Sticking with yesterday's literary theme , our influential Latina today is Salomé Ureña de Henriquez. Poet Salomé Ureña de Henríquez was born on October 21st, 1850 in Santo Dominigo, República Dominicana. Influence by literature and taught classic works of Spanish and French writers by her father, Salomé published her first poem at the age of 17. Her most notable works include A La Patria, Ruinas, El Ave y El Nido, Mi Pedro, Mi Ofrenda A La Patria, La Llegada Del Invierno. Salomé Ureña began publishing in 1866 under the name “Herminia.” She quickly gained recognition in the Dominican Republic for her patriotic and lyric verses. Her political essays established her as a strong nationalist and advocate of women’s rights, and she also started a women’s college in the Dominican Republic. Her poetry was considered “viril y llena de grandeza, aun cuando no le faltan ni la ternura ni el stintimentalismo hogareño y patriótico” ‘virile and full of grandeur, nevertheless not lacking either tenderness or patriotic, home-and-hearth sentimentalism’ (Sáinz de Roblez 1145). Ureña died on March 6, 1897, due to complications with tuberculosis. She was 47 years old. To think of a woman in the 1800's having such a prominent voice, described as both tender as well as strong is very influential. It shows us that we are multi faceted and it shows in the work we do. Even though many female authors and poets from before had to publish in pseudo names, they had something to say, they had a voice that surpassed what what society thought women were capable of being. They were ahead of society's time, true inspirations. Always remember that society will always have different expectations on what, who and how you should be. But you are the controller of your life and the sole decision maker #hispanicheritagemonth#saloméureña#latinapoets#femalepoets#inspiration#resist#thefutureisfemale
Our influential Latina for today is Laura Esquivel. Laura Esquivel is a Mexican writer and author. Born on September 30, 1950, in Mexico City, Mexico. Esquivel began writing while working as a kindergarten teacher. She wrote plays for her students and then went on to write children's television programs during the 1970s and 1980s.
Esquivel often explores the relationship between men and women in Mexico in her work. She is best known for Like Water for Chocolate (1990), an imaginative and compelling combination of novel and cookbook. It had been released in Mexico a year earlier. After the release of the film version in 1992, Like Water for Chocolate became internationally known and loved. The book has sold more than 4.5 million copies. Her other works include but are not limited to The Law of Love (1996) combined romance and science fiction. Between the Fires (2000) featured essays on life, love, and food. Her novel, Malinche (2006), explores the life of a near mythic figure in Mexican history-the woman who served as Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés's interpreter and mistress. Laura Esquivel is part of the long list of Latin American author that fall under my favorite genre of Magic Realism. Magic Realism a literary genre or style associated especially with Latin America that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction. Laura Esquivel has created beautiful works of literature that have created literary adventures to her readers for years #hispanicheritagemonth#lauraesquivel#magicrealism#readingisfundamental#latinaauthors#femaleauthors
Our featured influential Latina today is the amazing Celia Cruz. Celia Cruz is still known as the "Queen of Salsa, "La Guarachera de Cuba" and the "Queen of Latin Music". Born in Havana, Cuba on October 21, 1925, Celia Cruz went on to become one of the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century, gaining 23 Gold Albums in her 6 decade music career. Throughout her long Salsa music career, she worked with a multitude of artist that include other Salsa icons such as herself. She entered a male dominated music genre and made it her own with her energetic, flamboyant stage presence and her wide-ranging, soulful voice and rhythmically compelling musical style. Leila Cobo of Billboard Magazine once said "Cruz is indisputably the best known and most influential female figure in the history of Cuban and Latin music". She was an ambassador for the variety and vitality of the music of her native Havana, and after the Cuban revolution she became a symbol of artistic freedom for Cuban American exiles. Celia Cruz unfortunately passed away in 2003 of brain cancer, she has inspired so many Latin artist and became a world known Latin artist by the time of her death. She will always be a constant inspiration and be remembered for her talent and her unique self. Her lyrics taught us to love ourselves and to love life through it all and made us just stop and dance and that will always be timeless #hispanicheritagemonth#celiacruz#azucar#lanegratenietumbao#lavidaesuncarnaval#inspiration
