Long Count and Lord Pacal

The problem that seems to throw a monkey wrench in the machine is the question of interpretation of the Long Count process. In the Mayan Cosmology each Underworld has Thirteen Heavens. For the particular Underworld developed by the so called Great Cycle (or National Cycle) these thirteen heavens span thirteen baktuns each of 144,000 kin beginning with a zero date of June 17, 3115BC. The Great Cycle thus totals 1,872,000 kin and deviates by 420 days from the chronology actually used by the Maya, as the Long Count. The true tzolkin count – still in use among the Maya today – with an evolutionary correct Mayan Great Cycle ends on 13 Ahau, as Oct 28, 2011, rather than on the archaeologically correct 4 Ahau, December 21, 2012. The Four Worlds are four different frames of consciousness generated by dividing the Great Cycle into four equal segments of 468.000 kin. This view then presents the current world aspects within this Great Cycle of the last five places in the Long Count Calendar that only express the ‘worlds’ of a single portioned cyclic aspect within the aggregate galactic cycle. Thus, the time expressed is more so one of a ‘season’ of human endeavor rather than one of all notable human existence. The beginning dates of those will then be:

World                          Beginning Date       Modern Notation
First                                6/17/3115 BC               0.0.0.0.0
Second                            10/20/1834 BC            3.5.0.0.0
Third                               2/21/552 BC                6.10.0.0.0
Fourth                             6/26 AD 730                9.15.0.0.0
End of Fourth               10/28 AD 2011             13.0.0.0.0

The effect of this deviation is, of course, up to personal discernment, but the time frame of either count system is so close to the mark of Mayan perception it would be difficult for this author to say one has to cancel the other. For the most part, it can’t be said that the precise date is a point of concern, as the events of the collapsing (by zeroing out the place count) calendar ‘cause/effect’ will be halted or sped up regardless of how one views it. Before we close out this study it will funnel down to the course of the ‘cause/effect’ wave that one should ponder and not the actual calendrics of deviation in the count system that is near impossible to determine due to galactic progression of cosmic and astral movement. What we will find is that the energies tied into these count systems present a variety of interesting possibilities. The world of the Maya can only be used to define the world that constructed these systems, and not the sum total of all Creation. In the greater picture, we have to acknowledge the more ancient ages as never being considered by the Maya at all, in any of their calendrics – they only focused on the current cycle that engaged when the Long Count balanced out in the 13th stage, when the present age zeroed out at 13.0.0.0.0.

In another book of inscriptions, by Karl Mayer, there is a stelae that contains the text – ilahi yax k’oh ak chak k’u ahaw – as; “was seen, the first turtle image, great god lord”. As with many such texts the referencing of the ‘turtle’ is associated with the Maize God, First Father. Killed in Xibalba, the Otherworld, by the Lords of Death, he is buried in a ‘ballcourt’ – a symbolic mirror of the grave. The Hero Twins avenge this act and bring him back to life through the ‘cracked carapace’ (back shell) of a turtle. This imagery is at the foundation of Mayan creation myth, as the ‘turtle’ represents the Three Hearthstones found in the constellation of Orion. [Alnitak, in the lower belt string, Saiph, the lower western leg star, and Rigel, the eastern leg star] In turn, the three stone combinations are set by other gods. “The Jaguar Paddler and Stingray Paddler seated a stone. It happened at Na-Ho-Chan, the Jaguar-throne-stone. The Black-House-Red-God seated a stone. It happened at the Earth Partition, the Snake-throne-stone. Itzamna set the stone at Waterlily-throne-stone.” These three ‘hearthstones’ are symbolically found in Mayan homes around the cooking fires, dating back as far as 3,000 years. It is this collective that sets a cosmological ‘center’ for creation, in the Creation Tree, the thick band of stars that comprise the Milky Way, based in the astral positioning of Orion, nestled in the western side of the galactic tree. We are next told that this happened at a place called “Lying-Down-Sky, First-Three-Stone-Place”, when a thirteen cycle ended and time was set by “Six-Sky-Lord”.

