Posted by: Ed Darrell | December 1, 2011

More archaeological finds on Mayan calendars and 2012 — no apocalypse expected

So, if you’re really interested in the “Mayan Prophecy” hoaxes, surely you heard about, and tracked down and read, these stories, right?

  1. In the Washington Post, an Associated Press story, “German expert says decoding of Mexico glyphs rules out 2012 apocalypse; says it means new era”
  2. At MSNBC, another AP story, “Mexico adds yet another brick to the 2012 Maya legend – Archaeologists say another artifact refers to date, but downplays doomsday angle”

What do you think it all means?


In the tonalpohualli, the sacred Aztec calendar, this day (Thursday, December 1, 2011) is:




13-day period


solar year

Ocelotl (jaguar) Mazatl (deer) Tecpatl (flint knife)
8Ocelotl (jaguar) 1 – Mazatl (deer) 13 – Tecpatl (flint knife)


Lord of the Night


365-day calendar

Long Count:

(Mayan calendar)

Tlazolteotl 16 – Tlacaxipehualiztli (III)

The significance of this day

Day Ocelotl (Jaguar) is governed by Tlazolteotl as its provider of tonalli (Shadow Soul) life energy. Ocelotl is a good day for doing battle. It signifies power, valor, and reckless abandon in the face of danger. This is a day of the Warriors of Tezcatlipoca, those who willingly sacrifice their lives to keep the flame of the Old Ones burning forever.

The thirteen day period (trecena) that starts with day 1-Mazatl (Deer) is ruled by Tepeyollotl, the Heart of the Mountain, the Jaguar of Night, lord of the animals and darkened caves. Tepeyollotl is Tezcatlipoca disguised in a jaguar hide, whose voice is the echo in the wilderness and whose word is the darkness itself, calls to the heart in the voice of the conch. These are 13 days associated with the hunt: whether one is the hunter or the game, this trecena reminds us that our lives are determined by the act of stalking. The arts of tracking and back-tracking, of spotting and camouflaging, of following tracks and covering tracks, rule our lives to the degree that we master them. These are good days to study the routines of others; bad days to keep to your routines.

All of which boils down to this:  Today is a good day to study history.


  1. Great articles! A lot of interesting information. There’s so many people that think the world is going to end in December 2012. That’s ridiculous!

  2. One of the key questions here is, “How do we know what we know?”

    I find it interesting that there is a mini-industry in making claims about the Mayan calendar, but all from people who have not studied the actual calendars. Here we have the scholars who do look at the stones, and they say it’s no big deal, no prediction of any calamity.

    To which group should we grant credence? Who do we trust on the issue?

  3. good stuff mr.darrel

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