Friday, February 02, 2007
I became concerned about the relatively low but nonetheless plausible danger of fire from burning jar candles near my Buddha and Tara statues on my makeshift altar at work. Today while shopping at the local natural foods and goods store, I found a truly fine item--a Himalayan salt lamp. It is beautiful and the material comes straight from the Earth, so it seemed a perfect solution.
The Wiccan part of my belief system includes acknowledging the Elementals. The four Earthly elements are Earth, Fire, Water and Air. The fifth element is Aether or Heaven.
The Earth elementals will like the lamp because salt is representative of Earth.
The Fire elementals will appreciate the light and the electricity that generates it.
However, it lacks the air and water elements.
I always have a glass of some sort of liquid around the altar area, either water or tea, occasionally juice, for the water elementals.
I will need to get an aroma diffuser to appeal to the air elementals since I am no longer using scented candles. Traditionally incense is used to invoke the air elementals, but it was entirely impractical to use incense in my situation, so I have never done so.
Thus, if you are concerned about the danger of fire or simply want to try something different in your worship, a salt lamp may be a new tool for you to consider.
Posted by Cie Cheesemeister at 4:40 AM