One great thing about the recent rainy weather is that our large pond, which was beginning to look very sorry for itself has filled up nicely. I spent half a day clearing out a two inch layer of moss and water weed from the shallow end while it was dry. Gardening seems to be a constant battle with nature to prevent it doing what it wants – which in this case was to extend the lawn into a boggy bit. I had plenty of time to connect with the element of earth while lying on my tummy hoicking out clods of vegetation and then picking out the gravel and stones to throw back in.
It is funny how when you set out to study the qualities and associations of one of the elements; it always seems to be wrapped up in the others. Stone for example is a symbol of earth yet it could have been formed in fire, having originally been laid down in water, and can contain bubbles of air or vapour, or their crystal remains. If I imagine a pavement being dried out by strong sun after rain, wisps of steam rising from the surface, I see all of the elements working together.
I find it really comforting, this interconnectedness, this great web of life, and I suppose that is where the fifth element comes in. The bit that wants to make my pond a lawn, and my wild bit a meadow and which shows me the beauty of working with mud in the spring sun. The great life force of nature, so vibrant at this season of Beltane and which can also be felt in ourselves, and which we label Spirit.