Earth

Earth

Direction: North

Time: Midnight

Season: Winter

Colours: Green,  brown

Qualities: Stability, common sense, practical abilities, caretaking of the earth,  protectiveness, upholding of tradition, love of beauty, patience, perseverance, generosity, acceptance of others, nurturance.

Rules over: Abundance and prosperity, fertility (also fire for fertility), finance, law and  order, institutions, authority, motherhood, the physical body, food home and family, animals, the land, agriculture, horticulture,  environmentalism.

Animals: Badger, bear, bee, bull  serpent, snake, spider.

Archangel: Uriel, the archangel of  transformation whose name means fire of god, the archangel who brought alchemy to humankind.

Uriel brings warmth to the winter season and to cold or unhappy periods in our life. He melts the  snows with his flaming sword or torch. Ecologically he works at conserving resources, protecting rainforests, wildlife habitats and endangered  species.

Visualize him in rich burnished gold and ruby red with the brightest flame-like halo and fiery  sword, like a bonfire blazing in the darkness.

Crystals: Amazonite, aventurine,  banded brown agates, emerald, fossils, jet malachite, moss agate, petrified wood, rose quartz, tree agate, all yellow brown and mottled jaspers like  Dalmatian jasper, rutilated quartz, smoky quartz, tiger’s eye and all stones with holes in the center.

Elemental creatures:  Gnomes

Goddesses: Cerridwen, the Celtic Great  mother, keeper of the cauldron of inspiration and rebirth.

Gaia, the Ancient Greek earth mother, whose name has been given in modern times to the  earth.

Hecate, wise crone goddess of the Ancient Greek tradition who also rules magic, good fortune and the  Waning Moon.

Isis Unveiled, from the Ancient Egyptian tradition, as mother of nature and protectress of  all.

Mati Syra-Zemlya, of Moist mother earth, the Slavic goddess, who spins the web of life and  death.

Nerthus, the Ancient Viking earth mother, associated with fertility of crops of her successor,  Frigg, wife of Odin and patroness of women and childbirth.

The Virgin Mary.

Gods: Cernunnos, Horned god of the  Celts, who is also called Herne from the Anglo Saxon.

Grey or Ingvi, Viking and Anglo Saxon names for the god associated with the fertility of the  earth.

Geb, the Ancient Egyptian earth god andd consort of Nut the sky goddess, associated with the sacred  goose who laid the egg from which the world emerged.

The Green Man, the ageless god of vegetation, still recalled in May-time  celebrations.

Osiris, son of Geb and consort of Isis, who after his murder by his brother became the embodiment of  the annual growth of the corn, watered by the tears of Isis at the Nile flood.

Herbs and incenses: Bistort, cypress,  fern, geranium, heather, hibiscus, honesty, honeysuckle, knotweed, magnolia, mugwort, oak, moss, oats, oleander, patchouli, primrose, sagebrush, sorrel  (wood), sweet grass, tulip, vervain, vetivert

Places: Caves, the crypts of churches  and cathedrals, forests, gardens, grass, groves, homes, ley or psychic power lines in the earth, megaliths, ploughed fields, rocky places, snow- or  ice-covered lands and glaciers, sand stone circles, temples.

Sacred substances: Salt (also soil and clay)

Zodiacal signs: Taurus, Virgo,  Capricorn

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