The Earth element rules material and sensual matters; matters of the physical body and material needs and desires. This includes money, health, property, and matters of fertility.
Earth energy is utilized in magic related to gaining prosperity, protecting material objects, gardening, familiars and pets, growing, nurturing, conception, fertility, growth, wisdom, luck, gambling, money, employment, birth, death and rebirth.
Earth Energy is cold and dry and its opposite, Air, is moist and warm.
If the patient is feeling spacey, light-headed, hyperactive, unstable and has difficulty concentrating, there may be an imbalance requiring the addition of more Earth energy. Earth energy is grounding and stable.
An excess of Earth energy may be the culprit if the patient if feeling stuck, heavy, lacks initiative or energy. In this case use the opposite energy of Air to help balance the energy.
The element of Earth corresponds to the excretory organs and digestive system, skeleton and joints, muscles and skin, the sense of touch, the thyroid glands and the throat.
The energy of Earth often corresponds to the energy of the planets Venus, Jupiter or Saturn, the signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are all Earth signs and the Pentacles suit in Tarot corresponds to the Earth element.
Earth can be symbolized by the colors green, black or brown, by just about any stone or mineral, especially coal and salt. Earth’s metal is lead, but this is not recommended for use near food.
Earth plants often grow close to the ground and/or produce a significant starchy taproot. Other Earth plants produce nourishing fruits, nuts and grains that strengthen the body. These plant allies often have an earthy or dusty fragrance that is not considered pleasant by all sniffers.
Earth foods tend to be nourishing, comforting and leave one feeling relaxed and sedate. Most grains, nuts and root vegetables carry Earth energy, as do mushrooms.
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