6 Mart 2010 Cumartesi
Mayan elder Don Alejandro is asked about the Dream Spell Calendar. He explains that it is not a Mayan Calendar and shares his view of Jose Arguelles.
By Carl Johan Calleman
Today there seems to be two different calendar systems that are presenting themselves as Mayan alternatives to the Gregorian calendar. One of them is the so-called Dreamspell/Thirteen Moon calendar and the other is the traditional Mayan calendar system, which revolves around the Sacred Calendar that is still in use in certain parts of Guatemala. As we are approaching the Oneness Celebration and the ensuing Return of the Calendar of Quetzalcoatl it is becoming all the more important to discuss the differences between these two calendars. Yet, in some countries the Dreamspell calendar is so dominating that few will even know that it differs in significant and profound ways from the traditional Mayan calendar. This is not the least because Dreamspell teachers will often not bring up the differences, but rather portray the Dreamspell as identical with the Mayan calendar or as a modernized variety of it. On the technical level there are however some very significant differences between the Dreamspell and the traditional Mayan calendar:
1/ The Dreamspell/Thirteen Moon calendar is makes jumps on certain days. One very notable such jump is at the leap day on February 29 every four years (Olympic years such as 2004). The Traditional Sacred Calendar however never makes any jumps and is perfectly regular. It follows the uninterrupted flow of divine creation and assigns a Sacred energy of time to every day. Every day, without exception, has a sign and a number associated with it. The idea that there would be days without an energy in the Sacred Calendar seems very alien to Mayan day-keepers and it is not easy to interpret what this would mean. What , in other words, would make February 29, 2004 so different from all other days that it would not have a spiritual energy? After all, the decision made by Pope Gregory in 1582 to make this particular day a leap day was not made by the Maya. In the Dreamspell calendar his decision has really been given the important role of excluding a certain day, which even affects the understanding that people today have of the Sacred Mayan Calendar.
2/ The Thirteen Moon calendar similarly makes a jump every year on July 26. This is in contrast to the traditional Mayan way of counting moons, where the durations of months alternate between 29 and 30 days. These were followed without interruption of the Traditional Mayan Moon calendar was a reflection of the phases of the moon. The traditional Mayan way of counting months is synchronized with the natural female cycles of menstruation, ovulation and gestation, while this is not true for either the Dreamspell calendar or the Gregorian calendar. While modern doctors often claim that the female cycle is 28 days, there is extensive evidence, both mythological and modern statistical, to show that the female cycle is indeed linked to the cycle of the full moon of 29.5 days. Presumably, medicine has throughout the patriarchal era sought to deny this magical link between the female and the full moon and so a fictitious cycle of 28 days has been invented. Neither the Gregorian calendar with its alternating numbers of days in the month, 28, 30 or 31, nor the Thirteen Moon calendar is synchronized with the female cycles and both of them seems to deny the link between the female and the full moon.
3/ The Traditional Sacred Calendar of the Maya (tzolkin) that is still in use in certain parts of Guatemala is directly linked to the long-term prophetic thirteen baktun calendar called the Long Count. Thus, on a micro scale the Traditional tzolkin reproduces the energies of time of the Long Count. The Dreamspell tzolkin count, on the other hand, which makes an interruption every four years could not have any such direct relationship to the prophetic Long Count. Since it makes jumps on the leap day it will reflect a certain flow of creation for four years only, and after a leap day it will reflect a new flow. The traditional tzolkin instead reflects one and the same ongoing creation process without interruption.
4/ The prophetic calendars of the Maya are based on non-physical cycles. They are non-astronomical cycles based on the inherent creative energies of time itself. The Dreamspell/Thirteen Moon calendar is instead built around the particular astronomical cycle of our planet
around the sun of 365,25 (at the current time 365,2422) days. The Traditional Mayan calendar system is valid for the whole universe and goes back to the so-called Big Bang about 15 billion years ago when the universe was born and no solar systems with their particular cycles even existed. This is according to modern physicists and the Mayan calendar alike. Since the Traditional Mayan calendar is not limited to our own planet or solar system it is not subordinated to its particular astronomical cycles, such as the solar year. It reflects a cosmic process of creation, where our own particular solar system is just a small part. In fact, the Traditional Mayan calendar system would be equally valid on Mars or Venus or any other planet in the cosmos as it is on earth, despite the fact that the periods of revolution of these planets would be very different from ours. In this, it differs from all other calendars in the world that are geocentric and based on the parameters of our own particular planet.
It thus seems that the purpose of the Dreamspell and the Mayan calendar is very different.
While the Dreamspell calendar aspires to present a new way of dividing the solar year into months, the traditional calendar describes an ongoing cosmic process of creation that has no interruptions. In technical terms the main differences between the two calendars are the ones summarized in points 1-4 above. These differences between the Dreamspell/Thirteen Moon and the Mayan calendar are too rarely pointed out and debated, with the consequence that it is not always easy for people, especially not those new to Mayan calendrics, to make an informed choice about what calendar to choose. Yet, of course, what is important are not the technical differences, but the spiritual consequences. The Calendar of Quetzalcoatl needs to provide guidance for the path of humanity towards Enlightenment and in the upcoming turbulent times only such a calendar will serve humanity.
26 Ağustos 2008 Salı
Transcript of a talk given by Ian Lungold (excerpted)
…another lady self-published a book on Mayan astrology. And in celebration, we were…we had the charts all laid out on this table and we were thinking in celebration we ought to go to dinner. And I looked at the chart and I thought of dinner. And I looked at the chart and I went, my goodness, this is the same size as a placemat. So I could have Mayan astrological placemats in every restaurant in the world. I’ll be rich and famous.
