This week, rather than talk about the elements as a whole I am going to write a bit more about Earth.
When we speak of the Earth people think many different things, they may think immediately of Mother Earth and Nature, or Gaia, they may think of the Crone or of winter or they may just think of Earth as the ground under their feet. Earth is, of course, all of those!
As I wrote in my previous post, in my practice the Earth corresponds to: North, Night, Winter, Old Age, the Crone, the Sorcerer, Wisdom and Integration. Earth is also a sensual element and relates to the cycle of life; birth, life, death and rebirth. We see this repeated over and over as the seasons change on this wonderful place we call home.
Earth is a feminine element and is solid, strong, stable and full of life. As a Pagan, I try to pay tribute to mother Earth as well as to Earth as an element through my magical practices and the life I lead.
Some additional Correspondences for Earth:
Planetary Correspondence: Saturn
Elemental Being: Gnome
Colors: Brown and green
Altar tool: Pentacle
Strength, Stability and Abundance.
Spells for manifestation, fertility, wealth and growth
Herbs/plants: patchouli, sage, mandrake
Incense: Patchouli, white sage
Zodiac: Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo
Stones: Moss Agate, Malachite, Jasper
Goddesses: Gaia, Cybele and
Scott Cunningham has a wonderful book called Earth Power which has simple spells for working with the elements. Here are a couple of ways listed in his Earth power book to use the power of Earth:
Tie some fresh, rich soil into a small green square of cloth, make sure the knot is strong and the earth will not fall out. Then carry this little charm with you if you have troubles with stability, security and self control or if you tend to let your emotions rule you life, are angry or nervous. This amulet of earth will help you.
According to Scott Cunningham, people used to believe that the earth could confound evil spirits and demons, who would have to count every grain of earth in a bottle before they could enter a dwelling so he also included information on an Earth protection bottle.
To make an Earth Protection Bottle:
In a small bottle pour fresh clean soil. Fill it to the top and cap it. Place this bottle near the entrance of your home, preferably near a window to guard against evil entering into your home.