A further pot image, called the Pot of Seven Gods, found at Quirigua, speaks of this creation moment. The pot itself is all black, as the night sky is dark, and seven gods are placed in position for creation to begin: first God Sky, then God Earth, God Nine-Footsteps, God Three-Born-Together, God Ha-Te-Chi, and Jaguar Paddler, who is named as one of the three prime stone setters. This simply implies that creation is the group effort of many aspects or forces set into motion, and the resulting natures generate change in the physical world. And for each kingdom drawn across the Mayan realm, this story, as with many creation dates, adds more information to the process of life as it is viewed in the Mayan mind.

But the imagery proposed by the Maya has to be left as imagery, and not real-time unfolding. Still, that imagery has to be defined, as the flagstones will be cut and laid out and then – then – we begin to walk upon them. For now, the vast amount of information gathered by diligent archeologist is real, and so speculative. We are viewing that information so we can step into the fantastic side of the coin a little later. In all this imagery we find that the ‘lying-down-sky’ is an odd state of the Milky Way lying across the night sky, such that it would appear to be lying down. It is here that the dating is attempting to set a cosmic-clock in place for the beginning of this time – in other words – the sky looked like this, on that day. This also stands to reason that when we see ‘raised-up-sky’ we are seeing the stream of stars run across the night sky in some other state, and other relationships are made when it is in this position, as the creation myths reveal several aspects to dates set in process of these events. Thus, some dating is utilizing a sky that is lying down and others one that is raised up. But, what and when was this determined?

At Palenque, on the Tablet of the Cross, we find that Itzam-Yeh is defeated by the Hero Twins, and then First Father’s “image appeared at Lying-down-Sky, First Three-Stone Place”. A second passage continues with “it was made proper, the Raised-up-Sky-Place, the Eight-House-Partitions, its holy name, the house of the north”. In this creation, of the present world, First Father replaces Itzam-Yeh (the false or ‘old’ sun) and enters the World Tree from the north, creating a sky that now has eight partitions (90-degree cardinal directions – N, S, E, and W – and 45-degree insets, halfway points; NE, SE, NW and SW). The entire Tree stands erect on the offering plate of sacrifice (earth plate), as a central axis is set in place and time now moves from this point of cosmological foundation. The dating of this begins before the moment of creation with the birth of First Mother, six years before on 12.19.13.4.0 8 Ahaw 18 Tz’ek (December 7, 3121BC), and five hundred and forty days earlier, the birth of First Father (Hun-Na-Ye) on 12.19.11.13.0 1 Ahaw 8 Muwan (June 16, 3122BC). His birth is connected to the day of Creation, 4 Ahaw 8 Kumk’u, as August 13, 3114BC, when the thirteen cycles closed and a new schematic of the heaven/earth array was determined, and thus, employed from that moment on.

[One quick note is that the Long Count date is displayed in multiple placed numbers, using 0 – 20, and then it rolls over. Only the second place of the Long Count uses 18 before it turns over, thus balancing the system for 360 days rather than 400. The next calculation in the system is the Tzolkin dating measure, utilizing 20 different glyph images for dates, 18 glyphs for months, and one glyph for the unfortunate 5 day month of ‘Omen’. The last date in the sequence is the Haab dating, an oddity to some, used to observe planting seasons. As with the Stone Calendar, the Aztec/Mayan time wheel actually has a large central disc then employs the secondary cog of the 20 month cycle, and a third cog of the 13 day cycle. As the cogs travel around the central core stone, the influences of the month/day cycle alternates and then repeats, and time unfolds in cyclic ‘waves’ throughout the Long Count.]

