And there appeared a great wonder in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and a moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
Yet the goddess existed for eons before the god was accepted by his followers. During those many ages, humans lived lightly on the land.
My first impressions here are that I could have quoted so many parts of today's text about how man's abandonment of goddess and the divine feminine has contributed towards his destruction of the world. "Tread gently on the earth."
It's hard to move beyond the first impressions here today when surrounded by so much and so many who do not tread at all gently upon this earth. It's one of the things most difficult here. So much waste, so many not caring about what happens to their environment. So much litter and waste. It's heartbreaking.
I do what I can - those 3Rs and to be fair the school has started to recycle things - yet in the same breath have changed the printing process so that one extra sheet of paper per print job is produced: a cover sheet to tell the print room staff who sent it to the printer. What, we can't just send it to the printer and go and recognise what we printed? Of course, I'll use those cover sheet - reuse and all, as well as recycle what I can but after this being today's selected quote, I can't help but see the irony of it all.
Mother, may my steps upon the earth be those that lighten your load.
Father, where they do not, lend me your strength, that I may choose the path of least harm.
Old one's, hear your daughter. SMIB.