During a meditation at the last Full Moon, Goddess guided me to a new practice for MotherHouse, a Goddess Devotions every Sunday, to invite healing, visioning, connection to Goddess’ blessings. I will feature a Goddess beginning on Sunday and create her altar space to receive petitions. Fresh flowers, crystals, healing herbs will be added to honor the Goddess of the week. Each petition received from online and social media will be written and added to the altar and the blessing bowl. At the end of the week, the petitions will be offered up with appropriate incense and prayers. The download from Goddess was that we need to hold the space for more light, more love, more focused intention of healing.
I woke up so excited for this Sunday and to see what Goddess was going to come forward. And there was Lupita, our Beloved Lady of Guadalupe. A Goddess that stands ready to hear us, to soothe us, to bless us. Lupita invites us to sink into the softness of our hearts. She represents faith, love, and the ability to transform through surrender to the divine. Her cosmic cloak enfolds us in the mysteries of sacred love that weave through our DNA. Are you open to receiving?
May I add your petition? Each one will be honored and placed around Guadalupe’s candle. If you would like to keep your petition private, please use the contact form.
Blessings to you for your week, may Guadalupe infuse you with her compassion and love!
ABOUT OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
Our Lady of Guadalupe is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with a venerated image enshrined within the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The basilica is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, and the world’s third most-visited sacred site (wiki).
Juan Diego received four visitations from Guadalupe, appearing to him as a maiden on the Hill of Tepeyac and identifying herself as “mother of the very true deity”. She also appeared to and healed his uncle, saying that she wanted to be known as Guadalupe and he should tell Juan Diego this information.
When Our Lady of Guadalupe for the fourth time appeared to Juan Diego in 1531, these are the questions She asked …
“Am I not here, I, who am your mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need something more?”
She then instructed him to go and gather flowers from the hill, normally barren in December. Juan Diego gathered Castilian roses blooming in abundance on the hill (and not native to Mexico) and wrapped them in his cloak (tilma). He took the roses to the archbishop and as the flowers spilled out, an image of Guadalupe was revealed in the cloak.
The hill of Tepeyac was an ancient worship site of the Aztec Goddess, Tonantzin, she who is Mother Earth, Goddess of Sustenance, Snake, Mother of Corn, Great Mother. The Spanish destroyed a temple to Tonantzin in 1520 and had replaced it with a shrine to Virgin Mary there to attempt to convert worship to Catholicism.
According to tradition, the Virgin appeared to a Nahua man named Juan Diego in December 1531 on Tepeyac Hill, north of Mexico City, where there was a shrine dedicated to the female Aztec earth deity Tonantzin. To this day, in Nahuatl-speaking communities (in other communities as well), the Virgin continues to be called “Tonantzin” and her appearance is commemorated on December 12 each year.
Tonantzin means “Our Sacred Mother” in the Nahuatl language and she continues to be connected symbolically to fertility and the earth. It is not known precisely how the pre-Hispanic deity Tonantzin became connected to the Christian Virgin of Guadalupe, however, we can assume that many people of the time believed that her appearance represented a return of the Aztec mother deity. There are many myths surrounding the Virgin of Guadalupe but she has been recognized by the Catholic church as a manifestation of the Virgin Mary. The Virgin of Guadalupe has become a national symbol of the Mexican nation and she is viewed by many to be a special protector of Native American peoples. from Professor Sandstrom
For those interested in a guided meditation, please join the free Goddess Full Moon Group and check the archives. We celebrated Guadalupe on her Feast Day of December 12.
The altars for Guadalupe are colorful, devotional, and expressive of their creator. Offer her roses, candles, sparkling fairy lights, whatever calls to you!
Resources for Guadalupe:
Contact me directly for a Guadalupe Goddess Altar Kit
Goddess of the Americas – Writings on the Virgin of Guadalupe edited by Ana Castillo
Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Missing Mary: The Queen of Heaven and Her Re-emergence in the Modern Church by Charlene Spretnak
Guadalupe Art by Tamara Adams on Etsy
Our Lady of Guadalupe Altar Cards by Katherine Skaggs
Virgin of Guadalupe Statues from Goddess Gift
Stay tuned for a Guadalupe Spray from Red Wholistic!