Our featured influential Latina today is Rita Moreno who is a singer, dancer, and actress, and among the few artists to have won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy. She is also one of 23 people who have achieved the so-called Triple Crown of Acting, with individual competitive Academy, Emmy and Tony awards for acting. She has won numerous other awards, including various lifetime achievement awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. Moreno was the first Latina to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her show-stopping performance as Anita in the film version of the musical West Side Story. Born in Puerto Rico, Moreno moved to New York City with her mother at the age of six. She made her Broadway debut in Skydrift at the age of 13, and was subsequently discovered by an MGM talent scout and signed to a multi-year movie contract by Louis B. Mayer. Rita Moreno is definitely an influential Latina and also a powerful, talented Goddess. She is such a inspiration to all Latinas that we are capable of it all and with her 70 years of acting and counting(check out One Day at a Time on Netflix) it shows us that when you are following your dreams and doing what you love there is never a time or age limit #hispanicheritagemonth#ritamoreno#inspirational#latina#unstoppable#timeless
Our first featured influential Latina throughout history is one of my favorite artist of all time and a constant Luni inspiration. Frida Kahlo is one of Mexico's most famous artist. Her art resonates with so many because her art showed her pain, her emotions, her voice, her culture. She left it all on that canvas and as a artist that is the true sense of art. Create through the pain, let it become your therapy, your savior, your saving grace. Our artistic mediums are our ways to communicate, to resist, to express as creative people. When you see Frida's paintings you feel it all she felt while creating and then some and if that is not art I dunno what is. What makes Frida Kahlo an inspirational Latina is that she was always herself through it all. Her distinctive fashion, voice and look broke barriers during her time and continue to inspire till this day. We wouldn't want anyone else to kick off our Luni celebration of Influential Latinas throughout history during Hispanic Heritage Month. Translated quote "I am the type of woman that if I want the Moon, I'll bring it down myself". Total Warrior Goddess, total inspiration #hispanicheritagemonth#fridakahlo#latinapride#latinapower#inspiration#diosa#resist#beyou#bebold
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On our last day of the Goddess month, we wanted to change things up. We have featured a large group of Moon Goddesses since us women are ancestrally connected to the Moon but we wanted to feature a Sun Goddess which is very unique. Sól is the Norse Goddess of the Sun, also known as Sunna, though some hold that Sól is the mother and Sunna Her daughter. In Norse mythology, the Sun is female while the Moon is male. When the world was created from the body of the dead giant Ymir by the triad of Odin, Vili, and Ve, the Sun, Moon and Stars were made from the gathered sparks that shot forth from Muspellsheim, the Land of Fire. Sól ("Mistress Sun"), drives the chariot of the Sun across the sky every day. Pulled by the horses Allsvinn ("Very Fast") and Arvak ("Early Rising"), the Sun-chariot is pursued by the wolf Skoll. Sól’s themes are the sun, blessings, cycles, healing, movement, and travel. Her symbols are gold and the color yellow. Even though we love our Moon Goddesses, we appreciate Norse mythology flipping the script. Let Sol's energy and the power of the Sun bring you light and love into your life. The sun reenergizes you, brings you life so go out and enjoy the . Illustration by #thaliatook#sol#sunna#norse # powerofthesun #vitamind#flipthescript#bebold
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Our featured Goddess is Ch'ang-O. Ch’ang-O also called Chang’e is the Chinese Goddess of the Moon. She does not personify the moon like other moon goddesses. She lives on the moon and is sometimes called the “Woman on the Moon”. Ch’ang- O’s themes are the moon, relationships, purity, devotion, instinct, growth and manifestation. Her symbols all lunar symbols or items. This Chinese moon Goddess is stunningly beautiful, shining on our lives with all the best energies of the moon. On this day, Her birthday, She reaches out to embrace the earth and its people, inspiring pure, devoted relationships, stirring long-forgotten insights and sharing energy for growth and manifestation in nearly any area of our lives. She is remembered during Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival. Mid-autumn Day occurs on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar. It is a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is at its fullest and roundest. As we approach Fall, let Ch'ang-O's energy help you enter this new season with growth and manifestation to become the best version of you #ch'ango #moongoddess#chang'e #fallequinox#fallequinox#transformation#moon
