Posts Tagged ‘myth’

Endings, and New Beginnings

February 15, 2012

The End-Date of the Mayan Calendar has led to a lot of speculation. Many see it as a time of destruction and chaos, maybe even Doomsday.

Many see it as a time of spiritual awakening, leading to a Golden Age for Mankind.

But, I wonder, are the two mutually exclusive?

Certainly the four previous Suns of the Maya have ended with a bit of a problem for the humans living at the time.

One ended by fire, one ended by whirlwinds, one ended by floods, and one ended by a bunch of wild beasts. And this current Sun is supposed to end with earthquakes.

None of these scenarios sound like a Saturday afternoon picnic. Any one will cause a panic for sure even if the result was a sort of spiritual awakening by the handful of survivors.

Perhaps only a handful could really have a spiritual awakening anyway. More, and there might be the same old mess we have currently.

It is interesting that the periods at the end of each Sun also call for a period of darkness. Most people assume this merely means a darkness on the spirit of man.

What if the darkness were actually a little bit more? What if the Sun were actually being renewed?

The Book of Revelations tells us in the ends days that the Sun will turn the color of sackcloth, and there will be darkness across the lands.

The last page of Dresden Codex has a warning about the end of this Sun: flooding and “black earth” & “black on high”.

Earthquakes will probably cause flooding and probably some fires, but the interesting part is the “black on high”.

Sure, that could be a description of dark clouds overhead but, if so, I think they would have mentioned clouds.

It sounds more like the sky.

And once the Sun does not shine as brightly, we would see dark skies and the stars in the “daytime”.

Every ending, however, leads to new beginnings.

And maybe it will be a spiritual awakening after all.

Dragons in Myth

February 8, 2012

Many historians I have read over the ages that talk about dragons only being a mythical creature as evidenced by the prevalence of ancients calling comets “dragons”.

Yes, certainly, the comets do resemble dragons, flying around in the sky with their long tails.

But where would the people get the notion that comets resembled dragons if they did not have something more concrete to base it on.

Dragons cannot have originated in comets or the people would say “Hey, that thing up there looks just like itself!”

They try to find some tangible thing they know about to describe what they see in the sky.

If the myth of the dragon began with a comet, how could people choose to describe it as… well, itself?

Of course, I suppose that one generation could have seen a comet and created the idea that it was some mythical beast and start calling it a dragon so that later generations could see the thing in the sky and call it a dragon, but it seems a stretch.

But maybe not.

Who knows for certain, but I think the legends of dragons speak more about what has been lost than what has merely been imagined.

Besides, why would peoples all around the world speak of the same creature without any prior knowledge of such? You’d think that someone would call it something else, but no, it seems it reminds everyone of dragons.

Makes you wonder about where the myths really started, huh?

the Mayan End Date

January 2, 2010

As I have said before, the Mayan Calendar End-Date was for a specific phenomenon, why else would the Maya point out a specific date rather than an era. And as the Mayans had studied cycles for many years, it must be something that is cyclic in nature, something that had happened before, something they felt was going to happen again according to a chronology they could calculate.

What cycles did they use to make this determination? From their mythologies – primarily cosmological in nature (like most ancient cultures) – they were most interested in the motions of the planets. They saw something in the motions that they could use to predict… well, whatever it was they feared would recur.

Could it have been an age of enlightenment coming as José Argüelles, John Major Jenkins, and Carl Johan Calleman, among many others, predict? Of course, it is possible, but how did we get lost from the last age of enlightenment?

That is not explained by any of these authors, but they do not seem to think it had happened before. From the Mayan writings, this was apparently something that had happened before and was planned on repeating. Were we going to get enlightened and lose it again, apparently as we were supposed to have done before? Perhaps enlightenment was not the event they were foretelling.

Could the Maya have been thinking of some sort of doomsday scenario, like an impact from a comet, meteor, or black hole? Certainly, it would be a very singular event that could signal the end of the calendric period. But, again, as the Maya seem to have built their calendar on studies of cycles, what possible cyclic recurring doomsday can they have foreseen? Are errant comets/meteors/black holes that predictable?

Or could the planet Nibiru going to be the culprit? Zechariah Sitchin, proponent and creator of this theory, stated that the mystery planet returned very cyclically every 3,600 years. But he reiterates that 2012 is most definitely not the return date.

Nibiru would already be visible to our telescopes if it was arriving ahead of Sitchin’s timetable but nowhere do we find any evidence of its approach. I have seen websites that claim it will become visible to the naked eye by May of 2010. Videos on Youtube claim it is already visible.

Confusing, huh? But none of that has anything to do with the mystery planet. Just ask Zechariah Sitchin.

And that leaves us with nothing to do but scratch our heads. What scenario would fit what the Maya have predicted with their marvelous calendar, if anything?

