In that extraordinay scenario of early December 1531, the uncle of Juan Diego was mortally ill. As it turns out, when Juan Diego made prayers to the goddess for his uncle, the old man received a spontaneous healing during which she spoke her name to him. "The uncle held the family tradition & the gems of wisdom from the Aztec ancestors. He was a living link between the past and the future."
For the Aztecs, as with many Native Americans, a person's name is the sonic resonance of his/her soul. It describes who they are and what they're doing here. A name is a magical incantation that affirms and empowers the soul to fulfill its 'tonalli', its destiny." The uncle brought the goddess's essence into the world when he passed on her name. "He spoke with all the weight and credentials of his ancestry to bring her being forth and hand down an immortal heritage."
The name she spoke to him was TECUAUHTLACUEPEUH
"She Who Comes Flying from the Region of Light Like an Eagle of Fire"
It refers to the Sun rising in the East. As with many of the ancestral goddesses, as she blossoms in our awareness, she is here for the dawning of the next grand cycle of life -- the 4th Sun of the Maya, 5th Sun of the Aztecs, 5th World of the Hopi, the Aquarian Age, etc.
"So where did the name Guadalupe come from? The polite version of the story goes like this: Since the Catholics didn't speak Nahuatl, they didn't understand what the uncle was saying when he told the virgen's name was Tecuautlacuepeuh. To their simple ears, it sounded like he was saying "Guadalupe". And what a fortunate coincidence because they already worshiped the patroness Virgen de Guadalupe, patroness of Extramedura, Spain." The true meaning of 'virgin' is a woman who is whole & complete unto herself.
quoted from "The Aztec Virgin: The Secret Mystical Tradition of Our Lady of Guadalupe" by John Mini (2000)
No small coincidence that in English the nickname "Guadess" sounds like "Goddess"!
Meaning of the Guadess's name
The sacred image of the Virgen presents us with a number of logistical challenges. The ayatyl material, made of course maguey cactus fiber, is difficult if not impossible to paint on. Normally, this rough fabric deteriorates in about 30 years. The air at Tepayac is filled with a briny moisture from nearby Lake Texcoco which caused other paintings in the same area to rot and fall apart within a few years. The image's colors have not faded in any way for over 480 years. When held up to the light, the cloth becomes transparent & radiates a faint golden luminosity throughout.
Several groups of experts have examined it and concluded that, "it is impossible for any human craftsman to paint or create a work so fine, clean and well formed on a fabric so course as this tilma." Scientists have found that the ayatyl repels dust, insects, and intense humidity. It wasn't given a protective glass coating until 1776. Even so, the image wasn't harmed or stained in any way from 245 years of devotees touching it with their hands and candles before it was covered. "The Aztec Virgin" (2000)
The original milpa from 1531.
Goddesses of the North American continent have always been guiding benefactors of the indigenous peoples. Although colonization wreaked havoc on these peoples and their lands, their female deities have remained close by -- now awaiting their re-cognition by all of us Earthlings. Two of these ancestral goddesses merit our attention because they hold 'medicine' that gets straight to the heart the limiting, oppressive monotheistic patriarchal paradigm!
To the south, in central Mexico, the Aztecs adored their Earth Mother goddess, TONATZIN -- also known as, Coatlique, or Serpent Skirt. Only 10 years after the arrival of Cortez and the Spanish conquistadores in 1521, she shape shifted into a new image to become the widely beloved Virgen de Guadelupe. The conquest of indigenous peoples proceeded northwards on this pristine continent.
Then, around 260 years later, out on the Great Plains, a band of Lakota hunters were surprized by a mystical visitor who's become known as White BUffalo Calf Woman. According to winter count calendars, the year was 1780. She, likewise, has shape shifted or reincarnated from a previous identity. For a few thousand years, she was adored as the beloved (water buffalo) cow goddess, HATHOR !
In these transition times on Turtle Island, North American continent, tremendous imbalance has been the modus operandi. Nevertheless, the fact that we have two very impressive goddesses emerging out of the continent's chaos invites optimism.
The Construction: She doesn't use paints. There isn't a single brush mark, even when examined under extreme magnification. Scientists determined the pigments to be of an "unknown origin", and even today, the colors are as bright as the original day of her "miracle". Many of the apparent colors we see from a distance in the image are really optical effects. The sacred ayatl creates these effects by using the subtle weave of the cloth itself.
In some parts of the image, many colors of pigment combine and refract with one another to form the colors we observe from far away. For example, her famous olive skin is actually created with white 'paint' that refracts with itself on the rough maguey fiber to create an illusion of olive. This is the same kind of coloring effect displayed in bird plumage and butterfly wings in nature.
Investigators also discovered abundant examples where nuances of the cloth itself were used to impart character to the image. For example, there's a place on the Guadess's mouth where small thread protrudes from the plane of the image. It projects out in exactly the ideal place, and at the perfect angle to match her upper lip, giving it an unusual depth and character.
The expert examiners concluded, "The original figure, including the rose robe, the blue mantle, the hands and face is inexplicable. . . . No explanation of the portrait is possible by infrared techniques." The church has never given an opinion on these studies.
