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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb
There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet. ~Brooke Medicine Eagle

Jun. 26th, 2006 @ 12:44 am New
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Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: Quiet home...
I saw the community, read back, and found these questions. This seemed like a good way to introduce myself.

How do you connect with her?

I connect with Her by walking with my feet in the grass, by trying not to take too great an advantage of Her abundance, by remembering that there are finite resources on this world that is Her body and trying not to overindulge. I connect with Her by committing myself to activities as I can that help Her and our other siblings (not just human) in this world. I connect with Her by feeling the wind in my hair and the water running through my hands and hair.

What symbolizes her presence in your life?

That's a harder question to answer. Her presence in my life is more internal than external. I do not carry symbols of Her, persay, so much as I carry my intentions to become more of a part of Her with every passing day.

Hi. My name is Raen (at least, online). I am a pagan by choice, earthcentric, ecclectic, and kinda sorta feminist. I'm an odd duck, to say the least. The community seemed interesting, so I thought I'd stop in for a while.


Apr. 3rd, 2006 @ 10:56 am Ecological Footprint Quiz
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How green do you live? Take this quiz and find out how much of an impact you make on the earth. I was appalled at my own results...I need to do something about it.

Apr. 3rd, 2006 @ 10:45 am Earth is a ticking time bomb...can we diffuse it before its too late?
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(thanks to groovy_violet for posting this article; its long, but well worth the read. If you have any doubts about the verity of Global Warming, here are the facts, and the sad reality of it all...)

Polar Ice Caps Are Melting Faster Than Ever... More And More Land Is Being Devastated By Drought... Rising Waters Are Drowning Low-Lying Communities... By Any Measure, Earth Is At ... The Tipping Point
The climate is crashing, and global warming is to blame. Why the crisis hit so soon--and what we can do about it

Apr. 3, 2006
No one can say exactly what it looks like when a planet takes ill, but it probably looks a lot like Earth. Never mind what you've heard about global warming as a slow-motion emergency that would take decades to play out. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the crisis is upon us.

It certainly looked that way last week as the atmospheric bomb that was Cyclone Larry--a Category 5 storm with wind bursts that reached 180 m.p.h.--exploded through northeastern Australia. It certainly looked that way last year as curtains of fire and dust turned the skies of Indonesia orange, thanks to drought-fueled blazes sweeping the island nation. It certainly looks that way as sections of ice the size of small states calve from the disintegrating Arctic and Antarctic. And it certainly looks that way as the sodden wreckage of New Orleans continues to molder, while the waters of the Atlantic gather themselves for a new hurricane season just two months away. Disasters have always been with us and surely always will be. But when they hit this hard and come this fast--when the emergency becomes commonplace--something has gone grievously wrong. That something is global warming.
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Apr. 25th, 2005 @ 07:36 pm (no subject)
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 I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man
if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time
tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
--E. B. White

Feb. 16th, 2005 @ 11:50 am (no subject)
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A massive search for tigers in a wildlife reserve in India's western state of Rajasthan has failed to find firm evidence any of them are alive.

This is very frustrating. Link from forest.
Nov. 24th, 2004 @ 10:22 am School Board rejects a comparative religion class...
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Board rejects comparative religion class

by Diana Mota Morgan
Staff Writer
Nov. 24, 2004

Several Frederick County school board members earlier this month voted to oppose offering a comparative religion course for fear that students would be exposed to witchcraft and Satanism.Collapse )

OK..here's my question...what do ya'll think about this. I've read a bunch of ideas on the witchvox site where I got this, and I agree with both sides. What do *YOU* think.
Nov. 7th, 2004 @ 06:40 pm Our Connection
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Thanks, gwynraven.

"This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body."

--Walt Whitman, "Preface" to the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass
Oct. 23rd, 2004 @ 10:57 pm Assorted Nature Quotes
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If you take the Christian bible and put it out in the wind and the rain, soon the paper on which the words are printed will disintegrate and the words will be gone. Our bible is the wind and the rain.
~Herbalist Carol McGrath as told to her by a Native American woman

Don't blow it - good planets are hard to find.
~Quoted in Time

I'm not an environmentalist. I'm an Earth warrior.
~Darryl Cherney, quoted in Smithsonian, April 1990

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
~Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
~Native American Proverb

Newspapers: dead trees with information smeared on them.
~Horizon, "Electronic Frontier"

The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
~Ralph Nader, quoted in Linda Botts, ed., Loose Talk, 1980

And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried: "Look at this Godawful mess."
~Art Buchwald, 1970

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
~Bill Vaughn

For 200 years we've been conquering Nature. Now we're beating it to death.
~Tom McMillan, quoted in Francesca Lyman, The Greenhouse Trap, 1990

The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men's apples and head their cabbages.
~Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac, États et empires de la lune, 1656

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
~George Carlin

A living planet is a much more complex metaphor for deity than just a bigger father with a bigger fist. If an omniscient, all-powerful Dad ignores your prayers, it's taken personally. Hear only silence long enough, and you start wondering about his power. His fairness. His very existence. But if a world mother doesn't reply, Her excuse is simple. She never claimed conceited omnipotence. She has countless others clinging to her apron strings, including myriad species unable to speak for themselves. To Her elder offspring She says - go raid the fridge. Go play outside. Go get a job. Or, better yet, lend me a hand. I have no time for idle whining.
~David Brin

When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.
~David Orr

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
~Francis Bacon

Take care of the earth and she will take care of you.
~Author Unknown

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
~Ansel Adams

Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by What is above him when he shows no mercy to what is under him?
~Pierre Troubetzkoy

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
~Chief Seattle, 1855

The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.
~Chief Luther Standing Bear

The magnificence of mountains, the serenity of nature - nothing is safe from the idiot marks of man's passing.
~Loudon Wainwright

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
~Albert Einstein

You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.
~Native American Wisdom

This is a beautiful planet and not at all fragile. Earth can withstand significant volcanic eruptions, tectonic cataclysms, and ice ages. But this canny, intelligent, prolific, and extremely self-centered human creature had proven himself capable of more destruction of life than Mother Nature herself.... We've got to be stopped.
~Michael L. Fischer, Harper's, July 1990

We shall continue to have a worsening ecologic crisis until we reject the Christian axiom that nature has no reason for existence save to serve man.
~Lynn White, Jr., "The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis," 1967

Every day is Earth Day.
~Author Unknown
Oct. 23rd, 2004 @ 10:32 pm Gaia
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Lyrics-Olivia Newton John

I am your mother - born of the sun
I gave you shelter - what have you done?
Your heart's in turmoil - my world's in pain
I need to turn you back home again

I am a woman - I am the rain
And like your father - I feel betrayed
What you are doing - can be undone
You know the answers - tell everyone

Respect me, respect me
I need you to protect me
For it is you not me
Whose fate's in jeopardy
Respect me, respect me
I need you to protect me
For it is you not me
That's the part you fail to see

I am the forest - now I'm a tree
The air is dirty - I cannot breathe
My streams run empty - my tears run dry
My children call me - don't let us die

I love my children and I've been your home
But I'll survive this - if I'm alone
I'm a survivor - but you will be gone
Let's start a new world - from this day on
Oct. 22nd, 2004 @ 04:01 pm Thought this would be good to post here...
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Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: "Razreesh"..Mediaeval Baebes
Invocation of the the Great Mother GaiaCollapse )