Earth is an element that stands for grounding, all forms of nature, money and prosperity, growth, business, protection and fertility, rules and responsibility. But also sensations, decay, patience, stability, strength, health, warmth and comfort, animals and their instincts, farming and physical labor. If you want to represent earth on your altar, you can use a pentacle, stones, or a bowl of earth or salt.
Its feeling is dry and cold, its season is winter, its colors are browns, blacks, purples and some greens. Its symbol is the Pentacle or Rice, Salt or grain in a brass or terra cotta bowl or a Stone. Its Moon phase is the Fourth Quarter and its favored time is Midnight.
Earth Magic can involve the use of herbs and plants. Burying something and making some offerings to the earth such as planting trees is a form of Earth Magic. Using your gems or crystals and burying them in the Earth under the appropriate tree while making your wish more effective.
Transporting and Burying
Earth magic utilizes two main techniques: transporting and burying. It doesn’t matter which of the techniques you use, burying and transporting both hold the full power of earth, even when the soil is used in small amounts.
We transport basically anytime we use earth in a spell that we move to another location. For example, if a love one tracked muddy foot prints into my home and I swept them up and saved the dirt for later use in a healing spell, this would be considered transporting.
You may bury things in the earth for the purpose of cleansing an item of negative vibrations, ridding yourself of an item (banishing), planting seeds for future growth of crops or blessing an item.
Various kinds of dirt are said to perform specific functions in many magical practices. Graveyard dirt is thought to hold within it the vibrations of the departed soul. The ritual collection of graveyard dirt includes getting in touch with the spirit of the body in the grave and leaving a payment for the dirt (usually a coin on the gravestone).
For instance, if your intention was to use the dirt to cause harm, you would find a grave that held a murder victim or some other tragic soul and use the dirt from it. Also incorporated into the ritual collection of graveyard dirt is the time of day in which the dirt is collects and the corresponding area of the body in the grave. In other words, for a love spell, you would take dirt from the area where the heart of the body lies.
Ancestors are often asked for help on a graveyard. By bringing offerings, petitions or a representative of something bad you need to get rid of your ancestors are asked to help you with your situation. This is preferably done at your ancestors graves. Celebrating their lives is often done there, and in many traditions feast and celebration is seen on specific days of the year.
Dirt from a crossroads is considered sacred in almost all magical traditions. It is believed to be loaded with supernatural powers. It is used for protection, blessings, banishing, domination–virtually any purpose. It is thought to be neutral, so one has only to direct it according to one’s wishes.
Different kinds of earth magic, usually named “dirt” many traditions
- Bank dirt: Dirt from the area around a bank is thought to hold prosperity within it.
- Courthouse dirt: Dirt from the area around a courthouse is used to gain victory in legal disputes.
- Dirt from the bottom of a person’s shoes: This dirt is said to allow one to dominate or cause harm to the owner of the shoes.
- Dirt from the four corners: This mixture of dirt is thought to open the road to success. This particular dirt is considered a four-way crossroads.
- Forest dirt: Forest dirt is considered protective.
- Library dirt: Dirt from the area around a library is used in spells to increase one’s knowledge and wisdom.
- Mountain dirt: Dirt from a mountain is used in cleansing practices.
- Racetrack dirt: This dirt is used in gambling spells to increase luck.
- Seashore dirt: This dirt is thought to be cleansing.