The Grandmother of Humanity
Anna is the mother of Mary and the grandmother of Jesus. Her name “Anna” means “I am” in Arabic and comes from the Hebrew Hanna, which means “grace”. As a person and as a symbol she represents the great matriarch of humanity, the foundation of the family, the wise woman that protects and guards her tribe. She represents the grandmother figure that holds an important place in the traditions of many indigenous tribes throughout the world, which means she carries many different names and different faces throughout the different cultures that honour her existence…
Besides being the grandmother of Jesus, she also represents Pachamama, mother nature, the earth mother whose faith we all share, who gives life to all of humanity and who connects all of earth’s creatures together into one great family. Independently of her gender, she represents the guardian of ancient knowledge, the ancestors, the teacher who passes on wisdom, secrets and mysteries carefully guarded by previous generations and who teaches us how to live in harmony and abundance on this earth.
In Christian tradition Anna is known as Saint Anne, the protector of seafarers, and important shrines dedicated to her can be found in Saint Anne d’Auray in Brittany (a region of seafarers) and Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in the Montréal region in Québec, Canada. Anna is a mysterious figure, not much is known about her, and there is much debate to whether she is the same person as Anna the prophetess who predicts the impact of Jesus’s life in the temple of Jerusalem. This much is sure: Anna was a wise, strong and visionary woman, with a deeply spiritual connection and profound earthly wisdom who was knowledgeable and inspired enough to foresee the birth of a sacred lineage through her daughter Mary and her grandchild Jesus, teaching and preparing them, as well as the people accompanying them, to fulfil their sacred missions to open the hearts of mankind and prepare humanity to reconnect with the divine.
- Saint Anne’s Feast Day is on the 26th of July
- Anna’s symbols are every kind of great and sacred tree, the apple tree (and the apple as a fruit and symbol for wisdom) and the hawthorn in particular, the rose
- Anna’s colours are brown, red and green
Feature image: “The Breath of Gaia” by Josephine Wall