130. Sol Y Luna Picture

When a woman acquires a certain age
And the men who adored you no longer swoon
It pays to avoid the sunlit days
And live by the light of the kindly moon
But the moon grows old
Just like us all
And her beautiful years are done
So now she prays through endless days
To take her revenge on the sun

(c) Eartha Kitt and David Hartley

It's finished!

Sol Y Luna, the sun and the moon.

Hold on, this does require a certain bit of explanation.

When I was writing the 200 Challenge, I wanted to do something with the sun and moon, but a little less vague. For some reason, I chose to have the theme in Spanish.

For a while, I wasn't sure how to do this theme. A few vague thoughts about researching Aztec or Mayan mythology, but nothing solid. Then I heard the song Snuff Out the Lights, [link] which was a deleted song from Disney's Emperor's New Groove - originally, the movie was going to follow their standard fairy tale theme. Titled the Kingdom of the Sun, it was a prince and the pauper story. The villain of the movie, Yzma, was a sorceress whose main motivation was not taking Kuzco's kingdom, but redeeming her youth and beauty. How did she plan to do this? ...By blotting out the sun. Now that is ambitious.

Anyway, I loved the spoken introduction to the song (rest in peace, Eartha Kitt, she had an amazing voice), especially the bit about the aged moon, and her jealousy and vengeful anger towards the sun.

Eventually, that idea merged with my original plan of using Aztec mythology, and the resulting plan was an old moon goddess planning revenge against a youthful, sweet sun goddess. The only pieces of Aztec mythology remaining in the final picture are the symbols each is holding.

(Note: all this "research" is from Wikipedia. Oh yeah, I went the whole nine yards.)

Huitzilopochtli was the ancient Aztec god of war and the sun, commonly shown as a hummingbird or with hummingbird feathers on his head and left leg, holding a scepter shaped like a snake and mirror. The mirror also fit into the vanity image I'd been working for - initially, I'd wanted the sun goddess as sweet and innocent, but when I'd sketched her out, a vain and confident sun goddess seemed to fit. As Huitzilopochtli was a god of war, I gave her armor, as well, emphasizing gold accessories as opposed to jewels. Fun side note, Huitzilopochtli was born as the youngest of about 500 children, and when born, cut off his eldest sister's head and placed it in the sky as the moon.

Coyolxauhqui was the eldest of her mother's offspring, a powerful sorceress, goddess of the moon, and leader of the star gods (also possibly the goddess of the Milky Way). When she heard her mother was pregnant, she lead an attack on her with her siblings, thus prompting her fraternal execution. Most images of her depict her with all limbs hacked off... uh, creative license. Anyway, she was often symbolized with eagle feathers and bells (I did not include bells), with a skull hung around her waist. Silver accents and gems were my own design, as was the mirror; the mirror fit both the vanity theme as well as the moon itself, forever forced to reflect the brighter sun's glory.

They really need a category for mythology.

Luna's pose was referenced loosely from [link]

The outfits were so much fun <3
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