Lately I have been contemplating my ‘source of being’. I had always assumed it was my connection to the earth. It is this of course, but my revelation came when I realised it was the connection to my mother, and my connection to her mother – me as mother, and not just my birth mother, but all mothers. The earth as mother, the universal mother, cosmic mother. All of them, my source of being.
My memories of growing up start from a very young age. In fact, so young, I have vivid memories of being born. I remember being breastfed and the smell of my Mum’s skin which was such a source of comfort. Thinking about my source and having these early memories re-surface has come at quite a pertinent time of the year, considering that it is Beltane in the Southern Hemisphere, and Samhain in the North. At Beltane we celebrate the coming summer with fire and blessings of fertility, life and abundance. While at Samhain we are remembering our ancestors, those who have passed and loved ones who are still with us. Yesterday, the 31st, I flew from Australia to the USA and I have been able to experience both transitions. This following poem and accompanying artwork represents these polar opposites; birth and death. More importantly, it is an ode to Mum.
In her bosom I am nestled,
Soft kisses on my cheek she gently places.
With whispers of love and tender caresses,
I am comforted;
Safe, warm, nurtured.
A sweet lullaby she sings,
a tune I remember from long ago.
My head against her rising chest,
Heart beat, steady and familiar.
My eyes fall heavy and I slumber.
Ahhh….my sweet mother,
Mater, Mana, Mamma, Mami, Ma
Source of love
Source of life
Source of being
From the primordial waters of her womb I was born,
And too her, I shall return.
Jassy Watson, who lives on the sub-tropical coast of Queensland Australia, is a mother of four, a passionate organic gardener, an artist, and a student of ancient history and religion at Macquarie University, Sydney. She runs a small business Goddesses Garden and Studio to keep women’s sacred circles, art, music and gardening practices alive. Jassy also teaches regular painting workshops based around themes exploring the feminine.