Mayan Prophecy of the End of the Great Cycle



updated 3-8-2001

by Dee Finney

10-23-99 - NOTE: I started this study yesterday, the 22nd of October.
During the night I had a vision and a dream which obviously are connected to this study.

The Vision:  "The numbers of Palenque are wrong!"

The Dream: I was in a small town and along the street were small shops and sales stalls.
A young man and his girlfriend came along and they wanted to buy something. (I realized
after I woke up that this young man was the rapist from One Life to Live TV show. His name
was Brian and had been killed at the end of his part) He wanted to charge the item but he got
out an old fashioned check writer which was a metallic flat plate on which the check was
placed and then actually cut with a knife in hieroglyphics.  He had to manipulate this check
writer with two hands and it was very difficult. I told him that he should pick me up at noon
tomorrow for lunch and I'd go with him so he could get a 'new' check writer.

I saw him later on the street looking in the window of a Pawn shop so I knew that's why he
had an 'old' check writer. He bought 'old' stuff at a Pawn shop instead of going to a store
where he could get 'new' things.  (ideas)

I then went with the woman into a basement of an apartment building. The basement was
divided up into cages where people kept their treasures. She intended to show me something
there.  I was standing in a hallway between the cages when all her dogs appeared. There were
5 or 6 'pointer' dogs and a chihuahua. That was a lot of dogs and because they were all coming
towards me at once I got scared, so I pulled a screen type door closed between me and them,
but the chihuahua was so little, he walked right under the screen and came with me.  Then the
other 'pointer's went to a dark corner and were out of sight, however, I saw that the 'pointer's'
had chewed off their tails and I saw the bloody stumps laying on the floor. I told the woman she
was going to have to get new pointers. Only the Chihuahua was going with me.

End of Dream

This dream was followed a year later by this one:


The number 26

The Mayan Connection

Thousands of years ago, the sacred teachings from the cosmos were deposited in many
magnetic centers throughout the world: Chan Chan (Peru), Huete (Spain), Tulle (France),
Hu-nan (China), Bethlehem (Israel), Tih (Egypt), Mississippi (United States), Humac
(Brazil), Nagasaki (Japan), Mul (England), Maya (Russia, Naga (India), and Chukotz
(Bering Strait). The names of all these places are of Maya origin, which confirms that,
in different periods of times, the Maya were present in these sacred magnetic centers.

The Mayan Codices

A Mayan Glossary

The Mayan Epigraphic Database Project

Author Charles Gallenkamp, in his book Maya: The Riddle and Rediscovery of a Lost Civilization, writes --

Regardless of everthing scientists have learned about the Maya so far, we constantly encounter unanswered questions. NO ONE HAS SATISFACTORILY EXPLAINED WHERE OR WHEN MAYA CIVILIZATION ORIGINATED, or how it evolved in an environment so hostile to human habitation. We have almost no reliable information on the origin of their calendar, hieroglyphic writing, and mathematical system; nor do we understand countless details pertaining to sociopolitical organization, religion, economic structure, and everyday life. Even the shattering catastrophe leading to the sudden aboundonment of their greatest cities during the ninth century A.D. -- one of the most baffling archaeological mysteries ever uncovered -- is still deeply shrouded in conjecture. -- Viking Penguin Inc. P. 57.

Hunab Ku

The supreme god and creator of the Maya. He is the head of the Mayan pantheon and called 'god of the gods'. Hunab Ku rebuilt the world after three deluges, which poured from the mouth of a sky serpent. The first world he created was inhabited by dwarfs, the builders of the cities. The second world was inhabited by the Dzolob, 'the offenders', an obscure race. The third and final world Hunab Ku created for the Maya themselves (who are destined to be overcome by a fourth flood). The god Itzamna is his son. He is similar to the Aztec Ometeotl.


The founder of the Maya culture. He brought his people maize and cacao and taught them script, healing, and the use of calendars. As the bringer of culture he became the state-god of the Mayan empire. As the moon-god he rules over the night. Itzamna is also called 'God D' and bears the title of 'lord of knowledge'. He is a son of Hunab Ku and with Ixchel he is the father of the Bacabs. His attributes are the snake and the mussel


The Mayan earth and moon goddess and patroness of pregnant women. She invented the art of weaving. Ixchel is thought to be the consort of Itzamna and with him she is the mother of the Bacabs, but also Voltan was thought to be her husband. She is portrayed with a snake as a head-band and her skirt is embroidered with crossbones. Ixchel shows many similarities with the Aztec goddess Chalchihuitlicue


A deified Mayan hero, called 'heart of the cities'. He is the husband of Ixchel. Votan is the patron god of the drum.


In Mayan mythology, a group of four protective deities, the sons of Itzamna and Ixchel. They are giants who uphold the sky at its cardinal points. The Bacabs are: Cauac, Ix, Kan, and Mulac


One of the four Bacabs. Cauac is associated with the south. His color is red.


One of the four Bacabs. Ix is associated with the west. His color is black.


One of the Bacabs, the gods of the four cardinals directions. Kan is associated with the east, and his color is yellow


A Mayan giant, one of the Bacabs. Mulac stands in the north. His color is white.


