The woman appears kind and gentle. Her eyes are cast downwards and her hands are met softly in prayer. She is eclipsing a glowing, radiant sun and standing atop a crescent moon. While her gown is earth-toned and humble, it is adorned with beautiful gold stars.
This is the stunning depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe given to Juan Diego, an image now instantly recognizable.
Although we have seen this image innumerable times, there is always more to notice, pray with, and learn from.
One of the details you may not have noticed is the black tie that sits upon her waist. This is a traditional Aztec maternity belt, worn by pregnant noblewomen to indicate their revered work in continuing the Aztec lineage. For the Aztecs, the trapezoid-shaped ends of the ribbons signified the end of one cycle of time and the birth of a new era.
Our Lady’s appearance with this notable black belt would instantly reveal to the pagan Aztec people that she is an honorable noblewoman preparing to give birth to a child of honor. Moreover, by utilizing Aztec cultural symbols, Our Lady indicates that it is the end of the cycle of Aztec practices and the beginning of a new reign of Christianity in Mexico.
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