Earth is the substance of life itself - the rocks, clay, sand and soil from which emerge the trees, plants, and all creatures. Symbolically, it is the substance from which matter emerges into manifestation. Some cosmologies see earth as the clay from which our physical bodies were formed. Mother earth, Gaia, and Demeter are all associated with archetypes of the Earth Mother.
Earth holds the qualities of nurturing, strength, steadfastness, and creativity in that it supports and nurtures growth. It is connected to the physical dimension and the realm of the senses. In our language we have sayings such as: “down to earth”, “earth mother”, and “earthy” that reflect our perceptions of a practical, level-headed and caring person.
When you pick the earth card reflect on the deeper meaning of earth for you in your life. It may be time to tune into your body, to pay attention to your physical needs, to slow down, and perhaps become more grounded. It may be time to “get your hands in the soil”, to practice patience and honor the growth of whatever you are nurturing. Perhaps it is time to contemplate your connection with the web of life on this planet, become more aware of and honor all the ways this earth sustains us, and reflect on the spirit of true stewardship.
Are you needing to ground your energies? How do you connect with the “groundedness” of your own being? How do you feel when you spend time in nature? How to you listen to and honor your physical body? How do you listen to and honor the needs of the biosphere of our planet earth?
© 2011, Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski
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