All of us are Magicians. We perform magic every day by the sheer will of our intentions. What if we actually decided to dabble in the realm of real and ancient Magick? What kind of innate abilities would we have and where would our magickal talents lay?
The 6th House of an astrological chart is the House of Magick of all kinds. Most of us are familiar with the 6th House as the h house of work and the house of health, but it is also the house of arcane manipulation-both black and white. The Element of the Sign on the 6th house cusp is a good indicator of wizardry and magickal prowess. For reasons of simplicity, this article will address the Elements designated by the signs on the 6th House only. There are many other factors involved, some of which are mentioned in the last paragraph. Please consult a professional astrologer who specializes in arcane studies for a full analysis of all of the effects concerning the 6th House of your chart.
If there is an Earth sign on the cusp of the 6th House-Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn, then magick involves real manifestation and prestidigitation... things can appear and disappear! Earth magicians favor Natural Magick which makes use of herbs, stones, crystals, the commanding of the elements, and the influences of the planets and stars. This magick concerns the inherent magickal properties of things so it also includes potions, powders, ointments, philters, charms, and recipes. Sympathetic Magick which makes use of magick tools/objects to establish connection with someone at a distance is also used by Earth Magicians. The planetary rulers of these signs are Venus, Mercury, and Saturn. Earth is stable, receptive, and feminine sustaining all life upon which the other three elements rely. It represents abundance and prosperity and allows all to use creativity in a practical and physical manner. It encompasses all of nature - mankind, animals, rocks, crystals, trees, and vegetation. The energy of Earth houses great strength, common sense, and practical wisdom that can be tapped for success. In magickal practices, Earth element is the grounding force keeping the Root chakra chord connected to Mother Earth.
The elemental spirits of Earth are the Gnomes and Dwarfs. Earth element rules the direction of North, the time of Midnight, and the season of Winter. Earth Elemental Magick includes garden magick, image magick, stone magick, tree magick, knot magick, and bind magick. Magickal tools include the pentacle, salt, stones, cords, and images. All self-respecting Earth magicians carry pieces of emerald, jet, tourmaline, quartz (rutilated and tourmalated), peridot, onyx, jasper, azurite, amethyst, and salt in their magickal bags. When invoking Earth magick your arms should be extended with your palms facing downward. It would also be appropriate to wear Earth colors such as brown, green, and black/white in a check pattern. The goddess energies corresponding to Earth are Hathor, Ceres, Cerridwyn, Demeter, Gaia, Persephone, and Rhiannon and the god energies are Adonis, Athos, Arawyn, Cernunnos, Dionysus, Herne, Marduk, Pan, and Tammu. These deities can be fun folk, except for Demeter and Cernunnos who tend to be a bit bossy at times. Revered animals under the Earth element are the ant, bear, bison, bull, cow, deer, dog, gopher, horse, snake, stag, and wolf. Revered plants are cedar, cypress, comfrey, honeysuckle, ivy, grain, magnolia, patchouli, all kinds of nuts, and the mighty oak (favored by the Druids).
If there is an Air sign on the cusp of the 6th House - Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius, then magick involves mental control and manipulation. Air magicians favor Folk Magick which encompasses the casting of spells for healing, luck, and protection. This magick often blends other forms of magick sometimes mixed with religious influences. Many times remedy spells or "prescriptions" are orally handed down or written in handbooks. Sometimes Air magicians will also engage Gray Magick because of its subjective nature. For example, a curse might be considered Black Magick but if a curse was expressed to stop evil, it is considered neither good nor bad but justifiable. The planetary rulers of these signs are Mercury, Venus, and Uranus respectively. What's that you say ... Mercury and Venus are also Earth planets? Well that just goes to show you how well the Universe works with the elements supporting one another!
The Air elemental produces projective energies since it is masculine. It is tied to communication and the intellectual mind and brings clarity, discernment, Truth, creativity, and higher consciousness to abstract thinking and the written and spoken word. It aids the memory, governs intuition, psychic works, telepathy, and meditation, and is connected to the Third Eye chakra. Air magick can be useful in finding lost objects usually by employing the help of the fairies who are the elemental spirits of Air and who probably snatched the items in the first place!
