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Our existence is often times very ironical. Perhaps among the most ironical discoveries during meditation and while reading a book on the origins of the Virgin of Guadalupe (a representation of Mother Mary in ancient Mexican culture) is her relationship to Aztec Mother Goddess Tonatzin Cihuacóatl.

In summary, some sources of information mention that the image of Virgin of Guadalupe was originally taken from a Muslim image of a woman wearing a sky blue mantle and a pink dress, while later on, the Spanish people who found the image modified it to have the current representation with many golden elements.

Just like how for the Muslim people the image of a crescent moon is very relevant in their culture, the crescent moon is an essential element in the famous image of Virgin of Guadalupe.

When the Spaniards conquered the Aztecs in Mexican lands, they substituted the ancient Aztec Goddess Tonatzin Cihuacóatl for the image of Virgin of Guadalupe who is up to this day venerated. Tonatzin Cihuacóatl was considered to be the Great Mother that nurtured the other gods and the aztecs and she was also a physician with knowledge on medicine. For the Spaniards, all gods were a form of paganism that had to be substituted for catholicism and for the aztecs who loved Tonatzin Cihuacóatl, the image of Virgin of Guadalupe (Mother Mary in a form that was similar to how the aztecs looked physically) was imposed.

Here is the mega irony in this story. In two different meditations I was lead to understand that Tonatzin Cihuacóatl was no other being than Mother Mary herself, in her aztec incarnation. Hence, the positive role of a motherly figure who took care of people. Also, to add up to the whole irony, I saw her as a tan lady wearing an aztec blue mantle with aztec garment. So, the Spaniards wanted to get rid of the Aztec Mother, only to substitute her for another aspect of the same soul with Motherly energy. How is that?

Next time I will elaborate further on the image of Virgin of Guadalupe, its connection to a Muslim mother figure and other similar motherly figures in ancient civilizations in which Mother Mary was incarnated to fulfill such roles.

Have sweet dreams in the womb of Creation.

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