Our featured Goddess today is Anuket. Anuket is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of the Nile River in the area around the First Cataract, where the Nile flowed over and around a rocky spot, making navigation difficult. She was worshiped from earliest times at Elephantine Island there. Her name means 'She Who Embraces' and refers to the high banks at that point which constrict the river. She was given more titles including; Lady of Heaven, Mistress of the Gods, Lady of Setet Island and Mistress of Nubia. She is thought to hold the Nile in her arms. As well as being a water goddess, she was also a goddess of the hunt whose sacred animal is the gazelle. As a Goddess of the Nile she was linked to the yearly inundation of the Nile, which brought nourishment, fertility and prosperity. It's thought that her name signified 'to surround', 'to embrace' and that it had reference to the embracing and nourishing of the fields by the river. We have seen a recurrent theme of water with several Goddesses this month. Water is a source of life and what sustain us as humans and the other species around us (plants and animals). The flow of water also is very significant to us as it represents the cycles of life. The flow of water is similar to the flow of life. Let Anuket's energy guide you today in any changes that is happening, let whatever is not needed flow out of your life and let love and abundance flow in Illustration by #thaliatook#anuket#watergoddess#transformation#changes#nature#water
Our featured Goddess today is the Spider Woman. Worshipped throughout different cultures, Spider Woman’s themes are magical charms and growth. Her symbols are spiders and woven items. Spider Woman appears in the myths of the south-western Native Americans as a resourceful helper who spins magical charms and each person’s fate. No matter what problems or obstacles you face, Spider Woman creates the right network of energy to put you on the road toward accomplishment.
Spider Woman reveals the power and purpose of each strand psychically and keeps you aware of those important connections in your life.
There is also the myth of the Grandmother Spider Woman, she is an important Goddess amongst the many Native American tribes. They call Her the “Great Teacher” and “The Creator of Life”. She has also been called ‘Spider Woman’ which is a metaphor for She who creates from a central source. Her webs represents the matrix of our societies. She is the guardian of everything that exists on Earth and uses Her magickal power to weave the fabric of time. Although She can occasionally be destructive, She is almost always portrayed the beneficent Goddess who created everything that there is with Her thoughts and dreams. It is She who brought the sun and the fire; She taught pottery, weaving, and the making of ceremonial magic. She created the Moon. We also see the Spider Woman in Mexico as The Teotihuacan Spider Woman, she is a goddess of the Pre-Columbian Teotihuacan civilization, Maya, in what is now Mexico. In 1942, an interesting discovery was made when a series of murals was found in the Tepantitla compound in Teotihuacan. To this day, no one has found any evidence of her name. Although often referred to as the "great goddess" by Karl Taube. You see a underlining theme with the different interpretations of the Spider Woman, as the creator of life, using her powerful to make the world and through storytelling. We all weave our own life stories, all unique from each other which we then pass down to our the next generation. Continue weaving your unique web miss Diosas illustrations by #susanseddonboulet#patriciatelesco#spiderwoman#navajo#weaveyourworld#maya
Luni is back home! But our featured Mexican Goddesses continues until today. Our featured Goddess today is Chalchiuhtlicue. Chalchiuhtlicue is the Aztec Goddess of running water and springs, rivers and lakes, who brings fertility to crops. Her name means "Woman of the Jade Skirt," or "Lady Precious Green Stone Skirt." She is depicted with water-lilies, dressed in watery blues and greens, and sometimes has quetzal-feathers in Her hair. She is the elder sister or consort to Tlaloc, the rain god. Though Tlaloc was a benevolent god, many children and babies were sacrificed to Him. If the children cried on the way to being killed, it was a sign that rain would come, and the populace rejoiced. Chalchiuhtlicue is a fertility deity. She greets the birth of children gives them their first bath. She seeks to protect children, and could be considered a Goddess of Young Children. Chalchiuhtlicue was also identified with the fertility of women and crops. Her affiliation with water and fertility is because the Aztec people associated the womb with water. This association is due to the fact that a woman's water breaks during the birthing process. These associations gave Chalchiuhtlicue both life-giving and life-ending roles. Sticking with our duality Goddess theme we see how Chalchiuhtlicue represents life/death which make us women transformational within ourselves. Let Chalchiuhtlicue's energy guide you and flow into this new week , to appreciate all the different aspects that make us as women amazing Illustration by #thaliatook#chalchiuhtlicue#watergoddess#aztec#flowingwater#power#women
Our Goddess of today is Tlazolteotl. Tlazolteotl is a goddess of purification, steam bath, midwives, filth, and a patroness of adulterers. Tlazolteotl (Whose name can be variously translated as "Earth Goddess," "Filth Goddess" or "Dirt Goddess") is the Aztec and Toltec Goddess of guilty pleasures, Who both inspires and forgives carnal acts. She is a love and earth Goddess Who is said to remove sins from Her worshippers by absorbing them into Herself. The punishment for adultery under harsh Aztec law was death; but if the offender confessed to Tlazolteotl he or she was absolved and the law would not touch them. However, a person was only allowed one confession per lifetime, so people would leave it as long as they could!