The direction connected to Air is East, the time is Dawn, and the season is Spring. When invoking Air magick, your arms should be raised and your palms should be held parallel. If you would like to dress accordingly, you may wear clothing of light hues that reflect the colors of Dawn such as lavender, white, pale yellow, light blue, pale pink, and shades of gray. The various forms of Air elemental magick are divination, concentrative techniques, prophecy seeking, visualization, and written spells. The tools of Air magick are the athame, censer, incense, the quill, and the sword. Ever hear the expression, "the Air was so thick you could cut it with a knife" spoken with reference to a tense situation or "the pen (or in this case quill) is mightier than the sword?" It takes proper communication and the appropriate use of words to modify certain situations or to cut through them. When you communicate clearly and properly, you are using Air elemental magick to its best advantage by cutting through misunderstanding with your magickal sword of skill! It is not likely that an Air magician would ever be misunderstood in his/her intention! Air magicians are fond of keeping spell books where they write down their own concoctions or recipes. It is never a good idea to poke your nose in one of these books without permission.
The Zodiac signs of Air are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius, and the coordinating planets are Mercury, Venus, and Uranus. If you want to create an Air elemental magick bag, be sure it contains amber, amethyst, citrine, fluorite, mica, and topaz. The goddess energies associated with Air are Aradia, Arianrhod, Iris, Nuit, Ostara, and Urania. By the way-If you are a writer experiencing writer's block, try calling on Urania to help you. She is a great muse! Ancient god energies associated with Air are Hermes, Mercury, Shu, and Thoth. Those of you who are paying attention are saying that Mercury and Hermes are one and the same. Well, you're right, it just depends upon whether you prefer the Greek or Roman definition. The revered animals of Air are all birds, particularly the eagle and hawk, insects, and spiders. If you fancy nature walks, learn how to pay attention to these animals, especially the spider, because some like to leave silken messages in their webs for you to read. The revered plants of Air are acacia, anise, aspen, benzoin, clover, frankincense, lavender, lemongrass, vervain, and yarrow.
If there is a Water sign on the cusp of the 6th House - Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces then magick involves hidden occult forces and fluidic rhythms. The planetary rulers of these signs are the Moon, Pluto, and Neptune. Water magicians favor Practical Magick and make good use of the psychic arts such as clairvoyance, divination, prophecy, healing, and even astral travel. Water magicians will also engage Transcendental Magick where rituals are divine and religious with spiritual and moral ethics.
The Water element governs emotions and our deepest feelings. It is receptive feminine energy and is tied to the Heart chakra. It is secondarily tied to the Third Eye chakra so it is easy to see why the Water element is connected to love, self-healing, sorrow, reflection, intuition, the unconscious, fertility, and regeneration. Along with Fire that warms and Air that aerates, the Water elemental nourishes the Earth with life giving fluids. The direction connected to Water is West, the time is Twilight, and the season is Autumn. When invoking Water magick, your arms should be extended with your palms held in an upward position.
The spirits of Water are the undines and mermaids. Water magick is often connected with the phases of the Moon and with the ebb and flow of the Earth's tides. Magickal invocations are often conducted near the ocean or other bodies of water. Ceremonies may also involve snow, ice, or rain (and make no mistake - Water magicians are known for stirring up the weather!). If these natural settings are not available, mirror and magnet magick may be performed. The magickal tools of choice are a cauldron, chalice, or mirror. Magickal clothing should represent the colors of water such as blue, blue greens, indigo, aquamarine, ‘crests of the waves' white, and the shadowy depth hues of black and gray. The metals of Water are mercury (quicksilver), silver and copper. A magickal bag should contain pieces of aquamarine, amethyst, beryl, blue topaz, blue tourmaline, coral, lapis, opal, pearl, and sodalite.
