While becoming familiar with our system of the elements, we have covered Earth and Air. If, after working the exercises for those elements you are not satisfied with your sense of unity with them, continue with the exercises for another two weeks. Then do them sporadically as you will. Also, please remember that I am just a teacher. If you can come up with some exercises which will help you become more familiar with the elements, feel free to incorporate them into your work. However, you should begin the exercises below immediately.
The element of Water has the qualities of being cool and moist.
Exercise 1. Observe those things around you which have the combined qualities of coolness and moistness, Remember, all of these elemental qualities are relative. When an oven is prepared wherein something is being baked, sometimes there is a warm (or hot) blast of damp air so it would not seem to have the quality of coolness along with the moistness. However, it is much cooler and moister than the heat from a smelting furnace. Therefore, the oven has more of the element of Water than does the smelting furnace. See if you can determine the relative watery qualities as you experience them. Make a note of all of these things and record your list in your magickal diary. Do this exercise daily for one week.
Exercise 2. Remove your clothes and enter a pool or bath where the water is cooL If you have access to a lake or river, this would be best Also, it would be good if you could get a swimming snorkel so that you can breathe while completely submerged beneath the surface of the water. Obviously, this would be difficult to do in a small bath tub or in a shallow pool, but if you have access to a snorkel and have a place where you can be totally submerged, you will have the quickest success.
Once you are submerged as much as possible, and if you are completely submerged, breathing comfortably through the snorkel, do the relaxation ritual. Thanks to the buoyant quality of water you will find that this is quite easy. Next, become very aware of your breath. As you do this you will find that your breath will automatically slow down. Notice the way the air feels as it comes in through the nose (or through the snorkel and mouth), down the air pipe and into the lungs. Sense or imagine the interchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide within the lungs. Feel the C02-laden air as it leaves your body.
Once again, imagine that your entire body is nothing but an enormous breathing apparatus. Imagine that every part of your body only has the function of breathing. Know that your skin is a vital part of your system. In this "pore breathing" exercise, as you breathe in air, imagine that every pore of your body is breathing in elemental Water. Feel it as it washes in and out of you, flushing the impurities from your entire body. Do not confuse elemental Water with physical water or you may get a "drowning" sensation. If this happens, stop the exercise immediately and try it again another time.
Experiment with this exercise at different times of the day, and if possible, at different locations. Water is not very compressible, but it is very changeable. Try to experience it in its many variations. After a week of doing this exercise go on to the next one.
Exercise 3. Spend a period of up to three minutes (but no more), once a day, imagining that you are the element Water. Feel the fluidity, the coolness, the refreshing moistness of the elemental waters. If you study astrology, compare what you learn about the element of Water with those signs that are of the Water Triplicity (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces). Become familiar with water in all of its various appearances. Know what water feels like; what water is. Practice this exercise for one week.
Exercise 4. Once you have learned how to "be Water," the next step is to learn how to consciously control this element Take a moment and again imagine yourself to be elemental Water. Bring the feeling from the last exercise into your consciousness. Next, hold your hands 9 to 12 inches apart with the palms facing each other. Now visualize to the best of your ability a bottle, cylinder or small cask between your hands, Next, as you exhale, visualize all of the Water element which is in you going out with your breath and being deposited in the container between your hands. Four to seven breaths should be enough to fill it. Once it is filled, observe it for a short time. Then, with three breaths, inhale it back into yourself and go back to normal consciousness. Spend a week with this exercise.
The Test. Once again, here is a simple self-test to allow you to see whether or not you really have become not only in harmony with the element of Water, but also its master. No one else will ever inspect your work, so take the test and practice the exercises as often as you like. To become a good magician necessitates that you are capable of controlling all of the elements.
The next time you feel hardheaded, unwilling to change, overly tense with your muscles hard as a rock, form the container of Water as described in the previous exercise. Once the container has been filled, inhale the contents with one big inhalation. Bring all of the contents into you. Within five minutes you should be more relaxed and reasonable.
The next time that you are being pushed around or are acting "wishy-washy," again form the container of Water before you. Make sure it is filled. Then visualize a large, black hole in the air before you and throw the container into this hole. Immediately visualize the hole sealing up after you have done so. In a few minutes you should feel less overly flexible and not as liable to allow others to take advantage of you. It may be necessary to repeat this "black holing" several times to have complete success.
When you have passed both parts of the test to your satisfaction, you will be the master of the element Water. Again, as I have already stated, you may find one or more of the elements easy to master while others may take time. Just keep practicing without "lusting for results" and eventually the result you desire will be yours. Record all the results of your experiments and tests in your magickal diary. This means the successes and the failures.
The Chalice is the weapon or tool which represents elemental Water. It is the easiest weapon to construct because all you have to do is buy a stemmed goblet and paint it. It requires virtually no construction. Although most people prefer a silver goblet, the Golden Dawn suggested the use of a stemmed glass. Other people prefer wood or pewter. The choice of material is up to you, although I must say that a glass can be a problem due to breakage.
The shape of the goblet above the stem should resemble a crocus flower. Thus, it should flare out (see diagram and photo). Take a piece of twine or "kite string" and cut a piece equal to the circumference of the goblet at the point where it begins to flare out. Fold the measure in half and use a felt-tip pen to mark the string at that point. Take the folded string and again fold it in half. Mark both parts of the string at the fold. Repeat this process one more time and mark all four points of the string at the fold. The result of this will be a length of string divided into eight equal sections.
Rim of Goblet
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