I have been working with the elements for years, when I facilitated regular workshops and women’s circles they were how we began and ended our time together. I love how universal the elements are, as we all have access to nature and the ability to connect with mother earth. The four elements are just a compartmentalized way of harnessing the individual aspects of nature.
Here I will be exploring each element individually. Through the process I will go into some of the ingredients I chose to use for each element in the line of element candles.
When connecting with the element of earth, I think of the season of winter. This season can conjure up the appearance of a barren landscape, but when we sink deeper into it we start to contemplate what is really happening beneath that landscape. There is so much going on below the surface where the intricate root systems lay. No matter what we might find ourselves up against, we can sit in quiet contemplation beneath a tree, we can feel the support of its trunk against our back or the ground beneath our sits bones, and allow Mother Earth to cradle us.
Earth is the element that sustains us, grounds us, and supports us. It is the element that shows us the power of release as a means to nurture our own growth. Just as the leaves fall to the ground to compost and nourish the trees for spring, we can harness our struggles and compost them into something that will give us wisdom, strength, and sustenance for what lies ahead.
Earth smells of fresh dirt, wet leaves, old worn leather, with a hint of smoke. The blending of botanicals for this candle contains cedarwood, patchouli, and vetiver.
In the jar, the scent is pungent and strong but of the four elements, it burns the softest and most subtle. I find this so reflective of earth. How often do we take for granted the quiet strength and unwavering support that earth provides? Always there quietly beneath our feet holding us up.