24 August, 2010

Elementals: Earth

From hiking Slide Mountain - highest mountain in the Catskills
Direction: North
Time of Day: Midnight
Colors: Green/Brown
Represents: the Goddess, old age, strength, stability, wisdom, business, money, career, wealth, physical form
Sabbat: Yule
Herbal Correspondences: cedar, clove, fern, honeysuckle, jasmine, mandrake, patchouli, pine, sage, slippery elm
Zodiac Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Tarot Suit: Pentacles
Used for: material matters, fertility rituals, strengthening oneself, prosperity spells

One of my favorite meditations to use to connect with the Earth is the Tree Blending Meditation in Ann Moura's Grimoire for the Green Witch.  It's one of the few pre-written meditations that I use and have  done so several times.  I wanted to use it on our camping trip but I didn't get a chance to.  There's always next time.  It's a lengthy meditation and it's great to use on the night of a full moon or a new moon.  I tend to do meditations of the new moon as it's a more reflective time for me.  There's one tree that I tend to talk to the most in my yard, a Japanese Maple.  I love the way she looks in winter best.

There's just something about those little trees that I love dearly.  I'll often sit in our pool (which is to the right of the tree - not pictured), gaze at it and talk to it quietly.  I helped plant her in 1995 with my Dad and ever since then I've had a very keen connection with the tree.  I'll even admit to hugging her, which I feel is one of the best ways to connect with the earth.  Hug her.  Hug a tree.  Hug a beloved pet.  Lay on the ground with your face towards the earth and just feel her beneath you.  You'll be amazed by the warmth and love you feel back.


The Blue Faerie said...

Hi Willow, I gave you a blog award. You can check it out at my site and follow the instructions underneath.

I always have & will love the earth element. We have a tree in front of our apartment that blooms white flowers every spring and turns a beautiful yellow in the fall. It's so wonderful to watch it as the seasons change. :)

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