Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was no EarthSpirit Web in
Cyberspace, no none at all. Several people wondered about this and thought
it should not be so.
One day in March 1996, just before the Spring Equinox, two members of the EarthSpirit
core group decided to come together and create a new face for the
EarthSpirit Community on-line. A place where people could get information
and connect with EarthSpirit everyday, 24 hours per day. It took ten hours
labor, one male and one female blending their energies to birth the
EarthSpirit Web. The only images they had were an acorn and a wheel. The
colors they chose were white for Spirit, green for new growth, brown for
the Earth, and black for the Mystery. And then it happened, on March 19th
1996, EarthSpirit Web took its first breath of Cyberspace and went live.
It was a simple being at first; twenty or so pages about EarthSpirit and
Rites of Spring, the spring gathering. No forms, and no pictures, but it
was live. Its mother cherished it, fed it and nurtured it. Its father
protected it and gave it safe space to grow. And grow it did. It grew like
a weed all higgledy-piggledy with a calendar, and the EarthSpirit Newsletter, and a
tribute to one of the elders of the community, Ted Mills, who had passed through the veil.
Then pictures and small animations found their way to
join the website. Followed by MotherTongue information, Suntide
applications, and Twilight Covening clans. FireHeart Magazine, which had
been sleeping for several years woke up and cried, "Oh, I have things to
share, take we with you too". And a Pagan Chant Library branch grew right out
of one side, a large branch.
Then one day, just before the one year anniversary of the birth of
EarthSpirit Web, the mother and the father stood back and looked at their
child. It was huge, and it had outgrown the original pattern of its birth.
They added a search feature, but knew it wouldn't be enough.
So they had a meeting to decide what to do about their wild child. "It
needs structure" said the father. "It needs some new clothing" said the
mother. They took a big white board and on it they wrote all of the parts
of their child. (It was a dark and stormy day, where the wind had torn down
an electric pole leaving them without power - a good time for a meeting.)
"It seems to have five basic sections" said the father. "Well if we prune
it a little maybe" the mother said. "There is an EarthSpirit section, which
is basic information, and the commons part where people actually get
information about meeting on the physical level" said he drawing circles
and arrows on the white board. "Gatherings" she chimed in. "Yes,
Gatherings" he agreed "and an Archives section and one about links."
"Archives doesn't feel very magical to me, but the other is like strands or
perhaps Connections" she mused. "And if we call it Archives, I can see the
Newsletter and FireHeart, but how would MotherTongue fit.