Eihwaz

Alternatives to cursing someone who means harm

This post is not intended as curse/ill-intended spell shaming. This is for anyone who is uncomfortable using a curse for any reason. In my case, I don’t like to curse people I live with, and the deities I worship are very specific about when curses are appropriate, so I have to have alternatives on hand.

All associations are based on my personal practice and research.

I do not write my spells down when I create them (I am a fountain of bad witchy habits), so most spell links are from natural-magics lovely collection.

1. Cast a protection spell

The first step to handling someone you cannot curse should always be to increase your personal protections. If you can’t interrupt the flow of harm, you can build up your protections to at least make it less painful.

Runes: Elhaz (to protect and maintain dignity without a fight), Thurisaz (to resist/fight passively), Dagaz (to hold back darkness)

Spells:

2. Cast a ward

Protect your living space from them as well, particularly if they are likely to attempt to approach your home/room.

Runes: Inguz (the protection of the hearth), Dagaz

Spells:

FOR THE NEXT THREE SECTIONS: I tend to work by feel on the fly, so I had a hard time finding written spells to accomplish these tasks. I encourage writing your own, but linked spells to give you an idea of what you’re working toward.

3. Cast a spell of understanding/teaching

If you don’t feel right cursing them, making them understand what their actions have caused might be more your speed. It’s important to the healing process or creation of remorse.

Runes: Sowulo (stark illumination in the dark), Kenaz (the light shed upon new knowledge), Ansuz (the truth)

Spells:

4. Cast a spell of remembering

I especially like to have people who’ve harmed me consider their past, how much kinder they once were, and all of the good people they have left in the dust. I know such instances of rememberance make me more compassionate, and hope it has the same effect on them.

Runes: Gebo (gratitude/love for those that have helped you become who you are), Eihwaz (endings and beginnings, the doors of choice)

Spells:

5. Cast a spell to call their better traits forward

This is what I go for when nothing gentler works, and there is no way I can remove them from my life.

Runes: Mannaz (support from shared experiences), Berkana (rebirth/revitalization). If they come from a tradition of service or goodwill, Othala (inherited cultural wealth) could also work.

Spells:

meanings of runes!
  • FEHU: Good Luck, wealth, money, property
  • URUZ: happiness, fulfillment, good fortune
  • THURISAZ: Good news, safe travel, inner strength
  • ANSUZ: Achieve goals, transformation, life changes
  • RAIDHO: Clearing mind, journey, seeing through illusions, finding the truth
  • KENAZ: Inspiration, ambition, life-strength, determination
  • GEBO: Weddings, love, promotion, extra power
  • WUNJO: Good life, happiness, comfort, security, property, wealth
  • HAGALAZ: Harmony, unity, good for couples, love spells
  • ISA: Stillness, quiet, peace, inner strength
  • NAUTHIZ: Free from distress, letting go, releasing the past
  • JERA: Rewards, promotions, increase salary, reaping benefits from hard work
  • EIHWAZ: Breaking up, ending a dispute, major change, closure,
  • PERTHRO: Material gain, new beginning, wealth, fortune
  • ALGIZ: Removing blockages, visible growth, making ground, success
  • SOWILO: Guidance, renewal, change, advancement, new locations
  • TIWAZ: Wisdom, victory, success, justice, enlightment
  • BERKANO: Birth, marriage, creativity, new beginnings,
  • EHWAZ: Transformation, new home, progress, new goals, new outlook, trust
  • MANNAZ: Male energy, male influence, new career opportunities.
  • LAGUZ: Life energy, manifestation, movement, progress, spiritual energy
  • INGWAZ: Family, children, spouse, relatives, new energy, family benefits
  • DAGAZ: Awakening, love, attraction, realization, white light
  • OTHALA: New possessions, inner qualities, new attainment
  • When choosing a wand, you may wish to find the magical properties of wood, below is a list of woods and their magical strengths
  • via witcheslore !
Eihwaz

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This is another rune of protection. Drawing this rune indicates that you have set your sights on a reasonable target and can achieve your goals. There may be a slight obstacle, delay or minor problems. But it won’t cause too much trouble so don’t be too eager to move ahead. The obstacle or delay may very well prove beneficial, or it won’t turn out too big. Look at the runes surrounding Eihwaz to determine if there is an obstacle and what it might involve. You should try to anticipate problems that may arise. The advice of Eihwaz is to be flexible, work with change. Use your imagination and turn any situation to your advantage. Eihwaz has been interpreted as having a tie to the past. It could mean that you will hear from someone from your past. Sometimes this rune is an indication that problems from your past that were not dealt with effectively will be returning. In a runecast including Ansuz or Jera, problems that previously had no answer will soon be solved. Though it hints at delays, Eihwaz is a positive rune.

