Elemental Powers and Finding Your Wiccan Element

Updated on August 10, 2017
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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

Clockwise from top: Air, Earth, Fire, Water.
Clockwise from top: Air, Earth, Fire, Water. | Source

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, 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).

Basic Element Info

Air
Masculine, projective element connected to rational thought, the mind, intellect, wisdom, communication, etc.
Corresponding to the North, the winter season, middle of the night.
Earth
Feminine, receptive, connected to stability, practicality, materialism, the physical world, etc.
Corresponding to the East, to the spring season, to sunrise time,
Fire
Masculine, projective, connected to the will, passion, creativity, etc.
Corresponding to the South, to the summer season, to midday (noon).
Water
Feminine, receptive, connected to the emotions, intuition, mysterious, the subconscious, etc.
Corresponding to the West, to the fall season, to twilight time.

Controlling Elements

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 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.

The Elements

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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.


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© 2014 Mackenzie Sage Wright

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      jsymanowicz64@yahoo.com 

      11 hours ago

      im in need to persane contact u on several maters i am not a wicen but a antana i tryed the 4 cornes for good an evel i have 4 evele jars beryd and cant get back to break tham i got my ten folds back plus need help to breack if posebal if u are tue u will know my soul

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      Randy 

      2 days ago

      Thank you.

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      Celeste 

      4 weeks ago

      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.

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      Blastitall 

      4 weeks ago

      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.

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      Donna 

      6 weeks ago

      I can make 2 flames on one candle wick,

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      Skywalker 

      7 weeks ago

      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

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      Virginia 

      2 months ago from Uruguay

      Thank you! Now I know I’m water.

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      Liz 

      2 months ago

      This makes a lot of sense to me. Thank you for posting this. Blessed Be.

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      Lorenzo Baxter 

      2 months ago

      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?

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      Athena Schreck 

      2 months ago

      Forgot to read that part, Sorry.

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      Athena Schreck 

      2 months ago

      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?

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      Anon 

      3 months ago

      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.

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      jacquinaff 

      3 months ago

      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.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 months ago

      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. :)

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      hehehspells 

      3 months ago

      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.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 months ago

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      Earth Falcon 

      3 months ago

      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.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 months ago

      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.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 months ago

      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

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      Anonymous B 

      3 months ago

      I want to become a witch. What do I do?

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      Iris 

      3 months ago

      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

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      Joe Harrison 

      4 months ago

      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..

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 months ago

      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...

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 months ago

      Thank you for letting me know, Linda!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 months ago

      Thanks so much, SoulWisdom!

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      Linda Crowder1 

      5 months ago

      Hello, I really enjoyed this article! Thanks!

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      SoulWisdom 

      5 months ago

      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.

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      Somebodywhoslifewascangedbymetaphsical 

      5 months ago

      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.

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      Bug 

      5 months ago

      Very useful... Thank you

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      Air element 

      6 months ago

      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.

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      mcguire hilger 

      6 months ago

      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

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      DanTdm 

      8 months ago

      Cool! And Subscribe

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      Kat 

      8 months ago

      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

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      John Lloyd 

      8 months ago

      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

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      John'O'Cena 

      9 months ago

      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

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      Jill 

      9 months ago

      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

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      9 months ago

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Chris. Glad to be of help :o)

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      Chris 

      9 months ago

      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.

      Blessed be.

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      Sam 

      10 months ago

      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.

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      Nereid 

      10 months ago

      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?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      10 months ago

      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.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      10 months ago

      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.

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      Christina 

      10 months ago

      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.

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      Lilith 

      10 months ago

      isn't Air related to the East and Sping? And Earth to the North and Winter?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      10 months ago

      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!

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      Maneth 

      10 months ago

      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

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      10 months ago

      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://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Lessons-i...

      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!

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      Sarah 

      11 months ago

      Thank you!!!!

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      Eva Nam 

      11 months ago

      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?

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      meep 84321 

      11 months ago

      what are some herbs that relate with the elments water and earth

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      qudus 

      12 months ago

      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?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      12 months ago

      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!

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      Mary Idan Hammond 

      12 months ago

      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.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      13 months ago

      Thank you Toni!

