Baby goats are called kids!

Ever wonder where that word comes from? Since the 1200s, the young of a goat has been called a kid, and only in 1599 was the extended meaning to a “child” first recorded. -TheDailyBeast

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The Mother Goddess

I am Mother Goddess,
Source of life and love.
Breathing vision into manifestation,
Bearing children of body and soul.
I am the blood of life,
The pulsing throb of passion.
I am the full moon glowing in the sky,
And the beauty of all creation.
I sustain all form,
With milk of my devotion.
And dissolve all woes,
With the power of my love.
I am the starry sky,
The rolling Earth.
And the heavy sea,
From me all doth proceed.
And all shall come back to me.
- Shekinah Mountainwater

Honoring Women

“In minobimaatisiiwin, we honor one another, we honor women as the givers of lives… Implicit in minobimaatisiiwin is a continuous habitation of place, an intimate understanding of the relationship between humans and the ecosystem and of the need to maintain this balance.

Overall, land-based traditional societies value fertility, birth, and rebirth as the centerpiece of their cultural practices, with obvious implications for agricultural, harvesting, and religious institutions. Inherent and instinctual in that is the understanding that women manifest those qualities and events in physical form. Thus, most indigenous cultures view women with reverence. And women, in turn, exercise influence and authority in their communities.”

Written by Winona LaDuke of HonorEarth.

Although we don’t talk specifically about minobimaatisiiwin in Earth is Your Sweet Spot, we express similar ideas. We discuss the “Opportunities of the Female on a Female Planet.”

“In a lecture, Gregge Tiffen specified that ‘Opportunities of the Female on a Female Planet’ are:

  • Reproduction
  • Renewal
  • Adaptability
  • Sustainability
  • Endurance
  • Resiliency
  • Expansion
  • Spiritual Renewal
  • Instinctive Wisdom.

(Source: Gregge Tiffen, g-systems.com)

These are Earth’s Gifts. Her gifts rearrange our current understanding of ‘gifting.’ Earth’s gifts are an instinctive extension of her nature. They are given with no reason, requirement, or strings attached. You also give gifts. These gifts are a natural extension of your unique nature.” -an excerpt from Earth is Your Sweet Spot.

Each woman can awaken and remember the natural gifts she gives, especially her gift of reproduction. This does not mean that a woman has to give birth or have a child to realize this gift. As Winona LaDuke discusses above, reproduction can take many forms.

Start now. Appreciate your personal gifts you give just by being you. Appreciate your natural female ability to create and reproduce — whether you are planting tomatoes in your garden, writing a book, or doing anything you enjoy, you are manifesting your gift of creation and reproduction.

Rare White Deer Stops Traffic!
A white deer in Iowa recently stopped traffic as drivers and pedestrians stood in awe of the beautiful creature. According to Willie Suchy of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), “An albino deer is very rare; chances of one occurring are 1 in 100,000 or higher.”

Humans have long appreciated and valued the rare white deer. “The white stag is a familiar creature of myth and legend… The white stag in Celtic myth is an indicator that the Otherworld is near… In Christian iconography, the unicorn is a symbol for Christ. There is a close identification between the white stag and the unicorn, and it can be reasoned that the white stag is the equivalent of the unicorn in these northern cultures, which do not record the existence of unicorns.” (Mary Jones)

The white deer is a strong symbol of purity and beauty in human civilization, and one of Earth’s gorgeous gifts to appreciate!

Photo source: Argonne National Laboratory via Wikimedia Commons

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Remember to give thanks to Earth!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! It is a time of celebration for the gifts in our lives… and so we are asking you to remember to give thanks to Earth. As Ellae ElinwoodEarth is Your Sweet Spot coauthor said in a recent blog, “Earth is alive. She is everything to us. Without her we simply don’t exist.”

Please remember to thank Earth tomorrow! Pick an element of nature and let Earth know how lovely she is!