There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.
~Brooke Medicine Eagle
Greetings friends! I’m hoping that you all had a wonderful weekend and Easter if you celebrated it. We had beautiful weather here, so much time was spent outside. My grandkids had a wonderful egg hunt and the adults had fun watching them and helping them etc. It was a marvelous day and joy abounded!
I had a wonderful birthday as well and thank you so much for all the warm messages and well wishes! I tend to accept growing older as I like the wisdom that comes with it 🙂 My family remembered my garden witchiness and got me some lovely things for my garden…a bird bath, owl stepping stone and statue, garden journals and seeds. It was awesome!
For many years now, Earth day has come the day after my birthday. I still remember it started in 1970 when I was in like 7th grade. It was mentioned but didn’t seem to be that much of a thing really. Maybe I was too young to care too much. But by the time I hit sophomore year in high school, it was becoming more acknowledged. Kids were encouraged to walk or ride bikes to school instead of taking buses. We were gathering in groups to clean parks, highways, collecting cans for recycling, to plant a tree or a veggie garden, etc. I still remember a group of high school kids in my neighborhood decided to walk to school. Now, this was about an 8 mile walk…not a small task that early in the morning. But we put on our comfy shoes at 6am and off we went as a group. We walked thru a beautiful winding road park to get there..made it to school on time and we were proud and excited about it. It became a tradition for all 3 years of high school. Fond memories.
The sad fact is..all these years later, that though they are many of us who care so much for our Mother, that we are slowly killing Her. Factories, over population, over expansion into green spaces, too much trash, too much chemicals, fracking, oil spills, pollution of waters etc etc…is destroying Her.
There are so many who live close to Earth, that see what’s happening, who do their share in their small way to try to heal Her, help her, work with Her and not against Her…but too many who don’t give a damn. Trees are torn down to put up buildings..then new trees planted? Does that make any sense? Grass is covered in chemicals to keep it perfectly coifed and weed free. Earth’s critters are constantly scrambling to find a place to live as we tear down their homes. It goes on and on…and I have no answers for it. It makes me cry really.
Earth day is not one day of the year my friends. It’s EVERY day..at least it should be!!! Now I know I’m probably preaching to the choir here as they say. Any Witch/Pagan/environmentalist lives this every day…but as I Witch I know I can do better and work on it all the time. But we need to set an example. Earth day is a great day to do that. Talk about it…get a group together to go clean a park or a highway of trash. Plant a tree. Help your neighbors plant a wildflower garden. Get a rain barrel and a compost bin. Stop using chemicals on your lawn and use natural, earth healthy products! Walk or ride a bike when you can. Most importantly….teach your children and grandchildren to love and respect Mother Earth as well!!
Caretakers by Robert Duncan
The Elements….Earth, Air, Fire and Water….we work with them every day as Witches. Except for Fire…..those elements are ill. And it will get worse and worse if we don’t do something MORE and FAST to save them. Let’s protect Her, Heal Her, Love Her!
Blessed be our Mother Earth……and blessings to all of you who are doing your part to care for Her!!
I’m not an environmentalist. I’m an Earth warrior.
~Darryl Cherney, quoted in Smithsonian, April 1990
Blessings and Love, Autumn
*Thumbnail picture was on the internet from multiple sources.