Calendar of the Sun
15 Eostremonath

Fordicalia - Day of Tellus Mater

Color: Green
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon a green cloth place several large stones of different sorts, some in a clay bowl of water; a clay bowl of salt, a loaf of thick, nourishing black bread with herbs and vegetable gratings in it, a chalice of herbal tea, boughs of greenery, and four green candles.
Offering: Go outside the community and find land to clean up.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian

Invocation to Tellus Mater

Our Mother lies beneath our feet
And holds up our every step.
There is nowhere that we can walk
Where She does not lie beneath us.
There is nothing that we can eat
That will nourish our bodies,
Those bodies that are made from Her clay,
That does not come from Her
And Her other children.
We are born of Her
As we are born of woman,
Each and every one of us.
No matter who we are,
No matter where we walk,
No matter what we think,
We are still Her children.
Hail, Mother of All Things!
Hail, bounteous one, giver of life,
And taker of life back into your breast.
From you we all proceed
And to you we shall all return.

The Earth is our mother, we must take care of her,
The Earth is our mother, we must take care of her,
Hey and a ho and a ho na na
Hey and a ho and a ho na na

(All join hands while chanting and move in a spiral dance around the room, four times in and out. Then the bread and tea is passed around. It is important that much work be done on the Earth today, both in and out of the community's land.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]