We love to celebrate women all year round - but in March there are a few extra special reasons to do so
This month sees the celebration of both International Women’s Day (March 8th) and Mother’s Day (March 27th), so what better time to honour the power of the Divine Feminine!
Nature and the Power of Women
Women’s power and energy has been associated with nature for centuries, but not always in a positive light. Old beliefs held that women were closer to the physical world and its animalistic tendencies than men, so were therefore excluded from intellectual or cultural pursuits outside of the home. This is of course nonsense, and many women are now finding a source of strength in nature and the natural world.
This month is all about powerful women and connecting to that inner energy, so read on to find out more about Mother Earth, what she symbolises and how to connect with that power for yourself.
What is the Divine Feminine?
Also known as Mother Goddess, Mother Nature or Mother Earth, the embodiment of the Divine Feminine is commonly represented in the mythology of many ancient cultures. The ancient Greeks knew her as Gaia and the English word “earth” actually comes from the name of the Norse earth goddess, Jord (pronounced “yurdth”).
Many cultures and religions still worship Mother Earth today, including Wiccans, Pagans and anyone with a deep appreciation for the natural world and what it has given us.
What does Mother Earth symbolise?
Mother Earth is a personification of nature, with a particular focus on the nurturing and life-giving aspects of the natural world. Mother Earth symbolises femininity, nurture, growth, new life and groundedness.
She’s a symbol of gentle power and wisdom, and also a reminder of our humanity; we all share the same earth and have a responsibility to care for our planet and our home.
Harnessing the power of Feminine Energy
The Divine Feminine has always been an extremely important nurturing symbol, and connecting with nature is a great way to tap into this powerful feminine energy. There are many ways to harness the power of Mother Earth, including:
Exercise outdoors - Exercising outdoors has so many benefits; from reducing stress, to boosting our mental health. There are plenty of options for exercising outdoors - try running, yoga, walking, cycling, or an outdoor exercise class. If you really want to connect with nature, look into wild swimming; there’s truly nothing like it!
Natural crafts - Nature provides us with an abundance of natural craft materials right on our doorstep! However, it’s important to be mindful to only take what’s freely available e.g leaves and twigs that have already fallen to the ground. Creative options are endless; you could make a picture out of flower petals and leaves, weave with natural materials like grass, or create a headdress from flowers in your garden.
Celebrate the night sky - You don’t have to know much about astronomy to appreciate the night sky in all its glory! There’s something deeply powerful about simply gazing up at the stars, or seek out a star chart if you want to learn more about the constellations.
There’s also the potent energy of a full moon, which marks the completion of the (waxing) cycle and the growth cycle of our intention.This is the perfect time to take inventory of what no longer serves us, so let go of any unwanted habits or presences that aren’t serving you in a positive way.
Foraging - Foraging is the act of gathering wild food for free, just like our ancestors would have done centuries ago. It’s a wonderful way to appreciate Mother Earth and all she offers us, but it’s important to do your research beforehand to make sure everything is edible!
In England and Wales, you’re allowed to pick anything growing wild for personal consumption, as long as it’s not an endangered species. If you’re new to foraging, start with some basics like nettles, wild garlic, blackberries and elderflowers.
Celebrate the women in your life with beautiful gifts from Forage Design
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day or for any special women in your life, explore the beautiful range from Forage Design. From stunning jewellery collections, to clothing, homewares, notebooks and more, we’ve got something for everyone. We’re also passionate about our impact on the planet, so when you choose a gift from Forage Design, you can be confident that you’re looking after Mother Earth too.
In 2014 Forage was awarded the Glastonbury Festival Green Traders Award for Ethical Trader of the Year and we donate £1 from every sale to one of two wonderful charities - World Land Trust, and Goods for Good. Every product is hand picked from small, independent businesses, so visit our website today to browse our gorgeous collections and do your bit for the planet!