Posts Tagged ‘Dreamspell’

How This All Started

January 25, 2010

Like most people, I was unaware of the Mayan End-Date, even though it had been debated in scholarly journals for decades. That changed in 1987 with the publication of Jose Argüelles’ book, The Mayan Factor. I picked up a copy in an esoteric bookstore in 1990 and was fascinated. I was not alone.

Since that time, I have followed the further researches of Argüelles and those that were also inspired: John Major Jenkins, Carl Johan Calleman, Adrian Gilbert, Maurice Cotterell, Michael Tsarion, and others. The interest led me to read Linda Schele and Anthony Aveni as well. The last two are mainstream Maya scholars while the remainder are, like myself, somewhere out on the fringe.

What had begun as an interesting metaphysical construction by Argüelles has become a rather large and diverse field of studies ranging from the heavily scientific to the extremely speculative, and even some wildly speculative.

Argüelles was an Art professor before his immersion in Mayan studies as was Linda Schele, one of the greatest scholars in the field of Maya Studies. Each brought the eye of an artist to the inscriptions of the Maya in order to better understand the nuances of the carved glyphs. Through this understanding, each was able to further their interpretation of the Maya, their culture, and their meaning in our present world.

Most of the writers in this fringe field do not come from the hallowed halls of historical scholarship but have ventured onto this path through other, more personal, callings. Each has brought a different view and a variant understanding of the End-Date phenomenon. As the subject has grown and diversified, the variations in the theories have grown wider. Two authors who began in agreement in the main have diverged in specifics as their studies and researches have carried them in different directions. They each offer some wider understanding as they delve deeper.

So, while Argüelles has focused on his interpretation of a Maya Calendar for our times, the Dreamspell Calendar, and Jenkins has narrowed his research on the End-Date itself and the crossing of the Sun across the Galactic Center, Calleman has chosen to investigate the fifth stellar age and its sub-ages, each with their own influences, and the others have found other portions to focus their attention on.

The interpretations are as varied as the authors. But whose is correct? Consulting with the Maya on the subject does not help clarify the situation as they seem to agree with Argüelles… and Jenkins… and Calleman… and – so forth.

Their agenda seems not to be which theory is correct – they are far too removed from the past to know the answer – but that the Maya are well represented in the portrayals. It is a political agenda but, judging from the politics in the region they live, quite understandable. This subject is their heritage and they are protective of it.

It is not correct that we should expect them to understand the workings of the ancient form of the calendar and its true meaning. They are more than a millennium removed from those Maya.

But if we cannot consult the present-day Maya on the subject, to whom can we turn? Is there any other sources we can consult?

Dreamspell – the Reincarnation of Pacal Votan

December 16, 2009

José Argüelles, who I credit with starting the “Mayan Calendar phenomenon”, has diverged from the crowd further with the creation of his Mayan Calendar for the New Age. He has interpreted what the intent of the original calendar was and created a calendar for the New Age based on it. Perhaps it was his realization that he was the reincarnation of Pacal Votan that led him to this insight.

The Dreamspell Calendar differs from the modern calendar in that it has 13 months of 28 days each. This 364 day calendar starts every year on July 26th, the heliacal rising of Sirius (a touch from the Egyptian Calendar). But it also differs significantly from the traditional Mayan Calendar.

A lot of people subscribe to his vision but a lot of Mayan phenomena authors are in disagreement. Jenkins and Calleman disagree but that could be because their own interpretations have already diverged in different directions.

The field is constantly evolving, it would seem.

Some think José has gone off the deep-end with this talk of being the reincarnation of a famous Mayan King, but – hey! – if you believe in reincarnation, you know everybody is reincarnated from somebody before. Even Pacal claimed to be the reincarnation of an earlier king who had claimed to be an even earlier king (himself claiming to be the reincarnation of Kukulcan, or Quetzalcoatl). He did not claim to be Napoleon or Jesus or anyone like that and as he was the one who brought the Mayan Calendar to our notice, why not?

As for the changing the calendar, that’s his prerogative – incarnation of Pacal or not – but I don’t think it was what the Mayans were talking about. The Dreamspell Calendar is a re-working of the haab calendar with a touch of the tzolkin. The haab was the standard yearly calendar of the Maya and the tzolkin was their augury (fortune-telling) calendar. The Maya had certainly divorced them from the Long Count during the peak of their civilization, but it was the one with major importance to this study. Neither the haab nor the tzolkin have and End-Date, as does the Long-Count.

If anyone else wishes to restructure the tzolkin or haab, it won’t mean anything to the study of the End-date any more than does the creation by Argüelles.

As there are many adherents who have followed him along the Dreamspell path I am certain it is meaningful to many.

But it has nothing to do with my studies into the End-Date.