Esoteric astrology as news for the week of May 10 through 16:

Sunday is Mother’s Day. The moon is in Virgo — ultimate sign of the perfect organized mother. It’s also the sign ruled by Mercury — so communication with mother is most important on Mother’s Day. Communication with one’s own mother, whether here or in heaven. Wherever they are, their hearts are open, alive, well and listening. It’s good to offer in whatever ways we can words of kindness, recognition, gratitude and to also offer nurturance to our mothers. Although my mother is in heaven, I tell her every day, “You did a good job, Mother. A great job, in fact.” 
All mothers, an assignment, a spiritual undertaking and a job description, are constantly learning how to be mothers. The task of mothering is demanding, arduous, daunting, difficult, confusing, filled with suffering and paradox. Mothering is an initiation, actually. Some (adult) children are estranged from their mothers. Such sadness! It’s good in this case to remember the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, saint of right human relations: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.” 
In our mothers’ later years, they will need to look to us for guidance. Let us promise this to them, safeguarding our mothers with understanding, compassion and love. 

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