First, I would like to take the time to say Happy Mother’s Day to my readers. I hope that today will be a day that you find how much power you really have. If it wasn’t for our mothers, there really would be no human race. So take time to give your mom a hug today and thank her for all she has done. Most think Mother’s day is a United States invention. Well the capitalist version you see today is, but Mother’s day was held in many ancient societies and goes all the way back to….you guessed it, Ancient Egypt.
Our version of Mother’s day began in the United States in 1914 by Anna Jarvis. She held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. Her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers during the American Civil War. In 1905, Ann Jarvis sent a proposal to Congress to set aside a day to honor mothers because she believed a mother is “a person who has done more for you than anyone else in the world”. The U.S. congress rejected it. However some states took it and officially began recognizing Mother’s Day as a local holiday. Then in 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day to be held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor all mothers.
Although Jarvis was successful in the founding of Mother’s Day, she became resentful ant the commercialization of the holiday. In the true American way, they started selling cards, flowers and candy all to make money. Jarvis was even arrested at a candy makers convention for disturbing the peace because this is not what she had envisioned for Mother’s Day. She wanted the holiday to emphasize sentiment and non-profit.
Because the exploitation of Mother’s Day was such a hit, Christians tried to say they started Mother’s Day in the 1600’s. After all that is what religion is truly about, making money, but that was squashed when historians stepped in and stated that the Ancient Greeks and Romans had Spring Festivals honoring the maternal goddesses. The true Mother’s Day started in Egypt and it was a festival to the head mother of them all, Isis. She was considered the mother of all Pharaohs and became the symbol of motherhood. An annual festival was held in her honor every spring. The festival honored fertility and femininity. Yes, there was lots of sex and girl power at these festivals. Ancient women did not just sit still and look pretty, they knew their power. Patriarch religions have made the feminine into what it is today, which is sit there, look pretty and don’t speak. Do what the man says.
Every Goddess is a version of Isis, so the celebrations in other ancient civilizations are really celebrating Isis too. Isis is a version of you. I have shown in my other writings that the Egyptian Goddesses and Gods are really you and the powers of the cosmos. Use this Mother’s Day to remember the power of the Sacred Feminine and bring it back into the world that needs it badly. As an Ancient Chinese proverb states “When sleeping women wake, mountains will move”. Happy Mother’s Day!