Please comment on the thread of this post once you have read it!
Anything in italics are just possible exercises tha you might try in the future. You
need only do the Earth Exercises and try the grounding and centering exercise
In the witches’ view of the universe, all things are made up of four elements: Earth,
Air, Fire, and Water. All animals, plants, stones, emotions, inanimate objects, and
energies are combinations of these elements..as, of course, are we. Everything has
its own unique blend of the four elements in it: everything that has substance has
earth in it; everything that has energy in it has fire; everything that flows and/or has
feelings has water; and everything that involves sound, thinking, or communication
has air in it.
We call upon the elements when we do magic, offer healing, undertake a project,
cook a meal…anything where we would like to have the elements come together in
perfect balance for a specified purpose. This isn’t praying so much as inviting the
energies of the elements to come into our space and offer their own unique gifts to
the project we are working on.
Many people work with “elementals.” These are creatures whose being is totally of
one element. They embody that element and can help or hinder us as we work with it.
Generally, they like people who embody the best features of their element, and can
make trouble for those who feel uncomfortable with it…but it is possible to befriend
all of them.
Most of us have more of one element than the others in our makeup…or perhaps
have one or two that are lacking in comparison. One way to get an impression about
this is to have your birth chart drawn by an astrologer and count how many planets
you have in each element. Another is to read about the elements and their
correspondences and see which ones you are most comfortable with. Most people
start out by establishing working relationships with the elements they resonate with
easily, and then work toward those which are more elusive for them. To be most
successful as a magician, and to have a well balanced personality and energy system,
one should try for reasonable balance between all four, but there will always be some
you’ll find easier to work with.
. (something to try at a later date)…Imagine yourself walking in the forest. See the tall
trunks around you, smell the dry leaves on the forest floor. See where the sunlight
filters through the branches, and see the little flies that are highlighted in the
sunbeams. Beside you is a tree that has fallen over. You go to sit on it… You see a
small seedling growing in the fallen log, its roots digging in to anchor it, its branches
reaching up for the sky…
….And as you sit there, let part of your energy body grow like roots into the
log…through the moss that covers the trunk…down into the wood itself…feel the
grain of the wood as your roots grow down through it. ..see the insects that are
eating the wood, let your roots search out moisture and nutrients…growing ever
deeper and more solidly into the log.. .and as you pull the nutrients up into your
being, feel them sucked up into your head and arms….turn your face up to the sun
and feel its warmth and light…let the wind play around you and feel how solidly
rooted you are in the log…
The element of Earth represents our Mother, the planet Earth itself. It represents
body and solidness. It represents permanence, stability, and security. All the things
of Earth are things you can see and hold. If Earth is Matter, it’s also the Mother, or
Mater. It represents nourishment on all levels. So Earth encompasses the soil which
nourishes the plants and the insects and worms that process the decayed matter in
the Earth to turn it into food. It represents the plants and all creatures that eat the
plants. So it represents all the animals that run on four legs …or two…or many…
Creatures Associated with Earth
Hoofed Animals Cows and Bulls, Stags and Does, Buffalo, Moose, Antelope, Goats,
Forest Dwellers Boars, Wolves
Diggers in the Earth Rabbits, Squirrels and Chipmunks, Gophers, Groundhogs,
Insects that live in the Earth Centipedes, Termites, Worms, Woodbugs
Earth Creatures from Myth Earth Dragons, Gnomes, Dwarves
(something to try at a later date)Go out to a garden…preferably in the early or late
winter when the ground is bare of snow but unplanted. Best to do this with your bare
hands if you can. Stick your hands into the earth, and feel it…the moisture, the
texture….ooops, something tickles….you pull your hands out and drop the handfulls
of earth. Quick…look….see the little creatures that go scurrying into the earth…back
to the moist darkness where they feel safe.. ..
Pull up another handfull of earth and really look at these little beings …they are busy
eating last year’s cast off leaves and turning the matter they were made of into the
rich dark soil that will nourish next year’s growth. Without all these tiny friends, the
earth would be smothered under a pile of garbage…and it would quickly be depleted
Take a moment to express your gratitude…for the Earth, for the food She provides,
and for the infinite cycle of food and waste and recycling that support all life on this
planet. Express your gratitude for the food that nourishes you. Express your
gratitude for the beauty of the plants that will grow in this soil, and for how that
beauty nourishes your soul. Blessed Be.
