The 8 Elements of Nature
For our baby blessing today, we are going to use the four elements of nature from the Native American Indian tradition.
Plus two from the Chinese tradition.
Plus some extra sumthang-sumthang from our extra supernatural AME Hale Hoonani selves.
Now, you don’t have to have these elements with you at home. I brought them for all of us.
First, we have water. If you do this at home, you would have a bowl of water sprinkled with Celtic Sea Salt, pink Himalayan sea salt, Hawaiian Alae— red sea salt, or black lava rock sea salt.
In the Native American tradition, water represents your emotions.
Spiritually, water represents the ocean, compassion.
In Chinese medicine, water is associated with the virtue of wisdom.
Second, we have air. For this element, you will use your breath.
In the Native American tradition, air represents your mind.
Spiritually, air represents the sky, freedom.
Third, we have fire. For this element, I have a candle.
In the Native American tradition, fire represents your spirit.
Spiritually, fire represents flames, passion.
In Chinese medicine, fire is associated with propriety, meaning laws and protocols— the right way to do things.
Fourth, we have earth. For this element, I have soil.
In the Native American tradition, earth represents your home— your body as your home, nature as your home.
Spiritually, earth represents the ground, security.
In Chinese medicine, earth is associated with the virtue of honesty.
Fifth, we have wood. For this element, I have some Hawaiian wood.
Spiritually, wood represents nature, growth and creativity.
In Chinese medicine, wood is associated with the virtue of benevolence.
Sixth, we have metal. For this element, I have a metallic angel. If you do this at home, maybe you have some gold or silver?— or a bronze medal— from a war or the Olympics.
Spiritually, metal represents iron, strength and ambition.
In Chinese medicine, metal is associated with the virtue of righteousness.
Seventh, we have crystals. For this element, I have ALL the crystals. If you do this at home, use your wedding ring, an emerald necklace, rubies, sapphires, bust out gramma’s black diamonds. Maybe your tiara.
Spiritually, crystals represent gemstones, higher consciousness.
In Vedic astrology, crystals are used to align yourself with the energy of the stars.
8th, we have flowers. Spiritually, flowers represents blessings. A blessing is not something you earn or work for. Blessings are free. They are gifts.
In Chinese culture, gifts are associated with tax write-offs.
In American culture, gifts are associated with love.
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