Let’s see… they claimed each age ended with something involving the Sun, each new age was called a new Sun, and as the Sun is the energy source dominating the Solar System, perhaps they noticed the cycles of the planets were somehow resonating with something about the Sun. (Just an hypothesis here.)

And the Sun? They claimed each new age was a new Sun, which means 2012 has something to do with the Sun. So my theory is that something will happen to the Sun in 2012. Of course, nothing may happen to the Sun but I think it is what the Mayans thought.

It is known that 2012 will bring a very active period to the Sun, specifically in regard to sunspots. So, what if the sunspots went completely overboard? What if they covered a large portion of the Solar disk so that the Sun appeared extremely dimmed?

When the sunspots eventually disappeared in the past it must have seemed that the Sun had been born again, hence a new Sun Age.

If anyone else has another theory that makes more sense, I would love to hear it.

I could be wrong. And the Mayans might be wrong as well.

What the Maya Really Meant

December 21, 2009

Anyone who has followed this blog for a while will be wondering “if it is NOT all these other theories, then what the heck IS it?” Well, perhaps it is time…

Today is the 21st of December, 2009. According to the Maya there are only three years left until THE Big Day.

Trying to explain what the Maya meant for this day seems almost anti-climactic to me. After all, its not as if they tried hiding their meaning. No, they put it right out there in the open for everyone to see it clearly.

Repeatedly, they spoke of the previous Sun Ages, each ending with a cataclysm INVOLVING the Sun. When you mention catastrophe, people immediately think earthquakes, tidal waves, meteor impacts, or the planet tilting. The Maya mention the earthquakes as part of what will happen but there is not any extra-Solar boogeymen to watch out for. It is a cataclysm involving the Sun.

They did not speak of the “Ages of the World” or “world ages” of any sort – like most writers on the subject mis translate the terminology. It is Sun Ages being referred to and each successive Sun has different qualities, different powers, and a different name. But we scratch our heads and say “how can there be more than one Sun?”

Probably the reason no one has noticed what the Maya said concerning the End-Date is that it conflicts with a mythology we hold in high esteem. Mythology? you ask. We don’t believe in any stinking mythology!

Well, yes, we do. The mythology is called “science”. Not the science that measures the quantities of this that and the other, not the science that put us on the moon, not the science that gives us ever bigger and better weaponry. No, I’m talking about the science that views a small segment on the universal time-scale and says it has always been this way; as one cleverly put it, for “billions and billions” of years. It is a pleasant theory that has become the bedrock of the scientific world. Yet it is nothing more than a theory of uniformity – in other words: myth.

And that is the myth that clouds our understanding of the Mayan End-Date.

And the cataclysm the Maya spoke of concerning the Sun is nothing more than the Sun going out. (And this is probably why no one has yet evolved this theory: it is impossible!)

But, you ask, how can the Sun go out?!?! (But that is an exercise we can go through later.)

Suffice it to say that there is no great mystery concerning the End-Date. The Maya have told us again and again. Repeatedly they called them “Sun Ages” and we translated it into “World Ages”. They mentioned the Sun’s fire dying out and we took it to be a mythology about a drought or something too mundane to bother with.

We have simply chosen to NOT believe them.

It has led to an immense amount of speculation on subjects that did not need to be brought to this table. The time is short and there is still more understanding needed.

I am sure you are wondering how the Sun could possibly go out.

2012 – the Tilting Axis… NOT

December 17, 2009

This is the one theory “backed by science”, its proponents claim. And, while it is true that there are some scientists who subscribe to the theory, most shy away from the subject altogether because of its New Age overtones.

Ever since Hapgood developed the theory in the ’50’s, it has become generally agreed that the magnetic pole of the Earth has changed in the past and probably will again. Scientists agree with this and place its next occurrence at some remove in the future… like thousands of years from now, even though some proponents claim it is overdue. (Don’t you just love how scientists always say marvelous things have occurred millions of years ago or will occur some thousand years from now. They don’t expect anything but the same ol’ same ol’ for quite some time.)

But it could occur sooner. Maybe even in 2012. It is not like the Maya hinted at the axis flipping or reversing, it just seems to be the first available doomsday to arrive without a suitably designated destruction mechanism. So while everyone sought for a solution, these prophets stepped up.

Anything is possible, I believe, and it might even happen. But I am sure it is not what the Maya were talking about. With the special regard they paid to the night skies, surely they would have said something about the Pole Star being usurped by another. Yet… they did not.

I would think that if something of a worldwide nature does occur, the shift of the poles might be a consequence of some “natural” phenomenon. Probably not anything like the premise of the movie “2012” but through other means. (In case you have not seen the movie, the shifting of the poles was caused by a massive solar eruption. As 2012 is a peak period for Solar activity, it seemed a valid interpretation.) Which other means? I cannot think of anything at the present but it should have been something of a cyclic nature that their calendar would have revealed.