Earth is the element traditionally placed at the North pole of the circle. This is an easy
association for me, because there are mountains north of me, and vast stretches of
wilderness that are too cold for many people to wish to live in. Since anyone in this
hemisphere associates North with tundra, ice, and snow, it is reasonable that as
we’ve followed the circle around, North represents Winter. It also represents the
Winter of our lifetime… old age, when our bodies are no longer fertile, but our
dreams are. Within the cycle of the day, Earth represents midnight, the time of
complete darkness after dusk and before dawn.
(something to try at a later date)If you know where you can find a cave, take a trip to
it…or perhaps go into the woods to a place where a tree has fallen and you can sit in
the hole left by its roots and look up and the wall of intertwined roots. If you can, and
it’s safe, go near dusk…so you are there as darkness gathers. If you are going to a
cave, you can go at any time, if there is a spot in the cave that is dark…if all else
fails…go into a root cellar for a bit.
But take some time to sit in the cool darkness. Let your mind be quiet…. sense the
peace to be found in this place where you are partly within the Earth. Put aside all the
concerns of daily living and really feel this peace. As the concerns of daily life fall
away one by one, slow your breathing until you are barely moving. Allow yourself to
feel your body… and to let the boundary between your body and the earth around it
become hazy…so that they merge as one… Let your awareness gradually slow and
become one with the earth. And rest in this dark silence…at peace… knowing that it is
enough to be…and to be one with all Her children. Any thoughts that come to
distract you…replace them with the mantra “I AM”… until your beingness, as Hers, is
all there is….
While all of the elements offer their own types of healing, Earth is the element that
rules the healing of our bodies. It is the element of the plants…so the healing herbs…
although each herb will have a unique balance of the elements within it. And of
course, it is the element of the crystals, used for healing on physical, emotional, and
(something to try at a later date)Take some time to sit on the earth…you may go
back to your cave or cellar for deep emersion, or just sit on some soft earth
anywhere. Feel how your body touches the earth. Let your roots grow into the earth
again, deep, deep into the rich nourishing soil, seeking out what they need. And let
them grow down further, through the bedrock, finding the cracks and crannies they
can grow through…deeper and deeper…until they come to the heart of Mother Earth
herself. And let your connection to the Mother be deep and strong.
Then feel all the parts of your body. Have you pain or tension anywhere? Let your
awareness to into that place, and see the pain. See what colour it is. Now let that
colour start to drain down through your body, down into your roots and through
them to the Mother. And feel the energy She offers in exchange coming back up your
roots, into your body, and into the area where you hurt. Feel that energy, Her love, as
warmth or coolness, whichever is most healing for you…it can be straight from the
fire at Her core…or cooled by the underground streams it passes through. See that
energy, possibly white or red, seeping into the painful area. Keep using your breath
to encourage the painful energy down your roots, and to pull in the loving, healing
energy of the Mother. Keep doing this, slowly, easily…peacefully…for several
minutes…for as long as it takes to completely offer to the Mother all of your pain,
knowing She will transform it in the fire at Her core and replace it with her cool love.
And see how the area that was sore feels now…
The Earth Elementals are called Gnomes. Gnomes come in many sizes, from the little
guys who nurture each blade of grass to the large ones who work with the trees, to
the huge ones who work with whole mountains. They are the elementals we can
contact and communicate with most easily because they are the densest, the most
like us. They like to live in the earth, and don’t care for exposure or sunlight. They
work hard and tend to be quite serious. The “Seven Dwarves” who befriend Snow
White and go each day to dig in the earth for precious stones are very typical
Gnomes. They can be good friends to those who love the earth. (We call people who
are loyal and practical “the salt of the earth”) They respect wealth and they respect
those who are thrifty and recycle.
They appreciate coins and stones as gifts…they also appreciate any work you do to
heal the Earth, to recycle, or to plant and maintain gardens.
