Connecting to Elementals: Discovering Earth Spirits through Myth

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Yesterday, I posted about the incredible physical connection we have with Earth Elementals.

We connect physically when we place our hands on a tree. We connect by walking into the woods for a hike, or find an ancient stone structure, be that a glacial boulder or crystal cave. We even connect to this earth energy by simply holding a crystal in your hand, or walking barefooted through the grass.

Today, I will discuss how to experience this type of energy mentally through myth, faerie tale, and guided imagery via meditation. 

In his book, “Enchantment of the Faerie Realm: Communicate with Nature Spirits & Elementals,” Ted Andrews details these three ways.

By researching and connecting to stories already told throughout history (herstory), and by imagining ourselves within those stories, we will be able to get a better sense of this type of earthy energy.

You will also be able to relate it to that of your own experience.

Because after all, the only way to actually experience the Earth Elemental energies is to experience them for yourself in a safe and healing way. So without further ado, here is the first exercise in researching nature spirits in myths.

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Exercise One: Understanding the Earth Element Through Myths

Many of the ancient myths, legends, and tales hold within them the keys to understanding the mysteries of the universe, and the roles of those in the faerie realm in guarding those mysteries. Ancient mysteries were often veiled in tales to provide, for those willing to explore them, opportunities to discover them. The images and characters, although generally treated as fictional, often had a basis in reality.

Specific mythic characters can be used to understand the faerie realm, especially in relationship to the different elements. In their adventures mythic heroes (and heroins) often encountered beings and creatures that can be thought of as part of this magical realm. For example, the sirens encountered by Odysseus had the same enchanting power many water and wood nymphs had over humans in traditional faerie tales.

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Many gods and goddesses of the earth have demonstrated characteristics and behaviors similar to beings of the faerie realm. An examination of them will provide clues to understanding the forces we are open to by touching this realm. Simply reading about them is a way of opening your perceptions and making yourself more receptive to the more ethereal realms. Some of the more common gods and goddesses associated with the element of earth are:

  • Pluto/Hades (Greco-Roman): god of the underworld.
  • Pan (Greek): god of nature.
  • Graces (Greek): three sister goddesses who dispense charm and beauty.
  • Muses (Greek): nine daughters of Mnemosyne and Zeus who each preside over a different art or science.
  • Nu Kua (Chinese): goddess of creation.
  • Demeter/Ceres (Greco-Roman): goddess of growth, grain, agriculture, fertility, and mothering.
  • Dionysus/Bacchus (Greco-Roman): god of wine, merry making, theatre and ecstasy.
  • Cerridwen (Celtic): goddess of enchantment.
  • Geb (Egyptian): god of the earth.
  • Gaea (Greek): goddess of the earth, Mother Earth.
  • Rhea (Greek): great mountain mother.
  • Mawu (African): goddess of creation.
  • Changing Woman (Apache): goddess of the earth.

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I would go further to add

  • Izanagi (Japan): god of the earth.
  • Izanami (Japan): goddess of the earth.
  • Kaya nu Hima (Japan): goddess of herbs.
  • Acan (Mayan): god of wine.
  • Ah Uuc Ticab (Mayan): god of the earth.
  • Ixchel (Mayan): goddess of the earth, midwifery and medicine.
  • Toci Yoalticitl (Aztec): goddess of the earth, night, and sweat bath.
  • Venus von Willendorf (Upper Paleolithic): mother goddess.
  • Tellus or Terra Mater “Mother Earth” (Roman): was a goddess of the earth and agriculture.
  • Durga (Hindi): goddess of empowering and protective nature of motherhood.
  • Kali (Hindi): goddess of primordial energy as power of Time, literally, the “creator or doer of time, as well as death.
  • Mula Prakriti (Hindi): goddess of birth and all living things, Mother Nature.
  • Gaia (Pagan): goddess of the earth, and mother of all.
  • Pachamama (South America Andes): goddess of the earth, all mother, fertility and earthquake goddess who presides over planting and harvesting.
  • Spider Grandmother (Navajo/ Pueblo): goddess of the earth and stars.
  • Anjea (Aboriginal): goddess or spirit of fertility
  • Birrahgnooloo (Kamilaroi/Aboriginal): goddess of fertility
  • Dilga (Karadjeri/Aboriginal): goddess of fertility and growth
  • Julunggul (Yolgnu/Aboriginal): rainbow snake goddess associated with fertility, initiation, rebirth and the weather
  • Kunapipi (Aboriginal): mother goddess and the patron deity of many heroes
  • Ungud (Aboriginal): snake god or goddess associated with rainbows and the fertility and erections of the tribe’s shaman.
  • Akna (Inuit): goddess of fertility and childbirth
  • Pukkeenegak (Inuit): goddess of children, pregnancy, childbirth and the making of clothes.
  • Atahensic (Iroquois): goddess associated with marriage, childbirth, and feminine endeavors.
  • Kokopelli (Hopi): trickster god associated with fertility, childbirth and agriculture.

And there are countless others. Do a simple google search to see more about their stories and myths. If one pops out at you, take that as your intuition giving you a poke in the right direction. Never stop learning!

Namaste

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