No Reverse

Converse: Your defensive abilities are dormant and must be realized. What appears as a danger will be easily averted through patience and concentrated effort.

Correspondences
Alternate Names: Ezck, Yr, Eo
Ancient Meaning: Yew, the world’s tree, life and death
Keywords: Communication, death, regeneration, knowledge, dreaming, magic
Description: Eihwaz represents the Yew tree and its everlasting nature. The Yew may bend, but it does not break. You are on the right course and have the strength and ability to meet your goals. Congratulations!
Reversed Description: This may be a time of confusion for you. That which you have built may be in jeopardy of crumbling. Do not allow yourself to give in to your weaknesses.
Astrological Correspondence: Scorpio
Tarot Correspondence: The Hanged Man
Gods/Goddesses: Odin
Color: Dark Blue
Tree: Yew
Herb: Mandrake
Stones: Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, Blue Topaz
Animals: Eagle, spider, horse, wolf, raven, serpent, dragon, jaguar, dolphin, eel, salmon, butterfly, dragonfly, lizard, kingfisher, hound, moth
Element: All Elements
Magic: Perception of the cosmic, Release from fear of death, Expands your artistic and magical abilities, Increased foresight, Communicates with your ancestors

We’re doing the right thing, keep on

I asked my runes, shortly after Trump was confirmed, what the hecking heck can we do? Is it all lost? What’s gonna happen now. 

Odin came through loud and clear. 

Issue at hand rune; Tyr, upright. The great rune of victory. Yep, dead on. 

This is where it gets interesting. In the advice position, Eihwaz, a very powerful rune, which actually took me aback for a second. Eihwaz is the World Tree, the Yew, the tree of endurance and protection. Eihwas is endurance and hard work, but the sort that tempers a warrior and wears down all obstacles. It is justice as a result of a hard battle, and the banishment of negative forces. 

So, it’s dig in your damn feet, stand your ground, and fight tooth and nail. Never stop. Never give in. A warrior becomes stronger through striving towards their goal. 

Which, is what Americans have been doing. (Myself included.) 

And in the results position, if that advice is followed?

Jera, the rune of the harvest, the rune of good seasons and bountiful harvests following effort. Also, not so coincidentally, the rune of cycles and of cosmic justice for a honorable cause. 

As I watched the Republicans turn on each other and their disaster of a health bill fall apart in the face of staunch opposition from Americans, I remembered that reading. 

Keep going. We’re doing the right thing. 

A (very) brief look at the runes of the Elder Futhark

These are my basic interpretations for each of the runes of the Elder Futhark. While these explanations may reveal the basic meanings of these symbols, at least according to my own research and experience, they only scratch the surface of the layers of wisdom that can be found in the runes. For deeper study, there are many wonderful books out there that expand on them. I would personally recommend Diana Paxson’s Taking Up the Runes as a great starting point.

As a personal aside, I would consider myself a fairly conservative interpreter of the runes. I feel that the best basis for them can be found in reliable sources, such as existing lore and the rune poems. As such, I attempt to adhere closely to these sources when it comes to explaining the meaning of each symbol.


Fehu: Fehu means cattle and signifies wealth, but it is a wealth that is best used when moving through the community generously. The rune cautions against hoarding wealth and cites the discord that can result.

Uruz: Uruz stands for aurochs, which was a species of horned cattle common to the ancient world. As such, it is a rune of primal strength and determination. The rune can also mean rain.

Thurisaz: Thurisaz represents the giants of the Norse tales and is a rune of chaos and unrest. It could also be interpreted as a rune of Thor, which would turn the symbol into one of protection against those same chaotic forces.

Ansuz: Ansuz is the rune of Odin, which makes it a rune of wisdom. In the Anglo-Saxon rune poem the symbol also represents the mouth, lending an additional meaning of wisdom through communication and messages.

Raido: Raido means ride and is a rune of travel. While the journey may be swift and joyful, the rune poem warns of the toll the journey will take on the horse. This suggests that one must take care of those who help us along the way.

