The ancient Mayans were masters of time. They were great mathematicians, architects, astronomers and astrologers that kept track of different planetary cycles. There is proof of this and it has stunned scientist, historians and the general public alike.
The Maya astronomy registered the sinodic cycles of the seven luminaries seen from Earth: Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and the Sun and Moon.
They even calculated with precise accuracy the cycles of the Pleiades that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
But they were particularly interested in the synodic cycles of Venus.
In Mexico, there were different deities associated with this planet.
For the Aztecs, there was Quetzalcoatl. For the Mayans, his name was Kukulkan. And for the Mazatecs, the name was Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli. But they all represented him as a feathered serpent. Venus, the morning and evening star.
Different ancient civilizations always associated Venus with a star, but it wasn’t until the 80’s, that astrologers using the new computerized programs, noticed a star shape formed by the 5 conjunctions of Venus and Earth in an exact period of time of 8 years.
8 Earth Years = 13 Venus Years
In one of the Mayan Calendars, the one that is known as the sacred count, the Tzolkin, Venus is represented by a star of 8 points.
The Tzolkin (sacred count) is precisely the matrix to follow the steps of Venus and the conjunctions with Earth.
That is why the Mayans used the Calendar of the 13 Moons (365 days) and the Tzolkin (260 days) that synchronized create an exact and perfect cycle of 52 years.
260 days, the period of time between sowing and reaping. 260 days, the gestation of human life.
This 260 days cycle unites celestial and terrestrial processes.
There are clear signs between the connections that the Mayans did, between the cycles of the Moon, Venus and the Tzolkin.
Venus is visible as the morning star for 258 days.
For example, this cycle can be used to predict eclipses, because these occur in an average of 173.33 days. This is what known as half a year of eclipses cycle.
Three of these periods of time, gives us 520 days = 260 X 2
This is why it was easy for the mayan priests and astronomers, to predict the eclipses using the Tzolkin.
In this blog I try to expand on how we can use this calendar and how we can connect with the cycles of time, so we can be better in tune with nature.
Come with me on this magical and life changing ride.