December 12, 2013: Our Lady of Guadalupe Constellation

~ by Mary Galvano

Did you know that there is such a thing called the Guadalupe constellation? Yes, it is true. The constellation refers to the arrangement of stars on the garment worn by the Blessed Mother when she appeared to Juan Diego in Guadalupe, Mexico, on December 12, 1531.

Our Lady first appeared on December 9th in 1531 to this poor peasant, Juan Diego, at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of what is now Mexico City. And on the 12th as proof of her appearance, she left an image of herself imprinted on Juan Diego’s tilma, a cloak garment made of cactus cloth.

In recent years, stargazers have studied the image on Diego’s cloak and noticed that the stars on the Virgin’s mantle is covered with stars which stunningly and accurately map out various constellations as seen in the Mexican sky the morning of the apparition, and are still seen in today at this time. The pattern on one side represents the northern constellations, and the other side shows the southern constellations. Stargazers say they can identify the morning star, as well as the constellations of Virgo and Leo. Some say that the stars signify that Mary is greater than the stars worshipped by the Aztecs.

Even more remarkable, this “star map” on the mantle is in reverse providing a view of the constellations from beyond them, as would be seen looking through them towards Earth. The constellations are consistent with what astronomers mapped to be in the sky above Mexico City the day the Image was formed on December 12, 1531. The colors of the tunic and mantle are important ones in the Aztec hierarchical structure, ones typically reserved for the emperor.
Many miracles have been associated with the image. Among the first is that it is believed to have led to the conversion of millions of indigenous people, most notably the Aztecs. Until Our Lady’s apparitions, the Spanish missionaries who first came to what is now known as Mexico had little success in conversions. Then, after the apparitions, with the help of Juan Diego and his tilma, miracles began to happen. Within a short period of time, 6 million natives had been baptized as Christians.

The Image of Our Lady that appeared on the tilma, which can still be seen in Mexico City today, is truly miraculous and has been the wonder of scientists for hundreds of years. All, after exhaustive investigation with sophisticated analytic detectors, have concluded that the work is beyond the power of men to produce. And it’s important to see the image Our Lady left exactly as the Aztecs saw it because there was something about the image that spoke to the natives of the land, particularly the Aztecs, who had an elaborate symbol-based language system.

The image shows Our Lady looking downward with an expression of motherly tenderness. But, to the Aztecs, the image exploded with meaning and pointed to the end of their civilization, as they knew it. Among the first things the Aztecs would notice about the image of Our Lady is that her dress, its color and style, indicates she is royalty — a queen. The Aztecs would also have taken note of the flowers on her dress. The four-petal flower over her womb is what’s called the nahui ollin- the most sacred flower in Aztec culture. So she is pregnant, and they’d recognize that the child in her womb represents divinity, as the new king of the Aztecs and divine because of the nahui ollin but also human, because he is born by Our Lady’s womb. He is the Incarnation of the Son of God.

The Aztecs would have also noticed that Our Lady is blocking the sun — their sun god, Huitzilopochtli- to show that she is more powerful. They also worshipped the moon god, Metztli. She’s stepping on a crescent moon — their moon god — and showing that she is greater than their moon god. Also, another point to be noticed with the Blessed Virgin Mary is that she is not a god herself because she is praying.

Our Lady also appeared to Juan Diego’s uncle, Juan Bernardino, who reported that Our Lady identified herself as “Guadalupe.” Researchers believe that “Guadalupe” is a corrupted translation of the native Nahuatl name “Coatlaxopeuh,” which means, “Who Crushes the Serpent.” Interestingly, another primary Aztec god was the “Feathered Serpent God,” named Quetzalcoatl. For the Aztecs, Mary may have been understood as the one who crushes the Feathered Serpent God.

The image includes a male figure at the bottom that appears to be carrying Our Lady. For Christians, the most likely identity of the figure is St. Michael the Archangel. The Aztecs would have noticed the figure has eagle feathers. When the Aztecs would win a battle, the general would mark the great victory by processing with eagle feathers on his armor and carrying the Aztec princess. So, here in this image is the warrior carrying Our Lady in a great victory procession for all to see. But of course it’s a different kind of victory, because she is being carried through the heavens, which implied it’s an even greater victory than anyone could imagine.

This December 12th get out your telescopes to witness the stars that appeared on the miraculous image of Our Lady in Guadalupe many, many years ago. The stars can remind us of the Book of Revelation-a woman clothed with the stars and the moon under her feet. It is also a gentle reminder that even though we are constantly under attack Our Mother is always here for us leading us to her Son and to salvation.

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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