In honor of my tortoise, Gaia, and our Earth Mother she is named after, I felt guided to repost this, which is an article I wrote for a Reno/Tahoe based publication while living there that was called “The Willow”. It was inspired by Gaia coming into my life and the dots I was connecting then. Given her recent journey and work in the depths of “Gaia” herself, this felt significant and a powerful exploration, as we journey through today’s potent Full Moon and explore the origins of our authenticity in balance with the natural rhythms. As we share expressions of our love today with ourselves and others, let us not forget our Mother Earth who gifts us in abundance every day of our lives. Love and reverence to ALL of life!
Gaia is etymologically a compound word composed of two elements: Ge, meaning “Earth,” which is also a pre-Greek substrate word related to Ki in Sumerian, also meaning Earth and Aia comes from an Indo-European derivative meaning “Grandmother.” Therefore, the full etymology of Gaia was once “Grandmother Earth.”
Most of us know Gaia simply as Earth or Mother Earth; the primordial element from which all things originated, which is what the Romans believed as well. They knew Gaia, the Great Mother, as a single living entity that encompassed the totality of every element in the Universe; land, sea, or sky.
The Greeks knew her as an ancient primeval goddess who personified the Earth and whose emergence appeared at the creation of the Universe, born from Chaos. Gaia’s power was far reaching in Ancient Greece, making oaths sworn in her name to be the most binding of all.
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