Many think that the changing of the Solar Poles in 2012 will cause the Earth’s magnetic poles to reverse as well. But as the Sun’s magnetic fields have reversed every eleven years in the past with nothing of the sort happening to our planet, I think we can dismiss that concept.

As with so many of these doomsday scenarios: How could the Maya have predicted such a random event from their distant past? Were they psychic? Prophetic? Possibly, but then what would the purpose of the intricate calendar have been?

Certainly some psychic in the Maya culture could have seen such an event in the future and been able to calculate the exact day of its occurrence, but why go to the trouble of tracking the eclipse cycles, the Venus cycles, and the rest of the calendar mechanics? Why not just have a simple countdown of days?

So, it would appear this scenario is not the correct one either.

I think we’ll have to continue looking…

Ages and Ages

December 14, 2009

The Book of Chilam Balam talks about the changing of the eras from katun to katun, the character of each defining each period much like the signs of the zodiac do in astrology. This is fine as an exercise but is it really intended to map out history?

In the book The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness by Carl Johan Calleman, he tries to do just that. His breaking down the historical periods by the characteristics outlined by the katuns sounds good but such an exercise is always highly subjective. (Just check out the lists on listverse to see what I mean.)

Sure, you can pick out an era of war, political overthrow, drought or famine. Practically every year in history has something like that somewhere on the planet.

But before I even got to that part of his very detailed and scholarly book, I was put off by the argument he was building. Perhaps I misunderstood what he was saying, or perhaps there was a typo, but there was a statement on page 85 that said some scientists theorized there was a crystalline structure at the core of the Earth. Then, one page later, he says since “the only thing we know for certain” is the crystalline structure at the core…

Since his theory was based on this bit of information, it sort of fell apart for me.

Still, the historical breakdown was interesting, even if it told me more about the author than about the Maya. I don’t think a person can create such a list without having to first decide what is important in history and what one might decide is important, others might find of minimal importance.

I am not certain what the Mayan Calendar and their End-Date has to do with the content of the Books of Chilam Balam, but it is a very interesting study.

Reality – Mirrored

December 14, 2009

In the Mayan Prophecies by Adrian Gilbert and Maurice Cotterell, one finds the usual New Age interpretation about the Mayan Calendar. They firmly believe there is a golden age coming, a great spiritual awakening, ushered in by the arrival of the Mayan Calendar End-Date. They throw in a touch of Atlantis, just for good luck.

Cotterell interested me in his work on the sunspot cycle, which is supposed to reach a peak precisely at the time of the End-Date. I had hoped to glean some inspiration from it.

Unfortunately, the story took a turn when Cotterell was studying the lid of the sarcophagus of Pacal Votan, Lord of Palenque, the King buried under a pyramid there. Noticing a broken corner, he wondered if it had been designed that way. He decided to use mirrors to reveal “secret glyphs” on the lid to help gain deeper insight into the meanings of the hieroglyphs on the large stone sarcophagus lid.

Admittedly, the interpretation does not venture too far afield from what the general consensus is but he does gain something from it. Primarily, taking his mirrors to other mysteries around the world and using the same technique to dredge further insight from them.

I fail to see how the Maya could have made use of passing knowledge along in this fashion. Until someone finds a painting on a scroll of Mayans visiting the tombs of their ancestors with mirrors in their hands…

Or any other passage from the Maya – past or present – that reveals some reason they should conceal messages with this technique. I cannot believe the Maya were speaking to some mysterious future race unknown to them (us) warning of a coming crisis (or coming golden age – hey! for that we need a warning?) or trying to establish some sort of mystery school. Their teachings and writings were out there for all to see, understandable to any who should look. And how many could venture into the tomb of Pacal with a mirror to get the message.

It’s a shame this thing does not somehow lead back to the Mayan Calendar or anything else of interest in this study. The Maya did not construct their Calendar or their cosmology with mirrors.

But it is a neat little gimmick.

Doomsayers – the Age-Old Battle

December 10, 2009

There have been doomsayers among us for millennia. As I mentioned earlier, mankind seems to almost be looking forward to such an event. Even one standup comic had a wonderful routine about it: In the afterlife, one guy goes up to another and asks how he got there. He replies that he got hit by a car. The first guy grins and says he died in the BIG ONE! Armageddon!

According to the doomsayers, there is going to be literally billions dying in that event, so I fail to see the uniqueness of their demise.

Another group, one with a smaller footprint on history, were those who predict a coming utopia, a Golden Age for all mankind. These have always been written off as starry-eyed idealists who don’t have a clue.

Today, we have the same tug-of-war going on in the phenomena known as the Mayan Calendar End-Date. Both sides try to rely on modern scientific methods to back-up their hypotheses but it always sounds like a bit of a stretch.