Kan-u-Uayeyab was the god who guarded cities


The Mayan god who re-created the earth after it was destroyed by the four Bacabs

Popol Vuh

The Quiché Mayan book of creation. It begins with the deeds of the Mayan gods in the darkness of a primeval sea and ends with the radiant splendor of the Mayan lords who founded the Quiché kingdom in the Guatemalan highlands. It was originally written in Mayan hieroglyphs but was transcribed into the Roman alphabet in the sixteenth century. This book is the most important source of Mayan mythology and cosmology. The name means "the book of the written leaves".

Popul Vuh - A Creation Story

Hero Twins

The Hero Gods Defeat Earthquakes

Map of Guatamala

The Map of the Maya


QUETZALCOATL- "The God of Wind"

The Creator God-The Feathered Serpent-The Founder of Agriculture- Precious Feather Snake- The Road Sweeper

Often portrayed with a black beard to represent age or as an old man. Covering his mouth there is often a red mask in the form of a bird's beak. His mask identifies him as the god of wind and he was worshiped under the name of Ehecatl, or wind. One of the greatest gods, god of wind, light, and Venus. (*69)

God of twins and monsters. Legend has Quetzalcoatl and his twin brother Xolotl, descending to hell and retrieving human bones. By dripping his blood onto the bones, human resurrection began(*70). Men therefore, are the children of Quetzalcoatl. He is always presented as benevolent. He wears about his neck a "Wind Jewell" made from a conch and his head was adorned with a jaguar(*71) bonnet or sometimes a small cap. A sharp bone protrudes from the headgear which flows the blood that nourishes his nahualli, the Quetzal bird(*72) .

He taught men science and the calendar and devised ceremonies. He discovered corn, and all good aspects of civilization. Quetzalcoatl is a perfect representation of saintliness. His cult transformed into a type of nobility cult and only special sacrifices selected from the Nobel classes were made to him, and then only in secret.

Quetzalcoatl (*73) is a very ancient god known to the Mayas and ancient Teotihuacan ruins. Quetzalcoatl was said to be the son of Camaxtli and Chimalma and he was born in Michatlauhco, "Fish Deeps". His mother died during his birth and he was raised by his grandfathers. The multiplicity of Quetzalcoatl's roles attest to the antiquity of his cult following and his adoration. He is credited with allowing the Spanish and Cortes to march into the Aztec lands. The Aztec people thought Cortes was an incarnation of Quetzalcoatl returning from the East to retake his lands as told in legend. It was not uncommon for a hundred years after the conquest for merchants in smaller towns to work and save for twenty years just to throw a large banquet to this most revered god. Before the conquest slaves would have been bathed and sacrificed for this feast.

The "Ehecailacacozcatl" or the winds that proceed a rain downpour were associated with Quetzalcoatl. Lightning as it contains a serpentine shape was also associated with this god in the name xonecuilli.

Also considered to be worshiped under the names Tlilpotonqui, "Feathered in Black", and possibly as Ecacouayo Mixtli, "A Twister", in association with his capacity as God of the Wind. In the Codex Magliabechiano, pl. 34, Quetzalcoatl was refered to as Tlaloc(*74).

The Codex Cospi pls. 9-11 contain references to his association with the planet Venus and it's destructive powers as well as the Codex Borgia, pl. 53f.

In the Vienna Codex this god is depicted as an alert youth sitting at the feet of the "Old Ones", The dual divinity. Could also appear as "Yacateuctli, Lord of the Vanguard, or one who goes forth, Yacacoliuhqui, "He with the Aquiline Nose", and as Yacapitzahuac, "Pointed Nose". May have been worshiped under the name of "Our Reverend Prince", and Ocelocoatl in his black or night form.

In Boone's translation of the Magliabechiano Codex, Quetzalcoatl is mentioned as being the son of Miclantecutli, Lord of the Place of the Dead. Boone relates in her translation an interesting story concerning Quetzalcoatl as having washed his hands and then touched his penis and caused semen to drop on a rock. A bat grew from this union of semen and rock who other gods sent to bite the flower goddess Xochiquetzal. This bat bit off a piece of her vagina while she was sleeping and took it to the gods. They then washed it and from the water that was spilled came forth flowers that smelled bad. This same bat took the flesh to Mictlantecuhtli where he washed the piece of flesh and the water that he used brought forth sweet smelling flowers the indians called xochitrls.

Often depicted holding a thorn used to let blood. He created auto-sacrifice(*78), a forerunner to human sacrifice. He is said to have let blood in honor to Camaxtli (Mixcoatl), who the Aztec believed to be Quetzalcoatl's father(*79).

Quetzalcoatl's priests(*80) would bang a drum in the morning and in the evening in reverence to Quetzalcoatl. At that time merchants could leave the city and visitors could enter Tenochtitlan. The drum of Quetzalcoatl may be compared with the flute of Tezcatlipoca. The drum separated night from day. The flute was heard at night. The sound of the flute was shrill and anxiety followed it's music.

According to Sahagun, Quetzalcoatl's temple was high with a narrow staircase with steps so narrow that feet had a hard time holding. The image was covered with tapestries with an ugly and bearded face.

This deity is depicted on a statue, currently in the British Museum, with ocelot claw ear-rings. The roar of this animal(*81) was believed to help bring the sun into the sky. This statue also holds a studded club in the right hand and in the left a skull, the sign of his twin brother Xolotl. The statue venerates the rising from the jaws of the feathered serpent as the morning star Venus rises to announce the sunrise. The statue further bears a collar symbol of the sun. According to Burland's book, this statue commemorates a transit of Venus in the year 1508.

