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Aztec omens announcing the arrival of the conquest

We will tell you one of the oldest legends of Mexico. This is the legend ‘The eight Aztec omens’. Which are said to have anticipated the fall of the Aztec empire.

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The End announcement

In the year 1500, when Emperor Moctezuma dominated the north-western Mesoamerican regions, he led the Mexican Empire and the city of Tenochtitlan. The Aztecs were known for their wisdom and their ability to interpret messages of destiny.

However, before the arrival of Cortes, in 1519, a set of eight omens warned Moctezuma about the beginning of a tragedy. The suffering of the people, dominion, subjugation and extermination were approaching.


The 8 Aztec omens

The first story told is: A fire comet. Ten years before the arrival of the Spaniards, a spike of fire appeared in the sky. For many, it marked the beginning of bad news, such as times of war, famine, disease or the end of an empire.

The second omen was the fire that did not go out. This indicated the fire that destroyed the Huitzilopochtli temple. It is said that when the people tried to end the fire, the flames were fiercer.

Third omen: a powerful lightning. It is said that it fell in the temple of Xiuhtecuhtli when it was barely raining. But it was only struck by the lightning without causing any noise.

Fourth omen: Lake on fire. Halfway through the omens, Lake Texcoco became a lake of fire, and its waters began to boil, destroy houses and kill many innocents.

Fifth omen: the night cry of Cihuacoatl. Due to the devastation of Lake Texcoco, at night there was a cry that said: Oh, my children, ¡we have to go far! ¡Oh my children! Where will I take you?

Sixth omen: the mirror of war. In the same place, Lake Texcoco caught a very strange bird, with a deformed skull. It was thought to be a mirror where you could observe the stars. And when Moctezuma looked at it again, he saw war.

Seventh omen: rain of fire. For this almost last omen it is said that a fire star fell from the sky that gave off tails of smoke.

Eighth omen: deformed beings appear. Deformed beings with two heads and human bodies were observed, they were strange creatures that disappeared in a moment.


The arrival of the conquest

The omens are compiled in Mexican codices. And, as you can tell, they announced a great and inevitable change in the course of history. They were signs of the arrival of the Spaniards, the raw conquest and the fall of the Aztec empire.


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