Friday, June 5, 2020

Elemental Magic: Tools of Earth

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In today's post, I will discuss some of the many tools associated with Earth and how you can use them in your practice. Many of these tools were hinted at or discussed when I introduced you to some of the folklore surrounding Earth. However, this post is more of a correspondences type list that you can use to quickly plan spells. For your pleasure, I have also included a free 5-page printable for your Grimoire or Book of Shadows. Enjoy!

Beach Sand: Use for calming or anxiety spells to gradually wash away and smooth out fear or negativity, for spells regarding change, or in magic for motivation or strength.

Biogenic Sand: Biogenic sand is comprised of exoskeletons and bone fragments of sea creatures. It can be used in magic for healing and protection.

Black Lava Salt: Black lava salt is infused with activated charcoal from lava flows in Hawaii and Cyprus. Use it to absorb and dispel negativity or in spells to banish negative emotions or physical toxins. This is a great bath ingredient should you get your hands on some.

Black Sand: Like black lava salt, black sand can be used for protection, banishing, or negativity-based spells including cursing and hexing.

Chalk: Often made of calcium sulfate or calcium carbonate, chalk is a basic necessity in many a witch's craft. It can be used to cast/draw circles, sigils, and protection symbols without harming property. You can also create binding chalk. The Traveling Witch has a great recipe.

Clay: Clay can be used in a variety of ways in witchcraft depending on the type of clay being used. Red clay and bentonite clay are great in healing and purification rituals, while other clays are great for grounding and sculpting.

Desert Sand: Use for cursing to "dry" your target of wealth, luck, or happiness or add to a resilience spell for the capability to grow through hard times or situations. Desert sand is also great for endurance and strength spells.

Epsom Salt: Also known as magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt is best used in purifying baths and detoxing rituals due to its natural detoxing properties. 

Humus: Humus is a mixture of decomposing plant material that is typically found on the top of the soil. It is nutrient-dense and acts as a sponge for water. Use humus for spells needing an extra kick, for fertility rituals, for nurturing spells, or when you are looking to hold onto something. Humus is also great for grounding and for seed magic.

Loam: Loam is a type of soil that is high in nutrients and moisture. Like humus, use loam for nurturing or fertility spells or when you are looking to hold onto something. 

Mud: Mud is a combination of Water and Earth, and therefore holds magical properties from both. It can be used for grounding, burying objects, and even for cleansing.

Peat: Peat, not to be confused with peat moss, is commonly found in areas where stagnant water and wetlands obstruct the flow of oxygen, thus slowing the rate of decomposition. Its made up of partially decayed organic matter and was traditionally used as a fuel source in many countries, especially Ireland. It can be used in healing spells (as Roman soldiers used it to treat wounds), to stagnant an enemy or situation, to burn bridges and barriers, and in fertility spells.

Pink Himalayan Salt: Mined from salt rock deposits near the Himalayans, pink Himalayan salt gets its hue from the trace minerals found in the deposits. Use in spells to attract love, romance, or friendship.

River Sand: Due to its flowing nature, river sand is perfect for spells that focus on moving on physically or mentally, change, or healing. It can act as an offering to the element Water.

Sea Salt: Use for cleansing, purification, and protection spells. Sea salt can also be used to connect with the element Water, to wash away fears and inhibitions, or cyclic spells and rituals.

Silt: Silt is a favorite among farmers, especially those in the Nile River Valley where the silt gives the river banks a boost of nutrients during the yearly floods (which no longer occur naturally due to damming). Silt can be used in fertility spells, to make a situation slippery, or to add an extra push to spells needed "nutrients." It is also great for seed spells and new beginnings.

Table Salt: Table salt usually mined from a salt mine, cleaned, and mixed with anti-caking substances and iodine before being sold in stores. Like all salt, it can be used for protection, purification, and drawing/casting circles.

Volcanic Sand: Use for destructive spells or curses, in magic to reveal deeper or hidden meanings and feelings, or for banishing magic. It can act as an offering to the element Fire.

Acorns: Acorns can be worn or carried to promote youthfulness, longevity, luck, and protection. They are also commonly used in spells for wisdom and prosperity, as well as to attract faeries.

Antlers: Often used to represent the god Cernunnos, antlers can be used for protection, strength, endurance, deflecting curses, and as a symbol of hope. Antlers are also a great way to connect with spirits and aid in spirit communication as deer are believed to be able to pass between worlds with ease.

