Unfortunately, as a species we do not treat or honor Her very well ! We pollute Her waters, Her air, we defile Her natural resources, destroy Her rainforests, and hunt Her animal species in some cases to the point of extinction. In other words we abuse, or misuse, every gift She gives us. We disrespect Her with every candy wrapper we carelessly throw on the ground, with every car exhaust, and every factory smokestack that billows toxic chemicals into the clean breath of air She provides for us. The only time we humans seem to take any notice of Her, or give Her respect is when we tip the balance of Her wonderful natural environments against ourselves, or when we build our homes in areas where we shouldn't. Then when She goes through one of her natural cycles of life, ( volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.... ), we either blame Her, or people pray that She will not hurt them or destroy their property. It is a disgrace the way we as a species treat one of our most important deities ! The true shame is that we have created such a chasm of distance between ourselves and Her, that many don' t even acknowledge her omnipresence, or even the fact that She is a living breathing entity. Some have even lost sight of Her natural beauty, which is almost impossible to miss unless you walk around with blinders.
Tommorrow, however, is not a day for anger, but a day to show our love, honor and devotion, to one of the most beautiful Goddesses, and the mother of Mighty Thor. To honor our great Goddess Jord, I need no temple, no altar, no book of blots, and no symbols to represent Her magnificence. All I need do is stand on Her fertile soil, with the beautiful backdrop of lush green trees and bright blue sky, because these are her symbols, and this is Her temple. With Mother Jord I do not need to reach out with my mind, and my thoughts, to make contact with Her, I can just literally reach out and touch Her. She is everywhere and everything ! Mother Jord does not live in one of the other eight worlds, She is right here with us, every minute of every day. And this day April 22nd, is the day to honor Her for all she does, and means to us.
After a brief ritual, I bless the ground with my Thor' s Hammer, and then I plant some beautiful flowers to adorn our Great Earth Goddess, as a gift of life to the most prolific life giver there has ever been. I sprinkle on some water, also blessed, and spread a little fertilizer to make Mother Earth even stronger as a final gift to Her. I am even going to plant an azalea bush this year, right next to the Rhododendron bush I planted last year. This little garden of flowers is my gift to Mother Jord, and it is a gift that will keep giving all spring and summer long.
Actually, this whole week has a lot of religious meaning for me. It is a, " Holy Week ", if you will forgive the phrase. I honor wonderful Jord on the 22nd and then next weekend I honor Yggdrasil on the same day that everyone else celebrates Arbor Day. This whole week I will be out hiking, kayaking, and experiencing all of the great sights, scents, and feelings that Her natural world can invoke in us / me. Jord is such a wonderful Goddess, and deserves so much more than we give to her. She deserves as much as She gives to us.... and that my friends would be our all !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !