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Geoff Stray, Author of the Month for March 2010

The Tortuguero Prophecy Unravelled (cont.)
By Geoff Stray



When the Spanish arrived, the Maya had forgotten the 13-baktun cycle, and were using a calendar that was 20 times shorter - a 13-katun cycle, that we call the Short count. Each katun consisted of 20 tuns or 360-day years, so a katun was just under 20 years, and the 13-katun cycle consisted of 260 tuns. This means a complete 13-katun cycle lasted about 256 solar years. The Spanish burned all the codices (plural of codex - bark-books) they could find, as they were thought to be devil-inspired. There are only four of these codices that have survived - the Dresden, Madrid, Paris, and Grolier codices. During the colonial period, various towns in the Yucatan possessed copies of a book named after the last great prophet, the Chilam Balam, or Jaguar Priest. The books were written in the European script, but in the Yucatec Maya language, and each town's copy had unique variations.

The Chilam Balam books contain accounts of historical events, and prophecies. The prophecies are mainly day prophecies and katun prophecies, so commentators have, over the years presumed these prophecies to be about events that are over and done with. Some have admitted that, due to the Maya conception of time as cyclical, these prophecies can repeat when the cycles repeat, though with variations. One translator, however, has found compelling evidence that some of the prophecies were originally prophecies concerning the end of the 13th baktun.

Dr. Maud Makemson, a linguist and astronomer, translated the Chilam Balam of Tizimin [15] and found the following prophecy:

" the final days of misfortune, in the final days of tying up the bundle of the thirteen katuns on 4 Ahau, then the end of the world shall come… I recount to you the words of the true gods, when they shall come." (Tizimin p.16).

The 13-katun cycles mapped onto the 13-baktun cycle. Each square is a katun, each column is a baktun. Note the 13-katun cycles (that start with an 11 Ahau katun), end on a 13 Ahau katun, while the final katun of the 13-baktun cycle is a 4 Ahau katun

In the 13-katun cycle, each katun was named after the final day of the katun in the Tzolkin (260-day) calendar. The cycle started on Katun 11 Ahau and ended on Katun 13 Ahau (see diagram). Makemson realized that this statement didn't fit with the facts, since it says the bundle of 13 katuns was tied up - meaning the cycle ended - on 4 Ahau. However, she knew that the 13-baktun cycle ended on katun 4 Ahau. (the final day is a 4 Ahau day). Although Makemson had developed her own correlation, which has since been discounted, this observation remains valid…so the prophecy was originally about the end of the thirteenth baktun in 2012. It seems that when the 13-baktun cycle fell out of use in the early tenth century, some of the prophecies were retained and reapplied to the 13-katun cycle.

Just before the prophecy mentioned above, we find this:

"The Nine shall arise in sorrow, alas...And when over the dark sea I shall be lifted up in a chalice of fire, to that generation there will come the day of withered fruit. There will be rain. The face of the sun shall be extinguished because of the great tempest….Presently Baktun 13 shall come sailing,…. Then the god will come to visit his little ones. Perhaps "After Death" will be the subject of his discourse." (Tizimin p.15-16)

Here, Makemson has rendered Katun 13 as Baktun 13, for the reasons just explained. As you can see, these prophecies predict climate change, UFO appearances, crop failure, darkness and a return of the gods - nine gods - for the end of the current era in 2012. They also support the Tortuguero prophecy, which predicted darkness and a return of the nine gods. However, it isn't all bad news, since the prophecy concludes with:

"Then finally the ornaments will descend in heaps. There will be good gifts for one and all, as well as lands, from the Great Spirit, wherever they shall settle down."

As for the phrase, "After Death" will be the subject of his discourse, I have explained elsewhere that the possibility that a significant excursion of the geomagnetic field in response to an influx of solar and interstellar plasma, could trigger the pineal magnetite to cause an internal secretion of pineal hallucinogens (at least five - three beta-carboline molecules and two methylated trypatamines, including DMT are manufactured in the pineal gland). In other words, since Rick Strassman's study has shown that internal DMT is produced at birth, death, and during mystical experiences, it seems possible that one interpretation of this phrase is a mass near-death experience for humanity.


