A merging of two aspects of the Divine Feminine, the Marian apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the Hindu goddess Kali, the work represents the ideal that all aspects of the Divine Feminine, the creative force in the universe, are the same no regardless of form.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of the Americas. On the morning of December 9, 1531, a vision of the Virgin Mary appeared to a native peasant named Juan Diego. She spoke to him in his native language and identified herself as “the mother of the one true deity” and asked that a church be built on that site, known as the Hill of Tepeyac. Juan Diego went to the archbishop of Mexico City with the report of his vision, and the archbishop instructed Juan Diego to return to the hill and ask the maiden he saw for some miraculous sign to prove her identity. Juan Diego did this, and the Virgin Mary told him to collect flowers from the normally barren hill – Castilian roses that were not native to Mexico. Juan Diego gathered the flowers into his cloak and carried them back to the archbishop. When he opened the cloak in front of the archbishop, the roses fell to the floor, and the image of the Virgin Mary was on the fabric.
Kali is the feminine force that shows fierce love and compassion for her children, but at the same time, she vehemently cuts away negativity and ego. She is typically depicted as having four or more arms, holding objects that suggest her multiple roles as bestower of boons, warrior against negativity and evil, gentle mother, and fearsome protector. With her three eyes, she is able to observe the three modes of time – past, present, and future – and her name itself is the feminine form of the Sanskrit word for “time.”