The Black Madonnas origins go much deeper than the Catholic Church. Her roots have come from different fertility Goddesses. Isis was adopted by the Romans when they conquered Egypt. Isis became part of the Roman pantheon of Goddesses. When the Romans conquered ancient Gaul ever major city had temples to the Goddess. When France became Christianized the old foundation of the temples became the building ground of the great Cathedrals. The Black Madonna of Lyon was once the Goddess Cybele sacred site. Cybele was assimilated with the Gaia the Earth Goddess. Isis was the Goddess of Paris. Two Black Madonnas are in Paris Notre Dame Bon Deliverance and Notre Dame de Paix. The Black Virgin of Marseille was built over an ancient sacred site of the Gaul. Later this same site became the Temple of the dark Goddess Persephone. The Black Madonna Lady Guadalupe of Spain was bought from the Holy Lands. She became a racial connecting point for the dark skin Moors, Christians and Jews. Later she blended with the Aztec Earth Goddess in the New World.
The Black Virgins are our ancient memory to our primordial roots. She is the dark rich fertility of Our Mother Earth. We connect with her when we put our hands in the soil or when we grow our own food. We connect with her when we lay on the Earth and merge with Nature’s rhythms. She is fundamental for all of life. The archetype of Our Lady of the Healing Earth opens the door for us to learn how to live in harmony with Mother Nature. She is the Queen of Healing foods, herbs and medicine. She reminds us to recycle. Her voice is heard through those who protect the environment, plant the trees, garden organically and speak up for animals rights. She is one of the most important archetype for this age for the survival of all species. Our Lady of the Healing Earth brings us back to our connection with the Mother Earth.
Note: There is a very primitive statue of Lady Guadalupe I found in front of a Mexican restaurant in Weed, Calif. She could just of easily be found in small village in Mexico. She is crudely made in the folk traditions of Mexico. But this is also part of her primordial beauty. I used a photograph of plants I found growing on a wall in Miami Beach. A pot of succulents became the Madonna’s halo.
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