Lord of Healing and magical herbs, known as a symbol of thought and learning, of the arts, poetry, and all things good and beautiful. Lord of Hope and Lord of the Morning Star. He has been likened to England's King Arthur, both a real person and myth. According to the Vienna Codex a series of nine different Toltec kings succeeded the original man/god all calling themselves Quetzalcoatl. In the Codex Laud, Quetzalcoatl is seen as wind blowing in the waters. Sitting on the water, displaying her genitals, was a tempting Tlazoteotl. The wind of Quetzalcoatl is the breath of life and will fertilize her. Quetzalcoatl was the god of life and gave penitence, love, and exemption from rituals of sacrifice and Autosacrifice.

His association with the feathered serpent is an interesting story. The quetzal bird, native to the western area of Guatemala and Mexico, was regarded as the most beautiful bird and called Quetzaltotolin, meaning "most precious". The symbol of the feathered serpent was Quetzalcoatl, meaning not just feathered serpent, but "most precious serpent". Quetzalcoatl is not the feathered serpent but the one who emerges from the serpent as Venus rises from the morning horizon.

He has been depicted occasionally on statues showing him as a great priest, the Lord of Penitence, with a painted black stripe beside the eyes and a red ring surrounding the mouth and blue areas on the forehead. As Ehecatl, Lord of the Winds, he is depicted wearing a mask with a pointed snout covering his lower face. This is known as his "wind mask", and is usually painted bright red. According to Burland this was derived from the Mexican whistling toad, Rhinophryne dorsalis. It's shape suggested the earth monster, a cross between an alligator and a toad. Temples to Ehecatl were circular as the god of wind could blow or breath in any direction.

In the Vienna Codex, Quetzalcoatl is depicted holding the heavens with his hands, symbolic of holding the rain clouds and sky in place.

The Spanish missionaries early adopted the myth of Quetzalcoatl and thought that he was actually St. Thomas the Apostle, who had come to Mexico to help convert the Aztec Indians to Christianity and that the spirit of St. Thomas was in Cortes(*82). Today the figure of Quetzalcoatl can be seen in department store windows in Mexico City replacing a traditional Santa Claus figure. This figure wears a garland of feathers and a representational mask of the old venerated god and symbolizes the bringing of life and gifts.

According to the Treatise by Alarcon, Quetzalcoatl was also known as "Matl", which meant "hand" in Nahuatl.

Often depicted as a white skinned god with a black beard. Recent scholarly theories suggest that the man-god may have been a wandering Viking who had lost his way. See also TLOQUE NAHUAQUE listing with accompanying footnote for further information on this subject. See also TLILPOTONQUI.


Quetzalcoatl translates to plumed serpent. The word quetzalli eventually came to mean "treasure, or precious". The word coatl came to mean "dragon" as well as "snake" and occasionally "twin", hence it could mean "Precious Twin". The Quetzal bird provided the beautiful green tail feathers for the plumes of this god.

69 Venus was an important astrological symbol for the Mexica and was called "Tlauixcalpantecuhtli", which means - Lord of the House of Dawn. The planet had two aspects and was shown and revered as two gods. One, as Morning Star, was kind, and was the Precious Twin, Quetzalcoatl. He held the sun in the sky in the morning. His dark twin Xolotl ruled Venus in the Evening and during the night. Xolotl pushed the sun into darkness. Of interest the only sacrifices to Quetzalcoatl was during the time that Xolotl ruled over Venus. The Mexica regarded travel under the night stars as dangerous where as to be under the morning star was good fortune.

70 This act probably begins the association and credited invention of auto-sacrifice, or self-letting of blood, to the Mexica.

71 The jaguar symbol was especially important to the priests, who carried an insence bag made form jaguar skin. This pouch may have carried their drugs and tobacco. Common drugs used by the priests were Obsidian-knife-water and "yauhtli", (powered Tagetes lucida?) which gave a sedative effect probably used in controlling captives on their way to the killing stones. Duran was convinced that Obsidian-knife-water was water used to wash the sacrificial killing knife mixed with chocolatl, which bewitched the user into a state of euphoria.

Some say this mysterious water was nothing more than pulque. The priests were also known to have experimented with hallucinogens. For more information consult the Florentine Codex in the "Book of Earthly Things". Related in detail are "ololiuqui", the morning glory whose seeds would derange the taker and "peyotl", which grows only in Mictlan, the land of the dead. There are many others listed.

72 Maslow's book describes a scene of a soaring Quetzal bird that may appear to look like a feathered serpent in flight as it soars over a man's head.

73 For a well written account of the Quetzalcoatl man/legend and his influence on the entire Mesoamerican region read THE LORD OF THE DAWN: THE LEGEND OF QUETZALCOATL, By Rudolfo A. Anaya.

74 There is a legend that when the man/god Quetzalcoatl left Tula he entered a mountain, which closed behind him. See Duran's works for some of the many legends of Quetzalcoatl.

78 Autosacrifice took many forms: Piercing lips, ears, legs or arms with maguey spines and putting the blood on paper which was then taken to a god. After use, the maguay spines were put in a special place to be seen by the gods. Drilling a hole through your tongue was considered a good Autosacrifice into which a cord with spines was pulled through. The Mexica thought of Autosacrifice as a service to the group rather than just for the individual letting blood and was revered for his service to his group.

