Yielding, receptive, responsive, devoted, submissive.
Warm and nourishing, the Earth embraces and cares
for us. The Earth is our Mother. When treated with
respect, the Earth returns her bounty and sustains life.
If abused, the Earth can become barren, poisoned.
Earth is green mixed with brown. The cycle of life, of energy
and its transformation, occurs within the Earth. Earth is
both new growth and rich decay. Earth is nutrients both given
and received. Earth is green valleys, dark mountains, a peaceful
glen. Earth is moderated by its opposite, the Sky, and
is strengthened by its complement, Water. Water enriches
Earth and makes it fertile.
parent-child relationships, earth represents showing
compassion, nurturing, giving, making sacrifices, and providing
support. When you think of Earth, think of the generative
power of creation in giving one's bounty to another. At its
best, Earth represents the act of providing food,
shelter, and love to a child. Feeding a child is part of
the element of the earth. Hugging, kissing, caressing and
other forms of nurturing a child's spirit are part of the
element of the earth as well. Where there is love and compassion,
there is Earth. It is the Earth that embraces
us, provides us with our home.
need the quality of earth too. We can teach them how to be
kind and compassionate, how to keep someone safe from danger,
how to share and give, how to embrace someone in pain. We
can help them realize that they have such bounty within that
they can give back to life, to others, by giving expression
to such earth elements. By doing so, we help them get their
feet on the ground.
This capacity is strengthened by the patience and acceptance
that characterizes the quality of Water. We can only
love well those we know well. A deep and abiding acceptance
of the other provides the basis for a mature and life-enhancing
course, earth has its limitations and its risks as well.
We'll take a look at the dark side of earth on page