Mystical 2012: The Triple Rebirth of the Sun
and the Triple Rebirth of You (cont.)
By Thomas Razzeto
Triple Rebirth of the Sun
astronomy of 2012 is metaphorically connected to the Maya’s
theme of transformation and rebirth. On the exact day of the winter
solstice of 2012, we will have the triple rebirth of the sun. This is
just a metaphor and nothing is really going to happen to the sun; it
will simply continue to shine and our day will appear to be perfectly
normal. Yet a remarkable astronomical event will occur in the sky
high above the Maya and
also above all of us.
While there is a bit more to it, right now I will simply explain why
this day can be said to contain the triple rebirth of the sun.
first rebirth is the daily sunrise. Everyday when the sun sets, it
goes below the horizon, seemingly under the ground of the earth, and
we are left to endure a dark, cold night. Metaphorically, it can be
said that the sun leaves our world and travels into the underworld,
where it is said to be dead for the duration of the night. Yet at
dawn, it rises above the ground and is reborn into our world bringing
forth the light and heat we all need to stay alive. Since the sunrise
is so frequent, it is often taken for granted, but all of us of
course know that this rebirth is truly vital.
let’s consider the winter solstice. It can be seen as the
rebirth of the sun in the time frame of the year since the length of
the day will now start to grow longer. If the days were to continue
to grow shorter, the cold winter would only tighten its grip and we
would all perish. So this rebirth is also vital.
third rebirth - which I call the galactic rebirth - will require a
few pictures to explain. So let’s see what we have.
after night, during the summer months, the Maya clearly saw the most
spectacular section of the Milky Way. Here they saw a massive ball of
light with a dark swath intruding into it. This section of the sky
contains the center of the galaxy and that is why it is so bright.
There is nothing else in the night sky that looks even remotely like
this section of the sky. It is visually quite stunning and very
intriguing. The Maya were drawn to it and stories were created about
1. The center region of the Milky Way can easily be seen without a
ancient Maya saw the band of the Milky Way as the body of the Sacred
Goddess and the bulging ball of light as her pregnant belly. The dark
rift was the sacred birth canal, the point of creation, the place
where the spiritual world transforms itself into the physical world.
Here we find the portal between the physical and the spiritual. This
is a very beautiful metaphor! It focuses perfectly on the magic of
the human womb, a place where something fantastic seems to appear out
of nothing. It takes this miracle that we all have been a part of and
expands it to infinity since everything is said to come into
existence from this point of origin. As we shall soon see, this is
the section of the sky that is most relevant to 2012.
2. The pregnant belly of the Sacred Goddess and the galactic birth
to the orbit of the earth around the sun, from the point of view of
earth, the sun appears to travel across the dark rift, the sacred
birth canal, once a year. The Maya metaphorically saw the one day of
the year when the sun was “seen” in front of the middle
of the sacred birth canal as a third type of solar rebirth, the
galactic rebirth. Let’s take a look:
3. The orbit of the earth causes the annual galactic rebirth of the
4. The sun appears to travel across the galactic birth canal once a
thousand years ago, the Maya noticed that the sun appeared to travel
in front of the dark rift in late November. It did this once a year
and each year it did it a little bit closer to the day of the winter
solstice. This shift was too small for the Maya to have noticed from
one year to the next, but about 70 years later, this difference had
accumulated to the point were it was big enough for the Maya to
easily detect. Since the occurrence of these two rebirths were slowly
getting closer together, the Maya asked the obvious question:
year in the distant future will have the sun in front of the dark
rift on the same day as the winter solstice?
is the driving question behind the creation of the Maya Long Count
You can already easily see why this event can be seen metaphorically
as a triple rebirth of the sun. I call these three rebirths:
1) the daily rebirth
2) the solstice
3) the galactic
triple rebirth of the sun happens when all three rebirths happen on
the same day. This is the obvious and natural way in which the Maya
were attracted to a point in time over two thousand years in their
future. This is the main reason that the Maya created their Long
more complete understanding of why the Maya picked the exact day of
the winter solstice of 2012 is revealed in the following screenshot:
5. Here is the triple rebirth of the sun and the special
configuration of the sacred tree.
is it! This is why the Maya picked this exact day to restart their
that we understand why the astronomy can be used as the foundation of
the Maya’s most important metaphor of rebirth, let’s look
into the core meaning of that metaphor.