79 In Aztec legend Iztacmixcoatl with his sacred knife engaged Chimalma, Shield Hand, "The Naked Goddess", and impregnated her. Her son was to become Quetzalcoatl, who later was ruler in Tula. Mercatante, p. 38 relates the spellings of these parents as "Chimamatl and Iztacmixcoatl".

80 C.A. Burland's book Moctezuma, p.45, references that the high priest to Quetzalcoatl wore a high helmet and a red, black, and blue costume.

81 Animals in general were looked to by the Mexica for delivering signs or omens. An owl hooting would signify sickness or death was approaching. A home that was entered by a rabbit would mean the house would suffer calamity. The chafer, a larger form of beetle , may cause shame to enter into the home. A wild weasel that crossed in front of a Mexica citizen could often bring bad fortune.

84 The Mexica revered a medicinal tree refered to as "macpalxochiquauhitl", meaning -hand flower. Known scientifically as Chiranthodendron pentadactylon. Emboden, pp. 16-18.


We are living today in the Mayan end times. The Great Cycle of the Mayan Long Count calendar ends on the winter solstice of 2012 A.D. Following Mayan concepts of cyclic time and World Age transitions, this is as much about beginnings as endings. In fact, it was considered by the ancient Maya to signify the Creation of a new World Age.

End of the Mayan Great Cycle: December 21st, 2012 A.D.

The sources of Mayan mythology are found in the sky, and the timetable of Creation Day is pinpointed by the end date of the Mayan Great Cycle.

What occurs is an alignment between the galactic and solar planes. Specifically, the winter solstice sun will conjunct the Milky Way, which is the edge of our spinning spiral galaxy . The place where the sun meets the Milky Way is where the "dark-rift" in the Milky Way is - a black ridge along the Milky Way caused by interstellar dust clouds This is a feature of the Milky Way anyone can see on a clear midsummer's night. At dawn on the winter solstice of A.D. 2012, the sun will be right in this dark-rift, and the orientation is such that the Milky Way rims the horizon at all points around. Thus, the Milky Way "sits" on the earth, touching it at all points around, opening up the cosmic sky portal. The galactic and solar planes are thus aligned. "Sky portal" is just a term to describe the "opened sky" scenario apparent when the Milky Way rims the horizon. This is not to be confused with the "dark-rift" itself.



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In Mayan myth, the winter solstice sun corresponds to the deity One Hunahpu, also known as First Father. The Mayan Sacred Book, the Popol Vuh, sets the stage so that the Hero Twins' father (One Hunahpu) can be reborn, thus beginning a new World Age. The dark rift has many mythic identities: it is the Black Road; it is the xibalba be (the Road to the Underworld); it is a crevice in the branches of the cosmic tree (the Milky Way); it is the mouth of the Cosmic Monster (often portrayed as a frog, jaguar or snake with tree-like features); it is the birth canal of the Cosmic Mother. Overall, the dark-rift is best understood as the birth canal of the Cosmic

Mother, who we may call First Mother, to complement First Father. In this way we can trace how these various metaphors are found in Mayan Creation Mythology. The date of this alignment is, again, the end date of the 13-baktun Great Cycle - a cycle of approximately 5125 years. This suggests that the ancient Maya were aware of the impending alignment and considered it to be of such importance to be a major transition point, the Creation of a new World Age. In mythological terms, this event is about the union of First Father with First Mother or, more accurately, the birth of First Father (the winter solstice sun - the new World Age ruler) from First Mother (the dark-rift in the Milky Way). The headline appropriate for the upcoming event is: "Cosmic Mother Gives Birth to The First God." (quote from John Major Jenkins - 1994)

The slow process by which the winter solstice sun comes to conjoin the dark-rift in the Milky Way is a function of a phenomenon known as the precession of the equinoxes. This involves the slow wobbling of the earth's axis, which causes the stellar frame to slowly shift. To observers on earth, it causes the position of the winter solstice sun to slowly move in relation to celestial background features such as the Milky Way. A full cycle is completed in roughly 26,000 years. Approximately 2100 years ago, when both the Long Count calendar and the Popol Vuh were devised by the early Maya, the dark-rift in the Milky Way could be observed some 30 degrees above the dawning winter solstice sun (See Diagram 2). When these early skywatchers discovered precession, they realized that every winter solstice the cosmic birth canal was moving closer and closer to the dawning sun. The winter solstice sun was called the First Sun, the First Lord or First Father, because it is the first day of the year, the beginning of the sun's annual rebirth into increasing daylight. They calibrated the process, and fixed their Creation Mythology to the future alignment as described.

The Long Count calendar and Popol Vuh Creation Mythology work together to describe the future astronomical alignment. Furthermore, scholars believe that Izapa, an early-Maya cultural center near the Guatemalan border in Mexico, is where both the Long Count calendar and the Popol Vuh myth originate.

Ancient skywatchers in Mesoamerica were apparently aware of a subtle celestial process, the precession of the equinoxes. A major alignment in that process culminates at the end of their Great Cycle. To early skywatchers the future convergence would have been the focus of intense calendar calculations and eschatological myth-making.

The precession of the equinoxes is primarily an earth rhythm. For the ancient Maya, on the far-future Creation Day which for us arrives soon, First Mother and First Father join forces to engender a new World Age.

