By: Emily Nelson
Emily currently works as a Flight Attendant and when she's not in the air, her passions lie in travel, astrology and mindfulness.
Both religion and spirituality can have a positive impact on mental health. In some ways, they provide the same impact. For example: Both religion and spirituality can help a person tolerate stress by generating peace, purpose, and forgiveness.
In astrology, the energies of the four elements of the zodiac introduce themselves as earth, fire, water and air. These elements work together to create a
heartbeat of the Universe. Learning the zodiac’s four elements is a helpful way to understand the themes and patterns of each sign since we already have a pretty good understanding of these basic elements to begin with. I’ve gone ahead and pulled a card from the Whispers of Healing deck by Angela Hartfield for each zodiac element and with it, given some suggestions on how to better connect with your inner and most authentic self. Especially during these uncertain and unprecedented times, it is important to take care of your physical, emotional and mental health/wellbeing. Continue reading to gain some clarity on your current situation based on your zodiac element.
Reading: Nurture card was pulled for this element of signs. It states “No matter what is going on in your being, it is vital to nourish and nurture yourself. This may mean learning how to listen to your needs. This card is asking you to balance the attention you give to the people and situations around you, with the attention you give to yourself. This balance will help you make healthier choices for yourself. Do something daily that is just for you. The way you choose to nurture yourself will be unique to you. You may feel the urge to exercise, to take a long bath, to have a massage or to curl up under your favorite blanket. You might choose to go to sleep at an earlier time. The most important aspect of self-nurture is giving yourself permission to make healthful choices. Maintaining a daily flow of self-nourishment will help you in many ways. Once a nurturing practice is in place, your energy levels will be higher and more consistent. This will lead to better decision making. In the card, a merangel hugs herself. Her posture indicates the need to strengthen the relationship with self. Her wings encourage you to assess your environment and find the information that will best support you. Try to place your own wellbeing at the forefront of your life. Make decisions in accordance with your personal needs. Nurture yourself to address the depletion you might be feeling. This card suggests you have been pushing yourself and need some self-care.”
Earth signs are known to be the ones who are most grounded and who bring all other signs back down to Earth. They help stabilize those around them with their steady and consistent nature. They protect us from the fear of uncertainty and keep us rooted in the present. Suggestions: pick up the art of gardening to keep being rooted in the present. Roam outdoors without any shoes on to bring you back down to Earth. It is believed that because the earth has a negative ionic charge, going barefoot grounds our bodies to that charge. Negative ions have been proven to detoxify, calm, reduce inflammation and synchronize your hormonal cycles and physiological rhythms.
Reading: Intention card was pulled for this element of signs. It states “Intention setting is a powerful tool for improving your energy and healing levels. When you focus your thoughts and actions with purpose, you increase the chance of achieving your goals. Intention setting can be done throughout your day. You might start your day with an intention that you add to as your day goes along. You can set a short-term intention, such as for inner calm while facing a tense situation. The stronger your intention, the more focused your actions. Intentions can bring fast results. Setting strong intenti
ons does not mean controlling people or situations. It means focusing on yourself and directing your will. Being clear about your intentions will help you have greater positive control over your life and make it easier to deal with obstacles. Rather than thinking of your goals in broad terms, be specific. Outline a key intention for each day and hold it in your heart until you go to sleep at night. In the card, an angel rides on the back of a unicorn amidst a multitude of butterflies. Imagine your intentions are those butterflies, flying forth to transform your day. Angels show up to remind you that you are always protected and loved. The unicorn represents the magic that is held within your intentions. The angel wears iris in her hair to symbolize faith and hope. The images adorning the angel’s wings speak to your intentions. Remember to create the positive things you are longing for and not the things you don’t want.”
Fire signs are known to be passionate, charismatic and assertive. Those born under these signs are born with the power and magnetism of the big bang that birthed the Universe. Because fire signs have so many dynamic ideas keeping them busy, they tend to burn out quickly. As a result, they need to be nurtured and managed carefully. Suggestions: connect with the biggest fire element of all- the sun! Go for a walk/run outside to ensure your body synthesizes enough vitamin D. Another option is to lay low, light a candle and take some time for meditation. This will allow you to sort out all your pioneering ideas and align better with your power to live the life you want to right now.
