Saturday, August 23, 2008

Portal to Mayan Underworld Found (Xibalba)

National Geographic has just put up an article on a Yucatan site which appears to match the myth of the Mesoamerican underworld.
The 14-cave site is filled with pyramids and temples. Researchers discovered a nearly 300-foot (90-meter) concrete road that ends at a column standing in front of a body of water.....Archaeologists excavating the temples and pyramids in the village of Tahtzibichen, in Mérida, the capital of Yucatán state, said the oldest item they found was a 1,900-year-old vessel....
"There are stones, huge columns, and sculptures of priests in the caves," said de Anda, whose team has been working on the Yucatán Peninsula for six months.
"There are also human remains and ceramics."
William Saturno, a Maya expert at Boston University, believes the maze of temples was built after the story....Saturno said the discovery of the temples underwater indicates the significant effort the Maya put into creating these portals.
In addition to plunging deep into the forest to reach the cave openings, Maya builders would have had to hold their breath and dive underwater to build some of the shrines and pyramids.

This brings to mind something I've been musing on for a long time. Across the world, across many cultures, there are stories of legendary lands and amazing otherwordly cities. Some of their names? Shamballa/Shambhala, Cibola, Xibalba and Shangri-La.
From Wikipedia (because I'm lazy), edited by me:
  • In Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Shambhala is a mythical kingdom hidden somewhere beyond the snowpeaks of the Himalayas.
  • Quivira and Cíbola are two of the fantastic Seven Cities of Gold existing only in a myth that originated around the year 1150 when the Moors conquered Mérida, Spain. Seven bishops who fled the city supposedly, in a far away land—a place unknown to the people of that time—the seven bishops had founded the cities of Cíbola and Quivira, cities filled with gold and riches. The Spanish looked for these cities in Mexico and the Southwest of the US.
  • Xibalba is described in the Popol Vuh as a court below the surface of the Earth, associated with death.
  • Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise but particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia—a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world. And apparently it is based on Shamballa, so in that respect, the connection I sense between all these places is true.
Now, I don't want to go all Fingerprints of the Gods on you, but isn't that kind of interesting? That the Spanish already were seeking a place called Cibola and found a people with an underworld called Xibalba (x is pronounced sh)?
(Image source, article screenshot)
12 2 Mol 9 Cauac assimilation