We have to consider the view used to describe this. The northern aspect of this is rooted in the pole star, currently Polaris, and the heavens then traverse the sky as seen from inside a barrel, rolling across heaven as the earth turns on its axis around the sun. We can conclude that in this creation event First Father resets the axis of heaven, as three stones are set to determine that axis, and the sky begins rotation with new order. Now the question is why and how is this making any sense? On the Tablet of the Cross we find reference to “turned the Raised-up-Sky Heart” that can imply two forms; the ‘heart’ that Itzam-Yeh grips in his beak, or to the ‘heart of heaven’. Today we view that heart of heaven as the north star of Polaris, which oddly enough, was lying just below the horizon line in the day of creation, and the ‘barrel-roll’ effect of the sky was further in the north than it is today, at least for the Maya. The black-void of the sky was then where the pole star fell in a dark area of the heavens, and the constellations rotated across the sky in proper order of that position. The ‘standing-up’ of the axis (approx. 6 to 12 degrees) brought the polar view out of the extreme north to just above the horizon, and time appeared to began again, in a different astral state. It would also seem that the Long Count system as it is now came into effect after this event, and the ‘lying-down-sky’ version became obsolete. So, we have to consider that this dating timeline is viewing two aspects of the sky, as it has been ‘lying down’ but is now ‘raised up’. Obviously, the earth axis was reset by some force, and things changed.

Strewn across the Yucatan we find a variety of temple locations: Copan, Quirigua, Izapa, Seibal, Bonampak, Yaxchila’n, Palenque, Piedra Negras, Tikal, Yaxha’, Uaxactun, Nakbe’, Calakmul, Chicanna, Hochob, Labna, Kabah, Mayapan, Uxmal, Tulum, and the ever enigmatic, Chiche’n Itza. As the list goes on, we must begin to realize, that for the Maya, these sites are scattered across the land for several reasons. First, we note that time changed, and that several thousand years of history is involved here – and the heavens changed with it. Secondly, each of these sites contains various structures that represent different parts of the night sky; based in constellations and planetary movement. Then, we have to consider that the gods changed within that frame of time, as various aspects were focused on in regards to the new time frame.

Different lords ruled different areas, and archeological digs have shown, times of war ensued between factions of Mayan cities, as if the temple lords had disputes with each other; like playing ‘king-of-the-hill’ between your own people, one huge game of Risk, the old Milton Bradley game some of us may have played in our younger years – although the Maya played for keeps. And some of these lordships seem to have held ‘scepters’ of power to display their right of ownership to certain regions. As such, with change, the Mayan world expanded, collapsed, inhaled and exhaled, breathed in its capacity to dominate and rule, appease the gods, and in many ways, maintained and used the populace to whatever means necessary to ensure the ‘game-of-life’ flowed like honey under heaven. And, if it ever went bad, then the lords themselves were held responsible and civil upheaval resulted.

In many cases, we find that the lords of certain regions were themselves the victims of many ‘ballcourt’ games, losing their lives in the process, and new lords were initiated to the lingering region, or their lands and population were assimilated to whatever means. Essentially, if a lord’s period of rule failed the test of time – agriculture, treasure, priest, etc. – then he had to face the judgment of the gods as any other captive would. The myths and legends, relief texts, codices and massive blocks of stone tell a tale that is riddled with blessings and curses of time, and the Maya struggled to understand their own world just as any other civilization. And, although their world was extremely fixed in scale, outside influences were limited until the day of Spanish invasion. As we have seen, history is only kind for so long, and then the walls come tumbling down. The ancient, stone-faced calendar of the Aztec and Maya is at the center of our attention, for many of us, as we believe that it is desperately trying to tell us something that will ease the birth-pangs of this 4th World into the opening pages of a 5th World; for the 4th world has failed in its mission, and the process of heaven and creation seems to be holding its sacred breath.

So, what does this all mean for us today, as one could write books and books on the relationships found in the Mayan world? Well, first it tells us that the ages still function as they always have, from a deep void comes creation and life, then the pages of time unfold, and eventually, a new stage must rise to cover or replace the old ways, and the play ensues – regardless of what we think should be or want to be. The Mayan aspect of this thought system is distinct, that much is true, but just how much more distinct is it? And do the relationships actually carry the signature of doom and destruction that we see written across the pages of books and television channels? Are we about to begin a course of severe change, or are we so deep in it already that turning around is impossible for us? How should we view all the myths and prophets of doom? And, have we not been warned enough that none of this matters?

