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2012 and the Psychedelic Shamans
By Thomas Razzeto

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Mystical 2012: Did the Maya Shamans Discover a Mystical View of Reality?

Mystical 2012: Did the Maya Shamans Discover a Mystical View of Reality?

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Why the Maya Picked 2012 : The Sacred Triple Rebirth of the Sun and the Sacred Tree Over the Maya
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2012 and the Psychedelic Shamans: Why Their Experiences Are the Key to Understanding the Message of 2012

Introduction

As I explored the puzzle of 2012, one of the things that I least expected turned out to be the most important. My exploration of this subject was initially focused on the astronomy that will unfold on December 21, 2012 and this is indeed crucial in understanding why the Maya picked that exact day. But this essay will not focus on the astronomy; it will focus on something completely different. It will focus on the psychedelic effects of the chemicals that the Maya shamans got from the Bufo toad. These psychedelic experiences are the key to understanding the message of the ancient Maya.

The Astronomy and the Rebirth Metaphor

Let's back up for a few minutes and quickly review my general approach to 2012, which is to carefully consider these three tightly related aspects:

1) the astronomy that will unfold on the precise day that the calendar restarts
2) the rebirth metaphor that is based on this astronomy
3) the core meaning of this metaphor

It will be very easy for us to quickly understand why the astronomy that will unfold on that day is so special and why it was used as the foundation of the Maya's rebirth metaphor. After you see how I present the astronomy of 2012, you might wonder how so many people can be completely unaware of this simple but important perspective.

Please note that this is not the “galactic alignment” of John Major Jenkins. John's a great guy and I really like some of his work but the galactic alignment already peaked in 1998. I wondered, “From 2,000 years ago, how could the Maya hit the exact day of the winter solstice and yet miss the year they wanted?” This is why I kept looking for the real reason the Maya picked 2012. And here it is:


The sun will be in the middle of the dark rift, the Maya birth canal, on the winter solstice. The sacred tree will be above the Maya with the sun virtually exactly between Mars and Venus.

On the precise day of the winter solstice of 2012, the sun will be in the middle of the dark rift of the Milky Way. This section of the sky contains a large ball of faint stars near the center of our galaxy. The Maya considered this ball to be the pregnant belly of the mother of creation. The dark rift intrudes into this ball and was considered to be the galactic birth canal. From the point of view of earth, the sun goes through this section of the sky once a year and on the one day of the year when the sun is in the middle of the galactic birth canal, it can be said that the sun is being reborn. In the years around 2012, this happens on the same day as the winter solstice. Since the winter solstice is the time when the length of the day starts to grow longer, it was also considered to be a type of solar rebirth. And of course, every day contains a sunrise, which is yet another type of solar rebirth. In this way, December 21, 2012 contains a triple rebirth of the sun. So we see that on the day that the calendar itself will be reborn, the sun will be reborn three times.

(There is a little more to the story about why the Maya picked 2012. We also need to consider the special configuration of the sacred tree, which you can see in the image above. You can learn more here: Why the Maya Picked 2012: essay or video. Don't worry about the astronomy being too hard to understand; my clear presentation is easy to follow and the astronomy is very simple.)

But understanding the link between the calendar and the astronomy does not answer the biggest question: What are the Maya trying to tell us? It is my opinion that this astronomy will not cause anything unusual to happen to us, either good or bad, or physical or spiritual. I think that the ancient Maya also held that belief, although it seems that other superstitions were added later. For the ancient Maya, the importance of this astronomy was as the foundation of the profound metaphor of transformation and rebirth. Indeed, this metaphor represents the awakening to the Maya's deepest understanding of the true self, what others have called “enlightenment.” This essay will explain why I think that that is the case.

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