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EARTH ELEMENT CORRESPONDENCES

*Masterpost of all elements HERE
  • REPRESENTS: Strength, abundance, stability, wealth prosperity, responsibility, the physical body and your health.
  • SYMBOLS: Rocks, fields, soil, forests, salt, dirt, trees, caves and clay.
  • SEASON: Winter
  • TIME: Night
  • SENSE: Touch
  • ZODIACS: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn
  • COLOURS: Black, greens, reds, yellows and browns.
  • STONES: Crystal, emerald, onyx, jasper, azurite, amethyst and quartz.
  • HERBS: Ivy, grain, moss and roots
  • ANIMALS: Dogs, cows, bulls, horses, ants, worms, bears and wolves.
  • ELEMENTALS: Gnomes, elves, dwarves, brownies and leprechauns.
  • PLANETS: Earth and Earths moon
  • CHAKRA: Root
  • MAGICK WORK: Gardening, stone divination, working with crystals, knot-binding, money spells, grounding, and runes.
  • RITUALS: burying things, clay work, planting trees/herbs/flowers/plants, hiking and spending time with nature in general.
  • EARTH PERSONALITIES: Are usually the most trustful, determined, loyal, responsible and giving people you could ever hope to meet. When they are balanced and in touch with their element of the Earth they are honest, open-minded, trustworthy and they always keep their promises. They’re the kind of people that like things to go according to plan; they hate when things suddenly change on them but, can adapt very easily with little effort. They are kind and strong individuals who are there to pick up people when and if they fall down. On the other hand, when Earth personalities are not in balance with themselves, they can be very different people. They can be selfish, insincere, insecure and often participate in self-destructive behaviors. They tend to ignore other people’s opinions and stick to a very narrow and close-minded way of thinking. For Earth personalities to reconnect, they only have to spend time in nature.
Animals English// Português//العربية

Bunny/Rabbit // Coelho //   أرنَب

Elephant // Elefante //  فيل

Dog // Cachorro(a) //  كَلب

Mouse // Rato //  فأر

Wolf // Lobo //  ذِئب

Butterfly // Borboleta //  فَراشة

Cow // Vaca //  بَقَرة

Ant // Formiga //  نَملة

Giraffe // Girafa //  زَرافة

The Element: Earth

Earth represents strength, abundance, stability, prosperity, wealth and femininity. In rituals, Earth is represented in the forms of burying objects in the earth, herbalism, and making images out of wood or stone.

Gender: Feminine

Direction: North

Energy: Receptive

Symbols: Rocks, fields, soil, salt, caves, clay

Placing on Pentagram: Lower left

Time: Midnight, night

Cycle of Life: Age

Season: Winter

Colours: Black, green, yellow, brown

Zodiac signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Sense: Touch

Stones/Jewels: Rock crystal, emerald, onyx, jasper, salt, azurite, amethyst, quartz

Magickal tools: Pentacle, Pentagram, salt, images, stones, gems, cords

Metals: Iron, lead

Herbal: Ivy, grains, oats, rice, patchouli, lichens

Trees: Cypress, Honeysuckle, Jasmin, Lilac (some say Lilac is Water)

Animals: Cow, bull, dog, horse, ant, bears, wolf

Type of Magick: Gardening, magnet images, stone (jewel divination, work with crystals), knot, Binding, money spells, grounding, finding treasures, runes.

Ritual action: Burying, making effigies, planting trees or herbs

SIGNS AS UNCOMMON ANIMALS

//ARIES// Tasmanian Devil

//TAURUS// Aye-Aye

//GEMINI// Mata Mata

//CANCER// Narwhal 

//LEO// Glass Frog

//VIRGO// Giraffe Weevil

//LIBRA// Geoduck

//SCORPIO// Red Velvet Ant / Cow Killer

//SAGITTARIUS//  Giant Coconut Crab

//CAPRICORN// Tapir

//AQUARIUS// Monkfish

//PISCES// Giant Weta

The Elements

Earth

Earth is our mother. It’s as fertile and nurturing as farmland; as moist as soil and as dry as sand. In its physical manifestations (such as stones), Earth represents the densest of the elements.

