|The Guadalupe Shrine at DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun—Tucson, Arizona.
"Cause we are livin’ in a difficult time
We’ve been walkin’ down a difficult line
Put your feet up baby, it’s Christmas time
Happy Birthday, Guadalupe."
I can't honestly pinpoint the moment when I became devoted to the Virgen of Guadalupe. I am nevertheless, for better or for worse, devoted. And my devotion is not Catholic in nature, nor particularly religious. Simply, my devotion flows from the central and urgent need in me to honor the sacred feminine. That force which gestates, gives birth to, and nurtures life and creativity and finally, in the end, destroys and brings death. All of which has a place in the sacred circle of life.
Somewhere around 1987, during my Saturn Return, I experienced a very dark night of the soul, as they say. I had no idea what a Saturn Return was at the time, but that did stop Saturn from kicking me squarely in the rear end. A more self-aware way to put that would be to say that I had been busy setting in motion some things, and chose to be oblivious to other things. Eventually all those things would converge into my thirty-year-old angst, and subsequent depression.
Happy birthday, La Morenita! According to the legend, the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego 479 years ago today, and pink roses bloomed in December on the top of a frigid and barren hill. Here is a hymn for you which you will find me singing today with a full heart and at the top of my voice accompanying one of my favorite Mexican artists Marco Antonio Solis:
Virgencita... milagrosa - Little Virgen...The Miraculous
Eres tu la estrella mas hermosa - Your are the most beautiful star
De la creacion - of creation
Virgen morena- Brown virgen
Virgencita adorada - Adored Virgen
No me puedo ir - I am not able to go
Sin decirte mil gracias - Without telling you a thousand thank yous
Tu sabes por que - You know why
|The chapel built by Ted DeGrazia dedicated to La Virgen de Guadalupe located in Tucson, Arizona.