understand this at all i always felt they where 2 things on there own. i find that today they narrowed down "elemental power into to suck a small grouping... what are your thoughts?
Sogomogos on August 24, 2019:
Wiccan since 102 B.C. lol
Katie Par on August 17, 2019:
Hi. Is it allowed to be a witch and practice witchcraft while also practicing Christianity?
TheOnceExorcist on August 16, 2019:
Hello, when you right a blog like this please take into consideration the old ways. Not the new age teachings of the 19th sintury to now. My family has been wiccans since the 102 B.C. and my family can be traced back to that time on both sides and have books with the teachings and lesson from then to now which is very few. But the teachings passed down and writting of the way are completely different then what you speak. The way your talking is blasphamy to the orginal path and teaching and your knowledge of how it works and stands is below novice. Elements are in a whole what you said but there is more to it. Making a fire in your hand or freezing water is not a party trick. These where used in physical combat back then and that is the wiccan teachings is to learn and master elemental control to protect oneself and others from evil.
Kai on August 07, 2019:
Thanks for the insight reading this did clear my mind a little
Rosie on July 16, 2019:
Frankly I didn't more it be my soul did.... I've got magik in my blood that terrifies me I speak to ghosts, I think it and it happens fast(anything)!
My dreams come true I call them de ja vous cuz I can tell whoever is around me what's gonna happen next.... I drink and used to do drugs cuz my powers scared me... I've been channeling them but I need to talk to someone that will understand me... Can you recommend a grand master Wiccan or higher up that can help me please???
Thank you for your support
kid 12 years old on June 27, 2019:
me again when i try it i Always feel my hand tingle
Listen on June 20, 2019:
Please listen to me, I’m the meditative position I focused on creating a flame in my hands and it happened within 10 mins, idk why but it literally happened I wasn’t high I wasn’t on anything I was meditating and I was focusing on a flame in my hands and it popped up it felt hot but not too hot it was controlled and the flame was about 4 inch above my palm. Idk why I was able to do something that is labeled impossible but I just want to know if I should excersise this or leave it alone it’s a scary yet exciting concept I really need advice
Marianne on April 29, 2019:
I'm young and new into Wicca and I'm currently using the Element of Air and swallowing as much Wicca knowledge as I can! Thank you for this, it really helps with my studies!
Air Bender on April 20, 2019:
Thank you for his post.... I have been studying about my inner powers and have concluded that I have the element of air an the evil power of Nercromy... I can control my element of air but.... Nercromy is a different story. Please... write something using information about Nercromy it would help because of my desire to awaken it. Thank you for reading, Madison.
Aja on April 04, 2019:
Excellent post. Thanks!
D, Mullins on February 17, 2019:
I do not try to control the Quarters in any way and I don't do "tricks" and claim I control the elements, thru mental efforts, I believe I have bonded with the elemental spirits and just as I honor Lord and Lady every Sunday with candles and incense, I burn a candle for each of the Quarters and send my respect to them and ask them to protect my home.
Belladonna on February 16, 2019:
Excellent post. Refreshing to read something so clear with zero non sense. Thank you so much.
All the best.
someone on February 15, 2019:
i think that i have too much element powers that i was born with and sometimes my powers kind of scare me because i've made a hurricane happen and unknowingly kill innocent people.
aobhe on January 19, 2019:
its not about childish parlor tricks to understand an element. if you feel more inclined to one over the other.. look up what it could mean in your life. we must remember it is a balance and not a distinct one way or the other. you believe what you will on this. it is not our job to point a finger.
Mona on January 14, 2019:
Thank you so much for writing this. I am a novice pagan that's been studying for years. In the last year, I've begun my practice.
I didn't want to start practicing my craft until i understood how to make it work.
And you summed it up beautifully.
Balance is key
My journey has been taking me through the elements to achieve balance in my soul.
I begun with Water. And I'm now going through Fire.
You being able to put it into words has helped enlighten my view and fill my path with Hope.
As within, so without.
As the Universe, so the Soul.
