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September 13, 2013

13 the Natural Order of Time in the Mayan Calendar


Why does the number thirteen have such a negative superstitious connotation to it in todays society? Some societies and cultures see the number 13 as being lucky, and having special significance.

Anyone who has studied the Mayan calendar has seen the recurring numbers 13 and 20.

The number 13 is a very important time keeping natural number in the Maya culture.

The Mayan calendar consists of three main calendars that interlock, like gear cogs in a wheel that spin different ways.

The Haab, the civil calendar is the solar or sun calendar of 365 days in a year.
18 months of 20 days each for this cycle.

The divine calendar, also known as the sacred round, that means division of days to keep track of time to perform ceremonies and celebrations.
Each day is numbered 1-13 and then repeated. The cycle runs
260-day calendar of 20 periods of 13 days.
The day is also given a name or glyph for 20 days.
The Mayan counting system is done by 20’s, instead of our 10 counting system.

The long count is used to track longer periods of time, that is why it is called the universal cycle.
Each sun cycle has 2,880, 000 about 7758 solar days.

There are 13 tones and 20 glyphs in the Mayan Calendar, each number tone has a meaning and description for the day. The glyphs in the cycle of 20 days have names for each day. Find out what your Mayan name is in the Mayan dreamspell calendar with your free Mayan reading.

A piece of the Mayan Calendar in Coba ruins Mexico, Yucatan peninsula.

The Lunar calendar cycle of the moon is 13 full moons, or moon cycles a year, so there should be 13 months instead of twelve months.That is why there is always a blue moon, or two moons in a month in the gregorian or Julian calendar year, which is the current ‘modern’ calendar system.

13 times 28 days in a month = equals 364, + plus one day celebrated out of time = equals 365 days in a year. The moon cycle, which is 13 moons of 28 days, matches the cycle of the tides. This is the natural time of a women’s cycle, and it is a more accurate way to keep time than current calendar systems.

There are more calendars that track the cycle of Venus and Sirius that have survived, but who knows what was destroyed during the bloody conquests from Conquistadors. Only three Maya codex books or codices have survived the intentional decimation.
If this is what has survived, then the pattern may have been that they had a calendar for each of the stars and planets in our solar system. The oldest known astronomical observatory is in Chichen Itza Mexico on the Yucatan peninsula.


Other times the number thirteen appears in Mayan time keeping is
13 times 4 = equals 52 weeks in a year.
This is celebrated by having four men on top of a pole swing upside down on a rope, circling 13 times, symbolizing offerings for the year.

I took this picture in Mexico, near Tulum Mayan ruins, of The ‘Voladores de Papantla,’ who are Totonac Indians who performed this act. The voladores rite is a traditional act of worship performed to the haunting sounds of drums and a flute. This is one of the first sights seen by invading foreigners.

The numbers 13 and 20 show up a lot in the Mayan calendar, and their time keeping vibration is 13:20.

The Mayan calendar is a more accurate time keeping system than the current Gregorian or Julian calendar. Some cultures and beliefs fear the number 13 and consider it unlucky, especially on Friday the 13th, but for the Maya people it is a number that signifies the natural order of the universe.


September 12, 2013

The History of Chewing Gum

A Mayan shaman asked me if I knew what these hard slates of brownish gum resin were in a small baggie. I knew it was plant
material but wasn’t sure what it was. It turned out to be chicle the original natural source of chewing gum.
Chicle is a latex gum rubber that is collected from the Manilkara species of tropical evergreen trees in Mexico, and grows down to Colombia. The gum is like a milky latex that is collected from zig zag cuts on the tree trunks that run down to the base, and then are boiled to the right consistency to use as a gum base.
The word chicle is where the name for Chiclets gum came from. Chiclets were the first gum to have a candy coated shell. Sugarless varieties now contain toxic dyes and chemicals. Original versions used natural flavours like peppermint and spearmint. Essential oils are considered natural flavours, but usually cheaper quality synthetic versions are now used in the food industry. I was told chicle came from a maya word meaning to chew.

The shaman was surprised to know that I had seen how chiclets were made, but yet didn’t know and was not told about the chicle. The chicle is mixed with so much stuff that it doesn’t resemble the original brown colour anymore, it gets turned to light beige. Most companies do not use the natural source anymore opting for a cheaper synthetic alternative. The only U.S. company that hasn’t replaced the chicle with a disgusting artificial plastic substitute is Glee gum.
The older versions were completely natural and used as medicine besides being a breath freshener. Many resins were chewed like gum such as frankincense and myrrh along with rubbers for mouth and gum ailments.

The new plastic artificial gum is toxic to people, birds and wildlife and remains a serious environmental pollutant. With people spitting it out everywhere this sticky substance has become a bit more than a nuisance, it is impossible to clean up and it is a dangerous hazard leading some countries to ban it. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia

Modern gum has no medicinal qualities anymore, in fact it is quite the opposite. With the added artificial sweeteners and plasticizers, it is making gum toxic. I don’t chew gum anymore and if you saw how it was made you probably wouldn’t either. If you do choose to chew gum please dispose of it properly and do not litter and leave it to hurt wildlife.

Who knows what the lifespan of fake gum is? It just doesn’t biodegrade.
It’s time to BAN GUM.

This is how long the natural stuff can stick around…

9,000 Year Old Chewing Gum found in Sweden. A 9,000-year-old piece of chewing gum, still bearing the teeth marks of a Stone-Age adolescent, was unearthed in Sweden. A testament to mankind’s deep-seated need to gnaw on flavored rubber. If its anything like its modern cousins, the blob of honey-sweetened resin probably lost its taste 8,999 years, 364 days, 23 hours and 59 minutes ago. The lump of birch bark tar dates back to Neolithic times and comes complete with Stone Age tooth prints. Sarah Pickin, 23, was among five British students volunteering at the Kierikki Stone Age Centre in Finland when she found the tiny, ancient blob. ‘I was delighted to find the gum and was very excited to learn more about the history,’ she said. Neolithic people are thought to have chewed the bark tar to heal mouth infections – and also used it to glue broken pots together. The tree tar contains phenols which have antiseptic properties, explained Prof Trevor Brown, who is Miss Pickin’s tutor at the University of Derby. The gum is to go on display at the centre in Finland.
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Picture of 9,000 year old chewing gum
Common modern chewing gum ingredients that may cause cancer

June 19, 2012

Mayan ruins Coba and Blue Agave

The Riviera Maya in Mexico is one of my favourite places to visit and I went this past January for a couple of weeks.

I love exploring Mexico and eating delicious Mexican food. Eating gluten free and even being vegetarian is easy, because Mexican food staples are corn, beans, rice, peppers, chiles, avocados, limes, tomatoes, and the blue agave plant.

 The blue agave, also called agave azul, has the Latin name Agave tequilana L.  and it is where the popular alcohol drink Tequila comes from. Mezcal and other drinks are also made from sap found in the heart of the plant.

I explored the Mayan ruins of Coba and climbed Nohoch Mul pyramid, did some kayaking, swam in a sacred cenote swimming hole dripping with gorgeous stalagmites after being blessed by a shaman with copal smoke. We ate an amazing lunch of traditional Mayan food at a local Mayan village.

Drinking fresh coconut water on a sunny beautiful beach doesn’t hurt either! Coconut water hydrates and nourishes with nutrients of potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus,   with no cholesterol, and it tastes so good. I definitely want to go back to Mexico and explore more soon!

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