We could first note, without going too deep, that the Egyptian and Meso-American worlds more than likely had a common ancestor in the darkest depths of time; the Atlanteans. And we have to consider this more today as we lack evidences that would connect the dots for us, and the Atlantean presence just happens to fit the bill well enough to say – we are older than we can imagine. The relationships made between these two worlds are enough to fill several more books – and it has! But, this is not for us to debate right now, but we will consider some things. And as the ancients have had to endure much more cosmological change than we could imagine we have to try to break it all down, once more, to see if there is light to shed on anything we call prophetic. The only problem is – where do we begin?

Let’s consider the archeo-astronomy (the study of geo-physical relationships, in earth based site) once more, as it relationships are defined in reflection of earthly/astral alignments or crossings. Now, for the Maya there are hundreds of such relationships, although there are only a few worth mentioning. The first are found in what is called the Sacred Mountain. There are Mountain Monsters, seen as clefts in the ‘navel of the world’, as seen in volcanoes, ‘cenote’ cavities, and god relationships made by the Maya. Each of these represents a ‘horizon’ line for creation to rest in or extend from, and in turn, they center locations and create ‘cornerstones’ for other aspects to rise from. For the Maya, their world was perceived as flat, supported by four columns, or gods, at each wind (North/East/South/West) and into the Nine Underworlds, or cavernous dimensions, gated by the ‘cenote’ [deep open wells in rock crevices] openings scattered across their land.

When astral bodies rose or fell above or into these areas/realms, then there were physical occurrences tied into the function or event. As such, we see the “Raised-Up-Sky” touching the far North/South skyline, as the “Lying-Down-Sky” related somehow to another aspect of the same sky, and more than likely, a previous age of their current pre-classic age. For the most part, the raised-up sky is when the Milky Way flows across the zenith skyline, and the lying-down sky is when it’s set across the horizon line of the earth. This resulted in many different mythological themes created by the Maya to describe the ‘as above, so below’ aspect we find in other civilizations (Egypt), but the key here is to understand the ‘cosmological aspect’ of the relationship, not the real world unfolding of the event. The Maya, like many others, were trying to relate something they saw every day into a working system of knowledge and understanding such that they could connect themselves to the world.

When we view almost every ancient site – Mayan, Native American, European, Asian or Egyptian – we find some physical structure that relate the earthbound designs to a heavenly aspect. This is simply man looking to find his God, and in the process, he builds accordingly to have something in his current world to have that connection. He also builds to date himself, and in that aspect alone we begin to find keys to time. Are these forms not time-capsules, linking the present to some past? But, are they always a reflection that can be considered accurate enough to say that the past will unfold exactly as it has in the past, or should we take them at some lesser face value?

For the Maya, with eight major ‘pillars’ to each aspect (four of earth, four of heaven), above and below, we have four natures or energies that support the ceiling of heaven above earth. The primary four cardinal directions of Earth extend even further into the Underworlds beneath the earth, and in some aspects even beyond the earth; as Earth seems to be the median of this cosmological view as it is caught between worlds. And as the ‘sky’ moves across and between the pillars, adjoining the four winds, two pillars at any given time, as the connection of positive and negative energies are always flowing, regardless of their roots, the field of darkness between them is a playground for consciousness, be it potential or disastrous in nature. So the ‘mountains’ lie at the edge of what we perceive, the enigmatic ring around the ‘plate/bowl’ of earth – and there are two levels to this – the Blue-Green-Plate (Mayan highlands) and the Blue-Green-Bowl (Mayan lowlands). In order for certain locations to appease their sense of having the ‘sacred mountains’ near them, these city-states would have to build and create edifices that equaled or rivaled the ideal of sacred lands.

