Stones of the Four Element
The four elements: Air, Fire, Water and Earth are intrinsically woven into the fabric of many different spiritual traditions and each represent their own specific magical quality. Together the elements represent complete balance, and are often associated with the four directions that are also highly revered by various spiritual traditions across the globe. Each of the 12 signs of the Zodiac are grouped by element as well which also correlates to their energetic quality and different personalities. What is even more interesting is that gemstones each have their own elemental quality to them as well, which makes them perfect tools to either hold the energy of the 4 directions in your ceremonial space, or to be worked with individually to bring balance to an element or quality that you may be lacking in at any particular time. Here is a list of what each element represents, as well as corresponding stones that you may wish to work with to bring overall balance to your mind, body and spirit.
Air: Air represents clarity of the mind, and is the primary element that governs communication and logic. This element also holds the direction of East, which is the direction of new beginnings as it is the direction from which the sun rises each morning. Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are the zodiac signs that correlate to the element of air. Working with the element of Air helps balance out the element of Water.
Fire: Fire represents courage, creativity, passion and transformation; Fire holds the direction of South and helps one shed all energies that no longer serve them in order to fulfill their greater purpose. Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are the zodiac signs that represent the element of fire. Working with Fire helps balance out the element of Earth
Water: Water represents emotional connection, intuition, and prosperity, healing and purification. Water holds the direction of West which represents endings and releasing, as well as bountiful harvests and gratitude. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are the zodiac signs that represent the element of Water. Working with Water helps balance out the element of Air.
Earth: Earth represents energies of grounding, stability and sustainability; Earth holds the direction of North which represents ancient wisdom and ancestral connection. Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are the zodiac signs that represent the element of Earth. Working with Earth helps balance out the element of Fire.
Our Top Picks:
Air: Blue Tiger Eye is a wonderful stone to work with for the element of air as is often referred to as “Hawk Eye” and brings powerful clarity and discernment, allowing one to fly above obstacles and make accurate decisions when new opportunities arise.
Fire: Carnelian is one of the fiercest stones we carry at the Karma Cottage; this gem is like the gemstone version of caffeine that brings a burst of creative energy, vitality and strength to the bearer. Carnelian brings motivation and passion to the bearer in order to complete projects and constantly innovate in one’s particular field.
Water: Iolite, also known as “the water Sapphire” is a perfect stone to work with for the element of water as it helps one connect to their inner emotions, enhances psychic abilities and was even used by the Vikings to find their way while traveling over water.
Earth: Petrified Wood is one of the best stones to work with to hold the energy of the North as it represents the ancient tree spirits; this stone helps one connect to their elders, ancestors and spirit guides, as well as unlocks ancient wisdom from previous lifetimes.