Eath Day musings

The web of life. All things are interconnected. All life is one. 

Scientific theory and spiritual ideals say the same. The Earth is alive. Call her Gaia, Jörd, Danu, Terra, Mother Nature, or any other name…She is alive. 

Whether you see her as this 

Or this 

Or this

One thing is clear. We are killing her. 

And in doing so, we are killing ourselves. 

Every person on ever country needs to live as if it matters. We all collectively need to do our part, if not for the good of all of the interconnected life, then selfishly for themselves. 

Humanity is literally burning her away until there’s nothing left. And when that comes, there will be nothing left. 

We have the power in our hands to fix it. 


30DOD: X- Figures

From my reading, it seems as though most Druids don’t follow any deity.

I finished a stream of thoughts about superheroes and their relationship to spirituality.

A lot of them are important figures, though they aren’t directly related to my practice currently.

Thor (the Norse god not the comic alien) is an important figure to my practice. I’ve been drawn to Thor almost since I started practicing. I had read someone that, given his temper, you don’t want to deal with Thor directly. Ever. I’ll admit, this scared me off a bit. But later, I read elsewhere, that Thor is the champion of the people (this resonates with more of my studies than the former opinion) and that, if he were around today, would be a Good Ol’ Boy in the South raising hell and causing mischief, though never really meaning to cause harm. Unless someone was malicous towards his kin. Then you have to watch out.

Two nights ago, it raining and thundered. I stood outside and watched the clouds roll in, watched the lighting strike. Felt the first round of raindrops on my cheeks. I welcomed the Thor to the area. I often acknowledge the Thunderer during storms.

Danu has a minor presence as well. I acknowledge Danu as the founder of my familial tribes many centuries ago. I am of the Tuatha Dé Danann.

I don’t have much to do with either of them on a regular basis. I don’t see my brief acknowledgment as anything close to worshipping.

There was one night, a very late/early nursing when Witchlette was still a newborn- I have written about this night before- when I was having a terribly hard time nursing. She would not for the life of me latch on. Hubby came into her room, sent me to bed, soothed her and put her back down, fast asleep. We talked it out and he held me as I cried. And then we slept a good deep sleep. Two or so hours later, she was up again. I again was having trouble latching when this sense came over me- this very calming sense. All of my tension immediately released, as did Witchlette’s. I heard a voice remind me that I knew what I was doing and to just do what I knew was right. I had all of the advice from all of the standard nurses and lactation nurses floating in my head…it got too overwhelming. I liften Witchlette up and she latched right on. We have never had a problem from that moment.

I have no idea who/what came to me.

But in the most general ways…there are no figures.

At least not ones that have made their presence known. None that have called me towards them in a strong, magnetic way.

Just me, the natural world, and the elements.

30DOD: IV- Background: Deities

When I first discovered the 30 Days meme, I saw it was to research, write, and discover about a deity in your practice. When I really thought about it, however, I acknowledged the fact that I do not have deities within my practice.

I view deities the same way I view Santa Claus. Yes, Santa is real. He exists in the kindness of humanity.

So, despite not worshipping any deities, the following figures are noteworthy in my practice.

Danu- she is mother of all the Irish, the Tuatha-De-Danann. While my heritage is a huge mish-mash (I am the epitome of the melting pot) I claim Irish as my main heritage. My daughter has specifically chosen first and middle names of Celtic origin.
She is also renowned for nursing Godlets. I sought a lot of strength from her in the early stages of breastfeeding my daughter.

Demeter and Persephone- mother and daughter goddesses of Greek origin. Persephone spends half of the year with the living and half of the year in the underworld. It is Persephone’s transitions which allows Demeter, the earth goddess of fertility of plant and animal life, to change the seasons. When Persephone rejoins her mother, the trees begin to bud and flowers begin to bloom. The more time they spend together, the more alive and ravishing the earth becomes. When it is time for Persephone to depart, the flowers begin to die and the leaves change and fall off the trees. The longer she is away, the more dead and desolate the earth becomes as Demeter mourns her daughter. This myth of a mother’s love is a beautiful way to explain the natural phenomenon of the seasons.

Mostly, I look to the Norse pantheon for myths of everyday life. Why does it thunder and lightning? Thor is battling Jotuns again!

While I don’t worship anything in the traditional sense, I do revere the Earth. I care for the planet to the best of my ability and I encourage others to do the same. Despite not outright worshipping her, Mother Nature is the closest to a patron goddess I have.

The Moon would come in close second, as she rules the tides- the water of life and the life waters of all creatures. With the Moon would come the Sun- the heat and light which make life on our little blue marble possible.