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GAIA mother nature was the Protogenos of earth, one of the primal elements who first emerged at the dawn of creation, along with air, sea and sky.

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Gaia was the Protogenos of earth, one of the primal elements who first emerged at the dawn of creation, along with air, sea and sky. She was the great mother of all: the heavenly gods were descended from her union with Ouranos, the sea-gods from her union with Pontos, the Gigantes from her mating with Tartaros and mortal creatures were sprung or born from her earthy flesh.

 

As Gaia was the source from which arose the vapours producing divine inspiration, she herself also was regarded as an oracular divinity, and it is well known that the oracle of Delphi was believed to have at first been in her possession, and at Olympia, too, she had an oracle in early times. That Ge belonged to the theoi chthinioi, requires no explanation, and hence she is frequently mentioned where they are invoked. The surnames and epithets given to Ge have more or less reference to her character as the all-producing and all-nourishing mother (mater omniparens et alma), and hence Servius classes her together with the divinities presiding over marriage. Her worship appears to have been universal among the Greeks, and she had temples or altars at Athens, Sparta, Delphi, Olympia, Bura, Tegea, Phlyus, and other places.

 

In myth Gaia appears as the prime opponent of the heavenly gods. First she rebelled against her husband Ouranos who had imprisoned her sons in her womb. Then later, when her son Kronos defied her by imprisoning these same sons, she assisted Zeus in his overthrow of the Titan. Finally she came into conflict with Zeus, angered with him for the binding of her Titan-sons in the pit of Tartaros. In her opposition she first produced the tribe of Gigantes and later the monster Typhoeus to dethrone him, but both failed in both attempts. In the ancient Greek cosmology earth was conceived as a flat disk encirced by the river Okeanos, and topped above by the solid dome of heaven and below by the great pit of Tartaros. She herself supported the sea and moutains upon her breast.

 

Gaia was depicted as a buxom, matronly woman, half risen from the earth in Greek vase painting. She was portrayed as inseperable from her native element. In mosaic art, Gaia appears as a full-figured, reclining woman, often clothed in green, and sometimes accompanied by grain spirits —the Karpoi.

 

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Comment by Eva Libre on April 4, 2011 at 7:29am
Comment by Eva Libre on April 4, 2011 at 7:27am

 

If a tree could wander

Oh, if a tree could wander
     and move with foot and wings!
It would not suffer the axe blows
     and not the pain of saws!
 
For would the sun not wander
     away in every night ?
How could at every morning
     the world be lighted up?
 
And if the ocean's water
     would not rise to the sky,
How would the plants be quickened
     by streams and gentle rain?
 
The drop that left its homeland,
     the sea, and then returned ?
It found an oyster waiting
     and grew into a pearl.
 
Did Yusaf not leave his father,
     in grief and tears and despair?
Did he not, by such a journey,
     gain kingdom and fortune wide?
 
Did not the Prophet travel
     to far Medina, friend?
And there he found a new kingdom
     and ruled a hundred lands.
 
You lack a foot to travel?
     Then journey into yourself!
And like a mine of rubies
     receive the sunbeams? print!
 
Out of yourself ? such a journey
     will lead you to your self,
It leads to transformation
     of dust into pure gold!

 

     by Rumi

 

Comment by Eva Libre on April 1, 2011 at 6:32pm

 

 

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us...

~ Iris Murdoch

Comment by drago kulic on April 1, 2011 at 1:02pm
BLESSINGS DEAR MOTHER GAIA......I LOVE YOU ALWAYS,,AND THANKYOU FOR HOLDING ON THIS LONG, FOR OUR RETURN, WITH YOU, IN THE LIGHT, IN WHICH WE CAME...MY LOVE IS YOUR'S
Comment by Irit Hakim-Keller on March 31, 2011 at 8:21pm
You all for the beautiful words, and the lovely music and voices.
May you have a lovely weekend.
Comment by Eva Libre on March 31, 2011 at 8:15pm

 

If I can stop one Heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain
If I can ease one Life the Aching
Or cool one Pain
Or help one fainting Robin
Unto his Nest again
I shall not live in Vain...

 

~ Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

 

Comment by Iraja on February 5, 2011 at 10:44am
I just joined this beautiful group. I look forward to reading your posts.
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