Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Touching Earth – The 40th Earth Day Celebration

A few years ago, I wrote the following prayer celebrating Earth. A triple Earth in my own astrological make-up, I have spent the majority of my working life on the Earth-to-Sky interface. For over 20 years, I worked for a government agency dedicated to waste reduction and recycling. By night, I did astrology. (Earth does have a satellite that makes “moonlighting” seem natural.)

As we approach the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, I celebrate that green ideas have come so far, even if we still have far to go. Mostly, I bless the Earth and everyone on it.

Touching Earth

embodied soul
temple of the Living Creator

Let me embrace my humanness
both its ugliness
and painful beauty.
It holds my glorious essence.

Let me touch earth often
      digging dirt from under my nails

knowing better

my body
its needs
and inner workings

moving it often:

     making love

the human form
is no more celebrated
than when hands touch themselves

activating the circuit
between earth and air
body and spirit

Let me know the honor
the unique opportunity
of being made flesh
to dwell amongst us

Let me hold holy
the four elements that comprise us:
earth, air, fire, and water

All sacred, yet none more profound
than the one who bears the name
of the planet on which we are privileged to walk.

--Joyce Mason
© 2010


Photo Credit: Earth | © Ewa Mazur |

Don’t forget the gift with purchase of Chiron and Wholeness: A Primer through April 30!


Susannah said...

That is just SO beautiful Joyce - my Earth grand trine loved it!

I really enjoy your poetry. :-)

Joyce Mason said...

Thank you so much, Susannah. It's a mutual admiration society, since I love your poetry, too! (Hint to other readers: Visit Susannah's blogs to see what I mean!)

Happy Earth Day!