There are five elements that of earth, air, fire, and water. Recently spirit’s been more officially recognized as an element also.
Because it’s not of the physical, it’s not considered to be masculine or feminine, but instead more of a mix of the heart and mind.
The elements are essential in magic and a good knowledge of them is important. The upside is they’re not complicated.
Earth, air, fire and water are four in number. The same number as there are directions. As a matter of fact the directions and the elements are connected.
Each element and it’s associated direction have certain attributes you can tap into and use to strengthen your magic.
In the next couple of weeks, let’s explore what these attributes are and how you can make use of them.
Gaia is a place of stability. She rules over matters of survival, abundance, family and health. Attributes like knowledge, strength, growth and prosperity also fall under her regulation.
She’s an essential part of spells and rituals having to do with prosperity, fertility and stability.
The earth is feminine in nature and motherly to say the least. From her womb all things come, and all things return. She rules over the other elements, for without her nothing could exist.
The direction associated with her is north, the place of great darkness. Because she is feminine her energy is receptive, drawing all things to her. (Gravity is part of her power).
Green is her color. She clothes herself with the green of living plants. Black is also closely related to Gaia. This comes from the great darkness thing.
The places sacred to earth include just about any outside area. Forests, groves, valleys, fields, farms and gardens are all sacred to her. Let’s not forget the farmers markets of the world as well as caves, basements and mines.
All are sacred to the earth, but if you want to find her inner sanctum, the holy of holies, believe it or not, it’s your kitchen. If you think about it, I’m sure you’ll understand why.
First your kitchen is where you make meals and care for your family. It is a place where you gather and do chores like washing the dishes. It is a place where families often gather and talk about their day. It’s all about family, just like the earth herself.
It’s not only sacred to the earth but is one of the best places to do earth magic. (That’s right, not all magic is done in a circle). The herbs that are sacred to her include earthy smelling plants, and those that are heavy and grow low to the ground. They include patchouli and vetivert.
Magic covered by the earth are rituals and spells having to do with money, prosperity, fertility, stability, grounding and employment. It’s also good to use earth magic when buying a home or property.
Some rituals in earth magic include burying something, to rid yourself of some problem or illness. Planting something can cause gain or growth in a desired way.
Sometimes stones are used to strengthen the earth power in your spell. All stones are sacred to the earth, but some specific stones resonate on the same frequency. Opaque, black, heavy stones, as well as green stones like the emerald are aligned with the frequency of earth.
Certain times of the year and of the day lend themselves to earth power also. Tuning into these may add even more synchronicity with the goddess.
Winter is the season in which we find the annual time of greatest darkness. The sun has lost some of it’s power. It’s a time for hibernation and banning together until spring arrives.
Midnight’s the time because it is the time of greatest darkness in a twenty-four hour period.
It is the most basic of human needs. And our mother is all about what we need.
Look I know that there’s a trend these days to shy away from touching, because of the threat or law suit. But we as human animals need it.
Next Week On The Magic Owl
Next week we’re moving on to the element of air. I hope you’ll join me. and until then Blessed be!