I was very excited. I got an investor and we put 4,000 dollars into producing these placemats. And I went and drove to restaurant to restaurant to restaurant to restaurant all over the Phoenix area at the time. And also I was selling the books and charts to local bookstores and bookstores up around Sedona Arizona, around there. And I spent all of that 4,000 bucks and nothing happened. No bites at all from any of the restaurants. So, I went, OK well that’s not going to happen right away. I’ll just go make this calendar famous, you know, make it more known, and maybe I’ll work my way into that. So I went to a convention called “Crystal Healings on the Rocks.” It was a gathering of crystal skulls in Sedona Arizona. I went there with my books and my charts and the placemats and the jewelry and opened a booth. And I’m all ready to make these sales and talk to everybody about the calendar, and across the way was another booth with real Maya in it. These were guys from Guatemala. They’d come up to visit the crystal skulls and do ceremony. So, I went over there very proudly with my charts and my book and showed them to this Mayan shaman. And he looked at the stuff and he went, “yech, yech. This is Arguelles! Dreamspell!” I said, yeah, the Mayan Calendar. He goes, “no, the Dreamspell is not the Mayan calendar.” Well, I felt like I just kissed a freight train going at 80 miles an hour. Wiped me out. I followed, I went right back to my booth and I covered my booth. And then I followed this Mayan shaman around for four days. I mean I got up at 4:30 in the morning to go do fire ceremony with this guy. I did, I was at divinations, I was at ceremonies that they did. By the end of the four days I knew this guy was probably telling the truth, knew what he was talking about. But I couldn’t be for sure. ‘Cuz I was just fooled by Jose Arguelles, Hunbatz Men and Aluna Joy Yaxk'in who were promoting the Dreamspell calendar as the Mayan calendar worldwide. And there were over 10 million people who believed that the Dreamspell calendar was the Mayan calendar. So I had to go to Guatemala to find out for sure. So I packed up my jewelry and I went to Guatemala. And I went to the sites looking for Maya shaman that I could talk to and ask what day it was on their calendar. And I found two of them while I was down there. And indeed they did tell me what day it was on their calendar. And both of them agreed on what day it was. In two different places on two different days they gave me the right day. But it was not what the Dreamspell calendar said was the day. So it was kind of a good day and a bad day for me. It was good that I found out the truth that the world had been lied to about the Mayan Calendar. It was kind of a good and a bad thing. And then also I found out that my charts, the ones that I had come up with for the Dreamspell calendar would not work with the real Mayan calendar. So, again, all the work I had done was thrown in the ditch, gone.
So I came back to the states. Now when I was down there I sold jewelry to tourists. I came back with $437 in my pocket because I sold so much of the jewelry. That was great. It was going to cost me $425 to buy back all the books and all the charts that I had sold. And I knew this was a test. This was a test. I’d certainly had other tests in the past of continuing, of believing in my intuition, that sort of thing. But this was economics. This was a bigger test. I put gas in the car and I drove to all those places and I bought back all the books and all the charts. And then I sat for about two weeks wondering what I was going to do with my life. And then all of the sudden (snaps fingers) another download. This time, how to get past the problem of leap year on the Mayan calendar, on the conversion. You see, the Jose Argulles Dreamspell calendar, 13 times 28 is what he bases his calendar on. 28 day months and 13 different intentions, or aspects. 13 times 28, 13 months time 28 is 365. But it’s not 365 1/4. So in his system he has to lop off Februrary 29th every four years-has to chop off a day from creation, as though it doesn’t exist, as though it has no sacred energy. It’s just convenient mathematically. And he has explained that he has improved the calendar over the Mayan 3,000 year tradition. He has improved it by chopping off this day of creation. So, it became much much more evident to myself that there was something drastically wrong with this calendar. But what happened was I got this method to go around February 29th. Which is, really simply, I started counting the year from March 1st, instead of January 1st. That way it’s past any possible February 29th is where we start counting and then using numbers of days. So you don’t have to worry about that. There’s two charts. There’s the day and month chart and there’s the year chart down here. And what you do is look up the month across the top and the day down here. And where the two columns come together there’s a red number. And you take then and look up the year, whatever year you’re looking up from 1910 to 2013, just in case. And there’s a blue number, and you add the two numbers together. You add this red number and blue number together and it will tell you what day it is on the Mayan calendar. Instruction #2 right here explains if you’re looking up any January or February date, either you’re looking it up, you could look up today’s date, or you could look up your birthday. My birthday happens to be January 26, 1949. Yeah, I’m that old. So, January 26, 1949, when you look that up, when you get down here you have to use the number next to 1948, because of how you skip over January and February. So that’s the only minor little wrinkle in the whole thing. You just have to do that and then you don’t have to do pages of calculations for February 29. So, once you get the number, then you can go straight over here to the Mayan calendar and it will tell you what day out of these different days it is. And like I said, today is 13 storm which is right down here-right down there is 13 storm. For more info on the Codex: http://www.mayanmajix.com/calendar.html
And what happened is I went back to Guatemala with these charts. This time though I went to the top. I went to Guatemala City and went to the leader of the indigenous chiefs and elders. That is Don Alejandro Cerillo Perez Osha (sp?). And I met with him and two of his other shamans and presented what I had. And he understood the momentous event that had just occurred. They had never had this formula, never had this tool because well, frankly because they didn’t need it. They were on the Mayan calendar and didn’t have much to do with the Gregorian calendar. But he knew this was a pathway, a doorway that opens the calendar for all, for everyone. The problem is I’ve got white skin and blue eyes. And every single person who came to their civilization with white skin and blue eyes had done nothing but rape, pillage, and murder. So, we sat for quite a while. We sat for quite a while, about 4 ½ to 6 hours or something like that and we ate together, we did discuss. But mostly we sat in silence and looked at one another-looked through one another. Because they wanted to be absolutely sure who I was. At the end of the time I had sworn to them and to the Mayan people I would straighten out all of the misconceptions about the Mayan calendar worldwide. I had no idea, no idea at the time that I would be anywhere near this position with the information I ended up with. But in that time, that’s what I did. That’s why I’m here, to honor my pledge to the Mayan people to straighten all the misconceptions.
Now once this Codex was produced, it went straight to Sweden. There is a guy over there, actually a friend of mine, an acquaintance of mine, I should say. John Major Jenkins had an acquaintance with Calleman, with Dr. Calleman. And Dr. Calleman is a Swedish biochemical engineer who had been studying the Mayan calendar for eight years. But he’d been studying it from a clinical point of view, not from a sociological or archaeological point of view, but from a scientific point of view. You see, archaeologists, what they do is conjecture about things, they surmise. They don’t experiment with things. Mr. Calleman, what he did was he was looking for what could be proven about the Calendar rather than conjectured about the calendar. So, for eight years he gathered data. And then he had a book he sent to me. It wasn’t published yet it was just the draft. I read the book. I was starkly amazed. And I helped him get the book published, or help start that work. And he came to Cancun where I was at the time. We lived together for two months in a one bedroom apartment in Cancun. And we got to know each other real good. He went back to Sweden when we were done. And I went to Sedona, Arizona to actually ground this information in Sedona. And I was there for three years as a homebase. Traveled the world with this information doing these talks, but Sedona was the homebase. Now I don’t have a homebase, now I’m just out. This is the book I recommend everyone buy and read. This book, very technical, very correct. It’s the first book that Calleman put out, called The Mayan Calendar. It reads like a textbook. There is a lot of information in this book we’re not going to go over today. What you’re going to see is a blend of my studies and Calleman’s findings. But in here is all the details and it’s tremendous information. It will more than confirm everything that we’re talking about today. And I’m sure you’ll recognize the importance of having this information. For more information on the book: http://www.mayanmajix.com/book.html
9 Eylül 2007 Pazar
I felt the need to open up a discussion that would clarify the confusions caused because of the Dreamspell.