(something to try at a later date)If there is a vacant lot near you or any unowned
property that has been abused take half a day to go there and do some healing work
with it.. Take some large garbage bags with you. Greet the Gnomes in the place as
you enter…state your intention to clean the lot or the land…and ask them to help you
restore its health. Be careful in these places…sharp edges can be concealed in long
grass and weeds. Pick up the garbage until your bags are full or until the area you
defined is clean. Perhaps toss a few seeds onto the earth, or some grain, or bury a
crystal charged with healing energy.. And ask the Gnomes to speak with you…then
sit quietly until you have a sense of their answer. You might ask them if there is
something else you can do to help heal this piece of the Earth. They might ask you to
run a particular colour of energy into it, or to sing a song, or to imagine it healthy
for a few minutes in meditation each Full Moon. If you can do what they ask, do it. If
you need help or something you haven’t got with you, tell them you’ll come back
The Gnomes will help you with work to heal the body, or to heal the Earth itself. They
will work with you to break habits that aren’t healthy. They will work with you for
prosperity and abundance. They will assist you with fertility issues and with any work
you do for your family.
Types of magic ruled by Earth and the Gnomes include crystal or stone magic, herb
magic, magic that plants seeds or buries things, and magic with sand or salt. Any of
these things can represent Earth on your altar…stones and crystals, pots of earth,
growing plants, salt, or cast-off gifts of creatures of earth…like antlers or hooves.
They can also help you with all of the following:
Magical Goals Aided By Earth:
Abundance Agriculture Archeology Buildings and Houses Construction and
Fabrication Family Ferility Healing Job and Career Matters Money Nutrition Old Age
A simple piece of magic I love to do in the late fall is to imitate the trees as they move
wastes in the form of organic acids out into their leaves , causing them to change
colour and dry out. I will pick up a cast off leaf and envision the energy of a
particular habit or emotional pattern flowing out of my cells and through my hands
into the leaf. I call in the healing energy of the earth to flow through me and wash the
memory and energy of this trait out through my hands and into the leaf. Then I bury
the leaf…knowing that the creatures of Earth will cause it to decompose and the
energy I have placed in it will be transformed to become the nourishment of the next
generation of growing things…
The magical tool associated with Earth is the pentagram. This magical symbol, the
five pointed star, represents the four elements pulled together and under spirit. It is
a powerful symbol of protection. Earth is associated with the Discs or Pentagrams in
the Tarot, and with the Empress, the Chariot, the Wheel of Fortune, the Hermit,
Judgement, and the World.
Other correspondences include the astrological signs of Taurus, Virgo, and
Capricorn, and the Planets Venus and Jupiter.
The Archangel of the North and the Earth is Uriel. Dressed in greens, browns, and
black, he is a fearsome, quiet figure who offers justice. He is the patron of psychics
and an initiator into the mysteries.
(something to try at a later date)Take a moment, while out in the woods on a winter
day, when all is gray and black and brown, to be still and meditate on the processes
of life. Perhaps you will feel the stirrings of life in the soil under your feet… for the
soil is never still even when there is no green growing from it. Perhaps you will
contemplate how this apparent barrenness is truly the gestation of the life that will
burst forth as the wheel turns toward Spring . Perhaps you will feel and know the
connection you have to all living things through being a creature with a body
animated by energy. Perhaps you will feel the calling of the ancestors whose bodies
lie in the earth and whose energies whisper through the living things that rest
around you. This is the time to reach deep into yourself and deep into Mother Gaia to
understand the mysteries of life.
You might wish to make an altar in the northern part of your house to honour the
Element of Earth and the Gnomes. Drape it and decorate it in browns, greens, and
black. Offer stones and crystals, pots of earth or bowls of salt, coins, gems, herbs
sacred to Earth, and the cast off gifts of animals, such as antlers or hooves. Welcome
the Element and the Gnomes to make this their home. Then light the candles on this
altar when you cook, wrap gifts, work with your family, plan your finances, or do
It may help when invoking the Element or elementals of Earth to use the symbols
offered in the background of this page. An Earth Invoking Pentagram starts at the
top point, moves to the lower left, and continues around to repeat this line. Earth can
also be invoked using the circle with a cross in the middle, or a plain black square.
