Earthing establishes a connection
The Classical Elements
Elemental Earth is one of the “classic elements”, along with Air, Fire, and Water. This concept dates back to Ancient Greece. So, it’s not just something Wiccans cooked up, mid-20th Century. Aristotle added “Aether” to these four. Wiccans usually refer to the fifth element as “Spirit”.
The graphic at the top of this article speaks to me. I cropped it a bit, because the grammar of the caption was atrocious. Still, the photo nails the concept.
I first encountered the notion of Earthing not in Wiccan reading, but Ceremonial Magick. In his book, Modern Magick, Don Kraig describes elemental connections. Ceremonial Magicians also use the Classical Elements. Kraig suggests seekers regularly connect with Earth.
The first time I read Don’s book, I rolled my eyes when I got to his Earthing techniques. He suggested that women wear a skirt with no underwear, so they could sit in even an urban park, spread out a skirt, and let skin connect Earth. It sounded a bit cheesy. A second reading changed my mind. It made sense. You want skin to connect with the element!
Rolling in the mud
When I refereed soccer, I remember one coach, preparing his youth players for a game on a muddy day. He told the boys to lie down on the ground and roll around. The moms were horrified! After a minute or two, the boys were filthy. No worries about protecting the sanctity of those uniforms! They had fun. The moms had laundry.
This woman walking in the damp dirt is a great visual. Walking through freshly-grass works. So does a sandy beach. They’re all aspects of Earthing.
Earthing ties you to all aspects of Elemental Earth your tradition recognizes. For most Wiccans, that means connecting to the North compass point. Feel the North Wind as you tie to Earth. Visualize your personal Guardian for North. Some see the Archangel Uriel. Some see other beings, or they focus simply on the Winds. I like seeing Uriel as something other than the Angel of Death.