We show you how to bow down to this all-powerful Greek deity of Earth and nature…
Who is she?
Gaia, commonly known as Mother Earth and ‘the mother of all creation’, is one of the primordial deities from Greek mythology – the first gods and goddesses born from the void of Chaos. According to legend, she first came into being after being born out into an empty universe at the beginning of time. She then later went on to birth the heavenly and oceanic gods as well as the giants, playing a pivotal part in Greek myth and legend.
Fruits of her labour
Certain fruits and produce are linked to goddess Gaia. In the tale of the golden apple, where Gaia gifted Zeus and Hera a golden apple as a wedding gift; it is thought by some that this apple was in fact an orange. Other tellings suggest that she gave the couple an apple tree as a gift, which was then kept in the Garden of the Hesperides and guarded by a dragon.
Honouring her harvest
Autumn is the time of year that plants and grains are harvested, so why not follow Greek tradition by leaving Gaia an offering of grains such as barley, or honey and cakes in the ground to show your thanks and gratitude for her fertility towards the earth. This should help to ensure a plentiful harvest in the year to come. To this day, Gaia is a well-loved figure across many realms of spirituality and her tales continue to inspire rituals and practices across the world.
Often depicted in Greek art as a beautiful and voluptuous woman, she had temples across Greece including in Athens and Olympia. Her mother-like presence meant she was also called upon to oversee marriages and oaths − invoke her during spellcasting if you wish to strengthen any spells and rituals you may be performing.
Use this ritual to honour Gaia in return for abundance
You will need: • A green candle • A Chrysocolla crystal • A plant, ideally holly, as this is associated with Gaia
1 In order to honour Gaia, you must plant something in the earth the night a full moon is due to fully connect with her. If you do not have a garden or a plot of land, a potted plant indoors will make a great alternative.
2 Dig a small hole in the soil, placing the Chrysocolla crystal in first. Then cover it with a small amount of dirt, as you say out loud “Mother Gaia, please accept this offering you are about to receive.”
3 Before placing your plant or flower in the soil, ensure there are no dying leaves or buds on it. Prune before planting, as you need the offering to be as green and fresh as possible.
4 As you’re planting your offering into the earth, say three times “Mother Gaia, this plant will nourish you, as I hope you will nourish me in return.”
5 Tend to your plant and as it flourishes and grows, you should soon notice you attract more abundance and fortune in your life. Be sure to thank Gaia for this newfound luck.
About the author
Danielle A. Lett is the deputy editor for Soul & Spirit Magazine.