THE INNER SANCTUM

PRESERVING RAINFORESTS
 


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     Cast a circle 

     Invoke elements by calling upon them in protective aspects (for example, you might invoke Watchfires or Beacons in the South). 

     Chant the names of the Earth Goddess, beginning with your personal favorites, then naming as many as you can think of. 

     Take a piece of green string. Begin to tie knots in it, while chanting: 

"Tying the Cord, 
Renewing the Earth; 
We are Her Children, 
bringing Rebirth." 
(The knots may be simple or elaborate, but leave enough string to tie together at the end.) As you chant, see the world as a network of connected systems. Breathe the air that comes from the jungles of South America. Feel the living fire of an ocelot's power. Taste the rain on the leaves at the tops of the trees. Feel the delicate structure of the soil at the forest floor.) 

     Tie the cord together in a loop; hold it up, strung around your two hands, and begin chanting: 

"We are the Flow and we are the Ebb; 
We are the Weavers, 
we are the Web."
     As you chant, see yourself standing guard over the borders of the rainforest. See yourself with others, protecting rainforest as you would protect yourself, because that's what you're doing. 

     Bury the cord in a container of earth. Earth the power; thank the Deities and elements; open the circle. Later bury the cord in the forest if possible. 

(If circumstances make the above impossible): 
     Sit quietly and see: the network of ecosystems that make up the world; the rainforests thriving; plants and animals breeding; the Earth, green and filled with life; yourself, standing guard. Breathe, and know that the air comes from the sea and the jungles of Brazil. Drink and know that the water has been around the world, and circulates through you as it does through the air, land, and sea. Stand up and stretch; the strength of your body is the Earth's strength.