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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Earth Day - Ritual to Heal the Planet

Thursday, April 21, 2011
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Beltane is almost here and today (22nd) is Earth Day. Here is a ritual that some of you may find familiar, but I made some changes to it.

Our world is in trouble. Between pollution, deforestation, and overfishing our land and seas are facing a threat that they can barely fight against. Now things aren't quite as bad as some environmentalists would have you believe. They continue to find new species of fish and other animals. And there have been great strides in combating pollution. It also seems to me that many Pagans look for something to do but find that a solution is hard to come by. So here is a ritual that you can do with your kids to lend energy to Mother Earth.

Circle Casting

Have all join hands and still their thoughts. Let the first to speak say;

From Me to You; followed by the next person saying
From You to Me
and repeat until all have said both lines.
For the purpose of tonight's ritual have the chant move deosil (clockwise) around the circle of people.

Then when it gets back to the first let them say;

The Circle is Cast and the Temple is raised.
So Mote It Be! (All can repeat)

Quarter Callings

If you would like you can give the children bells and have them ring them after the invocations are spoken.

Start today in the East, the direction for new beginnings. Have a fan here and wave it at all present so that they can feel the presence of air.

In the East we call Air.
May it clear all obstacles that seek
To block us in our search.

Now move to South where you have a candle ready to be lit. Light it now. And have all focus on its flame. Carefully let them feel its heat.

In the South we call Fire.
May it light our way
To find wisdom tonight.

Come to the West. Have a cup of water there and have all take a small drink. Have all think about the water and how much we need it.

In the West we call Water.
May we have the vision tonight
To see inside its murky depths.

Finally we come to the North. In my practice I like to have a bowl of patchouli here so that we can smell it and be reminded about the Earth.

In the North we call Earth.
May it grant us the strength
To face the wisdom granted us.

Now have the children sit and think on the Earth. For younger children you could have them imagine the Earth going to the Doctor to get better. For older children they could just imagine the earth, as pictured from space, bathed in golden or blue light. When you feel that the time is right then have them lay their hands on the Earth and say how much they love the Earth and all the animals on it. Have them ask for the Earth to be healed and strong.

You can take this time now to talk to your children about how we are all connected in the Circle of Life. You can tell them about the Elements and how they all are a part of each of us. You can sing this popular chant that I have put below.

Earth my body
Water my blood
Air my breath
And fire my spirit

When you are finished you can do Cakes and Juice to ground or feast afterwards.

Cakes and Juice

Touch the plate of cookies or cakes and say; Flesh of my Flesh
Then touch the juice in the goblet and say; Blood of my Blood

We are of Them as They are of us.
Joined in Love and Light
Married in Strength and Truth
Showered in Power and Blessings
We Drink from Her womb
We Eat from His hand

Drink from the chalice and then eat from the plate of food feeling Their Love and Strength.
So that we always remember our Love for Them and Their Love for Us
Pour out a libation and leave some food for the Earth and for the Gods.


Return to the North;

Element of Earth we thank you for your presence
Hail and Farewell! (All can repeat)


Element of Water we thank you for your presence
Hail and Farewell! (All can repeat)


Element of Fire we thank you for your presence
Hail and Farewell! (All can repeat)


Element of Air we thank you for your presence
Hail and Farewell! (All can repeat)

To close circle have all join hands. And the first to speak at the casting releases his grip on his left hand and says; We open the Circle.

Moving widdershins (counter-clockwise) have each member repeat until the chant moves back to the first person. Who says; But we remain a Circle. Family united in spirit. Circle open but unbroken.

Then have all have a group hug. Remembering that we are all one family. Not just those present but all those on the Earth.

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