Dreamspell, which is also known by the 13-moon calendar, is not the actual calendar that the Mayas were using. This is an invented system by one of the important figures of the New Age movement, Jose Arguelles. Here, I would like to show my gratitude to Arguelles who is one of the pioneers in the world to pull the attention to the Mayan calendar. He is also the first person to reveal the spiritual basis of the Mayan calendar. As Calleman says, “Argüelles was the first in modern time to systematically work on the deeper meaning of the Mayan calendar and presented an alternative interpretation to that of the academic by suggesting that the Great Cycle caused the spiritual evolution of humanity.”
However, later on Arguelles moved away from his spiritual-based time conception and launched the calendar of Dreamspell. This calendar is based on 13 Moons each of 28 days plus an extra day, July 25th, outside of time (13 x 28 + 1 = 365). As exhibited here, Dreamspell (although it is presented as an alternative to the Gregorian calendar) is a calendar that combines astronomical cycles rather than tracking the spiritual evolution of consciousness alone. Well the Maya never combined spiritual cycles with the astronomical cycles. They use the Haab as their solar calendar for agricultural events, however they never linked it to Tzolkin. A calendar that is based on astronomical cycles, would not explain the evolution of consciousness. Hence, it would not be wise to say that Dreamspell is aligned with the notion of the true Mayan calendar.
Furthermore, as Calleman would put it ”there was however a problem with the Dreamspell, namely that the Maya had never used the particular Tzolkin count that it was linked to. Many of the followers of Dreamspell, mostly for lack of knowledge, simply presented Dreamspell as The Mayan Calendar. In practice the result of this was that many individuals have been deluded into thinking that the Galactic Signature they had been assigned also was the one that the Maya would have used.”
The most apparent illusions caused by this are:
a) a false guidance in terms of synchronizing with the cosmic flow.
b) and a false insight into our own individuality and spiritual mission.
Tzolkin (meaning “count of days”) is the true count that is being followed for centuries by the Mayan day-keepers. This count is not mistaken or missed even for one day for all this time. It is the only true resource for being aligned with the synchronicities and flow of the cosmos. For following the true Tzolkin, you can click here. This is a web portal that gathers together websites and researches who use the authentic Tzolkin count.
As a final note about the Dreamspell, I want to quote from Adam Rubel who is a co-director of a nonprofit organization based in the US, Saq' Be': Organization for Mayan and Indigenous Spiritual Studies.
“The Mayan traditions of Guatemala have been the main focus of our organization since its inception more than four years ago. For the past seven years, I have been learning directly from Ajq'ij and elders in Guatemala about that tradition. This is the place from which I speak to you, on behalf of this experience.”
“Regarding the dreamspell and work of Arguelles: It has been made clear, I think everybody here understands the need to distinguish this system from any relation to the Mayan tradition… This is the wish of the elders, that the confusion and misrepresentation cease. The tradition is non confrontational and has thus not undertaken any efforts to discredit the works of those that advance this system. They have issued warnings, however, and I have heard that the Grand council of Ajq'ij and elders are becoming more stringent regarding the release of information and who is claiming to represent the Mayan tradition because so many have taken advantage of the people and the tradition … This warning has also been directed at those using the dreamspell that still promote it as a Mayan system, it is not something they recognize or endorse.”
Salaam, Shalom, In Lak'ech,
Fatih Kecelioglu 8 Kan
Dear Dr. Calleman,
I received this e-mail without any text, so I took that as a moment to write a personal note to you. I have been aware of your work for quite some time now.
I have read some of the statements you have published about the source material called Dreamspell: the Journey of Timeship Earth 2013.
As I was co-creator of this production, I have my own knowledge of how our mutual discovery came about. I would be happy to share my experience with you should you be interested in asking some specific questions.
I am not a Mayanist, but I did work deeply with the mathematical codes that led to the discovery of the Law of Time. I have an understanding of the radial matrix and the plus one factor that are what I consider to be profound decodings.
Again, if you are interested, we could open a dialogue. I speak from my heart and without attachment to the outcome.
All the best to you,
Lloydine Bolon Iklloydine@lloydine.com
Dear Bolon Ik,
I should start by saying that my personal contacts with Don Alejandro has given me new insights into how the Maya themselves have been looking at the encounter with the Dreamspell/Thirteen Moon calendar. In the Popol-Vuh the gods somewhere say: “May you be accurate, may you honor the days.” to the newly created human beings. This expresses the insight that for the survival of humanity and the success of this creation it is instrumental that the true calendar is followed and the true energies of the days be honored. Without this the divine cannot really be seen and honored. Hence, in a recent interview with me Don Alejandro Oxlaj asks regarding your Dreamspell: “What right do they have to change our calendar?” I want you to consider that the consequences of this change from the traditional calendar has been much graver than you thought when you initially invented the Dreamspell calendar.
If nothing else it should be obvious to any thinking person that the Dreamspell calendar by making jumps on the Gregorian leap days is totally subordinated to the latter calendar and hence cannot be an accurate expression of the continuous flow of divine creation. For this reason, and because of its unspecified origin it in fact very often generates “calendar wars” such as is the case in Poland today, and maybe in Germany tomorrow, where the old Dreamspell guard continues to lie to people and claim that Dreamspell is the Mayan calendar. No explanation is given to why it deviates from the true Mayan calendar. Hence, the Dreamspell calendar becomes very much the opposite of a calendar of peace for the very reason that its origin is not clearly spoken, but hidden. Secrets do not promote equality and peace, but belong to the old paradigm of autocratic rule.
I suppose at the time you invented the Dreamspell you felt very much divinely inspired and allowed yourself to overlook some of these consequences that are now becoming apparent. At that time the nature of the Sacred Calendar and its relationship to divine creation was however not yet understood. Much has happened regarding the Mayan calendar since the early nineties and the very basis for how a truly spiritual calendar system should be organized has changed. I do not know if you have read any of my books, but I certainly recommend that you do since they may allow a fresh perspective and an opening to a new holistic theory of how to move towards oneness. I am convinced that the Mayan calendar through my own work has been solved and you will see more evidence of this as Barbara Hand Clow’s book comes out in a few months. Actually no serious criticism has been waged against the understanding of creation as a climb through nine Underworlds. To see this all it takes is a basic knowledge of human history and evolution. The use of the Mayan calendar today needs to reflect this understanding and from this understanding it is absolutely clear that the evolution of the divine plan cannot be harmonized with anything but the true Sacred Calendar. As it was said in the Popol-Vuh.... If you want to continue a dialogue I recommend that you read my books. I think anyone working with the Mayan calendar today needs to come to a conclusion for herself as to whether the theories therein are true or not and go from there.
For the midpoint of the Fifth day of the Galactic Underworld, May 19-23 2007, there are plans under way for worldwide meditations as part of the Breakthrough Celebration (see http://www.commonpassion.org/). These will include not only the diksha and TM movements, but a focus on the peace manifestations in Jerusalem as well. I want to invite you to become part of this worldwide manifestation and use your influence within the Dreamspell/Thirteen Moon community to bring it to take part of this. This would help bring an end to the calendar wars. I think the Earth deserves it and certainly the Maya do after having withstood so much pressure over the years to change their calendar. I think also you deserve it after having put so much effort out there with an intention of benefiting mankind. Please let me know if such a bridge building role would be of interest to you.
