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The Mayan Prophecy for 2012
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How did you become a Mayan priest?
I was given a ritual by a Mayan priestess to invoke the Mayan spirits; and after a while they began talking to me. Apparently it had to do with past lives I’ve had as a Mayan priest here in Guatemala in ancient times. It’s not a job you can interview for, or anything like that; it just was my destiny, luckily.
What is Mayan astrology?
Mayan astrology is basically a 260-day almanac known as the Chol Qij, or count of days. It consists of twenty naguals which can be thought of as archetypes roughly analogous in significance to our twelve zodiacal signs, except they are considered to be alive and petitionable.
The twenty naguals carry a numerical coefficient from 1 to 13 which modifies the underlying meaning of the nagual. Thus 20 naguals x 13 coefficients = 260 days. My free Mayan Horoscope software explains the entire system in detail and does all the calculations.
How does it differ from Western Astrology?
There are lots of similarities. The Chol Qij is used in natal, horary, and electional astrology. As in our natal astrology, a person’s character and destiny are determined by which of the twenty naguals, as modified by its numerical coefficient, rules the day that the person is born. As in our horary astrology, the Chol Qij is used to divine for answers to specific questions, such as: Does my husband have another lover? What will be the outcome of this journey? Should I marry this person?
Divination is carried out by manipulating 260 red tzinté bean seeds to obtain a nagual and coefficient which give the answer to the question being asked. The Chol Qij is more a system of numerology than astrology per se since it isn’t based upon planetary positions.
The rituals seem complex -- what can people new to Mayan astrology draw for use in their everyday lives?
I don’t really know because Mayan astrology is closely connected with the Mayan spirit world. Any use of the Chol Qij is tantamount to an invocation of the Mayan spirits, and is preceded by lengthy, formulaic prayers and rituals. We western astrologers rely upon our own judgment and intuition, which is why we so often go wrong. The Mayans, on the other hand, use their astrology as a way of making contact with the spirit world, of channeling spirit messages.
What is the significance of the Dec. 21, 2012 date in the Mayan calendar?
Nothing is going to happen in 2012.
There is no Mayan prophecy about 2012.
In addition to the Chol Qij the Mayans have various other calendar counts of lesser mantic importance. One of these is the Long Count, which is a continuous count in days since August 9th, 3114 BCE. The Long Count will reset to zero-zero-zero-zero-zero on December 21, 2012. This is just a major calendar change – their equivalent of Y2K – with no more spiritual significance than the change of millennium had for us.
This 2012 thing is being touted by some non-Mayans as a kind of New Age version of the Rapture: a miraculous transformation of human consciousness which sweeps humanity up into the clouds to escape the coming tribulation.
But things don’t happen that way in real life.
The way it will probably occur is that the environment and civilization will deteriorate over the next few decades. And then people will draw together and open their hearts to one another, as they do in the face of any natural catastrophe. When people lose their faith in the system and start listening to their own hearts is when the system will change.
Do the Mayans have something to share that is crucial to our evolution? Why do you think Mayan culture is surfacing as a topic of interest in other countries like America?
The Mayans had the highest civilization in the Americas at the time of the Spanish conquest, and they have largely maintained it in the face of five centuries of persecution. Mayans have the dignity of a people who know their rightful place in the universe. They have a sense of rootedness, belonging, and purpose compared to the empty materialism of American life.
Mayans know that the world and nature are sacred; they feel awe; they are humble. Viewed through Mayan eyes, American behavior is crass, boorish, and profane; completely lacking in manners and culture. Collective soul loss is the malignancy of our time.
We Americans can learn from the Mayans not by aping their traditions (such as the so-called Mayan Prophecy for 2012) , but rather by taking a good, hard look at our own personal behavior, assumptions, and choices.
You write about how astrology can be a "vehicle of intent." Can you tell people how this works in everyday life?
Astrology wasn’t invented by human beings; rather it was channeled to human beings as a way of making a connection to the rhythms underlying everyday life. In particular, astrology is a way of understanding our true life’s purpose – the reason we incarnated at this time. Our karma from past lives – and the lessons to be learned in this one – can be read from our horoscopes. Astrology is one way of getting past our social conditioning to discover what our true feelings are and what our true purpose in this life is – the reason we were born.
You said astrology once was, and will again be the world religion. Can you share with readers what you mean by that?
At the time agriculture was invented the human race switched from operating on intuition to operating on thinking. Instead of thinking every second they were awake, ancient humans’ everyday cognition entailed what we would call “channeling”; attending to the messages of spirits, the voices of their ancestors, and feelings from their own past and future lives. If the human race is going to survive, people are going to have to relearn how to listen to the spirits who have always guided us; and also to use techniques such as astrology which help us to develop our intuition and build our faith that everything is unfolding as it should.
Are you optimistic about the future?
To be honest, I’m scared. I just finished reading Jared Diamond’s Collapse; but all of us hippies sort of knew that all along – that’s why we left the cities and went back to the land. I think there’s a shakeout coming, and one thing astrology teaches us is that it’s the tough times, and how we behave when things are going badly, that really move us ahead spiritually. Astrology also teaches us that periods of great expansion are always preceded by periods of contraction and pain.
So I guess the human race has to go through that one in order to release its grip on materialism and move up to a new level.
(Source: About.com Interview with Bob Makransky)
Bob Makransky’s articles, free downloadable Mayan Horoscope software, instructions on how to channel by automatic writing and run past life regressions, etc. are available at www.dearbrutus.com.
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