Would the Real Tzolkin Calendar Please Stand Up

Would the Real Tzolkin Calendar Please Stand Up

Jan 15 2014

Someone who is investigating Mesoamerican Calendrics (MAC) asked me why a certain Tzolkin date converter generated an archetypal signature that differed from the Tzolkin date converter I use. Those of you who have studied my writings in depth will know the answer to that question, but it is likely that most of my readers don’t clearly know why there are various interpretations of the Tzolkin Calendar cycle or the core calendrical component of the entire MAC system. My reply to her question follows. Yes, I am familiar with Carl Calleman. He tracks what is thought to be the “traditional Tzolkin count”. That is why you get a different reading. Your question touches on the great dilemma within MAC. There are least 2 different Tzolkin counts in use, if not more. There can be only one correct sequence just like there is only one lunar and solar cycle sequence that is valid for everyone. The question is which Tzolkin cycle sequence is the correct one? To my knowledge nobody has bothered to empirically verify the Tzolkin Cycle sequence they profess to follow. Instead they have relied on the assertion that they are following the “traditional count”. How does one settle such a matter? That nobody has bothered to empirically verify the Tzolkin sequence they follow means that they don’t truly understand what they are working with. Most calendrical followers have assumed that they are following the correct Tzolkin because it’s claimed to be the “traditional or true count”, and they have relied on questionable colonial era records to piece together the missing links. This is a very sketchy procedure because it was the goal of...

Why January 1st is Not the Start of the New Year

Why January 1st is Not the Start of the New Year

Dec 31 2013

We live in an age where timekeeping has become an assumed background condition that we do not question. Yet nothing regulates our lives as much as the clock and calendar do. They tell us when we are supposed to work, rest, worship, celebrate, and play. So let us begin with questioning the purported start of the Euro-western New Year. First, we must define what is meant by a year. A year according to the dictionary is a period of time measuring 12 months or 365 days long. More precisely a year is a measure of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. The question for us is how do we determine the criteria for the start of the solar cycle? That question is not that easy to answer once you realize that a cycle is a circle, and its impossible to determine where a circle starts or ends. Indeed, I have come to the conclusion that there is no end and no beginning in the absolute sense but that idea will be discussed in much deeper detail at another time. A no beginning/no end point of view is a deeply disrupting idea for a culture (Western/Judeo-Christian), whose ideological underpinnings assumes the idea of absolute beginnings and endings. But I will say that there are attributes particular to specific points in the solar cycle. What we name those points is relative to where we stand on the globe. There are better terms to describe the stages of cyclical processes than beginning or end. Fortunately for us, perfect seamless circles are extremely rare in nature. Stars and planets are not perfectly spherical, for they bulge around their...

Tzolkin Cosmology: A New Way To See And Experience The World

Tzolkin Cosmology: A New Way To See And Experience The World

Sep 23 2013

Constructing and Deconstructing Reality Constructs A CRC is comprised of concepts describing how we think the phenomenal world operates. It is how we explain the how, when, and why of what happens, has happened, or will happen to or between entities.  Welcome to the tenuous world of causality, or cause-effect.   The Illusory Sense of Separation The hidden assumption of Western rationalism is that what we call reality could not be so intimately and meaningfully connected to our mere thoughts. Many of us have experiences to the contrary, even though we may not know the full meaning of the synchronicity, nor know how it works in exact scientific detail. Discoveries in physics over the last 75 years have begun to reveal that the observer is an integral feature of the experiment, and must be accounted for as part of the experimental set. Physics has discovered many other curiosities about nature that cannot be explained by our classical understanding of causality. [4] The topic of synchronicity opens up a can of worms of Biblical proportions for it begins to question some of the Western world’s most basic assumptions and subconscious attachments to our ideas about time, cause-effect, the nature of reality, and the Universe at large. It also calls into question our notions of God, chance, gender-social roles, destiny, free will, personal responsibility, and the concept of culpability among others. A Fractured and Traumatized Worldview It is for the reasons mentioned that I feel it important to first examine what I call the decrepit, crumbling, and fractured mental house of Western Civilization. Tzolkin Cosmology cannot be fully understood until the perceptual roadblocks inherent in Western thought are deconstructed and dispensed...

