An Apple Blessing

Today is Johnny Appleseed Day. It commemorates the work of John Chapman, a nurseryman who traveled west, planting apple trees and selling saplings to other settlers along the way. Although he worshipped in the Christian way, he also showed great reverence for nature in his actions. So he is a popular historical figure among Pagans as well.

Celebrate this holiday by doing something with apples. Decorate with images of fruit, trees, and Johnny Appleseed himself. You might visit an orchard to pick apples, hold a potluck fest with apple-smoked pork and apple pie, or plant an apple tree in your yard. Here is a blessing for you to use:

Apple trees are sacred,
As everyone must know.
We remember Johnny
Wherever apples grown.
So we say a blessing,
Wherever they may be:
Blessing on the apples,
And blessing on each tree.

—-Elizabeth Barette

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