As the Sun moves to leave the Fire sign Leo, and enter the Earth sign Virgo, it’s a good time to understand and work with the Earth Element. In Chinese medicine, the Earth element is comprised of the Stomach ( Yang Earth) and the Spleen ( Yin Earth) meridians. These organs have to do with taking in food and digesting it. On an emotional level, the Earth Element is about sympathy, empathy, boundaries, and mindfulness. The Spleen is seen as the home of the Yi, the intellect. When the Spleen is strong, we have the ability to focus, to concentrate, and learn. When the Spleen is weakened, these abilities are challenged.. The Earth Element is seen as the matrix through which we enter the planet. It has to do with the mother, and issues related to how we were nurtured. It asks the question “What nurtures or nourishes me”? ( For those that are interested in Chinese dietetics, the foods that strengthen the Spleen are the orange root vegetables. Carrots, parsnips, turnips, pumpkin, all of the squashes, sweet potatoes, yams. The foods that weaken the Spleen include sugar and very cold or frozen foods, like ice cream. ) Chinese Herbal Medicine uses herbs to strengthen the Earth Element, based on individual diagnosis.
Astrologically, the Earth Element signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Virgo is often described as the perfectionist. Virgos do tend to be very detail oriented. They are also wonderful nurturers. Practical and hard working, they take a lot in stride, not getting rattled by much. They make loyal and wonderful friends. Virgos tend to love animals and nature. Their perfectionism is often aimed at themselves, they expect more from themselves than they do from anyone else. Learning to relax and rest is important for them. Discipline, practicality, and commen sense are all Earth Element qualities.
When the Earth Element is strong in a person, setting boundaries and being comfortable saying no is easy. Empathy and the capacity for sympathy flows spontaneously. When the Earth Element has become weakened, we can either have over-empathy, ( codependency) or no empathy at all. ( Narcissism). We can feel “spacey” or ungrounded. We can have difficulty setting and sustaining healthy boundaries. We can more easily become enmeshed with others, or lose ourselves to the needs of others. The Earth Element is about our ego construct, our social and family interactions, and our relationship to the world. It is the lens we look at life through, how we perceive ourselves and the world around us. It is where we ground ourselves. It is a part of the Root Chakra. Knowing how to nurture the self and how to have clear boundaries is essential for each of us.
The stones that strengthen the Earth Element are powerful ones. The Garnets, Almandine Garnet and Spessartine Garnet, are used in Chinese medicine to strengthen the Spleen, teaching us how to receive and how to nurture the self. Almandine Garnet bridges the Root Chakra with the Heart Chakra, increasing our sense of self-love, while helping us to feel safe. Smokey Quartz is a fabulous Earth Element stone. It helps us to be grounded and protected. Smokey Quartz is the Empath of the stone kingdom. It becomes smokey by absorbing radiation from the earth into itself, over millions of years. It continues to do this in our homes, absorbing EMF’s and radiation into itself, shielding and protecting our bodies. ( Keeping a piece of Smokey Quartz near the computer is a good idea.) It is a must-have stone for Empaths, because we absorb the emotions and feelings of all living things into ourselves, similar to the way Smokey Quartz absorbs radiation. Smokey Quartz, more than any other stone, teaches us how to ground that absorbed energy, and how to discharge it safely. I have more Smokey Quartz Crystals surrounding me than I do any other type of Crystal. ( And I have a lot of Crystals. Trust me. ) There is no other Crystal that can do for us what Smokey Quartz does. Golden Calcite is another Earth Element stone. Calcite is wonderful for enhancing focus and concentration. It’s good for writers, students, people who have to work for prolonged periods of time on mentally challenging projects. Natural Citrine is a powerful Earth Element stone. Citrine is one of the few stones that never needs to be cleared, since it does not absorb negative energy. It balances all seven Chakras, and is espescially strong in healing the Solar Plexus Chakra, restoring our sense of self-worth and self-esteem.
Some Essential Oils that vibrate to the Earth Element are Vetiver, Oakmoss, Coriander, Carraway Seed, and Patchouli. Diffusing any of these will help support and strengthen the Spleen. ( People have asked me many times where I buy my essential oils. I use SunRose Aromatics in Maine. It is owned by Rosanne Tartaro, an aromatherapist who has been in the business for decades. She imports and uses only the highest grade essential oils, and was recommended to our aromatherapy class by Dr. Yuen. Enough said. I am crazy about the diffuser blend called ” The Rings of Saturn”. It’s my favorite. It has Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Grapefruit, and Blood Orange. Delicious fragrance, and perfect for strengthening the Earth Element. Let me say here thaI I buy only therapeutic grade high quality oils for use in my formulas, from companies that I trust, and that are recognized by a national board of aromatherapists. Other reputable companies are Tisserand Essential Oils, and Original Swiss Aromatics. )
The Earth Element is the foundational element within each of us. It represents the Third Dimension, this temporal world we have incarnated into. Building it, embracing it, and strengthening our connection to it helps us to find peace and joy. Earth Mother is a loving, nurturing being. The things that build a stronger connection within us, from our hearts to hers, help us to manifest our hearts desires, and to come home to our authentic selves. May this perspective on the Earth Element support all who read it. Blessings, Judith
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