Earth Magick – “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”
According to traditional Pagan beliefs, the Earth element is the most feminine element of all. Here in the land of La La, where La Brea divides Sodom (West Hollywood) from Gomorrah (Hollywood proper), we couldn’t agree more. Nowhere in the world do the gifts of Mother Earth adorn so many lavish Queens, Princesses, and Priestesses of the Modern Age, everywhere, anywhere, from Rodeo Drive all the way to Ventura Blvd. in another world on the other side of the hill. In 1953 when the young Marilyn Monroe stole the show from a more experienced Jane Russell in the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes it was because of the musical number “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” That anthem of the feminine desire for the stability in an uncertain world became the touchstone for the modern woman who had no idea that she was connecting with Gaia as a daughter does to her mother.
“Men grow cold as girls grow old and we all lose our charms in the end. But square-cut or pear-shaped, these rocks don’t lose their shape. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” (performed by Marilyn Monroe and written by lyricist Leo Robin in 1953).
Although a man may abandon his woman because she no longer pleases him, a mother, the Great Mother, continues to provide even when a man refuses to do so anymore. Even today, a diamond is an investment. It affords a measure of security. It is the symbol of commitment. It is an insurance policy from our Great Mother that a woman with diamonds need never starve. Later on, when the divine Shirley Bassey sang “Diamonds are Forever” in the opening credits of the 1971 James Bond film with the same name, that idea was driven home again so we would never forget it.
“Diamonds are forever, sparkling round my little finger. Unlike men, the diamonds linger; Men are mere mortals who are not worth going to your grave for.” Shirley Bassey
Before you poo-poo the idea of diamonds being anything more than a symbol of vanity, remember that they are made from carbon just as we are. They are so programmable that they can carry curses for centuries. Remember the case of the infamous Hope Diamond, which was supposedly cut from the French Blue that was part of the Crown Jewels just prior to the bloodbath that was the French Revolution. The Ancient Greeks, who were for the most part patriarchal, called it “adamas”, which translates to invincible or indestructible.
In the Craft, diamonds are classified as a solar stone that enhances all the energies in the body, mind, and spirit. Diamonds are stones of protection and power. When you consider them as a gift from the Mother, it all makes perfect sense. Why wouldn’t a mother want to empower and protect her daughters? In a final note, not all diamonds are “blood diamonds.” Every woman and every witch has a choice. “Conflict-free” diamonds are sold these days.