How To Create an Air Talisman
The four elements are usually invoked during a ritual in order to balance energy within the physical space or practitioner, but each can also be invoked independently to lend energy to intentions within its sphere of influence.
Harnessing the power of air can help in the following ways (note that this list is not exhaustive):
1. Physical: improve external and internal communication systems (external being hearing, smell or speech, and internal being those related to your central nervous system and other electrical channels), as well as restore and stabilise energy levels. One example in which air could be utilised is to assist in verbal communication, perhaps at work to encourage cooperation or amongst strangers to facilitate friendliness.
Air is also associated with the respiratory system and (at least in part) with the circulatory system - to work with this system most effectively one would also need to harness the power of fire. If experiencing difficulty breathing, poor circulation. chronic fatigue, or recurring problems with hearing and smell please see a medical professional - the below ritual is no substitute for this.
2. Emotional and mental: alleviate the weight of emotional concerns, as well as improve overall mental ability (e.g. logical, rational and intellectual capabilities, in particular those needed for abstract and conceptual thinking). Further, it is also associated with ethereal communication and higher consciousness, thus lending itself to divination, intuition and psychic work.
3. External: facilitate action and change, in particular in assisting with the early phases of a project and helping to establish and grow it. This could cover anything from information gathering to dealing with legal agreements and contracts.
Air is associated with both the waxing crescent and first quarter phases but it's power is heightened tremendously around the first quarter, so if you want to do a ritual this is the best time period. If you want to be even more specific, Wednesday at dawn is perfect.
If possible gather the following:
- palo santo or sage *
- sandalwood incense (another incense can be substituted) *
- pale blue, violet or yellow candles (grey, silver or white can be substituted) *
- feather *
- air element pin *
- supporting tarot cards: The Fool and perhaps The Magician, The Lovers or The Star. The entire suit of Swords is associated with air as are all the Kings, so selecting the King of Swords would be perfect
- supporting herbs, e.g. acacia, anise, lavender, lemon verbena, marjoram, mastic and mint
- supporting stones, e.g. amethyst, azurite, citrine, hematite or turquoise (clear quartz can be substituted)
- any other items that correspond to air for you, e.g. annointing oils, altar decor etc.
* These items are necessary as an absolute minimum.
Begin by gathering everything you will need for the ritual, laying it out in front of you.
Cleanse yourself and the space within which you will cast the spell, preferably with palo santo or sage, and crack a window open to allow the stagnant air to be released. Cleanse all of the ritual tools one by one as you set up your altar to focus your dedication to the air element. Pay particular attention to the pin - it must be charged to fill it with energy and power, and to be most effective in charging it with your particular intention it must be "clean" without any residual energies. Ground yourself with a few deep breaths to release any physical tension, shaking out any remaining frustration or stress. Visualise any distracting or negative energies dispersing.
Cast your circle to protect you from negative energies or psychic attacks.
Engrave your candle(s) with the air symbol.
Light your sandalwood incense and candle(s). Look into the candle flame and start to channel that energy, breathing the incense in deeply. Using the feather, fan the incense onto the pin to consecrate it. You can say something, such as "this talisman I hold and will soon wear, I consecrate with the element air".
Hold the pin in your hand(s) and meditate on your intention, visualising whatever you want to achieve with as much detail as possible. If you choose to, you can describe your intention out loud, detailing the colours, sights, sounds, tastes, or any emotions that may arise upon achievement. It can also be kept simple, as long as it remains positive and you really feel it. As the pin warms with the heat of your hand(s), continue to visualise the steps you need to go through to achieve what you want, as well as it coming to fruition. Feel the energy that has been generated flow into your hand(s) and the pin. Once the energy has peaked, cast off with an appropriate gesture, such as saying "I charge this talisman with air's energy, to achieve my goal so mote it be".
Ground yourself by visualising any excess energy flowing into the earth. Clean up. Dismantle the altar if you wish. Undraw your circle and then do something mundane, like drinking a hot chocolate.
Wear the talisman and be mindful to create, and keep open, channels that enable energy to flow freely between you and your intention. When you need to tap into that energy, touch the talisman. Repeat your incantation if you wish (out loud or in your mind) to reassert your intention. Do this as often as you see fit - the intention is yours, and yours only, so make sure you follow your instinct.
Note that air's energy can be short lived and transient, so the talisman will need to be charged on a regular basis. I would recommend repeating this ritual once a month for as long as you need the talisman in action.