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This is the Element we are closest to home with, since it is our home. Earth doesn't necessarily represent the physical Earth, but that part of it which is stable, solid, dependable. Earth is the foundation of the Elements, the base. It is in this realm that most of us live a good part of our lives. When we walk, sit, stand, crawl, eat, sleep, work our jobs, tend our plants, balance our checkbooks or taste salt we are working within the Element of Earth. The element of earth helps us to stay better grounded and to connect with our inner wisdom and strength. Seen as Mother, nurturer, and provider of nourishment and shelter. In rituals and spell work, earth is an element which can help us to stay grounded, and also attain greater knowledge and prosperity.

Usually represented by a crystal, a bowl of dirt or salt, in alchemy it is represented by an downward pointed triangle bisected about a third of the way up from the tip. In Alchemy the triangle represents the horizon, if you connect four triangles side to side you get a square, or a box split in to quarters. As the four classical elements were divided. And as with many things of Celtic lore each side of the triangle completes the theoretic Triune or Triad.

In the Triangle you will notice the line about a third of the way up from its tip, representing land, or the Earth against the sky. The point facing down indicates the underworld or death. The open end facing up represents eternity. Upon closer inspection the inverted triangle resembles the Womb or Uterus, origin of life. Like the Earth: the planet in the solar system that miraculously gave birth to life, a source of fertility and feminine power.

Earth is the realm of abundance, prosperity, and wealth. While it is the most physical of the Elements this is not negative, for it is upon Earth that the other three rest. Without Earth, life as we know it could not exist. In magickal workings Earth "rules" all spells and rituals involving business, money, employment, prosperity in all its forms, stability, fertility and so on. A ritual of this Element could be as simple as burying an object representative of your need in a plot of virgin ground, walking over miles of countryside visualizing your need, or drawing images in dirt.

It is an element that is also often used in rituals for fertility and stability. Earth is made fruitful by all the other elements and is the center and foundation of all things in our life. The planet Earth is the foundation of our lives but the element of earth also exists in the form of energy that is around us and within us. To draw on that grounding, nourishing energy, we first need to know the correspondences of the element of earth.Each direction ties into a different aspect of the whole, a north facing altar is addressing Mysteries and Constancy, the Shamanic path. North is a feminine direction and primarily attached to the goddess and the season of winter. The direction of the land of the dead, an ancestral direction and the direction of sleep and dreams. This direction symbolizes the power flow from darkness to light as well as the Earth itself.


Connecting with the Earth, isn't easy for everyone. The source and provider of all our needs. Represents sensations, decay, patience, stability, strength, health, warmth and comfort, animals and animal instincts, farming and physical labor. What symbolizes Earth or any of the elements is different for each individual, some like myself have family home lives firmly rooted in Paganism and think Earth equals Natural, Mountains, Agriculture and masonry. Others still might equate Earth to sex, manual labor, carpentry or brute force.

Consider the aspects of the Element of Earth; structure, wisdom, connection, leadership and sacred symbols. Now, answer the question and describe your personal relationship with Earth. Calling to the forefront mid-summer at Stone Henge, Merlin’s Cave, gardening, rock-climbing, hiking with friends and family or even joining the debate team in school. The images may be as mystical, symbolic or real as you choose, they are your images.

- Coming Soon -
Elemental Work with Gnomes.
A Earth Ritual
And More!