alchemical air

Background visuals of Florence and The Machine’s British Summer Time Hyde Park performance.

Directed by Willo Perron, inspiration is drawn from Florence’s relationship to the alchemical symbols of water, air and fire. The film is broken into a three-act sequence, where Florence opens submerged in water, dances with the wind, and ultimately reckons with fire.

An ethereal and seductive world is established in three acts as Florence traverses through the elements. Directed by Willo Perron, inspiration is drawn from Florence’s relationship to the alchemical symbols of water, air and fire. The film is broken into a three-act sequence, where Florence opens submerged in water, dances with the wind, and ultimately reckons with fire.

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Ghost + Symbolism

Nameless Guitarist - Alchemical symbol for fire 

Nameless Bassist - Alchemical symbol for water

Nameless Keyboardist - Alchemical symbol for air

Nameless Drummer - Alchemical symbol for earth

Nameless Rhythm Guitarist - Alchemical symbol for aether

anonymous asked:

Hello, sorry im kinda new. but what Sigils/runes (idk which one) would you recommend to put on my first wand? (im Air associated) If you dont know or this isn't what should be asked, feel free to ignore this!

Hello! No need to be sorry. 

A wand should be viewed as an extension of your own body, a focus for all of your energy to be channelled through. As such it’s better to be comfortable and familiar with the things you put on it, so it’s truly authentic to you and not just checking marks off a witchy aesthetic list by adding random symbols to it, although aesthetically pleasing wands are awesome too.

As the bond you have with your wand is between the two of you alone, there is no mandatory marking you are required to make. Having said this, here are a few prompts for ideas of mark making you could pursue.

The Alchemical Symbol For Air

Something you have undoubtedly seen before, the alchemical symbol for air is a very common way to mark things with the magical intent of air within witchcraft.


Your Sigil

A fun way to further your practice as a beginner, a great example of marking things as ‘yours’ and a way to bind your energy to an object is to create your own sigil or symbol. 

“How do I make a sigil?”

Here is a very quick method of making a sigil; there are countless other ways but this is probably the easiest and most beginner friendly.


Representation

Can you think of some simple representations of air? Leaves blowing in the wind, creativity, dancing, a feather, the colour yellow, birds; these are but a few things that are associated with the element. What does air mean to you? Do you have something you associate that others don’t with the element? Feel free to roll with it.


I hope you were able to get some help from this. Oh and before I forget, welcome to witchcraft!

Any ideas why Ken’s Blackwing symbol is the alchemical symbol for air? 

Also why is his codename Alpha? Foreshadowing Ken taking over Blackwing (making him the head of all the other subjects)? But it doesn’t fit the mythology pattern - possibly because Friedkin is in charge now and he hasn’t noticed the pattern, so his choice of codename is more straightforward? Or because Ken doesn’t actually have any powers, so he isn’t a ‘true’ Blackwing subject?

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The back views of the new Life and Death tarot bag series I designed!

Perseverance

Bears are known to be associated with endurance, spiritual growth, healing and wisdom. This design features a bear skull surrounded by bear’s-ear sanicle and bearberry flora. On the reverse is the same, but with a three sided bone mobile at the top made of jaw bone, leg bone and branch symbolizing the cyclical nature of life and death. Hanging at the mobile’s centre is the bear’s knuckle bone - the embodiment of perseverance in this piece.

Omen

Ravens are known to be associated with omens, death, and are messengers between worlds. This design features a raven skull surrounded by Icelandic plants such as holtasoley (Dryas octopetala), fern, dwarf cornel and poppies. On the reverse is the same, but with the addition of the alchemical symbol for Air made of branches and wing bones. In the center of the lower portion of the air symbol is the Icelandic Stave for ‘raven’.

Endurance

Wolves are known to be associated with loyalty, ferocity, hunting and endurance. This design features a wolf skull surrounded by datura (nightshade, jimson weed, devil’s trumpet), wolfsbane (aconite) and saffron crocus’. Saffron crocus’ are associated with Persephone and the Underworld. On the reverse is the same design, but with the addition of three waxing crescent moons (a time for new beginnings, rebirth) in descending order.

