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"Everything in the universe is a pitcher brimming
with wisdom and beauty."
                                             -Rumi

Ancestral Wisdom Series

Original Art by Corina Gabaldón
 

Title: "Sacred Tenochtli"
16" x 20" Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas

Tenochtli, meaning “full of fruit” in Nahuatl and “nopal” in Spanish (the prickly pear cactus) was highly regarded by the Aztec and Maya people. It has been cultivated and grown for food, medicine and dye since ancient times.

The stem segments, called nopales, are edible and an important ingredient in Mexican and New Mexican cuisine in dishes such as huevos con nopales (eggs with nopal) or tacos de nopales. The fruit of the nopal, called cactus figs or tuna in Spanish, is also edible and used to make candy, jelly or drinks. The nopal is also used in Mexican folk medicine as a dietary mineral, and its pulp and juice are considered treatments for wounds and inflammation of the digestive and urinary tracts. The Zapotec of Oaxaca derived the cochineal dye from the insect that lives on the cacti feeding on its moisture and nutrients. The insects produce carminic acid, and when extracted from its body and eggs, red dye is created. Cochineal became one of Mexico’s valued exports after silver as the dye became used in European cosmetics. Today, the flesh of the cactus has been found to purify water.

Title: "The Beginning of Time"
16" x 20" Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas

“The beginning of everything is the mother of everything.”  –from The Tao Te Ching by Ursula K. LeGuinn

In this painting, The Beginning of Time, the mother holds her child as eternal life – a life that the poet, John O’Donahue, describes as “a life where all that we seek – goodness, unity, beauty, truth, and love – are no longer distant from us but are now completely present with us.” The mother is the embodiment of all things and all life. Her power comes from time immemorial, since the beginning of time.

Here, the mandala or her womb symbolizes the place we come from – the place of time and space, a place of wholeness, a space that is full of presence.  And, at the same time it is an empty space of nothingness, the space of possibilities, which we can fill in this now – this now, which is also eternal. 


Title: The Guardian/El Guardián
16" x 20" Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas



 Title: Tezcatlipoca - God of Ancestral Memory
16" x 20" Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas



Title: Tlazolteotl - Goddess of Purification
20" x 20" Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas


Title: Tonacatecuhtli - God of Sustenance
16" x 20" Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas


Title: Quetzalcoatl - God of Life
16" x 20" Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas 


Title: Huehuecoyotl - God of Storytelling, Dance & Music
16" x 20" Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas


Title: Xochipilli - God of Poetry & Song
16" x 20" Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas


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Title: Kalachakra Moon/Luna Kalachakra
20" x 20" Acrylic, Gold Leaf & Pen on Canvas


Title: Mictlantecuhtli - Lord of the Souls
16" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas 


Title: Inspiracíon Divina/Heavenly Guidance
20" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas


Title: Galactic Butterfly
24" x 24" Acrylic on Canvas
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Title: Awalix/Ixbalanque - The Water-lily Jaguar Moon Goddess"
 
16" x 20" Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas

Awalix/Ixbalanque - The Water-lily Jaguar Moon Goddess, also referred to as the Jaguar Goddess of Midwifery, is the patroness of midwives and childbirth. She is a female lunar ballplayer, the female aspect of Xbalanque, one of the Hero Twins in Maya mythology who was transformed into the moon. The other twin became the sun. Xbalanque has been translated as "Jaguar Sun."  The initial sound has been suggested to be the female prefix "ix". The full moon is referred to as "Little Jaguar Sun metaphorically by contemporary Quiches and other indigenous groups referred to the moon as the "Night Sun." The jaguar is a good counterpart for the full moon because it emerges from its den at sunset and retreats at dawn, just like the full moon. The Moon Goddess descended into the underworld at dawn, where she joined the aged Moon Lord. She wore the ball game belt as she descended through the sky band, then transformed into a lunar queen overseeing her court. This sequence represented the transformation of the moon from a ballplayer to a water-lily goddess, an image of the changes of the seasons or the lunar phase changes. There is a variety of jaguar imagery linked to a number of different jaguar deities to the moon, including the Water-lily Jaguar., whose imagery is associated with the night and the moon during the rainy season, when water lilies flower. The moon goddess is usually depicted as bare breasted and wearing a skirt of varying lengths, sometimes as short as a man's hip  cloth, which is how I chose to paint her, since she is a female lunar ballplayer. Her skirt is netted because legends speak about the moon being lifted up in a net made of fish during the waxing moon, although this particular painting depicts the waning moon, a time of reflection and just before it is new again. The conch shell on her ear is symbolic of her womb or regeneration. The moon is also important in imagery of cosmic birth. In Mesoamerica, the moon was created through transformation and so is symbolic of transition and transformation, continual change.
 