Jose Arguelles discovered a system of cycles based on the ancient Mayan calendar and determined that the year 2012 would be the end of the 396 year Baktun of the Transformation of Matter, the collapse of global civilization with a following era of information and crystal-solar technology and galactic synchronization.

The Mayan Long Count

The Maya were adept skywatchers. Their Classic Period is thought to have lasted from 200 A.D. to 900 A.D., but recent archeological findings are pushing back the dawn of Mayan civilization in Mesoamerica. Large ruin sites indicating high culture with distinctly Mayan antecedents are being found in the jungles of Guatemala dating back to before the common era. Before this, the Olmec civilization flourished and developed the sacred count of 260 days known as the tzolkin. The early Maya adopted two different time keeping systems, the "Short Count" and the Long Count. The Short Count derives from combining the tzolkin cycle with the solar year and the Venus cycle of 584 days. In this way, "short" periods of 13, 52 and 104 years are generated. The Long Count system which is somewhat is related to certain astronomical cycles. It is based upon nested cycles of days multiplied at each level by that key Mayan number, twenty:

Number of Days  / Term

1 / Kin (day) 1 day = kin
20 / Uinal 20 days = uinal
360 / Tun 18 uinals/360 days = tun
7200 / Katun 20 tuns/7200 days = katun
144000 / Baktun 20 katuns/144000 days = baktun
Baktun (400 tuns, 20 katuns)
Piktun (8000 tuns, 400 katuns, 20 bactuns)
Kalabtun (160,000 tuns, 8000 katuns, 400 bactuns, 20 pictuns)
Kinchiltun 3,200,000 Tuns, 20 Kalabtuns
Alautun 64,000,000 Tuns, 20 Kinchiltuns
Hablatun 1,280,000,000 Tuns, 20 Alautuns

20 Hablatuns equals one unit of the next order but no name has been found for this period of about 25 billion years.

The Mayan's number system was based on the number 20. Our number system is based on 10. Why did the Mayans use the number 20? A number system doesn't function unless the number zero is included. The Babylonians knew about the concept of zero. The Hindus discovered zero about 600 BC, the same time the Central American zero was discovered. The Central American zero was used for thousands of years before it was used in Europe. Mayan numbers were easily used for additions and subtractions, much easier than using Roman numerals!

Mayans used only the following three markings for numbers:

crossline: meant five,

dot: meant one,

stylest mussel: meant zero.

Every number was expressed with combinations of lines, points, and zero marks, using system of place values. The modern marks divide figures into tens, thus the value increased from right to left. Mayans counted in twenties and the value increased from bottom to top in vertical columns; at the lowest point of the column, unit marks were ones, but on top were four-hundreds place (like 20*20). However, the Mayans could not express fractions.

The only exception to multiplying by twenty is at the tun level, where the uinal period is instead multiplied by 18 to make the 360-day tun. The Maya employed this counting system to track an unbroken sequence of days from the time it was inaugurated. The Mayan scholar Munro Edmonson believes that the Long Count was put in place around 355 B.C. This may be so, but the oldest Long Count date as yet found corresponds to 32 B.C. We find Long Count dates in the archeological record beginning with the baktun place value and separated by dots. For example: equals 6 baktuns, 19 katuns, 19 tuns, 0 uinals and 0 days. Each baktun has 144000 days, each katun has 7200 days, and so on. If we add up all the values we find that indicates a total of 1007640 days have elapsed since the Zero Date of The much discussed 13-baktun cycle is completed 1872000 days (13 baktuns) after This period of time is the so called Mayan "Great Cycle" of the Long Count and equals 5125.36 years.

The Long Count

The Mayan calendar is complex. Years of 260-, 360-, and 365-days duration run concurrently. The Long Count (360-day) calendar records time intervals in excess of billions of years. On December 23, 2012, the 13th Baktun will be completed, a day that occurs once every 8000 Mayan Tuns (about 7890 modern years). Zero day for the Maya calendar was of the Long Count, 4 Ahau 8 Cumku of the Calendar Round, and on a day when the 9th Lord of the Night was ruling; or, by our calendar, August 11, 3114 B.C.E. also occurs on December 23, 2012, but this date falls on 4 Ahau 3 Kankin rather than on creation day, 4 Ahau 8 Cumku. Thus the Maya did not consider December 23, 2012, the beginning of a new creation but of a major new cycle within the current creation. The Maya creation date is Date 1 below.

Date 1:

4 Ahau 8 Cumku

Date 2:

3 Muluc 17 Mac

Since dates rarely requred numbers higher than the baktun, the Maya normally excluded them. The exception to this was found at Yaxchilan where a date on the stairs of a temple records eight of the larger cosmic cycles of the baktun (Date 2 above). Thus we learn that the higher cycles of the Maya calendar were at 13 during Maya history. On the day of creation, all the cycles above the katun were set on 13. If each cycle is composed of 20 of the next lowest units (moving in order 20, 400, 8000, 160,000, 3,200,000, 64,000,000, etc.), it will take 41,341,050,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 tropical years to convert the highest 13 in Date 1 back to 1.

Shadow of the Seven Triangles

On the equinoxes, the Sun crosses a center point and makes an exact 90-degree angle directly over the Pyramid of Ku'Kulkan (El Castillo) at the sacred site of Chichen Itza on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula (a place that represents the turtle's head on the continent known as Turtle Island or North America).