Bones: While each type of bone has a slightly different correspondence, they can be used to represent the element Earth and in spells related to death, spirits, and ancestral work. Teeth can be used in aid in communication, defense, news, or to add "bite" to a spell. Skulls are commonly used for communication, learning, thoughts, divination, spirit work, and astral travel. Vertebrae can be used for support, endurance, confidence, and strength, especially if you need help holding your head high and walking tall. Rib bones are perfect for agility and protection. 

Broom: Brooms can be used for protection, to ward off negativity, banishment, and to sweep away the "dirty" energy. If you cast a magical circle, a broom can be used to guard the entrance and exit should you need to leave for whatever reason.

Ceramics: Earthenware bowls, statues, beads, or other objects can be used for a variety of purposes, depending on their design. Use them to represent deities, to hold soil, crystals, or other representatives of Earth, or as fire-safe bowls.

Coins: Coins can be used to promote prosperity, abundance, and luck, while also acting as a grounding agent depending on the material used. Coins are great for money spells and job magic.

Disk: In tarot, Earth is often represented by coins, disks, or pentacles. Disks can be used to represent the element Earth on your altar, as plates for spell casting, to represent the cyclic nature of the season, or the Wheel of the Year.

Emerald: Often referred to as the "Stone of Truth," emerald can be used to protect the wearer or user from deception and lies. It is also useful in protecting against domestic violence, nightmares, a psychic attack. Emerald is also great for connecting with the Otherworld and contacting spirits.

Flowers: Flowers are a great way to represent the element Earth on your altar or around your home. While each flower has a different magical correspondence, they can be used in beauty magic, grounding, purification rituals, and spiritual cleansing.

Horns: Horns can be used in defensive magic, to add aggression to a spell, for endurance, perseverance, protection, cursing/hexing, or in wealth spells.

Iron: Iron is deeply associated with the Earth, as well as heavenly bodies. Iron is found in abundance across the universe, thus embodying the phrase "As Above, So Below." Iron is often used for grounding, as well as for protection, power, courage, and strength. Because of its connection with both Earth and the heavens, it can be used to travel between worlds.

Jet: Jet is commonly used for protection, especially of a home or business, or against psychic vampires. It also guards against nightmares, violence, and anxiety. Use it to bring balance to your life.

Lead: Lead is the heaviest of the base metals and blocks out both light, sound, and electricity. While often associated with Fire, lead is also deeply connected to Earth. It can be used for grounding, strength, stability, meditation, and to connect with the Otherworld. It's also perfect for breaking habits and shadow work.

Leaves: Like flowers, the types of leaves you use will have different correspondences, however, they are a great way to represent the Earth. Place them on your altar as an offering or to help you ground and center.

Moss: Moss grows rapidly and abundantly in low-light conditions and can, therefore, be used for protection, prosperity, abundance, wealth, and luck magic. It can also bring stillness or calmness to a situation.

Moss Agate: Moss agate is most commonly used in gardening magic, to promote fertility and health among your plants. However, on a personal level, it can be used to balance emotions, bring inner peace, and quiet the mind. Moss agate is a great grounding stone.

Pentacles: Pentacles are most commonly used as a form of protection, whether it be an object or living creature. They can be worn, carried, or drawn in chalk, oil, or in the air. The pentacle can also be used for banishing, summoning, cleansing, or connecting with all the elements.

River Rocks: River rocks are perfect for grounding, smoothing a situation, healing spells, or in magic relating to being steadfast yet open to change. 

Roots: Roots and root vegetables can be used in protection and grounding rituals, as well as for cleansing. They also act as a great offering to local spirits, deities, and ancestors. They can also be used for endurance, steadfastness, stability, strength, and longevity. 

Seeds: Mostly commonly used in fertility magic, seeds can also be used for spells regarding new beginnings, growth, abundance, and strength. Use it to help grow both physically, mentally, and spiritually. Whisper spells and blessings over seeds and watch your magic grow with them.

And there you have it. A complete list of types of Earth as well as commonly used tools associated with Earth! Below is a free 5-page printable for your Grimoire or Book of Shadows.

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  1. Thank you for the blessings of this series, the time and knowledge, energy and passion you pour into it and every way that it touches, inspires and moves those of us who are fortunate to read each new entry (or any of them for that matter).

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life


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