Weather Magic is real and it begins with the Winds. Elementally they are, of course, Air. The wind as scientific phenom is air pressure, responding to the temperature fluctuations and the Earth’s rotation.
Wind carries fragrance and air-borne creatures like birds or bees. Magically, it blows in messages, inspiration and memories from other lives. Vintage compass roses reveal various names for winds of each direction – Africus, the old Roman name for the South-West Wind, for example.
North could be Tramontana (‘over the mountains’) or Arctos (‘from the bear’- aka Ursa Major). Taoist sages related various winds to different organs and meridian systems, the ancient Egyptians to specific stars.
Some winds carry change with them, swirling and rattling as if even the air is restless. Others waft in weird nostalgia on a mere breeze. We all know the strange winds – remember nights when you’ve lain awake just listening to the wind?
Scent is an under-rated psychic sense and it belongs to the Wind. If winds go between worlds, lives and different eras, it makes sense that we throw ashes to the wind.
Significant encounters or souls moving dimensions are often heralded by a weird slap or swirl of the wind. There are a thousand classic texts detailing wind deities like Aura, the personification of the breeze but the most direct route to Wind magic? Knowing those active in your locale.
Every area has their classic winds -eg: the Mistral in Southern France – with different associations. You were born with a particular wind in play – look that up when you can.
Modern meterology has exact info on where winds originate from, their speed and the air pressure – why not use that data to track mood and magical intelligence insights? And…
You can go even further, giving the wind your name for it or finding out if it has any associations indigenous to your area. Think of it as helping to disturb stale air aka stagnant thought.
In some ancient cultures, people would write messages, tear them up – for privacy and because the gods would know what was intended – and scatter them to the winds. If you’re into Feng Shui, you can match the winds to the 12 Earthly Branches.
Interestingly, the Ancient Egyptian God of Wind and Primordial Air was Shu, and the Chinese eight directional compass is a Lo Shu. The Celtic words for wind often correlate to the ‘fair folk’ or Sidhe. In Ancient Rome, the wind gods were collectively known as the Venti – which is where the word ventilation comes from.
See the Wiki here for Wind Deities from more or less every culture.
Next time a big wind blows in, the kind that seems to ozone everything and, as D.H. Lawrence put it, “blow a new direction in time,” remember this: the Wind was deemed a sacred, magical force in basically every culture to date.
There are iconic winds like the Santa Ana or Mistral that fan the flames of wild fire or cause viscious headaches and, obviously destructive tornadoes.
Yet the Venti can also be therapeutic, as this evocative quote from a classic illustrates:
“It was November–the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.”
Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery