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The Wiccan Elements: The Element of Earth
Element of Earth
Elements often play a role in ritual and magic in the Wiccan religion, and their energies are frequently embraced as part of the overall spirituality. The Elements—Air, Earth, Fire, Water and Aether (also known as Spirit, or Akasha)—can be generally seen as the fundamental energies of the universe that make up everything.
The concept of the Elements were introduced in the first article of this series, and in the second I listed correspondences for Air. Now, we shall delve into the realm of Earth.
Correspondences are not set in stone. While there are usually more similarities than differences, there will almost always be variations from list to list. You should use them as a guide in considering what they mean to you rather than as scripture that must be right or wrong.
The Element of Earth
Alchemical Symbol for Earth
The Element of Earth:
Charge: negative (-)
Qualities: physical matter; solid; heavy; cold
Aspects: tangible world; fertility; growth; productivity
Positive: ambitious, dependable, diligent, earthy, industrious, practical, pragmatic, reliable, responsible, stable, steady, thorough
Negative: critical, dull, inhibited, materialistic, obstinate, possessive, slow, stubborn, unforgiving
Day of the Week: Thursday, Saturday
Locations: caverns, plains, canyons, the underworld
Sabbats: Imbolc, Ostara
Time of day: Morning
Time of Life: Youth
Time of the year: Spring
Witch’s Pyramid: To Will
Body parts: physical self, bones
Bodily functions: eating, defecation
Colors: green, brown, black, earth tones
Incense: patchouli, musk
Instruments: drums, percussion
Occupations: armed forces, banking and finances, carpentry, construction, child care, cooking and food service, clerical and administrative work, dancing, gardening, house keeping/home making, hunting, janitors, jewelers, mechanics, stone masons, wood workers.
Herbs: alfalfa, barley, corn, cotton, cypress, fern, fumitory, honeysuckle, magnolia, mugwort, oats, peas, oleander, patchouli, potato primrose, quince, rhubarb, rye, sagebrush, sorrel, tulip, vervain, vetivert, wheat
Minerals & gems: green agates, moss agates, alum, green calcite, coal, emerald, jasper, jet, salt, malachite, olivine, peridot, black tourmaline, green tourmaline, turquoise
Runes: URUZ, GIFU, BEORK, ING, OTHAL, JERA
Tarot: Suit of Pentacles (coins), Paiges, Empress, Heirophant, Wheel of Fortune, The Devil, The World
Wiccan tools: Pentacle, consecrated salt
Zodiac: Taurus (fixed); Virgo (mutable); Capricorn (cardinal)
Animals of Earth
Animals: most mammals (few exceptions: big cats and horses/Fire; primates and foxes/Air; aquatic mammals/Water); most insects without wings (exception: fire ants/fire); earthworms.
Elemental Beings: Gnomes, elves, leprechauns
Gods: Adonis, Anubis, Cernunnos, Dagda, Dionysus, Green Man, Hades, Herne, Janus, Osiris, Pan, Pluto
Goddesses: Anu, Cerridewen, Ceres, Demeter, Gaia, Fauna, Frigga,Hecate, Nepthys, Ostara, Persephone, Prithivi, Rhea
Mythical Creatures: big foot, chupacabra, giants, jackalope, unicorn, werewolves, wraiths