Petrichor: Earth’s Scent After a Rain

It’s been raining a lot recently and the fresh air after a hard rain makes the warm Earth steam and drink in the water from the sky. There’s a word for the fresh feeling we get after the rains subside.

Petrichor: (n.) the smell of the earth after rain hits dry soil and soaks it into the ground.


This word means stone meeting the fluid of the gods. Water is rejuvenating and the giver of life for all creatures and plants on Earth.

Petrichor is the refreshing scent of earth and moss and water, bringing cleaner air and brighter skies.


It’s believed that we are so attracted to the smell of the earth after a rain because water is essential to life.

What’s your favorite part about the rain?


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3 thoughts on “Petrichor: Earth’s Scent After a Rain

  1. Many years ago I was taken by a friend to a sweat lodge of Lakota Native American, sort of against my will, since he invited me to diner, but instead he drove me there, to the place of the Lodge, once there I went along, at the time didn’t found the experience to my liking, it was unbearable hot, I got to lay down basically kissing the ground, to avoid the heat, as much as possible, since the heat by physics it rise, and because I was the farthest to the door, it was almost impossible for me to leave being the lodge overcrowded, and narrow, like many who were near the door did during the ceremony, I went through the whole ordeal to the bitter end, when the one who poured the lodge asked how many Grandfathers where left (The hot stones) I heard a voice saying:

    “About forty!”

    “Bring them all in”

    Was the answer, well, the already super hot lodge become a veritable hell on Earth!

    You can’t believe how upset I was with my friend for having me trap on that way to assist to a lodge against my will, since we arrived late, we had missed the first lodge, and we participated on the last lodge, at the end it was very late at night, after a shower we left and went straight home with no diner!

    Of course I was very tired after the ordeal, and went straight to bed, since I got to work early for that day.

    First I got to tell you that I follow a different, but now days more encompassing Spiritual Path, but never the Red road until that time. Well despite my ordeal, and how upset I was about the whole experience, my dreams were of a clear lucidity, Great Spirit talk to me, an initiated me, it was a long dream full of Spiritual insight, of many things that are not relevant to this particular story, except he gave me a name, of course in the dream it was not a word, a great thunderstorm approached from the Northeast I was in the desert, if you had ever being on a thunderstorm in the desert on summer time, you got no idea how it is, but I understood as the first drops of water hit the dry earth in the middle of thunder everywhere, the wind brought that smell; Petrichor..

    Never had found out if there is a word in Lakota for Petrichor, however if there is one, that’s the name Great Spirit named after. 🙂


    • Wow, what an incredible story! Thank you so much for sharing. I am so glad you have experienced this as well, it truly is an incredible moment on Earth when the rain kisses the ground and creates the smell.


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