These magical symbols can be used in journals, Book of Shadows or in spells and other magical practices. All the images I have drawn myself and are free to be used by anyone (Public Domain). Alhough if they are used or shared online I would be grateful if a link back to this page or credit is included (Claire Pearcy, [Public Domain], via Elderberry Arts). To view a larger copy of the symbols, click on the pictures. These can then be saved to your computer by right clicking them and choosing ‘Save Image’. The small versions can also be saved in the same way directly from this page.
Air is regarded by many as a universal power or pure substance and is one of the classical elements in Ancient Greek philosophy.
In astrology, people born under the signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are though to have personalities dominated by air. People with air personalities tend to be kind, intellectual and social, though they may also posses less positive traits such as being selfish and insensitive.
Air and the other classical Greek elements are often incorporated into magical and pagan traditions such as Wicca. As an element air is often invoked during rituals and spiritual workings. It is associated with the colours yellow and white and with communication, wisdom and the mind. Items that can be used to represent air in rituals, spells or on altars include feathers, a fan or incense.
Another of the four classical Greek elements, earth is commonly associated with heaviness, matter and the physical planet. Due to this the earth symbol is occasionally used to symbolise Mother Earth and the element is associated with abundance, prosperity and fertility. The colours of earth are brown and green.
Astrologically, earth personalities are found in the signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Characteristics of this personality type include being calm, brave, hardworking, practical and stable as well as well as a tendency towards stubbornness and becoming possessive.
Earth, along with wind, fire, air and spirit are elements commonly found in forms of witchcraft, Paganism and other nature based belief systems.
Water is commonly associated with emotions, the subconscious, femininity intuition, purity and the colour blue. It is a healing and cleansing element and substance that is vital for life. Water can be used in scrying as well as to cleanse crystals that have been used in healing or other energy work.
Cups, chalices, cauldrons and other containers can be used to symbolise and hold water on an altar. Items directly connected to water such as sea shells could also be used.
The water personalities of astrology are found in the signs of Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio. They are considered to be emotional, nurturing, empathic and sensitive. However they can also become overly emotional or sensitive or have a moody, escapist and even irrational side.
The element of fire has creative and destructive properties. It is a powerful force that can be used to benefit us, for example in providing heat and hot food. However, if it is not used with care and respect it has the ability to bring great harm to us, our property and lives. Fire is thought of as a masculine element and relates to the colour red, sex and sexuality, strength and authority.
This classical element can be used in spells for binding, protection and healing. Fire can also be used in scrying.
In astrology, fire personalities are found in the signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Common traits of fire personalities good leadership qualities, extroverted, passionate, brave, easy to anger, snappy and stubborn.
The sun is the star in the centre of our solar system and all of the planets revolve around it. It is connected to the astrological house of Leo and represents male energy, masculinity, vitality, authority and health.
The sun is associated with orange, bright yellow and gold and many things of these colours. these include gemstones such as amber, carnelian and citrine, gold and flowers such as sunflowers, marigolds and buttercups.
In magic it is beneficial to call upon the sun for assistance in any matter concerning change, creativity, friendship, power, promotion and vitality.
The moon rules the astrological sign of Cancer and its gravitational pull creates the ebb and flow of the tides. It is connected to emotions, femininity and intuition.
Those who practice moon magic believe that the outcome of their work is influenced by the phase that the moon is currently in. Magic can be more or less successful dependent on the phase of the moon and what sign it is moving through. Event is our lives are also believed to be influenced by the moon and a better result can be achieved by carrying these out at a certain time. For example: buying a new house or looking for lost items is best done at the time of a new moon, bread dough is believed to rise higher during the new-waxing moon phase and canning and preserving food should be done during the period of the full-waning moon.