(4) What Does the Future Hold?

Introduction

“It was halfway famine, it was halfway feast” [1].

This is the translation of the original Maya prophecy for Katun 2 Ahau (2012-2032). In the next chapters, we will match this prophecy with real trends and we will make realistic forecasts for the next fifteen years.

Physical energy configurations, such as fossil fuel resources and renewable energies, will be factored in, and we will make predictions on how human beings are likely to respond to the challenges facing them in the coming years.

Having the Right Attitude

If we are internally (spiritually, mentally and psychologically) prepared for the external material changes in the world, they will appear to be positive, and our approach to them would be pro-active, courageous, responsible, motivated and engaging.

“As above” (spiritually and internally)

“So below” (materially and externally)

If we are not internally prepared for external changes in the world, they would appear to us on the outside as negative, disastrous, calamitous and unfair, and our approach would be that of fear, denial, evasion, resistance, victimhood and escapism.

A Concise Prophecy

The first thing that we notice about the prophecy for Katun 2 Ahau is that it is reasonably short: “It was halfway famine, it was halfway feast” [1]. This is the section that is considered to be the most important part by translators. The rest of the prophecy consists of a few additional sentences, which we will touch on later.

The wording of the English version differs, depending on the translation and the codex from which it was taken, but “It was halfway famine, it was halfway feast” is Munro S. Edmonson’s interpretation and is from The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel.

Edmonson’s version comes across as less symbolic than other translations as he has already applied some interpretation to the symbolism used; this serves the objectives of this article well as we will use it as a reference point for the rest of our discussion.

Interpreting the Prophecy

The words “feast” and “famine” could be further interpreted in various ways. In the context of our discussion, we will consider these words to generally mean “economic growth” and “economic decline”.

In his book, The Mayan Prophecies, Kenneth Johnson explains that most scholars apply mainly two interpretations to this prophecy – namely, that in half of the Katun there would be prosperity and in the other half poverty or that there would be social disparities between the rich and the poor which would cause a lot of social tensions during the Katun.

Prophecies can sometimes (less commonly) be interpreted literally. The meaning often falls somewhere in between the symbolic and the literal. As a thought experiment, we will consider the possibility of there being a literal meaning, too, during our analyses.

First Easy, Then Difficult

As explained in Part 3, Katuns (19.7-year time periods) are divided into two 9.85 year halves – and the half has a length close to that of a decade. However, Katun-halves do not necessarily start or end at exactly the same time as decades do.

The energy of a Katun ascends during the first half, reaches a peak in the middle and descends during the second half.  We will, therefore, assume that the prophecy should be read in reverse, i.e. that the first half of Katun 2 Ahau (2012-2022) will continue to be relatively “easy” (there will be continued economic growth) and that the second half (2022-2032) will be difficult (there will be an economic decline of some sort).

Forecasting and Probability

In order to arrive at some realistic conclusions and make forecasts with a relatively high level of probability, we will take an open and philosophical approach to this broad and complex subject by consulting mainstream as well as quality non-mainstream sources.

Due to our scope being somewhat limited, we will keep it concise while being as comprehensive as possible at the same time. In the process, we will inadvertently touch on issues or topics that are frequently ignored or avoided for reasons that we will also delve into later. But first, let’s start with some context.

Prosperity and Poverty

Presently, we live in the most materially prosperous time in recorded history, notwithstanding the poverty that can still be found in many parts of the world. Considering how familiar we are with the abundance of choice in everything that we do and consume, imagining the arrival of “famine” in a real sense is almost impossible for those of us living in the developed world.

Poverty – unlike famine – is, however, something that we can relate to, at least to an extent, because we come across it often enough. Homelessness can be observed even in the richest countries and, in recent years, the arrival of large numbers of refugees and asylum seekers has added to the phenomenon.

Some people in the developed world may even have come close to poverty themselves due to personal financial crises or temporary local economic downturns. That happened, for example, in several first-world countries after the global financial crisis that started in 2008.

In reality, the average middle-class person is basically only a few lost pay cheques away from poverty. However, unlike in the poorer countries, there are relatively good social support systems and safety nets in place in developed nations that can assist people in getting back on their feet.

An Unbalanced World

The abundant standards of living that people are used to in the first world rely on large volumes of resources and supplies coming in from other parts of the world. People in developed countries have, over time, grown accustomed to having access to a much wider variety of manufactured goods and agricultural produce than what their local environments are able to consistently provide [2].

