“Little Girl Lost: Sylvia Plath and the Puella Aeterna” by Susan E. Schwartz

The psychologist, Carl Jung, proposed that the soul unfolds of its own accord like the acorn seed becomes the mighty oak. In its DNA are four primary archetypes, or patterns of being, along with their shadows. When becoming — or manifesting — one of these primary archetypes is thwarted by some physical, emotional or sexual trauma, the psyche reacts by forming a tertiary archetype. Puella Aeterna is one of these reaction formations. Puella, the Eternal Girl, experiences but cannot face this wounding and thus can remain for her life, fearful, insecure and unfulfilled. —Schwartzoc_puella_magi_madoka_magica_by_misteryname-d6itz8z

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Why Mother’s Day?

When did Mother’s Day begin in the United States?  In the early 20th century.  First celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia.   Her campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her beloved mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Anna’s mission was to honor her own mother by continuing work she had started and to set aside a day to honor mothers, “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” Ahead of her time, Anna’s mother—Ann Jarvis, a peace activist — had cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.


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