Wicca Natural Magic Kit: The Sun, The Moon, and The Elements, Elemental Magic, Moon Magic, and Wheel of the Year Magic - Lisa Chamberlain 2018
What do magical spells, wishing wells, rain dances, and lucky rabbit’s feet have in common? All of these customs are rooted in the idea that unseen forces can have an influence on the occurrences of our daily lives.
Even in this modern age of science and “reason,” people still give at least some credence to superstitions: we cross our fingers and knock on wood for luck, and we avoid walking under ladders to prevent bad luck.
Whether we are conscious of it or not, all of these ideas and traditions are tied to underlying properties of the energy that makes up the entire Universe. This energy is found in everything on Earth, visible and invisible, including every human being. This energy is particularly essential to Witchcraft, and is the main focus of this book.
As interest in Wicca and other forms of Witchcraft continues to grow, interested readers will find a vast array of information about the Craft and its rich, varied beliefs and traditions. From coven-oriented, highly structured forms of Wicca to looser, eclectic and solitary forms of practice, people from all across the spectrum are sharing their knowledge with those who feel pulled in the direction of what many call “The Old Religion.”
Terminology across these sources will vary, with some authors distinguishing between “Wicca” and “Witchcraft,” and some making no distinction at all. This is just the way it is with Wicca: with no sacred text to study, many Wiccans end up taking their own, often very unique, journey as they discover the religion for themselves. This means that two authors can write on the same topic from completely different perspectives—it all depends on the author’s personal beliefs, knowledge, and experiences.
With this in mind, there is no right or wrong, and this partly explains why there are so many differing—and on occasion, conflicting—opinions to be heard. For example, some Wiccans will practice Witchcraft actively, as part of their daily lives; however, other Wiccans will never participate in Witchcraft, and disassociate from it completely. Both are perfectly valid approaches—my advice to you is to take in as much information as possible, and then form your own set of beliefs based on the ideas and practices that resonate most with you.
This particular book offers a view of Wiccan-oriented ritual and magic through the lens of the Elements—Earth, Air, Fire and Water, as well as Spirit, the Fifth Element—and is intended for beginners and more seasoned Witches alike.
For thousands of years, the Elements have been considered the basic building blocks of the Universe, and they are inherent to the basic principles of Witchcraft. Wiccans and other Witches recognize, honor and participate with these core energies in both religious ritual and magic. By attuning to and working with the magical qualities of the Elements, both individually and combined, Witches are able to manifest positive changes for themselves and others, fostering a deeper spiritual connection to the natural world.
One way of tuning in to that connection is through an understanding of the principle of animism, which is a major concept this guide to Elemental magic will discuss.
A concept that has spanned the cultures of the globe for millennia, animism takes for granted that there is more to the material world than we can grasp with our usual five senses. Some Witches have also always taken this for granted, but many have to study and practice for awhile before finding themselves grounded in what is for them, coming from contemporary culture, a new reality.
This is where getting to know the Elements on a more intimate level can be very helpful.
This book will introduce you to each of the Elements: their properties, characteristics, and their use in magic. You’ll learn how the Elements are invoked in ritual, as well as some techniques and magical practices for working with individual Elements.
This book is by no means an exhaustive source of information, and the ideas it presents should never be considered the “way things are always done,” but should instead provide you with a springboard to make your own discoveries about the power of the Elements and the magic they have to offer.