Mayan Calendar Studies

With Barbara MacLeod

THE CHANGING OF THE HEARTH: What we can learn from the Mayan calendar

Presented by Austin author & researcher of Mayan epigrahics

Dr. Barbara MacLeod

A scholar on Mayan hieroglyphic writing,  MacLeod spent decades in Central American Mayan jungle villages, discovering and interpreting stone carvings, while learning the language and culture from the inside out.  Her discoveries are are changing the understanding of what the ancient Mayans knew,  and are published in The 2012 Story, with John Major Jenkins, and were recently featured in the NOVA program “Cracking the Maya Code.”

Dr. Barbara MacLeod reports:

The Long Count of the Classic Maya has a cycle of 144,000 days (400 x 360 days) which they termed a pik or “bak’tun.” A great cycle of thirteen will close on the winter solstice of 2012. Only one ancient Mayan text mentions this 2012 date–Monument 6 from the site of Tortuguero, Mexico.  Its calendric information is clear, but the actual prophecy is badly eroded. This projected event has been the subject of much speculation in both academic and consciousness communities interested in the evolutionary shift we are passing through.

Dr. MacLeod will discuss a revised and thus far unpublished interpretation of this event based on a new mosaic photograph of the monument.  She will also examine several texts which describe the celestial and underworld events accompanying the previous closing of this cycle on August 11, 3114 BC, a date that has gotten surprisingly little attention outside academia amid all the 2012 brouhaha. [See image] Scholars refer to this event as Era Day or the Creation, knowing full well that the Maya recorded events which took place long prior to it. They may indeed have had a cosmology embracing five such creations representing the 26,000 year precession cycle resulting from the slight wobble of the earth on its axis. A brief explanation of this phenomenon will be given.

The event recorded repeatedly on stone monuments in connection with the 3114 BC date was “the changing of the hearth at the mouth of the sky.”  While we have long been able to read the hieroglyphs, Mayanists have had rather little to say about what this actually means. But the hearth for Maya people was–and is–the heart of the kitchen, the home, the family, and the community; it seems inescapable that the change takes place precisely here.  In this regard, we will consider the experiences of modern, urban scholars and pilgrims among the Maya people of Guatemala, Mexico, and Belize, as well the thoughts of native Mayan epigraphers.  We can see this dynamic phenomenon of a potential shift in our evolutionary consciousness and speculate on what power might be available for our transformation and renewal within this well-documented and ancient indigenous cosmo-vision.

The December 21, 2012 event has a Maya date of  4 Ajaw 3 K’ank’in (it differs only in the month position of 3 K’ank’in vs. 8 Kumk’u in 3114 BC). Everyone outside academia is focused on the 2012 date and seems largely unaware of the previous like-in-kind date, which was a huge, huge deal to the ancient Maya. The Maya mentioned it in many different media (pottery, stone, codices) and dozens of times, with much detail vis-a-vis the protagonists and the actions. The 2012 date is mentioned only once; in general, they seemed disinclined to cast forward into the distant future. There’s only one other such prognostication, and it goes forward to 4700-something AD. So clearly, 2012 was not for them the end of the calendar, much less the world. We will hear from this deeply studied scholar why this is true !!!