Illumine blog My mum and her zodiac : Musing about our mothers

My mum and her Zodiac: Musings about our Mothers

March 21, 2019 0 Comments

Mothers. She’s the first person you ever bond with. She has a love for you that is the purest love of all. But she is also her own person, with a unique personality. She has hopes and dreams, stories and secrets. Depending on how old your mum is, she may not have discovered the ‘wellbeing’ trend yet. She may be struggling with some traits, stresses, and strains that could be helped by a few self-care changes. I looked into the traits of Aries women because my mum is Aries, and I also asked some of my customers about the traits of their mothers. One is Taurus and the other Sagittarius. It’s interesting to see if they think whether their mums’ benefit from the essential oils used in their Zodiac Sign Candles. The answers are very interesting!

Aries Mothers

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  • Strengths: Confidence, self-awareness, strength, and fearlessness
  • Weaknesses: Competitiveness, tunnel vision, vanity and self-centeredness

Mothers who are Aries

An Aries mother is a warrior filled with high energy. She does everything with a fierce signature style and is often a huge amount of fun to be around - if you can keep up! Aries mums charge into parenthood headfirst, intent on leaving their mark. They can be a bit of a ‘Diva Mama’ at times but it’s awesome to be a child of a one-woman accomplishment machine since they are usually a powerful role model. Despite the fact that she never loses sight of her own goals, no child of an Aries mum will ever feel like they are not good enough or can’t conquer their own dreams.

Aries is the first sign in the zodiac, making this mum a natural leader. However, along with their fierce strength, Aries mums can be too competitive and bring that trait out in their children as well. They also can have a bit of a mean streak when they are not at their best.

What causes stress for an Aries Mum?

An Aries woman is a ‘Warrior.’ She is very driven so will overwork in order to claim the top spot, and she will try to achieve her goals as quickly as possible. This can give her lots of stress, especially if she has a big family as well as a career. What Aries Mothers get most stressed about with their family life is thinking about all the tasks they can't accomplish. They sometimes feel like the family unit can't function without them even for an afternoon and that leads to overwork and burnout.

Also, an Aries is an impatient star sign so they can also get easily stressed when they are held back or made to wait. All this means it’s easy for an Aries Mother to run out of energy. At their worst, they can feel very vulnerable and even ill. When an Aries gets stressed they can become aggressive, despondent and unable to make decisions.

How Aries mums can manage stress

An Aries mum really needs to have one day a week off to help manage stress. Like everyone, it’s important to take time off and give yourself some space. For Aries especially, don’t overthink your time off, don’t compete at it! Simply choose to stop.

Aries Candle - Rosemary, Geranium, and Patchouli


Rosemary is a very powerful healer and strengthens the whole body. Rosemary helps promote deep mental clarity and improved focus. It stimulates the nervous system making it an excellent treatment for headaches. It’s also great for relieving congestion and for soothing respiratory illnesses such as asthma, emphysema, and allergies. The list of benefits of this oil burned in a candle are endless! It is also said to increase creativity.


Geranium helps balance and regulate emotions; lifting the emotions, providing a soothing balm for anxiety and stress, reducing fatigue and increasing cognitive function. Anxiety is reduced by helping to balance the body’s hormones and geranium oil used as aromatherapy can also lessen the effects of menopause. Geranium also increases cognitive function. This oil can help an Aries develop her warrior wisdom.


Patchouli essential oil stimulates the production of pleasure hormones such as dopamine and serotonin, which help eliminate feelings of anger and anxiety. It also relieves tension and stress, which can also result in improved sleep quality. This oil is ideal to soften some of the Aries Mother’s harder edges.

Our Customers with Aries Mothers

Ramneeta says. ‘I bought my mum an Illumine candle last year for Mother’s Day. Her star sign is Aries but when she came to smell all of the Illumine candle range, she was drawn to the star sign of Pisces which is my Dad's. She loves her own too which brings a calming effect to her mood and the room it's lit in.

Ann says, ‘My mother is Aries, I would say the traits described are very apt. She never sits down even at 84 (pushing themselves to the limit). She suffers from nerve related injuries and has done for a very long time and since the Aries candle has Rosemary as the signature fragrance which stimulates the nervous system as well as calms the mind,  I think this candle suits her very well. I would love to tell you just how much my mother enjoys her candle and how it helps her, but she hasn’t actually opened it yet! Maybe she’s saving it for a special occasion? Haha!


Taurus Mother

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  • Strengths: Stability, good taste, common sense, hard worker
  • Weaknesses Indulgence, materialism, mood swings, vanity

Mothers who are Taurus

A Taurus mother is totally devoted to her children. She will love you, feed you, pamper you and show you right and wrong in such a solid and profound way, you will always grow up feeling incredibly loved. One way a Taurus mum shows love is by telling her children what to do, and because she is so clever, it pays to listen! Taureans can be quite stubborn though, so it might be that at times, you’ve had a few bad experiences of that if your mum is Taurus.

A Taurus mum is businesslike in nature and is certainly the boss of the family. This means as a child you will feel really secure with her. Behind the organised facade, there is also a fun party woman who is refreshingly down to earth.  

Although a Taurus mum's the boss and has a strong sense of responsibility, she has a wild enjoyment of the finer things in life, such as pampering, food, holidays and jewellery. 

Taurus mums encourage their children to appreciate nature and be in the outdoors because she tends to love it too. They also have old school values, so she raises her children to have good manners and respect for authority. Does this sound familiar?

What causes stress for a Taurus Mum?

Taureans crave safety and comfort and anything that unsettles that can lead to stress. They want to be financially secure and feel most happy and at ease when surrounded by their close family and friends. One of the key stressors for a Taurean is being pushed into a situation they are not comfortable with. They can also be very stubborn and expect to always be seen as competent and efficient, so can overthink and over worry about bad outcomes.

