There is a word for every idea. It may not be easy to find; it may be borrowed from another language, and it may be something that is an amalgamation of other words welded together to communicate a thought. I was trying to figure out if there was a word to refer to under world spirits, but I wasn't having much luck. I get Dictionary.com's Word of the Day delivered to my phone each morning, and the a couple of days ago, I got the word I'd been looking for: chthonian. It refers to spirits belong to the underground, beneath the soil or the Underworld. How useful, right? Okay, maybe it's just useful for some people. Or, maybe it's just me.
How often do you think about the spirits or energies who exist in the soil? I don't do it often, which is a little strange as a gardener and as a person who uses rocks and crystals in my spell work. Soil, like water, is incredibly important to human life. So important is it that many religious and spiritual traditions around the world have the image of humans coming from clay, dirt, rocks, or underground. Since most of us don't grow our own food, we forget that we need to look after the health of our soil, just as air and water must be protected.
This time of year is an excellent time to bless the chthonian spirits. Bless them as they begin their rest. Bless them as they harbor the insects and fungi and bacteria who will turn fallen leaves and dead plants into nutrients to feed next spring's garden. Without them, our world would be bare.