This picture (more views on flickr) is a statue of Ixchel on Isla Mujeres near the park where the ruins of her temple stand on the southernmost point of the island. It is the most eastern point of Mexico and hence the first place the dawn touches.
In Mayan times women came to the Island which was entirely sacred to Ixchel. She was midwife and bringer of fertility. There are round pools at the base of the cliffs where the women bathed to be granted fertility and also to give birth. She is triple aspected with the midwife being the old woman. Her maiden aspect is often shown with a rabbit. I imagine this modern statue is in her sovereign mother form.
The plaque at her feet says:
Fue la principal diosa Maya
Diosa del arcoiris, del agua de la fertilidad, de la abundancia, de la luna, del amor y de la medicina.
Which I make as:
She was the main Mayan Goddess
Goddess of the rainbow, of the water of fertility, of wealth, of the moon, of love and medicine.
I left offerings at Chacmool to open the way and offering for Ixchel with a prayer for abundance in my life's work.
After sunrise we made one last pass along the beaches and then ate breakfast and caught a boat to the mainland and a van to the airport. The airport was quite entertaining and I was sorry they wouldn't leave me a wheelchair so I could explore. I did get a t-shirt & hat from Margaritaville Cancun. LOL But there were an amazing array of product demo people on stilts, in giant heads and wearing grass skirts that occasionally passed in the distance that I would have liked to have seen closer.
I'm home, pretty bushed, need to catch up on my metadata class... so I probably won't be online much. But wow, that was an amazing vacation.