Ixchel or Ix Chel (Mayan: [iʃˈt͡ʃel]) is the 16th-century name of the aged jaguar goddess of midwifery and medicine in ancient Maya culture. Ixchel or Ix Chel is the 16th-century name of the aged jaguar goddess of midwifery and medicine. Ix Chel was the Maya moon goddess, and the patron deity of fertility, childbirth, and weaving; but was she the only moon goddess?. Ixchel was revered as the goddess of the moon, because of her feminine character. The aqueous Mayan Goddess of water, the moon, medicine and childbirth, Ix Chel lives in the land of mists and rainbows. Ix Chel (pronounced 'ee shell') is a multi-faceted Goddess: a Maya Jaguar Goddess of the Moon, midwifery, fertility, rains, rainbows, sacred.