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Goddess Tonacacihuatl

“Mictecacihuatl” by *RadiusZero

“Tonacacihuatl’s themes are ghosts, death and hope. Her symbols are flowers and all symbols of death.  In Mexico this Goddess’s name means ‘Our Lady of Flesh’. Tonacacihuatl is a creatrix who gives life to all things and to whom the spirits of children return at death.

Part of a weeklong festival for the dead, Angelitos Day is specifically focused on departed children. If there is a child who had passed over and who was special to you somehow, make cakes or foods that feature symbols of death and leave them in a special spot. This invites Tonacacihuatl to release that child’s spirit for the day and welcomes the souls of the departed to the festival.

Put out the child’s picture in a place of honor with a candle nearby to help light their way. Cook and eat the young one’s favorite foods, leave a lamp lit near your threshold, and strew flowers (especially marigolds or dandelions) on the walkway to guide the child’s spirit back home.

According to tradition, eating hen or chicken today ensures a visitation by ghosts, because then the bird can’t crow loudly and frighten away the spirits! In all due caution, however, you might want to keep a little salt, violet petals, sage, or ginseng handy to banish any unwanted ghostly guests.”

(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)

“Tonacacihuatl” by Tlisza Jaurique

Tonacacihuatl (pronounced toe-na-ka-SEE-wah-tl) is primaeval female principle, or Goddess of creation in Aztec mythology.  By some accounts, She was the mother of CamaxtliHuitzilopochtliQuetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca.  She combined with Her husband, Tonacatecuhtli, created life on earth and, in some accounts, is identified with Omecihuatl. This Goddess lived in the highest of the thirteen Aztec heavens.

She and Her husband have the task of transferring the souls of infants from Heaven to the womb of the mother.

 

* The first picture is actually of another Aztec Goddess, Mictecacihuatl, but I really wanted to use it as I believe She is an appropriate Goddess for this time of year.  “In Aztec mythology, Mictecacihuatl (pronounced ‘Meek-teka-see-wahdl’ or ‘Meek-teka-kee-wadl’) is Queen of Mictlan, the underworld, ruling over the afterlife with Mictlantecuhtli, another deity who is designated as Her husband.

Her role is to keep watch over the bones of the dead. She presided over the ancient festivals of the dead, which evolved from Aztec traditions into the modern Day of the Dead after synthesis with Spanish cultural traditions. She is said now to preside over the contemporary festival as well. Mictecacihuatl is known as the Lady of the Dead, since it is believed that She was born, then sacrificed as an infant. Mictecacihuatl was represented with a defleshed body and with jaw agape to swallow the stars during the day.” [1]

 

Sources:

Mythologydictionary.com, “Tonacacihuatl“.

Wikipedia, “Mictecacihuatl

 

Suggested Links:

Holmer, Rick. The Aztec Book of Destiny.

Quipoloa, J. Amoxtli.org, “The Aztec Universe“.

Ruiz de Alarcón, Hernando. Treatise on the Heathen Superstitions that Today Live Among the Indians Native to This New Spain.

Wikipedia, “Santa Muerte“.

“Chantico, Goddess of Fire, Volcanos and the Hearth” by Darktee

“Chantico’s themes are kinship, unity, cooperation, communication, divination, protection, and home.  Her symbols are fire, metals and minerals.  A classical Mesoamerican Goddess, Chantico personifies and safeguards the hearth fires and the home, the place where families gather. The name Chantico means ‘in the house’. Men going to battle pray to Her that they will return and still find those home fires burning! Children petition Her to know the future. She also became the guardian of lapidaries and some metal smiths.

Around the first Sunday in May, Catholic and Jewish congregations celebrate Family Week, a time to focus our attention on family solidarity and how to improve the quality of family life. With our society having become so mobile, Chantico is a very timely Goddess to entreat for assistance in this endeavour. Gather with your family or friends today, light a candle (symbolizing Chantico’s presence), and rededicate yourselves to oneness.

Carrying or wearing silver, copper, red-toned agate, amethyst or jade today draws Chantico’s presence and encourager the warmth of kinship no matter where you may be.

To extend this idea, take a piece of paper with the word ‘Earth’ written on it and wrap it around one of these metals or stones. That way you share Chantico’s unifying energy with all the earth’s inhabitants.”

(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)

Goddess Chantico in Codex Ríos

“Chantico (pronounced chan-TEE-ko) is the Aztec Goddess of hearth fires and precious things. Chantico is very protective of Her possessions, and guards them well. She also guards hearth fires, and men going to battle would pray to Her that they would return to find the fire still burning. Chantico once angered the food God Tonacatecuhtli by eating roasted fish with paprika on a fast day when paprika was banned. He turned Her into a dog to show his displeasure.” [1]

“Chantico rules the Ehecatl Tracena – the thirteen days of instability and insecurity when a thunderbolt of chaos strikes the very heart of order.  During this time thievery is rife but Chantico is very protective of Her treasures and will guard them with unbridled tenacity.

Stories abound of terrible vengeance being wreaked against touchers of Her prescious things, even though the ability to turn into a red serpant and poisonous cactus spike head-dress combo clearly spells danger.

Chantico is the female counterpart of Xiuhtecuhtli – it must be a fire thing.” [2]

“Another important aspect of this Goddess, is that She attaches, with the participation of other Goddesses, to the invention of the jewelry. But She in particular was granted the invention of cosmetics.  She was especially venerated by the Association of Jewelers, as well as by the stone engravers, gem cutters and polishers.

The name that appeared on the ‘Aztec Calendar’ was Chiconahui Itzcuintli.

It was on Her day that witches turned into various animals and witches, called mometzcopinqui, exercised their greatest power.

Chantico will Empower you with:

Femininity

Beauty

Radiance

Grace

Help Healer in Treatments giving more life energy

Protection of yourself and family

Enhances Divination

Enhances Intuition

Fertility

Abundance of Precious Stones Jewelry” [3]

 

 

Sources:

GodsLaidBare.com, “CHANTICO: Aztec Goddess of the Hearth“.

Sabrina. Goddess A Day, “Chantico“.

Reikiangelos, “Chantico- Goddess of Fire & Fertility Empowerment“.

 

Suggested Links:

Shrine of the Forgotten Goddesses, “South American Realm of the Forgotten Goddesses“.

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