Tlazolteotl has aspects both of earth Goddess and moon Goddess, and is one of the guardians of the Tree of the West, as well as a Goddess of childbirth. She is the mother of Cinteotl, the corn God, and Xochiquetzal, the Goddess of love. Tlazolteotl is also known as the Goddess of witches, and is said to have four aspects Who were depicted riding broomsticks and wearing pointed hats, just like the stereotypical European depiction of witches, except that They were naked. In the Codex Fejervary-Meyer Tlazolteotl is shown nude (except for Her jewelry) on a red broomstick holding a snake. These four aspects of Tlazolteotl were considered four sisters, from the eldest Tiacapan, through Teicu and Tlaco, to Xocutzin, the youngest. They were said to tempt people facing decisions towards evil and vice. I just love how Tlazolteotl would absolve ppl from their vices but only once in a lifetime making you really think before you do bad things. We all have vices and all do naughty things every once in awhile but making it your everyday life is tiring for you physically and mentally. Bring more love and light into your lives by loving yourself madly Illustration by #thaliatook#tlazolteotl#loveyourselfmadly#selflove#sinresponsibily#lol
Happy Birthday to me!!! So grateful to be celebrating my 30th in Mexico with my boo thang @heynatalielove . Our featured Goddess today is Coyolxauhqui. Coyolxauhqui (pronounced coh-yohl-SHAU-kee) is the Aztec Goddess of the moon and the Milky Way. Her name means “golden bells”, and she is the eldest daughter of the earth Goddess Coatlicue. Coyolxauhqui myth goes as follows. The miraculous pregnancy of Coatlicue, the maternal Earth deity, made her other children embarrassed, including her oldest daughter Coyolxauhqui. As Coatlicue swept the temple, a few hummingbird feathers fell into her chest. Coatlicue’s child Huitzilopochtli sprang from her womb in full war armor and killed Coyolxauhqui and her other 400 brothers, who had been attacking their mother. He cut off her limbs, then tossed her head into the sky where it became the moon, so that his mother would be comforted in seeing her daughter in the sky every night. Even though the myth is gruesome it is also beautiful. After all she became the Moon, so magical and beautiful. Let Coyolxauhqui's Moon energy guide you to your best self mis Diosas Illustration by #thaliatook#coyolxauhqui#moongoddess#aztec#happybday#bdaytrip#happy30thtome
In honor of my Mexico Bday trip, we will be featuring Aztec and Mayan Goddesses this week. Today we begin with Coatlicue. Coatlicue whose name means "Serpent skirt" in nahuatl, is the Aztec Earth Mother Goddess, symbol of the earth as both creator and destroyer, mother of the gods and mortals. The dualism that she embodies is powerfully concretized in her image: her face is of two fanged serpents and her skirt is of interwoven snakes (snakes symbolize fertility); her breasts are flabby (she nourished many); her necklace is of hands, hearts, and a skull (she feeds on corpses, as the earth consumes all that dies); and her fingers and toes are claws. Called also Teteoinnan (“Mother of the Gods”) and Toci (“Our Grandmother”), she is a single manifestation of the earth goddess, a multifaceted being who also appears as the fearsome goddess of childbirth, Represented as an old woman, she symbolised the antiquity of earth worship and she presents one of the most fearsome figures in Aztec art. Coatlicue is also the patron of childbirth, is associated with warfare, governance and agriculture, and is considered the female aspect of the primordial god Ometeotl. Sticking with our duality theme that appears all throughout the different Goddesses, we see how similar to Nature, we as women are more than one thing, we are a walking representation of life giver and destroyer. Our bodies go through cyclical changes just like nature does and that is why we as women have such a ancestral, visceral connect to nature. Let Coatlicue's energy bring you closer to your ancestral power that is always inside you mi Diosas Artwork by @rickortegaart#coatlicue#earthgoddess#mothergoddess#aztec#mothernature#thepowerofwomen#duality
