Mayan End Date / Winter Solstice / Galactic Alignment

Courtesy of Nicholas Mann
Courtesy of Nicholas Mann

The Midwinter Sun crosses the galactic equator very close to the galactic centre, the centre of our Milky Way Galaxy. It means the Winter Solstice Sun, the Earth, the Sun and the Galactic centre are lined up. Traditionally, this can be seen to mark the beginning of a new 26,000 year cycle of precession, what Plato called the “Great Year”. This is a very slow process, the fixed stars on the ecliptic shift by one degree every seventy-two years, when measured against our vernal equinox point. And this alignment has actually been exact within a half-degree at winter solstice since 1980, and will remain so until 2016. The 2012 Solstice for the Mayans is when it coincides with the end of their 5125 year Baktun cycle and the beginning of their Fifth Great Age. And while it is important to distinguish the Winter Solstice alignment at 12/21 from the Mayan calendar end-date at 12/23/2012, consider what the Mayans understood about the galactic centre and the precessional alignment and how they weaved this into their mythology and cosmovision.

The Gurdjieff Journal Issue 59

The Gurdjieff Journal Issue 59
The Gurdjieff Journal Issue 59

Volume 15 Issue 3 is available.

In this issue are the following articles…

The Life & Teachings of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Part II
Lincoln Kirstein, Payson Loomis & Gurdjieff Part II
Gurdjieff & Dorothy Caruso Part III
Probe: Hurt & Faith
Film Review: Disciples & Masters
Ouspensky on Krishnamurti & Katherine Mansfield

See The Gurdjieff Legacy Foundation.

Fourth Way Seminar

seminarSeminar with William Patrick Patterson

Unity & Disunity
Real & Imagined

Friday, March 22 – Monday, March 25, 2013

Redemptorist Renewal Center
Tucson, Arizona

Through guided meditation, Conscious Body-Breath Impressions™, dialogue and private interviews, William Patrick Patterson explores the theme. Open to all levels of simplicity. No previous experience necessary.

Because space is limited and past seminars have filled quickly, please make your reservation early. The total cost of tuition, lodging (double occupancy) and meals is $675. Space is reserved with a $375 deposit to be received by March 8th, afterwards the cost is $775.

To reserve a place, send your deposit by mail or reserve electronically below. There is a small surcharge when using the latter.

To reserve a place by mail, send a check made out to Arete Communications to the following address:


Arete Communications
773 Center Boulevard #58
Fairfax, CA 94978-0058
If you have questions, email us at: Introduction@GurdjieffLegacy.Org or call (800) 470-3086

Deep Diving Intensive*
March 25-28, 2013

Students Only

For more information or to register see The Gurdjieff Legacy Foundation.

Fourth Way Workshop

William Patrick PattersonWorkshop with William Patrick Patterson
The Conscious Body—Missing Link in Self-Development

Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Church of the Redeemer
5603 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21210
(410) 435-7333


Through guided meditation, Conscious Body-Breath Impressions™, and dialogue, William Patrick Patterson explores the theme. Wear loose clothing. Bring a mat and a sitting pillow. Open to all levels of simplicity.

Registration: $50 on or before Thursday, January 17. $75 at the door. To reserve a place, send your electronic payment below. Use your PayPal receipt as your entrance ticket.

If you have questions, email us at: Introduction@Gurdjieff-Legacy.Org or call (800) 470-3086

Fourth Way Recital

Gurdjieff-Legacy presents
Recital of Gurdjieff’s Music
Harmony of East & West


Michael Dale, pianist

Friday, January 18, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
An die Musik
409 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 385-2638

Michael Dale is a composer-improviser and multi-instrumentalist residing in the San Francisco Bay area. He performs regularly with many jazz and classical groups including New Keys and Death of the Cool. Recently, he has been featured on the recordings Sacred Music of the Eternal Present: Hymns and Prayers of G.I. Gurdjieff, and Perseverance, by the free-jazz group Sound Immersion. He is also a composer for film, having scored the award-winning short Milo’s Wheels. He maintains a full studio of private students in the East Bay. He is a student of William Patrick Patterson, a leading exponent and teacher of The Fourth Way.

Donation: $10 ($5 may be applied towards the purchase of a book, DVD or CD)

If you have questions, email us at: Introduction@Gurdjieff-Legacy.Org or call (800) 470-3086

For more information visit Gurdjieff Legacy.

William Patrick Patterson speaks on From the Selves to The Self—Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way Teaching of Self-Development

William Patrick PattersonThursday, January 17, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Ukazoo Books
730 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, MD 21204
(410) 832-2665

The evening includes dialogue, guided meditation and a taste of Conscious Body-Breath Impressions™.

Donation: $10 ($5 may be applied towards the purchase of a book, video or CD)

For more information visit Gurdjieff Legacy.

Maya Sun God as Shark, Blood Drinker and Jaguar

Photograph courtesy Edwin Román, Brown University

Excerpt from National Geographic.

In El Zotz some 1,600 years ago in what is now Guatemala, the Temple of the Night Sun was a blood-red beacon visible for miles and adorned with giant masks of the Maya sun god as a shark, blood drinker, and jaguar.

The sides of the temple are decorated with 5-foot-tall (1.5-meter-tall) stucco masks showing the face of the sun god changing as he traverses the sky over the course of a day. One mask is sharklike, likely a reference to the sun rising from the Caribbean in the east.

The noonday sun is depicted as an ancient being with crossed eyes who drank blood, and a final series of masks resemble the local jaguars, which awake from their jungle slumbers at dusk.

In Maya culture the sun is closely associated with new beginnings and the sun god with kingship. So the presence of solar visages on a temple next to a royal tomb may signify that the person buried inside was the founder of a dynasty—El Zotz’s first king.

They also found hints the Maya, who added new layers to the temple over generations, regarded the building as a living being. For example, the noses and mouths of the masks in older, deeper layers of the temple were systematically disfigured.

It is actually quite common in Maya culture. It’s very hard to find any Mayan depiction of the king that doesn’t have its eyes mutilated or its nose hacked … but ‘mutilation’ is not the appropriate term to describe it. It as more of a deactivation.

It’s as if they’re turning the masks off in preparation for replicating them in subsequent layers … It’s not an act of disrespect. It’s quite the opposite.

This site shows images of the sun god at different stages. It is a first showing it all put together.

Concerning the craftsmanship of the masks, they are three-dimensional. The faces push out of the side of the facade. You don’t really see that very often … because if they project too much they fall off. But here they were able to pull it off.

With the play of light on the faces would have been extremely dramatic.

The masks’ color—crimson, the bright red pigment, it would have had a particularly marked effect at dawn and at the setting of the sun.

Blazing red and perched on high, the Temple of the Night Sun was meant to see and to be seen.