Hail to the Mother Earth


Mother Earth
Mother of All
Great Prophetess
First Goddess of Fertility

Gaia means land or earth and fittingly. Gaia is the Goddess of Earth in ancient classical mythology. She is the spiritual embodiment of the earth. Gaia is often referred to as the Mother of All or the Great Mother goddess, since she is the primeval being from which all other beings sprang forth.
According to Greek mythology Gaia existed at the dawn of creation and came into being from chaos. Gaia is considered  the first Goddess of Fertility, evidently because she is quite fertile. Gaia's first creation was the Heavens ... she named him Ouranos (Uranus). Gaia gave birth to Ouranos to cover herself on all sides and to be her equal in all ways. Ouranos proved to be a difficult son ... he was devious and sometimes dangerous. Ouranos had absolute dominion over the Heavens but he became too concerned with the affairs of Gaia and, much to her disapproval, tried to dominate her as well.
Gaia then brought forth Ourea (the Mountains), Pontos (Pontus) (the fruitless deep sea) and the Cyclopes (the Orb-Eyed). Ouranos, Ourea, Pontos and the Cyclopes were all born to Gaia without consort ... in other words, she brought them into existence without the aid of a father. As her first consort, Gaia chose Ouranos. She became pregnant with three hundred armed gigantic boys (the Hecatoncheires) who would be named Briareos, Kottos (Cottus) and Gyes. Ouranos feared the boys ... he kept pushing them back inside Gaia's womb and refused to allow them to be born. Ouranos was worried that the three monstrous boys would be more powerful than himself and usurp his power.
With Ouranos as the father, Gaia became pregnant again but this time Ouranos allowed the children to emerge from Gaia's womb ... thus the Titans were born. Ouranos named these group of his children: the Titans because they quickly demonstrated their complete lack of restraint ... the name Titans literally means Stretchers or Strainers ... they stretched and strained the limits of propriety and indulged themselves to the point of self destruction. The Titans not only brought about their own demise (this story is later on), they were also responsible for the demotion of their father, Ouranos.
How? That  is easy: A mother's wrath. Gaia instructed her son Cronus (Titan of Time) to sever Uranus' manhood. She gave Kronos the flint sickle with its jagged edge and hid him in a secret place so that he could surprise Ouranos. As night fell, Ouranos came to Gaia ... Kronos took the sickle in his left hand and struck at his father. Ouranos was caught unawares and could not protect himself from the cruel flint ... his male members were cut off and the drops of blood were absorbed by Gaia. She gave birth to Erinyes (better known as the Furies) and Meliae, Ash nymphs.  The remaining flesh fell into the sea and from the foam and water a maiden goddess was created ... this maiden goddess became the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. She went to the  Middle East and learning the art of sex and seduction.
In many ways, Gaia is a reminder of our connection to the earth and all of creation. Earth provides the sustenance for all living beings that reside upon her. She represents nurturing and the primeval parent in its most basic and humble origins. Actions that affront her cause her to scheme to deal with the offenders. In recent years, there has been a resurgence in returning to nature and the awareness of the importance of our environment. Perhaps the spirit of Gaia is once again trying to connect with her errant children.

Her children
First generation Titans

Cronus: Titan God of Time and Lord of the Titan

Rhea: Goddess of Fertility and First Queen of Heaven

Oceanus: Titan God of the Ocean and First Ruler of the Waters

Tethys: Titan Goddess of the Ocean

Coeus: Titan God of Intelligence

Phoebe:Titan Goddess of Wise Counsel and Premonitions

Hyperion: Titan God of Light 

Theia: Titan Goddess of Sight

Crius Titan God of the Constellations 

Themis: Titan Goddess of Law and Order

Iapetus: Titan God of the mortal lifespan and First Ruler of the Underworld

Mnemosyne: Goddess of Memory and Language




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