It’s Alive! (This blog just went public.)

This blog about new paradigm Mayan astrology has been in production for a few weeks but was announced publicly for the first today, 4 Ahau. Today is second recurrence of 4 Ahau since the Galactic Alignment of December 21, 2012, the so-called end of the Mayan Long Count calendar. The latter event occurred 520 days ago, so we are leaving the second Tzolkin cycle since December 21, 2012, and entering the third.

Ahau, called Ajpu in Guatemala, is the nahual that represents the deity Ajaw. This nahual, therefore marks both both the beginning and the end, for that is the true meaning of Ajaw in terms of time according to contemporary Maya scholars in Guatemala.

Ahau’s key meaning is illumination, which is the purpose of this blog, another reason I went public with the blog today.


Whose New Paradigm Is It, Anyway?

We hear and read the term “new paradigm” everywhere these days, yet few authors and speakers say exactly what it means. For some, “new paradigm” is another way of saying “5D construct,” for others it means “new aeon,” the “Turning of the Ages,” the “Human Upgrade” or even the dawning of the Age of Aquarius (which oddly enough, many people celebrated in the Sixties).

The word paradigm’s key meaning turns out to be “model.” In the big picture, it is the perspective that leads to  what we call consensus reality. The new paradigm, therefore, is a new model or worldview, a vastly different way of looking at things so widespread that it is on the verge of becoming consensus reality. The universal “new paradigm” applies to all of us, across the board. Then there are individual paradigms for various branches of knowledge, such as hard science and literature.

Yet another variation on this theme, the social paradigm defines a major shift in people’s personal beliefs or social organizations in such a way that it replaces the “old paradigm.” This leads to new ways of perceiving and doing old things, such as new paradigm astrology, in which some aspects of Western astrology have radically different meanings.  The pioneers of new paradigm Western astrology — Lyn Birkbeck,  Tom Lescher and Stephanie Azaria — have unique visions that I will discuss in a future post on that topic.

So the term “new paradigm” does not just mean a dramatically new model or way of looking at things. It also means extending an existing paradigm according to McLuhan’s method and modifying it so vividly that it is a revolutionary shift rather than a more gradual evolutionary change.

And How about that Paradigm Shift?

There’s nothing new about the terms “new paradigm” or “paradigm shift.” They’ve been around forever. The latter term, paradigm shift, arose in 1962 with Thomas Kuhn’s book, The Structure of Scientific Revolution.

In the context of hard science, Kuhn said that advancement is not evolutionary, but rather is a “…series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions…” in which “one conceptual world view is replaced by another.” It’s a transformation, a metamorphosis that does not just happen, but is triggered by agents of change. Copernicus was the key agent of change in the case of shifting from the Ptolemaic view that the Earth is at the center of the universe to the “new paradigm” that the Earth and planets revolve around the sun. This is just one of many examples of paradigm shift. Inventions such as the printing press and the Internet are other agents of change.

Today’s paradigm shift is happening on a grand scale, across all levels of perception and society as well as universally to provide a new reality that we are all helping create, or at least if we choose to participate.  And it is happening on other levels at the same time.

People who see what’s going on and begin to focus on harmonizing with the shift are on their way to becoming part of a new global consciousness. They may have different ideas about how this is being manifested, yet at the same time all concur that something big is happening and that now is the time to get with the plan.

It’s a matter of co-creating our own experience, our own reality. The key prerequisite to all acceptable changes of theory, according to Kuhn, is awareness. Our very state of consciousness, both individual and collective, is changing whether we realize it or not. Those of us who are aware are best prepared for the new future heralded by the new paradigm and our opportunity to redefine reality according to our own vision.

How Do You Feel about the New Paradigm and Paradigm Shift?

What’s your take on the “new paradigm” and its implications for you and for the world? Does it mean “5D,” “new aeon,” or something else to you? Please leave a comment so we can work together in this exciting new phase of consciousness on this planet we like to call Earth.

The Origin of the Number 20 in Mayan Cosmology and Astrology

New paradigm Mayan astrology challenges some of the longstanding stories of contemporary Maya about the source of the key numbers used in the 260-day calendar. Common sense, rather than a strict reliance on hand-me-down stories will lead to the truth. I’ll begin with some fiction and facts about the number 20, which is the number of nahuales in the Mesoamerican spiritual system commonly called the Tzolkin, a contemporary name for the ancient calendar system used throughout Mesoamerica and not only by the Maya.

Which Came First, the Number 20 or the Nahuales?

One common story among the Maya of Guatemala concerns the source of the number 20. Some Elders and their disciples, Mayan and non-Maya, repeat the oral legacy that the number 20 is based on the number of fingers and toes of the human body, apparently without considering the implications. And they say that this is the source of the number of nahuales in the Tzolkin.

The number 20 in Mayan astrology is based on the number of nahuales, not on the human body.

This drawing has been used to “prove” that the number 20, even the 20 nahuales themselves, were based on the human body – a conclusion that does not add up when one considers that humans appeared after the nahuales, which invalidates this assumption.

With all due respect to the Elders, it is clear that this story defies not only common sense but also the written records of the Popul Vuh, which tells how several of the nahuales created people. It is obvious that if the nahuales were around before people, the number 20 could not have been based on any part(s) of the human anatomy.

And not only did the nahuales predate human beings, so did the concept and reality of day keepers, who count the days of the Sacred Calendar and interpret their significance. According to the Popul Vuh, Xpiyaco and Xmucane – “midmost seers” and “day keepers,” were consulted during the process of creating human beings.

We Come From the Stars

The notion that the number of nahuales is derived from a human source could even be called arrogant: it assumes that the Sacred Calendar was based on human beings. That would violate the maxim, “As above, so below.” If the key numbers of the 260-day calendar were based on the human body, the maxim would have to be, “As below, so above.” And that ain’t right (a rarely used scholarly term that will be used rarely on this blog).

Human Beings, Nahuales and the Tzolkin

At the same time, some contemporary Maya that the correlation between the number of toes and fingers and the number of nahuales establishes a link between people on Earth and the spirits in the heavens, or Otherworld. That this correlation is the significance of the number 20, not its reputed source of the number itself. I invite my colleagues here in Guatemala and in the rest of this world, as well as those who are new to Mayan cosmovision and astrology, to comment on this post and help bring illumination to planet Earth as we phase into the new paradigm.

And Where Did the Number 13 Come From?

20 is not the only number that links human beings with the nahuales and this universe. In my next post, I’ll look at legends and scientific research about another vital number in the Tzolkin system – 13 – and its origin.

Links to New Paradigm Blogs and Web Sites

If you have or know of a blog, Web site or social media page that focuses on new paradigm disciplines, philosophy, techniques and the like, send it to me in a comment.

Welcome to New Paradigm Mayan Astrology

Exactly what is “new paradigm Mayan astrology?” I started this blog yesterday, 1 Net/Lizard in the Tzolkin sacred calendar, by putting up a page with a FAQ that explains this new concept. Take a look and please leave comments or questions about new paradigm Mayan astrology (Click the middle icon at the top to see Pages, Posts, Categories and other information.)

If you have a blog, Web site, book or anything publication about new paradigm disciplines, see the Links category and send me your url in a comment for inclusion.

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