The Castillo is part of the Mayan calander's Path of the Sun (solar calendar) with 4 stone stairways of 91 steps each plus an upper platform for a total of 365. The Maya had an 18-base for their mathematics and 18 months in a year. The pyramid has nine levels divided by the staircases or 18. The relationship of the Sun to the Earth at this sensitive point creates the phenomenon of the dramatic Shadow of the Seven Triangles, shadow triangles projected on the north staircase with serpent heads at the base. The triangles undulate in an ascending fashion in March and descend during the fall equinox.

Following 360-day Maya solar calendar are five "nameless days." The New Year started after this five-day period, a time unfit for work; a time for ceremony when the old world is symbolically destroyed and a new one created. These 5 days are considered unlucky days comparable to the time of chaos before creation and before world order was established. Ancient Egypt also commemorated these 5 days. Coincidentally(?), on the first of these five days both the Egyptian grain god, Osiris, and the Mayan grain god, Hun Hunahpu, were born.

The Sacred Tzolkin Calendar

In 1475, the Supreme Maya Council revealed the long-held vision of an ancient Solar Grandmother named X'Nuuk'K'in -- that a sacred calendar cycle of twice the Kal'Tun (260 years) must go by before the Solar Culture would flourish again.

In the Tzolkin calendar (260-day sacred year divided into 13 months of 20 days each), the Mayans intermeshed astronomical calculations of the solar year with that of the "synodical (synodical: the interval between two successive conjunctions of a planet with the sun) revolution" of Venus with a correction of four days every 61 Venus years; and, in addition, during every fifth cycle, a correction of eight days was made at the end of the 57th revolution.

The Fifth Sun

The current Mayan great-year cycle of 26,000-years, as well as the 104,000-year cycle (the fourth sun) closes on 4 Ahau 3 Kankin (Winter Solstice, December 23, 2012 C.E.) when we begin "El Quinto Sol" or the Fifth Sun. In this cycle, those who stay will become a cosmic humanity and contact with other worlds will be possible.

Disagreement of the Timing.

Scholars do not agree on the timing of these events.  I will present the more popular ones so you can make up your own mind.

On March 21, 1995, this 520-year period was completed and the Age of Knowledge (Itza Age) began; a time when ancient and hidden knowledge is to be reawakened; a time when the condor of the south is to meet the eagle of the north and there will be a return of the Light of health, purity, wisdom, and healing on Earth. Via the magnetic grid of energy that envelops planet Earth and the many sensitive spots on the Earth often referred to as Sacred Sites, the elders said that the solar ceremonies in Chichen Itza in March, 1995, anchored the intent to activate humanity in the Light.

Calendar Convergence

Dreamstar Calendar

The Great Year

The Great Year is a 26,000 year cycle consisting of 12 ages, each 2,160 years long. The ages are determined by the poles of the earth and whatever constellation the north pole points to determines the age.

Cycles of time are the result of three movements of the Earth. The rotation around the Earth's axis causes day and night. Our yearly orbit around the sun brings the four seasons. The third movement comes as a result of the gravitational pull of the sun and moon which causes the earth to gyrate, shifting the poles at the rate of one degree every 72 years. The earth shifts so that in 26,000 years the north pole points to four different stars.

The Ecliptic

The Ecliptic is the Great Circle that describes the apparent path of the Sun around the Earth (but which is really the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. The Ecliptic extends approximately 8-9° of arc above and below (North and South of) the actual path of the Earth/Sun. The other planets in the solar system are always visible within this band of sky. The longitudinal (East-West) position of celestial bodies (i.e. planets, asteroids, etc.) is measured along the ecliptic.

Signs. The Signs are units of measurement each equal to 30 degrees of arc along the ecliptic.

Vernal Point. The point measured along the ecliptic which represents the apparent position of the Sun at the moment of the Vernal (Spring) Equinox. At the moment of the Spring Equinox, the Sun is directly overhead at mid-day along the Tropic of Cancer.

The Earth doesn't so much "shift" on its axis as it "wobbles" The Earth's axis is tilted at an angle of approximately 23.5° to the plane of the ecliptic. This tilt is what produces the seasonal variations. The Earth is also not a perfect sphere; it bulges in the middle near the Equator. This unequal distribution of mass causes the Earth to "wobble" around its rotational axis like a gyroscope. What this means is that the Earth's axis makes its own rotation, with the North and South Poles slowly describing a circle around the ecliptic pole (which is the pole exactly perpendicular to the plane of the ecliptic; the North and South poles, remember are tilted 23.5 degrees away from this plane). How slowly? Well, a complete cycle takes about 25,800 years. (26,920) The precession can also be seen in terms of the "North Star".

Currently the North Pole of the Earth is aligned with the fixed star Polaris. This was not the case 3,000 years ago; and by the year 14,000 A.D., the North Star will be Vega, not Polaris.

This rotation of the Earth's axis occurs at something like 1° every 71.5 years (about 5 seconds of arc per year). The "wobble" and the precession of the equinoxes were known to the Ancient Egyptians, although the first official "discovery" of it was made by an Ancient Greek astronomer, Hipparchus, who was born sometime around 190 B.C. It was noted because the Sun was in a slightly earlier position at the time of the Spring Equinox each year (as measured against the fixed stars). Because the movement slips backwards through the zodiac, it is called precession (as opposed to a forward-movement which would be called progression).

Now 1° every 71.5 years doesn't sound like too much, but it certainly adds up over 2,000 years or so.