"Although the sacred ayatl appears to be course in texture, those who've touched it say it feels like the finest silk. Master painters through the ages have never been able to comprehend how the sacred image was created." quoted from "The Aztec Virgin"
THE GUADESS AS ARTIST !
"The black sash around her solar plexus is equivalent to the sash created from snakes and tied with a skull around Coatlique's solar plexus! According to her Aztec legend, Coatlique became pregnant from a white feather, and she's obviously still pregnant!
In ancient times, whenever an Aztec woman was in a family way, she would wear a ribbon around her belly. Although this tradition isn't carried on, it still lives in the language. Now, when a woman is pregnant, people say that she's en cinta, enribboned." from the "Aztec Virgin"
Let's imagine that she's pregnant with the new grand cycle of life for Mother Earth. As for her virginity, remember that the term 'Virgin' literally means a woman who is whole and complete unto herself -- as we would expect of a goddess!
Since then, many people had the opportunity to inspect closely the eyes of the Virgen on the tilma, including more than 20 physicians and ophthalmologists using ultra-sophisticated digital equipment. The first expert opthalmologist, in 1956, observed that the reflected images are exactly where they are supposed to be and that the distortion of the images agree with the curvature of the cornea. IBM researchers used computer-scanning techniques to scan her eyes up to 2000 magnification. They confirmed that Juan Diego's face is indeed there, as well as other figures. They were so astounded by what they discovered that they ran tests on the eyes of many other paintings. All they found were shapeless blobs.
Investigators unanimously conclude that this is a divinely created object and they agree that no human being is capable of creating such delicate work on such a small scale, especially on such rough fabric. from the "Aztec Virgin"
In 1929, the official photographer of the old Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, found what seemed to him to be a clear image of a bearded man reflected in the right eye of the Virgin. He did not believe his own eyes, and hesitated to tell anyone. He continued to inspect his black and white photographs, and slowly came to accept the reality of the situation. He informed the authorities at the Basilica, but he was told to keep quiet about his discovery, which he did. When two people look at one another, they are reflected in the eyes of the other. (Eventually, the image of Juan Diego was detected in her left eye.)
These feminine deities are here to stimulate our innate curiousity, rather than merely listing commandments for proper human behaviour. This is their gentle way to guide and mirthfully coax us to engage our brilliant human mind, and thus generate our loving respect for them.
Decembre 12th, 1531. Juan Diego displays the image of the Virgen mysteriously emblazoned on his milpa (cape), along with the roses that were miraculously blooming on the hillside on that cold winter morning. The bishop accepted this as a sign that the new basicalla should be constructed at this site.
View of the original basicalla & the modern building (where the milpa is displayed) as seen from Tepayac Hill.
Coatlique (Tonatzin) sculpture, 1400 CE, juxtaposed at her sacred site, Tepayac Hill.
This is the place where, on Decembre 9th, 1531, Juan Diego first heard her voice giving him instructions, and where she appeared to him in the image of Virgen de Guadelupe on Decembre 12th.
"IN GUAD WE TRUST !"
Further illuminations surround the mystical appearance of Coatlique (Tonatzin) -- now known as Virgen de Guadelupe -- and the enigmatic cloth relic that she left as proof of her existence. She appears to be calling our attention so we will gain appreciation for and trust in the goddess realm. The following discussion intends to demonstrate that this goddess actually created an image of herself and has preserved it beyond natural capabilities for almost 500 years. Now is time to revive the Sacred Feminine paradigm! As did our wise ancestors, we are wise to "feed the holies". Seems like these deities are here to "upset the patriarchal apple cart" in the final scenes of the suspenseful Earth drama where no one can predict a future.
Tonatzin aka Coatlique
She's made two extraordinary
21st century appearances in Saskatchewan, Canada!
Explore her Aztec legend, also,
at this link
The dynamic BUffalo Goddess's recent appearances can be traced by clicking the link above.
How interesting that the original non-albino white buffalo calf was named "Miracle".
The Guaddess account below is replete with miracles!
This webpage and the next are a venue for Aztec Tonatzin "the Guadess" to capture your attention.
Most published versions of the Decembre 1531 story reflect the Roman Catholic perspective. According to the Aztec people, however, the deity in focus is Tonatzin -- a Winter Solstice goddess who was associated with Tepeyac Hill where the spirit woman mystically contacted Juan Diego. Apparently she shape-shifted in order to remain close to her Aztec people who had little choice. If they refused to conform with the domineering Roman Catholic missionaries, they would suffer hardships and even face death.
Tonatzin has made her presence known through miraculous signs!! Learn about Her appearances at the link above!
Beneath this sash is the only four petal flower on her clothing, over her womb,
and it's the Aztec symbol for the center of the universe.
The flower is a Jasmine variety that grows only in Mexico.
One of the most glorious of fragrances, Jasmine is associated with prophetic dreaming, love, Venus and the moon.
Mystery of the Guaddess's Eyes
Maguey Cactus from which the cloth was woven.
The Guadess receives millions of visitors every year!
GUADESSES LOVE A GREAT MYSTERY !!
Copyright: White BUffalo Calf Productions. All rights reserved.