In the beginning…
Gaia gave birth to Ouranos (Uranus). Gaia brought forth uranus the starry sky, her equal, to cover her, the hills, and the fruitless deep of the Sea. ‘Without sweet union of love,’ out of her own self and then, took him as her husband. Hesiod tells, she lay with Uranus and bore the World-Ocean Oceanus, Together they had the titans, the Cyclopes, six sons and daughters, three monsters known as the Hecatonchires, and the Erinyes. Cronos was the youngest and most terrible of her children, and he hated his lusty father.
Hesiod mentions Gaia’s further offspring conceived with Uranus, first the giant one-eyed Cyclopes, builders of walls, later assigned individual names: Brontes “thunderer”, Steropes “lightning” and the “bright” Arges: Strength, might and craft were their works. Then Hesiod adds, the three terrible hundred-handed sons of Earth and Heaven, the Hecatonchires: Cottus and Briareos and Gyges, each with fifty heads.
Gaia’s husband Uranus was ferarful of being killed by his children so Uranus hid the Hecatonchires and the Cyclopes in Tartarus so that they would not see the light, rejoicing in this evil doing locked them up away deep within the bowels of the Earth. Gaia was very angry her husband locked her children away, so she went to her youngest titan, Cronus, requesting him to attack Ouranos.
Cronos, the youngest, had the dare and courage to take the flint sickle she had made, and castrated his father as he approached Gaia to have intercourse with her. From the drops of blood and semen… Tree’s and giants grew where Uranus’s blood fell to the Earth’s soil and was defeated by his son, Cronus. The blood spread to the ocean and legend says, this is how Aphrodite was born.
Uranus had been deposed by his son Cronus, so as the traditional story continued, Cronus was destined to be overthrown by his son, Zeus, the son born to him by his sister and wife Rhea.
In the meantime, the Titans released the Cyclopes from Tartarus, and Cronus was awarded the kingship among them, beginning a Golden Age. Cronus took his father’s place with Rhea as his wife. Before long, Cronus started to act like his father and became jealous of his offspring, imitating his father’s shadow, he too began hiding his offspring, he would take them from the palace of heaven, and bring them down to the earth to keep them from overthrowing him.
His wife Rhea, got tired of this and decided to trick Cronos. She wrapped a rock in a blanket and gave this to Cronos to protect her son Zeus, the father of the Olympians.
Even back in history, Father’s were modelled on patriarchal control, once a man reached the pinnacle of his power, he then started to destroy his own children, due to being so consumed in his own omni-potency and power. A tale that has infiltrated many family homes and traditions for aeons.
Fast forward to the 21st century and we have the stories and myths of the ancient of Greek mythology, revered today.
Many different cultures and religions pay homage to the great mother – Gaia.
Gaia is revered to many cults and sects, she is the deity of many offerings and sacrifices, which include shamanistic practices, tithing, praising and praying, creating inspired works of art dedicated to the goddess, burning oils and incense, rearing plants and gardens, the creation and maintaining of Sacred Groves, and burning bread or spilling drink as offerings.
Other forms of worship may indeed be common and dated back into pagan history, where the druids, honoured the earth in worship of Gaia.
The earth is our home, our mother and our playground or school of life’s hard knocks, without Gaia, we will not continue as a race and species.