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The Four Elements: The Green Witch & Earth, Air, Fire & Water

Whether for the mundane or the magickal, most green witches work with the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Just as we align to the rhythms, cycles, and energies of Mother Earth, we also embrace the elements for our magickal workings and for creating harmony and balance in our everyday lives.


Let’s look a little more at each of the four elements and how you can embrace each of these living energies in magickal and practical ways.



Working with the Earth Element


Grounding, stability, abundance, and nurturing energy are qualities frequently linked to the earth element.

It’s the element of the physical realm, representing the body and the physical world.

In many traditions around the world, Earth is also associated with the direction of North, the winter season, and the astrological signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.

Understanding the correspondences and meanings of Earth can provide insights and guidance in how you use this element in your rituals and magickal practices.


Colors – green, black, brown, and yellow

Crystals – emerald, jade, onyx, malachite, and peridot

Herbs – patchouli, cedar, sage, ivy, and oak

Deities – Gaia, Demeter, Ceres, and Geb


Here are some ways to connect with the earth element:

  • Spend time in nature. Whether it’s a short walk in your local park, tending your herb or vegetable garden, or touching the earth with your bare feet, you can use these moments to connect more deeply with the element of earth. Notice the physical sensations you experience. What does it feel like to put your bare feet on the earth or hear the wind through the leaves?
  • Ground Yourself – When you’re out in nature, ground yourself and breathe deeply to take in the element of earth.
  • Earthy Scents: Essential oils or candles with scents like patchouli, cedarwood, and vetiver can help you ground and center your energies by fostering a sense of stability and calm.
  • Colors of the Earth: Wear clothing in colors of the earth, such as brown, green, and beige. These colors help you feel more connected to Mother Earth and her grounding energy.
  • Mindfulness Moments: Take a few moments each day to focus on the sensations in your body, such as your breath, heartbeat, and any physical sensations you’re experiencing. This simple practice connects you with the Earth and brings a sense of stability to your day.


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The Four Elements:  Connecting to Water


Water is a powerful element associated with emotions, intuition, and the flow of energy.

Water is regarded as a symbol of life, purification, and healing.

This element can be both nurturing and destructive. Consider a lake with still water and a raging river to better understand the possible range of the power of the water element.

Water is also linked to the cycles of the moon and the tides, making it a potent support for transformation and growth.


Colors – blue, green, turquoise, silver, and aquamarine

Crystals – aquamarine, selenite, rose quartz, moonstone, and amethyst.

Herbs – chamomile, jasmine, rose, yarrow, lavender

Deities – Poseidon, Oshun, Neptune, Isis, and Yemaya


Rituals and spell work using the element of Water can help you connect with your emotions, intuition, and creativity.

Whether you want to increase your ability to hear your inner voice or want to invite more flow and ease into your life, working with the energy of water can be a powerful tool.

Here are some things to try:

  • Natural Water: Rivers, lakes, streams, oceans, and ponds can be a terrific way to connect with the element of water. Go for a walk near one of them and listen to the water. Notice how you feel. Jumping in mud puddles is another effective way to connect to water and your inner joy. (My inner 6 year old loves this!)
  • Moon Phases: How do the phases of the moon correspond to your emotions? You can track this in your journal and note your emotions during the phases to see your unique patterns.
  • Get into the water: Swimming, surfing, kayaking, and other water-based activities can be a wonderful way to connect you with the element of Water.
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The Four Elements:  Fire – Igniting Passion and Transformation 

Fire is a powerful element that’s associated with passion, energy, and transformation. It’s a symbol of both creation and destruction.

Throughout human history, fire has been used for everything from cooking meals and heating our shelters to purification and in ritual practices.

In many cultures, fire is revered as a deity or spirit and is seen as a source of divine power and inspiration.

Colors – red, orange, and yellow

Crystals – carnelian, citrine, and garnet

Herbs – cinnamon, ginger, and thyme

Deities – Hephaestus, Kali, and Vesta

Divination tools can be a powerful way to connect with the energy of fire and gain insight into areas of your life where you may need to let go of the old and embrace the new.


Here’s some ways to explore the element of fire:

  • Light a candle: Candles are a fantastic way to connect with the element of fire. Light a candle and focus on the flame, visualizing any area of your life that could use a bit of renewal.
  • Cooking your food with intention: Cooking is another way to connect with the element of fire. While you prepare your food, focus on infusing your food with your intention. I have always thought of kitchens as places of alchemy where one thing is transformed into another. Consider how this happens and how it relates to transformation in your own life.
  • Bask in the sun: The sun is the ultimate symbol of fire. Take some time to just sit in the sun, basking in its warm glow. Appreciate the energy and life-giving force that it provides. What passions or desires are burning within you? How can you harness this beautiful solar energy to create changes in your life?
fire in background to signify the element of fire with crystals, herbs, dieites and color associations listed


The Four Elements:  Air – The Breath of Spirit 

Air is associated with the direction of the East, the mind, communication, creativity, ideas, and intellectual pursuits.

In ancient Greece, air was considered the domain of the god Zeus. In ancient Egypt, the god Shu was the personification of air and breath.

The element of air also represents the breath of life, and it’s a potent force in many mystical and spiritual rituals because it represents the concept of spirit.

Colors – yellow, white

Crystals – quartz, amethyst, and turquoise

Herbs – lavender, sage, and peppermint

Deities – Hermes, Isis

Here’s some ways to connect to the element of Air in your everyday life:

  • Pay attention to your breath: Since Air represents the breath, paying attention to your breath can help connect you to this element. Take a few moments each day to focus on your breath. Notice the sensation of the air flowing in and out of your lungs. Do you feel the energy and oxygen filling your body?
  • Read a book: Reading connects you to the element of air by stimulating your intellect and expanding your mind. Choose a book that interests you and commit yourself to reading just a few pages a day.

Last year when I realized that I hadn’t been doing much reading, although it’s something I’ve loved since I was a kid, I made a commitment to read for at least a half hour daily. I go to the tack room in my barn with my book and read while the barn cat sleeps in my lap. I’ve been doing this now for over a year at the time of this writing. Even through the chilly winter months.

While this may not appeal to you, you can find a creative way to bring the simple, everyday magick of reading into your life.


  • Listen to music: Music is a powerful way to connect with the element of Air. Listen to the melodies, rhythms, and harmonies in the music you choose. Let the beauty and emotion in the music carry you away.

Try this:  Fill a small plastic container with uncooked rice to make a shaker, or pop a lid on a plastic bowl for a makeshift drum. Wooden kitchen spoons can stand in for drumsticks.

  • Engage in conversation: Communication is the domain of Air. Engage in meaningful conversations with friends, family, or colleagues. Listen carefully. Share your thoughts. You’ll gain new insight and broaden your perspective when you connect to Air in this way.

Bubbles on background to signify element of air with deities, herbs, crystals and colors associated with air.

Summary – Weaving Elemental Wisdom with the Four Elements

The four elements are living energies to those who follow the path of the green witch. There is a balance among them that correlates to the balance within us. Honoring the special energies of each element through ritual or everyday practices is woven into our mundane and magickal ways.

Aligning with the four elements helps us deepen our sense of interconnectedness with all that is. To Mother Earth and all living beings. We understand that we belong. We are a part of all. Not apart from it.


Blessed Be.


You might like these:

Ravynwylde – A Sacred Year Journey for the Solitary Green Witch 

Journey Through the Wheel of the Year: The Sabbats & Themes

What is a Green Witch?

Learn to work with the four elements:  Exploring the Elements Guide – get your copy here

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Exploring the Elements Guide – Full color version