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Monday, 14 May 2012
The Pleiades was clearly revered also by the Mayans, who in the area of Chichen Itza thought that the Sun casts a snake-like shadow on the side of the north stairway of the Kukulcan pyramid during the spring equinox. Some scholars have calculated that about 60 days after this shadow’s appearance, when the sun reaches its zenith over the Pyramid at mid-day (May 20 – May 23), there is another direct alignment with the Pleiades. This Pleiades-sun alignment may have a direct connection with Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent that came to bring a greater wisdom to the planet.
Monday, 19 March 2012
Saturday, 3 March 2012
People in India and other countries with large Hindu populations will soon celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors. Holi is celebrated March 8th as a welcoming of Spring, and a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. People chase each other and playfully throw and splash colorful paint, powder and water on each other. People also attend bonfires to commemorate the story of Prahlada, a Hindu figure and devout follower of Lord Vishnu. March 8th is also a Full moon and Mayan tradition celebrates this as well. It is a good time to focus on an area of life in which you desire growth. It can be performed any time during the day by creating a sacred space with symbols of fertility on a white altar cloth and a white candle. The white candle is lit and the following prayer is said: “Ixchel, thank you for joining me today. I honor your fertile nature and offer you a token of my appreciation. I am in awe of your fierce and magnificent power. You are the Goddess of new life and protector of women and children. Bless me with abundance in my body, mind and spirit. May I be prosperous in all areas of my life. Protect and bless my projects while they begin to manifest.
Thursday, 1 March 2012
The Great Ballcourt at Chichen Itza has an architectural style that some anthropologists believe may have had outside influence from the Toltec. Toltec inspired architecture is apparent throughout this site and specifically in the ballcourt. Perhaps games between these opposing forces commenced as a struggle between the invading Toltec and the defending Maya in a battle to substantiate their place within this area. Given this significant context, the Mayans may have developed a different form of play, which resembled warfare, to battle for the land. The iconography on the ballcourt depicts these cultural entities engaging in ballgame battle!
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