So grateful to have seen some of the solar eclipse in NYC and totally prepared for what's to come from it. There is a certain calm beauty that comes from darkness, a stillness in the air that comes from the Night. As kids we tend to fear the night but as we grow older, we embrace it even welcome it. Let's collectively embrace the Night and the Moon and all that it offers and represents. Our Goddess Nyx is associated with the #gemstone Moonstone. Very appropriately a stone of "new beginnings", inner growth and strength. It soothes emotional instability and stress and stabilizes the emotions, providing calmness. The Venus of Willendorf Necklace that is currently on sale is made with a gorgeous Moonstone. Let the power of this extraordinary eclipse, the moon and Nyx guide you to be the best version of you and enter a new phase of your life #moonstone#venusofwillendorf#nyx#transformation#newbeginnings#embracethedarkness#discoveryourself
In honor of today's #solareclipse our featured Goddess is Nyx. Nyx is the Primordial Greek Goddess of the Night. Nyx is one of the ancient Protogeno, the basic components of the universe, the first born elemental gods and goddesses. She was actually not born on this Earth. She was born before the Earth, Gaia, was created. Nyx's parent is Chaos, and her sister is Gaia, while her brother is Erebus. Together they were the universe to the ancient Greeks. Nyx is the the only goddess that Zeus feared because she was more powerful and older than him. She was often depicted as having wings and wearing a long black flowing dress and veil covered in blinking stars. She turns day into night by spreading her veil out over the sky and enveloping the earth as she rides through the sky in a chariot. She is usually seen riding in the chariot, trailing stars and painting the night sky accompanied with her two sons, Hypnos and Thanatos. She is intuned with cats and very powerful. She is forgiving loving and amazing. She is also the daughter of Chaos so she does have a bad temper. Nyx is a great Goddess to call forth when you need to reach your original true essence and awareness. As we feel the effects of the solar eclipse, lets shed what we no longer need and be one step closer to our true selves. Let Nyx energy guide you through that transition Illustration by #thaliatook#nyx#goddessofthenight#embraceyourdarkness#transformation#findyourtruth
Today's featured Goddess is Hathor. Hathor is the Ancient Egyptian Goddess of joy and fertility. Also referred to as the "Mistress of Turquoise" "Lady of Malachite", "Mistress of Heaven", "Lady of Stars". Hathor is also the goddess of beauty and patron of the cosmetic arts. Her traditional votive offering was two mirrors and she was often depicted on mirrors and cosmetic palettes. Yet she is not considered to be vain or shallow, rather she is assured of her own beauty and goodness and loved beautiful and good things. She is known as "the mistress of life" and was seen as the embodiment of joy, feminine love, romance, perfume, dance, music and alcohol. Hathor was especially connected with the fragrance of myrrh incense, which was considered to be very precious and to embody all of the finer qualities of the female sex. Hathor is known by many names, one would assume is because she is an ancient goddess - she seems to have been mentioned as early as the 2nd Dynasty. Here at Luni we just love representing Goddess and their multi-layered and multi- worshipped properties. It's a great representation on how as women we are not just one thing we are so many. Hathor like many others featured this month shows us that as women we are limitless, powerful, in control of our destinies and ancestrally magical. Let Hathor's energy help you love and appreciate your multi- faceted, multi-talented selves and destinies Illustration by #thaliatook#hathor#woman#femalepower#belimitless#believeinyourself#feellikeagoddess#thefutureisfemale#iamwomanhearmeroar#bemultitalented