I guess a 5 am - 1 pm sleep schedule is okay. I still get some sunlight and I don’t feel as weird when I’m still in the middle of work at midnight. now if I could just do more actual stuff in each waking hour!
taking the snake cult to the next level: when I got up (this afternoon) there was a perfectly intact, 3 foot long snake skin wrapped all around the old wooden ladder on the porch. probably from a black snake. even the head was intact, with the little eye covers still in place! it’s the largest intact snake skin I have now and it’s still all soft and silky
A Herbalist’s Prayer to Mother Earth
Precatio Terrae (Prayer to Earth), attributed to Antonius Musa; date uncertain (perhaps Augustan)
Holy goddess Earth, mother of the nature of creation,
You generate and regenerate all things from the same source,
Because you alone provide vital force to the various species.
You hold authority over sky and sea, over all things;
Through you nature falls silent and takes hold of sleep-
Likewise you renew the light and drive off the night.
You cover the shades of Dis and the boundless void;
You restrain the winds, the rains, and the storms,
And, when it pleases you, you release them
As you churn up the seawaters, put the sun to flight, and stir up gales.
So, too, when you wish, you send forth joyful day again.
You bestow the nourishments of life with unwavering good faith,
And, when our breath is gone, we find refuge in you;
Thus, all things, whatever you bestow, fall back to you at last.
Justly are you called Great Mother of the Gods,
Since you have outdone the celestial deities’ godheads in pious service;
You are that true mother of mortal races and of gods,
Without whom nothing can ripen, nothing can be born;
You are Great and you are queen of the gods, o goddess.
To you, divine one, I pray, and I invoke your power-
May you readily provide this which I ask of you,
And I will return my thanks to you, divine one, with merited good faith.
Hear me, I ask you, and show favor to my undertakings;
Willingly grant to me this which I seek from you.
All the herbs that your majesty produces
You bestow upon every race for the sake of health;
Now entrust this your healing power to me.
May the gift of healing come to me together with your other powers;
Whatever I do in accordance with these, may it have a favorable outcome,
And as for those to whom I give these same powers and those who receive them from me,
May you make them whole. Finally now, goddess, may your majesty
Provide to me this which I beg of you as a suppliant.
Dea sancta Tellus, rerum naturae parens,
quae cuncta generas et regeneras indidem,
quod sola praestas gentibus vitalia,
caeli ac maris diva arbitra rerumque omnium,
per quam silet natura et somnos concipit,
itemque lucem reparas et noctem fugas:
tu Ditis umbras tegis et immensum chaos
ventosque et imbres tempestatesque attines
et, cum libet, dimittis et misces freta
fugasque soles et procellas concitas,
itemque, cum vis, hilarem promittis diem.
Tu alimenta vitae tribuis perpetua fide,
et, cum recesserit anima, in tete refugimus:
ita, quicquid tribuis, in te cuncta recidunt.
Merito vocaris Magna tu Mater Deum,
pietate quia vicisti divom numina;
tuque illa vera es gentium et divom parens,
sine qua nil maturatur nec nasci potest;
tu es Magna tuque divom regina es, dea.
Te, diva, adoro tuumque ego numen invoco,
facilisque praestes hoc mihi quod te rogo;
referamque grates, diva, tibi merita fide.
Exaudi me, quaeso, et fave coeptis meis;
hoc quod peto a te, diva, mihi praesta volens.
Herbas, quascumque generat maiestas tua,
salutis causa tribuis cunctis gentibus:
hanc nunc mihi permittas medicinam tuam.
Veniat medicina cum tuis virtutibus:
quidque ex his fecero, habeat eventum bonum,
cuique easdem dedero quique easdem a me acceperint,
sanos eos praestes. Denique nunc, diva, hoc mihi
maiestas praestes tua, quod te supplex rogo.
Relief from the eastern side of the Ara Pacis, depicting Tellus Mater (Mother Earth). Photo credit: Chris Nas.