Reading: Release card was pulled for this element of signs. It states “When you are surrounded by negativity it is important to find ways of releasing it. You may not comprehend the huge effect this energy has on how you are feeling. One immediate way to release unwanted energy is to imagine it being washed away as water runs over your hands. Running water clears and transforms your energy. Another approach for clearing unwelcome energy us to take a sea salt bath or to use a paste of sea salt and water as a scrub in the shower. You can also burn sage for a few minutes and feel it lift away the low energy. Salt can draw out impurities and toxins that may be stored within your body. Toxins in your body can come from physical and emotional influences. Poor diet, exposure to pollutants, and emotional residue from disagreements or everyday stress, can contribute to the build-up of toxins. The source of the toxins is irrelevant. The important thing is releasing and clearing away the unwanted energy. Take steps to clear yourself and your energy as you feel is necessary. In the card, a goddess emits lightning from her hands to signify the release of energy. It can also indicate a spiritual epiphany, awakening or unexpected change. This card may herald an opportunity you feel passionate about. The clouds could suggest you don’t have a full view of what is going on. They may refer to enlightenment or stress becoming a bit lighter. Do something to clear your energy and you will feel a definite energetic shift.”
Water signs are known to be receptive, creative and sensitive beings. They are said to be the most sensitive of all the signs by being the feelers and nurturers of those closest to them. They keep everyone in touch with the collective heart and souls of humanity, and would do anything to help people in need. Suggestions: hydrate! It is important to remember that our bodies are made up of around 60% water. Drinking enough water is crucial for preventing infection and improving sleep quality, cognition and mood. You can have fun with it by making your own juice, tea or flavored water. Be sure to include things like ginger, lemon, cinnamon or turmeric. These are all anti-inflammatory ingredients that will help sooth your system as your body rids of built up toxins. And consider taking warm Epsom salt baths. Again, this will help with detoxification, pain relief and promote better sleep.
Reading: Flow card was pulled for this element of signs. It states “This card is about manifestation. It is wonderful to know you can release your unhappiness. Please trust that you hold the power to be happy. You healing is hinged on how you view your world. If you feel unhappy or unlucky, you may benefit from committing to a more positive attitude. You have fallen into a pattern of limiting thinking that doesn’t allow you to see your inner beauty. This card also suggests that you often find yourself in situations that trigger past issues. Perhaps it is time for you to heal those issues. Be open to the messages and signs that are continually part of your reality. Allow yourself to see your blessings. Trust that you are given opportunities to grow and learn so you can release what doesn’t work and call in what your true desires are. In the card, a waterfall is illustrative of renewal or life changes. The dragonflies represent your deeper thoughts and address a need to live more fully. The butterflies symbolize the soul. Your soul is on a journey of transformation. On your journey, you will come across lessons and sudden changes that may shift your perception and bring you closer to enlightenment. At this moment, your ability to manifest is amplified. Determine what it is you desire and get to work to make it happen.”
Air signs are known for intellect, innovation and independence. They are the winds of change and a breath of fresh air. People with signs under this element handle abstract reasoning well and love to analyze, synthesize and probe. Communication is important to them and being the humanitarians they so naturally are, they really want to make the world a better place. Suggestion: breath work. Close your eyes, take a slow and deliberate breath. Visualize love and positivity coming through to you with each breath in. Longer, deeper breaths have a direct effect on your nervous system. Some health benefits of intentional breathing exercises are to boost immunity, process emotions/ heal emotional pain and trauma, enrich creativity and reduce stress and anxiety levels. It might also help to play soothing music or open a window to hear the birds outside as you practice these exercises.
* Oracle cards pulled for each element of astrology: Whispers of Healing by Angela Hartfield
* Chani Nicholas is a Canadian Astrologer who I personally love to follow. You can access her
website at chaninicholas.com
* A Little Bit of Astrology by Colin Bedell is a great introduction book to the zodiac.