Virtually all under-developed nations rely on imports, too, but their reasons for importing have usually more to do with survival or with maintaining a basic minimum standard of living as opposed to it being based on demands for having as much variety as possible. Some countries fall somewhere in between with sections of their populations just surviving while other sections live in abundance.

The Making of an Illusion

Abundance can only truly be measured by consuming what is only locally available in order to measure if the environment can support local population numbers and consumption habits. If it can’t, we are overconsuming. If nobody has local abundance anymore, then global abundance is an illusion and everybody is overconsuming everywhere.

The downside of not living within one’s own means as a group is that it makes you reliant upon others, and it also puts a strain on them. The same can be said of unbridled population growth worldwide, regardless of how rich or poor countries are. Ultimately, everybody will be impacted.

In the process of living out the illusion of abundance, the future, in terms of arriving at a reasonable quality of life for everyone worldwide, is being consumed in advance, especially by populations that demand a higher quality of life than others [2].

Limits to Limitlessness

A global economic system that depends on infinite economic growth driven by unlimited resource extraction, coupled with endless hyper-consumption as a lifestyle, has – over time – been exported around the world and virtually all nations have adopted it.

The consequence of this is that the first world has locked itself and the rest of the world into a very specific and very set trajectory, i.e. endless, infinite, unlimited, non-stop material growth and expansion forever – or for as long as the raw materials and fossil fuels would last.

Although it is, perhaps, not always obvious, we actually live on a rather small planet with finite resources. Logically speaking, it is just a matter of time before we do, in fact, start running out. The only question is: “When?” [3].

Catching Up

In the meantime, lots of consumer goods and technology have, in recent years, also become available to those who can afford them in poorer nations, and that has significantly increased the quality of life of people worldwide.

Technology has, in many cases, leapfrogged infrastructure development completely, thereby accelerating the process. Overall, one can thus see a trend where the developing world is increasingly catching up with the developed world, and this is happening as we speak.

Huge progress has been made in infrastructure development, too, especially in developing countries with booming economies, with China being a prime example of how fast such developments can occur.

On the face of it then, one could easily arrive at the conclusion that the nations and peoples who were left behind previously would be able to catch up in the foreseeable future. However, such continued worldwide progress would depend on uninterrupted supplies of affordable fossil fuels and many types of raw materials.

A Precarious Situation

Should, for instance, the flow of resources and food supplies between countries be interrupted or become constrained for some reason, people in most nations would be severely affected. Hardly any countries are self-sufficient anymore, and they all rely on imports and exports.

Having said that, some nations are still more self-sufficient than others, due to being naturally endowed with important raw materials or by having favourable conditions for agriculture and food production. Some countries have smaller populations and, thus, fewer mouths to feed and fewer cars to run – so there’s an overall lower strain on their environments and a lower demand for fossil fuel.

In many poorer nations, there are still people who predominantly rely on local produce due to subsistence living and agricultural lifestyles. People in urban locations in developing countries often still live within cultural environments that are generally more community oriented or more based on a spirit of sharing and that of supporting each other.

Whose paradigm shift is it anyway?

The San people from Southern Africa, considered to be the oldest living tribe on the planet [4], will not experience a major paradigm shift should, for example, food imports stop coming into the countries that they reside in. Many of the San still live from the land – usually in very arid areas – and they continue to hunt for their food and conserve water as traditional practices.

The San people are the epitome of human survival due to having preserved their way of life for centuries. They have resilience. Should, for example, first-world city dwellers experience sudden interruptions in food supplies, experience extended power cuts or find a lack of fuel at filling stations, a complete paradigm shift is guaranteed. Modern-world city dwellers do not have resilience.

Another example of people with resilience is the Amish community in the USA who have maintained their rural way of life for hundreds of years in communities that are based on self-reliance, self-sufficiency and simplicity. Importantly, they have avoided becoming too dependent on advanced technologies. The most likely paradigm shift for the Amish would be city dwellers arriving in their rural areas asking for assistance with survival.

That being said, even the Amish and the present-day Maya people in Central America (for example) rely on goods that are brought to local markets with vehicles that operate on fuel and diesel. Therefore, should there be any form of fuel supply shortages in general, even more- resilient groups would have to adapt. However, due to having preserved and maintained most of their survival skills, along with their orientation towards simple living, it would be much easier for them to cope than for the majority of consumer-oriented city dwellers who simply don’t have any reference points for “going back in time”.

