Offering to Mother Earth

We should remember that we are dependent on Mother Earth for all we have and give thanks. In particular, it seems fitting to begin work in a garden with an offering to Mother Earth, but whether you have a garden or not, you can do this as often as seems fit. 

Sit or stand in the garden with a jug of wine.  Open your senses to its sights, its smells and its sounds.  Take your time.  Now go deeper.  Sense the life there – the plants and animals – and how it interconnects.  Go deeper.  Feel the life stirring in the earth, the source of all things.  Feel the energy of the Goddess moving through it.  Say:

Mother Earth, you are life, you are abundance,

You produce all in Nature, you produced me, your child.

You are first in all things, you surround me;

You are beneath my feet.

You give me the food I eat, the water I drink.

From you comes all I see, all that breathes.

Pour the wine on the earth (this is called a libation).  Say:

Mother Earth, I give thanks for this place,

For the sun and the wind, the rain and the land.

Mother Earth, I give thanks for all that lives here,

The winged creatures, the crawling creatures,

The flying creatures, and the four-legged creatures.

Mother Earth, I give thanks for all that grows here.

Blessed be.

Spend as long as you wish reflecting on this.

© Anna Franklin, 2022

Author: annafranklinblog

Anna Franklin is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, which runs teaching circles, a working coven, and the annual Mercian Gathering, a Pagan camp which raises money for charity. She regularly speaks at conferences, moots and workshops around the country. She is the author of many books on witchcraft and Paganism, including the popular Pagan Ways Tarot, Sacred Circle Tarot, The Fairy Ring, Herb Craft, Magical Incenses and Oils, Personal Power, A Romantic Guide to Handfasting, Familiars, The Oracle of the Goddess, Hearth Witch, The Path of the Shaman and The Hearth Witch’s Compendium. Anna’s books have been translated into nine languages.

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