As the climate changes and the stress of extreme climate events begin to change our world, perhaps we will be pushed, willing or not, into greater reverence for the planet on which we live.
In the mythology of Ceres/Demeter, in her heartbreak over the loss of her daughter to the Underworld she caused the crops to fail, spreading starvation and devastation throughout the world of humans. I have always felt that the elevation of Ceres to planet status was a wakeup call to alert us to the need for respect for the Earth and the nourishment she provides which sustains us, and without which we become destitute.
It is not too late, and perhaps this beautiful prayer from Starhawk can help us to embody and share the love of the Earth and the many blessings that she provides. ❤️
We give thanks for all those who are moved, in their lives, to heal and protect the earth, in small ways and in large. Blessings on the composters, the gardeners, the breeders of worms and mushrooms, the soil-builders, those who cleanse the waters and purify the air, all those who clean up the messes others have made. Blessings on those who defend trees and who plant trees, who guard the forests and who renew the forests. Blessings on those who learn to heal the grasslands and renew the streams, on those who prevent erosion, who restore the salmon and the fisheries, who guard the healing herbs and who know the lore of the wild plants. Blessings on those who heal the cities and bring them alive again with excitement and creativity and love. Gratitude and blessings to all who stand against greed, […]