The Question of Time: An Illusion, a Delusion, a Magical Order or All of the Above

The Question of Time: An Illusion, a Delusion, a Magical Order or All of the Above

Aug 25 2013

When I’ve asked people the question, “what are clocks designed to do?”, I get all sorts of interesting replies What I’ve found out is that time is an extremely confused subject in the Western world. As I develop this story I will reveal the answer, but why don’t you ask yourself what you think time is and what it is that clocks are designed to do. The obvious answer might be that clocks tell time. Clocks don’t tell time per se, rather they measure an aspect of our world. For now let’s just say that time is an abstract term for a very common phenomena that most of us take for granted. Einstein was the first to say that time is the 4th dimension, an even more abstract concept and one of his few miscalculations. I’ve read books on the Western notion of time and it seems that even the experts can’t agree as to what time is.   Here are some official definitions of time. Websters defines Time as…. 1a : the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues: duration b : a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future 2: the point or period when something occurs Wikipedia defines Time as…. Time is a part of the measuring system used to sequence events, to compare the durations of events and the intervals between them, and to quantify rates of change such as the motions of objects.[1] The temporal position of events with respect to the transitory present is continually changing; future events become...

Beyond Jung and All Guess Work: An Introduction To The Art and Science of Synchronicity

Beyond Jung and All Guess Work: An Introduction To The Art and Science of Synchronicity

Aug 13 2013

The Architecture of Synchronicity, Life, Time, Change, Human Personality and Interpersonal Dynamics What you are about to read is a brief introduction to “The Art and Science of Synchronicity” . In other articles I have begun to elaborate on how Mesoamerican Calendrics (MAC) is not a calendar system as the rest of the World understand calendars. The core component of the MAC system, the Tzolkin calendar is best understood as a calendrical code that maps very subtle evolutive processes and cycles inherent in, and propagated by the very fabric of space-time itself. Synchronicity We have all heard and perhaps even said, “things happen for a reason”, though we don’t really know what those ultimate reasons might be. My work on the Tzolkin Cycle and Code shows how all phenomena is related and synchronized, right down to the smallest events you experience in your every day life. Not a single detail about our lives is random. What we sometimes experience as synchronicity are the obvious, “in your face” kind of events. Countless synchronicities happen every day across every scale. The Tzolkin Code reveals those synchronicities. Synchronicity is not just some meaningless curiosity, but rather evidence of the self-organizing principles inherent in all energy-matter configurations. Energy-matter that you and I are composed of. Energy-matter that behaves according to a few simple rules governing the attractive and repulsive forces existing between all entities, organic and inorganic. Rules that you can learn and apply to optimize your experience, comprehension and appreciation of life. Many of us intuitively sense that there is some grander overall purpose behind what happens. I can’t say what the “ultimate purpose” is, but my...

Novelty, Change, Archetypes and Events According to Tzolkin Cosmology

Novelty, Change, Archetypes and Events According to Tzolkin Cosmology

Aug 5 2013

Novelty is perhaps the most important concept when it comes to detecting the correspondences between the events and persons of the day and the day’s Tzolkin coding as defined by the day’s themeplex. A study of novelty also leads us into an in-depth understanding of change. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines novelty as; 1. the quality of being new, original, or unusual : the novelty of being a married woman wore off. • a new or unfamiliar thing or experience : in 1914 air travel was still a novelty. Tzolkin Cosmology (TC) views novelty as an intrinsic property of change and qualifies it according to a different set of criteria that better matches how our reality changes from day to  day. Examples further down under “types of novelty” You’ve heard the phrase that “there is nothing new under the sun”. TC affirms that phrase because TC defines events, forces, objects, organisms, and processes in terms of their most basic attributes. And when things are reduced to their most basic properties we discover that truly original developments happen infrequently and most happened long, long ago in our evolutionary history. What is truly new and original is the articulation of Tzolkin Cosmology. TC is an entirely new way to see, understand and experience the world. Most of the “novelty” we witness is simply another variation or refinement on a pre-existing theme or template. Take for example the example given by the dictionary when it states that “in 1914 air travel was still a novelty”.  In 1914 humans flying through the air was indeed novel in the standard dictionary sense of the word. But when air travel...

