31 Mar The Spiritual Meaning of Air
As one of the four classical elements, Air has always been considered to be of great spiritual importance. Physically, we know that we cannot live without the air that we breathe, just as we need water to drink, fire to keep us warm and earth to grow food – and it was once thought that these four elements were the base substances of all things. Just as we associate fire with the summer, earth with the autumn and cold water with the winter, Air is the element of the Spring –and thus, this is the perfect time to look deeper at the meaning of this element.
Just like the other classical elements, Air is symbolically represented in both the Tarot and the Zodiac. In the tarot, it is represented by the suit of Swords, indicating both freedom and rapid changes, whilst the Zodiac signs of Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are the intellectual and communicative Air signs.
The Breath of Life
The strongest spiritual connection we all have with air is the breath – we all literally take this element into ourselves, over and over again, throughout each day of our lives, and the breath is one of the most easily marked signs of life. It is unsurprising, then, that so many cultures connect air directly with life. In the Christian Bible, God is said to have formed Man from dust and breathed life into his nostrils – this is an echo of the earlier Egyptian myth, in which the god of Air, Shu, was created from the breath of the first god, Atum. One of the most famous Egyptian symbols, the Ankh, is a representation of this breath of life.
The breath of life is also used as a greeting in some cultures – the traditional Hawaiian greeting, whereby two people press the bridges of their nose together whilst inhaling, is intended to share ha or the breath of the life and welcome the other person into their space.
Air as Symbol
Air is often connected with communication, because the same breath that gives us life also allows us to speak; our words are thus carried by air. This connection between air and communication has also led it to be used as a form of divination in many cultures – the ancient Greeks, Romans and Chinese frequently took insights from the way the winds were blowing. Mercury and his Greek counterpart Hermes were both associated with communication as messenger gods, and with the air, wearing winged boots or helms to symbolise this connection.
It is also a very changeable element – we all know from experience the rapidity with which the wind can change, and thus it is a powerful element to work with when change is what you desire.
If your path is uncertain, working with the element of air can be helpful, both to clear away the fog that obscures your path and to blow you in the right direction. If you would like to know which way the winds are blowing for you, you are welcome to contact me or my team for a psychic phone reading.
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