The 4 elements are the basics foundations upon which many earth-based spiritual traditions are based. Yet they form a framework and language for anyone to deepen their connection with nature.
In this episode, my friend and renowned spiritual writer Ivo Dominguez Jr introduces up to the 4 elements, giving wisdom and practices that truly allow us to connect with each element in a very practical sense.
Ivo is a queer- and eco-activist, a Wiccan elder and spiritual teacher of many years. More than anything though, he is a community builder who brings people together to celebrate their connect with nature. He truly makes the esoteric accessible.
In this conversation, we talk about:
What it is to form a spiritual connection with a particular place or land
How just being outdoors changes our physiology, biology and senses
Why the 4 elements are a way to deepen your connection with nature, and also your own nature
When you connect with the elements, you connect with a different form of time
The simplest way to observe and experience each element
A really quick practice using the element of water to reconnect and calm stress
A whistle stop tour of the 4 elements
Exercises and practices to explore each of the 4 elements
About this week's guest:
Ivo Domínguez, Jr. is a visionary, and a practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines. He has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978, has been teaching since 1982. Ivo was a founding member, and a past High Priest, of Keepers of the Holly Chalice, the first coven of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel a Wiccan Tradition. He currently serves as one of the Elders of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan syncretic tradition that draws inspiration from Astrology, Qabala, the Western Magickal Tradition and the folk religions of Europe.
His techniques and insights are rooted in a synthesis of traditional metaphysical teachings, modern science, and memories from past lives. He has taught at many gatherings, conferences, and venues across the United States and abroad.
Ivo is also a professional astrologer who has studied astrology since 1980 and has been offering consultations and readings since 1988.
Ivo has been published in numerous periodicals and is the author of The Four Elements of the Wise, Keys To Perception: A Practical Guide to Psychic Development, Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans: Using the Planets and the Stars for Effective Spellwork, Rituals, and Magickal Work; Casting Sacred Space: The Core Of All Magickal Work; Spirit Speak: Knowing and Understanding Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Ghosts, Angels, and the Divine; Beneath the Skins and more in forthcoming.
He is also one of the creative forces behind Awakening the Dream, A Dream Whose Time Is Coming, and Dreams Sung True three chant CDs that are fundraisers for the New Alexandrian Library Project.