Glossary

Glossary

Aug 3 2013

ANCHOR THEMEPLEX: The first day of a 13 day tone cycle (tc) establishes the tc’s overarching and primary attributes. It also defines its purpose and function as a subwhole of the Tzolkin cycle. The tc’s purpose is defined by the archetype that coincides with the 1st tone of a given 13 day cycle. For example, let’s use Kin 144, or 1 Seed. The key attributes of the Seed are targets, awareness, and flowering. Therefore the primary function and purpose of the Seed tc is to develop the Seed’s attributes. There are 4 other elements to the anchor themeplex and they too will be expressed in an overarching manner over the course of the 13 day tc. ARGUELLEN or ARGUELLEN ACCOUNT: A reference to the late Dr. Jose Arguelles and his pioneering account of the Tzolkin Code. Specifically, the Arguellen Account refers to his exposition, amplification, and modifications of the Mesoamerican Tzolkin Calendar Code as presented in his 1990 Dreamspell publication. ARCHETYPE: (1) An irreducible, elemental and universal aspect of the phenomenal world. The constants of human experience that have constituted our world since time immemorial. (2) a reference to one of the 20 day symbols. ATTRIBUTE TYPES: Key Attributes: Each tone and archetype of the Tzolkin code possesses 3 specific attributes. The key attributes were assigned by Jose Arguelles. Expressed Attributes: Refers to each element’s 3 key attributes. For example Arguelles assigned catalyzes, energy, and self generation to the storm archetype. Implied attributes: Refers to attributes inherent in the archetype in question. For example, implied attributes would be all things associated with storms and storminess. e.g., wind, rain, turbulence, lightning, darkening, chaos, etc. Shared Attributes Refers to attributes...

Does the Universe have an Operating System? Discover for Yourself

Does the Universe have an Operating System? Discover for Yourself

Jul 16 2011

The computational model of the universe suggests that the universe may be likened to a computer and like a computer its operations or workings (laws of physics/nature) may be modeled as a code. Variations on the computational model of the universe are also known as the digital physics, digital philosophy, holographic paradigm, Bohmian Holomovement, cellular automata , and algorithmic models of the universe. Such models are by no means fringe theories. Highly regarded physicists, computer scientists, and Nobel laureates are behind such ideas. However, the theories are missing one key ingredient – the code itself. The express purpose of this article is to… introduce the concept of the computational universe. introduce what seems to be the top candidate for a cosmic operating system.  MAC: The Source Code of the Computational Universe? At the start of the year 2000 I began investigating one of the biggest mysteries of pre-columbian Mesoamerican culture – their complex and obscure calendrical system. At the heart of the Mesoamerican Calendrical System (MAC) is the mysterious 260 day Tzolkin calendar.  Calendrics is the study and charting of cyclical phenomena. It is particularly concerned with the cyclical motions and phases of the planets, the moon and the stars, but there is no clear indication as to what the 260 day Tzolkin Cycle is based on. Was it invented, or is it based on some yet undiscovered natural phenomena?   My studies prove that the Tzolkin calendar is based on a non-astronomically based  cyclical process.  The results of my studies also compel me to state the code language (Tzolkin code) that models the Tzolkin cycle is the code language of the computational universe described herein...

A Cosmic Pulse: Does the Universe have a Heart Beat?

A Cosmic Pulse: Does the Universe have a Heart Beat?

