Now in this series we move into the element of Earth. Up to this point we have talked about Air, Fire and Water, in relation to introducing those elements to children.
Earth is the fourth step in any elemental journey. It lies in the North, the direction of renewal, wisdom and our ancestors. This element rules over fertility and grounding.
The following exercise can be held at any time, but I recommend any time after the fall of dark. Since the time associated with the element of Earth is midnight.
Lay out your altar with a green cloth and decorate it with symbols of Earth. You can put on it a pentacle disk or a potted plant. Put statues or drawings of aquatic animals on there as well, maybe a buffalo or a turtle.
Have your children lay down on the Earth and feel its solidity. Have them flex their muscles and feel their bones. The rocks of the Earth are like those bones.
Now cast a circle. And invoke in the element of Earth. A sample invocation could be;
I stand in the Earth and invoke the Element of North
I call the powers of midnight and the depths of the caves
Come and attend to us, let us know your presence
Now all can sit and meditate on the energy of Earth that you have called to circle. Help your children to become comfortable and familiar with the element of Earth. Ask them questions like;
- Is it male or female?
- Are the energies fast or slow?
- Do you see any colors?
- Or have any impressions at all?
Just let them talk and see what comes of it.
The purpose of this exercise is to let the child become comfortable with the energies of the element, so that at some point, when they call the Quarters, they will be able to know what energies to invoke.
When you are done you can bid farewell to the Element of Earth. Again here is a sample devocation;
I return to the North to the Element of Earth
To offer thanks for your presence this night
And to bid you Hail and Farewell!
When you are ready you can close circle. Make sure that you take time for any more questions and for everyone to eat something small so that they can be properly grounded.
We have covered the four major elements so far and next week I am going to talk about the element of Spirit.