Saturday, 28 September 2013

Altar-ation Too!

Today, Eowyn posted about a global ritual for the planet against fracking.  As she'd mentioned it last week, I had also decided to take part, and adjusted my altar with that focus in mind.  I chose three cards from the Goddess Oracle (Marashinsky and Janto), to emphasise that: Sedna, who sacrificed herself to create the creatures of the seas; Gyhldeptis, who protected the forest and the wider world from the forces of chaos; and Pachamama, a mother Goddess associated with harvest and healing and the high mountains (though in this image she looks more like a crone).  

I lit some incense and a candle, and filled my water bowl (I'll admit, I don't do these things on a daily basis).  I said a few words as I did each, and then held the stone at the front of the altar for a few moments, focusing on the earth as a whole.  I chanted two malas of Om Shanti Om, praying for peace for Mother Earth, peace and freedom from destruction.  I thought about the Goddess as a nurturing force in the seas, on the earth, and in the air and high places, and prayed for an end to the wanton destruction and pollution of her beauty.  


I left the candle alight, to burn out by itself, sending up my prayers with its light.  May we honour the Earth, our Mother.

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful! :)
    You've chosen you three goddess cards to represent the earth. I like that. I think it's very relaxing to alter our altars. Just go through your sacred things, looking at them, touching them and making something beautiful with them.

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    1. Yes, I didn't count that as part of my ritual, but it's true that I did that, feeling my stones, smelling my incense choices, looking through the deck to pick the cards that felt just right :)

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    2. I do count this as part of my ritual, which is why I like changing my altar so often. Or as Ellen says, 'Alter my altar.' Mwa ha. :)

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  2. Lovely altar that is a tangible way to express one's intention and hopes. This goddess deck is my favorite. :)

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    1. Mine, too :) I liked the colour contrasts, too, making the altar visual as well as symbolic, and also tangible - I love holding my stones!

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  3. Beautiful and a great cause! I should do more things like this. I admit I HAVE been putting out more intentions and MBOs (most benevolent outcomes), but mostly for people. I love the idea of doing it for the earth itself.

    XOXOX,
    MM

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    1. Hee hee, I'd never heard of MBO's before, sounds good! It was lovely to take part in something dedicated to the planet (though some chose to limit themselves to their county or country). Perhaps you can be more attached to what you know best, but I liked the idea of imagining the earth in her many guises :)

      XOXOX,
      Kerry

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