By J.J. Montagnier

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Main Resources:
The Mayan Prophecies – The Renewal of the World 2012 – 2072, by Kenneth Johnson, (published in 2012).
The Book of Destiny – Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012, by Carlos Barrios (published in 2009). [1] [2].
The Historical Value of the Books of Chilan Balam. Author(s): Sylvanus Griswold Morley. Source: American Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Apr. – Jun., 1911), pp. 195-214.
The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel, by Ralph Roys (published in 1933).
The Katun Prophecies of the Paris Codex. Thesis by James V. Rauff. Loyola University Chicago.

References & Statistics:

  1. Edmonson, Heaven Born Merida and its Destiny, p. 228.
  2. List of countries by food consumption: https://ourworldindata.org/food-per-person
  1. List of countries by food energy intake: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_food_energy_intake
  1. World food waste statistics: http://www.theworldcounts.com/counters/world_food_consumption_statistics/world_food_waste_statistics
  1. Which countries waste the most food? https://wastelesssavemore.sainsburys.co.uk/whats-happening/swadlincote/blog/which-countries-waste-the-most-food
  1. List of countries by oil consumption: https://www.indexmundi.com/energy/?product=oil&graph=consumption&display=rank
  1. List of countries by oil Imports: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_oil_imports
  2. To be explored in a future chapter – in the meantime please see the Video: Final Warning – Limits to Growth.
  3. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/worlds-most-ancient-race-traced-in-dna-study-1677113.html

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(1) Apocalypse Now?

Introduction

The first five years of the new Great Cycle, the Mayan Fifth World, turned out much less apocalyptic than initially forecasted, considering the dire predictions for 2012 and notwithstanding considerable upheaval between 2012 and 2017.

In the years leading up to 2012, many people in the Mayanism movement threw bits and pieces of a broad selection of prophecies – from a range of indigenous peoples from Mesoamerica, North America, and sometimes even Asia – all together and then projected them onto one day, i.e. December 21, 2012. By doing so, all contexts and time frames were lost and since then the majority of self-proclaimed experts have disappeared into the proverbial ether.

When doing a more in-depth analysis of the original Mayan prophecies, it becomes apparent that it’s early days yet. Energetically speaking, the most volatile times of the great shift of the ages are still ahead of us. Very significant events can be expected to occur during the next 35 years, and they will have to do with metaphysical – as well as physical – energy shifts, transitions and configurations.

The Original Mayan Prophecies

The original Mayan prophecies began from within various aspects of this ancient civilization’s rich history and culture, a culture that has spanned over more than 12,000 years by Mayan estimations [1]. Today, many of their prophecies are still accessible and can be found in various places such as in the Mayan Codices that had survived the Spanish conquest; in ancient Mayan mythologies, for example, in the Mayan creation story and on various stone stellae at archeological sites in Mesoamerica; on murals in excavated Mayan pyramid inner rooms; on preserved ceramics displayed or found in museums and private collections; and in several of the ancient Mayan calendar systems that have prophecies naturally embedded within them by design [2].

Serious modern-day scholars and archaeologists would usually refer to some or several of the above-mentioned sources. There are also prophecies that had been passed down from generation to generation through folklore and by word of mouth, but they would usually be unknown to those outside the Mayan culture.

This article and others will selectively focus on accessible Mayan prophecies from authentic sources that are specifically relevant to our discussion. The objective is to consider the prophecies that can be correlated with real events – past and present – and to look into some of the symbolism which would relate to future events.

Time, Space and Energy

In order to have a general understanding of how the Mayans perceived and measured time, a few time-related concepts need to be taken into account. The Mayan perception of time encompasses energy and space. Everything contains, and therefore is, energy. The energies measured and mapped emanate from the earth, from the four directions and from the cosmos – and everyone is affected by them.

For the Mayans, time is circular and cyclical, depending on which aspects of it are being measured; however, there is an overall linear progression in the long run. Time is measured and counted for different reasons and with different objectives. The calendars interact with each other to form cycles (and circles) within cycles. Some Mayan calendars measure agricultural cycles, while others measure human cycles and yet others are used for ceremony or prophecy. There are as many as twenty Mayan calendars in existence, but several of them have fallen out of use for various reasons.

