the five element

Day 55 - Cesium/Caesium

In the sixth Period and the first Group, Cesium comes from the Latin word for sky blue, due to its blue spectral lines.

Cesium was the first element ever discovered using a spectroscope.

A second has been scientifically described as the time it takes cesium to vibrate 9,129,631,770 between energy levels.

Because cesium is in the first Group, it is extremely reactive in water and must be kept under layers of oil to prevent it from exploding.

Cesium is liquid at room temperature, one of only five elements to do so.


Elements in Judaism

I’m slowly posting these to Instagram, but time for another big post here on tumblr. 

If you are interested in a hand-out I did for a workshop a while back about  “Working with the Elements” in Judaism, give me a shout.  It has a bit more about the source material for this and ways of thinking about the elemental systems in Jewish practice.

At some point I’ll probably publish all of this, but for now – on request.  :)

BTW – if you missed the post on the 12 Tribes and their crystal correspondences, you might also be interested in that.

The Five Phases (Wu Xing)

The Wu Xing (Chinese: 五行; pinyin: Wǔ Xíng), also known as the Five Elements or Five Phases, is one of the major systems of thought within traditional Chinese fields including Chinese medicine, Feng Shui, Astrology, Music, Military Strategy and Martial arts.

A Short History
The Wu Xing theory was originally a moral theory and evolved from the doctrines of the Confuciuan school (or Zi-Si-Mencius school). Later, In the third century BCE Zou Yan combined and systematized two current theories during the Warring States period: Yin-Yang and the Wuxing.

*personal note: the Wuxing seem to be related to the Eight Trigrams (bagua) from the I Ching, the original version of the I Ching (it was edited by King Wen in 2852 BC) goes back to the supposed writer Fuxi, the legendary ruler.  

A closer look at the Five Phases
Ultimately the natural cycles and interrelationships in both our environment and within ourselves have let to the theory of the Wu Xing. The foundation of the theory rests in the correspondences of each element to a variety of phenomena. 

These “Five Phases” are
Wood (木 )
Fire (火 huǒ)
Earth (土 )
Metal (金 jīn)
Water (水 shuǐ

Wood is flexible, like bamboo. It grows and expands. It is also associated with qualities of generosity and idealism and leadership. It is the leader within us, that can take charge and determine a plan of action. Spring is the season of wood and it is the period of sprouting. The color associated with wood is green. In Chinese Medicine the liver is the organ of wood. 

In Chinese thought Fire is passionate, it is joy, laughter and playfulness. But also the qualities of dynamism, strength and persistence; however, it is also connected to restlessness. Summer is the season of fire and it is the period of blooming. The color associated with fire is red. In Chinese Medicine the heart is the organ of fire. 

Earth is patient, thoughtful, practical and hard working. It brings harmony and stability. Late summer is associated with earth and it is the period of Ripening. The Color of Earth is yellow. In Chinese Medicine the spleen is the organ of earth. 

Metal is unyielding, rigid and persistence. Metal type people like minimalism. They are organized, clean, and contained. The Fall is associated with metal and it is the period of withering. The Color is white. In Chinese Medicine the Lungs are the organ of metal. 

In Chinese Taoist thought, water is representative of intelligence and wisdom, flexibility, softness and pliancy. Water can be weak like fluid but it can also turn into a flood and overwhelm the land. The winter is the season of water and it is the period of dormancy. The color of Water is black. In Chinese Medicine the Kidneys are the organ of water.  

Elements or Phases
You will often see Wu xing translated as “Five Elements” but the Xíng are primarily concerned with process and change, they are not the same as the   classical Greek elements that are concerned with substances or natural qualities.

The Changing qualities or Cycles are:

The Xing are Inter-promoting, often called like mother and child. Wood for example is the mother of Fire. You can easily see this because Fire comes after Wood (clockwise) so in that way Wood feeds Fire, like a mother would.
In this way all the Phases can be listed as:

Wood feeds Fire
Fire creates Earth (ash)
Earth bears Metal
Metal enriches Water
Water nourishes Wood

This Cycle of is called the 五行相生 Sheng Cycle (Generating Sequence)

Each Phase controls or keeps another element in balance, much like Yin and Yang keep each other in balance. In the Wuxing, it will come as little surprise that Water controls Fire and Metal controls Wood. While some of the others are a bit less obvious, it will become clearer when you understand that the five elements all have specific qualities that go beyond just metal chopping wood.
All the elements Controlling sequence can be listed as:

Wood controls Earth
Fire controls Metal
Earth controls Water
Metal controls Wood
Water controls Fire

This Cycle is called the 五行相剋 Controlling Sequence or Father-Child relationship.    

