My December full moon altar honours Mary, the mother of the divine child born at Christmas. In Christian doctrine, Mary herself is denied any divine status but, in reality, her roots lie deep in untold millennia of pagan goddess madonna mythology. The mother goddess who gives birth to and sustains all life lives on in Mary and her imagery, no matter how much modern patriarchal religion insists on diminishing her divinity.
In this representation, a crowned and royally robed Mary is depicted as the Queen of Heaven and Earth, an ancient attribute and title of the Divine Feminine. Her child is present but there's no mistaking who's the central figure and star of this show!
This large and beautiful statue is made of pressed tin, except for Mary's head and the child's face, both of which are porcelain. The statue's design strikes me as very European in nature. I bought it about 20 years ago at West Edmonton Mall in the American furniture/home decor store called The Bombay Company.
[Photos © Debra She Who Seeks, November 2022]