What are the 5 Elements? & Free Printables

Tuesday, October 5, 2021


When learning witchcraft, you would come to learn about the pentacle. A pentacle consist of a five-pointed star inside of a circle. Each point of the star represents the five elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit. I know some people think that the pentacle is evil or it’s associated with the devil and it’s not at all. When the pentacle is upright and used  correctly, it’s to link the elements and symbolizing unity and ultimate love of nature. In this blog post, I want to talk about The 5 Elements and how they can help you in your craft. If you would like to read more about the pentacle, you can head over to Pentagram Yoga.

What are the 5 elements?

The 5 Elements exist in various cultures. Four of the elements are very similar but the fifth element goes by a variety of names and sometimes mean different things. In some cultures the fifth element is called Aether or Quintessence. The elements are cleansing, transforming, and can recharge energy. Nine times out of ten, some people don’t realize that they are working with the elements in their everyday life. 

The elements very well reflect our own strengths, passions, and weaknesses. Earth can ground and calm us. Water soothes and heals us. Air refreshes and revives us. Fire gives us willpower and strength. Spirit is what is within us to keep us balanced. 

Below are each element explained. I wrote them all here so it can be easy for you to copy and add it your own book/notes. I also created some printables you can download and use personally. 


Take time to be in tune with the element Earth by; spending time in nature, grow a garden, have indoor plates, cook meals with fruits or veggies, meditate outside, or take walks outside. The more time you spend outside, the more you are grounded.

Virtues: being grounded, patience, truth, reliability, thoroughness

Vices: dullness, laziness, inconsiderate, gluttony

Earth Rules: grounding, strength, healing, nature, animals, success, stability, sturdiness, foundations, empathy, fertility, death, rebirth, and wisdom.

Zodiac Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Ruling Signs: Venus, Saturn

Moon: New Moon

Tarot: Pentacles

Animals: Beer, Deer, Wolf 

Direction: North

Time: Midnight

Season: Winter

Colors: Green, Brown, Black, White, Gold

Crystals: Emerald, Jet, Tourmaline, Quartz, Granite, Bedrock, Salt,  Paridot, Onyx, Jasper, Azurite, Amehyst

Metals: Iron and Lead

Tools: Pentacle, Salt, Crystals, Dirt, Herbs, Wood, Plants, Flowers

Plants: Cedar, Cypress, Honeysuckle, Ivy, Magnolia, Grains, Patchouli, Primrose, Sage, Nuts, Oak, Comfrey, Moss, Roots, Corn, Rice


Take time to be in tune with the element Air by; spending time outside, feeling the breeze, hang wind chimes, journal, learn a new skill, and meditate. Air is the key to a clear mind, finding inner wisdom, and successful psychic work.

Virtues: intelligence, practical, optimistic, curious, creative

Vices: impulsiveness, frivolous, gullible, flighty, detached

Air Rules: mind, clarity, wisdom, knowledge, logic, thoughts, wind, higher consciousness, divination, psychic work, intuition, memory, communication, truth, creativity

Zodiac Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Ruling Signs: Mercury, Jupiter, Uranus

Moon: Crescent Moon

Tarot: Swords

Animals: Birds, Butterflies 

Direction: East

Time: Dawn

Season: Spring

Colors: Yellow, Gold, White, Light Blue

Crystals: Topaz, Amber, Cotrine, Jasper, Agate, Pumice, Alexandrite, Amthyst, Flourite, Mica, Clear, Quartz

Metals: Tin and Copper

Tools: Feather, Wand, Staff, Incense, Censer, Pen, Broom, Bell

Plants: Acacia, Anise, Aspen, Clover, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrrh, Pine. Vervain, Yarrow, Cedar, Violets, Peppermint, Dandelion


Take time to be in tune with the element Fire by; lighting candles, go on an adventure, exercise, do something that scares you or that you’re passionate about. Ignite the fire in your soul. 

Virtues: courage, enthusiasm, willpower, action, strength

Vices: anger, jealousy, hatred, pettiness, recklessness, irrationality

Fire Rules: energy, willpower, destruction, courage, strength, creativity, new beginnings, power, lust, passion, sexuality, anger, action, transformation, achievement

Zodiac Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Ruling Signs: Sun, Mars

Moon: Full Moon

Tarot: Wands or Swords

Animals: Snakes, Loin, Horses

Direction: South

Time: Noon

Season: Summer

Colors: Red, Yellow, Orange, Gold, White, Crimson

Crystals: Fire Opal, Ruby, Garnet, Red Jasper, Bloodstone, Lavastone, Quartz, Tiger’s Eye, Agate, Carnelian, Rhodochrosite

Metals: Gold and Brass

Tools: Candles, Lamps, Athame, Sword, Dagger, Burned Herbs, Heat, Charcoal, Wands

Plants: Allspice, Basil, Cinnamon, Garlic, Juniper, Hibiscus, Nettle, Onion, Thistle, Chili, Peppers, Sunflowers, Cloves, Cayenne Pepper


Take time to be in tune with the element Water by; drinking waiter, taking a bath, visiting bodies of water, being out in the rain, be in water any way you can. Water is key to keeping your intuition shar and your emotional health in check.

Virtues: love, compassion, receptivity, flexibility, forgiveness

Vices: indifference, depression, instability, moodiness

Water Rules: emotions, intuition, psychic abilities, love, deep feelings, the unconscious mind, fertility, tides, lunar energy, self-healing, reflection 

Zodiac Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Ruling Signs: Moon, Neptune, Pluto

Moon: Waning Moon

Tarot: Cups

Animals: Otters, Sea Mammals

Direction: West

Time: Twilight

Season: Fall

Colors: Blue, Aqua, Silver, Turquoise

Crystals: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Beryl, Blue Fluorite, Blue Topaz, Blue Tourmaline, Lapis, Lazuli, Opal, Pearl, Sodalite

Metals: Mercury, Silver

Tools: Seashells, Ocean Water, Seaweed, Hag Stones, Chalice, Cup, Cauldron

Plants: Aloe Apple, Chamomile, Ferns, Gardenia, Jasmine, Lilac, Lilly, Lotus, Moss, Passionflower, Rose, Seaweed, Thyme, Willow


Transcend your individual ego and connect with your Higher Self. Clears your slate, giving you a state of openness and receptivity to go beyond personal blocks and limitations.

Virtues: connected, inner wisdom, intuition, grounded, openness

Vices: stuck, ungrounded, disconnected, unfocused, closed off

Spirit Rules: intuition, inspiration, inner wisdom, determines fear, physical and celestial realms transmutation, divine intervention

Symbol: Spiral

Numerology: #1 | The number one in numerology is the inception point of creation. This makes it the perfect number for Spirit. It guides and directs, being sure and steady in it’s path.

Moon: All

Tarot: Major Arcana

Animals: Dove, Deer, Cat

Direction: Center

Time: Infinite

Season: All

Colors: Purple, White, Black, Silver/Gray

Crystals: Angel Aure, Meteorite, Phantoms Quartz, Shiva, Lingam, Zebra. Pearl, Opal, Amethyst

Metals: Silver, Gold, Platinum

Tools: Circle, Clear Quartz, Cord, Familiar, Infinite Symbol

Plants: Apples, Mistletoe, Oak Tree, Chestnut, Lotus, PoplarTrees, Ash Trees, Resurrection Fern

For more resources you can check out the links below:

The Four Classical Elements

The Five Elements

Pentagram Meaning

To download, click the image above or click on the links below:
The 5 Elements  |  Spirit  |  Earth  |  Air  |  Fire  |  Water

Learn about the 5 elements and grab your free printables at Eclectic Witch blog