The Teachings of Mother Earth
Mother Earth teaches us to be human. She brings life to life and shares her gifts with us. In return for the gifts of our Mother, it is our responsibility as humans to care for all living beings living upon her.
The rock carries the wisdom of the ages and is known as the oldest teacher and is called “Grandfather”. From the rock we learn inner strength and faith. The rock is slow to move yet when the rock moves, the whole world pays attention.
The tree teaches us about Honesty for the tree is able to move the nutrients from the roots to the uppermost branches. The sap moves through the tree just as we must learn to allow truth to move through us. For each human there is a tree that is just like you. If you are acting as though you carry the whole world upon your shoulders, you will see a tree that is bowed down. Some trees appear to be tall, straight and handsome, yet that same tree may be rotten on the inside. Some people are like that. Crooked people will see crooked trees, just like them. We must strive to be tall, straight and honest and grounded with a “good root system” and to know that just as each tree is an individual and a member of a family, so are we.
Although it gets walked on, grass keeps coming back. As humans we do that to one another, yet even when we get “walked upon” we must show kindness to ourselves and others and keep coming back. We also nurture, fertilize and care for the grass just as we must care for one another. A blade of grass has two sides to it just as we, as humans have a smooth side and a rough side. We must recognize this and be kind to ourselves in order to smooth out the rough edges.
The animals give us the greatest gift of all and that is the lesson of sharing. They give up their lives so that we can live. In the old days, our ancestors would offer a prayer to Creation and ask for an animal to feed the people. When a hunter connected with an animal, that was an indication the animal was ready to die. After the hunter killed the animal, its heart was divided among the hunters and a piece of the heart was offered back to the Mother Earth with a prayer of thanks.
As humans we need to learn to share with one another and give thanks for the gifts of life shared with us.
The FOUR teachings of Faith, Honesty, Caring and Sharing which come with the rock the tree, the grasses, and the animals keep us connected with our Mother Earth.
To Bring Love Into Your Life
Material: Red or pink silk or cotton
Herbs: Rose petals, parsley, and peppermint
Gemstones: Barite, jade, rose quartz
Make a poppet to represent the object of your affection — remember that in some magical traditions it’s frowned upon to make a specific person the target of your working. If you are simply trying to attract love to yourself, but you don’t have a specific person in mind, focus on all the desirable qualities you want to see in a potential lover.
Share Your Summer Bounty
by Judi Gerber
As I have written here before, one of the ways that gardeners can make a difference is to share their excess produce with those in need, while getting rid of those crops that they might have too much of, like zucchini or tomatoes.
Not only will you be helping to fight hunger, but you will be helping your garden. How so? Too many mature fruit will make the plant stop producing, so you want to make sure to harvest so you can extend your harvest season.
If you want to donate excess produce, you can do so through Ample Harvest. They have created a campaign to get home gardeners to donate their excess harvest to local food pantries. As the organization states on its website, “One out of six Americans (including a quarter of all kids under six) does not have access to healthy fresh food at their food pantry. The AmpleHarvest.org Campaign is a national effort utilizing the Internet that enables 40+ million Americans who grow food in home gardens to easily donate their excess harvest to one of 3,485 registered local food pantries spread across all 50 states.”
You can find these registered food pantries in your area simply by typing in your zip code. I was surprised to find about 20 within 15 miles of my zip code. There is even a special page for gardeners with tips on what kinds of produce are best to give to those in need, when to pick them in order to donate them, and other frequently asked questions. They even have smart phone apps on their site.
Another site that features maps showing food pantries is Feeding America. Here too, you can find food pantries in your area simply by typing in your zip code.
If you don’t have your own garden, or if you want to do something different for your summer vacation, you can volunteer with organizations that donate fresh produce by gleaning excess or unwanted produce. Traditionally, gleaning is collecting “leftover” crops from farmers’ fields after they have already been harvested. After harvest, there is an abundance of high quality, marketable produce left in the fields that cannot be harvested economically or does not meet commercial standards.
Happy Home Powder
Pinch of dirt from your garden or a favored plant
Petals from a white rose
Combine the eggshell, dirt and equal amounts of rosemary, white rose petals, and salt in a mortar and pestle, and grind to a fine powder in a clockwise motion. Empower and sprinkle it in the corners of each room.
Goddess of Love Powder
A Hoodoo powder to rub on your hands prior to meeting with a person you are “interested” in to encourage them to reciprocate your interest. Rose oil, Mint oil and Musk oil in a base of rose pink talc. Purchase colored talc at an occult supply or color your own with food coloring.
Maitresse Ezili’s Dream Bath
Maitresse Ezili Freda Dahomey is the beautiful Iwa of luxury, dreams and love. This bath blends all three of her domains.
1. Fill a tub with warm water.
2. Add three drops of rose attar, three drops of neroli, and three drops of jasmine absolute.
3. Add fresh white roses, basil leaves and gardenia blossoms to the bath.
4. Pour yourself a glass of champagne: if desired, relax and luxuriate in the tub.