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#BackToSchoolWitchcraft - Day 7

Write a spell to increase your memory

What you’ll need:

  • Rosemary - to improve memory
  • A fallen leaf or feather - representation of the element of air
  • A crystal charging box - works with this intent too
  • A sharpie - optional

How to do:

1) Make a crystal charger box. You will need both a bottom and a top for this. You may use an old one, as long as it has got the right intent to charge.

2) This part is optional. Use your sharpie and draw a symbol you associate with air - could be a sigil or just the word ‘air’. I chose to draw the alchemical symbol of air. 

3) Place a few pinches of rosemary and your leaf/feather into the box. Whisper or think of your intent - to let the element of air and the rosemary aid your memory to increase. Put the lid on and shake it gently in a clockwise motion, to raise some energy and make the ingredients connect with each other. Leave it to charge overnight.

4) Go to a high place, a hill or even a mountain, or somewhere windy. If you can’t find such place, your backyard is just as fine. Blow or throw the leaf/feather into the air, and then leave the place. 

Note: If you want to, keep the charging box and rosemary to give it a little shake now and then. The ingredients are still connected, so every time you push some energy into the rosemary, the leaf or feather will get it too. 

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Creation — “In the Beginning …”

Creation is seen to have taken place, in Western kabbalistic and alchemical terms, in the following process.

The Divine mind of God, the Absolute, or in Hebrew the Ain Soph Aur (Limitless Light), through a series of expansions and contractions establishes the boundaries of Creation. The first world is the most subtle, and closest to the original state of non-existence, and is Atzilooth. This is called the world of Fire, because of the lively, undefined, and almost uncontrollable nature of fire. Next is Briah, or the World of Archetypes and forms as our human mind can grasp them. It is symbolized as the World of Air, and is the result of a barrier world that is formed by the creation of the next World, Yetzirah, or Water. This is the highly psychic and emotionally charged world immediately behind the veil of material existence, or Assiah. Also known as the World of Earth, because of the solid, concrete nature of material life.

The purpose of this scheme, is to show that creation occurs in increasingly dense levels of energy-matter, from the most subtle, or Fire, to the most dense, or Earth. Within this context of increasing density, there also arises a series of ten planes or levels of consciousness which combines with energy-matter, known as Sepheroth, or spheres of being. They occur in a pattern of: unity, reflection, polarity, reflection, polarity, unity, reflection, polarity, unity, and finally materialization. This basic idea of unity-polarity-and re-harmonizing, is the basis of kabbalistic and alchemical practices, and is derived from the observation of Nature.

Each World is a reflection to a denser or more subtle degree than the one before or after it. Each Sepheroth is a reflection, in part, of what proceeds or follows it. However, since each reflection is only partial, or slightly distorted, each Sphere takes on its own unique characteristics. Only the so-called “Middle Four Sphereoth” have the ability to harmonize or reflect in total all of the energies of creation, on some level.

This ‘zigzag’ of Creation is called the “Lightning Flash”. The return of energy from dense matter, back through the various stages, Sepheroth, and Worlds of Creation is known as the “Path of the Serpent” because of its reverse, or complimentary ‘zigzag’ nature back up this diagram called the Tree of Life.

For the alchemist, somewhere between the third and fourth level, or sphere of creation, energy takes on the characteristic that will allow for the formation of matter at some future state, or level ten. This energy is called Prima Materia, Chaos in the Bible, Spiritus Mundi (Spirit of the Earth), and others. Here, duality is made complete, and genuine polarity exists, as opposed to simply the potential, or idea, of polarity that had existed previously. Energy is divided into active and passive modes, with the active energy constituting the energies of life, and the passive one the energy of matter. In “The Golden Chain of Homer”, the active energy is called Niter and the passive energy is called Salt.

