• Maggie Shayne

The Element of Air

Updated: Apr 15


In natural magic, there are 5 elements. Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit. Each element has numerous associations. I used to assign my students in the magical arts to spend a week immersing themselves in each of the elements to deepen their understanding. And I'm going to tell you how to do that too with a post devoted each of the elements.


Since it's nearly the Vernal Equinox, it seems a good time to discuss the element most associated with spring, the element of Air.


Some Air Associations

In my spiritual practice, Air's direction is east, the direction of the sunrise, and because of that, it's seen as all things new. Beginnings, fresh starts.


Its colors are yellow, and white, and sometimes silver, and all the pastel hues of palest green, lightest lavender, softest pink, baby blue. Everything light. The colors of easter baskets and baby showers.


Air's time of day is dawn.


Its season is spring.


Its time of life is childhood.


Its state, innocence. It is the trusting belief of a child.


The triple goddess is depicted as Maid, Mother, and Cone. Air and spring are the maiden's domain. She's everything new. She is the energy of pure potential.



I see her in the Tarot card, The Fool. Just full of energy and eager and dance-stepping her way forward, unfurling and becoming more all along the way. She trails that energy behind her like eco-safe glitter. And speaking of Tarot, the suit I associate with Air is Wands. Some traditions and some tarot decks associate Air with the suit of Swords. It's a good idea to get clear on how you feel about this and buy decks that match. Just thinking about all the things Air is, would you feel it's more in tune with swords or wands. Study and decide.


Air is about the mind, the intellect. It's about learning and communication. It's about travel and movement, and inspiration. It's the realm of thought, the home of storytellers, poets, and bards.


Stones associated with the element of Air are airy stones like pumice and mica. Mottled jasper and aventurine. I like yellow stones for air, like citrine and even pale green peridot.


Air's herbs are clover, and lavender, and mint, and lily of the valley. Light scents, airy scents, earliest springtime flowers. Hyacinth and daffodil and apple blossoms all bring the energy of Air.


The magical tools associated with Air in my magical practice are a the wand, the broomstick, the feather and feather fan, the censer and the incense it burns. Some practitioners keep a bell on their altar. A bell to me is a very Airy sort of tool.


Air magic transports the magic on air's breath. One might enchanting powdered incense before burning it, so the smoke carries the magic off to do its job. Writing is very air-centered, and writing a prayer or desire on a piece of fabric, then hanging it in the wind is popular way. Likewise, inscribing a magical symbol or enchanting a leaf or petal and releasing it to the wind is a beautiful way to cast a spell. Plucking the petals of a daisy or making a wish on a puffy dandelion gone to seed are both acts of air magic. You can think of 100 more.


A week with Air

If you'd like to try immersing yourself in the element of Air for a week, or even just for a day, here are some suggestions.

  • Wear a lot of yellow and pastels and whites, light colors, airy fabrics, trailing scarves, and jingly jewelry, and fringe.

  • Burn incense every day, maybe multiple times. Be silent and look for patterns in the smoke swirls. Choose a light or floral scent that reminds you of springtime.

  • Greet the sunrise every morning. Open your arms wide and take a big inhale as you welcome the new day and this new season.

  • Eat lots of raw veggies and fruits and salads and greens.

  • Let your week of Air be a week of beginnings.

  • Pay attention to how you feel, and what you observe around you.

  • When you feel a breeze on your face, stop what you're doing and experience Air caressing you, touching you, acknowledging your alignment with its fresh, eager, fertile, new energy.

  • Watch for new ideas to come during your week of vibing with Air.


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