The Classic Maya Calendar and Day Numbering System


Mound of the Cross, Paquime, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua

Paquime, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua is one of the major cities on the southern limits of Oasis America, or "The Southwest", where various iconographic (feathered se rpents) and architectural features (ball courts) and many artifacts (copper bells , shells and macaws) indicate that it held an important position in the communica tions network between Mesoamerica and Oasis America. It was built on the west bank of the Rio Casas Grandes generally with a north-south orientation. To facilitate its study, Charles Di Peso divided the site into mo re than twenty arbitrary units, one of which is known as the Mound of the Cross. The Mound of the Cross is composed of five asymmetric structures, one cross and f our satellites. Although their approximate orientation corresponds to the cardina l points, the arms of the cross are not square with themselves nor each other. Th e satellites are almost round and off-set from the arms axis. While common wisdom has argued that the Mound of the Cross is an observatory, until the present stud y, no orientations have been established. Personal observations during the summer and winter solstices over the last few years indicate that a line tangential to the northern side of the southern satellite and the southern side of the eastern satellite define the winter sunset and the summer sunrise just as a line tangential to the northern side of the southern sa tellite and the southern side of the western satellite define the winter sunrise and the summer sunset.

by John Major Jenkins

[From: The Book of Chilam Balam of Tizimin]

When the original thirteen baktuns were created, a war was waged which caused the country to cease to exist. Little by little, however, our enemies came to hear the prophecies of Ahau; but finally even the hope of hearing Ahau is brought to an end because of the words of opposition. When the need arises for the high authority at the head of the mat to safeguard our children, then we will feel deeply the tragedy of being captives in war; also when we are ordered to obey... And when over the dark sea I shall be lifted up in a chalice of fire, to that generation there will come the day of withered fruit.

The face of the sun will be extinguished because of the great tempest. Then finally ornaments shall descend in heaps. There will be good gifts for one and all, as well as land, from the Great Spirit wherever they shall settle down. Presently Baktun thirteen shall come sailing, figuratively speaking, bringing the ornaments of which I have spoken, from your ancestors. Then the god will come to visit his little cones. Perhaps After Death will be the subject of his discourse.

Mayan Calendar Corresponds to the Earthstar Grid




YAHK'UTAH IS WITH US (24632 bytes)


In Gods's Bosom - by Jose Arguelles

Places of Peace and Power - Martin Gray

The Ancient Crystal Skulls

Crystal Skull Update - 1995

Liberty Exposure Predictions

Mayan Prophecy - 3/21/95 Inca Prophecy - Willaru
Hopi Prophecy Pope John XXIII - Visitors 6/95
Prediction's of Gordon-Michael Scallion Earth Changes with Ghost Wolf
The Prophet Gathering
( Sponsored by Axiom, March 1997
A Gathering of Prophets in Los Angeles )

Visions and Speculation of the Future

Near Future (1995 - 2013)
In this section we provide various views about what type of activities and events
are coming up in the World andan explanation of the forces that are the Mother
Earth into a Golden Age. The information shared here is from various sources.

Journeys of an Aquarian Age Networker
(by Joshua Shapiro,
1982, Chapter 4)
A View of the Global Transformation 1995
(by Joshua Shapiro,
New Perspective in 1995)

Prophecy Conferences Presenter Profiles

Hunbatz Men is a Mayan Elder, Day Keeper - an authority on the history, rituals, art, chronology and calendar systems of Mayan civilization.   He lectures and performs Solar Initiation worldwide and is a ceremonial leader who shares the teachings of the traditional Maya. He has authored many books, including The Secrets of Mayan Science/Religion. Hunbatz Men is the founder of Maya Mysteries School and Indigenous Mayan Community for Studies and Cultural Dissemination in Mérida, Mexico.

During this Conference, Hunbatz Men will reveal the fulfillment of the Mayan prophecy, analyzing the great cyclic changes and how we are directly or indirectly interrelated with the elements.

"Hunbatz Men unlocks the secret mysteries of Mayan thought in a way never attempted before.  As in a safe in which jewels are kept, the hermeticism of Mayan teachings is revealed to the believer through his powerful teachings.  The fact that Mayan philosophy could have influenced Greek thought processes and language is a daring suggestion.  His teachings contain revelations that are most needed in today's anxious world and are a great contribution to the quest for the ultimate truth."
                             -Robert Boissiere, author of Meditations with the Hopi

"Hunbatz Men presents convincing evidence for a profound sacred science underlying Mayan art and architecture.  A valuable contribution to the ongoing study of ancient wisdom."
                            -John Anthony West, author of Serpent and the Sky

Zecharia Sitchin comes to The Prophets Conference ~ Yucatán to reconcile our origins and unlock ancient knowledge with new and exhilarating discoveries found in the Mayan sites.  Sitchin challenges everything we thought we knew about human civilization and is becoming known in ever-widening circles as the greatest historian of all time. With a visionary's ardor and a scientist's attention to detail, Sitchin gives a stunning account of human interaction with celestial travelers - the ultimate human experience.  He also provides further proof that prophetic dreams, visions, UFO encounters, and other extraordinary phenomena are indeed the hallmark of intervention by intergalactic emissaries who reach out from other realms to enlighten, guide, and comfort us in times of need.  Sitchin's research and theories, illustrated with maps and charts in his evocative slide presentation, chronicle a magnificent and inspiring journey through history, from the dawn of time to the approach of the millennium.

