Introduction to the Mayan Calendar
by Mark Rice and Yari Jeada
The longest cycle in Mayan cosmology is the 26,000-year cycle — this is the cycle of our solar system around the Pleiades star cluster. This cycle ends on December 22, 2012, and the closer we approach to that time, the more people will experience an accelerating collapse of linear time-based (fear-based) conceptual structures. They will awaken from the spell of linear time caused by lower mind conflicts. The collective resolution of these conflicts will trigger even more people to transcend the complex of limiting illusions that stem from the illusion of linear-sequential time. By 2012, the Mayan prophecies say there will be a total collapse of time as we know it and an entry of humanity into post-history. Post-history — Gregorian year 2013 — is entered at a point known as galactic synchronization. Tibetans, Egyptians, Cherokees, Hopi and Mayans refer to this same 26,000-year cycle in their mystical belief systems; and each also developed calendars based on this great cycle.
The Mayans have a solar calendar comprised of thirteen months of 28 days. There is one extra day a year called “green day” or “a day out of time”. The Mayans used a 260-day calendar that cycles within the 365 day solar calendar. The 260-day year is grouped into twenty “wavespells” of thirteen days each. Other interrelated cycles were charted as calendars, including a sun spot (11.3 year) cycle and various planetary cycles. For example, the Venusian yearly cycle is one of the more important cycles in the Mayan calendrical system.
Each year, as well as each day, is ruled by an archetypal glyph called a solar seal. There are twenty such seals, always a tone in association with a seal, and thirteen possible tones that each carry a numerological/archetypal quality. The calendar unfolds as the dynamic interweaving or interplay among the twenty solar seals and the thirteen tones or numerological qualities. This meshing of cycles creates a resonant blending of meanings between the seals and tones, creating a matrix of 260 (20 x 13) unique meaning patterns. There is a new seal and tone for each day, giving each day a unique quality. The seal and tone of a person’s birthday is called his or her Galactic Signature. For example, a person born August 19, 1951, was born on the “White Solar Mirror” day. White is the color on the day of birth, Solar is the tone of that particular day, and Mirror is the seal.
Each person’s Galactic Signature is comprised of one of four colors (yellow, white, blue and red), a galactic tone and a solar seal. The color is fixed by the solar seal of which there are 20, five seals of each color. There are a total of 260 possible Galactic Signatures created by all the possible permutations of the 20 seals and the 13 tones. The person’s Galactic Signature is said to have characteristics that influence the individual in much the same way as the more commonly known astrological signs. For example, the Galactic Signature of a person will affect that person’s interaction with others who have conflicting or complementary signatures. Each year, as well as each day, has it’s own Galactic Signature. These forces affect a person according to the yearly and daily signature’s relationships to the person’s galactic signature.
There is an important 52 year cycle which marks the period of time it takes for the 260-day calendar and the 365-day calendar to both align to the same points. This synchronization takes 52 years. The 260-day year is divided into 5 “castles,” each of which are subdivided into 4 wavespells each. Each wavespell contains thirteen of the twenty seals and all thirteen tones. Each year, each person is “ruled” by a specific seal, starting with their Galactic Signature. Since in this cycle a person moves through a seal every year, it takes 52 years to move through all the possible combinations of seals and tones of the four seals known as a persons “earth family”.