Sacred Icon- The Virgin of Guadalupe

25 Sep

The Virgin of Guadalupe (Mary, Mother of Jesus) is the most revered and familiar image in Mexico. She may be single-handedly responsible for the conversion of Mexico to Catholicism. Devotion to Guadalupe is widespread and overshadows all other saints and even Jesus. So how did she come to grace the walls of our home? (House Full Of Goddesses)

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Brought with us from Texas, this statue replaced a gift from my mother that was stolen out of our yard on Mother’s Day, no lie. The grotto is at the head of the stairs to our front entrance.

As my interest in the sacred feminine unfolded in the nineties, it was not a stretch to see Mary as the modern-day Goddess. My Catholic roots played a significant influence and somehow (to my mother’s delight) this wayward church going girl began acquiring images of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

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My sister-in-law, hearing of the theft of our statue, sent this Guadalupe. She has her own niche in our living room. Hindu goddess touch mine.

Things snowballed from there and Guadalupe moved in.

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I found this print at a thrift store in Texas. She graces our bedroom.

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Painted by my friend Cat Thompson and badly needing a frame.

There are numerous smaller images throughout the house, each with its own story. The most spectacular is the carved, wooden relief that we found in a bazaar in Villadolid during our travels prior to the completion of the house. (Show And Tell Art Purchases)

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All the seller could tell us was that the piece had hung in his home many years and was carved by a man from northern Yucatan.

She was purchased without thought as to where she would hang or if the colors would match, etc. It was purely a gut, “gotta have it” response. The carving was wrapped in newspaper and cardboard and stored until the house was complete.

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She clearly needed a place of prominence.

When we brought the relief out of storage and placed her on the wall, it was an emotional moment. It appeared as if the room were designed for her by her. I believe Spirit moves in many ways. Our home is holy ground on the shore of a sacred lake. We are so blessed. DOS TORTAS

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8 Responses to “Sacred Icon- The Virgin of Guadalupe”

  1. An September 25, 2016 at 8:52 am #

    I am enchanted by your beautiful and creative home. -alicia

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    • afish25 September 25, 2016 at 6:48 pm #

      As are we. Love to see you here.

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  2. Karen Hodgens September 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

    Beautiful! Holy ground is where we all stand. I’d love to visit!

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    • afish25 September 25, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

      Ain’t it the truth. Come anytime.

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  3. Lois Leahy September 25, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

    Wow! The Virgin from Villadolid is totally awesome in that room! I’d love to know if you painted first and then she found her perfect home and color match on that wall?

    ps. The Virgin from Honduras is the “Virgen de Suyapa”. She is much revered, and has had similar sighting around Honduras. There are many women in Honduras named Suyapa, including my Siser-in-Law.

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    • afish25 September 25, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

      Yes. The room was done when she made her unveiling. It was awesome. I didn’t know about Mary I in Honduras. Very cool.

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  4. emilievardaman September 26, 2016 at 7:33 am #

    I love your virgins. Each is beautiful. She graces my back yard but she does not yet have a grotto.
    I will be in Mazatlan visiting a friend of the Virgin’s day this year, joining in the celebrations.

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    • afish25 September 26, 2016 at 9:06 am #

      While Lisa was having back surgery last September, I sent a picture of a grotto that we had seen at a hotel, to our builder David. My vision was the top of the stairs. When we came home, I was stunned that he had created a gorgeous stone grotto.

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