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The Principles of Magick :Part III 
 Drawing Upon the Elements for effective Magickal Workings

Section 1: Utilizing Environmental Energies

            Having discussed the dual nature of Magick and the practitioners place in the scheme of things, now we can move on to methods of making use of the energy that surrounds them. In the breathing exercise given earlier, the student is taught to visualize energy coming in on each breath, this energy is of the second type (environmental) and is easily used to replenish your reserves after ritual. The other use for Environmental energies is during the actual magickal working itself. The oldest methods for doing this are presented all over the World Wide Web and in print today. This is the magick of crystals, incense, metals and other natural implements.
        These energies are found in the natural world around us and can be tapped by using the appropriate correspondences to the element to which they belong. This allows us to use the Environmental energies to call upon certain aspects of the natural world that are in harmony with our goals. Though symbolism and imagery we use more of our mind, and more of ourselves is tuned into the goal itself.  By using tools and items that are tied to that particular goal, we are able to better achieve them and do so with greater ease than without them. These tools open certain parts of our subconsciousness and allows us to draw those energies into our rituals. Below is a partial list of some correspondences for each of the Four basic elemental types, Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

Elemental Correspondences:

Element: Air: Fire: Water: Earth:
Direction: East South West North
Tarot Suit: Swords Staves Cups Pentacles
Zodiac Signs: Aquarius, Gemini, Libra Aries, Leo, Sagittarius Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Planets: Sun, Mercury, Uranus Mars, Pluto Moon, Neptune, Venus Earth, Saturn
Deities: Isis, Innana, Diana, Artemis, Mercury, Apollo Brigit, Pele, Kali, Mars Epona, Aphrodite, Neptune, Gaia, Tara, Cernunnos, 
Arch Angel: Raphael Michael Gabriel Auriel (Ariel)
Elemental Lord: Paralda Djinn Necksa Ghob
Colors: Light blue, yellow, silver, white purple. Red, Orange, Yellow, Gold  Deep Blue, Sea Greens, Violet, Pink Deep Greens, Brown, White, Deep Red
Animals: Ravens, Eagles, Owls and birds in general Salamander, Lion, Snake, Cat Whale, Dolphin, Swan, Crab Bear, Wolf , Stag, 
Elementals Associated: Faeries, Sylphs Phoenix, Salamanders Undines, Sirens Gnomes, Brownies
Herbs: Angelica, Artemeisia, Mint, Lavender, Thyme Dragon's Blood, Clove, Cayenne, Basil, Garlic, Rosemary Chamomile, Myrrh, Kelp, Yarrow Pennyroyal, Lovage, 
Boneset
Incense: Sandalwood, Lemon, Licorice Frankincense, Cinnamon,  Jasmine, Rose Musk, Patchouli
Gemstones: Amber, Amethyst, Citrine Garnet, Ruby, Hematite Turquoise, Opal, Sapphire Salt, Emerald, Aventurine, Pyrite
Polarity Gender: Masculine Masculine Feminine Feminine
Magickal Tools: Athame, Incense Wand, Oils Chalice, Cauldron Pentacle, Salt
Chakras: 5th and 6th  2nd and 3rd 4th 1st
Moon Phase: New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter
Times of Day: Dawn High Noon Sunset Midnight
Magickal Attributes: Intellect and reason, problem solving, rationality.
Help in studies or the arts, Help accepting change, Bringing change into your life,
Cutting through problems, Separating illusions from reality, Finding one's truth, Illuminating situations.
Inspiration, vision, clarity, honesty, communications.
Adding "go power" to anything, add excitement to your life, protection, exploring
who you are, discovering your sources of passion, creativity. Sensing your direction, finding your Self and your power, energy, and authority. Future and goal oriented.
 Opening of the psychic centers, trance work or past life regressions, dream work,
purification and healing, help with emotional stability. Water/west rules relationships, spiritual
awareness, psychic activity, love, dreams, feelings, intuition, pleasure ecstasy, sensuality, art,
friendships, and imagination.
Grounding, stability, wealth and business, bringing organization to a hectic life,
breaking bad habits, developing security and being grounded in the material, physical world, finances,
home, car, work, creativity, nurturing, health, physical activities, daily life, things that are real and
solid.

        When working towards a specific goal, select an Element that corresponds to your goal and design your ritual accordingly, including tools and items that reflect that Element. Draw upon the natural elements that suits your goal closest. When "calling the Quarters" you are summoning the Magickal embodiment of these qualities in their rawest and most powerful form to assist you in both adding power to your work and to balance it so as to be more effective.

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