Science contends that things have been as they were for millions of years – all but the human era – and will continue pretty much then same for the next few million years. So which does the scientific community really support?

As with the theory supported by the current Maya (ALL of them, as stated in an earlier entry), some in the scientific community support one or another of the interpretations, but the scientific community as a whole takes the neutral position.

So, without scientific support, which theory of the End-Date has a better chance of being correct? What did the Maya say on the subject?

As usual, the Maya documents do not support any of the modern hypotheses. Sure they were a spiritual people, but they said nothing about a coming golden age.

And though they did say the end of the current period would end in earthquakes, they do not say it is the end of the world.

In fact, they talk about the time period AFTER the End-Date as if it was “business as usual” – or as usual as it can be after worldwide earthquakes – but the end of the world? Not hardly.

So, I’m afraid the doomsayers will have to put away their signs and placards for another day.

Perhaps when the Apocalypse actually arrives. There are supposed to be plenty of signs…

Even if it does sound a lot like the present.

History & Myth

December 8, 2009

So many stories and tales around the world of the early days of humanity sounded similar to me, as if they were describing the same events: the flood, etc. I figured there had to be a connection between all the widely separated tribes and cultures.

Still, there was something about the idea of Pangaea and the drifting continents that did not sound right to me. (But I won’t get into that right now.)

Psychologists would have us believe that the ancients had “racial memory” of an earlier time and interpreted the symbolic memory structures into tales about things they only “imagined” were true.

Somehow, I never quite bought that story either.

And then a book was recommended to me: Worlds in Collision by Immanuel Velikovsky. Wow! That opened my eyes!

Even though he had many detractors from many different fields of human endeavor, I figured his greatest gift to us was showing us that the myths WERE based on fact – real events – and not in some vague “racial memory”.

Most people may not realize it but we have myths of our own and we accept them as historical. Lincoln starting the Civil War to free the slaves? – myth: he was later talked into it against his better judgment. Washington the “first great action hero” (as a History Channel program proclaimed)? – myth: he did not win a single battle of the Revolution; historians will give a draw at the Battle of Brooklyn but every other one he lost.

I could give a lot more examples and there are many. It is human nature to memorialize the heroes of the past – real or imagined – to make us feel good about our own history.

But the myths we are talking about are another sort, those of a terrifying nature. Without the technological context that we currently have, how would ancients be able to describe an alien invasion? Flying craft? Meteors? What words or descriptions could they summon to tell in their own words what they saw?

They would have to put it into a context that would be meaningful to them and their offspring. And that context was usually of a religious nature. The gods are always heavily involved in such events (what we know as natural events) because the event is more than a simple man could cause.

As Velikovsky showed in his books, the trick is to reverse-engineer the story to see what the events could have been, then try and find explanations for the events. His books make good reading for the detective work alone, even if you are not a catastrophist.

So, not all myths are to be shunned. Historians need to take a closer look rather than simply discount them as silly folk tales.

Bugging Out – Ancient-style

December 8, 2009

Many times in the past, advanced cultures have abandoned their sophisticated urban settlements and gone to who-knows-where.

The Mayan civilization is a prime example. Why they abandoned their cities and moved into the jungles escapes our intellect. Their cities were abandoned while at the apparent height of their culture, and left for the jungle to encroach for centuries before we re-discovered them.

Historians cannot find a trace of warfare, or failing economy, or natural disaster, or disease and pestilence to explain all the evacuations. One of these reasons may be found at one site but not at another.

Examples of all these reasons for evacuation can be found throughout the world – a famous one being Pompeii – but in the Mayan Empire, complete abandonment seems to have been without a valid reason. At least no one cohesive reason… perhaps it was a combination of all those factors but not for each of the population centers. (Their abandonment was not complete in all areas at once.)

Some investigators (far from the mainstream) say the Mayans had built their civilization to establish certain prophecies about the future, and once the message was completed… they simply left. I can see a small group of people building some monumental structure to pass on a message to the future, but we are talking about their dwelling places, their shops, their cemeteries. Who is going to want to abandon their home just because some cryptic message had been completed?

Another famous civilization which vanished was the Indus Valley culture. They created a technologically advanced urban society (and pre-planned apparently, not growing organically over time as most cities do) with water conduits and sewage facilities, as seen at Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. At least no investigator has told us they abandoned their cities after encrypting some sort of message for “us”.

But what could inspire ancient cultures to abandon their homes and disappear into the countryside? It is incomprehensible that whole civilizations would abandon their cities. Why would they put so much work into something like a Chichen Itza and then walk away from it? Would they walk away from a pyramid or even go to the trouble to build it if it was not to be of use?

WHEN did man start building monuments OF NO IMPORTANCE, except as a monument?

And could that be what the Mayans did?

If so, what exactly was the message?