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International Earth Day is always celebrated on March 22nd every year. There are many earth goddesses from many religions worthy of honor and respect. This year, I plan on focusing my International Earth Day activities on earth goddesses.
On International Earth Day, we celebrate earth goddesses because we adore Mother Earth. Earth goddesses represent fertility, love, abundance, compassion, and wisdom.
Each year, millions of people worldwide celebrate Earth Day on March 22nd. The global community undertakes several initiatives, including planting trees, recycling, saving petroleum, and cleaning up rivers by going on field trips.
Drum circles, simple exercises for meditation, and chanting are common activities during International Earth Day.
Here are 5 goddesses you should learn about and worship on earth day.
Her Greek name Gaia means the source of all life. Her Roman counterpart is named Terra, which means earth. She is the goddess of nature and motherly love; she cares for and loves all mortal creatures. She also gives life, making it possible for humans to exist on earth.
Gaia is the ancient Greek Goddess of Nature. She is the Giver of all things that are born, grow, and die. She is the Mother Earth. Gaia creates all living things from her womb. With her all-encompassing compassion and understanding, she allows humans to live on earth as part of nature.
Mat Zemlya is the Slavic or Ukrainian Goddess of Mother Earth. She is a creator deity worshipped in the northern parts of Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. The name “Mat” means “mother” in many Slavic languages.
Mat Zemlya is worshiped as a deity of fertility. Her worshippers believe that she brings prosperity, health, and happiness to her followers. They ask Mat Zemlya to provide them and their cattle with good food.
Spider Grandmother is a Native American goddess. She protects her people from danger, especially children, and teaches them about life and death. She creates things like the stars, rainbows, and lightning from her dying embers.
Spider Grandmother is considered an earth goddess. She lives in a small, dark cave or in the shadow of a tall hollow tree. She has long, powerful arms and legs, and she can see even when her eyes are closed.
Gefjon is a Scandinavian Earth Goddess. She is the divine patron of Denmark. Her name means “the giving one, to give.” Gefjun was said to have made Zealand by separating it from the main part of Denmark with her plowshare or oxen.
Papatūānuku is the Maori goddess of creation. She represents fertility, abundance, and motherhood. She rules the land and swells with new life. She is responsible for giving all plants, animals, and people the ability to procreate.
How To Honor These Earth Goddesses
If you want to honor these earth goddesses, plant a tree, garden, recycle items, and use less fossil fuel. This way, you are helping the planet and help save it from global warming.
Other ways to honor the earth and it’s representative goddesses include:
- Learn herbalism
- Plant local plants
- Reduce your consumption
- Be responsible for your waste
- Respect wildlife
- Spend time outside
- Teach your children about nature
- Protect the environment
- Live in accordance withnature’ss rhythms
Offerings For Earth Goddesses
There are many appropriate offerings to leave for earth goddesses. The following are some of the more popular ones.
- Honey or other sweet substances
- Plants for food or medicine
Why Should Pagans Worship Earth Goddesses?
Earth goddesses are a symbol of nature and balance. They represent the needs of the earth and all things in nature. They are also a reminder that we must respect nature for our own sake.
Earth goddesses can help pagans see through their own mindsets about mining, logging, burning fossil fuel, pollution, overpopulation, or overuse of resources. They can help them know the truth of nature’s natural cycles and the preservation of life.
Earth goddesses have a lot of meaning and symbolism for pagans. They are powerful images of rebirth, regeneration, bounty, compassion, and wisdom that all people should honor and love.
During the full moon, we call upon Hekate to assist us in clearing our past, releasing our fears, and opening ourselves to new possibilities. We ask her to help us gain clarity in our lives, to help us transform our inner worlds, and to allow us to move forward with courage and confidence.
It is said that Hekate helps us to overcome obstacles and challenges that stand in our way, and to achieve our goals. In addition to being a benevolent Goddess, she is also a fierce warrior. When we summon her, we invite her to help us take charge of our lives, to lead us into battle, and to fight for justice.
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