A few years ago, I worked as a motor coach driver in Alaska. Based out of Anchorage, I used the opportunity to re-connect with my father, whom my mother had divorced when I was very small. Spending time with the family was wonderful, and I always associate Midsummer with connecting my father and the Sun God. It is a magical time and Alaska, too, is a magical place. The land is so alive with animals and plants, which go crazy with growth when the sun is out for so long.
the mountains give birth to the sun
He rides the Sky victorious
over the Back of the Whale
and he takes all day to do it.
For 23 hours and 15 minutes,
He conquered Darkness.
But Our Lady laughs
and calls him to her breast,
so like husband or child
Here is a subtle shift.
He is still King
Yet he misses his partner so
He rushes toward Her
faster every day.
He doesn't care
that the wildflowers
are turning to berries.
The leaves soak up the sun,
but in spending so much time
in sunrise and sunset,
they copy the golds and reds
His blood sacrifice
He knows he must
give in to Darkness
It seems to me that Earth Day is a time for us to get out there and show our Pagan pride. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. On April 22nd, regular people will get together, rally for change, plant trees, and celebrate the home we already know to be glorious! This is our opportunity!
Great Earth Day Activities
- Do a Spiral Dance, ritual, or raise energy for healing the Earth.
- Go to an environmental rally or event. Find a local one here.
- Plant a tree, start a garden, or adopt a new pet.
- Donate money to a charity that supports the environment.
- Make a commitment to purchasing Earth Friendly and Green products in the coming year.
- Get your Pagan friends together and have a picnic in the park, then clean up litter!
- Do a good deed for a neighbor.
- Raise awareness for pressing Earth-related issues in your neighborhood.
- Spend some time out in nature, perhaps by visiting a National Park.
Remember that anything you put out will be returned three-fold or more. Money is a form of Earth energy, and can get powerful things moving if we spend it thoughtfully. Adding your energy and support to our Mother Earth in any way you can will certainly benefit all life on our planet.