Thursday, March 8, 2012

E is for Earth

I struggled with getting this post done, I am not entirely sure why - other than school work and life keeping me insanely busy.  Maybe it was because I wasn't quite sure how to incorporate earth into my life over the next month like air.  Yes, I talked of doing a painting board for each element - and I will still do that - but I didn't connect enough with that last time so I wanted to come up with something that really brought the element into my life a little more.

I feel somewhat disconnected with earth lately.  You see I live in a townhouse, we have no yard and our balcony gets full sun all day and is not conducive to anything I attempt to grow surviving - including Rosemary and a Mediterranean Lavender.  So I've given up trying to get anything to grow out there which depresses me because I love gardening and I love having plants around me.  I have some indoor plants but I have to be cautious with those because I also have a fairly young and mischievous cat who like to play with the plants and knock them over.  I'm not even game to try some hanging pot plants, I have visions of coming home to see my cat swinging from them.

I have crystals throughout  my house which helps somewhat, and my bedroom is very earthy toned but it isn't enough.  When we were living in New Zealand we would go to the beach very regularly, we would go hiking on weekends and basically get out in nature and explore.  Now that doesn't really happen.  One, there aren't a lot of easy access hiking places.  Two, I'm working full time and doing school and my husband and I are on opposing schedules (he is also working full time and doing school) so there is little time to explore.  Maybe I'm making excuses, I definitely don't feel the connection I did back in Australia or New Zealand.

So what did this lead me to as a solution?  I still don't have one - so I'll take any suggestions.

So this post isn't totally a personal reflection here are some details about the element Earth.

Earth: A feminine element earth is associated with ideas of stability and nurturing, strength and endurance.  Earth is what holds us firm, it is what gives us our foundations.

Direction: North
Colors: Green, Brown, Black
Tarot: Pentacles or Coins
Zodiac: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Elementals: Gnomes (King Ghob), Dwarfs, Trolls
Plants: Red Poppy, Roots, Mosses, Lichens, Ivy, Comfrey, Patchouli, Sage, Vervain, Barley, Corn, Wheat, Rice
Symbols: Mountains, Caves, Gems, Fields, Rocks, Salt, Wheat, Clay
Stones: Dense & Opaque stones, Obsidian, Coal, Emerald, Malachite, Agate, Jet, Onyx, Jasper, Azurite, Amethyst, Quartz
Animals: Burrowing animals, Buffalo, Wolves, Horses, Sheep, Earthworms, Turtles, Cows, Horse, Ants, Bears


  1. *hugs* - can you maybe get to a park or something either at lunchtime, before or after work. Just for 5 minutes?? love bunni x x x

    1. Now that spring appears to have decided to stay and the days are getting longer I'm going to try and get out to a park on my way home since it won't be dark.

  2. Great advice Lesley.

    Julie, how about a small terrarium or mini-indoor greenhouse for herbs? I know I would be lost without being able to touch the soil, walk in the grass and meander through the woods now and then.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion Polly - I've tried the mini greenhouse - sadly there really isn't anywhere safe from our rather mischievous kitty. She loves plants, loves to put her paws in the dirt and to knock them off the shelves if she's miffed. I'm hoping as she gets older (she's only a little over 1yr old) she'll settle and I can get more indoor plant life going.

  3. You can try to cover parts of your balcony, or bring your containers in when they've gotten enough sunlight so they don't burn. There are a few options to you, but it'll require some work.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion Kaye. We sadly are not allowed to attach any kind of permanent cover to our balconies without permission from the HOA and as I work full time, leaving just as the sun gets up and not getting home until 10+hrs later moving the plants has not helped. I think what I need to do is give up on the balcony (or grow cacti) and try grow something on the porch - its very small and gets pretty much full shade all day but I'm sure I could get some ferns or something that like that.