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Earth Our Mother

[I have revised one of my posts from Awenydd of the Mountains to share with SageWoman Blogs and Pagan Square  for Earth Day. May you celebrate consciously and joyously!]


As with Terra and Gaia, Earth/Hertha/Nerthus is a Goddess. I think civilizations have always acknowledged her as Mother. We keep calling her by Goddess names, even in monotheist eras.

I find it a little odd that we also call soil “earth”. Mother as the sum of her parts – the physical matter of her body, but reduced to the rocky sediment. But really, ocean is as much “earth” as soil is. Air, lava, and living organic matter are, too. You and I are “earth”.  So this wording from our language draws my eye to the separateness and stage-set attitude of Western Civilization being “on the earth” rather than “in the earth”. On a ground or stage, rather than deep within the biosphere… itself deep within the universe. Above, on top of, dominating, walking on… Planet as mostly inanimate prop to play out the lofty human drama, instead of the reality that Pagans know of planet as living home and community to which we belong and mother from which we emerged… inseparable from ourselves.

I see soil as deep and fecund, and the ground as a lot more than a simple surface. From spinning core and ever-shifting mantle creating a magnetosphere to shield us from solar winds, to rich medium that produces and nourishes all life as well as storing and transforming organic and inorganic matter, to ancient mountains and ocean rifts, to the symbolic shamanic lower world we can descend into for knowledge and experience. It is the fire and the cauldron.

Part of my spiritual work is to bring this vital, communal, and immersive sensibility back into my culture’s relationship with Earth. It is currently and for so long has been sick with

separateness and with devaluing our family and mother into inanimate objects to be done with as we like. Humanity has not been able to be responsible with our relationships because of this blindness to the existence of our relationships and the interconnections between everything.

I also want to strengthen the bonds between other Pagans and the Earth, to help Paganism become a defender and guide and healer for the misguided parts of humanity that are sick in this way, and for all of our eco-community. Indigenous peoples who are still Pagan have not become sick in this way. I would love to work with them to reconnect humanity to Earth and to sustainable ways of living as part of the whole Earth family. I would love for Pagans who love wisdom, knowledge, and nature to once again lead the way in philosophy, science, and the humanities, and bring a holistic awareness back to humanity’s collective consciousness and healing to our ravaged world. Our love of Earth can be the light that calls us to this work. May we all be beacons to each other, lighting new signal fires, networking the message from Mother.

Life in balance. Love in connection. Peace in harmony.

Happy Earth Day to my Pagan family and all children of the Goddess! Come to to see the Pagan Community Statement on the Environment and if it reflects your values, join me in signing it to add your voice to the call!

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Lia is an awenydd, writer, journal editor (A Beautiful Resistance), copyeditor (Druid Magazine), hedge witch, mother, musician, OBOD Bard, and anthropology major, living in the wild, enchantingly beautiful mountain west (USA). Her spiritual influences tend toward the ancient and indigenous, with a future-focused hope that humanity will return to a spiritually-rich and thriving sustainability.


  • John Halstead
    John Halstead Wednesday, 22 April 2015

    Lia, thank you for the shout out! But it's, not Can you correct that? Thanks, John

  • Lia Hunter
    Lia Hunter Wednesday, 22 April 2015

    Oops! Fixed now. Thanks!

  • John Halstead
    John Halstead Wednesday, 22 April 2015

    Thanks. Just yesterday, I wrote instead of -- and in a press release no less. :)

  • Lia Hunter
    Lia Hunter Monday, 27 April 2015

    Aww! To err is human! :D

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