Niv on January 04, 2019:
Can someone plz help me find my element, ive always wanted to know, ive always thought i was a water element according to my zodiac sign but u just said it wasnt about that soooo....can someone tell me how to 'know' your element
my name starts with T on January 03, 2019:
Did you commenters not read the article? You should find a balance with all of the elements. Reread the article you children :/
Re12011392-Eva on December 18, 2018:
Hi Idk how to unlock my element help me plz!
Eva on December 18, 2018:
Wait what if I live somewhere that is North east?
Would I have both Earth and water???
Evangeline Suzanne Rardin 6th Grade Frisco Hicks Elementary on December 18, 2018:
But Mackenzie Idk really know what my element is or if I control all so can you help me find mine?? I would be very grateful for any of these amazing elements.Or all
Eva on December 18, 2018:
I would like the element of water and I will try my hardest to get it
Angel on December 17, 2018:
As I am all new to this kind of thing, how does one get into Wiccan stuff even if they aren't a Wiccan? I'm a polytheist and believe in a lot of things so I wanna try out Wiccan next.
Taylor on November 22, 2018:
I'm not sure what element i am. Or if i'm all of them. Can anyone help me find my element?
Malik on November 15, 2018:
I had the power of munipulating air. But i gave it up ( or made it dormant, not sure) because i lost all my confidence due to a family member passing away. I want know how i can fix my self so i can get the thought again of re-using my power, my element.
Chazz on October 26, 2018:
I like air thats my element
Hannan Zhou on October 16, 2018:
I've always wanted to know this thing. Thank you for writing this article.
Kellea on October 05, 2018:
You have stated what should be obvious to people that are practicing. Time yourself to nature's energy, not the physical element.
Maria on September 29, 2018:
hi I am only an 15 year old girl I think that I don't have an elemental power can you help me?
Fey on September 28, 2018:
I couldn't have said it better. I'm going to print this article and circulate it among people who have been practicing what isn't wicca at all. There's a big difference between magic and magick that most people overlook and I'm glad you made that abundantly clear. I guess most people who want to "be" and element or have some sort of connection to one have the need to feel connected to something that's bigger than all of us. They want to be part of something that makes them feel strong, confident and indestructible, but what they don't realize is that they're already all that, and more. The real wicca will help them realise just that.
Tonya on September 23, 2018:
Thank You! Blessed be!
Jaysen on September 10, 2018:
This was a grate and helpfull article thanks
Randy on August 16, 2018:
Celeste on July 20, 2018:
Hello Ms. Wright,
Is there a way to contact you personally instead of in open forum? I have a few questions that I don't feel comfortable sharing openly.
Blastitall on July 17, 2018:
Thank you so much for this article. I truly appreciate the practical, honest, forthright tone and content. Having been overwhelmed by all the seemingly well-intentioned but primarily razzle-dazzle based information, this was a welcome respite for a weary and confused newcomer like myself.
Donna on July 02, 2018:
I can make 2 flames on one candle wick,
Skywalker on June 25, 2018:
I have experimented and you can influence a candle flame to some extent but that's all you can really do with that power nothing like shooting fire from your hands in the movies and I agree that these powers have nothing to do with wicca spirituality
Virginia from Uruguay on June 17, 2018:
Thank you! Now I know I’m water.
Liz on June 11, 2018:
This makes a lot of sense to me. Thank you for posting this. Blessed Be.
Lorenzo Baxter on June 01, 2018:
I appreciate your article, and your deeper meanings of the elements other than physically using its power. But power like that exists yes? Either from your experience, or your stand on it, spiritual power can be manifested and used in this material world, can't it?
Athena Schreck on May 22, 2018:
Forgot to read that part, Sorry.
Athena Schreck on May 21, 2018:
I am Fire because I am a Sagittarius. I don’t know if I should choose Air or Water for my other Element. Can you help me decide?
Anon on May 10, 2018:
This was something that was really helpful, I'm new to wicca and having this cleared up has calmed me down quite a lot, thank you for making this, it was really insitful. I know I probably spelled that wrong.
jacquinaff on May 07, 2018:
Thank you for the insightful knowledge. I am new to Wicca and it is nice to find an honest opinion. I look forward to reading more of your articles.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 03, 2018:
Hi hehehspells; eh, everyone is entitled to their opinion... maybe this person can go and write their own articles.
