This begins our series on the elements and ways to work with them. Our suggestions are by no means exclusive or thorough--there's SO much information out there, some of it contradictory--but intended merely as a way to get you started or give you something to think about.
The Earth element is traditionally associated with the direction of North and the Season of Winter, though we've also seen it associated with West and Autumn. Earth is obviously the most solid of the elements, and tends to represent structure and organization. It's the element we turn to when we need grounding or quiet.
Earth is interesting, if you look at it from the atomic level. Nothing is really as solid as it seems, and in fact everything is composed mostly of empty space. Yet we perceive things as having continuous substance and unique texture. Air, water, and fire are also composed of molecules -- everything is molecules -- yet earth gives us these molecules in their tightest and most confined structure.
Different crystals have varying structures, and learning about these can provide a way to work with your crystals in a way other than just knowing the superficial aspects related to their color and type. It's also interesting to learn about what crystals grow together or near each other, or how they're formed to begin with. Crystals are a great way of working with the Earth element, and learning more about them gives you a way to tailor your work with them to your specific needs. Do you need protection? Grounding? Relaxation? Strength?
Of course, you can also just work with dirt or rocks you find in your yard. Much of the point and power of working with the elements is developing a relationship that enriches and empowers you, and what better way to do this than with the earth beings who live right near you? It's also cheaper, and you don't need to shell out a lot of money just so you can work with the elements--they're all around you!
What's your favorite way of working with Earth, or your favorite crystals? We'd love to hear from you.