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Elementals are pretty much thoughtforms with a job. They’re containers of spirit energy that have a purpose and an expiration date. They can be extremely useful, but there are a number of ways to create them that get pretty secretive and involved. While it might be tempting to believe that creating an elemental involved a full ritual and initiation into a given tradition, this isn’t really the case.
Ultimately, making one involves giving it five things:
- A shape.
- A name.
- A job.
- An expiration date.
Here’s a good article better detailing exactly what elemental creating entails. It might seem simple, but there are hazards involved and certain bits of protocol that should be followed in order to ensure that it’s successful.
Today is Tuesday, a day good for passion, courage, and strength. It’s also a waning moon. This makes it a good time for habit-breaking, which I think I’ll create an elemental to help me do. I have a couple of bad habits that have their root in anxiety, so an elemental that can help me break that pattern would be tremendously useful! I might make it a circle, like these adorable-ass Dungeons & Dragons creatures. I’ll give it a month or three, which should be long enough for me to rid myself of some undesirable habits. Supposedly it takes two weeks to make or break one, but I want to be sure. (Plus Modrons are cute as heck.)
Art by Julie Dillon, © Paizo Publishing. Source: Monster of the Week: Modrons
Seriously. Look at those little mechanical skooshpuffs. Especially the little round one. And the square one. He just looks so intrepid.
It’s been awhile since I’ve worked with creating an elemental, so this’ll be a good opportunity to flex some magickal muscles I haven’t used in a bit. Do you often work with elementals? What does your process entail?