In the beginning of the journey through the elements we find, fittingly enough, the element of Air. This oftentimes is put in the East which is the direction of dawn and like the element of Air of new beginnings. It is represented by the color of yellow and the tool of either the athame or the wand, depending on your tradition.
If you are teaching this element to children then you should take them outside in the early morning. Although I don't recommend that you choose dawn, because I think that is a little to early for anyone to be up and about.
Have an altar laid with a yellow cloth and decorated with symbols of Air. A feather, fan and/or a flute would all be good choices. Spend a moment standing at this altar with your children and have everyone still themselves and listen.
Everyone should be focusing on their breath. Let each breath in feel you completely and then each breath out totally empty you. Understand and tell your children how important Air is for life. How without it we could not breathe.
Then have them stay there while you cast circle. How you do this doesn't matter; you can check out one of my other rituals for a suggestion. When the temple is raised then return to the East and invoke the element of Air.
A sample invocation would be;
I stand in the East and invoke the Element of Air
I call the powers of dawn and the gentle breezes
Come and attend to us, let us know your presence
Now all can sit and meditate on the energy of Air that you have called to circle. Help your children to become comfortable and familiar with the element of Air. Ask them questions like;
- Is it male or female?
- Are the energies fast or slow?
- Do you see any colors?
- Or have any impressions at all?
Just let them talk and see what comes of it.
The purpose of this exercise is to let the child become comfortable with the energies of the element, so that at some point, when they call the Quarters, they will be able to know what energies to invoke.
When you are done you can bid farewell to the Element of Air. Again here is a sample devocation;
I return to East to the Element of Air
To offer thanks for your presence this day
And to bid you Hail and Farewell!
When you are ready you can close circle. Make sure that you take time for any more questions and for everyone to eat something small so that they can be properly grounded.
Now this is just one of the Elements. Over the next few weeks I am going to cover each of the other three elements and possibly spirit as well. So make sure you subscribe, if you haven't already and stay tuned. I would love to hear any feedback so that I can fine tune the coming articles.
And yes I know I am doing these slightly out of the 'traditional' order but that is due to the Pagan Blog Project.