February 5, 2016

Earth ~ The Foundation for My Pagan Path

Above all else, the term, "Earth", in my vocabulary represents "home" and "stability".   In my Pagan path, She represents the basis, foundation, and grounding force in order for every other aspect of my life and spirituality to function.  Like all of our ancestors before us, our survival depends upon the survival and well-being of our home planet.  We count on the Earth and her seasonal cycles to provide for all of our needs - from the food we eat to the fuel used to heat our dwellings.  For as long as I can remember, I thought of the Earth as a sort of "Mother".  As her "children", or inhabitants, we must respect and honor Her just as we should our own, human, Mothers.  I love the old Native American ways and philosophies regarding the care of the Earth Mother, and strive always to follow them the best I can.

In Magic, the Earth also represents that necessary steady, solid force ~ the place we're rooted to and in tune with in order to reach out and invite other elements and forces into our work.  It is that which allows us to maintain balance when we're on our tiptoes reaching for a dream, and feeling as if we'll topple over without some support.  It is the place we retreat to when things feel chaotic.  A simple walk, alone in the woods, or feeling the sand on bare feet at the beach, can unwind even the most intricate situations, or erase the most depressing moods.  Moments of reconnecting with this greatest element allow us to recharge, re-focus and breathe.

We convince ourselves that we "own" portions of the Earth - a few acres of pasture, a strip of lake-frontage, a city playground, a wooded piece with a mountain view, the lot our meager dwellings are erected upon - but in reality, none of us truly "owns" a single square inch of the Earth.  Our short, insignificant existences upon the face of the Earth come and go in a fraction of a millisecond when compared to the lifespan of our host.
"Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints", Quote by Chief Seattle
I believe we all need to severely curb the raping of the Earth and her resources, along with the short-sighted and greedy damage we have been doing, rather than living as if we are the only species, or the only generation of humans, who are ever going to require Her gifts.  The destruction, pollution, and unchecked mining of Her natural resources by an already irresponsibly overly-populated species is simply unacceptable!

As humans, our actions, or "in-actions", have forever altered ecosystems and devastated the fragile web of plant and animal life, including our own.  A human, I believe, is the only example of a living organism on Earth that is stupid enough to destroy its' own home, repeatedly, and then fail to give a shred of concern, nor a second thought about it.  Yet humans are considered highly intelligent?  It would seem that we should be smarter than to do such a thing.  We then, often, pass blame upon someone or something else, and expect someone else to clean up the messes we helped to generate.

Our own spending habits continue to drive the unbridled destruction of our planet, and the continued production to meet "demand".  For example, this computer I'm typing on was produced from oil.  The chemicals under the sink in most people's kitchens  produced pollution to manufacture them, and will damage water systems and organisms when they are used.  The new, matching dining room set, that just "had" to be purchased even though the old one was fine, or the cool cell phone cover with the Celtic design, are just two examples of our materialism and greed.  Do we truly "need" three quarters of the things we possess?
"Collect moments, not things."

I think of the pioneers and early American explorers, who, even though they often "owned" less than could fit in the bed of a wagon, survived through life with little to nothing just fine, and yet were still considered materialistic hoarders by many Natives.  I can only imagine what some of our long-past ancestors would think if they could witness how carried away we've become - how sad the world - the Earth - is now?  In truth, while these things may "ease" our lives, they do not "make us" happy.
"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they make the best of everything they have."
When I was nine, I recall drawing a very detailed picture of what a future "park" would look like.  There were sloppy recreations of what a tree, a wolf, a deer, a butterfly, etc, used to look like back when they still existed somewhere on the planet.  There were people gathered around, gazing at the poorly-crafted structures or salvaged photos in awe.  They could hardly imagine such things and would never know the depth of their beauty and purpose in real life.  Never know the sound of a bee or the smell of Lavender.  A premonition?  I hope not.  I want my grandchildren, and yours, to know Earth in the purest form possible, undamaged and unaltered by our injustices against Her...and against our own offspring.

This post was written in response to The Pagan Experience Writing Prompts Challenge for 2016.  


Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA.  She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.


Magaly Guerrero said...

I've always felt closer to the element of fire, but when it comes to finding my center, that place from where no one can take me, I'm right with you: the Earth Mother is my foundation.

Polly Taskey said...

Magaly, I can truly see your alignment with fire - I love your fiery spirit! :) Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

Polly Taskey said...

As a sidenote: Did you notice the times of our comments? (I notice weird things like that) 11:44 and 12:22. I keep seeing double or quadruple digits the past few weeks - they catch my eye, rather than me going looking for them. I think Stacy mentioned this a few days ago as well. How intriguing!

Magic Love Crow said...

I love this post Polly! I agree with everything you have said! I have 3 pet squirrels in our backyard. I cherish every moment I have outside! I hate seeing massive homes, or just cement! Funny you were talking about owning objects we don't need. For the past 3 years, I have been letting go of things. "Things" truly don't make you truly happy! Yes, it was me about the numbers. It has continued! I was told it was a way of our guardian angels talking to us. So when it happens, really concentrate and listen. Big Hugs

Polly Taskey said...

Stacy, you sound so much like me! If the weather were warmer, you'd probably rarely see me around the Internet (my blog suffers most in nice weather) since I'd be outside too! Minimalist living has been my theme for a while - especially in my new place and most of my stuff is still far away in storage, so my neighbors keep asking me, "are you SURE you have a chair or furniture?" lol. I do have special things I keep but nothing near the baggage I used to haul around. The "desire" for "stuff" just isn't there much anymore and I find I really don't "need" it. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

Magic Love Crow said...

Your neighbours are cute!

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