Ix Chel, the mother, Goddess of Fertility, Motherhood and the Moon. As wife of the great Creator Father, Itzamna, she and he were the Divine Parents, co-creators of the universe. Considered to be the mother of all Maya people, she sits elegantly posed on a crescent moon which represents the cycles and phases of a woman’s reproductive life. In her hands she holds a rabbit, another Maya fertility symbol. Notice that Ix Chel the Mother has no snake on her head. Maya women tell me that it is because mothers are too busy taking care of their own brood to work as healers.