After we define the external edges of existence, as with these mystifying mountains that separate the edge of existence from the core of it, the relationships can be given spiritual aspects as well, as to what is physical and what is ethereal. In many ways, the mountains of the Maya are not set to importance due to size, as even the smallest hill of the Zinacanteco, in the Chiapas highlands, centers the world on a small hill outside the village; the navel of the world. Now, when we enter into large metropolis sites we find pyramid structures of various sizes and styles, as the count of steps, table-top peaks, buttressed corners, and the like, relate to aspects given to mountains, and we can begin to understand that the layout of these city sites mimicked the geo-physical world of the surrounding Yucatan outlands – the Maya were bringing the cosmic heaven/earth into the capitols, trading centers, and townships of their kingdom. This is heaven being built on earth.

The Maya considered the mountains as sacred houses for the souls of their ancestors. At the top of these edifices they celebrated and worshipped their deities, with dance processions and ceremony. Pyramid temples at both Tikal and Palenque have nine levels to their course, representing the nine levels of the Underworld, the guise of death. Temple II at Tikal is built with three levels, significant of the three hearthstones of creation, and therefore a guise of rebirth and regeneration, or resurrection. Certain pyramid structures are extremely tall, with narrow sides (Tikal), steep stairways (some with 70 degree inclines), and high palace rooms at their crown. Others are squat and square at the base (Chich’en Itza) generally incorporating deified aspects, such as the Serpent, built into the stairways. Regardless of the form it is easy to say that all of them had sacred intent, with only a few of them used as funerary monuments.

Some of these, such as the palace at Palenque, are single floored arrangements, built on raised landfill, with large courtyards and viewing stations. Lord Pacal is viewed as being the central king of Palaenque (603-683BCE), constructing the site in three centuries of wealth and prosperity, the greatest kingdom era of the Maya, just as Ramesses II is seen in the Egyptian world. Chan-Bahlum, the son of Pacal, proceeded to build three more temples: the Temple of the Cross, the Temple of the Foliated Cross, and the Temple of the Sun. Each of these has been viewed as representing the surrounding mountains held sacred in creation myth. In many ways, the Maya utilized ‘three’ objects or structures to ground and center their world, just as seen in creation myths that hold the ‘turtle’ aspect and the three stones of creation. This technique is very similar to other Native American traditions as well, as it is viewed that the number three is sacred to many energies, in how they generate and flow across fields of design and intention.

Now astral based signatures, like constellations, are defined as rising and falling above and below horizon lines. For the Maya, Venus was such a marker for engaging in acts of war or dance, or to hide from its light, as in the closing of windows or shades, to avoid the ill omen of it motion. As the Stone Calendar system was designed during the classic period (250-900CE) Venus is a highly significant celestial body. The movement of the Moon and Sun, especially when eclipsed, were important events for determining when to engage in ceremony, battle, and large mercantile or trade exchanges. Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are important celestial bodies as well, yet their relationships are somewhat vague. All of them are viewed as what is called the Palenque Triad. [Note: If one has been watching the skies from Sept, 2011 to April, 2012, you will have seen the astral creation “family” gathering and moving across the night sky after the winter of 2007 crossing – more on that later] With the Moon as their mother, a glyph grouping at The Cross of Palenque suggests a 2 Kib 14 Mol dating that depicts a four body conjunction between these planets, relative of a cosmic ‘cross’ or passing. As such, it has to be noted that over the hundreds of dating glyphs that are found with astral signatures that the Maya were employing their number and time systems to the fullest degree, as everything from birth to death, with every relative event of an important persons existence was recorded. In some ways, to a fanatical degree of tolerance, for we have to consider that with every notated event it required hundreds of workers to cut, carve, layer, surface and detail inscription on temples, monuments, palaces, warrior quarters and typical dwelling places.

