The real Mayan prophecies investigated - The Chilam Balam books
Though there is only the one known engraving of a prediction connected to the end of the 13th Bak'tun (monument 6 Tortuguero) it is often stated, wrongly, that there is only this one place for any possible year 2012 prophecy. There is in fact more prophetic material available from the Mayan sources known as the Chilam Balam books.
These books were made up of prophecies attached to the Short Count calendar, a count of Tun's rather than Bak'tun's. These books were compiled after the Spanish invasion and are written in Mayan but using the Spanish alphabet. They contain a wide range of subjects that includes myths, religion, culture and predictions, allegedly they stem from a great ancient Chilam Balam or Jaguar Priest. Due to the fact the books are not actually ancient themselves we do have to concede some of the details may be tainted, however it has been noted that some of the material in these books does doubtless come from pre-conquest sources, and in some cases can seemingly only apply to the end of the 13th Bak'tun cycle. This was only realised due to the fact the books directly mention the 4-Ahau date, the Tun endings did not coincide with a 4-Ahau. Due to this Tzolkin based inconsistency we have been able to recognise several instances of potential year 2012 prophecy and read the information again with the dating re-correlated.
“When the original thirteen baktuns were created, a war was waged which caused the country to cease to exist...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. 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...Presently Baktun 13 shall come sailing, figuratively speaking, bringing the ornaments of which I have spoken from your ancestors. Then the god will come to visit his little ones. Perhaps "After Death" will be the subject of his discourse.
...in the final days of misfortune, in the final days of tying up the bundle of the thirteen baktuns on 4 Ahau, then the end of the world shall come and the katun of our fathers will ascend on high…These valleys of the earth shall come to an end. For those katuns there shall be no priests, and no one who believes his government without having doubts... I recount to you the words of the true gods, when they shall come.”
Chilam Balam of Tizimin
This prophecy found in the Tizimin version of the Chilam Balam texts is perhaps the most important source for 2012 prophecy. Clearly this text gives us much more detail on the expected events accompanying the end of the current world era, more so than did the inscription on monument 6 at Tortuguero.
The first thing we are told in the text is that at the beginning of the original 13 Baktun cycle there was a great war that caused an entire country to cease to exist. We can't be sure that this refers to the start of the current Long Count, it may be an earlier Long Count cycle. As a student of lost civilisations it immediately strikes me as a reference to the great war that led the global civilisation known as Atlantis to be destroyed. Further there is evidence that the Maya were people that survived the sinking of Atlantis, or were at least a tributary state of that nation whom gained some of their calendrics from the central dominion of the lost empire. I would caveat that much of the Maya knowledge is in my opinion gained from non-humans, beings from other worlds and other dimensions, but certainly there are links to Atlantis also.
There are some important overlaps in the text with material found on the stelae (monument 6) at Totuguero, which help to substantiate the claim monument 6 does indeed refer to an existing and legitimate Mayan prophecy rather than simply detailing a past construction project. According to the Chilam Balam text the nine gods will return, echoing monument 6's expectation of the return of the nine aspect deity Bolon Yokte. That these nine will rise in sorrow suggests they are not happy with how things on earth are going, and perhaps we should be slightly concerned by their presence should it actually manifest in some direct form.
Probably the most intriguing part of the prophecy are the words 'I shall be lifted up in a chalice of fire'. Firstly this alludes to the fact the writer assumes he will somehow be present at the end of the cycle, again as with our investigation of the text at Tortuguero we find a strong hint that the ancient Maya elite expected to return at the end of the Long Count cycle, either in astral or reincarnated forms. We have to then ask ourselves just what it is that an ancient Maya prophet considered to be as a chalice of fire capable of taking a man up and flying him across the oceans. It is difficult not to immediately think of an advanced craft of some sort, certainly there was nothing natural in the environment at that time which one could reasonably assign such a description to.
Anyone here whom has watched the popular cable show ancient aliens, or read books on evidence for ancient advanced civilisations, will know that this description is not a unique anomaly. The text is speaking about the future so we might think it refers to a modern man-made aerial vehicle seen in a predictive vision, yet I personally know of no vehicle matching this description other than some described in alien contact or UFO reports.
Whatever it is exactly that flies our prophet over the dark ocean, its appearance heralds a very troubling time for humanity, we are told in the following line that 'to that generation will come the day of withered fruit', suggestive of some form of widespread pestilence or disease and thus a potential famine situation. The subsequent short phrase 'there will be rain' is unlikely to be mentioned here if it was just a light shower, it is not unreasonable to assume the rain will be incredibly heavy and form part of some kind of flood event. This rain is then followed by a great tempest of some unspecified cause, we are left to assume it is some kind of a super-storm event that is so severe in it drags dust into the air that causes the sun to be blotted out. Of course a wind from a nuclear explosion would fit the bill perfectly.
It is unclear whether the first series of disaster events all happen in sequential order over time or if they actually happen in the same short moment, however the text seems to indicate they all happen before the actual ending of the Long Count cycle, and that they are followed by a positive outcome, some kind of gifts from above described in the section '...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...' it is not clarified what the gifts are or exactly the origin.
