we observe “Earth Week”, let us pay a visit to Gaia, the Goddess of Earth, pronounced GUY-u ( ‘u’ is pronounced as ‘U’ in Up ).
Some may be familiar with this Greek deity, and some may not. So, here and now,
we will take a journey down memory lane and talk about how this great
mother, the personification of Earth, came into being.
In ancient Greek religion, it is said that Gaia was the first deity, from whom all others sprang. In modern times, some earth scientists use the term “Gaia”
to mean the complete living planet itself–a great and complex organism. In the beginning, the Greeks said, there was only formless chaos: light and
dark, sea and land, fused into a “shapeless pudding.” Eventually, chaos settled
into form, and that form became the magnificent Gaia–“the deep-breasted one”–the Earth. She existed before time began, for time was one of Her children. In
the timeless spans before creation, She existed to Herself and of Herself
alone. Then she became a mother and was said to be the “great mother of all”–Mother Earth. The heavenly gods, the Titans, and the Giants were born from her union with Uranus (the sky), while the sea-gods were born from her union with Pontus (the sea).
When all was said and done, Gaia was (is) the mother of all things associated with Earth: the mountains, seas, flora and fauna. As we see in this photo, all are represented: the cliffside (mountain), the sea, the beds of spring flowers (flora), and the beloved squirrel (fauna).
Gaia symbolizes abundance, providence, thankfulness, nature, divination, promises, and the Earth. She continues to give life and sustenance to all things that dwell in and on the planet. Let us honor Her, revere Her, delight in Her glory, and nurture Her sacred gifts…EVERY day…
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