Connected to the North, Earth is considered the ultimate feminine element. The Earth is fertile and stable, associated with the Goddess. The planet itself is a ball of life, and as the Wheel of the Year turns, we can watch all the aspects of life take place in the Earth: birth, life, death, and finally rebirth. The Earth is nurturing and stable, solid and firm, full of endurance and strength. Most living beings are dependent on Earth for a place to live and for a chance to grow food. Earth is needed to ensure consistency. Earth is a reliable element, peaceful and tranquil.
And we love the Earth, and honor Her as our Mother…
It is an element busy with the day to day life and problems, and an element often seen as the great player in the eternal game of the world. Earth represents safety and balance, but over all constancy, the constancy of being, within the confines of life and death. Earth is associated with the qualities of fertility, endurance,inner-direction and passivity. It is slow-moving, nurturing, receptive, and quiet. Earth is more than the ground we stand on, the brown dirt we know with this name, it is stone as well in all it varities, including the most precious gems. It appears also in the form of wood and every object we shape – though endowed with a spirit to serve us as tools. Earth is realization. Earth is rock, Earth is stone, Earth is sand, Earth is the place we live on. Earth is the flesh and bones we bear.
In the clerical sense Earth is most often represented in the form of an altar. The altar is an elevated place or structure usually made from wood or stone before which religious ceremonies may be enacted or upon which sacrifices are offered to the Gods.