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Correspondences Painting, Part I – Information on Seasonal / Directional / Animal / Elemental / Magical / Moon Phase / Growth / Astrological Correspondences

About a month ago, I painted piece below hat used the traditional elemental symbols, the four animals in the druidic tradition, the directions, and the astrological symbols of the four elements.  I posted this a few places, and people were really receptive to it.

Elemental Wheel - Animals in the Druid Tradition

Elemental Wheel – Animals in the Druid Tradition

After the success of that painting, I decided I wanted to do a much larger correspondence painting.  I want to post what I have so far so that I can get some feedback from the community before I start the actual painting.  I’d really like this chart to be quite thorough, and to include information on phases of the moon, holidays, elements, animals, directions, magical work, activities, growth phases, astrology….and maybe more.  I’ve been studying the connections between these various things and how different traditions use them, and I hope that this material will be useful to others.  This chart is compiled from a variety of sources including material from the OBOD’s website, the Druidry Handbook and Druid Magic Handbook by John Michael Greer, the OBOD East Coast Gathering Community, our Grove’s rituals and as well as my own experiences and practices. WordPress doesn’t seem to let me create a big table, so I’ll do it in list format and I hope its readable.

If you, dear blog readers, have any suggestions for improvements or changes, I would be most happy to hear them before I begin painting this piece–which might be one of my most ambitious paintings ever (I plan on painting it at 22″ x 30″!).  Am I missing information?  Should I include material in other places?  Does the magical and activity information fit?  The hardest thing about this list was the moon phases…..there aren’t quite eight of them, so matching them up to the wheel of the year and the directions were a little difficult.  But I think what I wanted to show was that the seasonal cycle of the year can be linked to the phases of the moon and to particular activities that we could do on both a yearly basis but also in line with the moon. 

So without further explanation, here’s my current working list.

North

  • Element –  Earth
  • Animal – Bear
  • Holiday – Winter Solstice / Alban Arthan (usually Dec 21st)
  • Growth phase –  Seed/stasis
  • Moon phase – Dark moon (2nd day of new moon)
  • Magical activity – Focusing inward, working on self or inner worlds, earth magic
  • Other Activities – Reflection and rest
  • Astrology – Capricorn  / Sagittarius

North-East

  • Element –  Earth/Air
  • Animal – Spider (ok, not an animal, but perfect.  The alternative is the flying squirrel or fox)
  • Holiday – Imbolc
  • Growth phase –  Germination/Sprouting
  • Moon phase – New Moon (3rd day of new moon)
  • Magical activity – Healing, refreshing, rejuvenation, insight
  • Other Activities – Rejuvenation, reading and study
  • Astrology – Aquarius

East

  • Element – Air
  • Animal – Hawk
  • Holiday –  Alban Eilir / Spring Equinox
  • Growth phase – Seedling
  • Moon phase –  First quarter / waxing crescent
  • Magical activity –  Air magic, initiations, dedications, seeking inspiration
  • Activities – Raising energy/awareness of projects, gaining knowledge, planning projects, balancing
  • Astrology – Pisces, Aries

South-East

  • Element – Air/Fire
  • Animal – Bee
  • Holiday – Beltane
  • Growth phase –  Budding
  • Moon phase – Gibbous waxing
  • Magical activity – Growth/nature magic, dance, raising energy, fertility
  • Activities – invigoration, progressing, bringing forth, creativity, bardic arts
  • Astrology – Taurus

South

  • Element – Fire
  • Animal – Stag
  • Holiday – Summer solstice / alban hefin
  • Growth phase – Flowering
  • Moon phase – Full moon
  • Magical activity – awareness, high energy, empowering, full moon magic, fire magic, expanding mind, otherworld travel
  • Activities – progressing, being present
  • Astrology – Gemini and Cancer

South-West

  • Element – Fire/Water
  • Animal – Salamander
  • Holiday – Lughnasadh
  • Growth phase – Fruiting
  • Moon phase – Gibbous waning
  • Magical activity – connecting with spirits, gatherings, removing negativity or negative influences
  • Activities – cleansing/removing, harvesting (1st harvest)
  • Astrology – Leo

West

  • Element – water
  • Animal – salmon
  • Holiday – Fall Equinox / Alban Elfed
  • Growth phase – Harvesting
  • Moon phase – Waning crescent / last quarter
  • Magical activity – honoring spirits/deities, giving thanks, making offerings, water magic
  • Activities – reaping rewards, celebrations, balancing
  • Astrology – Virgo and Libra

North-West

  • Element – Water/Earth
  • Animal – Turtle (or seal, beaver)
  • Holiday – Samhain
  • Growth phase – Composting
  • Moon phase – Old Moon (1st day of new moon, usually invisible)
  • Magical activity – walking between worlds, exploring past lives, spirit journeying/astral travel, working with otherworld, ancestor magic
  • Activities – meditation, stillness
  • Astrology – Scorpio