I have been working with the elements for years, they are how I begin and end each women's circle and workshop that I facilitate. I love how universal they are as we all have access to nature and the ability to connect with mother earth. The four elements are just a compartmenalized way of harnessing the individual aspects of nature.
Here I will be exploring each element individually. Through the process I will go into some of the ingredients I chose to use for each element in the line of botanical candles.
When I connect with the element of water, I often think of the season of autumn. This season conjures up the feeling of cleansing rains and snow that wash away the remnants of summer. There is such an inward and cozy feeling with this element, readying us for the inward journey to meet our shadows. It symbolizes flow, intuition, and feminine power.
Water is the feminine element that shows us the power of going with the flow. It soothes our emotions and it's buoyancy supports us. A fast moving river can carve it's way through rocky terrain, just as a slow steady drop can wear away a surface with time and patience. There are cycles to all things in life, some move fast, other's move more slowly. Water reminds us of this.
Water is strong in it's femininity. I wanted to represent this element by blending botanicals that were traditionally used to heal feminine imbalances. Clary sage, geranium, and lavender were all plants and oils that were typically used to balance hormones and regulate women's cycles.
In the jar, the scent is strong, floral, and earthy, it burns a little softer when lit. Some people have commented that the scent reminds them of a man's cologne, which makes me wonder if sage is often the base of men's products as it has quite an earthy scent.