the Midnight Sun

How could the Sun actually go out?

Personally, I don’t think it could happen in the short time we have remaining, but I could be wrong. But this is not about what I think, it’s about what the Maya said.

In their famous Tale of the Hero Twins, they are visiting the “Underworld”. The Underworld has been referred to as the realm of the dead and as the world of night. The one puzzling statement concerning this is that the Underworld has a Sun, the Jaguar Sun. He is also referred to as the Sun of Night.

How can there be a Sun at night? Isn’t that what is supposed to separate day from night: the Sun?

One of the Hero twins wears a jaguar pelt – tawny fur covered with black spots – and his brother wears bits of the fur with black spots glued onto his skin.

Why the reverence for the jaguar and what does it have to do with the night? Or the Sun for that matter!

Let’s turn again to a different source: “the Book of Revelations” from the Holy Bible. From book 6, verse 12: “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood”.

What is this “sackcloth of hair” that the Sun comes to resemble? It is the same as a burlap sack, not really black but darker in color than one would expect the Sun to be. The color of burlap is tawny and, very oddly, resembles the color of a jaguar pelt.

So I think this means the Sun will not completely extinguish but will become covered with sunspots, enough so that the light will be diminished greatly. Its aspect will resemble a jaguar’s pelt: a sackcloth of hair.

And, as the light will be greatly diminished, the “Jaguar Sun” will be the “Sun of Night” or the underworld.

Far from being some sort of fantasy, it appears the ancients had actually witnessed such a thing occur. This, believe it or not, seems to be history though unlike anything you would find in a history text. The ancient myths can be telling us exactly what happened to them in the past and through the Calendar warning us of its re-occurrence.

From the event itself, they must have realized that within the solar orb lay the answer to when it would happen again. The ancients began studying the cycles – how they knew which would lead them to the repeat performance I cannot fathom – and from this derived when the present Sun would diminish again.

They required no psychic to foresee a meteor or cometary impact, no fortune-teller to warn of a pole-shifting event, no mystic to call for universal enlightenment. All they needed was mathematics and the power of observation.

Pythagoras in ancient Greece and Newton in renaissance England both hypothesized that God created the world with certain patterns and that through a complete comprehension of the numbers and the patterns, one could know God.

I am certain that either of those two worthies would have felt at home working with the Maya on their calendar-creating project. Both of them did what the ancient Maya did: study the cycles of the world and the universe around them to discern the pattern.

That pattern is a warning to us concerning the true nature of our world and its place in the cosmos. The New Age prophets may have been right about the coming enlightenment but I think it will come through a better understanding of the universe and the path to the divine rather than something as transitory as aligning with the center of the galaxy.

Spirituality and physical are two insuperable parts of the whole. The Maya knew this and they tried to tell us in the best way they could.

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