The Spiritual Origin of Mother’s Day
The way we know Mother’s Day today, is of course not the origin of the celebration. Interestingly, most countries celebrate Mother's Day around the second Sunday of May, as we here in America do with the intent to lavish our adored Mother figures with gifts and gratitude.
In times of old, Mother celebrations had profound symbolic and spiritual meaning, but the focus was on the deity, or Goddess(es) figure(s) of their culture or spiritual and cultural tradition. One of the earliest records that we know of, of Mother honouring, is with the Early Egyptian Goddess ‘Isis’. The Mother and Son iconic imagery with baby Horus is uncannily similar to that of those of Mother Mary with infant Jesus. The early Romans celebrated the Phrygian goddess Cybele, or Magna Mater (Great Mother). Other matriarchal societies worship similar feminine deities including Gaia (the Earth Goddess).
The transition to honouring our own Mother’s rather than Goddesses and feminine deities began as church decree sometime in the 1600's to include real Mothers. In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, author of the The Battle Hymn of the Republic 12, used Mother’s Day after the Civil War, to activate all Mother’s to protest war. Hence, a new and more global international Mother's Day message of celebrating peace and motherhood unfolded. The inevitable commercialization of Mother's Day also ensued on.
Highly commercialized, Mother's Day is a $20 Billion plus industry, with florists, restaurants, greeting card and long distance telephone companies claiming the top money makers, only second to Christmas.
Whatever your tradition or leanings may be, we wish you a most blessed and joyful of Mother’s Day.
written by; Jan Porter
copyright May 2010
Jan Porter ~ Author www.inspiredsoulworks.com