Bells for Coyolxauhqui

Brass Bells for a Goddess. My new Yule Design.
Brass Bells for a Goddess. My new Yule Design.

It’s that time of year when I start thinking of a place that has never been. I get homesick for a mythic land, that hybrid place of Mexico-in-America. You tengo morriña de Aztlan. I hunt down Mexican hot chocolate and make huge piles of tamales so that we end up freezing them and eating them for months afterward, and I dream of the sun. Ironically, this place inside a place is exactly the psychic locael I inhabit as an immigrant in England. Being in two places at once is something I learned way back when I lived in Cali.

This Yule design came out of that nostalgic emotion. I was thinking about the Aztec moon goddess Coyolxauhqui whose name means “Golden Bells”.  Bells have long been a way to call to the Goddess, and I prefer that aspect to the anachronism of sleigh bells ringing this time of year.

Thalia Took's beautiful illustration of Coyolxauhqui
Thalia Took’s beautiful illustration of Coyolxauhqui

It is said that Coyolxauhqui was killed by her brother who dismembered her, flinging her body into the sky so that her head became the moon.  When the moon is low and bright in the sky, you can see the golden bells of her cheeks shining there.  She is also the goddess of the Milky Way.

For a wonderful interpretation of Coyolxauhqui’s story, go to Thalia Took’s Goddess pages.

This necklace is the green of nopalitos, the red of sangre in the sol.

Blessed Yule for those that celebrate it.  

2 thoughts on “Bells for Coyolxauhqui

  1. Hello, Ally!
    After months of visiting and reading your blog, I felt compelled to comment on this wonderful post. Currently I am also in full Mexican inspiration/nostalgia mode (as attested by my most recent Frida Kahlo inspiration post), so I definitely know what you are talking about.

    Have you seen “Frida”? The movie with Salma Hayek? Every time I watch it, my love for all things Mexican gets re stoked, such a never-ending parade of eye candy and all things wonderful and charming about Mexico and the traditional Mexican style of living.

    Finally, I just wanted to say that even thought this is the first time I comment here, I always read and enjoy your posts. The way your show the inspiration behind your creations, making a seamless mix of mythology, history, magic and folklore makes for a very interesting read! Keep up the great work.

    Greetings from Berlin!

  2. Hello! Thank you for commenting– it’s wonderful to know someone is reading and shares my love of Mexican culture.

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