A Prayer for Earth Day
by Amanda Artemisia Forrester
Hail to Gaia, Mother Earth!
Primordial Being, First-born Goddess,
On this, Your sacred day, we honor You
And remember – without You, we are nothing
We have no home, no life, but for You
May we be good custodians, and care for You, Our Mother.
Hail to Demeter, Mother of the Grain!
Lady of agriculture, giver of food
Adorned in corn-ears, wheat-sheaves in Your arms
Teach us the wisdom of planting
To yield enough crops, without overworking the soil
May we feed the world with Your benevolence.
Hail to Pan, primal God of forest!
Horned One, Goat-footed, synthesis is Thy name
Native son of two realms, both God and animal
Haunter of the forest, help us in our efforts to renew Your realm
May we always see the Divinity in all life
And realize the weight of our responsibilities to world
Hail to Artemis, Virgin Huntress!
Protectress of animals great and small
You Who protect the young of all species,
Teach us the balance of the ecosystem
When to conserve, and when to desist
So that no species outweighs another.
Hail all You Gods and Goddesses of wild nature
And of tilled and cultivated land.
May we humans remember that we are not the only species living on Gaia’s bountiful body
And that all must live in harmony,
I vow to fight pollution, deforestation, all the ills of a society that forgets You
Ever will I care for You, Mother Gaia.
May I remember You on all days of the year
And that my choices affect every life on this planet.