To release the element, draw the Earth Releasing Pentagram shown in the bottom left
corner, which is a reversal of the Invoking Pentagram. If you use the black square or
circle and cross, see the shape it folding in upon itself and disappearing.
Psychological Qualities Associated with Earth
Concentration Connectedness Endurance Industry Nutrition Responsibility
Dullness Hoards posessions Laziness Misanthropy Obsessiveness Tardiness
You can ask the Element of Earth, or its Guardians or the Gnomes to help you
develop any of the postive traits listed above. To balance any of the negative traits,
you may need to appeal to the other three elements to help balance an
overabundance of Earth.
Herbs Associated with the Element Earth
Gems and Stones Associated with the Element of Earth
Tourmaline, black and green
Earth Incense (from Cunningham) 1 part Pine Needles 1 part Thyme a few
drops of Patchouli oil
Earth Oil 4 drops Patchouli 4 drops Cypress 1 ounce carrier oil
A Sample Invocation to the North and the Earth Element
Guardian of the North, Mighty Uriel: Hold this corner of our circle and let the
Earth support it. Send to us the industrious Gnomes to help in our healing work.
Bless us with the beauty and healing of the herbs and crystals, Nourishment for
our bodies, minds, hearts, and spirits, The peace and strength of the dark
places, Understanding of our connection to all living things, And a melding with
the mysteries of life.
We feel you and welcome you. Blessed Be.
Energy comes in various forms, and none are more basic than the Elements. Earth,
Air, Fire, Water and Spirit are the building blocks of our reality and so it is important
to know the different textures of these energies. So these exercises will aim at really
interacting with the different elements. First element: Earth.
Earth is assigned to the North quarter. It is the essence of stability and physical
strength. It is found in different forms: earth, stones, gemstones, crystals, salt, sand,
plants and trees. uld ask everyone to come up with some magical uses. You would be
surprised at how many you could come up with. I encourage you to give it a try
before you go and peek at the examples.
The most obvious use of Earth is for grounding. All magic starts with that. .
Grounding is a way of connecting to the earth so as to feel solid and strong. You are
essentially rooting yourself into the ground becoming an extension of the rich earth
that supports us. We’ll get back to that… Otherwise, Earth is mostly used for
purification purposes. Salt is the main agent of Earth purification. Its crystalline
structure lends itself well to trapping and negating energy. Salt can be used to
cleanse objects (earth can too, but salt tends to leave objects a little cleaner…), cast
circles, purify a house and purify your own energy field (bath salts, right?) Herbs and
plants can be used for healing (please don’t play with plants you don’t know!), for
cleansing (sage is the reference for all types of fumigation), for making incenses…
Can you think of other examples?
Now for the experience part:
This week pay attention to the element of Earth. Look at the different forms it takes in
the world around you. Touch it, feel it, smell it, taste it. Write down all your
observations. How do you describe Earth? How does it make you feel? Is it a familiar
feeling or do you feel that you are getting ‘down to earth’ for the first time?
Excerpt from Ellen Dugan’s Natural Witchery
Earth magick is feminine energy (think of Gaia, the earth mother) and it’s power can
be accessed through herbs, plants, flowers and crystals To be an earth person, is to
be practical and tactile. These grounded folks who are “down to earth care about
what is real, physical and what they can do and experience for themselves. Earth
people are methodical and patient as they work their goals. Tactile people, they
enjoy working with their hands and may be into various crafts like floral design,
woodworking, painting and knitting. They like to be able to touch what they create,
and texture and beauty are important to them. Earth people are homebodies and
create welcoming homes. They are marriage minded and go for long lasting, solid
relationships. They are physical and unabashedly enjoy their sexuality and love to
laugh. Earth people are touchers of the world- a pat on the back, a welcoming hug.
Negative earth qualities may result in being called “a stick in the mud” Other lessattractive
traits include being resistant to change, stubbornness and being
bullheaded. Physically, earth people need to be careful as they tend to have round
body shapes. It’s not that they’re lazy, it’s that there is a lot of fire energy in hard
exercise-so an earth person would rather not exercise. An wrath person’s idea of
exercise includes a leisurely stroll through the park or tending to their yards and
Continued EARTH BLOCK:
This element corresponds to the physical reality, such as wealth, health and
personal belongings. The financial side of an earth block is a tough one for
everyone, since money relates to survival. We all have concerns… in this
department, and no one likes the idea of being in a tough financial situation.