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      Toni 

      13 months ago

      Thank you so much for this article!! Well written and exactly what I needed to read! Much love

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      14 months ago

      Hi Josh; I never heard of a 'Wiccan Sign'... you will have to elaborate.

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      Josh 

      14 months ago

      I want to know what my wiccan sign is

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      14 months ago

      Thank you so much, Donna; that is so sweet of you to say :o)

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      Donna 

      14 months ago

      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.

      Blessings!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      14 months ago

      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)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      14 months ago

      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!

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      Abigail Smith 

      14 months ago

      I do have water powers, I am currently testing them out but I will think about that.

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      tito 

      16 months ago

      Thank you for this. I am studying and trying to find balance in my life and in my search for spirituality concerning myself and finding balance so that I can be more equipped as an empath to do what I was meant to do.

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      Victoria 

      16 months ago

      Thank you.

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      Candice 

      16 months ago

      I agree with everything you say. Each element is a part of us, and I don't believe in control over them but respecting them and asking for their strengths when needed

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      Colleen 

      17 months ago

      I've always known Earth to be in the North and Air for the East. I set my altar up that way too.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      19 months ago

      Hi Laura, thank you! And you've hit it on the head, I agree-- the desire to control elements or make them move is more about the ego. But as one of my favorite sayings goes (which I'm always reminding myself of, lol): "The most potent expression of real power lies in self restraint." Achieving balance within takes self-mastery, much less flashy and much more difficult.

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      Laura Duncea 

      19 months ago

      I deeply resonate with your post.

      This is the 5th article on the topic I am reading, but this is what I was looking for.

      You've given voice to my feeling that a which should first find balance within herself. The elements are like a metaphor in this context, where the purpose is inner equilibrium and spiritual growth.

      To say it with my own words, I'd understand Water is the totality of all elements that forms it, as well as everything that is formed out of it, even partially... this is so huge, that mind alone cannot comprehend it. You need the ability to feel it, to feel everything that water forms or comes in contact with. This requires proper inner balance, wisdom, empathy, love, etc!

      This is the hardest part to reach, I would assume. Once there, manifestation will arise out of observing it all.

      Only then a which is ready to manifest wisely and powerfully.

      I have no previous knowledge about the topic, it came into my mind yesterday. But I am on the path to self spiritual awareness and growth.

      So before landing on your page, I've read some stuff about making the elements move, i felt it was all about control and ego.

      I hope anyone gets to resonate or make some sense of what I just wrote, as it came into my mind while writing it. Like an inner wisdom kinda thing.

      If that makes any sense ❤️

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      Laura 

      19 months ago

      I deeply resonate with your post.

      This is the 5th article on the topic I am reading, but this is what I was looking for.

      You've given voice to my feeling that a which should first find balance within herself. The elements are like a metaphor in this context, where the purpose is inner equilibrium and spiritual growth.

      To say it with my own words, I'd understand Water is the totality of all elements that forms it, as well as everything that is formed out of it, even partially... this is so huge, that mind alone cannot comprehend it. You need the ability to feel it, to feel everything that water forms or comes in contact with. This requires proper inner balance, wisdom, empathy, love, etc!

      This is the hardest part to reach, I would assume. Once there, manifestation will arise out of observing it all.

      Only then a which is ready to manifest wisely and powerfully.

      I have no previous knowledge about the topic, it came into my mind yesterday. But I am on the path to self spiritual awareness and growth.

      So before landing on your page, I've read some stuff about making the elements move, i felt it was all about control and ego.

      I hope anyone gets to resonate or make some sense of what I just wrote, as it came into my mind while writing it. Like an inner wisdom kinda thing.

      If that makes any sense ❤️

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      19 months ago

      Thanks Cameron!

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      Cameron 

      19 months ago

      Hey! I am very pleased to see you are still replying to comments even 2 years later. I found this very head clearing, I always thought it would be cool or "fun" to be able to "control the elements" but what I found on this webpage was far more information than I could have ever asked for, and for that I thank you. I am young but I have found a new and more wise path and goal for my life.

      Thanks again.