I feel however it would be in the best interest of everyone if the origins of the Dreamspell calendar could be clarified. In most parts of the world this remains a much more widespread calendar than the authentic Mayan and in that sense it has been a tremendous success. It has for a long time been my sense that your personal contribution to this particular calendar has been very significant. Hence, I would like to raise a few specific questions that I would very much appreciate if you would like to answer:
1/ At the time when you developed the Dreamspell tzolkin count were you aware of the existence of the traditional Mayan tzolkin count that is still in use among the Maya?
If so, did you sense that your own count would have advantages compared to the traditional count and, if so, what would those advantages be?
2/ How was the Dreamspell count anchored to the Gregorian calendar? There must in other words have been an energy in your tzolkin count that was set to a certain Gregorian date to create the calculation method for the various kin. It has been my guess that the Dreamspell count was based on your identification with the energy of Bolon Ik-Quetzalcoatl and that it was this energy that was anchored to your Gregorian birthday.
3/ Why did you elect to omit the Gregorian leap day from the Dreamspell Tzolkin count?
I would be most grateful if you would help to clarify these issues.
All the best
Namaste and In Lak'ech
1/28/07Traditional: 8 CimiDreamspell: 5 Eagle
Greetings Carl Johan,
I have deeply contemplated these issues rather than to write superficially about this. I believe that what I have to share is my heart's truth and that it will be helpful to all concerned. I appreciate this opportunity to dialogue with you and I want to thank Jose Jaramillo for facilitating our connection.
First I would like to address what I feel is at the heart of opening ourdialogue and that is the statement of Don Alejandro:“what right do they have to change our calendar?”
We did not change the Mayan Calendar. The traditional Mayan Calendarstands on its own. Rather than changing the Mayan Calendar, we broughtthrough an alternate ritual count known as the Dreamspell.
I would like to clarify, we did not “invent” the Dreamspell. Ratherthan an invention, I stand on the principle that it was a Revelation.Revelation is not channeling. Our process was one of rigorous,systematic analysis and exploration of the mathematical structureanimating the _Mayan Calendar, and applying that revelation to create auniversal template accessible to all. Numbers are culture free anddevoid of historical context.
The success of the proliferation of the Dreamspell around the planet isa testament to this universality and validity. The Dreamspell count isnot exclusive - it does not deny the validity of any other sacred tradition.
In answer to your question, “did you sense that your own count wouldhave advantage over the traditional count?” We were in no way comingfrom the mindset of the Dreamspell having advantage OVER the traditionalcount, however -- I would say unequivocally, yes, that I feel theDreamspell serves a purpose as a conversion tool out of the disharmony ofthe Gregorian calendar, into the harmony of galactic culture. TheDreamspell calendar system is founded on a whole body of work, and itwould be impossible to detail to you in this email its full advantages.
I felt in receiving your 2nd email that you have such a specificagenda, I am even more inspired to address the illusion of confrontationthat I feel as a subtle tone coming through your writing. Severalstatements in your email lead me to believe you don’t understand theunderlying harmony and peaceful intention of the Dreamspell. Toreiterate, I have no argument against the traditional count, and nobasis to discount it. I simply believe in the co-existence of both systems.
Who is participating in these calendar wars? Conflict and duality emergewhenever any of us take an absolute position. To make oneself “right” byidentifying someone else as “wrong” is duality in action. From my34-year path as a Buddhist practitioner, I have understood that thenature of enlightenment is to enter a reality beyond duality where onecan embrace multiple points of view simultaneously.
I’d be happy to have more information about the people in Poland towhich you refer, as this conflict is news to me, and I offer myself inservice to harmonizing these situations. In the interest ofcollaborative evolution, I hope this dialogue we’re having intriguesyou, and after all, if my memory serves, you were also born on GregorianMay 15th - but I don’t know which year? Do you know your Dreamspell GalacticSignature? When I first discovered I was 9 Caban on the Traditionalcount, I was genuinely moved by that, knowing that it was the perfect“Dreamspell analog partner, ” connected to the planet Uranus - same tone,same Dreamspell earth family.
Speaking of my birthday, I would like to debunk your concept that wecreated the Dreamspell count based on our birthdays. What are youimplying? I know from my heart that we did not do this work as a methodof aggrandizing our egos, quite the opposite.
With regard to the leap day issue, the reason for neutralizing the leapyear day as 0.0 Hunab Ku, is to uphold the mathematical precision of theEarth families and their 52-year solar-galactic synchronization pattern.In this sense, although the linear count of days may appear interrupted,the radial matrix of synchronicity is intact.
Well, that is sufficient response for this moment in time ... nothing isever that absolute. I live by the moment, one day at a time. I believethat this creates incredible possibility for change and development.
Thank you for sharing the information on the Breakthrough celebration.It is wonderful to see you contributing another example of our need for peaceful synchronization. Please continue to keep me informed and I’ll continue to follow my heart’s guidance as to how to participate.
Namaste and In Lak’ech
Lloydine Bolon Ik
Dear Lloydine, Bolon Caban,
I appreciate your current views about duality and enlightenment, but the confusion is already out there regarding the Mayan calendar and the Dreamspell calendar. On a very large scale there is a lack of clarity on this relationship and you created this. In the vast majority of cases I would say people would drop the Dreamspell if they knew how seriously it deviates from the Mayan calendar. This has already happened in Scandinavia where the Dreamspell is now completely gone for the simple reason that relevant info about it has been available. I think the same development is under way in the Netherlands and maybe the US as well. Most people do not want something that is not authentic, especially not if it is directly contrary to the wishes of the indigenous people that originated it. I do not think you can reverse this process of return to the true calendar, but I am sure you can speed it up or slow it down depending on what you do. So I feel it is important to see how this situation of confusion, which still reigns in many parts of the world, has arisen.
It seems you have forgotten, or do not know, how the Dreamspell count was designed. Peter Toonen, whom I presume you know, says however that he knows this. Even someone, who does not read Dutch is probably able to follow his argument in an article in Spiegelbeeld (http://www.pan-holland.nl/Artikels/artikel_PT.htm) in response to mine about the Hidden Agenda of the Dreamspell. There he says that the Dreamspell count was designed based on the Codex Perex and that because of a magical cosmic synchronicity you and your ex-husband from this just happened to become Bolon Ik and have the master numbers.
Peter is of course not telling the truth here. He is educated enough about Mayan calendrics to know that the Codex Perex is pre-Columbian, 13th century Palenque, and based on the true Mayan tzolkin count. Hence, this Codex has no reference to making jumps at the leap days in the Gregorian calendar (which the Maya at the time did not even know existed) to make the tzolkin more harmonious. He also knows fully well that the Codex Perex does not provide some anchoring point for the tzolkin that would make May 15, 1943 [Lloydine Argüelles Gregorian birthday, ed. comment] into Bolon (9) Ik.
