Xochquetzal

The Aztec Goddess of Flowers, Erotic Love and The Underworld

by Katlyn Breene

Commonly depicted as wearing a blue tunic woven with flowers, a garland of green feathers, as well as red and yellow flowers, golden earplugs and pendants. Flowers emerge from her mouth symbolizing eloquence. A red serpent signifying unbridled passion emerges from her vagina. Beneath her ocelot throne are marigolds and a skull symbolic of the underworld. Marigolds are still offered to her today and to the dead whom she protects on Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead.

She is a patron of weavers, embroiderers, silversmiths, sculptors and painters, as well as poets. As the patron of poets she is the ruler of those who employ lyrical speech or song aka charms to work magic.

She is frequently represented by a deer. She is associated with same-sex desire, both male and female, as well as transgender.


Art Gallery, Volume 3 Issue 1