      -Cameron B.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      20 months ago

      Hi Gary... as I said in the article, that is the goal. If you didn't find balance in all Elements, you should at least be striving for it.

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      gary yeske 

      20 months ago

      but what if i find balance in all elements? in honest truth?

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      Some guy 

      20 months ago

      Interesting article,

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      23 months ago

      Glad to be of service, Zhareb. Thanks for your comment.

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      zhareb 

      23 months ago

      I was told I must found balance in my life, I know somehow I'm gifted but I don't follow any religion, recently I began connecting again with Nature and this article I can say really makes me understand why I was told to find balance in my life. I'm Water I'm always driven by my emotions at the point that I let them control my life I'm also Air but I neglect that part of me, reading this article helps understand of all I must work on my self to get where I'm supposed to be and reach my purpose here. I only can say thanks for clearing me so many doubts about finding balance within my self and the Universe.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      2 years ago

      Hi! Understanding always helps, but that's the thing about the Elements, what they represent are just about always in play. If life were a computer, they'd be the background programs that are always running that you barely notice. The more you understand, the more you notice them in play, the more you are able to manipulate them to your advantage.

      Glad you found my article useful!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      2 years ago

      Hi Deyon; if you check my profile, you'll see I have a LOT of articles to help you with just that! It's going to require a lot of work though, as it doesn't happen overnight... read, learn, study, meditate & mentally discipline yourself. These are the first steps that will lay the foundation.

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      sellie 

      2 years ago

      I just want to know if you have understand every thing between all 4 of them to know how to use it I meen I believe a lot in this post and thank u for all you're help ;)

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      Deyon 

      2 years ago

      how can i really become a witch, i really, really want to be a witch to cast spells and heal persons and animals. I believe all this stuff and have tried all these spell to control elements and to become a witch. So it left me no choice but to choose help from wiccan

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      Mandy 

      2 years ago

      While I have thought in the past about how cool it would be to be able to control fire, and make it spring from my fingertips at will, I've never actually heard of or seen anyone do so outside of Hollywood movies like The Craft and magicians like Chris Angel. I have, however, read about wiccans trying to use the energies of a specific element to fuel their spells... I, myself, have drawn energy from the earth to use in my spells in the past. Although, I'll admit, I haven't only done this for magic. I have, many times, released my negative energy into the earth and called up positive energy from the earth at times when I was overwhelmed by some negative emotion, and.... guess what.... It works. Or, at least, it works for me.

      In other words, I agree that trying to control the elements is not something pagans should aspire to. In fact, it's likely a collassal waste of time. However, using the energy of the elements to fuel your magic does have its time, place, and purpose. One just needs to make sure they use the right element for their intended goal if they use one at all. This being said, it probably isn't something a beginner would want to be messing with... at least, not until they've got enough experience and confidence under their belt to know which element goes best with each purpose and just experience in general.

      I did enjoy reading your article, though. May you find good fortune in your magic, and in your life. Blessed be.

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      Rachel Grace 

      2 years ago

      Thank you for this. I am just beginning in the path of Wiccan practices and I'm pretty sure I wrote down in my notebook everything in this article.

      There is still so much I need to research and discover, but this was lovely to find and read. Thank you.

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      Lonnie 

      2 years ago

      I have alway's felt an inner power from the world around me and have been able to controle events as such when I have used it what is this in me.

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      Anthony 

      2 years ago

      It's me again.Just forget about the 1 power of 4 of the elements.I may have the 4 because a thing happened so I have 2 believe me or not I am 50%sure that I have the other 2(electricity and earth)but earth is not controling earth or stones it symbolize the force and the strength I am much tuffer for my age about the air I controll sometimes wind I say blow wind it blows I say calm down I don't feel anything about water it is a long story so is the electricity.Wind and electricity need knowledge about the atoms and molecules.Beleive me or not I have this ability and I am not crazy or a freak!!!!!!!