Why then is Peter making up this story? Because for a very long time he and his colleagues in other countries have been lying to people saying that the Dreamspell is the Mayan calendar. Many of them are now making their living from this and as the true Sacred Calendar is coming around they are not willing to admit earlier disinformation, but want to stop the tide. If you sincerely wanted to correct these wrongs against the true calendar you would actually again have a full time job traveling around the world - this time threatening the livelihood of your previous followers.
Why then did Peter not tell people the truth about the Mayan calendar in the nineties, since he actually knew already then that the Dreamspell was not authentic? I think it may have something to do with the fact that in the nineties you were sending out messages like: ”All of the knowledge in the Dreamspell is unalterable knowledge.” ”If we think to ourselves, I can agree with 98 % of the new knowledge, but the other knowledge I can’t accept, then we must consider how ego can enter and cause distortion of knowledge.” ”All that comes from the fountainhead of Valum Votan [José Argüelles, ed. comment] must be regarded as prophecy.” etc, etc., in which an almost dictatorial mentality was created. I happen to have some of those messages although they were meant for internal distribution. The Dreamspell calendar was without hesitation presented as the Mayan calendar and not allowed to be questioned. No mention was then made of the fact that the Maya were not using it and did not want to see their calendar changed. Considering the unabashed self-aggrandizement evident in them I simply do not believe - in the absence of any suggestion to the contrary - that your count was not based on your own birthdays. In your earlier letter you implied that you would answer me with concern for everyone involved and I gather this is part of what I see at play here. What other reason would you have to avoid answering a straight factual question?
After going to such extremes of taking an absolute position, thus effectively stamping out any knowledge about the true calendar within your own movement, you are now trying to blame those upholding it, in this case me, for duality. Given your history I do not think you are the right person to do so. Needless to say, I am disappointed with your response, or lack of response, to my questions. I was hoping for at least some sign of clarification, self-criticism, humbleness or willingness to moderate the consequences of this earlier aggrandizement, which really few are able to beat. To me the success of Dreamspell does not validate it and certainly not as a Mayan calendar. Also Coca-Cola, McDonalds and many American pharmaceutical companies have been very successful with products that sometimes originate from indigenous traditions. This however does not mean that they are better than the originals in any other way than when it comes to the effectiveness of their marketing. Success is not an indicator of quality and authenticity.
As you are pointing out I also have an agenda, but it is not a hidden agenda. The agenda is to spread the knowledge about the true Mayan calendar, which also necessitates telling people what is not the Mayan calendar. Those, for instance, that claim that today is not 10 Lamat and that it could instead have any other number and day sign that may have been revealed to them are in effect saying that there is no reality to the sacred calendar energies and that these were just made up by the ancestors. Because it does not conform to these true energies Dreamspell followers have to repeat daily mantras to try to make its energies real and by doing so a dream world of synchronicities is created. This is nothing new. What you focus on expands! I am however convinced that the energies of the true Sacred Calendar are real as such and I am basing my agenda on this, something I share with the Mayan elders. The more places where clarity can be created about this the better. It still remains to be seen if you are truly willing to contribute to this or will just continue along the old lines maintaining a legacy based on secrecy and absolute positions.
I also want to point out that from my understanding of the English languagewanting to debunk something is not the same thing as actually debunking it. Hence, although you may want to debunk the idea that the Dreamspell count was anchored by your birthday, in the absence of a credible alternative explanation this has not happened and I will continue to say this publicly. The birthday explanation has now also been given added weight because you refuse to answer the question what the Dreamspell count would instead be anchored to. This is not a question that can be swept under the rug by sweeping references to mathematics or harmonics. It is a concrete question, which has a concrete answer: What tzolkin energy in the Dreamspell count was anchored to what Gregorian date and for what reason? It is also a simple question, which someone with nothing to hide would have answered straight away to avoid suspicion. If you come up with an answer please let me know and if I am wrong about the explanation I have given I will make amends.
Carl Johan, Hol Ix
Dear Dr. Calleman,
Have you at any point read or experienced the original Dreamspell Kit that was produced in 1990? Dreamspell: the Journey of Timeship Earth 2013 does not even reference the Mayan Calendar.
This Dreamspell was presented as a Galactic Game Plan, a specific definition of Galactic Culture based on the 13:20 ratio and the 0-19 number code. At the time of the Dreamspell's release in 1990, it was not our intention that it be called Mayan in any way, though we always acknowledged the mathematical basis of the 260-day Tzolkin grid. We presented the Kit as a self-contained game, a game of self-divination based on natural time.
We never charged money for anything that we did. We lived as "Buddha with a begging bowl" and travelled wherever we were invited, speaking and demonstrating the Dreamspell Kit. Dreamspell was presented as a gift. It was not within our power to control the outcome of our work.
I honor that you are a scholar and have your own work to do. However, as a phenomenologist who trusts her own mind, I say to you simply "you to yours and me to mine." Therefore, this concludes out communication.
In the state of "Oneness" that you seek, there is no enemy outside of the Self. We are all equally enlightened and equally blinded by our own point of view.
Peace be with you,
Lloydine Bolon Ik
During the past decade interest in the Calendars of the Maya has dramatically increased world-wide. Ultimately, this increasing interest is derived from the fact that a new consciousness of time is now emerging. A New Age gives rise to a new consciousness of time which in turn requires a new calendar for this to be expressed. This new consciousness of time is today commonly experienced either as if time is accelerating, or that it simply disappears. Maybe, in fact, the idea that time is a quantity is on its way out. "Why is this?" we may ask. Is it merely an illusion of ours that time is running faster or has our highly developed technological society developed so effective means of tele communications that everything is speeding up to a point where things almost become unbearable?
Another possibility is that the speed-up of time is real and caused by factors entirely outside of human control. Factors which in accordance with the divine plan proceed from a galactic level of creation and actually cause the emergence of a new age - a new age of time. There have been rumours that the year 1999 will mean a "time shift" and Edgar Cayce had predicted a "pole shift" "in the winter of 1998." Maybe then a polarity shift between Yin and Yang on a galactic scale will lead to the final breakthrough to a new consciousness of time.
Is Time an illusion?
As many spiritually evolved people have realized time is ultimately an illusion, but since it happens to be the very illusion that maintains our lives, it may be worth the effort to probe deeper into its mystery. As a tool to do so the calendar of the Maya has again come into use. Western astrology, which in principle is based on the study of endless repetitions of the cyclical movements of the celestial bodies with fixed periods of revolutions (fixed frequencies), could never logically explain the increased frequency of time. To understand the frequency increase we need to accept a concept of time which is independent of the movement of material bodies. We need to accept the concept of time of the Maya.
Anyone who takes an interest in the ancient culture of the Maya will soon realize that this people had an understanding of time which was vastly different from our own, and many have come to use it for their own spiritual evolution. But what then is the Mayan calendar?
