The Oneness Celebration (June 6-8, 2004)
The Return of the Energy of Christ and of Quetzalcoatl
In 1761/69 a pair of Venus Transits marked the occasion of the world's first collaboration in science. At the Venus Transit
of June 8, 2004, the Cosmos invites us to go beyond collaboration to an experience of Oneness that encompasses all of humanity and all of Creation. Carl Johan Calleman, an authority on the Mayan Calendar, examines the upcoming Venus Transit in the light of the ancient American Mayan Civilisation. This remarkable article is the first of a series to be published over the next few weeks on Astrology on the Web, exploring the role of the Mayan Calendar and the meaning of Quetzalcoatl in terms of the spiritual development of humanity.
The Oneness Celebration of June 6-8 this year takes place at an amazing gathering of energies in the Mayan calendar. In the age-old Tzolkin calendar that has been used without interruption by the Mayan people for some 2500 years it falls on the days 4 Ahau, 5 Imix and 6 Ik, which are most commonly translated into English as 4 Light, 5 Alligator and 6 Wind. It is now timely to take a look at these energies in order to understand the nature of the possibilities that they will open up to mankind.
To begin with it is easy to identify the energy of 4 Ahau with the energy of Christ. The particular katun (20-tun period of 19.7 ordinary years) when Jesus taught was in fact ruled by the energy of 4 Ahau. And so June 6 will be ruled by exactly the same energy that brought the teaching of Jesus Christ to the world. The next day of June 7 has the energy of 5 Alligator (Alligator stands for the primordial beginning) and marks the beginning of a uinal (20-day period) ruled by Quetzalcoatl in the Tzolkin. June 8, finally, has the energy of 6 Wind. Since the wind god was an aspect of Quetzalcoatl so is the energy of this particular day sign. The Harmonic Convergence 17 years ago incidentally fell on the latter two day-signs of Alligator and Wind and in this we have a noteworthy parallel.
Deity of Light
In ancient Mexico, Quetzalcoatl (in Mayan languages called Kukulcan or Gugumatz) represented the deity of light and duality and was seen as the creator of civilization. We may then ask ourselves what is the nature of the civilization that is now about to be created in this conspicuous gathering of energies. To understand this, two of the myths surrounding Quetzalcoatl in ancient Mexico may provide some perspective.
According to one of these, Quetzalcoatl, had been found to commit incestuous acts with his sister (probably then really alluding to the Yin energy) and so, to liberate himself from guilt he decided to sacrifice himself by throwing himself in the fire. When he did so he was transformed into the planet Venus and since then this planet has always been identified with Quetzalcoatl. He vowed one day to return.
In another myth a priest in the Toltec capital of Tula, Ce Acatl Tipiltzin, who was recognized as an incarnation of Quetzalcoatl and bore that title, came in conflict with the priesthood of Tezcatlipoca, the principle of darkness. The reason was that Tipiltzin at this time sought to make a halt to practice of human sacrifice. The Tezcatlipoca priesthood however gained the upper hand and Quetzalcoatl was driven into exile. According to legend he left the Atlantic coast of Mexico on a raft made of serpents and vowed one day to return on a day of his own energy. This myth played an auspicious role in ancient Mexico in that the later Aztecs came to expect a return of Quetzalcoatl from the East that would bring light and a new civilization to the people. Thus, as the Spanish Conquistador, Hernan Cortez, landed in Mexico on a day with the prophesized energy he was initially believed by their emperor Moctezuma to be an incarnation of the god Quetzalcoatl who had now returned. Cortez was invited to the capital of the Aztecs, Tenochtitlan, and the ancient legend substantially contributed to the fall of the Aztec Empire. Today, however, because of the atrocities committed by the Conquistadors, no one believes that Cortez was actually Quetzalcoatl.
Return from the East?
What this means is that Quetzalcoatl has yet to return either from Venus or the East – or from both. What I am suggesting is that the Oneness Celebration is the time for Quetzalcoatl to return to mankind. But I want to point out that I do not mean by this that Quetzalcoatl is a person who is about to return. Rather it is an energy that will return by incarnating in the many of us who will participate in the transformation and recreation of civilization.
Crucial for this will be the Venus Transit of June 8, when, during a period of about 6 hours, the planet Venus will transit across the disc of the sun. By astronomers this is heralded as the astronomical event of the year, an event, which has not happened since 1882. It represents one of those rare occasions when the energy of the planet Venus is projected onto the Earth. Venus is our sister planet that is almost exactly of the same size as the Earth and always turns the same face to it at passages. If the energy of Venus will then be projected onto the Earth by the rays of the sun it does not seem farfetched to identify the Venus Transit with a time when the energy of Quetzalcoatl will return to the Earth. The fact that the transit occurs on a day dedicated to the wind god, Quetzalcoatl adds to this prophecy.
Read part two of The Return of Quetzalcoatl, where Carl discusses the effects of the Venus Transit and the effect on humanity of the return of the Christ Energy, or Quetzalcoatl.