One reason I haven’t been posting very much this year is that I’m currently taking two courses: one in elemental balancing, and the other in fiber creativity. The elemental one is somewhat Wiccan in flavor, as its teacher is Wiccan, and it has been a catalyst for some intriguing discoveries, not the least of which was a recent exercise to come up with your own model for the 5 classical elements (Air, Fire, Water, Earth, and Spirit) and your own role in relation to them, with the understanding that this role is something that may–and probably will–change from one moment to the next.
In practice, I’ve always favored the pentagram layout for the elements (the pentagram being one of the tools from my Wiccanesque past I have been re-introducing into my practice–as it is a useful one). But for this exercise I wanted to come up with something a little more creative that would still work for me, and I’m so pleased with it that I can’t resist sharing it here.
This model fits in very well with ancient Heathen thought, in which Wyrd (destiny/reality) is sometimes conceived of as a process of spinning or weaving. So here we are: the Fifth Element is that which generates the force that moves through me, enabling me to move the spindle; this is a co-creation concept, in which I act as a vehicle and conduit for the Fifth Element and am at the same time powered and directed by it. I am both the shaft of the spindle (the axis) and the one who moves it, with the help of and in concert with the Fifth Element and the other elements. The finished yarn on the spindle represents Earth (manifestation), the whorl (the round part that makes it spin) is Fire (impetus, motion, catalytic force), the hook is Air (discernment, selecting and directing the yarn, giving function and purpose), and the wool in the process of becoming yarn is Water (potential, fluidity).