Constellations were also vital, with thirteen that the Maya recognized, named and held sacred. The most common, shared with western naming conventions, is Scorpius, the scorpion set at the base of the cosmological World Tree. Others were the turtle (Orion), the peccary (wild pig) and the turkey (both aligned to Gemini), the jaguar (Capricorn), the bat (Pisces), a snake (Sagittarius), a bird (Aries), a stingray (Libra?), and a mythical cat-fish, believed to be the final state of the Hero Twins when they rose from the Xilbalba underworld of the Death Lords. A large carved stone zodiac has been found at Chich’en Itza, with a complete animal zodiac at Bonampak.

When we begin to collect the various data given by these relationships of landscape, structures and astral movement we start to develop a unique Mayan sense of time and spirituality, the central theme of this study, but it can’t be completed until a few more things are considered. Of special note are the ‘ballcourts’ and ‘walkways’ that have become the central backbone of all Mayan temple sites. The design of these primary structures and their layouts through the core of the site has to be understood since the rest of the entire site that surrounds them is setup accordingly. It has also been interesting to note that with change and time, based in different lords, the outcome of war, and with astral movement, that many of them were redesigned to incorporate the various influences.

The Ballcourt, in design and function, revert all the way back to the original creation myth theme, where the Hero Twins are born of First Mother and Father, the father is killed by the Lords of Death, avenged by the sons, who rise by defeating the lords in their Underworld, then resurrect their father, all in sequence of events that unfold as Creation begins again, and 3rd to 4th World passes over. For the Maya of old, this was the theme to their existence, to serve the gods and to become as them. Construction and war, dance and ceremony, as the playing pieces of the board move about, it is in the Ballcourt games that all things are determined by the gods. And all of it is dated and documented by the player’s names and the stars above them.

The game is called pitz, and it is over two-thousand years old. The playing field is orientated to the north-south runway of the heavens, the Milky Way. The markers at either end and in the central arena are the boundaries of astral existence, the ‘above/below’ nature of heaven and hell, and the game is the battle of good triumphing over evil. Thus, the view of the game and the playing field bring the aspects of sacrifice and resurrection of the Maize God into daily perspective. The game is played for practice, when all is quiet, and when conflict arises, it played to respect the gods and to keep humankind alive. For the Maya, this is all one needed to know, and all there ever was to life. The ‘ball’ can never be touched by the hands, feet, arms or the calves of the legs; it is played from the hips. Interestingly, we could say it is the forerunner of Soccer, but it never came with the same accountability that ‘pitz’ did.

In like manner, central walkways through the massive complexes of Mayan temple sites are built to reflect the heavens. From the southern grounds, one walks along wide freeways of city crossings, passing ‘false’ ballcourts and large palace concourses. As it would appear that the ‘false’ ballcourt’ layouts were of smaller, less ornate design, these appear to have natures that speak of practice grounds, as the Maya would never defile the truer more sacred arrange of the ‘war-ballcourt’. There are also courts that have a east/west scheme to them, as they may quite possibly be were games are held when the skies are in the crossing of the Crocodile Tree, or Cosmic Monster. So in many ways, the city structures were designed to offer the best of both World Tree aspects, regardless of the reasoning, to satisfy ceremony, dance ritual or war sacrifice.

Moving south to north, palace concourses are positioned as the Deified Plate base of the World Tree, with ‘false’ ballcourts, the main Palace and its holdings, and dance platforms surrounding them. Here too is the ‘wayibal’, the house for speaking to the ancestors, in opposition to the Palace Grounds. Next one approaches the true game arenas, the Sacred Triad mosaic marker stones of the Hero Twins, First Father rising, and the core of the heavens. As the outer stones of the Hero Twins created borders for the cosmos of the games, the central stone was the point of crossing, with the quadrifoil ‘ol’ portal of the Underworld, or a sun-marker of the ecliptic splitting the Milky Way in the ‘heart’ of heaven – the setting place of Souls made sacred by sacrifice or ceremonial burial. One then approaches the Great Plaza where Sacred Space has been drawn, and the central aspect of the Heavens is tied to Earth with the Three Hearthstones of the cosmic passage set close to the primal Temple of the Mountain; the indwelling vortex of heaven into earth into the ‘underworld’. From here one can view all the glory of the city spaces, respecting all the stages of the World Tree as it’s laid out across the landscape. One then proceeds towards the Southern Acropolis of the Temple Complex, warrior stadiums and temples, residential grounds, and priestly cathedrals, pyramid forms that allow humanity to touch his god(s). And as at Tikal, a large row of temples, seven in all, dedicated possibly to the jewels of heaven, The Pleiades.

