|Ragnarok by Nicolas Toivola.|
As we move from ‘Global Warming’ through ‘Climate Change’ to ‘Climate Chaos’ and Instability, we see more clearly now the effects of human activity on the Earth, yet the underlying causes stay the same without any significant international effort to counter this problem.
Gaia sends the four horsemen of her Epocalypse – her Four Elements to bear upon us, behold the power of Air, Water, Fire and Earth – respected and we flourish together but neglected or abused, they return with a vengeance.
|Hraesvelg, The Winter Eagle by Relotixke|
Of Air. often disregarded by environmentalists, whose focus has centered on Carbon dioxide CO2, motor vehicles also emit Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, which is among the most serious forms of toxic air pollution in large urban areas. Air quality suffers and in consequence so do all people, creatures and plants – our narrow peramaters of life supporting conditions errode…
|Jörmungandr the Midgard Serpent & Thor in Fishing Boat|
Of Water, note the increased frequency of storms and flooding, while increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere causes warming and more water to be evaporated from the ocean, which will lead to ever more frequent and intense storms. Water and Oceans are also a perfect carrier of further poisons such as Nuclear radiation from Fukushima or more local chemical spills…..
|Muspelheim – world of lava fire and volcanos|
Of Fire, the increasing frequency of wildfires as global warming intensifies areas with long hot summers in hot and dry climates causing extensive damage to huge forested areas (and thereby decreasing the tree-covered areas that act as carbon dioxide sinks), while at the same time causing untold damage to property and human life. Even within storms, fires rage as in Wales recently where the power lines ignited fields of peat…
|Angrboda “herald of sorrow” a giantess, known as the Hag of Ironwood.|
Of Earth, the devastating effects of pollution, a by-product of carbon-based industrialisation (both in terms of oil and oil-based products such as plastics) have struck a deadly blow to the Earth and her wildlife. To say nothing of Genetically Modified Organisms possibly and irreversably undermining the intricate bio systems cooperative and symbiotic nature. And then there was Fracking….
Apocalyptic storms and unprecedented weather events continue, much like Ragnarok (the end of the world in Norse mythology, which is preceded by Fimbulvetr, the winter of winters ).
|The Wild Hunt|
Yet all hope is not gone, for after the storms have passed and Gaia heals herself, comes the dawn of a new day, a new Earth will rise triumphant.
Take heart friends of Gaia as worlds fall and raging seas rise, as storms destroy and skies bring only darkness – similalrly Ragnarok marks the end of one age – the beginning of another.
Gaia’s balance will eventually recover. She will return, lush and green and the seasons will flow in their given times once again.
Wether we will endure as welcome guests in the longer run however will remain to be seen ~
|Freyr- Edward Burne Jones|