Symptoms of an earth block are when you hold onto items or possessions that are
unnecessary are disruptive to your goals, , like having trouble sticking to a budget
because you can never resist a sale or are going out to eat all the time. resistance to
change is another trait. When you disconnect from you physical senses and stop
paying attention to your body or your health is another. If you have trouble being
grounded, responsible, or dependable, these are classic earth block symptoms. A
good start for you would be for you to consider releasing your old habits. Accept
that everything is in a state of flux. Change is a positive thing and it will allow you
many new opportunities.
Grounding and Centering.
The centering post I had already given you but will include it here as well!
Sit down in a quiet place. Make sure you will not be distracted and that you are
comfortable: loosen up your clothing, let down your hair… Close your eyes. Take a
moment to be present. Close the door on the events of the day, leave them behind
for a moment. Breathe in through your nose, hold your breath in your belly for a
couple of seconds, and then exhale gently through your mouth. Release all the
tension in your mind and in your body with your exiting breath. As you inhale,
imagine that you are inhaling a soothing light that fills your body. This light brings
warmth and a deep relaxation. Continue inhaling light and exhaling tension, until
you feel vibrant and peaceful.
Focus on your body. Let your awareness scan every part of your physical being. Let
your mind linger in your feet, legs, genitals, abdomen, back, chest, throat, arms,
hands, shoulders, face, mouth, head… Everywhere you go, look at the energy that
lies there. Is there a lot? A little? Is is tense? Volatile? Moving in waves? Pulsating? Is it
a specific texture or color? What images or impressions do you get in your head?
Once you have done this survey, look at your being in its entirety and notice where
your energy is most concentrated. Is there a part of your body that holds more
energy than others? Is there a place where you feel most stable, a place where you
feel at home? What happens when you draw energy into this place? You might feel a
tickle, or hear music, or feel an urge to laugh or cry…. It might be mild or it might be
strong, but you will feel something different about that spot. Feel this universe within
you, feel your godly light shine and take hold of you. This is your centre, the centre
of your energy body. It may not be at a central point of your body. It could be in your
hands, feet or forehead. Keep yourself open to all possibilities. Take a few moments
to concentrate on that point, to feel the well-being of being in your sacred body
space. This is where Spirit resides.
With your mind and energy focused on your centre, imagine a string of light
emerging from it and going downwards into the earth, like the root of a majestic
tree. Feel your roots going from your centre and from your legs, thighs and back,
like a giant tree, going through the floor, through the foundations of the house and
digging through the rich earth beneath you. As you inhale, imagine the richness of
the earth nourishing you. Feel the energy of the earth, the nutrients going up your
roots in a trickle of colored light and filling you with its stability and strength. As you
exhale, let your tension and negativity go down your roots into the earth, where they
can be recycled. Continue breathing in and out, feeling connected to the centre of
the earth, knowing that anytime you need this stability and nutrition, it is right there
beneath your feet. When you are filled with light and filled with harmony, slowly bring
back your roots into your body and into your centre. Take a few moments to get
back to your reality. Listen to the sounds of your surroundings. Feel the floor under
you. Then slowly open your eyes.
This exercise is the basis for all energy work and also the best exercise to get to
know yourself energetically. I suggest you do it everyday this week to really get a
sense of what it feels like to sit in your centre and to feel connected. At the
beginning, it should take about 15 minutes to do the grounding. As you progress,
you will be able to ground in a few seconds. That is why it is important to really take
the time to practice grounding at the beginning so that you will know what it feels
like to be grounded. Once your being knows the feeling, it will be much easier to get
into that state.
Here are some techniques for grounding to give you some options. Try out a couple.
Do you have other methods?? Please share if you do!!
