Hail to the Mother Earth
Mother of All
First Goddess of Fertility
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.
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.
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