Sunday, October 28, 2012

"There are some things you learn best in calm,

and some in storm." ~Willa Cather

And I guess here at the southern tip of New Jersey that we are going to have some serious lessons learned in the next couple of days.

But, Mother Nature wins out!  So, just a quick post today since I am still making sure everything is secure.  Obviously, in this area the last thing on anyone's mind is shopping unless it is for water, batteries, supplies.

Images of women representing mother earth, and mother nature, are timeless. In prehistoric times, goddesses were worshipped for their association with fertility, fecundity, and agricultural bounty. Priestesses held dominion over aspects of Incan, Algonquian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Slavonic, Germanic, Roman, Greek, Indian, and Iroquoian religions in the millennia prior to the inception of patriarchal religions.  Women should have held on with those manicured nails!

The word nature comes from the Latin word, natura, meaning birth or character. In English its first recorded use, in the sense of the entirety of the phenomena of the world, was very late in history in 1662; however natura, and the personification of Mother Nature, was widely popular in the Middle Ages and can be traced to Ancient Greece in origin. 
Medieval Christian thinkers did not see nature as inclusive of everything, but thought that she was created by God, her place lay on earth, below the heavens and moon. Nature was somewhere in the middle, with agents above her (angels) and below her (demons and hell). For the medieval mind she was only a personification, not a goddess. The modern concept of nature, all inclusive of all phenomenon, has returned to her illustrious traditions.  And, it is not nice to fool Mother Nature!  So, for all in her "trick or treat" path, be safe!

"Any proverbs about weather are doubly true during a storm."
                                                                       ~Ed Northstrum

1 comment:

Tana said...

Susan, hope you're doing ok!!!