The Magick Weapons of Air
The Magick Weapons that correspond to the Element Air represent the magician’s intellect and its power to discriminate and differentiate between things. The weapons of Air also represent the breath of the magician and generally include the orisons that are spoken during the ceremony. The primary weapon of Air is the Magick Dagger, or occasionally the Magick Fan which can be interchangeable with it. The Magick Dagger is often confused with the Magick Sword, most likely due to the Tarot suit of Swords being attributed to Air.
The function of the Magick Dagger is to define the area of the operation and it is used in conjunction with the Magick Cord to mark out the Magick Circle. The Magick Dagger is most properly used to perform the banishings at the beginning of the operation and to strike the Magick Bell to mark the portions of the ceremony. The Magick Bell itself is not a weapon of Air and corresponds most correctly to Spirit but it is usually included amongst the weapons of Air because its tone corresponds to this element. The Dagger should have a double edged blade to represent the polarity of the intellect and its general shape should be a cross and the overall design of the Magick Dagger should be of a utilitarian tool to represent the working intellect.
While the Magick Dagger is well suited to the work of defining the circle and inscribing the pentagrams, in cases where the dispersive power of Air is needed it may be more appropriate to employ the Magick Fan. The main use of the Magick Fan is in association with the Magick Fire and with a secondary yet vital set of weapons, the incense and the paraphernalia that is used with it.
The Altar of Incense that is stationed in the east of the temple is most properly considered as one of the furnishings but it is very obviously attributed to Air and supports several of the weapons of that element. The Altar of Incense is also the place where the Magick Fire is kept as a symbol of the spirit of the Father being at the heart of the Son. The most obvious weapon used on the Altar of Incense that is attributed to Air is the incense itself. Not only is the smoke of the incense attributed to Air but the actual materials that are burnt like the resins and gums, woods, spices and plants, also correspond to Air generally. The other implements that are used to burn the incense, the Magick Censer or the Thurible also correspond to Air as they have the Magick Fire at their centre and issue clouds of smoke, making their attribution fairly obvious.
A weapon that might not be commonly be thought of as airy is the Aspergillum, a brush that is used to sprinkle the Lustral Waters in the Temple. The object of the use of the Aspregillum is to dispel any adversity to the performance of the magickal ceremony making it a weapon of banishing and so it corresponds to Air.
The weapons of Air are the most conceptual of all of the Magick Weapons and the crosses and lineal figures that are employed are most useful for defining the nature of specific operations of magick. These figure are usually classed according to the numbers that make them up so a triangle generally corresponds to Binah and a pentagon to Mars as follows the Sephiroth. The crosses also use the number of squares that are used in their composition as a basis for their symbolism so that a cross of five squares is held to be elemental with each of the elements occupying an arm and spirit taking the centre while a Latin cross of six squares corresponds to Sol and is a symbol of the Light of LVX. The most prominent use of the cross is as the Lamen which takes the shape of the Rosy Cross in most Hermetic varieties of magick and which is most correctly attributed to Sol and to Air as the Son.
The Magick Slippers or Sandals that the magician wears in the Magick Circle are attributed to Air as they are based upon the shape of the cross, most specifically the ankh. This ancient symbol for life was carried by the gods of Egypt as a symbol of their power to go and their use in the Magick Circle symbolizes the essential and divine course of the Path.
Perhaps the most abstract of these conceptual weapons of Air are the Divine Names and Magick Words that are used in the performance of magickal ceremonies. These words are all articulations of the magician’s True Will and taken together they invoke the accomplishment of the Great Work.