It turns out this is not as unambiguous as one might think. The so called day keepers in Guatemala and Mexico use some twenty different calendars in parallel and over the ages these have undergone significant change. For instance, no inscriptions of the chronology of the ancient Maya, the so called Long Count starting on August 11, 3114 BC and ending on December 21, 2012, have been found that were made after the tenth century AD. Thus, we have reasons to suspect that also the consciousness of time of the Maya has undergone some significant change since the Classical culture reigned between AD 200 - 800. What this all means is that there hardly exists such a thing as a Mayan calendar cut in stone for us simply to assimilate without deeper thoughts or insights about the nature of the divine plan.
Dreamspell is a "New Age" - invented system
Regarding calendars used on a daily basis it was calendar - inspired by the Maya - launched by José Argüelles in 1990 that went by the name of Dreamspell that first came to be used in the modern world. José and his wife Lloydine asserted that the planet was threatened by an environmental catastrophe because of our use of the Gregorian calendar and as an alternative they suggested a calendar based on 13 Moons each of 28 days plus an extra day, July 25th, outside of time (13 x 28 + 1 = 365).
In their system the leap day every fourth solar year was simply ignored, apparently to keep the ideal of 13 x 28 intact. These Thirteen Moons were then linked to a special tzolkin count (260 different combinations of thirteen numbers and twenty different glyphs) in which each individual could find out what was his or her "Galactic Signature." The idea underlying the Dreamspell seems to have been that if human beings lived in phase with the natural cycles, in this case probably primarily the female cycle of about 28 days, we would treat the earth better and thus avoid an impending catastrophe. This idea may have attracted some, but certainly many more were attracted by the idea that the particular day they were born had an inherent energy described by their Galactic Signature, that is, tzolkin day. This latter idea certainly had support from the notions of the Maya, in principle.
There was however a problem with the Dreamspell, namely that the Maya had never used the particular tzolkin count that it was linked to. Many of the followers of Dreamspell, mostly for lack of knowledge, simply presented Dreamspell as The Mayan Calendar. In practice the result of this was that many individuals have been deluded into thinking that the Galactic Signature they had been assigned also was the one that the Maya would have used. As this was discovered something called The True Count Debate raged on the Internet in 1995 where especially John Major Jenkins energetically asserted that Argüelles count was false, and that it had never been used by the Mayan people themselves. In addition, there still existed a tzolkin count, the Classical, which was used over the entire Mesoamerican region in Classical times and had survived until today in the Highlands of Guatemala and elsewhere among the Mayan day keepers.
Jenkins stated, and I think rightly so, that Argüelles' followers had no right to present the Dreamspell count as the Calendar of the Maya and that it was a kind of Cultural imperialism to ignore the "surviving" Sacred Calendar that was still in use among the Maya.
Argüelles response to this criticism seems to have passed through two different phases. His initial response was to say that he had received his calendar by divine revelation. Since he saw himself as an incarnation of Pacal Votan, a Mayan king who ruled in Palenque in the seventh century AD, everything he did was in accordance with the divine plan. To my knowledge he never responded in a direct way to the issues raised. It seems however that the attitude of the Argüelles' changed in 1998 and José became more open to the criticism. Following a meeting with Quiché elder Don Alejandro Cirilo Perez Oxlaj at Spring Equinox 1998 he declared that the Dreamspell and the Classical Maya tzolkin counts were equally valid and that no conflict existed between the two. Later, he claimed in an interview that Dreamspell was really not a Mayan calendar, although he still asserted its value.
And this later position is obviously perfectly legitimate. As long as it is not claimed that the Dreamspell count has been used by the Maya anyone is in his right to assert its possible value, if any. As we discuss a new calendar for the future, for the new age, I believe however that what is most important is to specify what is the purpose of this calendar and chronology. Unless we do so we may either run into the kind of pie throwing that was typical of the True Count Debate, or resign to a attitude that has become common today, to claim that "anything goes," that there really is no such thing as a True Count and that all there is are our individual truths (But then, if there is no True Count, what value would any particular tzolkin count really have?).
In contrast to these resigned thoughts I feel that when it comes to developing a Mayan calendar useful to chart our future it is important to realize the predominant role of the tzolkin in such a project. It also seems that without exception Mayan day keepers maintain that the tzolkin count is the hub around which all other calendrical cycles turn, and it is for this reason that, although it has sometimes been lost, the tzolkin count is not known ever to have been intentionally reformed.
Tzolkin - The Master Calendar and center wheel
The tzolkin has been regarded as the master calendar around which all the others revolve. If it is true that the tzolkin count plays such a crucial role, then the consequence would be that if we desert it our calendrical system may end up anywhere. Unless we respect the Sacred Calendar - and its divine origin - there will be no hub keeping the various other calendars linked. To make a clear example of this: Many people have become fascinated by the fact that the Mayan Long Count ends in the year 2012, sensing that this may be a time of fundamental importance to humanity. And, in fact, the Mayan Long Count is a fairly exact calibration of a certain process of evolution of the human consciousness. This calendar is however linked to a certain tzolkin count, the Classical, meaning that it is only those that respect this hub of the calendars that will be in phase with the particular evolution of consciousness that the Long Count describes. If we instead chose to use another tzolkin count than the Classical, such as the Dreamspell, we will not be able to logically integrate the divine creation cycles in our thinking and we will thus miss the whole point with the spiritual calendars of the Maya - the possibility of being in phase with the ascension of humanity.
What then is the purpose of calendars? During the last 5000 years they have had an important purpose in aiding people to keep track of the agricultural year. For this purpose a calendar based on astronomical observations, and the exact estimation of the duration of the solar year, 365.242 years, seems natural. It has thus for agricultural reasons been necessary to arrive at a very exact estimate of the astronomical year and to keep each day of the year frozen with regard to the place the earth then occupies in its orbit around the sun. Such a calendar is useful for telling us when to sow and harvest, etc, and the Gregorian calendar for one fulfils this purpose very well. The same may be said also about a frozen haab, which is a Mayan calendar that is made up of eighteen uinals of twenty days plus the five extra days, the vayeb, when the gods rested (18 x 20 + 5 = 365). The Thirteen Moons of Dreamspell (13 x 28 + 1) fulfils the purpose of a calendar for the seasonal changes equally well. But it is certainly questionable if either the haab or the Thirteen Moons has anything to offer that goes beyond the Gregorian calendar when it comes to following the seasons or in aiding agriculture. I would say they do not.
Time is now accelerating
In addition to calendars for the agricultural year, and a number of astronomical calendars describing the movements of the various planets, the ancient peoples of this planet however also had a divine calendar which was founded on the 360 day year. Among the Maya this period of time was called a tun, which was also the foundation of their Long Count. But the same period of time exists under different names in all of the major ancient cultures on earth; it is found among the Chinese, in India, among the Sumerians and Egyptians and the Jews. It also existed in the ancient cultures of Europe, e.g. in Scandinavia and Italy. In the Book of Revelation, the most important prophetic scripture of the Christian religion, we may with some detective work find out that as this was written 360 days was considered as a "time".
