Your Time or Mine
When gears are conjoined together in a variety of ways using individual gear elements of varying sizes, the central gear can be made to complete its individual cycle at an exact measurement of time. This is the manner in which time pieces are made and empirically verifiable results are ensured. Stated differently, precision is the fundamental basis of time in the consciousness of Western Europeans. It is what allows us to assign value to human labor, and to a regular schedule and calendar. This is the very Heartbeat of Western European civilization and the territories that they have colonized.
In terms of the circumnavigation of planet earth within a twenty-four hour cycle, the earth must be divided into lines of demarcation that begin at a specific geographical location on the planet, which in Western European ideology is identified as Greenwich, England, that will synchronize perfectly with the rotation of the Sun around our planet. This imaginary line is referred to as a meridian and the one in Greenwich, England is the primary meridian where night and day are determined. This point is also known as Zulu time for those wishing to achieve precision globally.
The cycle of precision around the earth is entirely circumvented within a measurement of 360 degrees. By a distance of 15 degrees apart we have additionally located meridians running from the zenith point of the globe or North Pole, the opposite Nader point or South pole. It is the local meridian at our location that allow us to determine local time anywhere around the globe. The anti-meridian or AM, indicated our daytime. The post-meridian or PM, indicates our nighttime. Taken together as a whole, this scheme makes up our twenty-four hour day.
The meridians of fifteen degrees each are divided into four separate quadrants to identify the seasons of the annual calendar cycles. It should be noted that in the scheme of things there are twelve months to further assist in the used of an annual calendar. However, each global cycle of 365 days requires, every four years, an additional day to be added to the month of February and it is called a leap year. The purpose of this additional day every four years is to adjust the circumnavigation of our planet to actually coincide with the movements of the planets themselves.
All of these mathematical determinants were why our Western European colonizers believed that our Mexica ancestors were simply too ignorant to understand. The truth of the matter was that these colonizers were surrounded by concrete empirical evidence showing that our Mexica ancestor’s were superior to the colonizers in mathematics and science, which they themselves had not yet developed.
For the Mexica, the concept of time is fluid and capable of being expressed in different formats for different purposes. In the above image of gears we can see and understand how Gregorian time can achieve the precision necessary for use by civilized society. However, the Mexica do not use gears to determine what time it is. Instead, time can be simultaneously depicted in different calendars based on the number of day counts and divisions that are being used. This difference has the result of replacing the Western European use of gears with the rotation of our planets in our celestial universe. The Mexica have a main calendar known as the Long Count and upon this calendar we are able to track the rotations of the Sun in units of 5125 years each. It is in this context that the turning of the new Sun that occurred in 2012, was the changing of our Sun’s rotation cycle from the fifth Sun to the Sixth Sun in the evolution of life on planet earth. *(See Attached)
The Long Count is the most spiritually relevant format. This format provides knowledge of ourselves as a people, our future and is depicted in many cultural rituals throughout the annual cycle. Let us consider rotations and their meaning. In this context, the raising of the sixth sun is understood by the Maya to signal a period of enlightenment*(See Attached). It is also referred to in other astrological systems as the Age of Aquarius. Essentially, it represents the elevation of human consciousness to a higher plane of existence. There are also other calendars traveling in smaller rotations, which the colonizers would envision as smaller gears, that serve very specific functions.
The God of Corn, for example, has his own calendar. By using his calendar we are able to identify the best time to plant our crops. This God also has ceremonial tributes that not only serve to track the harvest, they also serve to maintain the consciousness of the Mexica people of their true relationship to the planets in our universe. That is, when the Mexica thinks of himself as being in a relationship with a variety of planetary schemes simultaneously, they know that they are a part of a universal order with universal relations in our planetary orbits that our designed to lead us in our lives here on planet earth but also reminds of the fact that were are children of the universe intended to live in harmony with nature.
The death of our culture, language and worldview, begins with the death of our cosmic relationship to time. We no longer walk the earth as children of the universe and we no longer feel ourselves to be a part of the larger harmony of nature and the planets. I began our story by asking a simple question, “What Time Do You Have?”. Until we are able to walk upon this planet earth knowing that we are children of the universe, that the different calendars provided to us by our ancient forefathers do still have relevance for us and all living organisms on the planet, we will remain Mexica in name only and we will be limited to a static list of slogans used in posters and asking us to return to our roots. Can you feel me? What time do you have?