The energy of Life manifests in two forms, Fire and Air. While both are predominately active in nature, fire is the more active of the two, with Air being slightly passive because of the partial Water Element in its makeup. Potential Matter manifests its energy as Water and Earth. These Elements have nothing to do with the material bodies of the same name, and as such are capitalized and called “Elemental” to distinguish them from the earth we walk on, water we drink, air we breath, and fire we cook with. They are in fact, energetic states, each with their own unique characteristics, as well as each of the previously mentioned ten levels of consciousness within them. The Elements also have preferred ways of interacting with each other, to form the Three Principles of alchemy. There are in fact, forty different ways energy-matter-consciousness can manifest in our world.

The Three Essentials are the alchemical principles of Sulphur, Mercury, and Salt. Like the “Elements” these principle concepts are to be thought of a “Philosophical” and not literally as chemical elements or compounds. The Alchemical Sulphur, or Soul, of a thing predominates in the animating principles of energy (Fire) and intelligence (Air); Alchemical Salt, or the physical body of a thing, predominates in unconscious forces, psychic, and instinctual intelligence (Water) and solid matter (Earth); Alchemical Mercury, or general life force, predominates in intelligence (Air) and instinctual forces, and psychic energy (Water), as such it is the link, or bridge, between the higher forces of Sulphur and the lower body of matter.

In the mineral realm the dominant energy is that of Earth, a little Water, and very little Air or Fire. In the vegetable realm, the dominant energy is Water and Air, but little Fire and Earth. In the animal realm, the dominant force element is Fire, then Air, but little Earth. These qualities need to be understood as they have been defined for the following information to be of any use to the practicing, or aspiring, Hermeticist. For example, using the above definitions, we can say that the plant realm has an abundance of instinctual energy (Water) and intelligence, i.e. a specific function (Air), but little direct energy (Fire), as this is received passively from the sun; and little hard, physical, matter (Earth).

In the East as in the West, the idea of principle Elements and Philosophic Principles are expressed in more or less the same manner. This original undifferentiated energy from creation is often called in Indian philosophy, and modern occult, and New Age circles, as akasha, or Spirit. However, akasha, consists of two (2) aspects, one active as we have noted, Niter, and the other passive, Salt. The energies of Niter are also referred to as the force of Kundalini, or spiritual forces. In alchemy, this is the Secret Fire. To the Salt, belongs the force of Prana, or Vital Energy.

The function of the Vital energy is to maintain physical life forms and existence. It is completely instinctual and unconscious and is heavily influenced by cosmic cycles, astrological pulses, and other natural phenomena. The function of the Secret Fire is to increase in humanity, the only place where it is present, its sense of self, or “I”. At the lowest level or functioning, this is the ego, at its highest, it is Divinity incarnate, as both are two sides of the same coin. One is ‘self’ in relation to the physical world and others; the other is ‘self’ in relationship to all of Creation and as a co-creator.

In the vast majority of humanity, this Secret Fire, or liberating energy of self-consciousness, lies dormant, asleep at the base of the spine, coiled like a serpent. Only a small amount manages to escape, reaching a sepherothic level, or so-called chakra, thus creating a loci of consciousness for each person. If it reaches the top of the skull, and beyond, a spiritual awakening can occur, allowing for a descent and re-ascent of the energy, during which the psychic centers can be awakened allowing for the manifestation of psychic powers and related phenomena.

- M.A. Mark Stavish; The Relationship Between Kundalini, Kabbalah, and Alchemy

Since the fandom’s kind of dead, since we have basically exhausted all talking point…and there is no news to talk about…have you ever noticed the symbols on Lincoln’s horn before?

they are a lot like the symbols for this back tattoo concept: 

What significance do these types of symbols have in the grounder culture? Recognize the symbols from anywhere? 

What I’ve got so far is that two of the symbols might be Alchemical Symbols for “Air and/or Earth” in both the tattoo and the horn carvings.