Elements and directions are important in Pagan tradition and magickal practice. Each of these has specific attributes and is part of the Tarot and astrology.
According to Western European Pagan traditions, the four traditional elements correspond to the four directions. There are Native American tribes that also share this belief. Spirit (Akasha), according to some practitioners, is the spiritual power of the universe and fifth element.
This element creates and destroys. It can’t exist without demolishing something and transforming it into another form such as ashes, smoke, heat and light, therefore, it has to be controlled. Fire purifies, energizes, cleanses and is forceful. Its energy is projective, masculine, and the colors are red or white. Its powers are used for courage, protection, energy, strength, creativity, increasing one’s personal power and banishing negativity.
Direction: South, Okaga Ska*, place of growth, rejuvenation and youth
Elemental spirits: Salamanders and Firedrakes (fire breathing dragons)
Season and time: Summer and noon
Tarot suit: Wands or Swords (As with Air, there are two different interpretations, according to sources.)
Astrological signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius
Spirit Keeper of the South: Shawnodese**, Coyote
Keywords: Pita’s*, Eternal Life
This is the densest of the elements and is the mother who sustains life. Its energy is receptive and feminine. The element’s natures are fertility, grounding, stabilizing and nurturing. Its energy is used to attract prosperity, abundance, grounding, career and fertility. Its colors are green or red.
Direction: North, Luta*, the place of renewal, wisdom and the grandparents
Elemental spirits: Gnomes
Archangel: Ariel also called Uriel
Season and time: Winter and night
Tarot suit: Pentacles
Astrological signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn
Spirit Keeper of the North: Waboose**, Buffalo
Keywords: Maka’s*, renewal
This element is the power of movement, intelligence and refreshing. Movement sounds and flying are manifestations of Air. Energy is masculine and projective. Attributes are intelligence, travel, freedom, knowledge, recovering lost items and study which are used to attract these qualities. Its color is yellow.
Direction: East, Gi*, the place of clarity
Elemental spirits: Sylphs
Season and time: Spring and dawn
Tarot suit: Air or Wands
Astrological signs: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius
Spirit Keeper of the East: Wabun**, Eagle
Keywords: Niyan*, Life Force
Healing, cleansing, psychicism and loving are associated with this element. Energy is receptive and feminine. Water is used for purification, psychic growth, peace, love, friendships and dreams. Its colors are deep blue and black.
Direction: West, Sapa*, place of meditation
Elemental spirits: undines, nymphs and merfolks
Season and time: Dusk and autumn
Tarot suit: Cups
Astrological signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces
Spirit Keeper of the West: Mudjekeewis**, Bear
Keyword: Mini’s*, creativity
The name is derived from the Sanskrit word “kash” which means to shine or radiate. It’s also another word for Spirit, the omnipresent immutable source of all energy. It’s the domain of promise, potential and paths to be traveled. The energy permeates the Universe, the primal source that creates and nourishes the elements. Colors are white, purple and black. Akasha is transcendence. Elemental spirits are angels. Much else about this spiritual element is, yet, unknown or undefined.