This spell originally appeared in Llewellyn’s 2019 Witches’ Spell-a-Day Almanac.

This spell will assist you in contacting a sylph; an Air elemental. Typically, these beings provide clarity of mind, new perspectives, and a general feeling of mental renewal. Invoke them when you feel stuck or are in need of inspiration.

A charcoal-safe incense burner
Resin incense (I prefer black copal)

Light the charcoal. Ground and center. Face the east, or the direction your tradition associates with the Air. Enter a trance and sprinkle some of the resin on the coal, watching the smoke rise into the air. Call to the sylphs —the conscious beings of the air— to appear in the smoke before you:

“Creatures of the very Air
Reveal here to me your form.”

Look into the smoke with the Witch’s Eye: your inner sight. Allow them to reveal themselves to you. Once they have, you may commune as you wish.