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      Anthony 

      2 years ago

      I loved what you wrote and I found it very useful in my life and I will use your words in my life.Before I read this I didn't know what to do because I have one of these elements you are talking about you will find me crazy after what I said but this is the truth because I don't know how to control them properly but signs when I try to use them made me believe that I have an element power inside of me.Thank you for opening my mind with your words

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 years ago

      Hi Jaliji, thanks so much for commenting. I'm glad you found my article useful here; I'm not one to think there is only a right way or a wrong way to do things, but in general this whole 'find your Element' craze seems to be based on a lot of misconceptions, misunderstanding of what the Elements are supposed to be about, or their place in Wicca.

      A good book to start learning about Wicca is Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin. You could also start raiding my directory: https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Wicca-for...

      I attempt to break down a lot of different concepts and try to walk someone new through it. I also recommend books and other articles or websites along the way you might find useful. And I always answer questions in the comments, or email.

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      Jaliji 

      3 years ago

      I have been trying to find something to follow, something that helps guide me into the right direction mostly because I feel like I've been misguided in my life, searching and continuously reading to help me in anyway. While it is true that I went after and wondered what my main element was, maybe there was a reason why I was torn between all four of them. Your article really opened my eyes and I began to understand more. I have actually been curious for a while and began doing research on Wicca and stumbled across your article and I believe it gave me the push in the right direction. Do you know where I could begin researching to help me begin my journey? Because I believe I've made a decision after a long time of searching and consideration from a lot of other paths.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 years ago

      Thanks Ravenheart, glad my article could be of use to you and thanks for passing it on.

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      ravenheart 

      3 years ago

      I gave this to some of my friends that constantly ask me about controlling elements and i could never full explain it to any of them. Thank you for this article i was raised wicca so i couldn't understand how to explain it in a way that didn't make me sound crazy:)

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 years ago

      Hi HippieCowgirl; so glad the article helped you out. The elements play a big role in my trad. i appreciate your comment.

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      HippieCowgirl 

      3 years ago

      Im 100% new to all this, I just recently decided I wanted to learn more about practicing and wicca. It was really nice to find an article that contradicts all the 'find your sign' stuff. Although I always feel very connected to wind and air, my 'sign' says I'm fire (It also says my fiancé is water, and that we won't ever work out! We've been together almost 3 years! ha!) Anyway, i just wanted to say thank you for helping me learn on my journey, and for helping me to decide that i don't need someone to give me a 'ruling' element :)

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 years ago

      Hi dominick; for me it's an ongoing process. Life is always changing, thus with each new stage you have to find a new way to reign it all in and find balance. Bright blessings to you. Thanks for your comment.

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      dominick 

      3 years ago

      Wow that was a great lesson for me and others to encourage them to be somebody and thanks for the inspiring words for everybody especially me hope.

      someday i will master one of the elements.

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      Hunre 

      3 years ago

      My elemental power is fire

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 years ago

      Thanks for your comments, aysel. I think almost everyone tends to lean more toward one Element or another. I don't know if I've ever met a person who has perfect balance. And I totally believe in using our strengths. But I'm glad you can see the difference between influence and 'having an Element' like some kind of Marvel comic superhero.

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      aysel 

      3 years ago

      I like that this made distinctions between a n element being dominant in your life verses being or having an element. I agree I feel a closeness to all elements but water more so than the others... But that does not mean I feel like I am water or that I hold some sort of claim to it. Thank you for this.

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 years ago

      Thank you Correen; I am glad you found the article useful. A lot of times this is an unpopular opinion when this is not what people want to hear. I've found the best way to begin attuning with the elements is to practice mindfulness and be very aware of them. Thanks for your comments.

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      correen 

      3 years ago

      I appreciate that a grown up is being honest on the internet. Some how i already know everything you said. I'm not a wiccan and i don't think being called a "witch" explains me. I'm gifted with certain abilities i guess you could say. But what i need help with is that a certain times the elements express my emotions better than anything else at that moment. And with that being said I'm scared/terrified that one day what if i lose my control over my emotions... And the elements... i just want to know the best way to communicate with the elements. That's all.

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      Grant 

      3 years ago

      Thank you, this has really expanded my knowledge base regarding the books I could find and articles I managed to locate via the not so all mighty internet. I am very thankful for the information and am gladly expanding my understanding of this wonderful faith I have gladly taken into my daily life.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Thanks Nathaniel, I appreciate your comments and I'm glad you found the article useful! Love & Light...

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