Disharmoniously plodding into the 21st century, humanity has managed to bring itself devastatingly close to the threshold of extinction. Like a cancerous cell on its path of destruction, we have decided to take as many plant and animal species as possible with us. Inevitably, Mother Earth will heal and recover from our hedonistic plunder, the question that remains at the end of each day, is, will we?
Turn on the news, tune into the media and you will certainly be overwhelmed by the global environmental crisis, global financial crisis, global health crisis, along with the ongoing wars, immune system break-downs, food shortages, terrorism, racism, and religious intolerance, etc.. Ask any religious fanatic or doom & gloom daysayer- it is the end of the world. Ask any Maya (Hopi, Cherokee, Dogon, Apache, Navajo, Qero, Iroquois, or Maori) Elder- it is certainly the end of the world as we know it.
One simple reason why the world will “end as we know it” and be renewed is because the calendar, the way we count and keep time, will have to change. Now ponder for a moment our current Julian/Gregorian calendar; 12 unnatural months made up of 28, 30 or 31 days, except, of course, leap year which has 29 days in one month, all mechanized to a 60 minute clock: ticktock, ticktock, the mouse ran up the clock… the clock struck one and down it run, ticktock, ticktock. If we truly investigate the meaning of these calendars we will see they were created to keep a race of people enslaved, to keep the masses marching to the tune of an unnatural time. Efficiently working and producing as this counting frequency is built on a belief that “time is money”!
If you think things are upside down and topsy- turvy on planet Earth, let us just begin with the simple premise of how we count time. It is unnatural, read unhealthy, hence, causing stress and anxiety in our bodies which in turn begin to reproduce a host of unnatural rhythms on the world around it, creating an endless cycle of unhealthiness. If we want to speak about real solutions on our planet, we must speak about living on natural time. If we want to live on natural time we must consult with an indigenous culture who mastered the art of time, keeping time and writing calendars.
The Mayas are the master timekeepers! In the height of their civilization, 250 Ad to 900 Ad, they kept beat to 17 different calendars which kept beat to Mother Earth, the stars, the moon, the sun and the astrological movements of the planets & galaxies. Imagine, their astronomers were able to chart events back as far as 16 billion years ago and forward to our present day & age and beyond. Scientists today stand in awe as they are just beginning to comprehend the accuracy of their calendars. One of the Maya’s more simple calendars, one which we could begin to initiate in our lives, follows a 13 moon/month cycle, with 28 days a moon/month, syncing itself with the natural rhythm of a woman’s body. This calendar gives us 364 days a year and one day out of time.
Isn’t it interesting to note that the most current cycle (13 baktuns) of the Mayan calendar, which will complete a grand cycle on December 21,2012 actually began on our Gregorian date August 13, 3113 Bc? This date coincides with the start of recorded and dated western history in Babylon/Mesopotamia. This cycle for the Maya, which is counted every 5,125 years, portends the start of the dark ages, the age of tribulations. If we peer onto a time line of recorded western history, it has certainly been dark: wars, genocide, slavery and brutalities yet unspoken.
The ancient 7th century Mayan prophet, Pacal Votan, foretold of our advanced technological age and how the inhabitants of earth would be separated by time, thus causing deep rooted schisms of imbalance on the planet. Even though the Gregorian Calendar came into effect in the late 1500’s by order of Pope Gregory XIII, it wasn’t until the early 1700’s that England, the United States and other parts of the world adapted to this calendar from their own Julian calendar (the inhabitants of earth would be separated by time). It was at this same time in dark history the clock was being perfected.
