I have studied crystal healing for many years and have studied and been attuned to reiki levels one, two, and masters.
Earth is one of the classical Western elements. It is associated with the physical body and material abundance. Earth is thought of as a cool, dry and feminine energy that is grounding, calming and balancing in nature. In Greek philosophy, earth was one of four elements that formed the basis of everything in existence. Plato associated this element with darkness, thickness and quiet. Aristotle believed Earth to be the heaviest of the elements.
Today the element of earth is one of the four elements used in many magical systems along with air, fire and water. Some systems also work with a fifth element, commonly known as spirit or aether. Earth is associated with stability, health, wealth, family, success and prosperity. As an element, it can be worked with on its own or in combination with the other elements. This element is also useful for grounding and helping us to keep our feet firmly planted on the ground and within reality. The element of earth may be represented on an altar, sacred space or within rituals and magic in a number of ways including by stones, crystals, salts or simply using soil. The colours commonly associated with earth are brown, black and green.
The Properties of Earth Crystals
Crystals associated with the element of earth have a grounding, peaceful energy that is a great choice for growth and achieving balance. They can be useful in relieving fatigue and, due to their cooling nature, may help calm short tempers. Brown crystals in particular are beneficial for bringing feelings of safety and control. Black stones are commonly linked to grounding and protection and green stones are connected to the heart chakra.
1. Tiger's Eye
This brown stone is sometimes associated with the fire element and some people find that its energy is more stimulating and hot than it is cooling and calming. Tiger’s eye can be used to slow down hyperactive energy and has a gently energising energy. It is believed to help increase confidence, courage and encourage in working towards goals.
Tiger’s eye has long been regarded as a protective stone against ill-wishes and curses. Roman soldiers are said to have worn or carried tiger’s eye into battle as they believed it increased bravery and success. It can help ground spaced out feelings or people who struggle with commitment. This stone can also be useful in aiding collecting together and making sense of scattered thoughts and information. It may also help in seeing the difference between what we want and what is truly best for us.
2. Petrified Wood
Regarded as a stone of transformation, petrified wood is a form of fossilised wood where all of the organic material has been replaced with silicate minerals. It is also sometimes known as agatised wood. This is thought to be a good choice for increasing will power and in supporting through times of transformation. Petrified wood is associated with stability, security, grounding and wealth.
Due to its stabilising and grounding nature, petrified wood is thought to be a good choice for people who struggle with anxiety and fear or are easily panicked. Its earthly energy aids in calming the nerves while replacing fear with feelings of security, balance and well-being. This stone may also ease obsessive thoughts and behaviour patterns.
3. Smoky Quartz
Smoky quartz is believed to be beneficial in reducing anxiety and for gently restoring energy after illness. It is an excellent grounding and protective stone, linked to the base and earth chakras. This variety of quartz is supportive in times of stress and can aid in keeping balance during times of difficulty and upheaval.
Smoky quartz can help in developing a strong connection to the physical earth and in enhancing meditation. This supportive stone can help through difficult conversations while helping you to keep a clear head and problem solve issues that arise. Smoky quartz is thought to be a good crystal in helping you to manifest your dreams and wishes by helping you to focus and work towards what is needed.
4. Dalmatian Jasper
This crystal has an uplifting energy that can help to alleviate boredom and find enjoyment in life and activities. It is used to help work through negative thoughts and emotions that are holding you back from progressing in life. Dalmatian jasper is a stone that can help you recognise your own strengths and weaknesses and find ways to makes these work for you in life. It is a calming stone that can soothe pained, scared or hurt humans and animals well.
Dalmatian jasper is thought of as a good luck stone, protecting against scams and those who may seek to dampen your successes. It can help in finding sensible solutions to problems and can be beneficial to small businesses and entrepreneurs.
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5. Iron Pyrite
Also known as fool’s gold, iron pyrite has been used throughout history by civilizations like the Mayans and Aztecs. It is useful for enhancing creative thinking, brainstorming and finding creative solutions to problems in life. Its shiny surface is said to repel negativity.
Pyrite is believed to be a great addition to any home as it will attract good fortune and prosperity. It is also a good choice for creating harmony between people who live or work together. This crystal has an energy that is good for boosting willpower, action and commitment. Pyrite can bring courage when you need to stand up for yourself and others around you and in discerning whether people are being truthful or not.
6. Black Obsidian
This variety of obsidian is a powerful grounding and protective stone. It repels negativity and is useful in meditation and scrying. Black obsidian can be used in healing past lives and working through negative thoughts, emotions and events in this life. This crystal can be used to focus scattered energy and help in releasing represent emotions. It is also beneficial in building inner strength and self-assurance.
Black obsidian is a good stone for helping your reach your goals even when it feels like everything is against you. It will help keep your faith in yourself and your ability to success.
This green crystal is useful in balancing male and female energies and help in clearing muddled thoughts. It is a great stone for artists and anyone working in or studying artistic pursuits. Amazonite has long been used in amulets created to ward of negativity and protect the wearer from harm.
Amazonite is considered a stone of success and abundance as well as one that will attract good fortune and luck to those around it. It promotes practical thinking in regards to increasing wealth and working towards success as well as taking time over financial decisions and avoiding impulsive spending.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Questions & Answers
Question: How can I get a meridian chart?
Answer: Meridian charts are available to buy online that can be used for display and references. It is also possible to buy figures that have the meridians marked on to them.
Question: Where can you buy these crystals?
Answer: You may be able to find shops that stock crystals in your local area, such as metaphysical shops, museums, and new age shops. Sometimes they are available in shops selling decorative items. There are also many websites that sell crystals as well as more general sites such as Etsy or eBay.
© 2019 Claire
Claire (author) from Lincolnshire, UK on June 25, 2019:
Thank you and you're welcome :)
Lorna Lamon on June 25, 2019:
This is an extremely interesting article. I have a couple of pieces of tiger's eye and like the idea that it is a protective stone. Thank you for sharing.