The goddess energies connected to water element are Aphrodite or Venus, Isis, Kupala, Mari, Ran, Tiamat, and Yemaya and the god energies are Dylan, Ea, Manannan, Neptune or Poseidon, Osiris, and Varuna. The revered animals are all the creatures of water including fish, sea lions, sea mammals, and sea serpents including the leviathan, shellfish, frogs, and turtles. Also included are cats, dragons, and sea birds. Revered plants are aloe, apple, catnip, chamomile, fern, gardenia, lemon, lettuce, lilac, lily of the valley, lotus, moss, orris, passionflower, rose, seaweed, thyme, valerian, water lily, and the willow tree.
If there is Fire sign on the cusp of the 6th House - Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius, the magick involves the most powerful levels of conjuring and creation. Fire magicians are High Sorcerers who have achieved a major level of initiation and carry a strong responsibility for their actions. Often they have knowledge of the other elemental magicks and can take everything to the next plateau. Fire magicians favor Ritual Magick. This is the highest form of magick that requires discipline, spiritual enlightenment, and self mastery. Initiates must develop skills in meditation, concentration, visualization while acquiring the ability to focus thought, willpower, and imagination. It is also expected that initiates develop proficiency in maintaining inter plane contact with entities that can assist with access to and navigation of the astral plane.
Fire magick can be pretty tricky since it manifests so quickly. It is highly masculine energy that is very projective and filled with hot primal urgency. The Fire elemental purifies, illuminates, and grants vision and self-knowledge to those who seek it. It amplifies one's personal Will and bestows a new sense of authority. Fire is physical and sexual tied to the blood of life yet also strongly linked to the Divine. It can be very healing or very destructive. Fire is connected to the Solar Plexus Chakra, the season of Summer, the time of High Noon, and the direction of South. When invoking Fire magick, your arms should be over your head forming a triangle. You should be dressed in the colors of Fire, which are all the colors of a flame, reds, oranges, yellows, hot blues, and hot whites. You should also be wearing or carrying items made of gold or brass. The Fire magick processes include candle magick, storm magick, and time magick. The magickal tools of Fire are the athame, candle, censer, herbs for burning, written requests on paper for burning, and the wand.
The elemental spirit of Fire is the Salamander and a magickal bag should hold pieces of agate, bloodstone, carnelian, garnet, quartz, red jasper, ruby, and rhodochrosite. The Zodiac signs of Fire element are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. The planets are Mars, the Sun, and Jupiter. The goddess energies connected to the Fire elemental are Aradia, Ameratsu, Brigit, Freya, Hestia, Lucina, Pele, Sekhmet, and Vesta, and the god energies are Agni, Hephaestus, Horus, Ra, and Vulcan. This is a lively bunch, especially at celebrations. Most tend to have hot tempers so it is never boring. Vesta is the most conscientious of the group since it is her job to keep the Eternal Flame fueled and glowing. Revered animals under the Fire element are the bee, coyote, fox, horse, ladybug, lion, lizard, phoenix, praying mantis, salamander, scorpion, and snake. The revered plants are allspice, basil, cinnamon, garlic, hibiscus, juniper, lime, nettle, onion, orange, peppers, red poppies, and thistle.
Other considerations along with the element of the sign on the 6th house cusp would be several planets (and asteroids) all occupying the same sign. For example, an individual with four or five planets in the sign of Scorpio wielding Fire magick or a four or five planet Arien wielding Earth magick would be very powerful magicians. If the planetary ruler of one's Ascendant sign happens to be placed in the 6th house or vive versa, with planetary ruler of the 6th in the first house or conjunct the Ascendant, this also portends great ability.
Planets or asteroids (the combinations of which are too numerous to mention here) occupying the 6th house will modify how the magick is used. Planets in the 6th house involved in opposition aspects to planets in the 12th house indicate past life talent that may be relevant to how and if magick is used. Modification may be needed if indications of magickal abuse were prevalent in the past life. Aspects made to planets in the 4th and 8th houses also indicate different levels of prowess. If a person has any 7th Ray influence in their Ray make-up (Soul Ray, Personality Ray, or subrays), magick comes easily to them, but discernment may not come as easily. 7th Ray influenced individuals often have to decide where they draw the line when performing magick of any kind. (You can find Soul Ray information in the 12th GATE of this website.)
"Magic is the knowledge that teaches the practical application of the lowest laws of nature to the highest laws of spirit." - Franz Bardon, Occultist
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