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Elements of Earth and Art Combine

Updated: Feb 1, 2023




Can we align our arts practice with the elements of the earth? Yes, I believe so.


Being mindful of a combination of elements whilst we are taking time out for reflection during our colouring, can create a loving balance; thereby resulting in an experience that thrives on mutual growth and harmony between you are your art.


Empedocles, a Greek philosopher,scientist and healer who lived in Sicily in the fifth century B.C.,believed that all matter comprises the four elements: earth, air, fire and water. Fire and air are outwardly reaching elements, reaching up and out, whereas earth and water turn inward and downward.

Others believe there are seven elements, but for now let’s explore four.


The Four Elements also describe the four unique personality types associated with the zodiac signs.The elements exhibit profound influence on basic character traits, behaviour, emotions, thinking and intuition. They are reflected in our relationships, our ambitions or lack thereof, and the unexpected turns and twists that add spice to our lives.


Astrology aims to help us to better focus our energies, gain a better understanding of our positive traits, and deal with the negative ones. We can use this knowledge to realize our full potential and live our best life. We all need air to breathe, water to cleanse us and sustain our growth, fire to shelter us from the cold and nourish us, earth to live on together with all the living things and to grow our food. All the elements are equally important and below is a more in depth description of each.


Let’s explore the element Earth.


Earth

Astrology: Taurus, Capricorn, Virgo

Tarot: Pentacles

Jung: Sensation

Feel the Earth under our feet, the soil that sustains all forms of life. Look at the power and beauty of the mountains, a symbol of stability and solidity of the earth. Everyday we experience the physical world, we walk on this earth, enjoy the beauty and bounty of Mother Earth and feel the comfort of being on solid ground.




Associated with the signs Taurus, Capricorn and Virgo, Earth represents the practical, realistic material side of our nature, it seeks to assert a stable, secure and structured environment into which we can function. Feel the earth under your feet, solid and steady as you walk slowly. Earth is patient and reliable. It is solid and strong. To be on solid ground encourages one to seek the practical and most logical answer to a problem.


Earth can be a stabilizing force in a relationship contributing structure and organization to achieve balance and harmony. Earth sustains growth- watch

plant life grows, from an acorn grows an oak tree; so do humans grow from youth to maturity, and realize the immense growth in every facet of life.


The overexpression of this element can be seen in a stubborn and rigid personality, one that strives to remain in the comfort zone in life, afraid to take

risks. It can also be seen by a love of the material side of life, the comforts of material well-being. Material worth can be overemphasized and this can

lead to a stressful, worrisome situation.


Weakness: attachment, stinginess, materialism, resistant to change, too much attention to detail and missing the big picture.



The world today can be overwhelming! Each year, society seems to revolve more and more around technology, screens, and stress. It is far too easy to get caught up comparing ourselves to the perfectly curated lives we see on social media, or feel overwhelmed by the never ending 24 hour news cycle. It’s no wonder we can often find ourselves feeling caught in negative cycles of anxiety, fear, and stress.

Thankfully, we are all born with the ability to access a tool that can help us overcome all of today's modern struggles. A tool that can help guide us through life and stay on the right path. It is our one true superpower, an ancient wisdom buried within each of us. What I’m talking about is your intuition!

The definition of intuition is, “the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning”. In other words, it's the bridging of the gap between our conscious and unconscious minds. For example, have you ever had an unexplainable feeling in your gut that instinctively told you when something you were doing was right or wrong? That was your intuition speaking. Now imagine what your life would be like if you were able to access that inner guidance system whenever you needed it. That sounds amazing, right? Who wouldn’t want more of that?


Listening and trusting that little voice is a marvellous thing on its own, but working to develop that little voice can make it even more powerful. We all have the sacred ability to grow and strengthen our intuition. The more we use it, the more it can expand and evolve. Imagine your intuition as a muscle that needs exercise and nourishment to flourish. Let’s take a look at how you can tune in with and develop your amazing gift!


Get creative: Do something creative! Paint, draw, build, sketch, anything that elevates your creative mind. When we are young, our inner voice is loud and not hesitant to shine through. As we get older that inner voice is pushed down with responsibilities and the stresses of life. Tapping into this creative part of our brain can help re-ignite those pathways and amplify our intuitions.


On occasion, even drawing can cause us elements of stress, often coming from outside of our zone of proximity. Colouring and, or drawing over already produced art can centre you and re-establish your thoughts to those of positivity and what really matters. My Heart and Mind Colouring Pages assist and guide you to tune your heart into art and taking control of your own zone of proimatey. What do I mean by' zone of proximity? This means being mindful of things immediately in your control, you.


Start to Get in tune with all your senses: Call upon the Earth and let your intuition flow through any of your five senses. It may come as a strange or loving sensation you feel physically within your body, or as a thought that seems to appear out of nowhere. A certain scent may trigger it, or even taste. Start noticing and paying attention to all of your senses. When was the last time that you really concentrated on your breathing, your sense of smell, your taste? We have all heard the phrase, “stop and smell the roses”, but it really can help in developing your intuition. The more you practice getting in tune with these senses, the more your “6th sense” can flourish as well.


This can be easier said than done, this is where being creative accessibly can help. Colouring pages are an instant way to give yourself sometime to ‘tune’ in with yourself.


As I create my art I contemplate the elements and let my hand, heart and head combine to create my own artistic energy-which I hope flows through to you during your colouring experience with my artwork. For this first session of seven, I recommend downloading the artwork ‘Virtue’. Read the affirmation she brings and contemplate the elements, particularly the Earth.



Session two of this Elements series will focus on Air and Breathing.

If you would like to, you can leave me a personal review via the ‘Let’s Chat’ form and Google Business review.


I wish you an enjoyable guided journey into your intuition by recognising your inner zone of proximity. Call upon the Earth by ‘grounding’ yourself before you begin. If you can, stand on the floor or outside bare footed and connect your feet to the sensations underneath you. Add in your favourite yoga pose or simply feel and, if you are able, listen to your surroundings for at least 30 seconds. Become mindful of those sensations that waken our senses.


An element of art is ‘colour’ the ‘virtue’ design offers you the opportunity to choose colours that speak to you. Try selecting colours about how you feeling. Linking a colour to an emotion can become instinctive and a powerful way to recognise how and perhaps why we experience that or those particular feelings.




Jennene x

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