Coda: Mi Guadalupe is a
Girl Gang Leader in Heaven
“Mi Guadalupe is a girl gang leader in Heaven.
She is unlike the pale blue serene woman.
She is serene, yes, like a great ocean is serene.
She is obedient, yes, like the sunrise
is obedient to the horizon line.
She is sweet, yes,
Like a huge forest of sweet maple trees.
She has a great heart, vast holiness,
and like any girl gang leader ought,
Her lap is big enough
to hold every last one of us.
can hold us,
All . . .
And with Such Immaculate Love.”
(as my grandmother would say),
and a little woman.”
~ Dr. Clarissa Pinkola-Estes, Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul
Our Beloved Lady of Guadalupe is 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?
ABOUT OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE – by Kimberly Moore
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
Her feast is December 12 and is one of the HolyDays celebrated by MotherHouse Goddess Temple.
RESOURCES FOR GUADALUPE
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