In contemporary terms, few people would normally be conscious of these energies, but all people would be subconsciously aware of them. For example, sometimes these energies can be felt or sensed. Days, weeks and even years “feel” different from others. However, outside of Western astrology, the idea that time periods could have different energetic patterns – which actually could have practical, literal or physical effects – is usually not taken very seriously.

Archetypes and Symbolism

Mayan archetypes, deities or gods were assigned to express, depict and present the characteristics of these energies. Thereby, time and energy were given “shape”, so to speak. The traits and characteristics of these archetypes, deities and gods would then “embody” the natures of the ages, in order to understand and “see” them better. This gave time dimensional qualities that go far beyond the concept of time simply being measured as an arbitrary linear process.

Epochs, millennia, decades, days and events were mapped symbolically by this method which was also integrated within the Mayan hieroglyphic writing system. In this way, the Mayans were always conscious of their position in time. It was almost like living in a cyclical story. They knew where they were on each day, they knew where they came from, and they knew where they were heading to, all within an energetic and symbolic context while having had practical implications within their community context as well.

This is the gift that the classic Mayan civilization has left for the world, and it is especially relevant during these times that we live in.  Simply put, since people in the modern world do not generally sense or appreciate the subtle energies that influence their lives on a daily basis, systems such as the Mesoamerican calendars can be of immense value to them in providing a map of the unknown. Furthermore, it could enable them to anticipate the general characteristics of future time frames within particular time periods, as the Mayans did.

Circles, Cycles and Linearity

The circles and cycles that come around again are never absolutely the same every time. They have similar characteristics, but it is worth remembering that there are smaller cycles (and circles) within larger ones, with the very large ones stretching many thousands of years into the past and future. As all these cycles turn and interact, almost like cogs in a grand energetic mechanism (or rather in a grand energetic organism), not all of the larger wheels would be at the same place every time a cycle recurs. There are various layers, with the smaller cycles turning faster than the larger ones.

For example, 19.7-year time frames are known as Katuns, with particular characteristics coming around every 256 years (the length of the entire cycle of 13 Katuns). However, a 19.7-year Katun happening during the beginning stages of a Great Cycle of 5,125 years would not be exactly the same as the same Katun happening somewhere in the middle of a Great Cycle. That is because the entire cycle of 256 years would fit into 5,125 years several times over (20 times to be exact), and the Great Cycle would be at an energetic peak in its middle (about 2,500 years into it) while it would be at an energetic low at its beginning and end. Therefore, at the Great Cycle’s high point, the 19.7-year Katun would be affected by the peak energy of the 5,125-year Great Cycle, whereas that same Katun would be affected by the low energy of the Great Cycle at the start of the Great Cycle.

Prophecies can, therefore, only ever be a guideline as to how things may turn out.  Nevertheless, the accuracy and power of the prophetic Mayan calendars should not be underestimated. That is if we can manage to read them, considering their complexity. Throughout the rest of this article and its follow-up installments, a humble attempt will be made towards doing so.

The Ending of Cycles

Let us now take a brief look at the endings of several significant cycles, which automatically indicate that they would be followed by the beginning of new cycles. A brief summary of the characteristics or prophetic relevance of each cycle will also follow. Later on (in future chapters), some of the deeper symbolism of the prophecies relevant to the ending of some of these cycles will be delved into.

