Meditating on a meteorite

It knows, I said,
about moving
and about being still.
Long ago, I said that
about this rock
this piece of what we fight over
and you were right
to give it to me
in the midst of all that
it is, literally, a touchstone.


I highly recommend the Discovery series Cosmic Collisions. It’s available on Watch Instantly on Netflix, for one source. The discussions of how the Moon formed, how several major extinction events have taken place, and how asteroid strikes might affect the Earth in the future are all fascinating. My mystical appreciation of the Moon isn’t diminished by knowing about the physics of the Moon’s formation; in fact, my appreciation is heightened by such knowledge. And the stories of the extinction events will make you think about how Gaia is one tough lady – definitely not all bunnies-and-flowers.

I think Paganism has a special relationship with science – as religions that honor Nature, we ought to get to know everything we can about what we’re honoring. These topics are something that you can’t learn about with just your local observations, either. Go expand your mind – you never know, your heart might get stretched along with it.


About Literata

Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented rituals and workshops at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. Literata offers healing and divination services as well as customized life-cycle rituals. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in history with the support of her husband and four cats.
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