XXV. TO THE EARTH [GAIA]
The Fumigation from every kind of Seed, except Beans and Aromatics.
O Goddess, Earth, of Gods and men the source,
endu’d with fertile, all destroying force;
All-parent, bounding, whose prolific pow’rs,
produce a store of beauteous fruits and flow’rs,
All-various maid, th’ eternal world’s strong base
immortal, blessed, crown’d with ev’ry grace;
From whose wide womb, as from an endless root,
fruits, many-form’d, mature and grateful shoot.
Deep bosom’d, blessed, pleas’d with grassy plains,
sweet to the smell, and with prolific rains.
All flow’ry dæmon, centre of the world,
around thy orb, the beauteous stars are hurl’d
With rapid whirl, eternal and divine,
whose frames with matchless skill and wisdom shine.
Come, blessed Goddess, listen to my pray’r,
and make increase of fruits thy constant care;
With fertile Seasons [Horai] in thy train, draw near,
and with propitious mind thy suppliant hear.
This is one of the more interesting looks at the Earth. It looks at Gaia as the Mother of All, but also includes a reference to Her as a destroyer as well. It behooves us on Earth Day and on every day to honor her as our home.
This is one of the things that Earth Day was created to remind us of. It is not meant do be a “special” day in that we only focus on Gaia on that day, but special in the same sense that any other festival day is.
These festivals may be modern inventions, but that is the nature of our faith, it lives and grows, like Gaia herself…..