Descending and Ascending Serpent

On Saturday 13 July 2013 at sunset we enter the 13 day cycle of Chicchan or ‘Serpent’ in the Tzolkin Mayan Calendar.

In Mayan culture the serpent is a very rich symbol which represents the sky ‘chan’ as well as the rising sun and the Ecliptic.

In my previous article “Mayan Calendar Crotalometry” I have presented the ‘precious serpent’ or diamond back rattlesnake of Mayaland. Indeed the skin of the crotalus durissus displays a unique pattern which informed Mayan ancient knowledge of architecture in relation to the dance of the cosmos and the computation of time cycles.

Serpent Column, Chichen Itza

Serpent Column, Chichen Itza

Magnificent descending serpent columns in the site of Chichen Itza show the movement of the cosmos as perceived on Earth. During key moments of the solar year, at the time of the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, a snake-like motif of light undulates down the staircase of the Kulkulkan pyramid.

Serpent shadow, Chichen Itza

Serpent shadow, Chichen Itza

Within man’s energy field the serpent coiled at the bottom of the spine traditionally illustrates the dormant divine energy called Kundalini in the sacred writings of the Hindus. The rising serpent of the Kundalini energy currents ascend up the spine along the 7 main chakras or spinning centres of energy, from the root to the crown.

Kundalini serpent energy

Kundalini serpent energy

As Hunbatz Men points out in his book ‘Secrets of Mayan Science/Religion’ the same concept is described in Mayan language by the words K’ultanlilni and K’ulthanlilni :

K’ultanlilni
K’u—“God,” “pyramid”; “L”—vibration; tan—“place”; lil—“vibration” and ni—“nose”; also k’ul—“coccyx.” The composite meaning—the coccyx as the place of vibration is directly related to the nose because it is where the breath of the Sun God enters.
K’ulthanlilni
Similar to the previous word except for one significant variation. It means k’u—“God,” “pyramid”; “L”—“vibration”; than—“to speak”; lil—“vibration”; and ni—“nose”; also k’ul—“coccyx.” Coccyx of vibration, speak to the vibration, and also know how to breathe properly in order to generate movement of those faculties of Hunab K’u residing in the coccyx.

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