Feng Shui and Mother's Day

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Mother’s Day is an annually and widely celebrated holiday in America and in other countries as well, but few of us know when or why we began this celebration.

Though ancient Greeks and Romans celebrated their “mother goddesses” with festivals and parties, and European Catholics celebrated “Mothering Sunday,” a specific Sunday during Lent dedicated to “mother churches,” the American version of Mother’s Day originated in the 1900’s as the brainchild of Anna Jarvis. Anna created Mother’s Day in tribute to her deceased mother and as a way to praise the act of motherhood in general.

Originally, Mother’s Day was an intimate celebration between a family with no gifts or monetary focus. Individuals simply visited their mothers or church in honor of all that moms do. After Mother’s Day was added to the official holiday calendar at Anna’s insistence, Mother’s Day gradually picked up the traditions of gifting and celebration we observe today.

So where does feng shui fit into Mother’s Day? There's actually an area of the feng shui bagua map that's related to the mother. This area is related to relationships, partnerships, the mother, marriage, the color pink, the number two, square and flat shapes, and the element of yin earth. This area is probably the second most popular because it can also activate attracting a primary relationship.  

BUT you can also use the Relationship area to honor, call upon, or heal the relationship with your mother. The element of earth is associated with nourishment and support – just like “mother earth”. To honor or call upon the energy of your mother on Mother’s day in the style of feng shui, you could place something with positive memories of your mother in the Relationship area of your desk or bedroom. If you want to heal the connection, you could place a plant in the same area to represent growth and change for your relationship.

Either way, be sure to recognize the nourishment and support that your mother has provided today! Happy Mother’s Day!

by Anjie Cho


My Favorite Things: 5 Meaningful Mother's Day Gifts

Welcome to My Favorite Things! Each month, we highlight products to help you create a holistic lifestyle that inspires and nurtures you, so that you can be happier and feel supported.

This month is the month of moms, since Mother's Day is this weekend! If you're still wondering about the perfect gift for the perfect mom, we've got some great ideas for meaningful options that go past a beautiful bouquet (but check out our suggestions if you prefer flowers!). From spiritual art to sustainable beauty products, there is something here for almost any mom!


Abundant Tranquility Mala

One of my friends and favorite clients, Satya Scainetti, has a beautiful collection of jewelry, any piece of which makes an amazing gift. 

Satya does mala workshops, which I highly recommend as a wonderful experience, but if you missed last week's, you can still find meaningful, beautiful malas online. This one represents unconditional love, joy, good fortune and creativity and is one of Satya's choices for Gifts of Love!

Available at: Satya Jewelry


Moon II Yantra Mandala for Nourishment and Creativity

The Moon II yantra, which depicts feminine colors like light blues, pinks and purples, is associated with femininity, nourishment, creativity and emotions. 

This mandala represents self-nourishment and self-care and corresponds to the Relationship area of the feng shui bagua, which is also related to the Mother, making it an ideal gift for the upcoming holiday!

Available at: Holistic Spaces


Warming Herbal Neck Wrap

Being a mom can be tough work, and it's not always easy to find time or money to relax or take a spa day. These warming herbal neck wraps from Savor Beauty, sustainably created from flax seeds, are an easy way to get a little relaxation without having to take an entire day!

They come in various designs, can be used as hot or cold and are great with essential oils! Just pop in the microwave or freezer and soothe stress! You can order wraps online or check in at their newest location in the Upper West Side, designed by Anjie Cho Architect, PLLC!

Available at: Savor Beauty


Feng Shui Consultation

Sometimes the best gifts are actually experiences, and feng shui can be a wonderful, guiding experience for any mom! Feng shui can be helpful on many levels in matters spiritual and mundane. 

I offer a variety of feng shui consultations, including online services, so even if you're not in NYC or LA, helping your mom improve her feng shui and create a personalized holistic space is a possibility!

Available at: AnjieCho.com


7-Free Vegan Nail Polish Set

Another popular gift for Mother's Day is a trip to the nearest salon for a manicure and pedicure. Nothing quite relaxes like being treated to a massage and some nail upkeep!

This year, instead of relying on traditional nail polish, opt for ella + milla, an eco-friendly nail polish option free of seven nasty chemicals in addition to being vegan and animal cruelty-free. ella + milla comes in many colors and is even PETA approved! 