The mention of some party that will settle down on sites of good land and be bearing gifts does hint again at beings coming from above, essentially another reference to alien piloted crafts. Intriguing these gifts are then attributed to ancestors, are we being told here that human beings ancestors are in fact the very same returning aliens?
The phrase 'presently Baktun 13 shall come sailing' indicates all of this prophecy must have its origin somewhere before the 17th century, prior to the start of the current 13th Baktun, we do not know how ancient it really is but we do know that the Long Count fell from common use during the post classic period that began in the 10th century (well before the Spanish arrived).
It is at the culmination point of the Chilam Balam's prophetic events that 'the god' arrives to 'visit his little ones', an expression which indicates to me an existing link of parental association with human beings, possibly a genetic link of some kind (such as alien genetic engineers). We should remember here too that Bolon Yokte is described as both nine and one, and it is thus reasonable to speculate that we are maybe again seeing a link back to the information on monument 6, though now a reference to the deities singular form.
The text that follows the arrival of the god then informs us that it will open communication with humanity, and our prophetic writer speculates that a teaching will be given on the matter of 'after death'. Whether this means we will simply be taught the secrets of life after death (reminiscent of the post apocalypse Hopi emergence tale) or experience something more profound, is left quite vague. It does leave open the possibility that this god being will provide a very experiential teaching, possibly actually evoking a direct death survival event of some type, perhaps initiating a mass out of body experience for all humanity. In this regard it is worth considering the modern research into DMT production in the human brain, this chemical being a powerful entheogen able to elicit separation of consciousness from the physical body. It is my suspicion that some external process might very well be able to trigger massively increased DMT production, perhaps the causal factor being some magnetic force field interacting with the pineal gland via the brains magnetite component. This DMT aspect is of course speculation, but it could help make sense of the prophecy.
There is no mistaking that the majority of the events set to occur in this part of the Chilam Balam prophecies are seen as harrowing, not simply positive and transformative. The next segment of prophetic material selected allows for no mistaking as it begins with the phrase 'in the final days of misfortune'. The timing of events is also again clarified as 'the final days of the tying up of the bundle of the thirteen bak'tun's on 4 Ahau' thus leaving no room for doubt as to when this is all expected. It is also in this segment of the material that we get our first reference to a seeming source for the popular 2012 doomsday prophecy, evidenced within the ominous phrase 'then the end of the world shall come'.
If we had no previous knowledge of Mayan discourse regarding worlds and world ages it would be easy to take this 'end of the world' completely out of context, however we already know that the Maya, like their distant cousins the Hopi, consider this to be the ending of the fourth world, prior to humanity moving into a new fifth world (or at least the survivors of any radical events do). If it was not the case that a fifth world was about to start then the prophecy would simply finish with the end of the world, but it certainly doesn’t. The assertion that 'the katun of our fathers shall ascend on high' in this post end of the world situation, would suggest a returning age in cyclical time, much in the way that many ancient cultures predict a return to a previous golden age of their forefathers. This could be linked to some kind of spiritual ascension event, though again this is speculative.
Following the talk of a returning age and a new world the next line of text refers to the fact that 'these valleys of the earth shall come to an end'. For me it is tempting to link this to the possibility of an axial pole shift. We do know that during an axial shift land is forced upwards in some places and pulled down in others, similar references to land moving up and down at the end of the world age can be found in the Christian Bible, these being even more clearly linked to an axial pole shift. What is more concrete is the suggestion that there will be few true priests and few trustworthy officials remaining during the final katun. I think it is fair to say that there is now a massive and growing distrust in both global governance and the large religious institutions, just as this prophecy advised would be the case. Few are the trusted priests and officials in our final days of the current Baktun.
There is one other Chilam Balam prophecy worth mentioning here, this time from the Chilam Balam of Chumayel. Despite the fact it does not refer directly to our 13th Bak'tun end-date in the text it is still relevant as it is clearly attached to a previous Katun 4 Ahau and thus would be expected to repeat upon our own current Katun 4 Ahau (due to Mayan cyclical time theory). There are actually two versions of this prophecy in the same book, or perhaps two prophecy that are extremely similar, both are shown here for comparison. Katun prophecies such as these were expected to always repeat themselves through the coming cycles, though with slight modifications. The current Katun 4 Ahau actually began in 1993 and ends December 2012.
Katun 4 Ahau . . . . The katun is established at Chichen Itzá. The settlement of the Itzá shall take place
. The quetzal shall come, the green bird shall come. Ah Kantenal shall come. Blood-vomit shall come. Kukulcan shall come with them for the second time. the word of God.
Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel
The katun is established at Uuc-yab-nal in Katun 4 Ahau. At the mouth of the well, Uuc-yab-nal, it is established ... It shall dawn in the south. The face of
is covered; his face is dead. There is mourning for water; there is mourning for bread. His mat and his throne shall face the west. Blood-vomit is the charge . At that time his loin-cloth and his mantle shall be white. Unattainable shall be the bread of the katun. The quetzal shall come; the green bird shall come. The kax tree shall come; the bird shall come. The tapir shall come. The tribute shall be hidden at the mouth of the well.
Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel
In the first version the Chichen Itza site (mouth of the sacred waters) mentioned as the place where the Katun is established, is actually a large Mayan city located near Timum, Mexico. The prophecy announces the arrival of several important symbolic animals as well as several gods, this expected arrival of the gods on Earth adds further support to the previous prophecies we examined for the end of the 13th Bak'tun. The most concerning arrival would seem to be that of 'Blood-vomit' as this is most likely an actual plague, or at least a symbolic disease god, of some kind. There is some historical records that suggests such a plague may have happened during the last Katun 4 Ahau and is thus expected to return in ours. The final visitor is Kukulkan, the great wisdom teacher deity ascribed with having brought almost all knowledge to the Maya peoples. Kukulkan is known to be expected to come again by the ancient Maya, this second coming being at the end of the great cycle and bringing a resurgence of the ancient Mayan culture. In my own speculation I would suggest he is linked to the returning god or gods found in the previous Chilam Balam and Tortuguero prophetic material, and is factually most likely a non-human being.
The second version of this prophecy is perhaps more concerning still, telling us that 'it will dawn in the South' has to be assumed to refer to the dawning of the sun. Are we again being told of an axial pole shift that has turned the crust so radically that now are old South is now the new East? That the sun is being referred to is clarified when the following line talks of the lord of the katun having his face covered, it being actually dead, this clearly can't then be a man's face but rather must be the solar lord's face, the true ruler of any cycle. This has ominous overtones of the Mayan aural prophecy of the three days of darkness, hinted at in the earlier material when we heard about the sub being obscured following a tempest.
Coinciding with this solar anomaly or darkening of the sky and the blood vomit plague, we are also informed of extreme drought and famine by means of the line 'there is mourning for water, there is mourning for bread'. This dire prediction reminds us of the earlier mentioned 'day of withered fruit' and its allusion to a potential famine. The extreme lack of food is reiterated at the end of the prophecy 'unattainable shall be the bread of the katun'.
The reference to a man with a white loin cloth and mantle actually speaks of the correct attire for a priest of Kukulkan, the deity set to make a second appearance. It is at Chichen Itza that we find the large iconic stepped pyramid known as the pyramid of Kukulkan, a pyramid that has certain astronomical functions which also link its designed intended purpose to the current Katun 4 Ahau, specifically a serpentine shadow effect that occurs during equinox of this time period only. It encodes the belief that Kukulkan will again come from the sky. Kukulkan is considered a central deity in the Mayan pantheon, although he is also considered as being a humanoid being in some examinations of his lore.
More recently the researcher John Major Jenkins revealed in his book titled Pyramid of Fire that the deity Kukulkan may well be also a representation of a spiritual energy that is believed to reside within all human beings. Jenkins discovered in an ancient text that the Toltecs, who worshipped Quetzalcoatl the feathered serpent god equivalent to Kukulkan, regarded their deity as also being a serpentine evolutionary energy that rises up the spine.
Astonishingly an identical energy is described by the followers of the ancient Vedic system from India, named kundalini. Thus the prophecy from the Chilam Balam of Chumayel that says Kukulkan will return in Katun 4 Ahau, could refer to some kind of mass Kundalini awakening that brings global self realisations for humanity. It is possible that this energetic awakening is another aspect of the mechanism utilised by the gods for giving their discourse on 'after death'. I must say that my own understanding is that Kukulkan was an actual being, an ascended master or highly evolved alien, he would thus have had his kundalini fully awakened and this may be how the link to internal serpentine energy came about, he probably lectured the Maya and Aztec forefathers on that very subject.
There is also an interesting connection with Kukulkan and the Pleiades constellation, John Major Jenkins found that the Toltec peoples tracked precession by the Pleiades location in the sky at midnight, by which they marked the coming zenith six month later. He also found that the pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza encodes the 360-year-long Sun-Pleiades conjunction cycle. This cycle actually last restarted with a solar eclipse conjunct the Pleiades in the zenith on May 20th 2012. It is considered possible this astronomical event was a marker for the time when Kukulkan would return, possibly just in time for the Venus Conjunction that occurred only a few days later. Kukulkan has all the descriptive elements of being an ascended master of the calibre of Buddha or Thoth. There are also several great masters associated with winged serpents, including Serapis Bey and Imhotep. One can only hope that this prophecy is indeed announcing that a great spiritual adept will arise from the Maya lands during 2012 because much of the other material is far less pleasant, though it does seem overall to be a case of 'alls well that ends well'. Of course all of this is open to re-analysis but other researchers and parts of it may very well need to be updated as any new information is discovered.
End of part 2.
Read the first part: "The real Mayan prophecies investigated – Monument 6 Tortuguero"
By Bruce Fenton
Co-author of '2012 Rising The Last Tzolkin'