Five Elements

From the time when human beings first started to think and discover the truths about life, the concept of five elements come into existence. These elements have been represented in various religions, and various races, in different manner. But the basic has always been the same. These five elements were thought to be the basic ingredients of human body. Based on the ancient ideas about the five elements, these ingredients have been used to perform various magical rituals over the years. Wiccan rituals are no different. They also have predominant perception about the five elements.


Under the Wiccan belief, the five elements are earth, water, fire, air and aether. These elements are represented by a pentagon. Not only for Wiccan philosophy and belief, this is one of the most powerful symbols throughout the world. All these elements are thought to be the reason behind the birth of new life, and the continuation of it. The five elements not only represent the five ingredients of human body, but they also represent different cardinal points of the compass. Air represent east, fire south, water for west, earth with north, and spirit or aether is for the center.


Some of the other wiccans do not believe this association of the pentagon and the five elements with the five directions of nature. According to their opinion wicca was first initiated and developed in England. Thus, these directions are perfect for the geography of southern England only, not for other areas.


The directions and the representations should change according to the availability of the elements in that region. For example, people who are living in the east coast of America must invoke water from the east and not from the west as the water body is at the east and not to the west. Depending on these particularities, the pentagon and the directions should be changed accordingly. Another sect thinks that the five elements are the five deities, and they are the offspring of the primary God and Goddess.


Indeed this pentagon is one of the most powerful, and significant symbols for any Wiccan ritual. Apart from that, these symbols have other significances too. They have been used in other religions and other ritualistic practices also. Though, now-a-days, the symbols have lost their power and importance, and have become just a representation of a star. But, in reality, they are more powerful than a piece of drawing.