This past month feels like the start of just about every young adult dystopian novel that I have read. Series of natural distastes entangled with an incompetent or overly religious government waiting in the wings to swoop in and instill their “new and improved” form of government to save the people. The average person on the street oblivious or so afraid they don’t know what to do to make the train wreck stop.
Makes a cat down right nervous.
Fires in the Pacific West, four hurricanes in the gulf, earthquakes in Mexico and its not just here in the Americas, the whole world is hurting.
Hope asked me earlier today if I was noticing that it was like all the elements are pissed. Earth, air, fire water all angry pissed and acting out.
I responded with a quick unthinking retort of “Awe hell no, it’s Gaia she’s PISSED”
Then to myself . “Oh”
She’s downright angry at us and its starting to manifest.
Mom is telling us to clean up our mess.
While meditating this morning I had to ask her “Where to start, mom ”
“Sanctuary” that was the answer I got clear in my mind. “Build your own sanctuary and shrine to me”
Coyvere’s interpretation of Gaia is less angry than my own. He says she simply is sweeping aside old broken structures to make way for the new growth that must emerge here at the beginning of the new age. He is more calm about destruction than I am some days. He is more comfortable that I to soak in the chaos.
I am a creature of habit so change is struggle to me and not always welcome. I understand the necessity of change and work with deities to help uncover my own chains of illusion that bind me. Focus is not my strong point and daily practices, well I’m a cat for goddess sake, we like sunbeams, warm fires and a good book. Static is an art form for a cat. As Coyvere reminded me often daily practice is the best place to start. Establishing daily habits of worship or even recognizing and thanks daily for what we have. These are the things that will help us to recognize Gaia’s growth and changing and to help carry us though these changes.
I have had a daily practice for years. Starting each morning lighting our oil lamp for Hestia. Over the past couple of years I’ve added things a couple of salt lamp candles for cleaning out the house in the morning, lighting some incense to our ancestors inside the house and a stick outside for my more natural or nature based ancestors. The last good drink of tea in the morning has always gone outside to the earth for Gaia.
Is that enough? When I am mindful and present in such acts yes but when I do them out of rout habit, no it’s not. My gods do not want mindless sacrifice they want mindful sacrifice, if only for a second. That is more important that remembering to take cloth bags to the store.
It is going back to these basics that help me in these times of storms. Going back to the basic helps me ground and be present in the moment.
In this I will create sanctuary.