Within each woman there lives the maiden, the mother and the crone. Our physical age has very little to do with which one we are at this moment in our lives. It is the energy they represent that is important. With this Sunday being Mother's Day, let us take a look at what being a Mother means.
Many people hold fast to the idea that you can only be a complete woman if you physically bare children. Nothing could be further from the truth! Being a mother is so much more than that. When you do have children, a mother needs to bring into this new relationship a feeling of unconditional love, embrace her role as mentor and guide, teacher and protector. If she does it right she will have learned from being a maiden the joy in play, stating new things and the innocence of exploring this world and will in turn encourage her own child to do the same. Not all women feel this way perhaps due to their own upbringing, life experiences or timing. It is then that it is so important for other women to step forward and give her help, reassurance and guidance.
But what of those who choose not to have a family or are not able to have children for whatever reasons? Can they still be mothers? Definitely! The mother is one who embraces her life experiences so far then transforms them into completed projects. She has the energy and fire to see creative ideas through to completion whether thatis a family setting, the business world or volunteer situation in the community. She nurtures the ideas, she gives birth to them and shares them with others. A mother can be that special lady next door or favourite aunt who has a kind word, gentle heart and caring hands. She may be the teacher, the Girl Guide leader who nurtures so many other children in the community. She is the daughter who stays home to give loving care to an ailing parent or partner. Anywhere that love, kindness, nurturing and creativity is found there you will find a mother.
Whether it is an actual child that she brings into this world or a creative project or idea that is put into action, it will reflect the mother and she will see it through by protecting it, nurturing it and helping it to grow. The full moon is her time as the Mother is about fulfillment.
May we remember that our mothers and we as mothers, have done the best we can at any moment in time. Let us honour them every day and not just once a year, being aware of all the ways a woman can be a mother.