We have migrated or evolved far away from Mother’s Day origins. The founder of Mother's Day eventually confessed that she regretted ever starting the tradition since it had become so commercial.
Mother's Day originated nearly 150 years ago, in the United States. It started with an Appalachian woman who was a homemaker named Anna Jarvis.
The first purpose of Mother’s day was to raise awareness of poor economic and health conditions affecting the children in a community. The founder Anna Jarvis believed the cause would be best advocated by mothers. She organized a "Mother's Work Day."
Let us jump into the future; Fifteen years later, a pacifist, suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," named Julia Ward Howe. She proposed an annual event called Mother's Day.
The Second purpose of Mother’s day was encouraging mothers to rally for peace. Julia Ward Howe believed they bore the loss of human life more harshly than anyone else. The idea received little support.
The third purpose for Mother’s day was a memorial to honor the Anna Jarvis’s work. She died in 1905. Her daughter also named Anna campaigned to institute an official holiday to honor mothers.
The first Mother's Day observance was a church service honoring Anna's mother and all mothers that Anna arranged. The decorations that Anna supplied for the service became a symbol. Some of us have forgotten what the symbolism is. Anna had supplied white carnations which was her mother's favorite flower. The white carnation was chosen because they represent sweetness, purity, and endurance.
What is the symbolism today? The white flowers signify that one's mother has died and red carnations in time became the symbol of a living mother.
A little more history of the feminine energy that creates a woman. Energy begins with YIN. The properties of yin makes up the feeling and sense of what a woman is but is not whole without the other half of who she is. She needs the other properties to support her into being. She needs yang to create the infinite creative energy. The ability of this force was to enter the void with no-thing in it but full of potential and create. All the unknown actions necessary to make it come into form. From formless to omni-apparitions.
The great mother of us all is none other than Mother Earth. The poet Hesiod gave the "deep-breasted" earth mother the name Gaea,
Gaia meaning land or earth. In the Roman pantheon was Terra. Within Mother Earth is Mother Nature. Mother Nature Gaia represents the entire ecosystem of Planet Earth. She is aimed at achieving and maintains harmony, balance and wholeness within the environment. She is able to heal, support, all life on this planet. You can find all you need on this planet.
Gaia is another name for Mother Earth. She created herself out of primordial chaos. Chaos refers to the formless or void state preceding the creation of the universe or cosmos. The void is chaos. From her fertile womb all life sprang, and unto Mother Earth all living things must return after their allotted span of life is over. She who "gave birth" to the sky, sea, and mountains, as well as the ruling gods called the Titans.
A few centuries later, Gaea's daughter Rhea, was honored each year with festivals called "Hilaria". RHEA was the Titanis mother of the gods, and a goddess of female fertility. Mother’s day gifts where giving at the festival.
Similar Mother's Day festivals throughout Asia Minor were held in honor of Rhea counterpart, the goddess Cybele.
The separation begins. The fall of the Goddess religion. Between the pagan Goddess and the Hebrew and Christian God. Known as the Magna Mater (Great Mother), Cybele was widely honored. Her worship, however, was associated with some rather repellent rituals that eventually led to the banishment of her followers from Rome, gravely weakening the goddess religions.
The Ancient European deity known as the White Goddess as well as the Triple Goddess represented the new, full, and old moons. The cycles of the moon represent “The Female Goddess of birth, love and death.”
No blaming here. Our souls were on a journey and still are. They must go to the extremes to compare and learn the difference and find the value and preserve the learning’s.
The Era changed to learn more of the Yang energy which created, “The Christian Trinity.” That energy eventually triumphed over the trinity of the Goddess. The Western male conquered the Eastern and agricultural female.
With the Yang energy more in control, mother’s day had evolved to celebrate the “Mother Church.” After the victory, the patriarchal Holy Roman Catholic church included and welcomed its former opponent by calling it the “Mother Church” This mother was the church itself and was honored.
In the Celtic countries and the British Isles, The powerful goddess Brigit was transformed into her Christian successor, St. Brigid. Brigit's sacred day, which was connected with the ewes coming into milk, became St. Brigid's Day. With the disappearance of a female deity, the devotion to Mary, Mother of Jesus, would soon emerge as the new Mother cult.
Another mother form is the Goddess. Gaia was the first Greek God. Which literally means the first Greek god was actually a Goddess.
Goddess refers to the yin properties of the one energy that created us. When the one energy contemplated, meaning spiritually looked within, it looked at what it was creating and it created a mirror image. Then when it was time for the mirror image to come into form it had to refract its own pure white light through the two opposite forces that work in harmony. That would be the Yin and Yang properties.
Yin is referred to the feminine energy and not the body parts. Yang is referred to as the male energy and again not the body parts.
The Goddess energy is both giving and receiving. She is balanced yin/yang. She is made up of both balanced equal parts just as the God energy. People take the word God and Goddess literally as if we were speaking that we are the one. We are all one that creates the whole. Thee one is still thee one no matter how you slice it with labels. We all have different paths and names that lead to the same place.
Now what makes up the Goddess: Equal parts of aspects that have adventured, every perspective that a soul could journey on. It is like every time a soul tried on a piece of clothing and wore it for awhile, found its value and then shifted consciousness out of the old aspect and into another aspect and journeyed. Meaning it had changed its clothing. They are characteristics and attitudes. Then it took them to the extremes of Yin and then to the extremes of Yang. Then finding the value and processing out what no longer serves and comes back into balance.
A Goddess in woman form is soft, sexy, and strong. She is giving and receiving. She understands that she is Spirit first and human second. She knows the ancient knowledge and thrives through living the knowledge.
Reflecting the Archetypes of the Goddess. She can be anything. You know you most as female.
The Maiden within us is the playful child, delighting in the wonder of pleasure and sexual exploration. She is longing to be loved. She is the source of our natural curiosity and sensuality. The psychological readiness to awaken sexual energy and feeling permission “to do what feels good for me” in a safe setting are necessary for the Maiden to come out to play.
The Mother is giving. She is the loving nurturer, bestowing unconditional acceptance on the beloved, and generating compassionate loving beyond self-gratification. She is the source within us of our capacity to build communion with another in the act of giving and receiving sexual pleasure. The Mother in us takes responsibility for seductive conditions and knows how to surrender to sexual desire.
The Crone is the wise woman within, who can consciously generate healing power. She is the part of us that feels empowered to act on intentional desire, in an honoring setting. She is the wise one who intuitively connects with the spiritual nature of sexual energy. The Crone is the teacher, encouraging us to listen to intuition and recognize divine guidance.
The I AM GODDESS self-awareness integrates the Maiden, Mother, and Crone. The value of integrating the three expressions of the Goddess within is to create the ability and the wisdom to express your sexuality most fully.