  • The 468-year Bolom Tiku Cycle ended in 1987. This was the end of a dark age (and the beginning of an age of light, called ‘Oxlajuj Tiku’, that will last 676 years [1]). In the immediate years after the Bolom Tiku Cycle ended, major events unfolded in the world during the start of Oxlajuj Tiku such as the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), the end of the Soviet Union (1991), the end of apartheid in South Africa (1991-94), and the beginning of the Northern Ireland Peace Process (1994).
  • The 5,125-year 4th Great Cycle, also known as the ‘Mayan Fourth World’, ended on 21 December, 2012. This was the end of a very long cycle ruled by masculine energy and the element of water [3]. It was also the beginning of the Mayan Fifth World which is meant to be ruled by both masculine and feminine energies and would have the combined four elements of the previous four cycles – namely, Fire, Air, Earth and Water, plus an additional element, Ether [1][3]. (We were five years into this new Great Cycle at the time of writing in 2017.) 
  • The 19.7-year Katun cycle named ‘4 Ahau’ that started on 6 April, 1993 ended on the 21 December, 2012. Throughout the ages, this Katun has had strong spiritual qualities and, while it contained some upheaval, too, it would appear to be one of the most balanced Katuns overall. During the most recent Katun 4 Ahau, there was a powerful revival of Eastern spirituality and philosophy within the Western world – and the New Age movement grew in leaps and bounds.
  • The 19.7-year Katun cycle named ‘2 Ahau’ started on December 22, 2012 and will end on 7 September, 2032. This was the beginning of a 19.7-year period that symbolically and energetically has strong qualities related to polarization and upheaval, while there are also some positive aspects to this cycle, too. (At the time of writing in 2017, we were five years into this Katun.)
  • The 19.7-year Katun named ‘13 Ahau’ will start on 8 September, 2032 and will end on May 25, 2052. This is a 19.7-year time period that has been observed by the Mayans to be a Katun that is symbolically dark and has proven to be one of the most unstable of all the Katuns, with the world usually being ‘turned upside down’, symbolically and literally (the world being the Mayan lands in Central America at the time.) However, some of the symbolism attached to the energy of the number (known as a tone) 13 has high spiritual qualities in the Mayan calendars.
  • The entire prophetic Katuns’ cycle of 256 years that started in 1796 and will end in 2052.

The last couple of Katuns in the 256-year cycle are always considered to be unstable, and they usually include the collapse of systems and structures. According to prophecy, the beginning of a brand new 256-year prophetic cycle would subsequently usher in a new dawn and a complete rejuvenation of the world. Symbolically, Katuns 2 and 13 Ahau (2012 – 2052) constitute the winding down and final collapse of the Old World, before the New World rises from the ashes.

Why are these cycles important?

The first three cycles mentioned above provide immediate reference points for events that have already taken place. They will be evaluated in a future installment to determine whether they, indeed, signified any real changes in terms of real-world events. If they did, for example, in the case of the changeover from one Katun to the next, it would illustrate how each Katun embodies a ‘Spirit of the Age’ (in Western terms also known as a ‘zeitgeist’).

This should provide evidence that the shifting or changing of the Spirit of the Age can happen relatively fast from one short age to the next, compared to the time that it takes from a very long cycle to the following one due to the transition, gestation and maturation stages being longer. For example, many people were surprised that nothing happened at the end of 2012, but we are, in fact, still accelerating deeper into the ‘birth canal’ of the transition phase between two Great Cycles, and multiple changes will be experienced along the way.

The rest of Katun 2 Ahau and the entire Katun 13 Ahau will happen during the next 35 years, between 2017 (at the time of writing) and 2052. The entire Katuns’ cycle of 256 years will end in 2052, which would probably be the most significant ending of all the cycles in the context of the overall discussion. If we are lucky, humanity should exit the first and most volatile stage of the transition ‘birth canal’ around that time.

Importantly, the next 35 years could potentially be experienced (lived through) by the majority of people alive today under the age of fifty. Those of us who are going to be around will have to deal with the upcoming changes. The younger the person, the more likely it is that they would experience most or all of it, depending on location, circumstances and events. How it all plays out on a local level would have a lot to do with people’s attitudes towards the whole process.

In the next installments, a deeper analysis of the prophecies related to the cycles listed in this article will be undertaken. The purpose of some of these energies will also be explored from a human development point view.

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By J.J. Montagnier

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This article has been written for general consumption, and some concepts have been simplified. The views and opinions are those of the author. Creative license has been applied to make some concepts more accessible. 

References:

  1. The Book of Destiny – Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012, by Carlos Barrios (published in 2009)
  2. Wayeb Notes No. 30. http://www.wayeb.org/notes/wayeb_notes0030.pdf
  3. Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder: http://goldenspearshealing.com/articles/carlos-barrios-mayan-elder/
  4. The Mayan Prophecies – The Renewal of the World 2012 – 2072, by Kenneth Johnson (published in 2012)

Bibliography:

  1. The Book of Destiny – Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012, by Carlos Barrios (published in 2009) [1] [2] 
  2. The Mayan Prophecies – The Renewal of the World 2012 – 2072, by Kenneth Johnson (published in 2012)
  3. The Maya Katun Prophecies, by Bruce Scofield (Article: Alternate Perceptions, 1996)
  4. The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel, by Ralph Roys (published in 1933)
  5. The Long and Short of the Mayan Calendar (Published in The Mountain Astrologer, Dec. 2004 / Jan. 2005) by Bruce Scofield

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