"For thousands of years priests, poets, and scientists have tried to explain how man was created ....Now a recognized scholar has come forth with a theory that is the most astonishing of all."  -UPI

Drunvalo Melchizedek, perpetually in the forefront of the current fertile ideas that are creating paradigm shifts for the future of humankind, also joins this unprecedented gathering.  People on the leading edge of creative thought in all disciplines turn to him for verification and expansion of their ideas. Drunvalo has the unique ability to see the many possibilities which can contribute to the whole. Not only is his mind exceptional, his open heart, warm personality, love for all life is immediately understood and felt by anyone who meets him. Drunvalo has magnificent qualities of openness and love and is able to raise a person or large groups of individuals to his awareness of compassion and wisdom. He has already made a remarkable difference to the world through his studies of Sacred Geometry and the crystalline field around the human body. For some time now, he has been bringing his vast vision to the world through the teaching of the Flower of Life program and the Mer-Ka-Ba meditation. These teachings encompasses every area of human understanding, explores the development of mankind from ancient civilizations to the present time and offer clarity regarding the world’s state of consciousness and what is needed for a smooth and easy transition into the 21st Century.

Dr. Edgar Mitchell's work and story culminate in a new "dyadic" model of reality that brings consciousness into the equation of how our self-aware universe works.  What he reveals through this model is that we live in a universe that is not predetermined by the laws of physics, nor preordained by deities, nor infinitely malleable.  While human intentions are generally subject to the laws of physics, these laws are also influenced by mind.

From the vantage point of an extraterrestrial, Mitchell brilliantly delineates how mankind's exploration of both outer and inner space represents the next epoch in the evolution of life itself, a process over which human beings have increasing control.

"In the history of the human race twelve people have set foot on the moon…Like the mythical heroes of legend, astronaut Mitchell pursued a vision, ventured on a quest, risked great danger, and obtained uncommon wisdom.  Now he, like the greatest heroes, has returned to share it.  We would be wise to listen."  -Larry Dossey, M.D.
"In sharing from his heart, Dr. Mitchell has provided us with a blueprint for revolutionizing our lives and our planet…." -Wayne W. Dyer

Joan Phillips Ocean brings the conference a liberating message from the dolphins of the Hawaiian Islands;"The cosmic wisdom of the new time will now enter our mental and cellular awareness quickly.”  In 1989, while swimming in Hawaiian waters, Ocean (her real name) was approached by a pod of Spinner Dolphins who surrounded her and continued to swim with her for two hours. She experienced their gentle communications as sound holography, a "language" that intensifies physical senses, bypasses rational-cognitive paradigms, resonates directly with our cellular intelligence, and awakens multiple levels of perception and consciousness.

Since then, Ocean has devoted her life to "participatory research"—swimming among the dolphins and whales, watching and learning from them as they transcend linear sensory reality and expand into the larger Universe where the unknown civilizations welcome us.  She explains that a merging of different dimensions, of differing planes of existence, is occurring now and that when we choose to prepare ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually to cross thresholds of consciousness, as will be done in Mexico on September 21st, our belief systems will expand to accommodate these beautiful, unknown, yet faintly familiar realms.

Miguel Angel Vergara Calleros is the perfect person to escort the Prophets Conference ~ Yucatán through the Mayan sacred sites.  He is co-founder of “Haltun Ha” Center of Mayan Studies of Nolo, Yucatán, where scale model replicas of the Pyramid of Kukulcan have been built in order to study the light and shade phenomena of the equinoxes and solstices.  He was also responsible for the Coordination of Cultural Services Unit in the Archeological Zone of Chichen Itza, operated by the Yucatán State Government.  Calleros has authored several books on the Maya and has been a Mayan cultural teacher for the last fifteen years.  He continues to present numerous seminars and conferences both in Mexico and abroad, emphasizing the topics of Mayan astronomy, philosophy, symbolic art, ceremonial centers, and the cosmovision of the Mayan universe.  His wealth of knowledge is of utmost value.

Merilyn Tunneshende is a Toltec sorceress and a nagual Dreaming Woman.  In 1979, having just graduated from college, Merilyn Tunneshende began a seventeen-year apprenticeship in the Yuma desert to the Nagual John Black Crow, or don Juan Matus as he is sometimes called. Shortly afterwards, she also entered into an apprenticeship with the Mayan dreamer, seer, healer and day keeper Chon Yakil, or don Genaro Flores, which still continues to this day.

During the course of her work in languages, comparative religion and philosophy, Ms. Tunneshende received a Masters Degree and was awarded a grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities to continue doctoral research on the Maya. She now works as an author, speaker, educator, seminar presenter and practitioner of ancient Nagualist shamanism. In addition to these efforts, she has also undertaken training in the energetic healing arts, under Master Dreamer and practitioner Chon Yakil, with the special area of emphasis being HIV and other extremely difficult conditions, and has begun dialoguing with the medical community.

Her book Medicine Dream has been hailed as the beginning of a new era of empowered feminine energy work, in keeping with the prophecies of the Mayan Tzolkin calendar. Ms. Tunneshende has appeared on television and is often a featured author in Magical Blend Magazine.  She is a contributor to their new book of original essays Solstice Shift, A Synergistic Guide to the Coming Age.


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