Ix Chel, the grandmother, Goddess of Medicine, and Midwifery.

Ix Chel, the grandmother, Goddess of Medicine, Midwifery, all Waters of the world, Rain and Death.  It is she who receives the deceased bodies of her children into her bosom to return them to the elements of life and creation.  Elder women were revered, respected and held in high esteem for their wisdom, intuition and accumulated knowledge.  In this glyph, Ix Chel wears the snake on her forehead again because she is now the experienced healer, midwife and teacher.  She holds a clay pot full of rainwater and herbs from which, when in a good mood, she pours blessings upon the world.  When vexed, she is known to bring drought, floods and hurricanes.  

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