Motherliness is warmth and support; it is protection and generosity of the good breast. It is feeding and home building and comfort and reassurance and the promise that you have a place in a hostile world. It is a space to experiment and to make mistakes without being criticised. Men too can mother ideas and enterprises and the Mother Card alerts us to these nursing and caring qualities in either sex.

We learn from the earliest years, even from within the womb, the art of love and the process of socialisation. We do, of course, seek to monopolise her and the anguish of separation forces us into the painful growth of being separate identities. The card then alerts us to the earliest shaping of our personalities.

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