Kenaz: Kenaz is the torch that illuminates the way through darkness to a warm hearth and good company. However, as the fire burns for warmth, it can also cause pain and may indicate illness.

Gebo: Gebo signifies the rune of gifts and generosity. The rune also represents the cycle of reciprocity and the right-relationship that results when maintained.

Wunjo: Wunjo denotes the rune of joy. It is a bliss that can spring from prosperity, overcoming anxiety and sadness.

Hagalaz: Hagalaz represents hail, making it a rune of destruction and painful transition. All is not for naught however, for the ice seed will melt, giving water and growth to the hardier crops that survived.

Naudhiz: Naudhiz means need, and is a rune of constraint, oppression, and hard work that goes unrewarded. This is a challenging symbol, but the rune also indicates that lessons could be learned from the experience.

Isa: Isa stands for ice, fair to look upon but dangerous to traverse. This is a rune whose message is one of caution in situations where a particular decision seems desirable, but could be perilous. On the other hand, Isa can suggest stability and calm.

Jera: Jera is the rune for year and the harvest. It is manifestation of the rewards for hard work, with prosperity and abundance that sustains the individual or the community.

Eihwaz: Eihwaz is the symbol for the yew tree and can mean strength that is drawn from the line of ancestors. Eihwaz is also interpreted as the rune of Yggdrasil, which implies connection to the cosmos.

Perthro: Perthro is the dice-cup, the vessel from which the lots are cast, and the rune of chance. Perthro can represent uncertainty in everything from light-hearted gaming to the vagaries of fate.

Elhaz: Elhaz is the rune of the elk and the sedge. The shape of the rune resembles that of the antlers of the elk and the thorn of the sedge, making this a symbol of protection.

Sowilo: Sowilo represents the sun, making it a rune of illumination, victory, and power. The rune can also mean guidance, as one can always depend on the course of the sun to lead them to the end of their journey.

Tiwaz: Tiwaz is Tyr’s rune and is a symbol of justice and truth, potentially at the cost of self-sacrifice. Tiwaz also has an aspect of guidance in that right-action will always set you on the correct path.

Berkano: Berkano is the rune for the birch tree, indicating feminine strength and resourcefulness. From this meaning, it can be a rune for nurturing, healing, and regeneration.

Ehwaz: Ehwaz means horse and expresses the relationship between the horse and the rider. It is a rune of partnership, with attention given to those who help us along our journey. Naturally, the symbol can also represent movement and travel.

Mannaz: Mannaz is the symbol for “man” or “human,” and emphasizes the interconnected nature of human relationships. Mannaz can show the spectrum of these relationships, from comfort in good company to the more negative aspects of the human condition.

Laguz: Laguz is the rune for lake, making this a symbol for water. As such, this is a rune of potential and change, perhaps with the suggestion for flexibility through various situations. It can also mean the unconscious mind and the hidden wealth that lies beneath the surface.

Ingwaz: Ingwaz is Freyr’s rune and takes on the domains of the Vanic god as a symbol of fertility, productivity, and abundance. The rune can also symbolize masculine strength and the transforming cycles of life.

Dagaz: Dagaz means day and is the rune of new beginnings. With the day also brings hope, and is a welcome rune when life has been difficult. Dagaz can also signify the present moment and a call to “seize the day.”

Othala: Othala is the rune of the home and encompasses everything that entails, from the physical homestead to familial relationships of blood and heart. Othala also symbolizes the connection to the ancestors, from genetic inheritance to physical property passed on through the family line.

Rune Magick

Hey, all! So today I’m going to teach you about runes and how to use them in everyday magick. There are, of course, many different types of runes but for this, we are talking about Germanic runes. 

So, first off I’ll tell you a little about what runes are. Runes are a form of script, dating all the way back to 150 AD. They were eventually replaced by the Latin alphabet somewhere around 700 AD. Because they are so ancient, some witches use them not only as a secret script but also in their magickal workings. 

You might be asking, “Well how do I do that? Wouldn’t that be like using the letter A?” Well, yes and no. I have no doubt someone could find a way to use the Latin alphabet for magick, but in this case, runes are more… symbolic I guess? Take the rune peorth for example (see “p” above). It resembles a cup lying on its side. When the opening points to the right, it represents birth and beginnings. When the opening points to the left, it represents death or endings.

