It’s Mother’s Day on March 22nd and picking the perfect gift can be a headache, especially if you’ve got a picky receiver! So this Mother’s Day, we looked to the stars for inspiration and collaborated with Astrologer and Tarot Reader, Clarisse Monahan, of Venus in Retrograde. She consulted the planets and found these perfect gift recommendations for mothers of every astrological sign, based on their traits and positions of their ruling planets on March 22nd.
“On the astrological front, Mother's Day has quite an important event happening,” Clarisse says. “Stern Saturn is changing signs from heavy Capricorn to airy Aquarius, which means more freedom and breeziness after the double downer of Saturn in Cap. Think fresher outlooks: after all, we will also just have blasted into Spring, with the vernal equinox two days before Mother's Day.”
“In astrology, the Moon is connected with Mother Energy, so it makes sense to look at where the Moon is on this day - namely emotional Pisces. Significantly, Mercury, the planet of communication, will be there too, so this is a particularly potent alignment to express your feelings for Mum.”
Aries mum is not one for spas or scented candles. She needs more excitement, especially since the Sun will have just moved into Aries, the baby of the Zodiac.
She will be feeling particularly youthful come Mother’s Day. With this in mind, it’s best to take Mum out and about and bring her friends, as Saturn will have popped into her 11th House of Friendships for the first time since 1991 Dinner and drinks with her gal pals will be Aries mum’s jam.
Although traditionally, Taurus mum loves a spa day of pampering, this year unconventional Uranus inhabits the sign. So, take your cue from that off-kilter planet and do something different and play the wild card this year. Why not gift a tarot reading? Wild card indeed! Taurus mums always get the massage vouchers so don’t be afraid to surprise her. Venus is also in her sign on this day, helping her feel at her very best. When Venus is transiting through your star sign, we generally feel more beautiful and happy with our appearance as it brings an extra glow and inner confidence, so make sure you comment on Mum’s new hair cut or outfit of the day.
A Gemini mum is sharp-witted and always one step ahead, so don't try and surprise her, as she’ll be on to you. Better to be straight up with the plans for the day, and keep in mind that, as the sign of the Twins, Gemini mum tends to be cerebral and analytical. Take her out to a movie or the theatre and then you can re-cap and reminisce whilst enjoying her favourite meal.
Saturn has just moved into her 9th House of Truth and Higher Level Learning so the more highbrow the movie and conversation, the better. Right now, the focus for Gemini is on deep rather than surface knowledge (the latter which Gemini usually favours, it rules the day to day talk). Or get her personalised jigsaw and enjoy a Sunday puzzle with her.
Cancer rules the past, so Cancer mum is quite happy when reliving fond times. Go through some old photo albums and reminisce with her, or better yet, frame a family picture to make a personalised gift for her. With Mercury and the Moon in Pisces, which will be making a lovely trine aspect to Cancer, your mum will be feeling even more loving and expressive than usual. Express it back to her. Don't forget the Mother’s Day card - being sentimental, she’ll treasure it for years afterwards.
Don’t hold back on the effusive praise. Your Leo mum likes to hear it! But let's face it, she deserves it: there’s no mum like a Leo mum – always looking after her family and putting them before herself. The Aries Sun will have just gone into the House of Sagittarius, making her focus even more fiery than usual.
A perfect gift for Leo mum would be anything that broadens her experiences. A holiday, especially something that is outdoorsy, perhaps horse riding along the beach for example. As well as adventure, this House also stands for Truth and Higher Learning so keep this in mind when looking for a gift or for a fun activity to do during this day. Perhaps enrol her in a course that expands her mind. If you want to keep the gift material, Leo mum favours loud and bright things and colours: red flowers, silk scarves for Spring with popping patterns.
