Elemental Spirits: The Embodiment of Earth

 

earth element

 

Written by Algoth’s Grove

“The earth was soaked through and my bare feet sunk deep into the rich soil, the dark brown earth flowing in between my toes, I could smell the fresh scent of growing. I bent down and touched the roots of the old willow and it felt as though Gaia herself enveloped me… and I was home.”

DIRECTION: West (S.H), East (N.H)
TYPE OF ENERGY: Receptive
BASIC NATURE: Fertile, moist, nurturing, stabilizing, grounding. Gravity is a manifestation of this element.
COLOUR: Green
PLACES: Caves, canyons, forests, groves, valleys, fields, farms, gardens, parks, plant nurseries, farmer’s markets, kitchens, baby nurseries, basements, mines, holes.
RITUALS: Abundance, Fertility, Growth, Change, Transformation
HERBS: Roots, Bulbs, Vetivert, Patchouli, Mosses, Lichens
STONES: Green Crystals or rocks, Emerald and peridot, malachite if used in conjunction with rose quartz.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT: Drums
MAGICKAL TOOLS: Pentacle, Salt
NATURAL SYMBOLS: Salt, bowls of fresh soil, corn, wheat, potted plants, berries, grass…
TYPES OF MAGICK: Stone, tree, knot, binding
GODDESSES: Danu, Ceres, Demeter, Gaia, Nephthys, Persephone, Rhea, Rhiannon
GODS: Adonis, The Greenman, The Dagda, Enki, Cernunnos, Dionysus, Marduk, Pan, Tammuz

The Earth. The ground we walk on. The foundation that we lay our own foundations on. Our source of nourishment in all forms. Our Mother. The world has moved so fast into the digital age that our wallpapers have beautiful images of far off mountains and rivers, but our own back gardens are neglected. We have forgotten that the spirit longs for its foundation, its mother, our earth. The Earth is in your back garden, it is in the pot plant in your home, it is in a leaf that you saved in an old book, it is in a special rock you have kept all your life… she is under your house, in your street, she is in you.

You are as much of the earth as the soil and the trees. In fact, you are riding on a giant ball that is your mother spirit, floating in a universe surrounded by darkness and balls of gas in a net of who knows how many universes and other life forms. The immensity of the spirit of Gaia is sometimes overwhelming, because it is She that is behind the wheel, driving all life, even you. If you feel lost, go kiss the earth. Whisper to a tree and your troubles will find a solution. Mother earth is your stability. She is your wise counsel. She is the bosom to turn to when it feels as though your spirit has been ripped from its core. She is the home that never disappears. She is the strength that never faulters and she is the foundation on which you build your magical foundation.

In her essence, her core spirit being, she would overwhelm you to the point of madness and so she has her helpers, her guardians, her messengers and some are nice, others are naughty, and others still are quite difficult to even get a glimpse of. However, they all carry her signature, they all carry her message and they all protect and guard her first. If you are not a lover of the spirit of Mother Gaia, do not even begin to think that an earth elemental would give you the time of day. Great respect, time, effort and hard work is needed when working with the elemental spirits. Also, remember that some of her messengers are naughty little critters and in all her seriousness, it is said that she enjoys a good hearty giggle sometimes…

The earth has hundreds of thousands of spirit helpers… To name them all would be impossible. The wiccan books designate gnomes to be the guardians, and in many aspects they are the roots of the guardianship of earth but we forget that they are not alone in the guardianship of the core spirit of Mother Gaia, she has her fairies, her pixies, her wee folk, her old wise men who walk alone in the dusk hours, her dryads and her lone earth wolves… she has her giant tree ent’s that Tolkien named, she has her dwarves, and her miners… she has her builders and her breakers, she has the magnificence of The Greenman and his Greenwoman, she has the shadow fae and she has the spirit deer with his large white antlers… She has so many guardians, those who hide in the shadows, those who dance just out of sight… and those… who, if you sit still in broad daylight will come speak of her magic right there in the midst of her greenery.

To call a nature spirit, a guardian of the green is not as difficult as it is to work with the air spirits or undines, the gnomes though are not friendly unless you have earned their trust. They will guard your watchtower but it takes time to befriend them. Leaving offerings of milk, precious stones, whisky or freshly baked bread over a period of 4 moons should provide better results. Earth dragons, fairies and dryads are far easier to please and they too can guard the watchtowers in circle. It lends different energy to your working so choose wisely. Pixies never make good guardians but they do make humorous friends. If you keep losing things in your home it may very likely be that you have a pixie problem, and that is sorted out by leaving out an offering of food and making a little space for them somewhere in your home… you will be surprised to see that you will be finding a lot more of the things that you lost…

Working with the earth is usually a fundamental practice in learning the art of magick. Working with her guardians and wee folk provides some of the most memorable moments to place in your book of shadows or mirrors… and without these workings, your footing will be lost… Mother Gaia is all around you, isn’t it time to get connected!

Time to get connected

Go lie flat on your back with your legs apart and your arms outstretched on the grass…

Feel the grass touch you, if there are bugs, let them see you as part of Great Mother Gaia,

Close your eyes.

Become aware of your skin,

Become aware of your breathing…

Concentrate and feel how your skin and the earth are becoming one with each breathe that you take…

Now imagine that you are like a plant, the first thing you want to do is shoot out your roots…

Let them shoot deep into Mother Earth…

Roots from the back of your head carrying all your thoughts, the good, the bad and the beautiful…

Roots from your shoulders carrying all the stress, responsibility, all the fear and worry…

Roots from your spine carrying your entire akashic record from your soul…

Roots from you arms and your hands carrying all that you do each day and all you have ever done…

Roots from your heart carrying those you love, those you have lost, all your joy, all your pain…

Roots from your stomach carrying the time of your birth into this life, carrying your parents memories and your family…

Roots from your lower back and your hips carrying sadness and insecurities…

Roots from your legs carrying the signature of every step you have taken…

Roots from your feet carrying every perception that you have ever had about this world…

Now breathe…

Mother Gaia is holding you, you are connected deep within her being…

As you have sent everything that you feel, that you think, that you are into her, so now she will return to fill you with her truth…

Through each part, each root that you have sent deep into her bosom, now she sends truth into you…

Through your roots, every part of your body is filled with earthly compassion, grounded love and belonging, purpose, security, and safety…

Your entire being is now filled with every green hue imaginable and you glow with her truth…

The more she sends through your roots the more you begin to glow until you, like a plant, a creature from her womb, shoot your stems into the daylight…

Higher and higher and sprout flowers of the most magnificent colours…

This is your soul truth…

This is the beauty of your soul.

When you have caught enough nourishment from her, come back to your breathing…

Wiggle your toes and your fingers,

Turn and kiss the earth in thanks…

…and here is some earthly eye candy!

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