Monday, August 18, 2008

live blog: doomsday 2012 end of days

I am fairly certain that I saw this show, Doomsday 2012: The End of Days (it's part of the "decoding the past" series in History Channel) before and it made me scream at the TV. Now I will share my thoughts with you, as I watch. I will try not to scream or throw things.
Oh yes, this is the show that repeatedly says "Mayan calendar" while showing the Aztec calendar stone. That's some stellar research there. (And Daniel Pinchbeck is part of it. His 2012 book was so bad I couldn't finish it.)
Supposedly some kind of web-bot that scours the internet is also coming up with 2012 as a significant date. Hmm, could that be because there are SO MANY WEBSITES that mention it? The web-bots are predicting a minor nuclear war in 2008 or 2009, cumulating with something bigger in 2012. (This program came out in 2007.)
The Sibyl (an oracle from 600 AD), channeled Apollo, and claimed that the world would end after the year 2000. And since she predicted Hannibal, and Constantine, she much be right about the world ending, right? And she may also have predicted Jesus (perhaps that date was 600 BC?). But, like the oracle of Apollo at Delphi, the predictions were caused by poisonous hallucinogenic gas (ethylene), not the hand of a god.
So a few women, high on poisonous fumes, who never heard of the new world, managed to predict the end of the world in perfect agreement with a calendar they also never heard of? (and which isn't ending, don't forget that factoid).
They are back to the Mayan calendar being "more accurate than our own" (it's a count of the Mayans could count? Good for them), although it probably is better at predicting eclipses.
Now they are saying the 2012 day is called "hunab ku" and that the calendar "predicted" white men arriving in 1519. How does a calendar predict? It's numbers on a page. My calendar predicts tomorrow will be Tuesday! OMG call the press!
Galactic alignment once per precession. Pinchbeck says it will cause a pole shift. They manage to imply that "geophysicists" agree that it will happen, but it's cleverly worded. I mean, Einstein believed it. Yes, he might have believed in the concept of a pole shift, but not the 2012 pole shift.
And of course, the I-Ching also has the exact 2012 date. Now I own several versions of the I-Ching and NONE of them has a date in it, or a calendar, or is correlated to a calendar or dates in any way. Spending way too much time on how the I-Ching works, without showing how the 2012 thing comes into it or what hexagram shows any link in any way to 2012.
Oh, here it is: Terrance McKenna made the I-Ching into a graph and then mapped it onto history and it "matched" if you put each of the 64 hexagrams 64 times and ended it on 12-21-2012. 64x64=4096. Is that supposed to be in years? Because they didn't explain it at all, just showed a graph and then moved onto Merlin (King Arthur's Merlin, yes).
I believe this is the point where I became so irate the last time I watched this that my husband came into the house from the yard and changed the channel.
They are talking about the "historical" Merlin, and that he predicted global warming and nuclear wars (written down 1135 AD from 5th century prophecies). Merlin wasn't a name, but a title meaning mad prophet (half crazy out in the woods). He predicted the state of Virginia, the battle of Waterloo, cell phones, Hitler and more, concluding global warming and a terrorist attack on London which kills 20,000, as well as an apparent pole shift. (Which they now nicely ascribe to the Mayan calendar definitely "predicting".)
Prophecies by Mother Shipton, said that when men could fly faster than birds and go underwater like fishes, half the world would be blood. But there is no proof that she ever even existed...although her fake predictions are being used to prop up the 2012 pole shift idea. (A journalist wrote them all in the 17th century.) She predicted women would wear pants and cut off their hair. (Ohh. Imagine that. No doubt that horrible event causes the pole shift).
And here we go, into "the most famous prophetic work of all time"--and no it's not Nostradamus--the Bible.
To quote Shakespeare, I say the Bible "is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
I really want to take these people who wrote this and crack their heads together. Every time they make a show like this, a combination of bad research, utter falsehoods, and sly insinuations, it make the whole 2012 end of the world concept explode.
The book of Revelation, of course, is really (nudge nudge) talking about 2012, right? Because the Egyptians also talked about it. (Wha-what? Where did that come from? Not from the first 44 minutes of this show, that's for sure.) The show says 666 was actually the Emperor Nero and the events of revelation are long over. So how exactly do they correlate to 2012?
It angers me that they make a flimsy case at the beginning of the show and by the end of the show those things are fact, written in stone. They bring up Black Elk and his Ghost Dance, and that he predicted after his people died out another doomsday would come for the rest of the world. Immediately after that, it's like he said "2012" in his prophecies. (I have read them, and I think he was a UFO abductee--he was taken up by the thunder people on a little cloud that took him very fast all over the world.)
Finally they move to the Hopi Prophecies: The seas rise, great quakes through the world, and the sun will get hotter, at the same time that a spiderweb device will criss-cross the world (The World Wide Web). And back to the Web-Bot Project, where the show began. Phrases connected to calendar dates came out of the Web-Bot Project in June 2001 for the next 60 to 90 days, which in hindsight pointed to 9-11-2001. And now the Web-Bot is looking at 2012, with phrases like sun, gamma ray burst, energy changes, etc.
Now that the show's over, I'm going to go into more detail on some of the information (from sources other than the show.)
I have always found the concept of a pole shift interesting. The book simply titled Pole Shift is very well written, and I've read it several times. It seems like right now the magnetic poles are wandering around. Here is a graphic from NASA showing its movement:

I couldn't find one that came closer in time, but this is certainly proof of its movement. Supposedly, the more the magnetic pole moves, the move likely it is the poles will shift.
There are 2 kinds of pole shifts. Sometimes the poles reverse--magnetic north moves to Antarctica, and south moves to the Arctic Circle. These are well-documented geologically.
The other kind of pole shift is the kind everyone is worrying about. That is when the skin of the earth slips across the molten layer it floats on. The north pole is still "up", but the land mass over it is no longer Canada or somewhere close to Canada. Maybe it's England, or Florida. This type of pole-shift (really more properly a crust shift) would be accompanied by all sorts of earth quakes, floods, and associated phenomena, and would kill many people. Lands that were temperate within a few hours will be plunged into an ice age, while tropical lands may end up somewhere temperate.
The Hope Prophecy is detailed quite well on this site, but of particular interest may be the pole shift interperation (same source as link): The Hopi also have prophesied that "Turtle Island could turn over two or three times and the oceans could join hands and meet the sky." This seems to be a prophecy of a "pole shift" -- a flipping, of the planet on its axis. The Hopi call this imminent condition -- and that of society today -- "Koyaanisqatsi", which means "world out of balance...a state of life that calls for another way. "
Now I hope that no one reading this believes that I think a pole shift is going to hit in 2012. They are simply two different subjects that interest me, that happen to intersect here.
--12 18 Yaxkin 5 Men Assimilation day

Friday, August 08, 2008

today is the 8th gate

Today (08/08/08) is the 8th gate in a series of 13, which began on January 1, 2001. Each of these gates brings in different energy. We have 13 months to integrate each surge (except after the penultimate gate) and adjust ourselves to our changing world.
The 12th gate is December 12, 2012, and the 13th is, of course, the first day of the 13th Baktun (12-21-2012) of the Mayan Long Count calendar. Although this day does NOT mark the end of the calendar (as many believe) or the end of the world (as many believe), it does mark a period of change, especially when one considers the galactic alignment of the Sun and the Milky Way at dawn (7:14 a.m., not 11:11-- 11:11 is the exact moment of the solstice, not the alignment).