- Trascendence in Mayan Mithology -
Let us take a brief moment to look into the meaning of the ritual ball game of the Maya, and the Mesoamericans, in general. Ball courts were constructed as part of the Mesoamerican ritual practically from the beginning. Since these were sacred rituals, we must assume that there is a metaphysical meaning in the ball game which is being conveyed.
The layout of the ball court has been connected to various astronomical orientations. Whether the orientations are correct is not in question, for it is assured that the Maya rituals were reality oriented to the extent that they purposely tied in astronomical orientations to their lives. They clearly believed that the word of First Father came through the messages in the heavens. We can also tie the temple and pyramid sacrifice rituals to the asterisms at Perseus, Andromeda, the Great Square, Cepheus, and Sculptor.
The ball court and the turtle of resurrection can be illustrated in the asterisms of Pisces and Cetus to correspond to the bottom of the ecliptic under the head of Cepheus and the body of Quetzalcoatl. What we need is a tie in to the metaphor of the game.
The three vignettes above ("click" on photo to enlarge) show Maya kings playing the game. Besides the ball, there is the "Six-Stair-place". This place of six stairs is central to the metaphor of the game. That is what the vignettes are saying, even though definitions of the glyphs at each step are not available. But, the ball and the six steps are all we need to connect the metaphor of the ball game to the experience of life on earth, or in the cosmos. Mayanologists prefer to associate the ball with the sun.
If we consider the ball field one level, then there are six levels which must be ascended in order to "win the game". In metaphysics, seven is the number of the "spirits of God". In other words, there are only seven dimensions of creation which must be ascended to become one with the Creator. The first four dimensions are the metaphysical elements, earth, water, air, and fire. The earth dimension represents the material world composed of all energy and matter. This is the earth in which we all come to play the game. The first step to ascend is the physical dimension which has the metaphysical element name water. This is the level at which bodily functions result when a life force is added to the substance of the first material level. An organism which discontinues to maintain the level of the water step dies, and returns back to the matter level of the carrion. The second step is the metaphysical level called air. At this step, the living organism imagines and thinks about objects and subjects in the creation. This imaginary step is essential to any rational understanding. The third step is the metaphysical level called fire. This is the level of inspiration. When an imaginative living organism made of material substance reaches the level of fire, it has the power to rule nations of living organisms.
These four levels from the ball field to the third step were identified in the Book of Revelation.
These verses associate the material, physical, mental, and esprit de corps aspects of creation with the rewards given for ascending above the appropriate level. There is no reason to believe the great Maya did not know these truths, and every reason to believe they had to put them into their on revelatory saga. The real mystery is why is it that Mayanologists, Egyptologists, and archaeologists in general, can not understand that the temples they uncover are of religious nature, and are defining the essential metaphysics of the created world. The answer to this enigma is in the modern object oriented definition of science.
John demonstrates the successful transfer of subject with "white raiment" in the "book of life". He identifies the successful ascension above the level of the medium with the "pillar in the temple" and the "new Jerusalem" which will carry the meaning of the subject. And finally, John gives the throne of the father's to the one who can ascend to the level of the message. The throne is the message, for it is what is on the Mind of God. The white raiment is the Milky Way on the child at Quetzalcoatl. The Pillar in the temple is the body of the Caiman Tree. The throne is the rational message of the precession of the ecliptic cross. Thus, the Popol Vuh is in agreement with Revelation (or viceversa). One important aspect of these top three stairs is the fact that the entities which were on the ascended level do not change, it is the created one who ascends that is re-cognized. In other words, communication does not change the medium nor the message, communication simply causes the subject to return to its origination. That is the fundamental consequence of proper communication. An author can lead the individual, but only the individual can carry the subject back to the throne from whence it came.
Now that we can see the possibility that the six stair place is that domain where the seven spirits of God reside, we can begin to recognize that the ball is the "real world." In many glyphs a man, or a man's face is found on the ball. This means that the ball is the "human world." There is little question that the goal of the Maya ritual was to get the sons back to First Mother and First Father. This is precisely the same metaphor as the ball court and the six-stair-place. The objective of the game is to get the human world back to the heavenly world.
Egypt was founded with the specific goal of "uniting the two lands". The two lands are the material earth and the heavens above. "As above, so below", was a ritual required in order to attain the fullest awareness of reality. This ritual was world wide, because it is as essential to an African, or an Asian, as it is to an American. Any human being must climb the six-stair-place in order to achieve the objective of life. When it is achieved, and the obstacles are overcome, the reward is the throne of the father's.
The chart on the right represents the view of Teotihuacán on the vernal equinox of 4400 AD, oriented so that the expression "as above, so below" applies. If the stars were projected down to the terrain, they would be as shown, with the Milky Way and the head of the reborn king resting on the Way of the dead at the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent. The sun is at the foot of Aquarius as represented in the ball game vignette from the Popol Vuh.
Look closely at the path of the zenith (Z). At the east northeast horizon, it is in the cleft of Pisces, or the back of the turtle. Further north along the horizon, a ball player takes a hip shot to beat the Lord's of Xibalba at their own game. The metaphor of the hip shot can be understood in modern cowboy vernacular as "shooting from the hip". The zenith ball bounces through the Pisces circlet "ball" over the head of Aquarius who is pouring water toward the man holding the "staff of life" at the bottom of the cosmic world. When the ball reaches the zenith, the star pattern is as it is shown, with the zenith directly on the head of the reborn king. The sons have rescued One Hunahpu! Let the dances begin.
West of the galaxy we see First Father drawing new spirits out of the mouth of Quetzalcoatl, and the sons doing what sons do in the heavens, where a Maize God tends to his field and his flock. On the northwest horizon, Seven Macaw stands pointing the way to the top of the world and the head of the king. Salvation is shown in full swing at Teotihuacán on the vernal equinox morning of 4400 AD. Down below at Chich'en Itza a shadow will rise along the stairs of the pyramid to Kulkukan to symbolize that Quetzalcoatl shows the way back to First Father, just like it has since the pyramid was first constructed.
This shadow and the metaphor "as above, so below" is a great comfort to any who would worry about death and dying. It is a pathway to eternal life in the hearts of the children of First Father, who overcame all obstacles in the "Six-Stair-Place".
This Eternal City
was memorialized by Stonehenge around 2800 B.C., the
founding of Rome in 753 B.C., and the writing of the Book of
Revelation in Patmos around 200 A.D. We also have three communities
which have forecast the coming of the Eternal City. Around 1360
B.C., Pharaoh Akhenaten built Akhetaten on the
location where the axis of the galaxy would be at the moment of the
first occasion in 1998 A.D. The Moai statues of
Easter Island were being constructed many centuries ago to
commemorate the same date for the arrival of the Eternal City
in the Land Under the Land. Now we can see that
Teotihuacán was constructed when the child
Quetzalcoatl came down to earth in 1 B.C. and aligned to mark
the return of First Father to the Eternal City 4400
This return is steered by the affectations and associations of the polar constellations with the daily lives of people who play the game of life in this Six-Stair-Place. If we stop for a brief moment in our mundane quests and meditate on this concept, it becomes obvious that the Mayan objectives were appropriate for all times, even for these times when stars no longer shine in the hearts of men. We do not honor the stars for their role in human endeavors. We do not honor the biosphere in which we live for its role in our endeavors, either. But, the spiritual winds are telling us that times are changing. We are about to witness the rebirth of cosmic consciousness. This rebirth will unfold precisely as the great ancestors said it would. Heroic children of First Father will restore his head upon the body of civilization, and the human world will mount up to the top of this Six-Stair-Place, one committed life at a time. How could it be otherwise?