Available at: ella + milla



6 Symbolic Flowers for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is this weekend, and giving Mom flowers is a long tradition on this holiday. In feng shui, many of the adjustments we make are almost as much about intention as they are precise "rules." Of course, using the right cures are important, but the symbolism of making changes in your life and space is paramount. 

In the same way, certain flowers can infuse meaning into the act of giving bouquets or other arrangements for any holiday, especially one as symbolic as Mother's Day. Take a look at the six most meaningful flowers to give Mom for her special day. 

Roses

Although roses are typically considered to represent more romantic feelings of love, they can also be representative of motherly love, depending on the choice of colors. 

Roses were thought to be sacred to the Greek goddess, Isis, often seen as the ideal mother, and in some belief systems, they also symbolize the Virgin Mary. 

Opt for pink roses to symbolize grace, elegance, appreciation, happiness and charity. In varying shades, pink roses represent grace, gratitude and joyful youth, and on a feng shui level, pink is the color associated with the Relationship bagua area, which is also associated with mothers. 

If pink isn't your style, yellow roses also signify friendship and joy, devotion and a caring nature. Opt for white to symbolize virtue, purity, reverence and good will, or go with a multi-colored bouquet to represent a wealth of positive energy. 

Carnations

Carnations are also an extremely popular flower for Mother's Day celebrations, and for good reason. Carnations were first made popular by the original founder of Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis, who distributed white carnations as her mother's favorite flower in honor of the holiday. They have long been known as representative of love, purity, faith, fascination, beauty and distinction. 

In the Christian faith, carnations were also believed to have first appeared from the ground where Mary cried over the death of Jesus, and for this reason they are symbolic of a mother's eternal love. 

Carnations are a traditional Mother's Day flower and are symbolic in white, as good luck, loyalty and charity; in pink, as gratitude and love; and in red as admiration, love and heartfelt affection. 

Tulips

Tulips, too, are fantastic flowers to give to your mother this May. Typically associated with Spring and Easter, tulips represent new and eternal life, comfort, coziness and happiness, and their general message is one of love. 

Tulips range in color from white to orange, and the symbolism of each color is slightly different. To communicate feelings of caring, warmth and affection and loving concern, choose a shade of pink. To symbolize true, deep love and admiration, opt for red. White symbolizes purity and heaven itself, while cream tulips send a message of eternal love. At the brighter end of the spectrum, yellow tulips represent cheerful, fond thoughts and orange is a color symbolic of enthusiasm, excitement and energetic love. 

As with roses, you can stick to one meaningful color, or send your mom many messages with a multi-colored bouquet!

Daisies

As a long-standing traditional symbol of beauty and purity, daisies make a powerful addition to any Mother's Day bouquet, or a beautiful selection in themselves. White daisies symbolize the innocence of a mother's love, the purity of her patience and never-ending compassion. 

For a more cheerful, playful message, choose gerbera daisies! 

Orchids

Orchids are another excellent choice for Mother's Day. Orchids represent love, luxury, refinement, beauty and strength, qualities your mom most likely possesses! In Chinese culture, the orchid is also a symbol for "many children."

Orchids are also a powerful feng shui gift, as they are traditionally given as plants, which add the wood element, the energy of new life and natural beauty to your space. If Mom is single, orchids can also be placed strategically on her bedroom nightstand to attract an upright partner! 

Lilies

Finally, lilies are a popular choice for Mother's Day gifts as well and are rich in meaning. White lilies signify purity and majesty, while cala lilies represent beauty. The day lily even symbolizes motherhood in Chinese culture. 

Of course, these are far from the only choices for Mother's Day gifts. Other flowers with great symbolism for this holiday include lilacs, irises, sunflowers, violets, azaleas, bluebells and camellias. Fresh flowers are a great feng shui addition to any home. They attract joy and transformation in addition to being pretty! If possible, consider also choosing a plant with these flowers as a Mother's Day gift. As I mentioned earlier, plants are very symbolic in feng shui, bringing in the wood element and representing new beginnings, kind-heartedness and fresh energy. 

I hope you're able to find the perfect gift for your mom this Mother's Day, and if you're looking to bring flowers into Mom's home, keep these meanings in mind! Happy Mother's Day!

by Anjie Cho