The Mayan Prophecy
To the Maya, the Milky Way was seen as the Tree of Life where all life came from,
depicted as their symbol of "The World Tree".
The Mayan Calendar
The Mayans appreciated the Universe as a living spiritual Cosmos. At their peak, roughly 1500 years ago, the Ancient Mayans utilized 20 calendars simultaneously - weaving a holistic system that tracked small cycles and vast cycles. From sunspots, to eras of consciousness, Venus patterns to eclipses, agriculture to prophecy, their calendars unite biological, physical cycles with invisible cycles, earth cycles with galactic cycles - using the mathematics of Nature which shows us that the microcosm mirrors the macrocosm.
The Mayans discovered that the entire solar system moved. That even our universe has its own cycles - repetitive periods which begin and end like our day and night. These discoveries lead to the understanding that our solar system rotates on an ellipse that brings our solar system closer and further from the centre of the galaxy. In other words, according to the Mayans, our Sun and all of its planets rotate in cycles in relation to the center of the galaxy or Hunab-Kú, the central light of the galaxy. It takes 25,625 years for our solar system to make one cycle on this ellipse. One complete cycle is called a galactic day. The cycle is divided into two halves similar to our day and night. The half closest to the central light, is our solar system's 'day' and the half furthest away is its 'night'. Each day and each night lasts 12,800 years—which is to say, the central galaxy is the Sun for our entire solar system.
The Mayans discovered that every grand cycle has its minor cycles, that carry the same characteristics. One galactic day of 25,625 years is divided into five cycles of 5,125 years. The first cycle is the galactic morning—when our solar system is just coming out of the darkness to enter the light. The second cycle is the mid-day—when our solar system is closest to the central light. The third cycle is the afternoon—when our solar system begins to come out of the light. The fourth cycle is the late-night—when our solar system has entered its furthest cycle from the central light. And the fifth and last cycle is night before dawn—when our solar system is in its last cycle of darkness before starting again. This is the cycle we are currently coming out of.
The Ancient Maya were extremely precise in their time measurements, and their calendars reflect the fractal intelligence of Nature. The 5,125 year cycle is made up of 13 smaller cycles, known as the "13 Baktun Count." Each baktun cycle is 394 years long, or 144,000 days.
Each baktun is understood as its own historical epoch or Age within the Great Creation Cycle, carrying a specific destiny for the evolution of those who incarnated in each baktun. For example, almost all of the Mayan inscriptions were seeded precisely during Baktun 9 (435-830 AD). This era is known as the time of the Classic Maya. After this point, around 830 A.D., the great Mayan centres were abandoned and their thriving culture mysteriously disappeared. To this day, no one can verify or explain why they left or where they went.
As the Ancient Mayan Time Map reveals, the Fifth Great Cycle of 5,125 years started in 3114 BC. This coincides with the beginning of recorded History. Since then, as a human community, we have been in an ongoing acceleration process known as Civilization. Dr. Jose Arguelles writes in 'Time and The Technosphere': "August 13, 3114 BC is as precise and accurate as one can get for a beginning of history: the first Egyptian dynasty is dated to ca 3100 BC; the first 'city,' Uruk, in Mesopotamia, also ca 3100 BC; the Hindu Kali Yuga, 3102 BC; and most interestingly, the division of time into 24 hours of 60 minutes each and each minute into 60 seconds [and the division of the circle into 360 degrees], also around 3100 BC, in Sumeria. If the beginning of history was so accurately placed, then must not the end of history, December 21, 2012 also be as accurate?"
The Mayan civilization of Central America was and is the most advanced in relation to time-science knowledge. Their main calendar is the most accurate on the planet. It has never erred. According to Dr. Jose Arguelles the Mayan fifth world (the Fifth Great Cycle) finished in August 1987. The sixth world starts in December 2012. So we are currently "between worlds".
