The annual Maya ritual Serpent of Light during the Spring Equinox of 2012 at Chichen Itza promises to be the greatest solar public event in Maya history as it is known as a phenomenon of triangles of shadows and lights descending the famous pyramid; the solar observation was discovered in 1982 for the first time by Mexican Yucatec archaeologist Victor Segovia Pinto (1907-1986) and astronomer Eddie Salazar. A second more refined discovery of Kukulkan descending during the night was made in 1993. (INAH-Sala de Prensa. 2007)).
The Maya structure also known as The Castle of Kukulkan has been confirmed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in July 7, 2007 by UNESCO. The public event will register a unique singularity on March 20, 2012 (Vernal Equinox – Sunrise 5:14 UT), with a New Moon.
The significance of that date according to our Maya perspective is a double astronomical event, one at sunrise and another at sunset named by Mayas as Kukulkan Lunar and Solar respectively, confirming the astronomical knowledge of our Maya culture.
The first event is a lunar phenomenon under the New Moon called Kukulkan Lunar, and it will be appreciated between 3 am – 5 am over the steps of the Castle. The second event will be seen 12 hours later and it will fall under the constellation of Virgo, representing our popular icon, the Maya Virgin of Guadalupe of Tonantzin. This astronomical phenomenon makes sense to us now and we understand now clearly why our Lord Pakal Ahau performed his spiritual wedding with Guadalupe of Tonantzin in the equinox of 2005 under Full Moon to fulfill the last Maya prophecy of 2012.
Both visual events on the northern side of the pyramid confirm the Maya duality of Kukulkan solar and lunar during the equinoxes and it is a singular event reported between 1990 and 2020 under the New Moon of the equinoxes. The Sun represents the male icon and the Moon represents the female symbol. Once again, the Maya culture shows our dual concept of female-male or night-day delineation during an event that we have not seen for the last 30 years and it is not a secret among Maya-related tribes any longer. The mystic descend of God Feathered Serpent Kukulkan representing fecundity and a new generation of life.
The public event is a solar serpentine proyection of seven inverted triangles of light as a result of the proyected shadows in the nine platforms of the pyramid, reaching slowly the head of the Feathered Serpent Kukulkan found at the bottom of the structure. Each side of the pyramid consists of 91 steps, which adding the four sides of the pyramid give 364 plus one more step at the center of the pyramid to obtain the 365 days of the year. In summary, the Castle of Kukulkan is a world monument with a deep astronomical principle.
An alternative if you are afraid of huge crowds is to visit the ruins of Dzibilchaltún, only nine miles from Merida, where you can watch the same solar phenomenon, also discovered by archaeologist Segovia Pinto. The solar phenomenon can be observed in the Temple of the Seven Dolls, also known as the Temple of the Sun. The astronomical observation can be observed twice a year during the Spring and Fall equinoxes. The rising sun is visible through one window and out the other, confirming the mathematical and astronomical knowledge of solar-oriented Maya structures.
To celebrate this special moment in 2012, we have designed a great print so you can order the t-shirt and remember this event. The vector design is available in different color backgrounds for men and women. To go to that particular section of our 2012 Mayan Prophecy Store, click the red link. See you at Chichen Itza in 2012.
NOTES FROM THE EDITOR: For those who follow the year 2012 in Mayan calendar terms, we have included the most important dates of that year.
2012 Vernal Equinox – Mar 20 2012 at 05:14 UT
2012 Summer Solstice – Jun 20 2012 at 23:09 UT
2012 Autumnal Equinox – Sep 22 2012 at 14:49 UT
2012 Winter Solstice – Dec 21 2012 at 11:11 UT
To end this article, we leave the reader with a quote from Mexican author, Octavio Paz, Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature (1990).
‘The mythical date arrives if a series of circumstances combine to produce the event. Unlike the profane date, the sacred one is not a measure but a living reality, charged with supernatural forces, which is incarnated in determinate places.’ – Octavio Paz, The Bow and the Lyre (1967).
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