order to apply Maya calendrical divination to the
lives of present day men and women, their dates of birth
will have to be converted from our Gregorian calendar to
the ancient Maya Calendar. This will be done using
the Goodman-Martinez-Thompson (GMT) correlation in its original
version, i.e. with the correlation constant of 584 285.
Orbital phenomena of the planet Venus, observed by ancient
Maya astronomers (probably from the Venus-sanctuary
on the island of Cozumel), with a zero error and recorded
as such on page 24 of the Dresden codex as the Maya
date equivalent to 16 November 934 A.D. (jul.) confirm the
accuracy of this correlation.
Yale-linguist and mathematician Floyd Lounsbury discovered
this only in 1992 thus demonstrating that the 584 285 formula
was in fact the one and only correct correlation. The community
of Maya scholars has since accepted it. This is important
because with the Maya, as has been shown, the fate
of the individual is bound to one single day, not to a complete
stellar constellation like Gemini or Taurus as in traditional
Western concepts, which have a duration of zenith-passage
of roughly one month.
possibility perhaps to visualize the process of Maya
calendrical divination in our modern western minds is availing
oneself of the mechanisms involved in the "morphogenetic
fields" postulated and described by the British biologist
Rupert Sheldrake ( see Sheldrake: "The Presence of
the Past", published in 1988, and "Seven Experiments
that could change the World", published in 1994). Following
Sheldrake's theory, the information created by Maya
calendrical diviners, their clients, and patients in hundreds
of thousands of consultations during the past and present,
would still be available, stored in "fields" ready
to be tapped and cast into perceptible forms and patterns
anew, hence the term "morphogenetic fields".
prognostication starts out with the original Maya
text from the Books of the Chilam Balam, which
is then translated into English. All terms, in particular
those of the animals, plants, and other creatures and phenomena
that carry the prognostication (like Death God, Flower,
and Owl on page 18 of the Dresden Codex), will be explained
in detail. The content of the prognostication texts, although
expressed in metaphors, is always clear and unmistakable.
There are no soft tones, no ambiguities like in ancient
Greek divinatory messages. In this the horoscopes much reflect
the environment in which the Maya of Yucatán
lived and still live. This world is characterized by harsh
extremes: severe drought and torrential rainstorms, hard,
barren calcite rock and lush tropical vegetation, abundance
of food and severe famine. So we shall interpret each prognostication
in modern terms much along the lines described by Suzanna
Miles and Eike Hinz.
an example of the Maya texts we reproduce here the
explanatory title preceding list # 3 from page 11 of the
Book of the Chilam Balam of K'awa,
first in Maya, then in an English translation. (Fig.
MUTIL U CHUENNIL K'IN / SANSAMAL / U K'ABAOB YAHAL KAB /
HUN K'ALOB / U XOKOLOB YAHAL KAB / HUHUN P'EL K'IN
are) the divinations from the "Art of the days"
/ day by day / (here are) the names of the dawns / one (package
of) twenties / (They are) the counts of the dawns / every
list # 3 in the Chilam Balam of K'awa
one finds the following additional information:
YILABAL / U MUTIL WINIK / HE MAX KUSIHILOB / ICHIL U CHUENIL
K'IN / SANSAMAL / U XOKOL TI K'IN / HUN K'AL TUBA / LAE
/ U XIBLAL WA IX CH'UPLAL XAN
this it is seen / the fate of man / those here who are (just)
born / in the "Art of the days" / day by day /
(this is) the count for the days / one (package of) twenty
for oneself / so it is / be it a boy or a girl, just as
prognostication will provide you with the ancient Maya
view of who you are, what you may expect from life and what
you must do in order to secure and put to use what is good,
benevolent, and profitable and avert the consequences of
what is bad, dangerous, and detrimental in your character.
Certainly, no such horoscope has ever been put to you. The
Maya way is unique. If you are interested, please,
send us your birth date:
month / day / year, and tell us if you are a "boy"
or a "girl" - U XIBLAL WA IX CH'UPLAL - in Maya.