Tlaxochimaco/Miccailhuitontli Tarot Spread~~~The Xiuhpohualli from the words "xihuitl" meaning turquoise/year and "pohua" meaning count/read (turquoise count/year count) is divided into 18 "ilhuitl" or a festival period of 20 days. The 20-day ilhuitl known as Tlaxochimaco, "Offering/Bestowal of Flowers" or Miccailhuitontli "Small Feast to the Revered Deceased" or "Little Festival of the Dead" comes after Hueytecuilhuitontli. This time honors all the gods, particularly Huitzilopotchli, Tezcatlipoca and Xochiquetzal as well as is dedicated to the dead.Huitzilopotchli (Left-Hand/Southern Hummingbird) from the words "huitzilin" meaning hummingbird and "opochtli" meaning "left hand side," is the patron god of Mexica, protector of Tenochtitlan, rulers and warriors. He is associated with the sun, youth, light, war and conquest. He is commonly shown painted blue with a black face, wearing a feathered headdress, and holding a mirror and scepter shaped like a snake. The symbol of the hummingbird was associated with the souls of the dead.Tezcatlipoca (Smoking Mirror) derived from the words "tezcatl " meaning mirror and "pocatl" meaning "smoke" is the god of light and shadow, of the night sky and winds, the north, rulership, temptation, beauty, war, and strife. He is the patron of rulers, warriors, and magicians. Tezcatlipoca can travel to all realms at will, earth, heavens and the underworld. His face is painted with black and yellow stripes and wears an obsidian mirror on his chest or has one replacing his lower leg or foot. He is the day lord of the tonalli, Acatl (reed) and has associations with the trecena Ce Ocelotl (1 Jaguar), Ce Miquitzli (1 Death), Ce Acatl (1 Reed) and Ce Xochitl (1 Flower).Xochiquetzal (Precious Blossom) from the words "xochitl" meaning flower and "quetzalli" meaning precious feather/quetzal feather is a deity of fertility, flowers, butterflies, beauty, love, and sexual pleasure. She is the patron of lovers, prostitutes, weavers, craftspeople, embroidery and luxury. She is the protectors of young mothers, pregnancy and childbirth and the patroness of those women and children who died "heroically" in childbirth..cont.