One of the primordial elements, Air, is a captivating force surrounding us that symbolizes the very essence of life itself. Air is the necessary sustainer for life form. Consider the breath. Spirit is Breath and the element of Air. In Hebrew the word for Spirit is Ruach (it also means wind or life force), in Yoruba spirit is Emi – Emi is The Breath of Life.

Air offers us the gift of breath and embraces us with an intangible but undeniable presence. Breath is the most fundamental connection we share with the element of air. When we breathe it is a form of reciprocity. It is an example of an exchange of spirit. It is the first thing we do at birth and the last thing we do, departing this existence. 

Hebrew word for AIR is ruach – רוח  (resh/vav/chet)   

Air is invisible and formless yet exists everywhere. It is a dynamic force that effortlessly flows through time and space.  

ANU Spiritual Training Phase 1 

In studying the Esoterics of the Elements, we learn that AIR is a masculine energy and therefore the element of thinking and reason. The breath of fresh ideas that stimulate our minds and encourage us to think freely.  Air is detached from earthliness.  Air is the realm of winged creatures symbolizing freedom, transcendence and the ability to rise above challenges.  Air encourages us to soar above our limitations and embrace a higher perspective. Air is life and freedom. 


“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

Genesis 1:2 (KJV)