Maybe then the ancient peoples of this planet were able to see something that for the most part we ourselves have become blind to, since they rather generally seem to have been using a holy calendar based on the 360 days in parallel with the agricultural calendar of 365 days. There is not space here to provide the evidence that the time period of 360 days is a key unit for the evolution of consciousness, but briefly it can be said that increasingly higher levels of human consciousness evolve according to rhythms given by different multiples of the tun . Thus, the frequency of creation step by step increases with each new level of consciousness in a pyramidal structure. Only calendars that are constructed in accordance with such a hierarchical structure of time cycles can create an understanding of the evolution of consciousness, while calendars that are based on an endless repetition of for instance the 28 day period or the 365 day period will always ultimately lead to a linear concept of time. Regardless of their duration an endless repetition of cycles will always result in a linear concept of time.
To return to the issue of the Dreamspell calendar it is a highly telling detail that this simply omits the leap day every fourth year. What this would mean is that in Argüelles view this particular day would lack a special tzolkin energy of its own and thus not be a part of the divine plan, since ultimately the tzolkin is a microcosm of this plan. While this may seem like a small detail, it highlights that in the Dreamspell concept of time matter is considered as primary to consciousness rather than the other way around. Or in other words, when the movements of matter does not quite fit Argüelles 13 x 28 + 1 scheme, it is the evolution of consciousness, the divine plan as expressed through the tzolkin count that is sacrificed, rather than the scheme. In reality, of course, the leap day is also part of the divine plan and of the energy sequence of the true tzolkin (although this is not expressed by the Dreamspell count to begin with). In my own opinion the divine plan is much more important for our spiritual evolution than the movements of matter, in this particular case the astronomical year.
The new phase in the evolution of consciousness that will start with the inception of the Galactic Creation Cycles on January 5, 1999 will not only carry a new consciousness of time, but also the return of Christ consciousness and the ascension of humanity to a higher consciousness. Since this process is not based on anything physical (In the new world view matter will be considered as secondary to consciousness and everything material that exists in the universe will be recognized as a manifestation of consciousness) it is not possible to use astronomical (365 days) or biological (28 days) cycles to describe its evolution. Following calendars based on the material reality, such as the Gregorian, the haab or the Thirteen Moons, can only result in people getting stuck in materialist concepts of time and remaining blind to the divine plan.
Those that look for a calendar that describes the evolution of consciousness should rather seek to follow a calendar based on the Classical 260 day tzolkin and the 360 day tun, cycles that have a purely spiritual origin. The tzolkin and the divine creation cycles based on the 360 day-"year" (which includes a range of time cycles, hablatuns, alautuns, kinchiltuns, kalabtuns, pictuns, baktuns and katuns each corresponding to the development of a specific frame of consciousness) describe the galactic vibrations that emanate from the invisible branches of the World Tree (the Milky Way). What is central in the divine process of creation is that its evolution proceeds as a result of Seven pulses of light interspersed by six periods of darkness, something which has been described by Sumerians, Babylonians, Jews, Christians and Muslims, but also hinted at by the Maya and Aztecs.
On the 5th of January 1999 such a process of creation consisting of thirteen tun will begin which will endow the human beings with a galactic frame of consciousness. The increasingly more rapid, and higher, vibrations that emanate from the World Tree will lead not only to an altered consciousness of time, but also to a new experience on our own part of colors, sounds and the existence of higher spiritual dimensions. The level of consciousness that this divine creation cycle gives rise to is the consciousness of the new age, the galactic consciousness, a frame of life we are just in the beginning of grasping. It is a calendar which describes the emergence of this new consciousness that we need in the new age of time - as the frequency increase gives time a new age.
Carl Johan Calleman
8 Ahau, 5.17.0 of the Galactic Underworld (Gregorian: November 13, 2004).
Dreamspell/Thirteen Moon Calendar
To much of the world a calendar system invented by José and Lloydine Argüelles in the early nineties: The Dreamspell/Thirteen Moon Calendar has come to be known as “the Mayan Calendar”. Despite the fact that this is a calendar system that has never been used by the Maya. In the words of Adam Rubel of Saq Be, an organization reflecting indigenous and especially Mayan views:
|“Regarding the dreamspell and work of Argüelles: It has been made clear, I think everybody here understands, the need to distinguish this system from any relation to the Mayan tradition. […] This is the wish of the elders, that the confusion and misrepresentation cease.”|
Despite this wish of the Mayan elders, many of its protagonists have however been falsely presenting it as Mayan.. Mostly this is because of a lack of knowledge about the true Mayan calendar, but also because those teaching the Dreamspell calendar do not provide adequate information about the origin of this and why it was invented.
The structure of the calendar system known as the Thirteen Moon calendar/Dreamspell is basically as follows: It proposes that we use a calendar of Thirteen different Moons of 28 days – presented as the feminine cycle – to which a “day out of time” on July 25 is added to account for the 365 days of a solar year (13 x 28 +1 = 365 days). Linked to this is a count of the 20 glyphs and 13 numbers that have been borrowed from the Sacred Mayan Calendar of 260 days. Yet, in the Dreamspell calendar the symbols are associated to the days in an entirely different way compared to in the true calendar meaning that when people are given their purported Mayan tzolkin day of birth in this system, called the “Galactic Signature”, this is invariably different from the Sacred Calendar symbols that the Maya have been and are using for that particular day. Thousands have been misled into thinking that this is their true Mayan day-sign.
How Mayan is then this system? Except for the signs and symbols used in the tzolkin count (260-day count) it is not Mayan at all. To begin with the ancient Maya followed a moon cycle alternating between 29 and 30 days, as did many other peoples, creating a mean of 29.5 days. This is consistent with the female cycle. Yet, many women have, partly because of the perturbations of their cycles due to the artificial lights and artificial hormones present everywhere in the modern world, come to believe that a “normal” period is 28 days. This idea is really a construct of patriarchal medicine that for ages has been frightened by what it has perceived as a magical link between the woman and the full moon cycle of about 29.5 days. Still today many women, as well as also many men, have special feelings linked to their hormones on days of full moon. The Thirteen Moon calendar thus ignores the female natural cycle and seeks to replace it with a mathematical construct of 28 days, that does not correspond to any natural cycle.
In this Thirteen Moon Calendar the day July 26 has been chosen as a “New Year’s day” and you sometimes hear it being called “the Mayan New Year”. In reality this fixed first day of the so-called Thirteen Moon calendar reflects the very opposite of the Mayan Calendar system. Fixing it on this date was really what sealed the end of the traditional Mayan calendar in the Yucatan. In ancient times, and among the living Quiché-Maya still, the Mayan calendar had no fixed “New Year’s date” that could now be directly translated into a Gregorian such. This distinction of the traditional Mayan calendar of not having a fixed new year’s date is of very great importance today. It means that unlike most other calendars of the world the prophetic Mayan calendar is not subordinated to mechanical time or astronomical cycles. The Thirteen Moon calendar, in contrast is based on the physical year.