In the painting, the Water-lily Jaguar Moon Goddess holds the Mayan glyph "Ix", the sign in the Cholq'ij Calendar which means Jaguar or Magic. It is written Ix in the Yucatec language. In Nahuatl, it is Ocelotl. Ix is the jaguar that signifies feminine and feline energy. Ix is the day of high magic. It is the sign of great mystics and powerful magicians, the Ix energy developing their higher powers. Great magicians and prophets are said to be born under its auspices. This energy provides innate intuition and curiosity, and those born under this sign could practice magic and study science successfully. The day sign is also referred to as the Day of Magicians and is particularly favorable for divination as psychic powers and abilities are favored on this day. Of all the Maya day signs, Ix expands mental capacity and provides the ability to reach higher consciousness and deep levels of mysticism.

 
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Title: “Chinampas – Floating Gardens” 
16” x 20” Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas
Artist: Corina Gabaldón
 
Chinampas, sometimes called “floating gardens” or “aquaponics”, were fertile lands used to grow crops on the lakes surrounding the Valley of Mexico. Trees were planted at the corners of the gardens to provide support and stability.
 
This painting is part of a series from the story, La Concha de La Tortuga – A Creation Myth.  It depicts the beginning of the story, called Emergence, where Mother Turtle comes out of the water, representing our leap from our origins onto this Earth. Mother Turtle spreads the cosmic seed which pollinates the Earth and begins to give life –flowers, plants vegetables and herbs.
 
In the painting are the Mayan glyphs for the “cosmic seed”, “maize”, “sacred corn”, and “the tule reed”, which grew in the   wetlands and was used to weave grass mats. The deeper meaning of these symbols in the picture and within the story is the idea of cosmic expansion, harvest, cycles, events and the beginning of time. The ceiba trees symbolize strength, union, and the point of beginning where the world came into being. The arch over the turtle is symbolic of the movement of Earth and the universe. The serpents represent energy and life force.   
 
 
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Title: “Xochiquetzal – Goddess of Love
and Beauty
16” x 20” Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas
Artist: Corina Gabaldón
 
 
The day sign Xochitl, in Nahuatl, is protected by the Goddess of Love and Beauty known as Xochiquetzal, or as she is sometimes called, Lady of Precious Flower. She is the patroness of painters, weavers and embroiderers. She also resides over childbirth and pregnancy. Xochiquetzal was the first mother of twins.
 
 
Xochiquetzal symbolizes the temporary beauty of the flower, the temporariness of life in general. She is usually depicted holding or surrounded by flowers and accompanied by the jaguar, which represents feminine energy.  The color pink is representative of her love, which radiates from the heart chakra. The flower is a symbol of beauty, art, creativity, and fertility, and the white is purity and spirituality.
 
 
A Nahuatl story tells us that Xochiquetzal was transformed into a butterfly, which provided her with the ability to influence others toward seeking beauty and positive thoughts.
 
 
Title: “Cozcacuauhtli – The Wise One
16” x 20” Acrylic, Oil, & India Ink on Canvas
Artist: Corina Gabaldón
 
The day sign Cozcacuauhtli, in Nahuatl, is a day of introspection and forgiveness. It is a time to reflect on past acts and their consequences – to think about the law of cause and effect. It is a good time to make offerings, ask forgiveness from those who we’ve wronged, attend ceremonies and listen to elders and our cultural traditions. It is also a time to ask Mother Earth for forgiveness of past abuses and give thanks for the abundance she has provided. It is a special time to think about the “karma” we are now creating, and how we can make choices that bring balance, peace and harmony to ourselves and the world. During this time, great sages and the “wise ones” would share their knowledge. Not only can we learn from their teachings, but we can seek knowledge from within ourselves as well in order to tap into our life’s purpose and the path we are traveling at this time in our evolvement. In addition, it is an opportune time to appreciate the wonder and beauty of this mysterious universe and to remember that everything in the universe is connected – we are one.
 
Those born under Cozcacuauhtli, live long lives, and are strong and healthy. They are wise, calm and eloquent. They love to teach and are fond of giving good advice.
 
Price: $700 (Framed)
 
To purchase, please see below.
 
