Faffing on youtube, I found this dazzling dubstep/violin video that mashed the two types of music beautifully. There are many tracks concerning the Elements, but this is one modern paean I LOVE.
I am still discovering my practice. Being in and out of paganism ever since I started studying it in college, while I am aware of the Elements, my practice has not exactly been earth-based. It’s not like Christianity (or Roman Catholicism in particular) teaches special attention to the earth. It’s a glaring lack in my spirituality that I do want to remedy.
Despite my not being aware or believing in the Elements, I have over the years recognized my ‘native Element’ if you will: Intution, aka Water in many magickal systems. My awareness of Water/Intuition came early in childhood. I was easily, emotionally, overwhelmed. Any kind of argument or shouting match felt oppressive to me, and the only way to release that smothering feeling was crying. My folks often shook their head and told me not to be “too emotional”. Trying to divorce myself from emotions is as sensible as telling me not to breathe. Even up to this day, I feel awkward about reading situations through my feelings.
Later on in my life I’ve gotten lots of comments and questions about how it is that I intuit a lot of emotions and motivations in situations. And so long as I remember not to be too personal in confrontations, most of my emotions remain bottled up long enough that I can escape somewhere private and then let the dam down.
As I am moving further along in my career as a teacher-in-training, knowing where I am mentally and emotionally will be my starting point. My instinct this year has been to study the Elements, starting with Earth. My inner knowledge was pretty adamant about “ONLY ONE at a time”. I decided, while Winter is still clutching the Northwest, that Earth would be the Element to learn.
Earth: it’s stability, it’s ‘earthy’ in that it doesn’t deny the processes of the body. It’s the home, the physical, the food to eat, the bills to pay. I’ve only done small, off-the-cuff invocations of Earth. The most recent time was when I was getting over my cold. My chest and nose were totally stuffed with snot, and it was hard to breathe. I did a rosary, and just asked to be able to breathe easily. In that prayer, it felt like the energy of the earth climbed through the floor and into my body. I could picture the various arteries and veins bringing oxygen to my cells. By going deeper into myself, I was coming aware of the forces already inside me. It pushed the worst of the cold out of my chest and nose. Seriously, from that point onward I was gaining back my energy and health. It would have happened on its own…but the fact that something I did made it happen sooner, truly convinced me of Elemental energies.
I’m going to start composting in my yard this year. Also, I want to be conscious of planting both vegetables and flowering plants, to feed both myself and the bees around the area. So as spring approaches, I’m excited to get to know Earth–the planet and the element–better.