The Element of Land

Photo taken by me!
For the longest time the element of earth confused me,mostly I believe, because I was seeing a picture of the planet earth, and asyou know the planet earth contains all of the elements not just one.  It wasa very perplexing thing.
So a few years back, I was re exploring my understanding ofthe sacred elements.  I travelled withtwo witchy friends of mine to Castle Point, with the intention of discoveringwhat the element for east was.  You seewhile I understand that there are ‘traditional’ correspondents for the elementsand directions, I live in New Zealand, and our seasons and circle casting is oppositeto that of the northern hemisphere and seeing as I believe in practising in theland you live rather than trying to fit something from another land, so tospeak, I was curious as to see what would happen.
Castle Point, Photo taken by Chris Seaman
Of course I had not been specific when asking about thedirection I was and elements, however the message I got back in regards to theelements, was the following impressions which I have translated into words:Land, Ocean, Wind, and Fire, somewhat different from Earth, Air, Fire andWater.  When I enquired further aboutLand in relation to the elemental energies of earth, I was given a vision ifyou will.
 I turned away fromfacing the ocean and faced towards the land, I was sitting on the saddle, thatis the huge sticky up bit you can see in the photo.  As I sunk my awareness down into the earth, Istared to feel the land.  I started tofeel the energies of the people who had lived on that land before.  As I spread my awareness down through thevarious layers of soil and into the distance, I could feel the farmers who madetheir living on the land, holiday makers who came and went, the settlers, whocut down the trees, and created the farms that the farmers now lived on and theMaori and the lives that they had lived.  Then I shifted deeper into thesoil and land itself, and could feel how the soil feed the plant life, and madehomes for some of our native birds, along with several of our import.  The land was showing me something here, itwas the energies and wisdom of those that had lived and live on it.  It is difficult to explain in words as I was receivingemotions, which loosely translated into images, not really anything that was spoken.  But then this has been how I have always donethis type of thing.  And boy did it takeme years to figure that one out, but I digress, and perhaps is a subject forpost another day.
This energy these pictures of Farmers, Holiday Makers,Settlers, Maori and the fauna and flora living on the land was part of theenergy of this element of earth, the land.  Which is quite different from my initialimage of the Planet Earth, go figure *coughs*
So what did I learn through all of this?  Apart from the obvious learning in a very visualway the more about the element Earth, or what I now refer to as Land. I alsolearned that learning about the elements is an on-going process, and as youyourself progress and deepening your understanding of magic, and your own path,so to you deepen your understanding of the elements, kind of a hand in handthing.
I am currently furthering that understanding by doing theelemental meditations by Philip Carr-Gomm, called WildWisdom Meditations with Earth, Water, Air & Fire, and these if youare interested are very good and can be found here at CD baby.  These meditations are also good for beginners,to start their journey to understanding the elements.
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