Earth

Earth is the planet we are closest to home with. Earth doesn’t necessarily always represent the physical earth, but that part of us, which is stable, solid and dependable. Earth is the realm of abundance, prosperity and wealth. Earth is a personality trait and Earth is an element, as well.

Earth represents traits of sensations, patience, stability, strength, health, grounding and centering of energies, promoting peace, fertility, money, business success, stability, warmth, comfort and physical labor.

The element, Earth is associated with the Late Summer season and with dampness.

The element is associated with the spleen (pancreas) and stomach and related to the mouth.

The Earth is the source and provider of all our needs.

Emotionally, this element is associated with nurturing and to our survival instincts, as well as to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this Chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence. It is associated with our Root Chakra.

The Earth Signs of the zodiac are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Those who are “earthy” are considered disciplined, pre-meditative, conventional and dependable. They are often responsible, methodical, and concerned with details. They can count on being grounded, savvy, practical and good at following regulations and procedures. Earth signs show propriety. They are conventional, proper and fitting. They follow what is socially acceptable in conduct, behavior and speech. They have excellent manners and are very polite. They are prudent and have a deep regard for conventional rules of behavior. The Earth signs by nature are merchants. They are the storekeepers, barterers and traders. They are at their best when buying or selling material or tangible commodities. Most are very business oriented. The Earth signs have a physical nature

Emotionally when earth is imbalanced, it can either cause excess worry or pensiveness. The trait of “over thinking” is a spleen/stomach issue and can affect our entire being. Worry can consume the body and express itself as stagnation.

Physically, when the earth element is imbalanced, feelings that affect the stomach are common. The “knot” in the stomach or “plum pit Qi” (a tightening of the throat), nausea, vomiting, pain, ulcers (that eat away) are all the result of this imbalance.

Earth interacting with the other three elements is an ancient concept in Greek traditions, which have been handed down through other cultures over time.

Earth interacting with the other four elements is found in Chinese medicine, called the the Five Phases,  in Vedic traditions, Earth is associated with the Root Chakra and within Vedic Astrology and also found in the theories of Feng Shui.

Being “brought back down to earth” is earth’s power over air. Air dries out earth and water turns earth to mud. Fire burns earth melting the metal. Working the earth in your dreams can indicate a need for control.

In Dream Therapy, earth is vast. It is important to look at how earth is represented in our dreams. Is it a barren desert? An indication that we need more nurturing (water, love, grounding). Is the earth fruitful, green with rich fields and gardens. Often this is an indication of your abundance, prosperity and fertility. Do you need to feel more grounded? Earth represents stability in your life. How are you being shown the earth? Is it solid ground or is it mud? Is it sprawling fields or mountain terrain? Dreams of eruption often mean turmoil in your waking life. Earth element is about the physical sense of things. It is about holding on, being rooted. Earth and members of our family also do with how connected we are to them. Dreams of fields and farms often indicate our happiness, how settled or how relaxed we are.

In Tarot,  The World represents Earth: Crystal: Opal. Planet: Earth, Rules: Capricorn, Number: 21 (see number 3) Characteristics: Organized, serious, practical, high-achiever, ambitious, worrying. Complete, perfect, honors, awards, recognition, triumph. The last card in the Major Arcana, the number itself represents the coming of age, when a person reaches their 21st birthday. Surrounded by a laurel leaf in the shape of the Vesica Piscis, a girl is accompanied by 4 figures or Tetramorphs – human/hybrids that rule the four elements and four corners of the Earth. The man, the eagle, the lion and the ox are all winged figures watching over the victory of the spirit of the girl below. Two wands accompany her in each hand symbolizing balance and symmetry. It implies the perfect balance of opposites – conscious/unconscious, matter/spirit, harmony/balance.  The Earth is also represented in many of the Major Arcana cards of the Tarot.

In Vedic Astrology, each element is related to one of the 12 Houses. Earth, associated with Vrishabha (Taurus), Kanya (Virgo), and Makara (Capricorn), correspond to 2nd House, 6th House and 10th House. Earth represents the Artha Houses. These are houses of material work and manifesting what you value.

The elements and houses also correspond to one of the four Aims of Life, or “Purusharthas” In Hinduism, Purushartha (Aims Of Life) refers to a goal, end or aim of human existence.

* Artha: (material and/or financial) prosperity as well as pursuit of meaning
* Kama: (material) pleasure of any kind
* Moksa: (spiritual) liberation; or renunciation and detachment
* Dharma: (religious, social and/or moral) righteousness, both spiritual and ritual

The flow of the houses through the signs represent a pattern of development. The highest house number in each grouping or triad represents the fullest and most powerful expression of energy in that group. For example, the 10th house is the fullest expression of the Earth/Artha houses (2, 6, 10)

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Earth

December 21 to March 20

Powers: Physical body, steadfastness, dependability, endurance, protection, realistic, practicality, sensuality, stored wisdom, growth, prosperity, nature, wealth, abundance, peace, fertility, money, business, stability, employment.

Stones: Moss agate, emerald, jet, salt, black tourmaline, agate, malachite, obsidian.

Plants: Corn, cypress, fern, honeysuckle, wheat, vervain, barley, buckthorn, sage, horehound, magnolia, mugwort, patchouli, rye.

Direction: North  (South in the Southern Hemisphere)

Tools: Pentacle, salt

Season: Winter

Colors: Green, brown, yellow

Wheel of the Year/Sabbat: Yule/Winter Solstice.

Number 3

Time: Midnight

Goddesses:  All Earth and Fertility Goddesses, Demeter, Ceres, Rhea, Rhiannon, Gaia, Mah, Nephthys, Persephone, Prithiui

Gods: Adonis, Arawan, Athos, Cernunnos, Dionysus, Marduk, Pan, Tannuz

Elemental:  Gnomes

Zodiac:  Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Planet:  Saturn

Wind Spirit:  Notus (South wind ) (Boreas in the NH)

Angels: Gabriel, Uriel

Sense: Touch

Time of life: Death

Goddess aspect: Crone

Polarity:  Feminine

Hermetic Axiom: To Know

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