DESCRIPTION- Earth is the ground we step on, it is the home and mother, it is the source and provider for all physical needs. The element earth in the inner world represents sensations. Feeling good or bad, feeling sensuous or isolated, being at ease or uncomfortable. It represents where you come from - the animal instincts, which guide you surely to food and shelter, to warmth and security. An "earthy" person is one who has his feet firmly on the ground, who does not dream much and moves well in the clearly defined realms of physical living - the kitchen, the fields, the work - providing steadily for tomorrow. Without this basic function a person is like a leaf in the wind - unable to attach himself to any identifiable reality and to draw nourishment and security from it. Where the earthy functions are impaired or confused there prevails a sense of insecurity, of loss and of aloneness
BASIC NATURE-Earth is our mother. It's as fertile and nurturing as farmland; as moist as soil and as dry as sand. In its physical manifestations (such as stones), Earth represents the densest of the elements. Press your hand against fresh dirt. Feel its stability its earthiness. Know that within its fertile surface we've raised our food; on it we live our lives; within it we bury our deceased. We couldn't exist in this form without the earth. But our planet is simply a manifestation of this element. True Earth energy also exists within us and within the universe at large. Fertile, moist, nurturing; stabilizing; grounding. Gravity is a manifestation of this element.
ATTRIBUTES- Earth is the element of stability and of the body. It is wisdom, strength, growth and prosperity. It is the physical earth and the very heart of life. It is essential in spells and rituals of prosperity, business, fertility and stability. Earth is a feminine element and governs stone and knot magic. Food, birth, fields, silence, employment, nature, sustenance, material gain, healing, money, death, chasms, caves, caverns, groves, fields, rocks, standing stones, mountains, metal, bones, structures, grounding and centering, fortitude, nurturing, hunting, laws, understanding, old age
RITUALS- Money, Prosperity, Fertility, Stability, Grounding, Employment
RITUAL FORMS- Burying, Planting, Making Images in Soil or Sand
RITUAL TOOLS- Pentacle, salt bowl, clay dish of fresh soil, sheaves of wheat, acorns, stones, staff, stang, also drums
TYPE MAGIC- Rules Gardening, magnet, image, stone, tree, knot, binding
COLORS- Green, black, brown, gray, white, wood brown, any colors of the forest.
SENSE- Touch
SEASON- winter
SIGNS OF ZODIAC- Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
TIME OF DAY- Midnight
WIND- Boreas
PLACES- Caves, Canyons, Chasms, Forests, Groves, Valleys, Fields, Farms, Gardens, Arboretums, Parks, Plant Nurseries, Farmer's Markets, Kitchens, Baby Nurseries, Basements, Mines, Holes
ANIMALS- Cow, bull, bison, snakes, stag, dog, horse, earthworm, gopher, ant, burrowing animals
PLANTS- Ivy, comfrey, grass, grains (corn, wheat, etc.)
HERBS- Earth smelling plants, such as patchouli and vetivert; mosses and lichens; nuts; dry and stiff plants; heavy, low growing plants; generally roots
STONES or Jewels- Heavy or opaque, as in coal; green as in emerald and peridot, granite, holy stone, picture jasper, agates, amber, jet, bloodstone, geodes, malachite, obsidian, tiger eye, hematite
METALS- Iron, Lead
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS- Drum, all percussion instruments
POINT IN LIFE- Advanced age

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