But thanks so much, glad you enjoyed. :)
hehehspells on May 03, 2018:
This comment section has an r / iamverysmart post and I think we all know which one it is.
Anyways, I really loved this article. Beautifully written, thia opened my perspective quite a bit. I feel a lot more comfortable being open to all elements versus just sticking to one.
Great wisdom here.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 02, 2018:
Yep, I offer a couple of articles on that:
Earth Falcon on May 01, 2018:
I love what you said here and am with you on this 100%. I was raised by my grandmother who was also a high priestess and this is what I was taught by her also. Recently I have joined a group of wiccans mostly all are young beginners who think they are experts. They will ask for help but rely more on books, new age books then someone with 3 generations of Wiccan behide them. Do you know of any good teaching books that I could tell the others in helping them find their way.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 24, 2018:
Hi; start reading, learning, practice meditation (discipline your mind). It takes time... it's not like in movies. There are no powers to unlock or instant ways to make things happen in a blink. It's something you learn, and reading is a good start.
:o) hope that helps.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 24, 2018:
I mention in some of my other articles, it does depend on the tradition a person is following. A common model is putting Earth in the North & Air in the East, but really we should all give more thought to where we feel the greatest pull... if you live on the East coast and the Atlantic Ocean is to the East, you might feel water's pull most from the East.
Here's a good article from someone who uses Air/North Earth/East like I do: http://www.sacred-texts.com/bos/bos089.htm
Anonymous B on April 24, 2018:
I want to become a witch. What do I do?
Iris on April 23, 2018:
Hello, I'm a bit confused. I thought that Earth corresponds with the north and Air is the east? It does make sense that Air would be north but I always thought it was Earth that was north
Joe Harrison on April 04, 2018:
Very thankfull for the post here. I cant say I'm just one by any means. I want to experience all of them, and oh my.. I even have ALL those emotions All of them .. Very interested in smart insights like yours here..
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on March 22, 2018:
Hi Winter; 16-- great age. And very close to being old enough to make your own decisions about what you read, study and practice. That's a good age to be.
Have you seen this? It might help: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Teen-Wiccan...
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on March 22, 2018:
Thank you for letting me know, Linda!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on March 22, 2018:
Thanks so much, SoulWisdom!
Linda Crowder1 on March 19, 2018:
Hello, I really enjoyed this article! Thanks!
SoulWisdom on March 10, 2018:
Beautifully and fully stated! Observing the elements in Nature and Humans gives the observer so much knowledge and understanding. And in all things balance is the key. In gratitude for your balanced perspective.
Somebodywhoslifewascangedbymetaphsical on March 10, 2018:
I respect your opinion and your religion and even part of your opinion IS true( the one saying psychic powers has nothing to do with beliefs or religion at all) but youare completely wrong if you think controlling air or fire or water or even electricity or earth is bad thing that gives nothing. You are either jealous of how quickly one can develop Energy control with kinetic Training or you dont understand it completely. I am 13 years old and since i started using and doing aerokinesis and electrokinesis i feel better and alot of issues i had in terms of Health just dissapeared. kinetic powers can be mastered far beyond making a breeze or making fingers electricly positive. you believe in god and godess and balance of everything yet you dont believe inpoer far beyond seen. if i would have to split this world i would put it into 3 kingdoms. 1 are scientists who believe in what they see. 2 are people who Know destiny is excuse for weakness and are tryng to achieve power to make thi world better place. and then there is 3rd kingdom filed with pagans and wiccans who are trying to achievesomething beyond misery. balance and what you want to achieve are two different things. sry bro but you started this First. your religion is like trying to sit cross legged while behind you there is war raging out. if that is your balance then just have it but be quiet about it.
