Iconography of Tlaloc and Quetzalcoatl as a symbol of Venus ?

By Carl de Borhegyi

Above is a carved image of the Mesoamerican god Tlaloc as a symbol of Venus. Tlaloc bears the symbol of Venus around his trademark goggled eyes. The symbol which extends down between Tlaloc’s eyes creating Tlaloc’s twisted nose, is a reference I believe to the Aztec symbol Ollin, which means movement, and likely alludes to Venus’s movement in and out of the Underworld as both a Morning Star and Evening Star. On the right is a Classic period Maya bowl, (from the collection of the Milwaukee Public Museum) which I believe attempts to depict both Tlaloc and Quetzalcoatl as the planet Venus. It should be first noted that both Tlaloc and Quetzalcoatl shared the same temple at Teotihuacan. I believe that the artist who painted the bowl purposely designed the abstract image of a bird to encode an equally abstract image of the Mesoamerican gods Quetzalcoatl-Tlaloc merged together to represent the dualistic planet Venus, signifying divine Venus resurrection from the Underworld. The name Quetzalcoatl has been interpreted to mean “Precious twin,” indicating that the Morning Star and Evening Star are one and the same (Caso, 1958:.24; Duran:325).

The Venus symbol as I see it, is esoterically formed by the wings of the bird which partly surround two hook-shaped symbols creating the overall appearance of Tlaloc, only with Quetzalcoatl’s serpentine eyes, a clever artistic substitute for Tlaloc’s trademark goggle eyes. I interpret the tail of the bird to esoterically represent Tlaloc’s trademark handlebar mustache, and fangs which link Tlaloc to the Underworld and the Evening Star aspect of the planet Venus (compare with image of Tlaloc on the left). One last note, my research leads me to believe that the image on the right, of the bird elements¬† blended with the features of the gods Tlaloc and Quetzalcoatl, was encoded in the shape of the Fleur de lis symbol.
In my examination of pre-Columbian art I have discovered that the gods that appear to be linked to mushroom imagery are clearly linked to the planet Venus as both a Morning Star and Evening Star.