This is day 8 of Rebecca's A Virgin a Day blog project over at Recuerda Mi Corazon. Please visit her blog to see more images and meditations of the Virgin Mary, as we lead up to her feast day on December 12th.
Today I am sharing yet another image of the Virgen de Guadalupe, this one on a postcard that I am sure I bought in Mexico. What I like about this particular one is the way the rays of her light fit in precisely with the lines of a dress on a goddess image I had painted many years before I acquired the postcard.
The little cardboard goddess shrine is something that I made in honor of my own motherhood. I guess I feel there is something inherently divine about being pregnant and giving birth to a new life! The little cherubs on either side of the goddess represent my daughters, the Moon girls. (See how they're both balancing on a moon? (Moon is their last name, for those not in the know.)) Anyway, many years after I had made the little shrine, I placed the postcard within the shrine, and voila, the realization that we and the goddesses are intertwined hit home once again. Or at least that I am subconsciously very intertwined with Mother Mary. See how the postcard Mary is standing on the snake I painted on the little shrine? In the image of la Virgen de Guadalupe, it is said that she crushes the snake which represented the old pagan gods of Mexico. Me, I think she is standing on the snake, but not crushing it. The snake is a symbol in some beliefs for the feminine. Notice how the parts of the snake that are visible seem to be forming the sign for infinity. May the spirit of creation live on forever.