At Tikal is the nine-leveled Pyramid of the Giant Jaguar, and according to Bob Makransky, [16] Tikal was the "home of the Bolontiku", where they have their own temple (in Complex Q), with nine altars in front of it. At Palenque, in the base of the nine-levelled Pyramid of Inscriptions, is the tomb of Lord Pacal, and the walls show nine deities, that are thought to be the Bolon Ti Ku or Nine Night Lords. This suggests that the nine levels represent the nine levels of Xibalba. The Nine Night Lords were, like God L and Bolon Yokte, present at the last Creation, and associated with the underworld - Xibalba. In the Chilam Balam books, it is stated that the Bolon Ti Ku defeated the Thirteen Heaven Gods. To understand the meaning of this, we can take a trip round the world to find a common thread throughout ancient mythology, but first we can take a clue from the Popol Vuh myth.

The Popol Vuh says that two gods, Hun Hunahpú (an alias of the Maize god and solar deity) and Vucub Hunahpú are summoned to the underworld to play a ball game with the Lords of Death (there are seven of them). They are killed and Hun Hunahpú's head is hung in a tree. Later, Hun Hunahpú's sons - Hunahpu and Xbalanque - descend to Xibalba and are tested in six zones of fear: the bat house, the razor house, the dark house, the jaguar house, the fire house and the cold house. They outwit the Lords of Death and become immortal, ascending to the sky as constellations. In summary, they descended to the underworld, conquered their fears and metamorphosed to an immortal state.

In Greek myth, Dionysus descended into Hades to rescue his mother, who he placed in the stars; in Christianity, Jesus descended into hell, and resurrected after three days, then ascended into Heaven; in Mithraism, Mithras dies at the winter solstice and is reborn after three days (solar standtill) - he waits in Heaven for the End of Time, when he will return to the Earth to awaken the dead and pass judgement.


Yggdrasil and the nine realms

In Norse mythology, the Creator, Gothar, gave birth to nine gods, and their diagram of the Cosmos is called Yggdrasil, which is a version of the World Tree - an interpretation of reality that is common to shamanic cultures all over the world. They usually comprise 3 realms - an Overworld, Underworld, and Everyday world in the centre. Yggdrasil is a giant tree that is surrounded by nine worlds. The lowest of these is Helheim, the domain of the dead, ruled by Hel. Midgard is the middle-Earth realm, of Humankind, and just above it is Asgard, the realm of the Aesir, or principal Gods, led by Odin. Odin is said to have sacrificed himself by hanging upside down on the World Tree for nine days and nights in order to obtain eighteen runes (2 x 9) from the Well of Wyrd. The other realms are Niflheim, the frosty realm of ice; Jotunheim, the land of Giants; Nidavellir, the land of Dwarfs; Svartalfheim, the domain of the Dark Elves; Alfheim, the land of the Light Elves, and Vanaheim, the world of the Vanir, or fertility gods. Valhalla, the paradise for heroic warriors is part of Asgard, and the nine Valkyries are goddesses who lead the brave heroes there.

Norse mythology also has its end of time - Ragnarok - the Twilight of the Gods, when Heimdal, born of nine sister-mothers, will blow the Gjallarhorn and the world will be engulfed in flame; the giant wolf-gods, Fenris and Loki will break free, devour the Sun and kill Odin; Thor will kill the World-Serpent but will die from its poison. There will be some survivors, including nine of the gods.

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  1. Maud Worcester Makemson: The Book of the Jaguar Priest - A Translation of the Book of Chilam Balam of Tizimin, With Commentary. New York. Henry Schuman, 1951. [back to text]
  2. Bob Makransky and the nine altars at Tikal [back to text]

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