Suppose we take a little theoretical trip back to pre-technology, before cars, planes, telephones and the modern advantages of electricity. Let's say we live in the valley where our ancestors dwelt, and this little valley has answered the tribal needs of 200 or so members for all these years past, and all is good. The past has proven that our tribe of 200 or so can live and sustain itself year in and year out, with all our physical needs for survival provided. Let's say that the elders take a survey—a census—and we find that there are now actually 250 members in our tribe. These extra numbers can/will impact our tribe's chances for survival. Without enough food and resources, we'll all perish.
The elders deliberate, and first decide to create quests for the young adolescent males. "Here, take this empty gourd to the ocean, fill it with seawater, and return it to me." To fulfill this quest one would have to travel back and forth, which would take at least two or three years of adventure, filled with the hardships of traveling at that time. They might never return, right? Okay, next would come the other end of the spectrum: "Hey, MoJo, you've lived a good, long life, huh? You've learned to love everyone, and they've learned to love you… Why don't you just 'lay it down'? Just quit eating, meditate yourself away, and at some time in the future we'll accept your reincarnated spirit back into our tribe as a baby?"
That's it for the non-violent solutions. Now, suppose we are the Maya? What next? The beginning of 2012 is/will be a/the time of questioning. The time for the answer(s) will come around December 23rd, at the beginning of the last week of 2012; marking the Winter Solstice and the end of the Mayan calendar, which began in Virgo 3113, B.C. In addition, the Earth will be reborn within what's called "the Rift," which slices through the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, called by the Maya "the mother of us all." Remember, the death of the embryo is/will be the birth of the child—a very Mayan way of looking at things.
If you wish to communicate with future peoples for hundreds of years, you could/would use paper. But to communicate for thousands of years, you would/could use stone.
I studied "The Mayan Factor," by Jose Arguellos, for five years, and five years ago began to seek other, related sources of information. The study and the questions the study brought up were taking over a larger and larger portion of my life. The scholastic breakthrough coincided with a trip to Fiji, in which I was allowed to leave our cultural prejudices behind for awhile to better discern an unvarnished truth. For instance, it's one thing to watch "Apocalypto" in Omaha, leave the theater, walk through the snow and then drive your car back to your heated pad, and quite another to watch "Apocalypto," leave the theater, and walk home through the jungle with the natives.
When I recently returned to my Mayan studies, I started with a book entitled "Venus," in which the author suggests that the reason the Maya placed so much emphasis on Venus was because of the precise constancy of Venus' orbit. This sprouts the seed of a philosophical controversy concerning the planet Venus, our goddess of love. To the Maya, Venus (or "Tlaloc") was the god of war. How—and why—did such opposite interpretations evolve?
Were the Egyptians a tribe of Maya? Dey were fer sure! Da MoJo says so! (Pyramids? Divine kings?) Since Moses (as the avatar of the Arian Age, representing the "chosen" Jewish race from roughly 2000, B.C. 'til the rise of the Piscean avatar, Jesus) initiated the Egyptian (passed on from the Mayan) truths into our Judeo/Christian present-day culture, you can see the ramifications, can't you? We are not that isolated from the Maya.
The sacred Mayan ball game—the seeming ancestor to soccer. According to our cultural preferences, wouldn't you think that the losing captain would be the one to be beheaded? One authority suggests that it was/would actually be the captain of the winning team that was sacrificed. And it's now being theorized that the game was politically/seasonally "fixed"; the players depicting the forces of the next seasonal change were portrayed in costumes befitting their roles, twice a year, in the sacrificial inevitability of a/the battle of the forces of life and growth overcoming the underground forces of Xilbalba (hell, death and decay) in the spring, and being overcome by them in autumn.
Who can say what was lost when the well-meaning Spanish Christian missionaries destroyed numerous Mayan theological texts, which they condemned for offering a vision of the creators of a world/universe where terror and beauty together constituted a complete spiritual reality, rather than separating the "good" from the "evil"? The Maya were seeking to enable the "atma," "ka" or reincarnating spirit to honestly stand toe-to-toe with its demons—the guardians and gatekeepers to the realms of the gods—and best them to achieve entry into heaven/godhood. Pretty scary, huh?
We are going to have to leave two cultural biases behind to objectively pursue our Mayan studies. The first is our abhorrence of human/blood sacrifice. (What were they trying to perceive?) The second is our perception of the serpent as evil, rather than holy. To our Adam-and-Eve-focused culture, the serpent represents the tempter's voice, and is seen as a harbinger of the "evil one." To the Maya, the winged serpent, Quetzalcoatl, was their Jesus, their holy one/son/sun. Symbolic, no doubt, but not surprisin'—the power of the Kundalini rising? That's what we're talkin' 'bout! It's the time of questioning. More to follow… Any questions? Any quests?
For now, let's just look at the changes coming for you during 2012, the Year of the Dragon and the restart of the 25,698-year Mayan Long Count calendar—give or take a few human sacrifices. The Maya are coming… The Maya…
A wizard has many names, or none. Never one…
Yours truly, Ku'ul Muti Ahau