There’s so much discussion in the greater pagan community about who worships what, what tradition is better or worse, whose god or goddess is better than any other, etc. And it’s really not so different than the discussions pagans have with Christians over whose god is more legitimate.
But fact is, whether you worship a dead guy or a tree, if you take yourself back as far as you can historically go in terms of spiritual worship … you find yourself with only the Elementals.
Pagans say that we pray to the four elements for good favor, but really we pray to five of them.
The four Elementals are earth, air, fire and water. But, there’s a fifth one and it’s spirit.
While there are lots of variations on the theme, many of the world’s creation myths are centered on the meeting of the four elements of earth, air, fire and water in the world of chaos. The interaction of the four is the basis for all creation, including the fifth elemental of spirit.
Pagans view the world as made up from the marriage of some or all of these Elementals in various forms, and that from one of those marriages came the Elemental of spirit which gave root to the goddesses, gods and humanity.
Whether it’s a coven of witches or a tribe of Native Americans, if you experience rituals and rites of passage with them, you will also experience the prayers welcoming the presence of the Elementals. While each pagan group has their own ways of doing those rituals, the basic core principles are the same.
Witch’s Pentagram with Elemental Symbology
Witches make use of the pentagram which is a five sided start with the point upward; not to be confused with its subversion by other non-pagan modern day ritualists. The pentagram’s five branches are symbolic for the five Elementals. So, when a witch wears a pentagram on their necklace or by other means, the witch is invoking the Elementals to work with them for magical purposes and prayers.
Now, realize that this is an extremely simplistic overview of the basics of Elementals within pagan cultures, but gives a common ground upon which to grasp the concept of their origins. In later articles, we will talk about Elementals more specifically within various traditions. So, stay with us!