Each rune symbolizes a specific thing or idea. Say, for example, you wanted a quick charm for safe travels. You could draw Raidho ® somewhere on your person as it is the rune of travel. To use rune magick simply draw, paint, or inscribe it where you want to use it. You can also “draw” it in the air or on an object/person with your energy. 

 Below is a list of all the runes, their names, and their uses/meanings (order is from left to right).

Keep reading

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I felt like everyone needed some sigils today.

The first one is for positive changes and happiness. It’s a combination of the Sowilo rune, as well as the space symbol to channel some of Jade’s positivity.

The second one is for safety and protection. It is a combination of the rune Ingwaz and Dave’s glasses, to channel the protection of the knight class.

The third one is for strength. It combines the Eihwaz rune and Equius’s symbol to channel his strength.

The fourth one is for happiness and comfort. It combines the Wunjo rune and the heart symbol since it deals with emotions.

The last one is for endurance and patience. It combines the Nauthiz rune with Equius’s symbol.

-Mod Duck🐤

prismwitch  asked:

Henlo, may I ask for the Odin/Mímisbrunnr Spread? I'd like some advice regarding the development of my spiritual path. What is the current lesson to be learned?? Thanks Goat. :3

Wounded I hung on a wind-swept gallows. For nine long nights, pierced by a spear …

Odin/Mímisbrunnr Spread(Elder Futhark):

Ansuz is always in this spread, acting as Odin’s spear that pierced him during his sacrifices to gain knowledge from the Well of Urd/Mímir’s Well

What Can Be Learned : Eihwaz

Trust not an acre early sown,
Nor praise a son too soon:
Weather rules the acre, wit the son,
Both are exposed to peril…
-Hávamál

Like many things in nature, the Yew is a duplicitous thing with its shelter and poison. In the branches of Yggdrasil there is much wisdom, but also intrigue, conflict and drunken regrets. Dismissing baser experiences to preserve lofty and rigid expectations can cause hidden lessons and chances to adapt to stay obscured. Spiritual paths do not follow checklists or efficiency. An ancient tree can be cleaved by lightning in a blink. 

The Web of Wyrd is ever-changing with observation, every interaction vibrates a thread that touches others on Ørlög’s loom.

~These readings are for entertainment/rune studying purposes only.

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Rune casting for @lunacyashes to gain perspective on their current health situation and clarify whether or not to take action (I am happy to provide readings but ensure you are seeing trusted health care professionals as well!) I have modified the process that @witchy-words uses and created a little portable rune casting box (she is amazing- go check out her blog and consider her if you’re looking for a much more professional reading than I can provide!). This is the first time that I’ve used this method for others and I was so excited about it that I asked lunacyashes if I could share!

I began by casting my runes in the box and then removing the ones that were facedown, leaving the remains runes visible in the top two pictures.

To prepare I lit some clove incense for healing and a blue candle for healing. Defining your current situation I drew isa, which represents a challenge or frustration. This rune says it’s time to turn inward and seek clarity. For your suggested actions moving forward I drew dagez, which represents change directed by your own will and transformation, and gebo, which represents gifts (both in the sense of sacrifice and of generosity.) Finally for the future outcomes if you follow this advice I drew uruz (freedom, energy, action, strength and tenacity), eihwaz (strength and reliability), and wunjo (joy, comfort, fellowship, harmony, and prosperity.) In short, I would definitely take action!

Some basic info on LAMMAS 🌛🌝🌜

Lammas other known as “Lughnasadh” or “August Eve”.
This celebration takes place on July 31st - August 1st.
The meaning of it is the first harvest. The coming of the dark. The wheat and fruit harvest. The wane of the light. Preparing for winter.
At this time the focused Gods and Goddesses are: Lugh, Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother.
The symbols of this celebration are: Wheat, Corn, Barely, Oats, Onion, Grapes, Straw Dolls, Corn Dolls, Wood, Straw Bales, Tarot (strength) Rune (Eihwaz).
Its colors: yellow, orange, bright red, violet, dark green, brown.
The stones: Camelian, Cat’s eye, Citrine, Marble, Sale, Granite, Lodestone.
Herbs: grapes, heather, blackberry, pear, rose, sandalwood, goldenrod. Foods: bread, apples, grains, corn, beer, grapes, onion, apricot.

