Posts Tagged ‘jaguar’

the World Without the Sun

March 30, 2010

Most people simply cannot imagine that the world would be able to survive without the Sun shining brightly down upon us. They think, if the Maya were right about the Sun going out, it really will be the end of the world!

I suppose if the Sun were actually gone that would be the end of planet Earth. But, fortunately, that is not what the Maya foresaw – having been through it once before. The Sun will only dim, appreciably to be sure, but not go out completely.

It will much resemble what the author of Revelations saw as sackcloth of hair (Rev.6:12) which means the Sun will still be shining but diminished, resembling the pelt of the Jaguar so revered by the Maya of old.

The planet will not freeze over, the plants will still be able to utilize photosynthesis, and we will probably get along with flashlights for awhile.

But what accompanies this transformation may not be so easy to live with. This Sun is called Earthquake Sun and the world is supposed to be wracked with a lot of jolting movement.

There may be some sort of “golden enlightenment” or spiritual awakening because of this but it is most definitely not the reason for the end of their calendar.

I am sure there will be changes, but very far from an end of the world.

Jaguar Maws

December 27, 2009

In the Mayan tales, the Jaguar is highlighted as a peculiarly benevolent creature. Not only do the Hero Twins of their mythology wear the skin from the beast but their Sun of the Underworld is called the Jaguar Sun (see yesterday’s article on the Midnight Sun).

They are known to have sought refuge in caves (something also mentioned in Revelations in the Bible – [6:15] And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains) and their water supply came from revered water caves called “cenotes”.

But the caves in which they sought refuge were also termed “mouth of the jaguar”. Picturing sticking your head in a jaguar’s mouth seems like a very UN-safe practice. Why would the jaguar seem such a protective creature to the Maya?

Knowing that the midnight sun was determined to be a jaguar, why did the Maya equate the dimmed Sun with safety?

Other than the visual comparison of the spotted Sun with the pelt of the spotted feline, there must have been some other connection that denoted safety.

As we know, the end of each Sun Age was accompanied by some sort of devastation, whether flood, wind, or earthquake, and it would be natural to seek some place of safety – like a cave, I suppose – and it might appear natural to think of it terms similar to the jaguar-resemblance of the Sun but I still have not found the connection.

If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them.

the Midnight Sun

December 26, 2009

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.