As mentioned above, the transition period is called 'The Time of No Time'. It is a transition period, short but intense, inside the grand cycles where great changes take place to thrust us into a new age of evolution as individuals and as humankind. There are different interpretations of the length of the transition period (from 20 to 36 years), but all of them agree on its essence – it is a dramatic shift to the New World. For instance, the original Mayan concept of the transition period is 20 years (Katún). In accordance with the calculations of Dr. Jose Argüelles the transition period started on the 16-17 of August 1987 and continues until December 2012, so it will last 25 years.
For John Major Jenkins the alignment between the December solstice sun with the Galactic centre occurs as a result of the precession of the equinoxes. Precession is caused by the earth wobbling very slowly on its axis and shifts the position of the equinoxes and solstices one degree every 71.5 years. John Major Jenkins states that because the sun is one-half of a degree wide, it will take the December solstice sun 36 years to precess through the Galactic equator. The precise alignment of the solstice point (the precise centre-point of the body of the sun as viewed from earth) with the Galactic equator was calculated to occur in 1998. Thus, the Galactic Alignment "zone" is 1998 +/- 18 years = 1980 - 2016. This is "era-2012."
Whatever the length of the transition period, the Mayans believed the universal processes, like the 'breathing' of the galaxy, are cycles that never change. What changes is the consciousness of man that passes through it - always in a process toward more perfection. This is achieved by the creative energy for the New Cycle emitted from the central Sun of the galaxy in the transition period which is so intense and so brilliant that it illuminates the entire universe. It is from this burst of light that all of the Suns and planets sync.
The Transition Period
The time “between worlds” is a Time of Trial, a sacred testing, a Great Crossing. This living prophecy is not about one day, when all of a sudden a light being turned on; rather this is about the process we are in NOW, that will keep steadily unfolding. The essence of this time of prophecy is that we are living at a crossroads; a time of shifting world age cycles where the old world and its separation-based mentality is in the process of dying and transforming into a new world that lives and creates through the heart.
In most of the world religions and spiritual traditions we find prophecies and predictions about the end of the present cycle of evolution and the beginning of the new one. It is called “The End of Time”, “The End of the World”, "Judgement Day," "The Time of Trial on Earth," "The Time of Great Purification," "The End of this Creation," "The Quickening," "The End of Time as We Know It," "The Shift of the Ages" and so on, but the amazing thing is that all of them point to our epoch as this time. The Mayan calendar however gives specific dates for the end of the present World cycle and the transition period to the new World cycle.
In all these prophecies we also find the main archetypal prophetic features of the Second Coming, the Great Choice and the Illumination of the Earth and humankind. This is the theme of Return but on a new level of the spiral: Return to Balance, consciously unifying matter and spirit; The Return of the Divine Feminine. Return of the Christ Consciousness. Return of the Feathered Serpent, the snake and the bird unifying the lower, primal and higher, celestial nature within us; The Return of the Wisdom of the Ancestors and Star Beings; The Return to Living In Harmony with Nature; The Sacred Hoop of All Nations can be Whole again; The New Jerusalem emerging, The Rainbow Warriors arising; Returning to the Consciousness of the Garden; Returning to Awareness of our True Nature. The focus on Return brings energy of Rebirth into a new sense of wholeness.
The Mayan tradition itself holds that in our time the Divine Intelligence, the universal Kundalini energy, personified by Quetzalcoatl, will return again and will enlighten millions of people. Because the Earth too is a living Being, the Quetzalcoatl energy will activate all sacred places (chakras of the Earth) and, forming two great serpentine currents of energy criss-crossing each other around the Earth, will bring the Earth to a new stage of purification, illumination and transfiguration. In so doing, the New Coming of Quetzalcoatl brings the Earth and humankind on it, back into the great ring of cosmic civilisations and opens an immense new cycle of 25,625 years in human evolutionary development.
According to 13th Generation Mayan Priest, Grandfather Don Alejandro Cirilo Perez Oxlaj, the calendars were originally given to the Mayan peoples by the 4 Original Prophets from the Stars. The Mayans were very confident of the celestial origins of their sacred time science. As above, to the Maya, the Milky Way was seen as the Tree of Life where all life came from, depicted as their symbol of "The World Tree". Bearing in mind the celestial origins of their sacred time science we could imagine the Milky Way as the foundation of the magnificent vertical Tree of Life including all the higher celestial worlds. This Tree of Life embraces the whole of Creation, which, in the transition period with culmination at the Winter Solstice in 2012, will be completely illuminated.
