Elements Series - Spirit
So, moving on to our final of the elements this week with Spirit.
Although not considered a classical element, as the other four are (mainly because it is not physical), it is in this series as it is used in Magickal works.
Also sometimes referred to as Akasha, Aether or quintessence (Latin for the fifth element).
It is represented by The Fool card in Tarot.
Its planet is the Sun.
It is linked to the colours:
- purple and
Altar items include:
- Photos of ancestors,
- Deity representations,
- Pictures of Angels,
- Prayer bundles
It is very difficult to find animals associated directly with Spirit, as there are Spirit Animals, which is a different thing. I have compiled a small list here of animals associated with spiritual workings and why:
- Cat - Believed to travel between this world and the spirit realm (especially black ones)
- Crow - Believed to carry and deliver the messages of the Gods. Also predicts death
- Raven - Similar to the crow in meaning. Associated with many deities.
- Dogs - Sees beyond the veil and offers protection
- Owls - Seeing beyond the mundane, bringers of Godly wisdom, nocturnal
- Spiders - Weavers of Fate. Some are venomous
- Moths - Essentially, nocturnal butterflies, but associated with darker works and death
- Snakes - Blame the Bible for this one! Again, some are venomous
- Bat - Again, nocturnal, and a flying mammal, so offers the mix of two worlds
- Basil - seen as a Holy plant
- Sage - extremely revered, great spiritual cleanser
- Aloe Vera - thrives even in the toughest conditions
- Vetiver - Aura cleanser
- Jasmine - attracts positivity to your aura
- Rosemary - considered one of the Master herbs
- Lavender - another Master plant
- Eucalyptus - Powerful cleanser and attracts lucky ancestor spirits
- Tobacco - Poisonous
- Nightshade - Connections to night, also poisonous
- Mushrooms - Especially ones such as Skullcap and Destroying Angel
- Hemlock - Poisonous
- Hekate - Greek
- Hades - Greek
- Pluto - Roman
- Hel - Norse
- Kali - Hindu
- Anubis - Egyptian
- Ah Puch - Mayan
- Mictlantecuhtli - Aztec
- The Shinigami - Japanese
- Apophis - Egyptian
- Maman Brigitte - Haitian/ Voudo
- The Horned God - Wiccan
- Osiris - Egyptian
- Cerounnous - Celtic
Festivals of the Dead:
- Hallowe'en - celebrated on the 31st of October in the Northern hemisphere. Once a Pagan holiday (and New Year) this was merged with All Saints Day and All Souls Day on the 1st of November. Also variously called: Samhain, Allantide (Cornish), Calan Gaeaf (Welsh) and Hop-Tu-Naa (Isle of Man). Literally translates to All Hallows Eve.
- El Dia de los Muertos - originally a two month long Aztec festival, now this is celebrated in Mexico between the 31st of October and the 3rd of November. Literally translates to the days of the dead.
- Yulan or Zhongyuan, The Hungry Ghost Festival - in China, this festival of the dead is held on the fifteenth day of the seventh (or Ghost) month. Mainly in Taoist and Buddhist religions.
- Obon Festival - Japan. Sanskrit word for hanging upside down, this festival to ease the suffering of the dead is held on the same day as China's Yulan festival above.
- Cow Festival - Nepal, sometime in August or September, everyone who has lost a family member processes through the streets leading a cow, believed to help the dead ascend unto Heaven. The cow being sacred in Hindu beliefs.
- Pitru Paksha, Fortnight of the Ancestors - India. It runs from the first full moon in September until the next new moon.
There is a duality in Spirit, some see it as good, some as bad. This is also represented in the items associated with it.
There is much to talk about this week, and little space to do it in (or before my fingers fall off!)