***These are only possible options for grounding YOU NEED NOT TRY THEM ALL AT
ONCE! KEEP FOR INFORMATION
1. A simple grounding exercise involves the visualization of yourself as a tree. First,
close your eyes. Next, visualize roots growing out from your feet. “Extend” these
roots through the ground and going all the way down. Anchor them at the center of
Meditation helps bring about awareness. You notice the subtle energy changes
within your body. You know if you are out-of-sync or if you have become
ungrounded. Practicing body awareness or “sweeping” meditation is also helpful.
You also bring your awareness into the now, rather than the past or the future. You
are aware of your physical existence even while increasing your spirituality. If you
are grounded, you are conscious of yourself, surroundings and earth. You develop a
strong sense of being.
You don’t have to spend hours in meditation. In fact, just half an hour a day is
enough to expand your awareness. For grounding purposes, sitting on the floor,
which puts your body (buttocks and feet primarily) in touch with Earth to meditate is
a much better option to sitting on the bed.
3. Work With Soil or Clay.
Working with soil or clay helps in grounding. Simply touching earth helps. Gardening
in fact is a wonderful grounding activity!
Working with clay adds an element of fun! I used to attend pottery lessons in a
factory that manufactures earthern pots and clay plates. A simpler option is to take
some children’s clay and play with it for some time.
But digging in your garden will work just fine!!
4. Get Physical.
Physical activity also helps to remove any accumulated toxic energy in your aura.
When you shift your energy from an overloaded mental focus to a physical one, you
are able to clear away mental debris. A clear pathway in your mind allows for a
magnification in your auric field.
Getting physical puts you in touch with your body. Where previously stagnant, life
force starts to circulate in your body. You experience a sense of wellness
5. Connect with Nature.
Getting connected through physical activity does not necessarily mean that you have
to join a gym. All it means is to allow your mind a chance to take a break. Going out
by the ocean or just being in nature is a wonderful way to revitalize.
While outdoors on the beach or in the park, you may also wish to consider taking off
your footwear. Experience the sensation of Mother Earth beneath the soles of your
feet and feel the gentle breeze on your hair! Enhance the cleansing effect by
breathing deeply and being present to the moment.
6. Eat Grounding foods.
According to Ayurvedic Medicine, there are grounding foods that you can eat.
Grounding foods include those that come from the ground. Hence, these will be
foods like potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and ginger. Other grounding foods
include avocado, mango, papaya, grapes, olives, berries, coconuts, figs, melons.
Vegetables include green beans, egg plant, and yams.
For flavoring your food, use warming spices such as ginger, nutmeg, garlic,
cinnamon, cumin, coriander and cloves. A dash or two of fennel and/or sea salt into
your food will be great! Drinks should be warm and not cold. eat slowly and savor
7. Use Crystals For Grounding.
Different crystals can help you ground in various ways. For instance, Obsidian is a
volcanic rock, which is black and opaque. Its properties make it excellent for
blocking energy and suitable for people who are hypersensitive. Other grounding
crystals include Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz or Jet.
**I use Snowflake obsidian.
Simply hold the crystal in your hand and imagine any unwanted energy flowing out
of you and into the crystals. Occasionally, put your crystal on the ground to drain
and clear it of its negative charge. Putting in a dish of sea salt overnight apparently
8. Pat a purring cat. Cats, when they are purring are completely at ease and calm.
Close your eyes and let your breathing calm in rhythm with the animal. Clear your
mind. You will find yourself calming and centering as well.
9.Take a shower- in a pinch a shower to release away tensions. Visualize any
unwanted energy sliding down the drain. Can be done at the start or at the end of
10. Walk barefoot. Connecting to the earth is a lot simpler without any barriers. While
this may be difficult in winter, when warmer weathers come, slide off your shoes and
stand in the grass!! (ok I know it’s winter and you may not currently have any
grass…but you will !)
This week, your task is to become Earth. Walk like Earth, talk like Earth, think
like Earth. Another part of the assignment (it is not optional) is to make up a
dance that represents Earth. How would Earth move? Feel this element within
your very body and let it teach you the secrets of Earth.
So to sum it up, you should journal:
the different forms of Earth you see
describe the attributes of Earth (smell, taste, touch, sound, how it makes you
feel and what are its inherent qualities)
Find 5 practical uses and 5 magical uses for Earth
Try one grounding and centering exercise
Adelina St. Clair