Here we could find a striking analogy with the concept of the End of Days and the wholeness of the Tree of Life in the Kabbalistic tradition: At this moment of Truth the whole Cosmic Cycle is seen as one Divine wholeness and a single event in God’s Mind: the Creator opens the books where everything is recorded and reveals the original Divine Plan for the evolution of all beings in the Cycle (Halevi, A Kabbalistic Universe).
After the End of Days the CREATOR wills another general Cycle (Shemittah) to unfold the new Universe. In this next sefirotic step are the seeds of everything great and small, high and low, that will happen in the following manifestation of Existence which thus proceeds, cosmic cycle by cosmic cycle, towards the Jubilee of Jubilees (Halevi, A Kabbalistic Universe, p. 246).
The essence of the transition period is described in much more detail in the section The Avatar of Synthesis. Here we would like to emphasis again that the key for the successful transition to the New World is the shift from the present Babylonian-type human civilisation, based on the Ego-personality, to the New Jerusalem celestial civilisation, based on the Soul Reality.
So, we are reaching a period of transcendence, as predicted by many of the world's great traditions and visionaries. Now we have the opportunity to ascend spiritually together with Mother Earth. The Mayans speak of such prophetic times when either this transcendence will be possible or we will self-destruct.
Of course the energy of all spiritual traditions is directed towards the positive outcome of the transition period and the entry into the New Cycle of evolution. For this purpose Maya Elder Hunbatz Men shares:
"...We need to realize, honor and respect our creative force and realize we are creators. We hold this reality together. We are the keepers of the Earth. When we truly honor ourselves and our awesome creative power we will again live in a sacred way where we honor all life. When we honor all life the essence/spirit of all living things will manifest".
In his reflections, Carlos Barrios states: "We are now in a transition period called the 'Cycle of the merge of the dark and the light.'...The cycle of the light will come in full force on 12/21/2012... Mother Earth as a living entity will transcend to another level or frequency of consciousness and a new and special era will begin...This era will be very positive. 'Let all beings rise. Let not one or two stay behind.'...The times are here for total brotherhood...The spirit beings, different philosophies, different races must begin to weave together all knowledge to create the tapestry of harmony and balance..." Our Grandfathers warn of calamities and the possible destruction of a large part of humankind so that we can change such events. The Mayan Elders want to caution us that we must live in harmony, become aware, stop polluting, and safeguard our natural resources. The damage we have already done to Mother Earth is more than obvious".
As Mr. Barrios shares: "This is the time people need to know what is the purpose of their own lives. This is a dangerous time because we can go to the next step, to the transition, to the fusion of the polarities, or it is a time when we can be destroyed. This materialistic way of life, all this business about economic and social position in the world, it needs to change and the people need to go inside themselves in order to know what they are and to find harmony with the mother earth, with human beings, with their brothers, with the animals, with the plants. It's an important time because we are in the moment of the prophesies and humanity can be destroyed or we can be saved, all together."
As a result of the positive, creative transition to the New World, humankind, the planet Earth and the Solar System will come into galactic synchronization with the rest of the Universe.
The Yucatec Maya Elder Hunbatz Men comments: "According to the prophecies, in the year 2013 the first stage of higher understanding will begin. If we are willing to work with our subconscious, we will then be able to reclaim the information that has been impregnated in the deepest parts of our being. In this way, the ancient knowledge will rise again." Likewise, Don Alejandro shared that the wisdom of the Ancestors has never left, and that the Return of their Knowledge into our lives is imminent.
Regaining the wisdom of the Ancestors, we will be able to move forward towards the New World and to co-create with God. Thus we pass our apocalyptic test and start building the new cosmic civilisation of humankind. In it we will write the wonderful pages of Divine life filling the Calendar of the New Cycle, which the Mayan Initiates left blank for us.