Up to this point, we have to consider a few things. Our current view of the skyline is nothing like it was ages ago. Variable boundaries are only one reason why the constellations and zodiacal signs don’t coincide. Over the last 2600 years things have changed, as they continue to do. The signs have shifted away from the constellations that gave them their names in the first place. For example, when the Sun is in the sign of Aries, at vernal equinox, it’s nowhere near the sign of Aries, as it actually occupies the sign of Pisces – the very reason why we call this the Age of Pisces. When the vernal equinox was back in the stars of Aries, it was the Age of The Ram. Eventually, this ‘sliding’ effect will place the Sun in Aquarius, in the so called Age of Aquarius that so many New Ager’s vibrantly await. There is a problem in this thinking though, as so many discontented believer’s take note of our current worldly chaos waiting upon this Watery Age of ‘harmony’ to commence. We have been ‘trapped in orbit, as it were, around materialism, competitiveness, and limitation.’ The uncertainties and aggravations of our times are the ‘birth-pangs’ of a ‘mighty labor’ to birth the new age. (Moria Timms)

There are several belief systems that attempt to place this age of synchronization, guided by the well known song from the 60’s musical “Hair” – as the ‘dawning of the Age of Aquarius’. Despite these claims, made  a society that can’t even name most of the stars or constellations involved in this harmonic alignment, it’s going to be a long ‘twilight’ for us. The astrological boundary zones between Pisces and Aquarius, adopted at the International Astronomical Union (1928), delay the crossing until 2614AD. So, we need to reassess our cosmic journey some. Aquarius will have to ‘carry that water’ six more centuries before we can be ‘baptized’ into synchronization. Gravity is the responsible agent in this difference, allowing the signs to ‘shift’ along the ecliptic bulge of the earth. The forces of sun and moon draw the equatorial regions towards them, and if they were allowed to succeed more so, the earth itself would geo-physically be ripped from its axial tilt. We must note something of an unexpected quality in this, because time is not compressing any more than consciousness is – but – we could say that we have been holding our spiritual breath way too long, and our lungs are about to burst. With this in mind, it is Revolution that resides just beyond this gateway, as the rumors of war are already more than real.

The entire process, known as procession, takes some 25,800 earth years to cycle round to something that resembles a similar position downstream – as the Milky Way is turning, with thousands of ebbs and tides of its own, through a cosmic sea of universal proportions. Stars we now see in the summer will eventually light the winter skyline in 13,000 years, and winter constellations will be seen in summer. In the last 2600 years, since the zodiac was established, the heavens have drifted a little more than a full sign forward of the seasons. Two and half millennia ago the Sun drove into Aries in March, and now it doesn’t get there until April. Aries has been the leader of the zodiac since ancient Greek times, linked to the ram of the Golden Fleece featured in the tales of Jason and the Argonauts. Those days are long gone, and yet we still attempt to locate ourselves in the astral spaces based by what we see today. This is not likely to produce anything reliable, yet it sells thousands of books and movies every year as we constantly try to catch up with the reality of things. This is funny, if you ask me, since so many people I know are ready to ‘ascend’ by 2012, if that’s anything like what we do. And to top things off, they are all going to heaven in a Hummer or Mercedes Benz! Such egotism is appalling, and I very much so doubt things will unfold for them as they believe it should.

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