Symbolic associations of Earth

  • Basic Nature: Fertile, moist, nurturing; stabilizing; grounding. Gravity is a manifestation of this element.
  • Type of Energy: Receptive.
  • Color: Green (from the color of living plants).
  • Places: Caves, canyons, chasms, forests, groves, valleys, fields, farms, gardens, arboretums, parks, plant nurseries, farmer’s markets, kitchens, baby nurseries, basements, mines, holes.
  • Rituals: Money, prosperity, fertility, stability, grounding, employment.
  • Ritual Forms: Burying, planting, making images in soil or sand.
  • Herbs: Earth-smelling plants, such as patchouly and vetivert; mosses and lichens; nuts; dry and stiff plants; heavy, low-growing plants; generally roots.
  • Stones: Heavy or opaque, as in coal; green, as in emerald and peridot.
  • Metals: Iron, lead.
  • Musical Instrument: Drum, all percussion instruments.
  • Creatures: Dog, horse, earthworm, gopher, ant, cow, burrowing animals.
  • Season: Winter (the time of darkness).
  • Direction: North (the place of greatest darkness).
  • Time: Night.
  • Magical Tool: Pentacle (a wooden, metal, or clay disc inscribed with a five-pointed star).
  • Point in Life: Advanced age.
  • Astrological Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
  • Sense: Touch.
  • Natural Symbols: Salt, clay dish of fresh soil, rocks, sheaves of wheat, acorns.
  • Types of Magic Ruled: Gardening, magnet, image, stone, tree, knot, binding.

Symbols for:

Air

Air is the power of movement; of freshning and of intelligence. It’s the invisible and yet quite real mixture of gases that we breathe in every day. In magical terms, Air is also the power of the mind: the force of intellect.

Symbolic associations of Air

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Okay, this isn’t my picture (because for maybe the first time ever, I saw something awesome without my phone on me) but I just came across one of these enormous ants. I thought it was a small cockroach, actually. It was about an inch and a half long and as wide as my pinky finger. It was moving really fast and it was neon red. I saw it skittering across the ground behind the building where I work at the Lab, and a guy saw me bending over it and told me that they’re called “cow killer” ants and their sting hurts worse than a wasp. I backed away pretty quickly.

He also told me that they are an invasive species, brought here on the railroad ties from the south during the construction of the Long Island Railroad. He glanced at my flip-flops and said, “That’s a queen ant, there. Be careful with those sandals. Wouldn’t want her to getcha.” 

YIKES. Long Island really is just full of bug horrors around every corner. 

Guys, I'm going to take a moment to tell you about the worst thing nature has ever done.

Cow.  Fucking.  Ants.

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These bastards.  They are neither cows nor ants.  They’re flightless wasps.  And they’re often called cow killers, mostly because they can seriously fuck up cattle. They are my mortal enemy, and they haunt the woods of Georgia, specifically where I stayed out in the field for a week during basic.  They are large.  They are belligerent.  They are armored to the point of nigh-invulnerability. And they are everywhere.  Not everywhere enough to be visible at all times, though.  You still have to keep an eye out of them.  They bite like hell.  Enough to temporarily incapacitate a grown man.  I saw it happen to a guy.  But that’s not even the worst of it.

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That isn’t it, either.  But that is, however, a .75 inch stinger that they will use to fuck you up.  A bite will incapacitate a person.  A sting just ruins everything.  All of the things.  Nothing is safe.  It doesn’t have any real problem going through gloves or, for that matter, any tight-fitting clothing.  Your only options to protect yourself from that stinger are plate mail or parachute pants.

I said these things are armored?  They are.  Your foot and a rock will not kill them.  Your bare man/lady hands will only enrage them.  The only way I’ve found to kill them is with a pair of pliers, as pictured above. And we had fucking guns.  You have to snatch them off the ground with the pliers and best them in their ensuing struggle for freedom, before crushing their abdomen with your mighty mechanical advantage.  But I haven’t gotten to the worst part.

They scream.  They really do. No shit.  Screams.  Like people screams. When you remove them from the ground.  It’s like hate-terror, but their fear makes you afraid.

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SCRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Female Velvet Ant or “cow killer” (Dasymutilla occidentalis)

Often mistaken for a member of the true ant family, the female of this wasp species  is wingless. While they are called cow killers and their sting is painful it is not deadly. 

Hillsborough River State Park, FL