My notes on Runes and their meanings: 

Image above is my Lapis Lazuli runes

Fehu: success

positive:Possessions won or earned, earned income, luck. Abundance, financial strength in the present or near future. Sign of hope and plenty, success and happiness. Social success. Energy

negative: Loss of personal property, esteem, or something that you put in effort to keep. It indicates some sort of failure. Greed, burnout, atrophy, discord. Cowardice, stupidity, dullness, poverty, slavery, bondage.

Uruz: energy

positive:Physical strength and speed, untamed potential. A time of great energy and health. Freedom, energy, action, courage, strength, tenacity, understanding, wisdom. Sudden or unexpected changes (usually for the better). Sexual desire, masculine potency. The shaping of power and pattern, formulation of the self

negative:Weakness, obsession, misdirected force, domination by others. Sickness, inconsistency, ignorance. Lust, brutality, rashness, callousness, violence.

Thurisaz:  conflict/change

positive:Reactive force, change, conflict

negative:Danger, defenselessness, compulsion, betrayal, dullness. Evil, malice, hatred, torment, spite, lies

Ansuz:  communication

positive: A revealing message or insight, communication. Signals, speech, true vision, power of words and naming, the taking of advice, true words, wisdom

negative: misunderstanding, lies, manipulation

Raidho: travel

positive:Travel, both in physical terms and those of lifestyle direction. A journey, evolution, change of place or setting.

negative: being static, or feeling dislocated, out of place

Kenaz: knowledge/creativity

positive: vision, revelation, inspiration, harnessed creativity and knowledge

negative: lack of creativity, false hope, instability

Gebo:  gifts (in a sense of sacrifice and of generosity - balance)

positive: a well balanced relationship

negative: greed, dependance, loneliness (not well balanced)

Wunjo: Joy

Positive: comfort, pleasure, harmony

negative: sorrow, alienation, or other extremes such as mania and rage

Hagalaz: destruction/an unexpected internal storm that will lead ultimately to calm. The greater the challenge the more you gain overcoming it.

cannot be reversed

Nauthiz: need/cravings

positive: innerstrength, a warning to control your emotions and not give into temptations

negative: opposite — give more freely to your emotions, etc. Don’t be constrained

Isa: Ice (frustration)

Ice. Stagnation. Lack of emotion/change. Blocking progress.

No reverse.

Jera: A Year of Good Harvest

Success and continuity. Just rewards for your efforts. Profit, achievement, justice.

Eihwaz: momentum

positive: speed, quick wits, forward progress, moon, confidence, Movement can help with change for the better.

reversed: reluctance, muddled thinking, slowness

Perthro: Mystery, chance, a gamble, unknown outcome

reversed: Take no chances - failure is likely. What appears clear-cut hides a deeper meaning. You are tempted to be rash - but do not succumb.

Algiz: Protection. A shield. guard. You will be safe if you keep your defenses up and avoid recklessness.

reversed: bewared,  you are unprotected and open to attack. be less short-sighted and put up your guards.

Sowilo: The Sun

discovery. victory. energy. awareness. understanding.

no revsed.

Tiwaz: courage, compassion, bravery/fearless. new challenges but perseverance.

negative: naivete, shyness, cowardice, need for concentration.

Berkano: birth/growth (both physical and mental), new beginnings.

reversed: lack of growth, decline or loss. a bad time for new ventures.

Mannaz: the self / humanity / inner self / your ego

balancing mind and body and spirit. balancing ego.  self actualization and self awareness (similar to the hermit major arcana card — note that for reversed)

Laguz: Water

creativity/going with the flow/positive outcome if you tap into your subconscious (deep like the ocean).

reversed: struggling against the current. the tide may take you away from the shore you know but to new horizons.

Ingwaz: internal growth, personal development

no reversed

Inguz is that potential energy that must accumulate gradually in storage before being released as a single surge of energy. It represents the process of a mental ‘seed’ desire implanted by the conscious mind into the subconscious for incubation and gestation, later to emerge as a new creation in your life affairs.Thus, Inguz contains within its lore the true meaning of sacrifice. Such sacrifice occurs when one form is called upon to die so that a newly evolved form may begin to grow.

Dagaz: day or dawn

awakening, awareness, change, illumination, bold new beginning

reversed: A completion, ending, limit,

Othala: homeland, ancestral power

connotations of family and ancestry.

