Celebrating Our Lady of Guadeloupe

December 12 is the celebration  in Mexico of Our Lady of Guadalupe (also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe)

OUr Lady of Guadeloupe 1531

shown in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in México City. Which came from  Juan Diego 1531 this is the original Tilma or cloth.

A Native Mexican peasant Juan Diego has four apparitions by the Holy Virgin Mary who appeared one more time to Juan Diego’s uncle. According to Catholic accounts the first apparition occurred on the morning of December 9, 1531,  at a place called the Hill of Tepeyac, a suburb of Mexico City. Speaking to him in his native Nahuatl  language the maiden identified herself a “mother of the very true deity” and asked for a church to be built at that site in her honor.

The Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes once said that “you cannot truly be considered a Mexican unless you believe in the Virgin of Guadalupe.”

How did the image of our Lady come about? In order to avoid being delayed by the Virgin and embarrassed at having failed to meet her  as agreed, Juan Diego chose another route around the hill, but the Virgin intercepted him and asked where he was going (fourth apparition); Juan Diego explained what had happened and the Virgin gently chided him for not having had recourse to her. In the words which have become the most famous phrase of the Guadalupe event and are inscribed over the main entrance to the Basilica of Guadalupe, she asked: “No estoy yo aqui que soy tu madre?” (Am I not here, I who am your mother?). She assured him that Juan Bernardino had now recovered and she told him to gather flowers from the top of Tepeyac Hill, which was normally barren, especially in December. Juan followed her instructions and he found Castilian roses, not native to Mexico, blooming there. Juan arranged the flowers in his tilma, or cloak, and when Juan Diego opened his cloak before archbishop Zumárraga on December 12, the flowers fell to the floor, and on the fabric was the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

The original cloak which was modified in the the 16th – 17th centuries  by the addition of  the mandorla-shaped sunburst around the Virgin, the stars on her cloak, the moon under her feet, and the angel with folded cloth supporting her is on view behind bullet proof glass  at the  Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Mexico City the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, and the world’s third most-visited sacred site. The image of the Virgin is unworn by age and has been somewhat scientifically documented. 

Let’s honor the Virgin, Great Divine Mother who is the original concept of all Divinity, the Goddess of all that is.. Known as Demeter, Ceres, Tara, Mut, Asherah, Astarte, Isis, Ninhursag, Cybele, Anu or Danu to the to the Irish. Durga, Shakti, Sheila Na Gig, Gayatri, Bhumi, Gaia, Nuakea, she has thousands of names. 

Honor the Mother who gave your soul flesh, who risked her own life to give birth to you. Honor the Mother who is the earth herself who we are all born on. Mary is one manifestation of all the Mother  Goddesses.

Everything is born of the Feminine, from a Mother. 

Everything we create is mothered by us. 

Birth is a miracle, You are miraculous. Everything is miraculous.

Please share widely 

all writing is copyright of Tara Greene 

Get a reading with Tara http://www.taratarot.com

 

 

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