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What is the Great Cycle?
Writings from the time of the conquest were sometimes contradictory regarding the length of an age. The Maya, however, were never vague about time. As we have learned to read their history, surviving mainly on stone walls, carvings and ceramics, there is general agreement on the date of the beginning of the current age. On August 13, 3114 BC, three great stones were laid down that formed the foundation of our present universe. The Stela C creation text in the city of Quirigua, a carved stone tablet, tells us that this day also marked the end of a span 13 Baktuns, a Great Cycle, and the duration of the previous, third age.
Thirteen Baktuns is equivalent to just over 5,125 years, and in our present age of the jaguar, the fourth age, the Great Cycle runs out on the winter solstice, December 21, 2012. This date will come. Its meaning, and the metaphorical meaning of the death of a sun, the rebirth of a universe, and the Mayan Prophecy of the return of the god Quetzalcoatl, is the subject of active debate.
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This look into the conversation taking place between Mayans asks how their cultural and spiritual inheritance will respond to this year's end of the Long Count cycle.
2012 on the wane
As the final days of 2012 wind down, we look past the circus and listen to indigenous voices.
The Mayan End Date
Is there a 'Mayan End Date'? Does the phrase have meaning within the Cosmovision?
Oxlajuj (13) Baktun
Mayan calendar science and the end of the current Baktun has been wedded to a western obsession with end-time prophecy.
North and South share many things, including ancestors. Both the Powtatan tribes of the east and The Hopi of the west have been linked to Mesoamerica.
Time Cycles and 2012
Time Landmarks remind us of the Cyclic nature of Time
Wayeb, Days between TimeMayan
The shortest month is 5 days outside of regular time is a time of rest, reflection looking ahead with the family.
Venerable Man and the Great Grandfather
At the center of both the Mayan world and the Omaha Nation are ancient men whose physical bodies are in the form of trees.
The Laj Mam, Great Grandfather of the Maya
After looking at the sacred trees Venerable Man and Laj Mam, we ask who trees are in the inspirited natural world and consider what our relationship with them is.
The Hero Ganzalo Guerrero
Born in Spain and raised a Christian, soldier Ganzalo Guerrero sailed with Columbus, then became a heroic Mayan war chief, fighting Cortés and the conquistadors.
The Time Lord E' Carries the New Year
On February 22, 2011, and new Haab year begins, and the Time Lord E', representing the road of life, picks up his burden.
The Sacred Staffs go to Mexico
Las Varas, the sacred staffs of indigenous unity, are passed from the Guatemalan Mayans to Mexico.
The Custom and La Costumbre
La Costumbre are ancestral beliefs, and seldom does European ways and Mayan ways conflict more than over land: its value, ownership, and what spirits inhabit it.
The Four Nahuals
Four Mayan Nahuals govern each intersection of a person with time. Learn to find your Nahual wisdoms for any given day.
From the Gemini Twins of the Greeks and Romans, to the Hero Twins of the Maya and Hopi, people who form with the same blood flowing in their veins have represented Man's dual natures, including the mortal and the divine.
Shadow of the New Age
The present age is in many ways defined by our shadow denial, and the suppression of traits that come back to poison relationships both private and public. We cannot go into a New Age seeing only the light, and continuing to deny the dark.
The Dakota Red Road
The Dakota Red Road is a path of Balance, and a way of understanding 2012. Our duality is not a curse but the universal wisdom the keeps us in balance, and the end of duality is not the destruction of shadow, but the embracing of it.
Right brain - Left brain
The duality of our ego self and shadow self is not the only duality that can leave us with a life out of balance. Dominion of the ego over the divine, a timeless way of being associated with the right brain, also holds us back from our potential.
Mayan Year of the Deer
February 22, 2010 is the start of a new solar Haab year, a year carried by K'ej, the deer. Find out why the Maya believe that K'ej, the deer, carries the destiny of mankind.
Nameless days, Festivals of the Dead, and the Shadow
August 2009: Mayan 'Nameless Days', Hopi Halloween, and the rites of many cultures remind us to be wary of dark forces. Is there a connection between these and our own shadow selves?
The American Ballgame #1
The Mesoamerican ball game originated with the Olmecs and spread from what is now the American Southwest to the islands of the Caribbean
The American Ballgame #2
The Mayan story of creation, the creation of this age and its people, is inextricably tied to the stars overhead and to the Mesoamerican ball game.
