Tlazolteotl has aspects both of Earth-Goddess and Moon-Goddess, and is one of the Guardians of the Tree of the West, as well as a Goddess of Childbirth. She is the mother of Cinteotl, the Corn God, and Xochiquetzal, the Goddess of Love. Tlazolteotl is also known as the Goddess of Witches, and is said to have four aspects who were depicted riding broomsticks and wearing pointed hats, just like the stereotypical European depiction of witches, except that they were naked. In the Codex Fejervary-Meyer Tlazolteotl is shown nude (except for Her jewelry) on a red broomstick holding a snake. These four aspects of Tlazolteotl were considered four sisters, from the eldest Tiacapan, through Teicu and Tlaco, to Xocutzin, the youngest. They were said to tempt people facing decisions towards evil and vice.
The hermit Jappan, after abandoning his family, made his home in the desert and committed himself to devotion to the Gods. Tlazolteotl, rather insulted by his renunciation of the world, went to him to "console" him. He fell for it and was easily seduced by Her. When the Gods found out, They cut off his head and changed him into a scorpion.
Tlazolteotl is considered one of the Nine Figures of the Creation of the World, which also include Chalchiuhtlicue and Her husband Tlaloc, as well as being one of the thirteen Companions of the Day. Perhaps because of this, Tlazolteotl is sometimes called "the Mother of the Gods".
Alternate spelling: Tlazolteutl, Tlacolteutl.
Other aspects: Tlaelcuani, the Eater of Filth; Teteoinnan, "Mother of the Gods", patroness of midwives
and healers; and Toci, "Our Grandmother", who represents nature's healing powers.
The Aztec goddess Tlazolteotl was also able to bring about epilepsy - or even spare people from it. By penetrating human beings, she could send them into convulsions. On the Tapisserie reproduced here, the goddess herself is depicted as a personified epileptic incident: foam and blood-spewing mouth, watering eyes in a red face, twisted and 'clenched' feet.