How Taurus mums can manage stress

Taureans are known to love pampering, so any kind of spa type treatment is ideal. Luckily, if you have a Taurus mum, even when she’s at her most stressed, it won’t take too much persuasion to get her to take time out and do some self-care - especially if there’s going to be something rather luxurious to do.

The Taurus candle - Rose, Black Pepper, and Melissa


Rose oil is incredibly good at healing and nurturing your sensual side. It’s known for easing many different medical problems to do with the heart but can also release issues with relationships of the heart too. This oil helps with depression, anxiety, digestion issues, circulation and respiratory conditions like asthma.

Black Pepper

Black Pepper is very powerful and increases energy in all systems of the body.  It is ideal to help with muscular aches, pains, stiffness, and fatigue. It’s commonly used to aid the digestive and nervous systems — stimulating circulation and promoting emotional balance. In addition to invigorating the senses, it can be used to enhance mental clarity.


Melissa oil is a gentle but potent tonic especially for the heart, helping with strengthening and easing palpitations. Lemon balm has wonderfully uplifting energy. It repairs the nervous system over time. It soothes anxiety, depression, and nervousness and brings with it a sense of lightness and joy. Its gentle nature also relaxes tension.

Our Customer - the Taurus mum

Sarah says, ‘I liked reading about the typical Taurus mum because in many ways that is me. For sure this mama does know best - haha. I am also the 'Taurean Mullet', e.g business upfront but party in the back!  I really do love the Illumine Taurus candle. I am left brained and pragmatic so the rose oil helps me to align more with my feminine side. I don’t like overly sweet smelling scents, however, I do like the perfume of rose. Having black pepper and Melissa oil helps to balance the sweet tones, which I also like. In terms of wellbeing; in the last few years I have become more in tune with my mind and I now listen more to what my body needs. Black pepper helps with mental clarity when I'm overwhelmed with work. And the energising qualities also help. I have heard that Melissa can help with headaches and like many Taureans, I get these a fair bit, so I hope the candle can help with this too.’

Sagittarius Mother

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  • Strengths: Adventure, wisdom, humor, perspective
  • Weaknesses: Impatience, crudeness, bluntness, lack of structure

Mothers who are Sagittarius

As the zodiac's freest spirit, a Sagitarrian mum is a youthful figure, always helping their children broaden their mind. She is likely to have created a lot of fun times for her kids. Better still, her sense of humour means that when life gets hectic or messy, she is able to see the humour in that too. She is a daredevil, lives by instinct and has a thirst for adventure.

Some Sagittarius mums struggle to settle down to the rigidity of the role of motherhood, but most enjoy showing their children how to have fun and adventure too. This means their children are forever experiencing new people, places, and things.

Spontaneous Sagittarians live in the moment, acting on impulse and instinct. On the upside, as a child, you are never bored with a Sagittarian mum, but when it comes to planning and structure, there won’t be very much. You might have to wait around during times when she has exhausted herself into a bit of a sleep fest too!

Sagittarian mums are amazing at helping to develop a sense of leadership in their children and will have taught them the joy of accomplishing something. They are incredibly wise and will have encouraged their kids to expand their horizons and be open to different mindsets. What a wonderful experience to have such a broad-minded parent.

What causes stress for a Sagittarius Mum?

Sometimes a Sagittarius's adventurous spirit can lead them to exhaustion. They seek freedom in all that they do. They get stressed from being stuck in traffic, having to conform to formal situations, and having to be where they are told at a particular time. Social conformity can make a Sagitarrian mum anxious.

Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of excess and abundance, Sagittarius mums can take on too many responsibilities and agree to far too many social engagements for both them and their children. They are also very generous, even if they don't necessarily have the money to spend and this can cause money worries. Because Sagittarians tend to overcommit they can either work until exhaustion or to avoid commitment altogether.

How Sagittarius mums can manage stress

The best way to help your Sagittarius mum is when she is not firing on all cylinders to arrange things so that she gets a whole weekend of lie-ins. There’s really nothing a good night’s sleep can’t cure. Create an atmosphere of calm and quiet and make sure she doesn’t feel that she’s missing anything by sleeping for a solid 9 hours, and then send her to bed early with an alarm that isn’t going to go off until at least 10 am…...

Sagittarius Candle - Black Pepper, Ginger, and Grapefruit

Black Pepper

Black Pepper is very powerful and increases energy in all systems of the body.  It is ideal to help with muscular aches and fatigue. It’s commonly used to aid the digestive and nervous systems, stimulating circulation and promoting emotional balance. In addition to invigorating the senses, it can be used to enhance mental clarity.


Ginger essential oil is able to relieve feelings of anxiety, anxiousness, depression, and exhaustion. The warming quality of ginger oil serves as a sleep aid and stimulates feelings of courage and ease. Inhale Ginger to alleviate nausea or motion sickness, boost the immune system, alleviate digestive issues, headaches and to soothe a cough.


Grapefruit oil is known to relieve stress and bring on feelings of peace and relaxation. It can even lower your blood pressure naturally. It increases your mental focus and give you a natural pick-me-up and it’s stimulating effects also make it effective for reducing headaches, sleepiness, mental fatigue and even feelings of depression.

Our Customer with a Sagittarius mum

Cressida says, ‘My mother is a Sagittarius and I would have described her as strong, determined, feisty and opinionated, all of her fragrances tended to be on the strong rather than floral side. Based on the Illumine description of a Sagittarius trait and the signature fragrance being Black Pepper, I think my mother would have loved this candle and I have bought a Sagittarius candle in her memory. At times it very much reminds me of her.'

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