Mar 10 2011

While tracking the Tzolkin Cycle I discovered that certain days seemed to buzz with an extra intensity. People seemed to be more on edge, and the overall activity of the day was marked by hyper-activity of sorts—hence the term Hyper-Day. My understanding of Tzolkin Cosmology had led me to conclude that the Tzolkin Cycle is the mark of a very deep cosmic process. From a whole systems perspective I reasoned that the hyperactivity I noted in humans and their activities must also make itself apparent in other aspects of the natural world. So I conducted a study whereby I plotted daily earthquake activity over a period of months to see if the days marked as hyper-days on the Tzolkin cycle sequence had a greater share of seismic activity. Lo and behold, the study revealed that seismic activity increased both in the number of earthquakes per day and in the intensity of the earthquakes themselves. The highlight of the study showed that for a 1 year period 74 percent of temblors over 7.0 magnitude concurred with Hyper-Days. [ Update: This article was published just a few hours before the great Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. The earthquake took place on Tzolkin date 77 —a Hyper-day. Please note the follower count of 77 on the Tweet image A Twitter post I sent out on the 9th of March 2011 warning about the heightened risk for extreme tectonic (seismic-volcanic) and human events. The same sort of synchronicity took place when I published my study on Volcanism in correlation with Hyper-days. That study was published about 12 hours before the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano erupted ] I then...

Alice and the Rabbit Holographic Universe

Alice and the Rabbit Holographic Universe

Jun 4 2010

Myths and Stories: Our attempts to describe the phenomenal world in a coherent and intelligible fashion. I use two basic categories of stories for the purpose of this article. There are stories about individual journeys, and there are stories about the collective’s journey. Collective to mean beyond the regionalism of tribes or nations. Stories applicable to the collective of humanity because the message is universal in scope. The theme of a universally valued story is about a quest relevant to, and involving the whole. In other words, the well being of the whole is at stake. Certain actions must be carried out in order to insure a continued and brighter future for the collective. Stories containing universal values and themes are known to us as myths. A myth is a true story told in symbolic terms. A corrupted myth is a symbolic story understood in literal terms (Judeo-Christian). Dreams are private myths and myths are public dreams ~ Joseph Campbell This brings us to the crux of this article. We live in an age of mythic illiteracy, and subsequently we are unable to derive the meaning and therefore the deeper value of mythic stories unless we are hit over the head with the obvious. Think Avatar. Story telling was once how we conveyed the mystery, awe, and workings of our world. Stories were vivified in the language of metaphor, imagery, archetypes, and symbols. Motion pictures approach the ritual of ancient story telling much more so than books. Most of us go see a movie, and unless we are familiar with the meaning of symbols and archetypes, we are apt to miss out on much...

Toward a Holistic and Universal Worldview

Toward a Holistic and Universal Worldview

Sep 18 2009

Tzolkin Cosmology as Prime Candidate for a Holistic Cosmology This article introduces you to the socio-cultural and philosophical implications of what is meant by a holistic cosmology. What is Cosmology The Cosmos: the universe seen as a well-ordered whole; from the Greek word kosmos ‘order, ornament, world, or universe’, so called by Pythagoras and his disciples from their view of its perfect order and arrangement. Cosmology: the study of the order of the universe. A physical cosmology as defined by the sciences seeks to understand and explain the laws, forces, origin, composition, functions, interactions, and developmental dynamics of the universe. A mythosophical cosmology as used within the context of religion, spirituality, myth and philosophy seeks to understand and explain the laws, origin, composition, functions, interactions, and developmental dynamics of the human socio-cultural universe within the context of the physical universe. I’ve coined the word mythosophical from the merger of mythology and philosophy.  Myths and legends are metaphoralized stories of major events, cosmic and earthly forces and life processes.  The purpose of mythology is outlined by Joseph Campbell’s 4 Functions of myth. The Four Functions of MYTH: 1. The first is the mystical function – realizing what a wonder the universe is, and what a wonder you are, and experiencing awe before this mystery. 2. The second is a cosmological dimension, the dimension with which science is concerned -showing you what the shape of the universe is, but showing it in such a way that the mystery again comes through. 3. The third function is the sociological one – supporting and validating a certain social order. And here’s where the myths vary enormously from place...

