For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a mother. When I was a young girl, I was almost as excited about that as I was a fairytale wedding or having a home of my own. Even with a family that pushed me to be an independent young woman that could be anything she wanted to be, I still knew that having children was important to me.
After a failed marriage and a time of self-discovery in my life, my new husband and I decided it was time to start trying to have our own family. We tried several different things, but my body just wouldn't cooperate with us. After a while, I became discouraged and decided that maybe the path of the mother was not for me. I wondered if the Universe was telling me that I had other “more important” things to worry about and buried myself in my work and my writing.
It was when I stopped longing to be something that I wasn't that I realized that I was already in the Mother phase of my life and that I needed to embrace it.
I see the Mother Archetype as a nurturer and protector of herself, her spouse (if she has one), her children (of her own body, adopted, or furry), and her friends. She loves her family with a passion that is unmeasurable and will defend them from harm like a fierce lioness. When someone falls down, she is there to help them back up, dust them off, and offer a kind word on their way. She is someone who you can talk to, share your dreams with, and will inspire you to reach for the stars.
Not long after making this discovery, I found out that my husband and I are expecting our first child around Yule. We are both very excited and have been involved in preparing to bring this tiny life into the world. Whenever I start to worry about making decisions that will affect him or what kind of parent I am going to be, I look to the Mother for strength and guidance. She responds with endless love and patience, reminds me to be who I am, and gives me hope for the future.
Tonight's post brought to you by;Angelique Mroczka is a digital artist, writer, and web designer from Houston, Texas. She founded the Pagan Writers Community in 2009, which nurtures and promotes alternative-faith authors in all stages of their careers, and blogs on occasion at The Balanced Witch. She and her husband are expecting their son, Connor, in December.