Other than these two cycles, the Overacting Cycle (when an element controls too much) and the Insulting sequence (when for example fire starts heating water instead of water extinguishing fire) also exist.

Five Elements with Pentagram.

Many traditions hold a belief in the five classical elements, although they are seen as symbolic as representations of the phases of matter. These five elements are invoked during many magical rituals, notably when consecrating a magic circle. The five elements are air, fire, water, earth, and aether (or spirit). Aether unites the other four. Various analogies have been devised to explain the concept of the five elements; for instance, the Wiccan Ann-Marie Gallagher used that of a tree, which is composed of earth (with the soil and plant matter), water (sap and moisture), fire (through photosynthesis) and air (the creation of oxygen from carbon dioxide), all of which are believed to be united through spirit.

Traditionally in the Gardnerian Craft, each element has been associated with a cardinal point of the compass; air with east, fire with south, water with west, earth with north, and the spirit with centre. Other Craft groups have associated the elements with different cardinal points, for instance Robert Cochrane’s Clan of Tubal Cain associated earth with south, fire with east, water with west and air with north, and each of which were controlled over by a different deity who were seen as children of the primary Horned God and Goddess. The five elements are symbolised by the five points of the pentagram, the most prominently used symbol of Wicca.


<the five war elements >

rose goddess au  part 21

……well now keith can go back to silva that’s good ?

hope you like it

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[ENG] 170128/170129 SHINee WORLD 2017~FIVE~ in Fukui - Ment Compilation (Fancams)
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  • Shin Megami Tensei, a difficult and very strategically involved game aimed primarily at more mature audiences: *has systems that automatically tell you what moves are more effective against enemies in a game with only like five or six elements, has not only an auto battle system but an auto battle system that will AUTOMATICALLY PINPOINT the enemy's weaknesses*
  • yall:
  • Pokemon, a less immediately involved but still very fun game primarily aimed at children: *puts in a system to tell you what's more effective against a certain type in a game with 15+ elements and over 700 monsters*
dear rose goddess haters /and fans

if you hate my au and send me hate about it just because it’s shidge then let me tell you it’s NOT JUST SHIDGE there’s shallura , there’s klance , there’s sheith , there’s hance , there will be MORE ships in it TRST ME

and if you’re a fan of it that goes to you too , it’s not just the ships
it’s the plot I have  
 there’s ships in my au  yes  rose goddess and the whole “ the five war elements “ au 
but if you’re just reading my au or HATING my au because  of the ships in it , you’re missing the idea of it
 thanks for reading it

Happy Imbolc!

My celebration plans for tonight are small and crammed within a busy schedule. Still, I want to do something for my followers even though I can’t do much!

So I’m having a flash-giveaway!

How it goes:

Winners will be picked via random number picker TONIGHT (Feb. 1, 2017) at 11pm EST. Winners will have 24 hours to respond.

  • First place will receive a past-life reading (14 cards!) or another spread of their choice up to the same size + 3 pendulum answers
  • Second place will receive a year-wheel reading (8 cards) or another spread of their choice up to the same size + 2 pendulum answers
  • Third place will receive a five elements reading (5 cards) and a pendulum answer
  • Must be following me, since this is for my followers and all! You can find me here: @will-o-the-witch
  • Likes/reblogs count as one entry, but please only reblog once! I want to keep it fair.
  • Don’t tag this as a giveaway!
  • Best of luck!

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Basic Charging / Casting Circle

I recently got a few messages from witches wondering how to charge items using the elements. Most of them were familiar with how to charge items with moonlight or sunlight but were a little confused as to how they should go about charging items using the elements. Overall, charging items using the elements is pretty easy. Here are a few methods:

  • To charge something with the element of fire either bathe it in the light of a fire, smoke or flames.
  • To charge something with the element of water either drop a few drops of water on the item, fully submerge the item in water (sink/bathtub/lake/pond/stream/ocean) or leave the item out in the rain.
  • To charge something with the element of earth either sprinkle some dirt on the item, bury it or charge it using rocks/stones/crystals.
  • To charge something with the element of air either blow air onto the item, leave the item out in the wind or bathe the item in smoke from incense.