Virgo mums appreciate due diligence when it comes to tasks and planning. If you are cooking, make sure you have done a test run. And another thing - make sure your gift is wrapped nicely; your Virgo mum has an extra-potent eye for detail, so she will notice if it’s a slapdash job. Bottom line, if you want to make your Virgo mum happy, make watertight plans. Come to think of it get her a planner, so she can fill in her days with little details, like where to buy the celebration essentials for Easter (3 weeks in advance). Or get her “Daily Rituals” by Mason Currey. Perfect for her routine obsession.
Saturn has gone into her House of Work and Routine, so she will appreciate a gift that promotes her love of organisation.
Libra likes to be seen so this is the mum you book the Mother's Day brunch with. The Sun will just have rolled into the Venus ruled 7th House of Libra so she will be feeling extra positive, loving and looking to go out and mingle. Having the Aries Sun transits her 7th house of Partnerships, meaning your mum will appreciate a take charge approach from you on this day.
You make all the plans and reservations, reassure her that everything has been taken care of and all she needs to do is keep the day free. This is one day your Libra mum doesn't have to be indecisive (that trait they can be known for). Give her attention and tell her how much she means to you. Find a fancy brunch place where you guys can enjoy a long chat over beautiful food. Fuss over her and no matter how much you are goaded, keep the peace and harmony! Libra doesn't like to deal with anything less than perfect.
Saturn has just transited into her 4th House of Home. When Saturn transits this House, the need for security and recognition is important. Saturn can be a bit of a dampener sometimes so more so than ever, make sure you let your mum know how much she is appreciated.
Scorpio mums love when you confide in them, they like to know secrets! An ideal Mother's Day gift would be to write her a letter telling her how much she means to you, and include all your inside jokes that only you two can appreciate! This will really light up a Scorpio heart, they like to know just how irreplaceable they are. Send it by post, like in the old days. Scorpio has a love for nostalgia. Saturn transiting the 4th House can also sometimes mean a renovation or time for a big spring clean at her home so perhaps a consultation with an interior designer or a book on Feng Shui would also make a fitting gift.
The spontaneous Sagittarius is always on the go. Plan a multi-pronged day trip to various places, in order to delight the cavalier and curious nature of the Sadge mum. The Aries Sun is lighting her 5th House of Children and Fun so she will definitely be feeling enthusiastic spending time together. Just make sure to plan a bit of a treasure hunt of fun places to go, rather than dwelling in one of them for too long. With Sagittarius you need to keep them entertained, they get bored easily!
Though she doesn’t tend to splurge on herself, expansive and ritzy Jupiter is currently in Capricorn mum’s sign, so she is more likely to appreciate the finer things in life right now. A Capricorn mum tends toward the classic, elegant, and bespoke: leathers, silks, earthy tones, like her nature.
If you want to take her out, make sure you get a reservation and book that nice restaurant she has been thinking about. Capricorn with their earthy nature appreciates well thought out plans and places that you put time and consideration into picking. Make sure you double check reviews before booking anywhere.
The Aquarius mum can be a little bit quirky and unconventional and Mother’s Day should be a time to celebrate her quirkiness. Get her the strange poncho with the Virgin of Guadalupe on it that you saw on Amazon randomly one night. Aquarius cares more about the idea behind the gift rather than the gift anyhow.
They are driven by ideas not things, valuing heartfelt surprises. Saturn has just moved into her 1st House of Self. Saturn is her co-ruler (as well as Uranus) so this is an excellent opportunity to restructure anything in her life that is not working. Though Aquarius Mum will always appreciate a wacky gift. perhaps a more practical and Saturn focused idea (to celebrate it just going into her sign) is a Passion Planner. This planner is designed to encourage you to plan for the future, reflect on the past, but most importantly, act on the present.
OOn Mother's Day, Pisces mum will be feeling more introspective than usual, as glum Saturn moves into her 12th House of the Unconscious. When Saturn transits there, it can be a time to be more inward. With that in mind, weekend outings might not be the best idea. Far better to get her watercolours and paper, so she can make art at the kitchen table, while listening to the liquescent ambience of Brian Eno’s “Music for Airports” on CD that you buy her, because, yes, she is still listening to CDs, even in 2020.