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The Goddesses Of Earth And How They Help Ground Us

This is Part One of a four-part blog series. In each blog, we focus on the four aspects of the goddess spirit from around the world.

Hands holding the earth
The Goddesses of Earth Series

The goddesses of earth remind us to tap into the primordial wisdom of the earth. Here, plants, trees, and soil offer us nourishment and healing. From plants that we source from her to make medicine, the soil we use to plant the food we eat, and her trees that give us food, shelter, and wood. We must take good care of her so that she can heal and continue to offer us nourishment. Our carbon footprint harms the Earth, and there are things we can do daily to help heal our environment.

The Earth Goddesses are about fertility, childbirth, nurturing, growth, and rejuvenation. So, let's travel around the world together and meet the Earth Goddesses who help us ground our energy and tune into our nurturing abilities.

Gaia is the Greek Goddess of the earth.

Mosaic image of a Greek goddess
Gaia is the Greek Goddess of the earth.

Gaia's role in Greek mythology cannot be overstated. She is the mother of many gods, titans, and giants. Her unions, notably with Uranus, produced the Titans, including Cronus, Rhea, and the giants known as the Gigantes. Her birth came from the primordial chaos, so she can be seen as the ultimate arbitrator, a primordial deity with deep wisdom and the power to prophesy.

In embracing Gaia's wisdom, we are reminded of the fundamental connection we share with the Earth and all living beings. Mother Earth or Gaia teaches us about the cycles of life, the importance of nurturing and being nurtured, and the deep, sustaining power of the earth beneath our feet.

Here are some ways to consciously connect with Gaia during our day-to-day activities.

  • Sense with your bare feet on the earth how Mother Earth supports your entire body; the surface of the bottom of your feet roots you to her; sense with your feet how you belong to the earth.

  • When you eat fruit, vegetables, or anything else that comes from the Earth, take a moment to thank Gaia for the nourishment. This gratitude practice not only lets us honor her but also helps us be present in what we are eating and tasting.

Pachamama, earth mother or world mother, as the Incas referred to the Andean goddess of the earth.

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Pachamama, earth mother or world mother,

Pachamama, revered as the Earth Mother or World Mother occupies a central place in the cosmology of the Andean peoples, including the Incas.

She is not just a deity but a symbol of fertility, abundance, and the nurturing essence of the Earth itself. Unlike the distant gods of the sky,

Pachamama is intimately connected with the everyday lives of those who honor her, offering protection and provision in return for respect and veneration.

In cultivating a practice to connect with Pachamama, we can:

Honor the feminine by recognizing your mother, your mother's mother, and your ancestral lineage through the women that came before you in your ancestry. Notice that the essence of Pachamama runs through your ancestral mothers and then through you, so you are part of the earth's fabric, that you are not separate from her, nor have you ever been separated from her.

Papatūānuku is the Maori Earth Mother who created the world.

Carving illustrating Papatūānuku is the Maori Earth Mother
Papatūānuku is the Maori Earth Mother

Papatūānuku In Māori mythology, is the Earth Mother who embodies the land and fertility, giving life to all things, including plants, animals, and humans. She is a central figure in Māori cosmology, representing the earth and its bounty. Her presence is felt in every aspect of the natural world, from the soil underfoot to the mountains and rivers that define the landscapes of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Papatūānuku is both a creator and a nurturer, providing everything her children need to thrive.

Ask Papatūānuku to teach you how to nurture yourself. Finding a quiet place, sitting in meditation, and asking her to guide you may be a good idea. It may be about carving out time to walk, practice yoga, or read a book. You can ask for her help by voicing aloud what you need help with to nurture you. See how she is present in nature as you observe nature.

Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction and death, symbolises Mother Nature and fertility.

Kali, the Hindu goddess Statue
Kali, the Hindu goddess

Kali, one of Hindu mythology's most complex and powerful deities, embodies the paradoxical nature of creation and destruction. Often misunderstood by those unfamiliar with her significance, Kali's fearsome appearance and association with death and destruction are just one aspect of her multifaceted nature. She is a destroyer, protector, and mother who symbolizes the cycle of life, death, rebirth, and the transformative power of time. She is timeless, and she is about change and empowerment.

So call upon Mother Kali to help you bring change and destroy what no longer serves you.

You could begin your ritual using a smudge stick to help cleanse your auric field. What is a smudge stick?

This is a bundle of dried and lit herbs; the smoke and fragrance from them clear our aura and energy field. A smudge stick is waved over your body, and you can chant a mantra to cleanse yourself. A possible mantra is, " Mother Kali, please cleanse and release anything that no longer serves me. Thank you."

Smudging is a great way of clearing our energy fields and auras to be clearer.

The Earth Goddesses bring the gifts of grounding presence, connection to nature, connection to our fellow humans, and connection to the earth and her animals. So next time you step outside, notice the gifts that Mother Earth offers you and thank her for them.

Prepare to be uplifted in our next blog as we explore air goddesses from around the globe.

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