This month we are going to learn about my favorite Goddess (besides Freya) and her name is Gaia, her name means “Earth”.
In the time before time
I heard a call from the cosmos
of such illustrious beauty
answering the call of Gaia
to help her seed a new land
where love was all
and yet have I to yearn for the affections of another
Quite simply, Gaia is life. She is all, the very soul of the earth. She is a goddess who, by all accounts, inhabits the planet, offering life and nourishment to all her children.
In the ancient civilizations, she was revered as mother, nurturer and giver of life. It was
she who created and sustained us, and to whom we returned upon death.
She goes by many names, but in an effort to better connect and understand this energy, we'll explore the myriad of forms in which she appears on Earth.
Every culture has their version of the Earth Goddess. The Greeks called her Gaia, while the Incas know her as PachaMama. In some cases, she even predates writing: ancient, pre-linguistic references to her have been found, alongside shrines, statues and paintings of her in every corner of the globe. She is the First Goddess, the primeval one, the creator, and the fullness of her legacy is still being resurrected after patriarchal suppression.
The paleolithic Venus figures dot all of Europe, hearkening a worship of the feminine earth mother which has been lost to us. Despite the efforts of many historians, archaeologists and artists, we're only now beginning to remember the stories of the Goddess.
To the Greeks, Gaia was the ultimate goddess of raw, maternal power. In the beginning, there was chaos, nebulous ether waiting to take form. This primordial landscape awaited direction, it was then that the spirit of Gaia arrived to give structure to the formless and the Earth was conceived.
She became the Earth, birthing all form of landscape, plant and creature. Though her creation was majestic, her solitude was great. She longed for love and created the sky with whom she mated, igniting a creative force which birthed countless offspring. Time and the Fates, the Muses and the oceans to name a few. She is considered the primeval mother of whom all gods – and life itself, descended.