Getting Elemental - The Witches Table
 
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Shards in the aftermath
_New Year, new beginnings and what this has brought to the UK is a
barrage of winter storms.  The Element of Air has been stalking the
land, throwing around cars like toys, wreaking havoc, destruction and even causing two deaths, in fair Albion.
_As someone who has grown to identify closely with the element of Air this has been an interesting time for me. Most lunchtimes I take a long walk down by the canal and despite the wind and occasional rain Thursday was no exception.  I always find my lunchtime walks essential to calming my mood, lifting my spirits and reinvigorating me for the afternoon but Thursday was something very special.  On reaching my usual avenue of trees I could see the devastation of the last few days; many big, old branches had been torn from the trees and in one case a venerable old tree had snapped in half, it's whole
top-heavy end lying on the ground.  Looking at the cast off branches
and the corpse of the shattered tree I could see they were often dry and brittle with the heartwood rotted out.  Heavy, ancient
branches that no longer served the trees they clung to were swept away by Air and… it made me start to rethink the element of Air.
_It is usually Fire we think of as active and destructive, burning away
that which no longer serves us.  Fire is the element cleanses and
purifies even as it lays waste.  But here I was watching a more
selective, yet still very destructive cleansing.  The air was ripping
away those branches which could no longer bend and move with the
flow, but the rest of the tree remained intact.

When we think of a cleansing with Air we tend to imagine the gentle incense or smudge smoke curling up and around our tools, homes and ourselves permeates and surrounding us. The image is not one of a gale force wind literally blowing away the deadwood.  But as I took my walk and felt the wind and saw the trees I took a cleansing as well.  I saw the wind blowing through my aetheric self, stripping away any negativity that clung to me, polishing my aura until it was a bright shiny thing.

I would love to hear of non-traditional ways you have worked with and used the elements so let me know below!
1/7/2012 09:50:58

As I very nearly lost my mother in the storms of 1989 due to the wind blowing down the stables on top of her I am very aware of the destructive power of air.

I try not to just think about the positive aspects of elements but the whole balance of everything. Not always possible and this maybe due to my negative view point on life!

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1/7/2012 14:05:42

That sounds like a horrible close call DarkPurpleMoon! I hope your mother was ok in the end.

I think you are right not to concentrate on the positive aspects alone. Since in ritual air is usually such a gentle force e.g. breathe, incense or a very gentle breeze I find it all to easy to forget the other side and as you say balance is key in all things!

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1/7/2012 13:30:51

I love this Antara...I connect with nature on a daily basis....and that's one of the reasons, of many, that I love having a dog...she gets me out in nature every day, no matter what the weather :).

The elements of nature are so intriguing to me...I love how you used Air to be cleansed.....I'm going to add that element next time I'm out walking and a breeze or wind blows by.....thank you for that!

much love!
gina

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1/7/2012 14:18:36

Dear Gina

Thanks so much for your comment. I try to get outside as often as I can even for a short period, it is so calming. I am a cat person myself but the idea of having a dog to take on long walks in the countryside is very appealing.

I would love to hear how trying out the Air cleansing goes...let me know!

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1/7/2012 21:13:25

Great post, Antara - I tend to think of Air as a cooling, clearing force. It <i>can</i> be gentle, but sometimes it really isn't - even on a spiritual level, sometimes "blowing away the cobwebs" can be far more intense than we'd like it to be in the moment.

On the plus side, I find Air one of the easiest elements to connect with personally. Back in 2004, I did a 10-word poetry challenge that included 10 words that all seemed to me to relate in *some* way to Air... this was the poem that resulted from it - Invocation to the East: http://www.thestarlitecafe.com/poems/85/poem_646552.html (at some point, I'll go back and write invocations to the other elements as well, but at this point, it's the only one I have)

Blessings - TANJA

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1/8/2012 03:25:51

Hey Tanja

Thanks for commenting!

I read your poem and it is a great invocation to Air - loved it.

I wrote a set of very short invocations for the 3 elements a few years ago, I should dig them out and put them up here too, so thanks for the reminder,

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1/14/2012 23:01:24

In ayurveda my body type is pitta/vata. Vata is dry, moving, light and changeable - like the wind. I have learned that I need moist, grounding foods to keep me balanced. Otherwise I am the wind! :-)

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1/15/2012 12:22:05

Hi Linnette

I don't know a great deal about Ayurveda, but it sounds like a very interesting way of balancing your diet and nutrition.

Antara

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