Nikki Shields

Tools of Air (and Fire)

Aug 26th, 2014 | By

by Nikki Starcat Shields What type of witchy tools are on your altar? Do they reside there as symbols of their particular element, or do you use them frequently? Or are you more likely to grab a tool from everyday life and use that for your spells and rituals? In this series of posts, I’ll

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Transitions: Water and Earth

May 5th, 2014 | By

We now arrive at the final intersection of elements in this four-part series. The Borderlands, or places where the elements meet, are potent places of possibility where we can explore the intersection of elemental energies. As we conclude our trip around the circle, we reach the transition between Water and Earth. Water’s dreamy fluidity gradually

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Transitions: Fire and Water

Mar 26th, 2014 | By

Last time I wrote about the connecting point between Air and Fire. These transition points, also known as The Borderlands, are full of potential. Through exploring them, we can find ways to use their abundant energies to help us on this Earthly journey. Moving deosil around the circle once more, we now come to the

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Transitions: Air and Fire

Jan 7th, 2014 | By

Let’s continue with our series on the elements. Last time, we looked at the transition point between Earth and Air. These transition points, also known as The Borderlands, are full of possibilities. We can use their unique energy to support us as we work our magick and walk a spiritual path. Next, moving deosil around

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Transitions: Earth and Air

Nov 6th, 2013 | By

Over the past few months, we’ve looked at the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, and seen how they feed us in various ways as we move through life. My study of the elements led me to thinking about the transitions between the elements and how they interact with one another. These transition points,

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The Elements, Part 4: Water

Sep 5th, 2013 | By

Summer has begun to shift, gradually or more overtly depending on where you live, to autumn. As we continue to explore the elements, we now turn our attention to Water.  The element of Water nourishes us, body and soul. Life on this planet began in and emerged from the deep, mysterious waters of Mother Ocean.

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The Elements, Part 3: Fire

Aug 2nd, 2013 | By

August, beloved High Summer, and our elements series continues, most appropriately, with Fire. As you know, the five basic elements – Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit – are common to many Pagan traditions. As the August Sun beats down on us, we follow our circular trail to a landing place in the South, the

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The Elements, Part 2: Air

Jul 9th, 2013 | By

This month we continue our series on the elements. The five basic elements – Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit – are common to many Pagan traditions. So far we have explored the Earth element, and now we traverse the compass in a deosil direction, arriving in the East, the home of Air. The element

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The Elements, Part 1: Earth

Jun 2nd, 2013 | By

Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit – these five basic elements, represented by the points on the pentagram, are common to many Pagan traditions. They are the powerful energies which surround us, that which we call upon to witness and guide our sacred rituals. In this series, we’ll explore the basic meanings of the elements

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Magick Is Part of Life

Apr 30th, 2013 | By

Most Pagans would agree that all life is sacred. The animals, the trees, the grass, the clouds, the rocks – everything we see is part of the infinite All That Is. Yes, even the great varied tribe of human beings, and all our inventions (even the destructive ones). Everything that you see around you is,

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