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Dear Friends,

One of the most powerful experiences I had when I first began to walk this path was getting to know the elements intimately. How well do you know the elements that surround us?

Elemental magick is at the heart of all magick. The elements of earth, air, fire and water pulse through everything we do and every spell we cast. They are the “alphabet” of magick, just as much as the tools that we use in ritual.

Simply put, getting to know the elements means getting to know earth, air, fire and water as their own separate entity. While its true we need the power of all four to be balanced and stable, it helps our understanding to know how each works independent of the others.

How much do you know about the elements? If you are new to this path, you may only have a limited familiarity with these important “helpers.” You may know nothing more than their names. However, I’ve found that a lot of people who have been in the faith for a long time don’t quite understand the power of the elements.

You see, so many people rely on the list of correspondences to the elements. They know that to invoke the power of air, it is helpful to use the color yellow, light some incense, face east, etc. This is a great starting point for understanding the elements, but it is only a starting point. To get a greater knowledge of the elements, try this exploration.

You can spend one week “in” each element. Start with the element of earth. Write down everything you know about the element and everything that you’ve learned. Do some research. Think about what earth really means. It is grounding energy; it represents the material world and all of the richness and life associated with it. For the period of time that you are in the element, focus on it each day. Try to find evidence of its work in your life.

It’s also helpful to set up a special space for earth during the time you are working with the element. Place natural elements (stones, a jar of earth, wood) in a place in your home that faces north. Set up the little altar space with green candles, sea salt and a pentacle or two. Meditate each day during your “earth” period in front of this small space and charge it with energy.

The next week, focus on water. Invite the emotional power of water into your life and pay attention to how your feelings affect your world. Set up a small space in the West with a bowl of water, blue candles and seashells. Since water is also associated with psychic energy, it’s a good idea to charge any divinatory tools that you have on this small altar space.

Fire is the third element to explore. A small altar in the south will serve your purpose in this week. Use the color red, candles and anything else related to fire that you feel drawn to. Notice how the action-oriented element of fire affects your life in these weeks.

Finally, air purifies and cleans in the last week of your process. Use incense, the color yellow and feathers to represent air in an eastern portion of your home. Just as in previous weeks, spend time focusing on the element and its powers in your life.

At the end of the month, you should have experienced a week in each element. I’ve done this exercise several times and have encouraged others to do so. It has been interesting to me to see the results of each element affect others in different ways. I’ve seen people confront emotions they’ve thought they’d buried during a water week. Others have made drastic moves in the fire week like finally quitting the job they’ve hated, or making a move they’ve always wanted to.

My most memorable experience with this month-long meditation was during a fire week. I had set up my mini altar with a tall red pillar candle in glass, like the kind you find in supermarkets. I needed drastic change in my life. I felt stuck. In previous weeks I’d grounded my life and addressed my emotions. Now it was time for action. I wanted a new place to live for my family and myself. We just felt unsettled in our current home. I completely visualized the place that I wanted to live, wrote down my intention, and placed it in the flame of the red pillar candle.

I left the candle burning, and went about my daily tasks around the house. Against my better judgment, I briefly wondered if I’d applied enough intention in my request. Immediately, as I doubted myself, I heard a loud “pop!” I went back into the living room and saw a large piece of glass smoldering on the floor. The top of the pillar candle had broken off and fell on the floor. I immediately knew that I had to respect my own power and the power of fire. Once I did this and released my doubt, I was not surprised when a friend called in a few days to let me know that he was putting a house up for rent. The house was perfect for us.

How will the elements affect you? It’s time to explore.

Until next time,

Rose Ariadne

Your Warm And Caring "Resident Witch In Charge"

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Dear Friends,

I am going to keep this newsletter very short today.  Here’s why…

The interview clip that is available today was one of the best so far (and also one of the longest… it’s about 15 minutes long).  I had to laugh, because Ash asked her a simple question, and she really “ran with it” and covered a lot of ground…

His question was very simply, “If someone’s confidence is very low, can it hurt their ability to do Magick?”

Not only did she answer this, but she also went into how to deal with stubborn spirits, how to protect your house (this one is so good, her friend actually noticed something “different” when he walked into the house after she’d done the spell), and how she made a real mess of things when she was 16, and looking for love…

She did such a wonderful job, I almost feel unneeded this week! ;)

Another reason I’m keeping it short this week is because I have to get ready for a quick vacation.  I’ve been working on some wonderful things, but I still feel I need to take a break and rest my head – let my energies recharge.

The kids have to be attended too, the dogs need to be fed – and to be quite honest, it’s been a long week – and I’m tired.  I’m going to have a nice glass of red wine tonight with my husband, and let my mind wander and relax… maybe even get to bed early for once!  It’s Friday night, and here I am “an old crone” going to bed early… how life changes….

But I will say a quick word on confidence.

Confidence is so very important to everything you do.  In fact, many people actually are able to convince themselves that they ARE confident – when in reality, they aren’t.

Without confidence in yourself, and in your Magick energy – it will be so very hard to cast spells that have an effect in the way that you desire.

“Knowing” it’s going to work is over half of the battle.

But, beyond the world of Magick, your confidence holds many other keys.  Having confidence in who you are is life’s great secret for finding life long friends and companions.  It is the secret to finding all that you want in life – and drinking up all that our amazing world has to offer.

Even if you believe you are confident, I want you to try this simple spell over the weekend (or whenever you have time).  Know that you are special, and living the life you desire is much more simple than you think… everything you need is right at your feet.  But you must believe it.

Rose’s Confidence For Life Spell

We’re going to do this spell in front of a mirror… if you don’t have one in your room, you can use the one in the bathroom.  But I’d really prefer you to do this short spell in your room with a larger mirror – so you can dim the lights or darken the room a bit.  It’s always important to “set the mood” of the spell.

Set up a red candle off to the right, and your favorite incense on your left.

Light the incense, and then light the candle.

Next, stare at the red candle’s flame… as the light of the flame reaches you, see the red of the candle wax fill you with it’s reddish glow…. Red is the color of confidence, and passion for what you do.

Keep focusing on the candle for a minute or more… feel yourself grow ever more confident… feel the strength within you.

Next, let your gaze leave the candle, and look directly into the mirror at yourself.  Visualize your body surrounded by the reddish light form the candle… look straight into your own eyes and say:

“My strength is my confidence, and there’s confidence in me.
My heart knows I’m special, and everyone will see.
Today is my day, my moment to shine
Throughout all the world, will blaze my confident sign…”

If you are a person who struggles with confidence, please do this spell as often as you can (hopefully at least once a day).  I’d also like to recommend a “success and confidence” incense if you’d like…  try to use three parts aloe wood, 2 parts frankincense, and one part nutmeg.  Burn this as you do the spell…
The combination of the chant, the candle, and the incense will fill you with instant confidence – and you’ll see how things can change.

Now, go out there and have a wonderfully Magickal weekend, and make sure to listen to Tatania’s interview clip… she’s a dear friend, and very wise and experienced…

Love And Light,

Rose Ariadne

Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge

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