It has only been 300 years since we began to use the Gregorian Calendar, yet, how many people even question its accuracy? In order to change from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar, societies had to lose 15 days of time so their counting systems could be in sync. Imagine now if we lost 15 days of time- no work, no bills, no responsibilities- just waiting on a new calendar to begin. What fun! Pope Gregory XIII actually put in place his new calendar as he was trying to adjust the inaccuracies that the Julian Calendar was causing. His, I must admit, is a finer tuned unnatural counting system. He succeeded! Long before the Julian or Gregorian calendars existed though, over 5000 years ago in Babylon, the cradle of Western civilization, the model calendar was created (an artificial counting system) a man-made, mechanized, and irrational schedule. Using this model, the clock was created (the inhabitants of earth would be separated by time). It took centuries to perfect these tools and now these creations are literally killing all of us.
Pacal Votan’s prophecy continued by outlining a return path for humanity to the ancient cycle of harmony and unity which existed prior to the year 3113bc. The premise of his instructions is that in order to save ourselves from biospheric destruction everyone must connect in time, natural time, moon time. In my previous full moon post, I spoke of the necessity of keeping the full moon sacred. In my new moon post, I spoke of honouring our female cycles in the red tent, monthly. In this post, I urge you to find your way back to earth’s natural timing frequencies. On Mayan time, on any of the 17 calendars, time is not money; “time is art”. We are here to live out a purpose, our own personal art form, we are here to keep time to our own heart beat.
In order for us to survive as a species, immediate and permanent solutions must be implemented worldwide and there are no lasting solutions to be implemented in our current systems which are based on the Gregorian Calendar. Bail outs, health care reform, peace talks- there are no solutions unless we return to natural ways and natural time! There simply is no choice in this matter. We are presently placing band-aids on open oozing sores, unless we disinfect and heal the sore, our band-aids cannot help. Our oozing sore is our Gregorian calendar which has caused a host of problems, is outdated and is about to become obsolete.
I have a business I must open at 8:00am and a class I must teach at 1:00pm, I have kids to feed at 6:00pm and a host of other duties that keep me on the ticktock. As much as I can though, I live by my own natural timing and instinctual gut feelings. Do I feel like eating or am I eating because the clock struck one? I arrange all my bills by new moon and full moon. I even asked my landlord to allow me to pay my rent over 13 moons (I won’t mention his reaction). I recognize the new moon and celebrate the full moon. I honour the 4 holy days, fall and spring equinox, winter and summer solstice, I take one day out of time (July 25) and I study the Mayan calendars. I am still in and of the secular world, but I am trying to line up with what feels right, what feels natural!
The Mayan Elders, I believe, have a small chuckle at all those who believe the world is ending, for they know we are simply in a change of cycles, a change of time. The Mayan Elders, I believe, have a heavy heart for all those who are not awake to this information. Mother Earth can no longer wait while allowing us to live on an unnatural time frequency.
Over 2,000 years ago, Mayan mathematicians, astrologers, and astronomers mapped out an astrological alignment that will occur three short years from now, December 21, 2012, Winter Solstice. Three Mayan cycles called the Great Cycle will close all on the same day: the 13 baktuns (1 baktun is 144,000 days and 13 baktuns is 5,125 years), the long count (which is 26,000 years), and another long count (which is 104,000 years). This date will bring an end to history, our dark age history, the history we have known and recorded. This date will usher in the new era of spiritual consciousness, environmental harmony, planetary unity and galactic interactions. We are already in this transition! Although many people speculate what the exact result of this alignment will bring, all indigenous elders are in agreement with one simple fact: humanity will be brought to its knees, humbled, if I may, to the the truths of the universe and by the forces of nature.
Sound scary? It is three short years away . All I know is if we return to natural time in our own organic way, we pave a path for a smooth transition. If we are forced to that awakening, our very survival is at stake. Wake up my friends, be awake, be aware, question everything, a (r)evolution of the soul is at hand, in the words of an esteemed Mayan Elder- “It’s About Time!!!”
by: Navajo Changing Woman
(Scholars of the Mayan Calendar dispute the closing date, some claim the cycle will close earlier: link onto Jose Arguelles, MayanMajix or the 13 Moon calendar from my blog for more in-depth information on the Mayan Calendar and End Cycle Prophecies)