Toward a Balanced Worldview: Order Out Of Chaos and The Emergence Of A Holistic Science

Toward a Balanced Worldview: Order Out Of Chaos and The Emergence Of A Holistic Science

Sep 14 2009

Core Reality Constructs and Our Ideological Inheritance A core reality construct (CRC) is comprised of proven and/or unproven concepts describing how we think the phenomenal world operates. It is how we explain the how, when, and why of what happens, has happened, or will happen in our universe with regards to human to human interaction, and between humans and their environment. In part 1 of the Art and Science of Synchronicity I go on to describe how the foundation of the Western worldview is based on a CRC devised over 5000 years ago by the founders of Western Civilization. The foundation of the Western worldview is all too well preserved in Judeo-Christian ideology, and the ideologies that have sprung from it, or have been influenced by it. The first book of the Bible, Genesis, laid down the key tenets of the CRC that have governed Western thought and behavior for the last 5000 years or so. Those wanting a deeper review of Western Civilization’s foundational ideology may review my article entitled Deconstructing the Biblical “Fall of Man”: Insight into the Source of our Misery Ancient and Modern. The JCCC: A Dysfunctional Worldview The key point made in my introduction to synchronicity according to Tzolkin Cosmology, as far as core reality constructs are concerned, is that the Western worldview is anti-nature, anti-women, and anti-other at its core, and therefore ill equipped to accurately and effectively relate its adherents to the whole of nature in a healthy and ecological way. I go on denounce the Western worldview as a dysfunctional and incoherent thought complex at the root of the world’s social, economic, and environmental problems. As...

The World as Object or the World as Process

The World as Object or the World as Process

Sep 13 2009

Contrasting the Western Worldview of Objects with the Native American Worldview of the World as Process. We have been taught that everything in the universe is made of things called atoms, which in turn are made of still smaller sub-atomic particles. I will affirm that our world is constructed of theoretical things called atoms, but Western science with its fixation on objects and reductionist approach to nature has literally missed the bigger picture. When we look at the phenomenal world, we see objects or clumps of organized atoms in motion. The Western mind has fixated upon the objects themselves to try and understand the most fundamental properties of the universe. Below are three excerpts from an article covering a meeting between various academics as they discuss the essential difference between Western and Native American views of reality. The article link is found at the end of this report. Nancy Maryboy, Ph.D., a Dine/Cherokee cosmologist from Arizona says; “the Western view looks at ego, self and the boundaries between self and other while Native languages talk about relationships and process. That’s why Native people introduce themselves by clan”. “Another significant difference is that Native languages are verb based, while English is structured on nouns”. “Nouns are snapshots of a flowing reality,” Alford said. “A person from a noun-based language such as English is programmed to watch dancers”, he explained, “while a person with a verb-based perspective would see or feel the experience of dancing”. The laws of motion form the foundation of Western physics. Western science has simply failed to discover the underlying order inherent in the periodicity or circularity of motion due to its...

The Distinctions Between Natural and Civil Calendar Systems

The Distinctions Between Natural and Civil Calendar Systems

Jul 29 2009

The Universal Relevance of Calendars There are 3 principle questions asked by those who encounter the complexity of the Mesoamerican Calendrical system (MAC). Why and how did the Ancient Mesoamericans devise the worlds most elaborate calendrical system and what were the Mesoamericans tracking with their 260 day Tzolkin cycle? To the layperson hearing about the “end of the Mayan Calendar”, the question is…what’s the big deal about a calendar ending? And what, if any relevance does such an event have to my life, so that I might bother looking into such an obscure topic? The questions of relevance to those other than a calendrical researcher are perfectly understandable. After all doesn’t the entire world operate by the West’s Gregorian calendar and why is one calendar better or more notable than any other? Aren’t calendars simply tools for coordinating our activities with others, and to mark certain days of cultural or personal significance? On the surface it may seem simple, and we don’t give it a second thought. I would say that one of our most basic assumptions about the inherited portion of one’s culture is the calendar that we use to coordinate our lives. The assumption is that most of us don’t think to question its purpose, validity, authority, existence, and even less its constitution…much like we don’t question the existence of the sky or ground. Unquestionable because its presence, though felt, is so subtle and at the same time so pervasive that it’s easily assumed as a background condition, similar to breathing. But what if I told you that a calendar could be compared to the operating system of a computer. A civil...