Gaia

Mother Nature; spirit of the earth; web of life.

Finding the Wild Places

I am writing this post on Earth Day, 2024.* Did you know that Earth Day was established in 1970 by then-President Richard Nixon? I did not know that. And not to get political, but that is a great demonstration that man is multifaceted and that both good and bad can…

What is an Archetype?

I’ve lived most of my life not even thinking about archetypes. I’d heard the word, sure. But it wasn’t really on my radar. Now, it is. So, what is an archetype? I like this explanation from Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary. Archetype comes from the Greek verb archein (“to begin” or “to rule”) and the…

My Spiritual Home, at Last

My Spiritual Home, at Last You might call me a Green Witch. I have chosen to call myself a Daughter of the Earth (or Earth Child), which came to me this morning after searching and searching and searching for a name that works with my newly recognized Earth-based spirituality. I…

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Letting Go

I’m in the middle of what I am calling the big purge. I’m letting go of physical stuff, but I’m also letting go of internal stuff—the stuff that other people’s expectations are made of. For example, did you know (I just read this in a psychology book) that your critical…

Spread from The Bestiary, by Mia Toll

A Message from Raven

This is Raven. While you humans are ingenious and creative, you don’t always see the big picture. Here is what you are missing… Oh, we crows (we know you don’t really recognize the differences [from ravens], but we don’t set ourselves apart from each other, so please stop trying to…

Spread from The Bestiary, by Mia Toll

A Message from Sea Turtle

This is Sea Turtle. While you humans are ingenious and creative, you don’t always see the big picture. Here is what you are missing… Ah, my friend. I am your friend from the sea. I let you know that in the Hawaiian Bay, when no one but you really were…

Spread from The Bestiary, by Mia Toll

A Message from Pileated Woodpecker

This is Pileated Woodpecker. While you humans are ingenious and creative, you don’t always see the big picture. Here is what you are missing… As you know, I am a shy bird. A recluse. And yet, I was here to welcome you onto this land. Because you were meant to…

Human, from The Bestiary, by Mia Toll

Remember, Human

I think I’ve said it elsewhere, but I find tarot and oracle decks a great tool for personal introspection AND plugging into divine guidance. The cards are beautiful and full of symbolism, and as I continue my mystical spiritual journey in this life, I have found them to anchor my…

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What’s in a Symbol?

In my quest to learn more about witches, I got curious about the 5-pointed star called a pentagram in some places and a pentacle in others. A quick Google search explained the nuances of that—a 5-pointed star, which looks like the one we draw on paper without lifting the pen,…