My lifelong fascination with the divine feminine began as a child while attending a Catholic church service with my mom. I was utterly mesmerized by the beautiful images of Mary throughout the church. I asked Ma why we only saw images of Mary at our (Lutheran) church on Easter and Christmas. She looked down at me and said (with a wink), “because she was only the Mother.”
Today is the Feast Day for our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, who is said to have appeared to Juan Diego as an apparition on the same ground where the Aztecs worshipped the great goddess, Mother of Earth, Tonantzin. If we peel back the religious narrative, these goddesses (and many others across cultures and history) embody the divine feminine as the healers and warriors who birth ideas, radiate guiding wisdom, and bring hope to those in despair.
I adore this brilliant depiction of Our Lady by my dearest friend, Rosa Vela Sachs.