To understand the significance of the Tzolkin, we need to realize that the Maya consider the center of our Milky Way galaxy to be a cosmically conscious source of energy and intelligence orchestrating the evolution of all life on Earth. They believe we need to align ourselves consciously and prayerfully with this source in order to live in harmony with its deepest spiritual directives. Divining what those spiritual directives are, is primarily a matter of inner spiritual work involving learning, and applying, ancient metaphysical arts and sciences associated with the galactic realm. Inevitably, this engages us in some way with the Tzolkin calendar.
Maya consider the Tzolkin to be a universal spiritual tool capable of transmitting to humanity, cosmic messages emanating from galactic center, what they call Hunab Ku. Essentially, the Tzolkin is a 260 unit matrix of symbols derived from 20 meaning-laden hieroglyphs and 13 sacred numbers. These 260 combinations reveal through their interconnectedness, a cosmic web of spiritual essences palpable to human emotion. This occurs through the phenomenon of sympathetic resonance, or re-sounding. Through resonance, an immediate similarity and correlation between the perceived events of a person's life, and the symbolic events of the Tzolkin can be understood.
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In Mayan myth, the winter solstice sun corresponds to the deity One Hunahpu, also known as First Father. The Mayan Sacred Book, the Popol Vuh, is all about setting the stage so that the Hero Twins' father (One Hunahpu) can be reborn, thus a new World Age. The dark rift has many mythic identities: it is the Black Road; it is the xibalba be (the Road to the Underworld); it is a crevice in the branches of the cosmic tree (the Milky Way); it is the mouth of the Cosmic Monster (often portrayed as a frog, jaguar or snake with tree-like features); it is the birth canal of the Cosmic Mother. , the dark-rift is best understood as the birth canal of the Cosmic Mother, who we may call First Mother, to First Father. In this way we can trace how these various metaphors are found in Mayan Creation Mythology. the date of this alignment is, again, the end date of the 13-baktun Great Cycle - a cycle of approximately 5125 years. This all suggests that the ancient Maya were aware of the impending alignment and considered it to be of such importance to be a major transition point, the Creation of a new World Age. In mythological terms, this event is about the union of First Father with First Mother or, more accurately, the birth of First Father (the winter solstice sun - the new World Age ruler) from First Mother (the dark-rift in the Milky Way). The headline appropriate for the upcoming event is: "Cosmic Mother Gives Birth to The First God."
The ancient Maya noticed that the winter solstice sun was slowly moving towards the Milky Way. Two great markers in the sky were converging, presenting a rare celestial juncture. Their calendar accurately tells us when this will occur, and it meant more than the birth of a new solar year. It meant the beginning of a new Great Cycle of time, the resetting of the great celestial star-clock of precession and, perhaps, an unprecedented shift in the nature of human consciousness and civilization.