The American Ballgame #3
As the American ball game spread from the Mayan lands into what would become Arizona and New Mexico, it would both retain Mayan forms and evolve as a unique expression, perhaps even changing its purpose.
Las Varas: Staffs of the Eagle and the Condor
June 2009: The staffs of indigenous unity, 'Las Varas' are passed from Bolivia to the Guatemalan Maya.
The Hopi and the Maya
Are the Native American Hopi and the Central American Maya 2 branches from the same ancestral tree?
Hopi White Brother
Is it possible that Hopi prophecies of a 'True White Brother' are connected to the Aztec Quetzalcoatl, also known as the White Lord?
The Crazy Life: Koyaanisqatsi
The Mayan Hero Twins prepared the world for the present age. The Hopi Hero Twins keep the world and this age in balance. Koyaanisquatsi describes life out of balance, the crazy life.
Time Lords and Sky Bearers
Four years from the 2012 end date, each of the 4 Time Lords (Year Bearers) have one more opportunity to carry time. The orderly defining of sacred space in the Mayan cosmos divides many parts into 4, such as the 4 Sky Bearers the hold up the sky.
The 4 Corns and the Races they birthed!
This teaching from a Mayan medicine woman described the 4 races and the 4 corns that they were created from.
Mayan Dream Interpretation
Mayan day keepers are trained to interpret both dreams and the Sacred Mayan Calendar. Many symbols of dream interpretation are shared with other cultures, but calendric divination, and the visitations by ancestor and spirit guides, are also important.
Two Dreams and a Sleepless Night -- a Night in a Mayan Dreamhouse
The author's experience sleeping in a Mayan shrine, called a dream house, on a recent visit to Guatemala!
Now posted! 2012 notations, from Sr. Ronaldo Similox, Mayan Spiritual Guide from Chimaltenango, Guatemala and the Kaqchikel Maya.
Ronaldo Similox discourse #1
THE YEAR 2012: The end and beginning of a new era.
Part I The Maya thought
Ronaldo Similox discourse #2
Part II The Mayan Calendar and Mathematics
Ronaldo Similox discourse #3
Part III The 13 Prophecies of the Book of Chilam Balam
The Case for Apocalypse
Birthing is always a painful process, but just how painful might be the birthing of a new age? We explore why some think the Mayan end date in 2012 might be the stuff of dreams – indeed, humanity’s worst nightmare.
Who was Quetzalcoatl?
Just who was the god-man Quetzalcoatl, and did he really promise to return? Read the article “Mi casa es su casa,” said Montezuma to Cortés.
Sagittarius A - What is the Galactic Center?
An original essay by Hubble Space Telescope Astronomer Lauretta Nagel.
Was Chichén Itzá built for 2012?
Astronomical events unfolding at the Mayan city Chichén Itzá suggest it may have been built as an architectural clock, anticipating a unique conjugation occuring in the sky over the site in 2012.
The Cross and the Tree
Christian explorers were amazed to find crosses in the Mayan city of Palenque. They were seeing a representation of the World Tree, the crossing of the Milky Way Galaxy and the ecliptic. The World Tree and the Christian Cross have come together in Mayan culture.
A channeler discusses 2012.
A transcript is from a recording made January 26, 2008, in the state of Maryland (USA), discusses the Mayan end date in 2012. The speaker was linked to an entity known as Louise.
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Geomagnetic Pole Reversal and 2012 --
Is There a Connection?
This original essay explores the origin of 'magnet earth' and the history of the ever changing geomagnetic poles.
Down Syndrome Art
Artists from the Mexican School of Down Art have shown their paintings in the galleries of the United States and Europe. Their expressionist style exhibits an emotional dialogue with the world once thought impossible.
Does the Chinese I Ching predict a 2012 end-date?
The oracle book I Ching, the Chinese ‘book of change,’ has been in use for more than 3,000 years. Does it contain prophesy for an end date in the year 2012?
Happy New Year
A greeting sent by Ronaldo Similox on Wajxaq'i Bat'z, September 4, 2008, Mayan New Year's day, and first day of the sacred Cholq 'ij Calendar.
The 13 Heavens
Explores how advancing Baktuns through the Great Cycle have been accompanied by intellectual and spiritual evolution on our planet
10 Iq' -- Mayan New Years Day
See photographs from the Feb 22, 2009, first day of the new Haab Year, when K'iche, Kaqchikel, Q'eqchi and Mam priests met at San Jose Poaquil to welcome Nahual Iq'.