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The Way of Four
The Way of Four
Create Elemental Balance in Your Life

By: Deborah Lipp
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738705415
English  |  336 pages | 8 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: August 2004
Price: $23.95 US
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CONTENTS

List of Figures . . . xv

Acknowledgments . . . xvii

Introduction . . . 1

Chapter One: What Are the Elements? . . . 3

The Qualities of the Elements . . . 4
Air . . . 4
Fire
. . . 6
Water
. . . 7
Earth
. . . 9
Air-Fire-Water-Earth
. . . 10

The Origins of Elemental Thinking . . . 10
The Three Worlds . . . 10
The Elements in Hinduism
. . . 12
We Arrive in Greece
. . . 13
Aristotle Adds One
. . . 14
Elemental Beings . . . 17
Elementals . . . 17
Guardians
. . . 20

Chapter Two: The Elements in Nature . . . 23

Air in Nature: Exercises . . . 24
Exercise One: Sky and Breath . . . 24
Exercise Two: Sky and Cloud
. . . 24
Exercise Three: Sky and Bird
. . . 25
Exercise Four: Up and Down
. . . 25
Exercise Five: Wind and Skin
. . . 26

Fire in Nature: Exercises . . . 26
Exercise One: Fire Gazing . . . 27
Exercise Two: The Devouring Fire
. . . 27
Exercise Three: In Fire's Wake
. . . 28

Water in Nature: Exercises . . . 29
Exercise One: Walkin' in the Rain . . . 29
Exercise Two: Water Gazing, in Motion
. . . 30
Exercise Three: Water Gazing, Still
. . . 31

Earth in Nature: Exercises . . . 31
Exercise One: Plant Yourself . . . 32
Exercise Two: Gathering Stones
. . . 33
Exercise Three: Points of Power
. . . 33
Exercise Four: A Small Cairn
. . . 36

Chapter Three: The Elements in Us . . . 39

Your Astrological Elements . . . 39

Elemental Qualities of the Self . . . 41

Your Personal Element Quiz . . . 44
Determining Your Elemental Makeup . . . 48
The Four Elemental Personalities
. . . 48
Elemental Pairings
. . . 53

The Sixteen Basic Personality Types . . . 55
The Jung at Heart . . . 55
Myers-Briggs
. . . 56

Your Elemental Life Role Quiz . . . 59
Determining Your Current Life Role . . . 60

Life Roles in the Tarot . . . 60
Determining Your Basic Elemental Character Type . . . 61
The Court Cards as Life Roles
. . . 61
The Sixteen Basic Elemental Character Types
. . . 64

Chapter Four: Becoming Balanced . . . 77

Balance: A Pagan Essential . . . 77

Balance Is Addition . . . 78

The Way of Four . . . 79

Positive Elemental Qualities . . . 79

Things I Like About Myself Quiz . . . 80

Negative Elemental Qualities . . . 85
How to Use the Balance Chart and Balance Worksheet . . . 85
Balance Chart
. . . 87
Balance Worksheet
. . . 88

Elemental Strength Balancing Exercise . . . 89
Preparation . . . 90
The Meditation
. . . 91

General Elemental Meditations . . . 92
How to Do These Meditations . . . 92
The Meditation of Air
. . . 94
The Meditation of Fire
. . . 95
The Meditation of Water
. . . 96
The Meditation of Earth
. . . 97

Automatic Writing and Speaking Exercises . . . 98
Automatic Writing and Speaking Pointers . . . 99
Incorporating Automatic Writing/Speaking into the Meditations
. . . 100

Chapter Five: The Elements in Daily Life . . . 103

The Elements at Home . . . 103
Air in the Home . . . 105
Fire in the Home
. . . 107
Water in the Home
. . . 110
Earth in the Home
. . . 112

Household Elements Quiz . . . 116
What About Everything Else? . . . 129

Bringing Elements into Your Home on Air . . . 130
Aromatherapy in the Home . . . 130

