We are meditating on the feminine dimension to Advent and winter and repose.
Two days ago we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Poet Rafael Jesús González offered a poem fitting for that occasion that I am happy to share here.
It, too, speaks of the goddess and cosmic mother, the Mother of us all. Maybe it, too, is speaking of Godhead and the goddess.
Rafael introduces it this way:
One of many feast days of the brave woman who consented to be the Mother of God in Mexico & Central America associated with Mother Earth.
Prayer to Tonantzin
Mother of all
that of you lives,
be, dwells, inhabits, is;
Mother of all the gods
Mother of us all,
the cloud & the sea
the sand & the mountain
the moss & the tree
the mite & the whale.
make of my cloak a reminder
that we never forget that you are
the only paradise of our living.
Blessed are you,
cradle of life, grave of death,
fount of delight, rock of pain.
Grant us, mother, justice.
Grant us, mother, peace.
Rezo a Tonantzin
madre de todo
lo que de ti vive,
es, habita, mora, está;
Madre de todos los dioses
Madre de todos nosotros,
la nube y el mar
la arena y el monte
el musgo y el árbol
el ácaro y la ballena.
haz de mi manto un recuerdo
que jamás olvidemos que tú eres
único paraíso de nuestro vivir.
cuna de la vida, fosa de la muerte,
fuente del deleite, piedra del sufrir.
Concédenos, madre, justicia.
Concédenos, madre, la paz.
© Rafael Jesús González 2022
May the Cosmic Mother and Divine Mother hold us all, embrace us all, and remind us of the sacredness of all our relations, of all creation in which we live, move, and have our being. Especially in this quiet time of Advent and waiting and expectation.
See Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine, pp. 231-248.
To read a transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner image: “Guru Guadalupe,” a painting by James Roderick, who often paints Our Lady of Guadalupe. Used with permission of the artist.
Queries for Contemplation
What does Rafael’s poem awaken in you? What prayer or poem do you want to address to the Cosmic Mother at this time in human history and Gaia’s history?
The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine
To awaken what Fox calls “the sacred masculine,” he unearths ten metaphors, or archetypes, ranging from the Green Man, an ancient pagan symbol of our fundamental relationship with nature, to the Spiritual Warrior….These timeless archetypes can inspire men to pursue their higher calling to connect to their deepest selves and to reinvent the world.
“Every man on this planet should read this book — not to mention every woman who wants to understand the struggles, often unconscious, that shape the men they know.” — Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of The Left Hand of God