Element of Earth
Casting Directions for ‘Elements Meaning: Earth’
Earth The foundation and basis of all of the elements is the Earth. The Earth is the thing; topic and receptacle of all celestial beams and affects and in it are the seeds of all things. It is made fruitful by the other components and the skies, and brings forth all things of itself. It is the first fountain from whence all things spring; it is the centre, base and mother of all things.
Earth is the element of stability, foundations and of the body. The Earth is the realm of wisdom, knowledge, strength, growth and prosperity. It is also the physical Earth on which we live and the very heart of existence. It is essential in spells and rituals of wealth, business, fertility and stability. Earth is a female element and governs knot and stone magic. The Earth can be seen as our mother, with its fertile and nurturing farmland, providing all Earths creatures with shelter and nourishment. The earth takes on attributes of the other elements, whether it’s the dry, dusty and hot facets of Air and Fire, as can be found in deserts. Or the moist and fluid aspects of Water, in swamps, marshlands and fens. In its physical manifestations, like stones, rocks, crystals and gems, the element of Earth represents the densest of these components.
The Earth is the womb from which all things spring, pressing your hands against new soil, you can sense its vitality, stability and earthiness. In its fertile soil, weve grown the food that provides life, on its surface we live our lives, and when the opportunity to go back to the Goddess and God comes, we’re interred in the earth.
We couldnt exist in this form without the Earth. But our planet is merely a manifestation of this element on the physical plane, each of those components exist in the astral planes as pure energy. This Earth energy not only exists within ourselves but also throughout the universe at large.
The Element Earth and its Natural Qualities The Element of Earth is a thick, passive component and is contrary to atmosphere. It’s associated with the qualities of shadow, depth and quietness.
DIRECTION: North – the place of greatest darkness.
TYPE OF ENERGY: Receptive.
Standard NATURE: Fertile, moist, nurturing, stabilizing, grounding. Gravity is a manifestation of this element.
COLOUR: Green – from the color of living plants
PLACES: Caves, canyons, forests, groves, valleys, fields, farms, gardens, parks, plant nurseries, farmers markets, kitchens, baby nurseries, basements, mines, holes.
RITUALS: Money, prosperity, fertility, stability, grounding, employment.
RITUAL FORMS: Burying, planting, making pictures in sand or soil.
HERBS: Earth-smelling plants, such as patchouli and vetivert; mosses and lichens; nuts; dry and rigid plants; heavy, low-growing plants; generally roots.
STONES: Heavy or opaque, as in coal; green, as in emerald and peridot.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT: Drum, all percussion instruments.
CREATURES: Dogs, horse, earthworm, gopher, ant, cow, burrowing animals.
SEASON: Winter – the period of darkness.
MAGICKAL TOOL: Pentacle.
NATURAL SYMBOLS: Salt, clay dish of fresh soil, stones, sheaves of wheat, acorns.
TYPES OF MAGICK RULES: Gardening, magnet, picture, stone, tree, knot, binding.
GODDESSES: Ceres, Demeter, Gaea, Mah, Nephthys, Persephone, Prithivi, Rhea, Rhiannon.
GODS: Adonis, Athos, Arawn, Cernunnos, Dionysus, Marduk, Pan, Tammuz.