Today is Mother’s Day. I appreciate my mother Margaret and my step-mother Sue. Both of them did a great job of modelling how to be oneself, thereby encouraging me to do the same. Humour, fairness, hospitality, and a no-b.s. way of being are some of the gifts I’ve inherited from them. Thank you!
I’m grateful also for the Earth, our Great Mother, from whom we all emerged and who sustains life even in spite of the way She’s been treated. Talk about unconditional love. Thank you!
For me, a tarot card that speaks of “mother” is the Empress. Her qualities of nurturing, caretaking, fertility, and safety radiate from most Empress images. We need to remember that she IS an empress — strong, in charge, a ruler. Mothers can be fierce protectors, truth-tellers, and warriors. Some people have experienced the shadow qualities of the Empress card — smothering, doting, overprotecting, and controlling. How very fortunate that my own Empress experiences with both mother figures, while not always smilingly perfect, have been lovingly constructive in my formation. Thank you!