Wise Ones, today in the US we celebrate Mother’s Day. A day to honor Mama’s.
This day is a tricky one for many. There are those sometimes complicated mother-child relationships, the grief that exists for those who might have lost a child, or those who have lost a mother. There are those people who longed for motherhood but, for whatever reason, have not been able to bring this longing into being. And of course so many more ways we relate to the idea and concept of mother that muddy the waters of this day.
I am not a mother to a human. I have not given birth. I have not adopted a child.
In the past there have been times that have felt a deep sadness on this day, not having a child of my own, not feeling a part of the “mom” club that so so many of my friends have joined over the years.
The flip side of this is that I am blessed to have amazing women in my life (my own Mother top of this list), who have gifted me with love and care and guidance and support. And even at times when I felt sad, I have been most fortunate to feel such gratitude for these women that celebrating them has been easy.
Whether you are a mother or not, if we look at Mother as an archetype, as an energy, we might begin to explore the ways that the Mother lives inside us all.
In the Tarot, The Empress is often considered to be the personification of mothering energy. The divine feminie, fertile and bursting forth with creation.
Yet creation and nurturing is not only found in the parenting of a child. It is found in the ways we care for and nurture others in our lives (human and animal), it is also found in the way we care for and nurture ourselves.
Creation comes in many forms, and creativity is bursting forth from the Empress, creativity is part of the heartbeat of the mother.
Motherhood is not all sunshine and rainbows. There is a fierceness is mothering too! There are limits to set and boundaries to hold. There is protection to provide and sacrifices made. Looking at all the facets of mothering is crucial in understanding how this energy flows through the world.
So on this day where we celebrate and honor Mothers. How are you celebrating and honoring the mother that resides within you?
I invite you to nourish yourself, to fuel the seeds of creativity, of creation of care.
Part of tending your magical self, is in fact a mothering of yourself, physically, emotionally and of your craft, through practice and continued learning and growth.
In my own spiritual path I lean into the energy of the earth as the Mother, this vast intricately woven world we live in. This world that is governed by cycles and the circle of life. And I often picture Mother Nature as her own entity, holding the energies of birth and death, creation and destruction inside of her.
The earth holds us, feeds us, nourishes us and provides for us so much. This planet is something we are intrinsically bound to. How are we caring for and connecting with her?
Taking the idea of Mothering one step further, perhaps today is also a day to reconnect with nature. To let yourself be held by her and in turn to offer her care and tenderness as well.
As we honor the Mother, let us honor the many forms this energy takes, within ourselves and outside of ourselves. Let us celebrate the gifts of creation and nurturing, the gifts given in the form of boundaries set, and limits tested that held. May we all revel in the power and beauty, the mess and upheaval that mothering brings with it in all of its forms.
Emily Morrison MA, MFT