Generally can be a warning to be more forward thinking, not to overall romanticize or focus on the past.

reversed: disrespect/bad karma

solunasuniverse  asked:

Hi there! ☺️ Hope the free readings is still up! 🙏🏼 I wanted to know what should I expect from this new business I recently tried? May I please have a Loki is a Drama Queen spread? Thank you so much in advance! 😊💚

‘In I shall go, into Ægir’s halls to have a look at that feast; quarrelling and strife I’ll bring to the Æsir’s sons and thus mix their mead with malice.’
-Lokasenna

Mead and Malice Spread or Loki is a Drama Queen(Elder/Anglo Futhark):

Mead : Eihwaz

There is a reasonable goal, and the flexibility to compensate/adapt if it is not reached. There is something needing protection, so dig your heels in like roots. 

Malice: Ingwaz

I got a chuckle when this one rolled out, as this rune’s base meaning is for a god/male fertility. So it was as though when asked what connives against you, the runes said, “MEN.” But it can also reflect the hearth and home, a sense of security and the labours it takes to maintain it. A new growth may demand the loss of an old relationship. 

The Web of Wyrd is ever-changing with observation, every interaction vibrates a thread that touches others on Ørlög’s loom.

~These readings are for entertainment/rune studying purposes only.

Wicca 101- Elements- Air

The Element of Air:

The element of Air is all around us and, more than that, within us. I often refer to this as the easiest and most difficult element to express and understand. Air is how the soul connects to the universe. It is associated with the mind, visualization, all forms of travel, music and song, communication, dreams, artistic creation, inspiration, freedom, knowledge, astral work, psychic talents, any mental exercises. 

Direction: East 

Type of Energy: Projective

Colors: Yellow, white, silver

Gender Association: Masculine

Zodiac Associations:  Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Environments: Museums, Book stores, Theaters, plains, heights of any variety, roller coasters, the tops of hills and mountains, cliffs, henges, bridges, coastal areas where the water doesn’t quite touch, 

Essences: psychic work, letting things go, overcoming mental blocks, slow changes, moving on, knowledge, astral projection, spirit work, studying

Spell Associations: Using any type of incense, feathers, 

Forms of Divination: All. But especially: cloud watching, numerology, smoke watching, automatic writing, dream interpretation,

Runes: Ansuz , Raidho Eihwaz, Tiwaz

Parts of the Body: Nose, ears, 

Herbs and Plants:  Acacia, Aspen, Alder, Anise, Ball Moss,  Birch, Cedar Elm, Lavender, Lemongrass. Mistletoe, Mimosa

Stones and Metals: Citrine, Copper, Rainbow Crystals, Mica, Tin

Animals: All flight capable birds, Bees, butterflies, dragonflies, Pegasus, spiders

Elemental King: Paralda

Elemental Spirits: Sylphs

Season: Spring

Time of Day: Dawn

Musical Instruments: All wind instruments

Magical Tool: censers, wands, swords

Tarot Suit: Wands (though some artists depict swords as the air symbol)

Major Arcana Cards: The Fool, The Magician, The Star, Strength/Fortitude

Sense: Smell, Hearing

Symbols: A yellow triangle point facing up, bisected by a single line, smoke, feathers, spirals, breath, clouds

Goddesses: Aradia, Arianrhod, Cardea, Nuit, Urania

Gods: Enlil, Hermes, Kheoheva, Merawrim, Mercury, Shu, Thoth

Archangel: Raphael

*This post is subject to change as I come across new information

anonymous asked:

What are good offerings to air/wind spirits?

Hi there! Incense, any form of smoke. (I often burn a chant or blessing on paper, let it burn slowly and use a raven feather I have to direct the smoke.) If you can, sounding things like wind chimes, bells, horns or woodwind instruments like flutes etc work well. Any form of sound. Feathers, wands, athames, brooms, yellow, blue, pastel colors, even your own breath. (The act of blowing on things can be powerful.) 

Anything to do with winged creatures like butterflies, bats, owls or other birds and flying insects. Lavender (I grow my own and often burn dried lavender as incense), lemongrass, anise and birch.  I also work with runes so for offerings or air/wind related magic, I like to use the Elder Futhark runes Dagaz, Tiwaz, Raidho, Eihwaz and Ansuz.  Also, from tarot decks, the suit of wands or swords correspond well with air and wind! ^.^