By Andrew Pacholyk

The element, Earth, is associated with the Late Summer season and with dampness.

The element is associated with the spleen (pancreas) and stomach and related to the mouth.

The Earth is the source and provider of all our needs. The earth represents sensations, patience, stability, strength, health, grounding and centering of energies, promoting peace, fertility, money, business success, stability, warmth, comfort and physical labor. Earth is the element we are closest to home with, since it is our home. Earth doesn’t necessarily represent the physical earth, but that part of it which is stable, solid and dependable. Earth is the realm of abundance, prosperity and wealth.

Emotionally, this element is associated with nurturing. Intuition is believed to begin in the area of our Solar Plexus Chakra. Although, the Third Eye Chakra is most associated with intuition, the “spark” is what is felt in the area of our solar plexus and stomach. This being the biggest nerve center in our body connected to almost all the organs, the solar plexus is often where we consider our “gut” feeling to come from. This is also where the connection between the three lower Chakra interchange with the four higher Chakra energy centers.

The Earth Signs of the zodiac are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Those who are “earthy” are considered disciplined, premeditative, conventional and dependable. They are often responsible, methodical, and concerned with details. They can count on being grounded, savvy, practical and good at following regulations and procedures.

Emotionally when earth is imbalanced, it can either cause excess worry or pensiveness. The trait of “over thinking” is a spleen/stomach issue and can affect our entire being. Worry can consume the body and express itself as stagnation.

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