This is just something of an idea I want to flesh out more, written in just a me babbling form.
The earth is a sentient being, with feelings, emotions and a physical body-relation to humans. How and why did the earth become associated only with female properties? Was this association to make it easier for men to destroy and rape the precious land by making her no more than a simple woman? Who cares if men mine her fertile body with large machines with no thought to either how this affects her natural cycles? Who cares if men tear down the beautiful trees that cover her landscape adding to her beauty? Who cares if men continue to pollute her following waters of life so that she can no longer give life but barely sustain the burden that has been placed on her? While men have been, throughout history, destroying and degrading our Mother, the place where we all originate-not made from some lump of clay but birthed forth from her loving embrace to journey with her as she grows. Paula Allen Gunn has a wonderful view on this feeling that “the earth herself is on a transformative journey and we, humans, are allowed to remain on her through it. We can either transform with her or be destroyed as she changes.” This is paraphrased from a much larger piece but it says something that many women and goddess worshippers believe. Many think that the destructive weather our beloved earth has been feeling is due to environmental problems-um HELLO!!!!!! She’s pissed-the earth herself is an extension of the goddess-when you begin to destroy the home a goddess do you think she will sit idly by? No, her and her counterpart, which in this case is the earth herself, are attempting to make people see that they are destroying the largest things that help them to live. We live in a technological world where many people spend more time behind a computer screen than they do actually communing with nature. There is a growing movement to return to a “green” lifestyle but honestly-how much of it really is appreciating the nature and love swelling up from the earth. I do not think badly of these people, please don’t think that, I simply wish that along with their cloth shopping bags and compost pile, they would take the time to build a garden, to find a place untouched by computers or people and just sit under a tree and feel what the universe is trying to say. The goddess speaks through the earth from the simple rustle of tree leaves to the uncontrollable tsunami’s that devastate countries; and by this logic the earth also speaks through the goddess. They are one. Both have presented humankind with the path that they are travelling, the way their transformation is proceeding-now people need to listen more closely and walk the path with them or fall off the side when the wheel starts to turn.
I had to share this it was too cute:
How To Celebrate Ostara with the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Chocolate Rabbit
By Patti Wigington, About.com
Sure, Ostara is a time to celebrate spirituality and the turning of the earth, but there’s no reason we can’t have a good time with it as well. If you’ve got kids — or even if you don’t — this simple rite is a great way to welcome the season using some things that are readily available in the discount stores at this time of year!
Bear in mind, this is meant to be fun and a little bit silly. If you think the Universe has no sense of humor, click the Back button on your browser immediately to exit this page.
Time Required: 20 minutes
For this ritual, you’ll need the following:
A bag of jellybeans
Marshmallow Peeps — chicks, bunnies, etc.
A chocolate rabbit for each particpant
A glass of milk for each participant
Arrange your ritual supplies on your altar so they look pretty. Kids can do this — typically the chocolate rabbits end up in the center, surrounded by an army of Peeps and several rings of jellybeans. A quick note — you might want to perform this ritual well in advance of mealtime, or all the kids will be too full of candy to eat a real dinner.
First, give everyone present a handful of jellybeans. Point out the different colors in the jellybeans, and what they can represent. As you call out each one, eat the jellybeans in that color. Feel free to be a bit goofy. Say something like:
Behold, little jelly eggs, small symbols of the season,
How we adore you!
Green is for the grass that springs from the land! (eat all the green jellybeans)
Yellow is for the sun shining above our heads! (eat all your yellow jellybeans)
Red is for the tulips that grow in our garden! (eat your red jellybeans)
Pink is for Aunt Martha’s new Easter hat! (eat your pink jellybeans)
Purple is for the crocuses that sprout along our driveway! (eat the purple ones)
Continue this until all the colors are gone — if you really want to have some fun, make the kids take turns naming off the colors and what they mean to them. When they’re all gone, call out:
Hail! Hail! to the mighty jelly bean of Spring!
Next, hand out the marshmallow Peeps. As you do, say:
Behold the Peep! The Peep is life, brought back in the spring!
Little Peep chickens, we honor you! (bite the Peep chicks)
Little Peep bunnies, we honor you! (bite the Peep bunnies)…
Continue this until the Peeps are all gone — it’s probably a good idea to limit each kid to just two or three Peeps at the most. When the Peeps have all vanished, call out:
Hail! Hail! to the mighty Peeps of Spring!
Finally, distribute the chocolate rabbits. Say:
Behold the great chocolate rabbit!
As he hops through the land, he spreads joy and happiness!
O, how we adore the chocolate rabbit and his great big chocolate ears! (eat the rabbit’s ears)
Praise the chocolate rabbit, and his delicious chocolate tail! (eat the rabbit’s tail)
Honor this chocolate rabbit, and his chocolate hoppity legs! (eat the rabbit’s legs)
He is a wonderful rabbit, and he is special indeed! (eat the rest of the rabbit)
When the rabbits are all gone, say:
Hail! Hail! to the mighty chocolate rabbit of Spring!
Give everyone a glass of milk, and raise your drinks in a toast to these three symbols of the season.
To the jelly beans!
To the Peeps!
To the chocolate rabbit!
We drink in your honor!
Drink your milk, and sit back to enjoy the sensation of being stuffed with ritual candy.