Along with creating mandala art and mandala coloring books, I also do personalized mandala readings for people. Lately the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe has appeared in several readings…enough to catch my attention…enough to inspire me to learn more about Her.
During my research, I found the above image of the Modern Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, built in the 1970’s. Notice anything interesting about the shape of this building???
Both basilicas were built near the Hill of Tepeyac where Our Lady of Guadalupe is believed to have appeared to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (now St. Juan Diego) with Her message of mercy and compassion. The Old Basilica (built between 1695-1709) is to the upper left of the new one.
Below is a photograph of St. Juan Diego’s tilma/cloak (from 1531 and on display in the Modern Basilica) on which the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe miraculously imprinted itself after he returned from one of Her visitations on the hill.
Here’s a photo of the shrine built on that actual hill.
And if you can handle one more photo. Last month my latest mandala (still in progress) was part of the “Window on Art” show at the Pegasus Art Gallery in Corvallis, Oregon. On display to the right of it was Colleen Kitchen Dick‘s 4’x8’ bottle cap rendition of Our Lady of Guadalupe. How cool is that!?!
Like yesterday, making this yet another “must visit” location on my travel wish list!