: Trust in the Divine. Look for signs of Holiness in our chaotic world. Spirit showed me the image of the rose in the snow- the story of the rose in the snow. The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe
mentions the miraculous presence of the roses in the middle of winter and is a sign of the presence of the divinity. The account is a corollary to a Marian apparition
, Our Lady of Guadalupe, found in the 1556 booklet Nican Mopohua
, and supposedly taking place in 1531.
It concerns a native inhabitant of Mexico
named Juan Diego
, whom the Virgin chooses to convey a message to an unwilling bishop, that “Here I will hear their weeping, their sorrow and will remedy and alleviate all their multiple sufferings, necessities and misfortunes.” The bishop however, does not believe Diego’s story. He returns to his field, where again the Virgin appears to him, with the same message. Diego again goes to the bishop, with the same result, and the remark that he has to bring a token if he is to be believed. The fourth time the Virgin appears, she directs Diego toward “varied Castilian flowers” which he picks; she then places the flowers in his mantle.
(The identification of these flowers as Castilian roses
or Damask roses, is a later addition.) This time the bishop is convinced, especially when an image of the Virgin miraculously appears on Diego’s cloak. Trust!!!!!!!!
Step four: Have fierce determination and focus , like a badger, for self care and deep grounding. It may feel like getting nowhere fast, but by daily meditation, prayer, stillness and trust, we are tapping into Mother Earth and her Deep Strength to help carry us forward.
From the Animal Medicine book and cards, the message from badger is “Keep your eye on the goal… honour the healing practice…push ahead in life by grounding and staying centred.”