Thursday, 29 March 2012

The Pagan Blog Project G-Week 13


Gaia was the Primordial Earth Goddess in Ancient Greek Religion her name means “Land” or “Earth. In Greek Mythology she was a Titan and Mother to several Greek deities.  She was the (primeval divinity) of earth, one of the primal elements who first emerged at the dawn of creation, along with air, sea and sky. She was the great mother of all : the heavenly gods were descended from her union with Ouranos (the sky), the sea-gods from her union with Pontos (the sea), the Gigantes from her mating with Tartaros (the hell-pit) and mortal creatures were sprung or born from her earthy flesh.

To the Greeks her home was in Crete where she was known as 'Mistress'. A name which has been applied to many later Goddesses in both Egypt and Greece. In modern time she is the soul of planet Earth.  Below is a lovely description about her from Hesiod.

Gaia, the beautiful, rose up,
Broad blossomed, she that is the steadfast base
Of all things. And fair Gaia first bore
The starry Heaven, equal to herself,
To cover her on all sides and to be
A home forever for the blessed God

This gentle, nurturing and loving goddess can be called upon in need, she is our mother, our earth, she is within and each of all of us.  I feel we can all call upon her to help in the healing of the Earth. A small statue of Gaia sits on my Altar and I feel connected to her always, when I am out in nature it is reassuring to feel her breath, to see all her beauty within the landscape, and to walk upon her and to drink and feed from her.  I personally feel it is important to give something back.  I found this prayer to Gaia which I use when I am working on healing spellwork for the Earth.  This is a lovely prayer we could all use in helping to heal Gaia's wounds.  Maybe together our combined healing energies can help strengthen Gaia's resistance to the injuries which are happening to her body, our beloved Earth.

Goddess Mother of our Earth

Let the healing power begin.

Let the Earth be whole again.

The earth is my Mother

And I am Her child.

The Earth is my lover

Free and wild.

Heal on the outside; Heal within,

Land and sea, fire and wind.

With love sincere I chant this prayer

To make mankind begin to care.

Let every sister and every brother

Heal the wounds of the Great Earth Mother.


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