What then is the origin of the date July 26? Certainly not the heliacal rising of the Dog Star as is sometimes claimed, since this happened on July 13 and 14 in ancient days in the Yucatan. Instead it is to be found in a 365 day long calendar cycle called the haab by the Maya. The haab was a quarter of a day short of the length of the solar year the beginning of this haab cycle would shift over time over the solar year. Thus, the notion of a fixed new year was completely alien to the Maya, until in AD 1541 the Yucatan was conquered by the Spanish. At that point the beginning of the haab fell on the Gregorian date July 26. During the forced conversion of the Maya to Christianity that followed the Maya were then forced to give up their traditional calendars whose spiritual energies were regarded as idolatry by the Spanish Bishops that came to burn practically all of their books. As part of this adaptation to Christianity and its ecclesiastical year with celebrations of saints and Christmas, etc the Maya had to freeze the previously moving beginning day of the haab cycle at the date it had at the time of the Spanish conquest. This freezing meant the effective end to the Mayan calendar system in the Yucatan and its conversion to a system of mechanical astronomical time. The date July 26 (that is recorded in books written by the Maya after the Conquest, and from Bishop Landa who instigated the burning of the Mayan calendars) thus symbolizes the very end to the original Mayan calendar system in the Yucatan. In my view this is more of a reason for mourning than for celebration.
Yet, among the Maya in present day Guatemala significant aspects of the ancient calendar system, such as the haab and the tzolkin (Cholquij) went underground and has thus survived until the present time in its highlands. It can be verified from archeological artifacts that the Sacred Calendar has been kept unaltered by the daykeepers of the Quiché-Maya since antiquity. My own view is that this particular true tzolkin count is a gift to the future of humanity if we can only make the right use of it. Today, increasing number of people are starting to use this Sacred Calendar and experience the energies of time that it describes. In the Mayan view the Sacred Calendar of 260 days is the most important of the calendars, the very hub around which all other calendars revolve. Hence, while other aspects of the Mayan calendar system may have changed over time the Sacred Calendar is considered as holy and should not be tampered with. It was always kept unaltered for the time that generations of the future when people would need it and this time according to many is now.
This raises the question why the Argüelles invented a new Sacred Calendar (260 day) count, the Dreamspell calendar, in the early nineties especially considering that the Maya had been using the true Sacred Calendar for thousands of years. Is there a hidden agenda behind this? The question is all the more relevant as the actual function of this invention has been to replace and deny the existence of the true tzolkin count. The reasons for this replacement has always been a very well kept secret and it seems that people in the Dreamspell/Thirteen Moon Movement have rarely, if ever, undertaken to explore it. Lloydine Argüelles, co-inventor of the Dreamspell calendar however gives us some hints as to why the Dreamspell was developed to replace the Sacred Mayan calendar as she wrote in Crystal Skywalker Day Report in 1997: All of the knowledge in the Dreamspell is unalterable knowledge. ….If we think to ourselves, ”I can agree with 98 % of the new knowledge, but the other knowledge I can’t accept,” then we must consider how ego can enter and cause distortion of knowledge. “You must understand the promise to be 100 % faithful to the new knowledge. Nothing that Valum Votan (José Argüelles, my clarification) presents is not in accord with the divine plan.
These statements reveal a mentality similar to autocratic rule as well as a desire to keep the followers in the fold. Not surprisingly then it seems that Lloydine Argüelles played a crucial role in deciding how their particular tzolkin count would be anchored in time. In the Thirteen Moon movement Lloydine Argüelles was often identified as Bolon Ik, 9 Wind, which in the ancient Mesoamerican tradition was an energy associated with the light deity of Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed Serpent. Thus, her particular birthday (May 15, 1943) was given the energy 9 Wind (kin 22) in the Dreamspell count. This was an anchoring point for the tzolkin count that was chosen by the Argüelles’ and the consequence was that its followers came to identify her with this deity of light. Along the same line, provided that the leap day was removed, Jose Argüelles birthday (Jan 24, 1939) became 11 Monkey (kin 11) and in this arrangement not only did he become the Monkey, the weaver, the central day-sign that everything revolves around, but the two of them also got the master numbers 11 and 22 for their dates of birth. In an apparent slip of the tongue Jose Argüelles talks about kin 11 as “the one designated as Valum Votan”. Obviously, the more people that follow their calendar the more these identities have been reinforced. Thus, those that are followers of this particular tzolkin count will give the founders central roles and synchronize their lives around these.
It is common among followers of the Dreamspell calendar to say that this “works” or that it provides an entry point to the “synchronous order”. Given the above the relevant questions to ask are however “Works for what?” and “Whose synchronic order”? It seems obvious that with the particular set-up of this calendar it works very well as an entry point to the synchronic order of its inventors as well as with a number of other people that likewise have been attracted to their energies. The problem is however that those looking for an entry point to the synchronic order of the divine time plan are drawn away from this and into something entirely different, namely the energies of two human beings and their personal agendas of being in central positions of leadership etc. We thus have reasons to suspect that this set-up would give these founders a considerable power, especially, since its followers have not been made aware of what they are synchronizing their lives with.
There is a hidden agenda in operation here, and I question whether it is ethical to keep the origin of this Dreamspell count secret, especially since the price is so high in people being kept in the dark about the true Mayan Calendar system. The true Mayan calendar is not in this way subordinated to the energies or agendas of any human individuals, living or dead. Instead, the uninterrupted traditional tzolkin count is a direct reflection of the divine process of creation, which the world now sorely needs to know about. Unfortunately, the Dreamspell calendar survives not because it would have any advantage whatsoever compared to the true Mayan calendar, but because of the conservatism of those that have been teaching and practicing it for years. Today, despite overwhelming evidence that this is not an egalitarian (or feminine) calendar, it is being kept in existence by sheer inertia and the relatively high number of people that was drawn into it under false pretenses.
I feel in the name of integrity those teaching about the Dreamspell/Thirteen Moon calendar should now start to tell the truth about this calendar. Part of this truth is that the Mayan elders do not wish it to be confused with the Mayan calendar and that it is a calendar that has never been used by the Maya. In the words of the Mayan elders: “The confusion must cease” and this in the interest of the many. Dreamspell teachers should also clearly explain to people about the origin of the Dreamspell count and why it was invented to replace the true Mayan calendar. This should be done to give people the chance of making an informed choice. The cost of continued confusion caused by the false pretensions of the Dreamspell is enormous. This calendar system blocks the path of humanity to the treasure of the true Mayan Calendar system, which will play a decisive role of guiding humanity towards freedom and enlightenment.