If you wanted to you could charge something using all five elements (water, fire, earth, air and spirit) using a basic charging/casting circle. All you have to do is draw the circle above, put the item you want to charge in the centre of the pentacle, put representations of each element in their appropriate circle and then place your palm in the circle which represents spirit/self. Then, if you have a chant/incantation etc. say it and charge your item.

And there you go. I wish you all the best with your charging.

-          Marci


In a five-pointed star there are five Elements that make up our being. 

  • Water is the element of love, emotion, fertility, and creativity.
  • Fire is the element of energy, passion, and leadership.
  • Earth is the element of strength, stability, and grounding.
  • Air is the element of intelligence, communication and, imagination. 
  • Spirit is the element that is present in all things, providing the connection and balance for all to exist.

I’m currently working on posts to describe each element in detail listing their symbologies, seasons, colours, stones, herbs, essences, animals and zodiac signs.  ♥‿♥   Follow along for more!  ☽✪☾ ᴀsᴛʀᴀʟᴄᴀᴛ

Kosha, usually rendered “sheath”, is one of five coverings of the Atman, or Self according to Vedantic philosophy. According to Vedanta, the wise person being aware of the subtle influences of the five elements within each kosha, ever discerns the Self amidst appearances.

Physical - Annamaya Kosha 

Anna means food. All of the physical aspects of life come and go, and are consumed by another aspect of external reality. Thus, the outermost of the koshas is called the sheath of food, or Annamaya kosha. In Vedanta practice, we train this aspect of ourselves, take care of it, nurture it, so that we can both enjoy our external lives and go inward without it being an obstacle during meditation time. In meditation, we become aware of Annamaya kosha, explore it, and then go inward, to and through the other koshas.

Energy - Pranamaya Kosha 

The next of the koshas is Pranamaya kosha. Prana means energy. It is the vital force that produces the subtle vibrations related to breath, and which are the driving force behind the physical aspect of the senses and the operation of the physical body. It allows the invisible indweller, our True Self to be able to animate in the external world. At the same time, however, it allows the eternally still, silent center of consciousness to be mistakenly identified as the moving, visible physical body. For both a healthy life and the practice of meditation, Vedanta says that it is very useful, or essential that this level of our being be trained, regulated, and directed, so that it flows smoothly. In meditation, we become aware of Pranamaya kosha, explore it, and then go inward, to and through the other koshas.

Mental - Manamaya Kosha 

The next of the koshas is Manamaya kosha. Mana means mind. It is the level of processing thoughts and emotions. It is in direct control of the operation, through the prana, of the physical body and senses. It is like a supervisor in a factory, in that it gives instructions, but is not supposed to be the manager of the factory of life. Because of this, it naturally has doubts, and created illusions. When it receives clear instructions from the deeper level, it functions quite well. However, when it is clouded over by its illusions, the deeper wisdom is clouded over. After taking care of the physical body and training the energy flow of prana, the most important part to be trained in positive ways is this level of mind. In meditation, we become aware of Manamaya kosha, explore it, and then go inward, to and through the remaining koshas.

Wisdom - Vijnanamaya Kosha 

The next of the koshas is Vijnanamaya kosha. Vijnana means knowing. It is the sheath of wisdom that is underneath the processing, thinking aspect of mind. It knows, decides, judges, and discriminates between this and that, between useful and not useful. It is also the level of ego consciousness, meaning the powerful wave of I-am-ness. This I-am-ness itself is a positive influence, but when it gets co-mingled with the memories, and is clouded over by the manas, it loses its positive strength. A major part of sadhana (spiritual practice) is gaining ever increasing access to this level of our being. It is the level that has the higher wisdom to seek Truth, to go within, in search of the eternal center of consciousness.