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The Beginning of Time
20" x 16" Canvas Print
Price: $250.00
Sacred Tenochtli
20" x 16" Acrylic Painting (Framed Original)
Price: $700.00
Ancient Wisdom
8 x 10 Print
Price: $35.00
Ancient Wisdom
16 x 20 Print (Only 10 Limited Editions)
Price: $125.00
Ancient Wisdom
16 x 20 Canvas Prints (Only 10 Limited Editions)
Price: $250.00
Cozcacuauhtli - The Wise One
16 x 20 Framed Acrylic Painting (Original)
Price: $700.00
Cozcacuauhtli - The Wise One
16 x 20 Print
Price: $95.00
Cozcacuauhtli - The Wise One
8 x 10 Print
Price: $35.00
Xochiquetzal - Goddess of Love & Beauty
16 x 20 Print
Price: $95.00
Xochiquetzal - Goddess of Love & Beauty
8 x 10 Print
Price: $35.00
Chinampas/Floating Gardens
8 x 10 Print
Price: $35.00
Chinampas/Floating Gardents
16 x 20 Print
Price: $95.00
Water-lily Jaguar Moon Goddess
16 x 20 Print
Price: $95.00
Water-lily Jaguar Moon Goddess
12 x 15 Print
Price: $65.00
Water-lily Jaguar Moon Goddess
8 x 10 Print
Price: $35.00
Heavenly Guidance/Inspiración Divina
20 x 20 Print
Price: $110.00
Heavenly Guidance/Inspiración Divina
20 x 20 Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas - Original Painting
Price: $800.00
Heavenly Guidance
12 x 12 Print
Price: $55.00
Kalachakra Moon/Luna Kalachakra
20 x 20 Canvas Print
Price: $250.00
Kalachakra Moon
12 x 12 Print
Price: $55.00
Galactic Butterfly/Mariposa Galáctica
24 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas - Original Painting
Price: $950.00
Galactic Butterfly
20 x 20 Print
Price: $110.00
Galactic Butterfly
12 x 12 Print
Price: $55.00
Mictlantecuhtli - Lord of Souls
16 x 20 Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas - Original Painting
Price: $700.00
Mictlantecuhtli - Lord of Souls
16 x 20 print
Price: $95.00
Mictlantecuhtli - Lord of Souls
8 x 10 print
Price: $35.00
Quetzalcoatl - God of Life
16 x 20 Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas - Original Painting
Price: $700.00
Quetzalcoatl - God of Life
16 x 20 Print
Price: $95.00
Quetzalcoatl - God of Life
8 x 10 Print
Price: $35.00
Xochipilli - God of Poetry & Song
16 x 20 Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas - Original Painting
Price: $700.00
Xochipilli
16 x 20 Print
Price: $95.00
Xochipilli - God of Poetry & Song
8 x 10 Print
Price: $35.00
Tezcatlipoca - God of Ancestral Memory
16 x 20 Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas - Original Painting
Price: $700.00
Tezcatlipoca - God of Ancestral Memory
16 x 20 Print
Price: $95.00
Tezcatlipoca - God of Ancestral Memory
8 x 10 Print
Price: $35.00
Tonacatecuhtli - God of Sustenance
16 x 20 Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas - Original Painting
Price: $700.00
Tonacatecuhtli - God of Sustenance
16 x 20 Print
Price: $95.00
Tonacatecuhtli - God of Sustenance
8 x 10 Print
Price: $35.00
Huehuecoyotl - God of Storytelling, Music & Dance
16 x 20 Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas
Price: $700.00
Huehuecoyotl
16 x 20 Print
Price: $95.00
Huehuecoyotl - God of Storytelling, Music & Dance
8 x 10 Print
Price: $35.00
Tlazolteotl - Goddess of Purification
20 x 20 Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas
Price: $800.00
Tlazolteotl - Goddess of Purification
20 x 20 Print
Price: $110.00
Tlazolteotl - Goddess of Purification
12 x 12 Print
Price: $55.00
Madre Mestiza - Transcendental Goddess
12x18 print - This painting is in honor of La Virgen de Guadalupe, the ancestral mother of all Mexican people, the first Mestiza, who has guided, protected and healed us toward our own personal as well as collective growth. Her outward appearance transformed from Tonantzín, the Aztec “Goddess of Sustenance”, “Mother of Corn” and “Bringer of Maize” to “La Guadalupana,” Protector, Healer and Guide, who continues to nourish our individual and collective souls. In this work, “Madre Mestiza – Transcendental Goddess” is a symbol of our evolutionary heritage, preparing us for the Fifth Sun and the new dawn of humanity. “Madre Mestiza” provides the sustenance we need during this time of soul expansion and great evolutionary leap. Her support, life energy, personal power, unconditional love and compassion, intuitiveness and illuminating spirit will assist us in our transmutation, transformation, and transcendence toward a higher state of being, which can only take place when we embrace the divine feminine, and open our hearts, souls and minds. Our collective energies have wished for a new enlightened humanity, a time referred to as the “Great Remembering” – and this journey toward our full potential and well-being will be nurtured through the life-giving force that is “La Virgen”. (See below for additional purchasing options.)
Price: $75.00
Madre Mestiza - Transcendental Goddess
24x36 - Print
Price: $150.00
Espíritu Inmortal (Immortal Spirit)
10x13 1/2 - Print This work celebrates the "immortal spirit," the everlasting life energy within all of us. Although our bodies die, our essence goes on. Espíritu Inmortal (Immortal Spirit) depicts Death as belonging to the Earth, the Sun as representing the "life force" that does not die but only transforms, and the Guardian Angel who was with us at birth and now guides our spirit/soul on its evolutionary journey. It was inspired by Dia de Los Muertos celebration and the ancient Zapotec/Mixtec codices. (See below for additional purchasing options.)
Price: $60.00
Espíritu Inmortal (Immortal Spirit)
18 x 24 Acrylic Painting (Original)
Price: $800.00
 
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