The Feast of Our Lady – a video from Shiloh

Dear One,

Blessings to you this day! Come and check out the video welcome I made for The Red Madonna Sisterhood, I thought you might enjoy it too since today, 12/12/12 is Her Feast day! And a most magical day it is since there are over 10 million people honoring Her today!

Snapshot 2012-12-12 14-05-19Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady – and the one year anniversary of our Red Madonna Journey! wanted to share with you some of what I have shared with the sisterhood about my journey with Our Lady. And if you want to join us for the 2013 voyage with the Tree of Life you can learn more and sign up here at www.theredmadonna.com

My journey with her started close to twenty years ago, I have many stories about what she has brought to my life, how she has informed me and my entire career and sacred work. She changed my life, altered my course. Has she done that for you? Has your life been altered forever from encountering the sacred feminine? For me, she comes in many outfits and appearances, but none of them are as powerful for me as the Guadalupe – for many reasons, but the context of her story is one of them, and that she is the Mother for this geography I call home. She is the good red mother of the good red road. And she is the mother of a suffering people who had come under attack – not unlike us today. The attack doesn’t look the same as it did then, but it might show up in poison corn and contaminated waters and the extinction of our beloved creatures.

I have done my research over the years and will share some of that with you here, however I have no claims to being a scholar or getting it ‘right’. I explore her with the heart of a child wanting to more fully know the Mama, not with the discernment of someone trying to disprove this magical tale or that of a historian. You are welcome to do your own research. Much of what I share with you I heard in stories myself, as this is an oral tradition and each time you tell it, it might change.

When Our Lady first appeared on that mountain called Tepayac, it was after the people of that land, had been massacred in the conquest 1519-1521. This is not a story, like so many of our earth stories, that doesn’t have a dark side. Indeed the dark side of this, our muse for The Red Madonna, is very much a part of the story – therein lies the healing. A remothering occurs for a concurred people in the story of Our Lady – she brings hope and the birth of a Nation, Mexico, that was specific to this new mixed race of people. This image of the feminine appeared on their land, in the place where they used to worship the Goddess Tonantzin, known by many names, including the Mother of Corn. She was their skin color and standing on the moon – she was something they could belong to, and she could belong to them. And her rich history, which started close to 500 years is thriving to this day and devotion to her is as strong as it has ever been. She is THE most painted and printed image in the world. And we will join our images to these.

I want us to pay special attention to how the Virgin Mary has appeared in the most interesting of places, often places where ancient Goddesses were worshipped. In the case of Our Lady, she appears where the Diosa Tonantzin was worshipped, Jaun Diego knew of this sacred mountain from his ancestors and so her appearing where she did gave the people a sense of FAITH in the great unfolding. Our Mother has not abandoned us, look. Here she is. And she is requesting a temple in her honor. I can only imagine the relief of those still living, who felt lost without their indigenous roots being able to be explored – and now, here was the intersection of death and healing, and of two cultures coming together under one Mother.

When I think of what happened to that people who were all but crushed by the conquest, I think of our own selves, and the ways we too have been crushed and hidden, dismembered and fragmented. When we rise to meet Our Lady – it is our opportunity for healing and transformation  – but this will take some faith. To gather ourselves together and make the trip up that hill of transformation to meet her, and to meet ourselves anew. Renewed. Where something was once crushed, something new is being created, honored, and sustained. And this leads to faith. But we do not forget where we have been, and so we remember too  – and call upon protection for our journey. Each of us weaving our own medicine into our shield of life.
Hers is a story filled with miracles, including the manifestation of roses, and the imprint of her own image on a cloak – her essence painted itself onto the cloak, the tilma of the peasant Jaun Diego and there are more visits to that sacred site than almost any in the whole world.

Regarding Tonatzin, it means Reverend Mother and is connected to “Mother Earth”, the “Goddess of Sustenance”, “Honored Grandmother”, “Snake”, “Bringer of Maize” and “Mother of Corn” – all can all be called Tonantzin. Other indigenous names include Chicomexochitl (“Seven Flowers”) and Chalchiuhcihuatl (“Woman of Precious Stone”). A Tonantzin was honored during the movable feast of Xochilhuitl. The Basilica of Guadalupe was constructed at the BASE of the hill where Tonantzing was worshipped.

And here is perhaps one of her most interesting names – Coatlaxopeuh meaning “the one who crushes the serpent” and that it may be referring to the feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl. It is interesting because in scripture it says right there in Genesis 3. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” This was a prophecy of Christ, who would be born through a woman. And if we consider the ways women have been maligned and abused by the church, regardless of what you think about ‘the serpent character’ in this particular story – it seems clear that there is a battle going on between the feminine, and the bad guy. Revelation 12 backs this line of thinking up even further, and we will get more into that later. What I am trying to show you, and get you to think about it, is prophecy and it’s relationship to faith, and specifically to the feminine and what that means for us as a people. At the right is an image of Tonantzin as the Lunar Goddess.

Whether you believe the story or not – the story remains in the minds, hearts, writings and images of, the people. The people have kept the story alive as a living legacy. And it is our gift to explore it…

The Story: Here it is Told

Here is some of what she says to Juan Diego on his first visit…

I AM TRULY YOUR COMPASSIONATE MOTHER, YOURS AND OF ALL THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE TOGETHER IN THIS LAND, AND OF ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT ANCESTRIES, ALL WHO LOVE ME, THOSE WHO CRY TO ME, THOSE WHO SEEK ME, THOSE WHO TRUST IN ME,BECAUSE THERE I WILL LISTEN TO THEIR WEEPING, THEIR SADNESS, TO REMEDY, TO CLEANSE AND NURSE ALL THEIR DIFFERENT TROUBLES, THEIR MISERIES, THEIR SUFFERING.

Blessings upon you this day dear one. Wherever you are on your path, bless you. Amen

Shiloh Sophia