Bliss - Anandamaya Kosha 

Anandamaya kosha is the most interior of the koshas, the first of the koshas surrounding the Atman, the eternal center of consciousness. Ananda means bliss. However, it is not bliss as a mere emotion experienced at the level of the sheath of mind. Ananda is a whole different order of reality from that of the mind. It is peace, joy, and love that is underneath, beyond the mind, independent of any reason or stimulus to cause a happy mental reaction. It is simply being, resting in bliss called ananda. Yet, even this bliss, however wonderful it is, is still a covering, a sheath, a lampshade covering the pure light of consciousness. It is the subtle most of the five koshas. In the silence of deep meditation, this too is let go of, so as to experience the center.

Atman - Self 

Atman is the Self, the eternal center of consciousness, which was never born and never dies. In the metaphor of the lamp and the lampshades, Atman is the light itself, though to even describe it as that is incomplete and incorrect. The deepest light shines through the koshas, and takes on their colorings. Atman, the Self, has been best described as indescribable. The realization of that, in direct experience, is the goal of Yoga meditation, Advaita Vedanta, and Tantra practices.

Tip for the modern witch

Cleansing of sacred tools, be it wands, athames, crystals, etc., can be done in a variety of ways from using the beautiful and humbling energy of the full moon to using one of the five sacred elements (earth, water, fire, air, and spirit). Let’s talk about cleansing with water for a second. I made this realization the other day and had to share in case anyone else found it as useful and I did!

First thing to know is that using regular water won’t cleanse a thing. It will make it wet. That is, until you’ve blessed it and even charged it with a non-soluble crystal or in the light of the full moon. Some items, such as particular crystals, can NOT be cleansed with water without risk of being destroyed (selenite, calcite, etc.).

But for those things that can be cleansed of negative and residual energies with holy water, a lot of times we read that we must sprinkle the water on the item, or maybe even dunk it. To me, this seems highly tedious. Especially if it’s something I have to dry off later. As a busy witch who utilizes various methods from traditional to modern, I wanted to offer this effective modern witch tip for cleansing via water.

If you have a diffuser/humidifier at your disposal, get yourself some charged/blessed holy water and place it in the diffuser. When you turn it on, pass your item through the mist counterclockwise (if you’re in the northern hemisphere) three times, so it knows to release any residual and negative energy. If you’re a Young Living essential oil user, add a couple drops of Purification for an extra POW of magickal cleansing. The combination of the blessed water and the herbal properties of Purification oil will leave your item as a blank slate for you to consecrate and bless with your intent.

It’s a simple and effective way to cleanse your tools without having to get them very wet, and you will ritually cleanse yourself from the inside out as well, as you breathe in the healing, cleansing mist.

I hope you find this #witchtip helpful!

Blessed be the witches! 🌒🌕🌘

Killian Elkstone
Seeker, Coven of the Raven Moon

Star Wars Mad Max AU

Consider this:

Shmi Skywalker as Furiosa, stolen from her community of freedwomen, her son taken from her and never seen again, forced to work in the Imperial prison on Tatooine, slowly working her way up until she’s trusted by Imperial forces, until she can get close enough to the prisoners, until she can stage a rescue of

Padme and the Naboo handmaidens, who are all being held indefinitely for crimes and sedition against the Empire, who have been imprisoned and used as slave labor in the camp ever since they lost the Battle of Naboo when Padme was only fourteen, who have carefully planned their escape with Shmi, but it’s all nearly ruined by

Obi-Wan Kenobi, a half-feral survivor of the Jedi purges, who trusts no one and barely speaks, who tries to steal Shmi’s ship and ends up coming along for the ride instead, after they ditch the fanatical young Inquisitor who was following him

The same Inquisitor who keeps following them, keeps trying to capture them all for the Emperor, until he fails spectacularly and Padme finds him, curled up in the cargo hold and sobbing as he beats himself, and she tells him to stop, not to hurt himself, and she asks his name, and he says

Anakin, Anakin who doesn’t know that he has a last name, but Padme recognizes that name, and she’s up and shouting for Shmi, who comes running into the hold and at first thinks that the Inquisitor is there to attack them again, but Padme says, No, no, he’s your son!

And Shmi is reunited with her stolen child, and they all do a lot of processing, and eventually they decide they’re going to take Coruscant, and you all can extrapolate from here, because I only have one requirement for the ending of this AU, and that is

Shmi Skywalker kills the Emperor.