Nov 18, 2009

Elemental Greeting

I thought I would share my morning greeting of the elements. I endevour to do this daily, after lighting a candle and some incense. Hopefully a pre-yoga and meditation moment, but when there isn't time for the full-meal-deal, I'll merely speak my greeting, and be on my way. I do feel the difference in my day when I don't greet the elements in the morning.

This isn't a circle-casting - just a moment of thanksgiving to the elements and divinity. Although I've felt the elements from time to time, and my hands tend to heat up a bit while saying this, it's merely a balancing of sorts for me. A reflection and a moment of gratitude.

Please also note - my observations on the elements and their directions are merely mine alone. Some subscribe Fire to the East and Air to the South. The Southernmost end of the Valley where I live is desert, so I have a definite atachment to fire in the South. Also, some find that Water is intuitive, where others sense that trait in Air. Each to their own.

A big thanks to Happycrone, who inspired me to do this, a little more than a year ago now!


I say Good Morning to the East, and the element of Air.
Thank you for your breath of life. For birthing the sun and the moon. For your knowledge, your intuition, and your knowingness. Thank you for your winds of change, your winged friends, and your blessings blown in on the breeze. Blessed Be.

I say Good Morning to the South, and the element of Fire.
Thank you for your refining flame. Thank you for burning away the chaff in our lives. Thank you for your passion and vitality, for your celebratory nature and for the heat that warms our hearth. Blessed Be.

I say Good Morning to the West and the element of Water.
Thank you for your elexir of life. For your hydration and healing touch. Thank you for your wisdom of the deep. Your emotional fathoms. Thank you for washing away my cares. Blessed Be.

I say Good Morning to the North, and the element of Earth.
Thank you Pachamama for your stability, fertility and groundedness. Thank you for your abundance. For providing us with the harvest. Thank you for being our strong, safe place. Blessed Be.

I then greet the element of Spirit in the way that it reveals itself to me (guides, nature spirits, etc.) and then, lastly the Goddess and God, whom I spend some time with. In this case I don't call in a particular Goddess or God - I am merely giving thanks to the Divine feminine and masculine.

So - this is a bit of a peek into my daily practice. I change up the words too - I say what I am moved to say, so sometimes I am more tuned in to Water and have more to say about that - and sometimes it's Earth, etc. I hope it gives you one small idea on how to incorporate a moment of thanks into your day.

Blessings.

25 comments:

Michelle said...

Your greeting is so beautiful! I really need to get into this kind of a daily practice...love that picture too! Thank you SO, SO much for your well wishes for us. We are all mending...even Mocha, I am hoping as she has a healthy appetite and drinking lots on her own again! She's lost weight...so we need to fatten her up. :) She is healing the slowest...poor baby. But thank you for stopping by and leaving a thoughtful comment.

Many, many, peaceful and healing blessings!

xoxo

Michelle, Mocha, Quincy and Emma :)

Aelwyn said...

Thank you for sharing, it's LOVELY!

Lyon said...

This is beautiful, Rue. Oddly enough, I think a lot of people tend to forget about the elements in daily devotion - but what better way to ground yourself into the day and the present moment?

Thank you sharing!

girlichef said...

What a beautiful way to greet the day! I've sort of fell out of sorts with all the working I've been doing the last few months...thank you for reminding me how much better I, too feel when beginning my day with a grounding ritual. :D

Mother's Moon's Message said...

love your greeting... do the shot glasses have anything to do with the fact that you are off to mexico today....have a great time...enjoy yourself tremendously....

HappyCrone said...

well said little sister....And have one hell of a good time down South!!!!

Jen said...

Enjoy your trip. Your elemental blessing is great. I'm sure while you are there you will do some deep connecting with fire.

Dede said...

A wonderful way to start the day! Have a blast and take pictures.

(((HUGS)))

Wendy the (Very) Good Witch said...

How very lovely! Thank you for sharing Rue. Loved the photo too! A friend of mine out in Oregon, distills and sells an organic Vodka called Elemental Vodka. And we discussed my shooting some promotional pics for him. And my idea was very similar to what you wrote here...showcasing the bottle in each of the four environments or elements. If I ever get around to helping him with it, I will have to keep what you wrote here in mind for a visual reference. :o)

Bella Foxglove said...

How very lovely! I used to have this pic as my desktop! Love it. Enjoy your trip!

Dreamwriter said...

Love your blog! Looking forward to reading more!

mxtodis123 said...

How lovely and simple. Thank you for sharing it. This is something I can easily do in the mornings.
Mary

Magaly Guerrero said...

I love it when people throw their true self into their spirituality. I like how you greet the elements and the God and Goddess, I do something similar and I also go with the flow of the day when it comes to my chanting.

Thanks so much for sharing. I might share mine too one of these days ;)

Dreamwriter said...

It is cancelled! OMG! I am so sad!

Jessica Cangiano said...

What a serenely, inspiringly lovely way to begin any day. This post reminds me, that we should all greet a new sunrise by reflecting upon those things that we're thankful.


Wishes of great joy to you, my friend,
♥ Jessica

Anna said...

this is wonderful, thanks for sharing :-)

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Tamara said...

Rue, this is a beautiful morning greeting, thanks so much for sharing this. :) I feel at peace just reading it...hope you don't mind if I borrow this....

Bridgett said...

I love blessing the elements too...what a lovely idea! Thank you for sharing this with us, Jen.

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Autumn said...

What a wonderful idea! Thanks for posting it! :)

Nydia said...

What a beautiful blessing! It's a perfect way to start the day. I usually say a thank you when I wake up, still in bed. It's important to take at least a little time to keep the elements in mind and how essential they are in our lives. The Gods are in them, of course.

I loved the photo of the four glasses & elements, so simple and with such a great impact!

Kisses from us.

Feithline Stuart said...

What a beautiful spiritual practice! Would it be okay if I copied this into my book of shadows? I adore it.

Feithline

Rue said...

Feith - please use it as you see fit! Loving Spirits Cast!!!

Monkey said...

I love that picture!

Ange said...

I too much appreciate this post. I must keep that in mind when I make my planks. Giving thanks is one of my favourite things to do.
blessed days to you my friend
Ange