The Elements and Your Body . . . 131
Elemental Attire: The Air, Fire, Water, and Earth of Clothing and Accessories . . . 132
Who Is Wearing What? Quiz
. . . 142
Elemental Attire
. . . 144
Elemental Perfumes
. . . 145
Elemental Beauty Treatments
. . . 159
Beautifying Your Coven or Group
. . . 172
Elemental Eating
. . . 175

Chapter Six: The Elements at Work and in Love . . . 183

The Elements at Work . . . 183

Your Work Element Quiz . . . 185
Air at Work . . . 191
Fire at Work
. . . 194
Water at Work
. . . 195
Earth at Work
. . . 198
Working Elements in Combination
. . . 200

Bringing the Elements to Work . . . 201
Bringing Air to Work . . . 202
Bringing Fire to Work
. . . 203
Bringing Water to Work
. . . 203
Bringing Earth to Work
. . . 205

The Elements in Love . . . 205

Elements in Relationship . . . 206
Air in Relationship . . . 207
Fire in Relationship
. . . 207
Water in Relationship
. . . 208
Earth in Relationship
. . . 209
Why Do You Give Your Ladylove Flowers?
. . . 210
Elemental Love Songs
. . . 211

Four Dates . . . 211
An Air Date . . . 213
A Fire Date
. . . 214
A Water Date
. . . 216
An Earth Date
. . . 217

Chapter Seven: The Elements in Ritual and Spellcraft . . . 221

The Elements in Ritual . . . 221
The Elements as Building Blocks . . . 221
The Elements as Symbols
. . . 222
The Elements on the Altar and as Tools
. . . 222
The Elements as Themselves
. . . 222

Using the Elements in Ritual . . . 223
Using the Elements as Symbols or Tools . . . 225

The Elements at the Quarters . . . 228
Summoning the Power of the Directions . . . 228
Summoning Elementals at the Quarters
. . . 230
Summoning Guardians at the Quarters
. . . 232

The Four Elements Working . . . 233
Beginning the Ritual . . . 234
Raising the Power
. . . 234
Speaking the Elements
. . . 234
Balancing and Centering
. . . 235

The Elements in Spells . . . 236
Elemental Purpose and Focus in Spells . . . 236
The Elemental Purpose of a Spell
. . . 237
Some Differences Between People and Spells
. . . 239

Using the Four Elements in a Spell . . . 240
Using Air in a Spell . . . 240
Using Fire in a Spell
. . . 244
Using Water in a Spell
. . . 247
Using Earth in a Spell
. . . 250

Four Spells . . . 252
The Air Spell: Improving School Performance . . . 252
The Fire Spell: Freedom from Obsession
. . . 256
The Water Spell: Finding Love
. . . 258
The Earth Spell: Bringing Money
. . . 261

Appendix A: Preparation for Meditation or Magic . . . 267
Your Magical Room . . . 267
The Room . . . 268
Meditation Checklist
. . . 268

Grounding and Centering . . . 269
Grounding and Centering Meditation . . . 269
Merging
. . . 270

Appendix B: Generic Invocations . . . 271

Invocations in Sets of Four . . . 273
Four Formal Invocations . . . 273
Four Informal Invocations
. . . 274

Appendix C: Musical Accompaniment for Each Element . . . 277
Air Music . . . 277
Fire Music . . . 278
Water Music . . . 278
Earth Music . . . 278

Appendix D: The Way of Four Balancing Exercises . . . 279

The Way of Four Meditation . . . 279
The Way of Four Ritual . . . 281

Appendix E: Charts . . . 285
Color Groupings . . . 285

Elemental Herbs, Flowers, and Other Plants . . . 286
Herbs of Air . . . 286
Herbs of Fire
. . . 286
Herbs of Water
. . . 287
Herbs of Earth
. . . 287

Elemental Gems and Stones . . . 287
Stones of Air . . . 288
Stones of Fire
. . . 288
Stones of Water
. . . 288
Stones of Earth
. . . 289

Appendix F: Magical Alphabets . . . 291
Runic and Theban . . . 291

Bibliography . . . 293

Index . . . 297







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