The Sacred Geometry of Sacred Time
in the Olympiad and the Mayan Calendar Round (cont.)
By William Glyn-Jones
The Sacred Seven Day Cycle
The seven-day week and the accompanying seven day creation story that became a part of Judaic tradition have their origins in the ancient Near East, from the lands between the two rivers. If we criticize the seven-day Genesis story as being an obvious fiction we reveal how trapped we are in linear time perspectives. The story is effective as a myth born from an elementary and beautiful geometric pattern, as shown by Drunvalo Melchizedek in his Flower of Life book.
In Sacred Geometry the drawing of a circle may, clearly, be regarded as one of the most fundamental movements, and in this Genesis pattern the circle is indeed the starting point. However, this is a creation story, so we have to ask where it came from in the first place. We shall see that it came from the pattern's own future, and will regard it as the pre-existing, self-begotten creation, like the egg of the Phoenix. So from this original circle we can produce a more developed pattern that retains regularity, because another circle can be drawn on the circumference with its own circumference passing through the centre of the pre-existing circle. Since this "first" operation is carried out from an existing foundation, it doesn't need to be regarded as having been created from the void, and so this drawing of the second circle is called the First Day or First Movement.
The centre of balance has now shifted from the original centre of the pattern, and there are two new intersection points. We may continue adding new circles using the new intersection points as the centres, until we have a pattern with a total of seven circles. Remember that the first was pre-existing, so we are still just at Day Six. However, the first circle was really on loan from the future. Now that we have reached the end of this cycle, that original circle's time of actualizing has come round, and so in Day Seven we return to that original centre since this has now for the first time since the First Day become again the centre of balance of the pattern. This return home is mythologized in the Genesis story as the Day of Rest.
Interestingly, Chapter 24 of the I Ching (as popularized by a Barrett/Pink Floyd song) describes this pattern:-
All movement is accomplished in six stages
And the seventh brings return
For seven is the number of the Young Light
It forms when darkness is increased by one.
Did Canaanite seafarers carry this mystery far and wide? As well as turning up in the I Ching of China, the Mayan people of Central America have a creation myth, told in the Popol Vuh, where, out of the primordial stillness and emptiness, there emerges from the Heart of the Sky the creator figure "God Seven", seven gods in one. It is as if we are asked to conceive of creation from out of the void of the black hole at the Galactic Centre, the Heart of the Sky.
The Genesis pattern is clearly floral, and in both Hindu and Ancient Egyptian traditions we find the birth of a First-Born, Self-begotten god from the centre of a lotus, in the myth of Brahma, and in the Heliopolitan creation story. Brahma's first act is to sing the Om, and this in turn reminds us of Genesis again: "In the beginning was the word." And the word was "Om". Now for an interesting development.
The Thirteen Day Week of the Maya
The seven day cycle teaches us the basic concepts, but it is a more developed version of the geometry to which we must turn to find something that plugs in to bigger interlocking cycles of Sacred Time, giving us just the kind of holo-morphic time field we are looking for.
I propose that the Mayan 13-day period be viewed as coming from this same type of geometry. Rather than going straight back to the centre on the Seventh Day, we can extend our credit for another six days, borrowing until then before returning to the centre, because there are six new intersection points on the outside of our pattern all of which can be used as the centres for further circles. When we have added six more circles, now again we notice that the centre of balance has gone to the original centre, so that in this expanded version it is Day Thirteen that deposits the original circle of the centre back in time.
In fact, the 13-day cycle is one of the most important building blocks of Central American calendars such as the Mayan Calendar Round. This isn't the linearly-focussed Mayan Long Cont Calendar with the famous 2012 end-date - it is a cycle of time; it spirals on and on without end.
We mark the seven day week with various rituals, such as fish on Friday, a night out on Saturday or the Sunday Roast. How could we mark the start of a thirteen-day week in an unobtrusive, convenient way? A meal? An item of jewellery? Being one day less than a fortnight, it leads us backwards through the week days - Monday, Sunday, Saturday etc.
As I've said, the 13-cycle is part of a larger pattern that fits the bill as regards our holomorphic timeweb, but to see why we first need to factor in the 20-day count.