Bug on March 01, 2018:
Very useful... Thank you
Air element on January 30, 2018:
there are five elements in my covens and in general biding my the invoked pentagram(the wiccan pentagram) Spirit at the top, air top left, water top right, fire bottom left and earth bottom right to show the connections and how the elements help each other in life. For example: Fire needs oxygen(a gas which is embedded in natural air) to actually light which is why wind is just above it on the invoked pentagram.
mcguire hilger on January 22, 2018:
i'm a wiccan if you want to use your elemental power. you need to concentrate. and if you feel really weird, sit down. that allows the energy to flow back out. but don't worry you can still draw in the power again
DanTdm on December 21, 2017:
Cool! And Subscribe
Kat on December 09, 2017:
Hi, great article. I just want to say, I have heard of light and dark being elements. Is this true, or not? Apparently if you have the light as your element, you have insight. Darkness had something strange, which I can’t remember. Thanks for giving great information
John Lloyd on December 08, 2017:
Ahmm hi is air is my element? Because I like the breeze of air (well all of us like it) but I'm is its like the wind is always calling me I don't know why if I get angry there are some little air just like I'm the one who can feel it. Please response
John'O'Cena on November 19, 2017:
I agree partly but I am new to the site and I was wishing for much much more on how to feel the element running through your fingertips and how to harness and control it as well as what you mentioned about clearing your mind. I came for more and I got less. But as they say. less is more. please explain more on the subject
Jill on November 18, 2017:
I agree with your viewpoint completely. I was not raised religiously and have learned things on my own. I am with a Pagan group now and it has been difficult for me because they all follow certain paths that deals with deities and one element or the other, I am not saying anything against any of their beliefs, however for me it has been more about all of the elements and balance. Trying to explain that to them has been a challenge. I am putting together a ritual centering on this concept and find your insights very useful. Thank you
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 31, 2017:
Thank you so much for your kind words, Chris. Glad to be of help :o)
Chris on October 27, 2017:
To use one of my favorite phrases when I read an article like this (yes, I know it is a movie quote, but still): Finally, someone who speaks English.
I used to be Pagan, but due to my perceptions, life events, and the "Wiccans" I meat in England while I was stationed there in 2000, I left. I am a Christian now, but I still draw some of my worldview from my past, to include the Pagan aspects.
That being said, I still appreciate the Wiccans, Witches, and Pagans who are sincere and follow older traditions and less of the New Age stuff (like having control or influence from only a single Element). You are sincere and don't play the "one up" game as I call it.
I came upon this eloquent and elegant article because one of my friends on Facebook took a "what element" quiz from women.com and posted the result. Since I left my Pagan roots behind in 2004 (Agnostic until 2006), I needed someone better than me for explaining why that quiz is wrong.
I appreciate that you are here and thank you.
Sam on October 19, 2017:
This has been an incredibly uplifting article to read. I have not felt like I belonged to the "Wiccan" way because I didn't believe I subscribed to one particular element, or casting spells.
" if you were looking for something a little deeper than parlor tricks and games, if you were looking for a spiritual path to actually impact your life, your personal growth and your spiritual development, I hope this lesser known perspective on the topic will help you along." That's exactly what you did for me. Cannot thank you enough.
Nereid on October 17, 2017:
I really appreciate your article. I have seen others that tell you to connect with one element but I prefer having a connection with all of them. I love calling quarters and saying my dedications. However, I do feel strong ties to water, this life and past, and earth is a very strong connection as I am passionate about recycling and environmental issues. I am also a fire sign, Sagittarius ♐...
What is your opinion in feeling such strong connections?
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 15, 2017:
Hi Christina; nope, protection spells just protect you from threats, they don't really change who you are or how people perceive you. I'm glad you've had good experiences with Pagans; we're people though. Good and bad come in all walks of life, but yes, I too have known some outstanding people who are Pagan.
And yes, the goth thing is not across our entire community. In fact I'd say it's a pretty small part, usually the younger ones. Most Pagans look like everyone else, personal styles vary.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 15, 2017:
Hi Lilith; it varies by tradition and where you live. In mine Air goes North and Earth goes East. Ultimately, all 4 elements are in all 4 directions and you need to consider where the greatest pull is for you.
Christina on October 14, 2017:
Hi, great article. I saw the movie the Craft, and was a huge fan of Charmed, but I never thought is was real. Now, I met so many interesting people, and there are so many humble, loving, charming, and just delightful men and women, who practice yoga, and are Wiccans, Pagans, and I am amazed. Not all wear black nails, and Goth look, though that is okay if they do. They come in all styles, but there is always a loving boundary they put up around them, you want to be around them, but respect their space. Is this part of protections spells, or just my impression.
Lilith on October 14, 2017:
isn't Air related to the East and Sping? And Earth to the North and Winter?
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 12, 2017:
Hi Maneth; Water bending is a concept that came out of fiction (anime).
In 27 yrs or so being a Witch now, I've never seen a real Witch do it, or bother to learn it.
If it were possible, it would take such an enormous amount of energy, and what does it really do? A little ripple? Nothing worthwhile-- just something to impress yourself.
Sorry but I cannot help you with these kinds of things; I focus on a much more practical type of Witchcraft, I can't help you with these kinds of things. I'm not sure anyone can, but good luck!
Maneth on October 06, 2017:
I need to learn water bending. But my friends told me no one can water bend or any other.but I have a faith to become a water bender.Can you tell me how to do it.Im still 14 yrs
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 02, 2017:
Hi Meep; each Element has many herbs related to it. A good resource for that is Scott Cunningham's Magical Herbalism, but I'll give you a few common ones.
For Water, my favorite is Lemon Balm, I've even written a hub about it: https://discover.hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/...
Some others off the top of my head you might research are Elder trees, feverfew, jasmine, mugwort and thyme.
For Earth, consider looking into oats, corn, cypress, patchouli and wheat.
If you go to my profile and scroll through my articles, you'll find I have 4 articles, one for each Element, and they list correspondences for each.
Hope that helps!
Sarah on September 08, 2017:
Eva Nam on September 04, 2017:
Hey! I'm Eva and I only recently learned about this religion and these practices. I do not believe in any gods and I'm not religious, and the main reason I'm looking into this is because I'm curious - but I've found myself rather drawn by this. I support the values taught here. I'm a very scientific person and not prone to believe in herbs or spells, only to entertain the thought. I don't think of myself as spiritual and I'm rather cynical... but still I'm interested in this, even if it's purely an intellectual pursuit. Do you recommend websites or articles I can read, as a starting point before I read the books?
meep 84321 on September 03, 2017:
what are some herbs that relate with the elments water and earth
qudus on August 20, 2017:
hey...... thanks for the articles..... i am from nigeria, and i will like to know about magic and also practice it..... i dont know maybe you guyz can help me with it?
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 27, 2017:
Hi Mary; spells are something you work up to. It's better to start with reading -- understand the principals behind Witchcraft and how it works. It's also important to discipline your mind, so start with a good meditation regime. This understanding and mental training is what actually makes Witchcraft work, not the spells. Hope that helps!
Mary Idan Hammond on July 27, 2017:
I want to be a witch but I don't know what to do. I am about to try a spell. Wat to do. I've always wanted to be a witch. Please help me out.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 07, 2017:
Thank you Toni!
Toni on July 07, 2017:
Thank you so much for this article!! Well written and exactly what I needed to read! Much love
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 22, 2017:
Hi Josh; I never heard of a 'Wiccan Sign'... you will have to elaborate.
Josh on June 22, 2017:
I want to know what my wiccan sign is
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 19, 2017:
Thank you so much, Donna; that is so sweet of you to say :o)
Donna on June 19, 2017:
Thank you for your wisdom and insight. For as a newcomer in search of spiritual guidance and knowledge, yours has seemed the truest and most comforting to me of all I have read in a little under 2 years of searching. Thank you.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 15, 2017:
Cool, looks like you don't need me then. Frankly even if you can make air blow or water wiggle, I'm not exactly sure how that's a meaningful religious or magical practice, but if it makes you happy, more power to you :o)
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 11, 2017:
Hi Abigail; if you do, good luck to you. I've honestly never seen a legit case of it... and even those who claim to have powers over water can't really do anything than cause ripples and waves with it, which to me is just something I can't imagine making time for or worrying about.
But again, don't confuse being able to control a compound like H20 with being in control of the Element of Water... the latter may not make such a neat trick, but will serve you better. Good luck!