calendar stone

Today in fandoms: October 31st
  • 1981: Voldemort attacks James and Lily Potter in their house, but fails to kill their son Harry Potter and is instead defeated by the magic protecting him. Thus, the First Wizarding War ends.
  • 1991: Harry Potter and Ron Weasley save Hermione Granger from a Mountain Troll in the girl’s bathroom, released by Professor Quirrell as a diversion as he attempts to steal the Philosopher’s Stone. This event signals the start of their life-long friendship.
  • 1992: Sir Nicholas celebrates his 500th death day with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in attendance. Ginny Weasley, under the influence of Tom Riddle’s diary, opens the Chamber of Secrets and Filch’s cat Mrs. Norris is petrified by the basilisk.
  • 1993: Sirius Black enters Hogwarts Castle and attacks the Fat Lady.
  • 1994: The Goblet of Fire chooses Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour, and Viktor Krum as its Champions. However, Harry Potter is also announced as the unexpected fourth champion to mixed reactions from his peers.
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Tiwanaku, Part 5: The Gate of the Sun

The Gate of the Sun is probably the most recognizable megalith at the Tiwanaku site. Located in the Kalasasaya courtyard, it is 3 meters tall, 4 meters wide, and constructed entirely from a single piece of stone. Weighing 10 tons, the gate prominently features a large crack: when it discovered by Europeans in the 19th century, it was lying on the ground, broken.

The gate has since been repaired and stands upright once again, though its purpose mains a mystery. There is some evidence that it may have been a type of calendar, but it’s difficult to say. The intricate and complex carvings and stone work on the gate unfortunately do not add much to our understanding, as some scholars believe they are depictions of a Sun God in various states of being, where others have linked it to the ancient God Viracocha, the Incan Creation deity whose countenance was so ugly and fearsome that he had to wear a mask, lest his subjects run away from him.

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Kukulkan - Mayan Serpent of the Nine Winds

Upon the high winds of Mayan lands rides the feathered serpent, Kukulkan. Awesome and terrible to behold, majestic yet sinister, Kukulkan embodies the danger and beauty of a double-edged sword.

Time has worn away knowledge of this God like the breeze over stone. Perhaps Kukulkan prefers this. He is known by many names and worn the face of man and beast - and worshipped with the kind of reverence born of fear.

Dotted across the vast forests of the Mayan lands stand great pyramids bearing his serpentine likeness, architecturally perfect so as to catch the light and bring to life those slithering stone statues. Painted in blood, sacrifices were made upon these sites to appease Kukulkan. He is the lord of death and rebirth.

To the world, he brought the four elements, but of wind he keeps control. A great gem, worn about his sinuous neck is said to be the source of all air.

To the people, he brought the calendar. That glorious, portentous stone disk, which counts time to a distant future, only to stop abruptly and with horrifying finality.

To the battlefield, he brings a legacy of power and domination. Sacrifices made for his favor were measured in blood, but mortal blood is weak. It seems that, for Kukulkan’s ultimate appeasement, the blood of a God is required.

Click here for more lore.

Things I think about a lot: kids watching that shitty 2012 action movie in 2034 and having no knowledge of the context of the title like to them it’s just the year the movie takes place in they don’t know that back in 2009 people honest to God thought that shit was going to happen just because some ancient Mayans didn’t want to keep updating a stone calendar

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The Aztec Calendar

The Aztecs had two calendar cycles, one 365 days and based on the sun, and one 260 days and based on ritual. They aligned every 52 years.

An engraving of an Aztec calendar can be found in the 1699 world chronicle Giro del mondo (Mirror of the World). Volume 6 is entirely dedicated to Mexico and contains information from pre-Conquest sources.

By the way, the famous “Aztec Calendar Stone” isn’t actually a calendar; it’s a sacrificial altar that the Aztecs called a cuauhxicalli, or eagle vessel. Shown here is the first European image of the Calendar Stone, created just months after the massive carving was unearthed in 1790, more than two centuries after being buried by the Spanish.

The Aztecs were expert astronomers. There’s disagreement about how they accounted for the fact that there are more than 365 days in each solar year—365.2422, to be exact. We account for it with our leap years, which bring us the extra-special February 29.  

Engraving [GIF-ed] of an Aztec calendar in Giro del mondo…, vol. 6. Engraving of the Aztec Calendar Stone by Francisco de Agüera in Antonio de León y Gama, Descripción histórica y cronológica de las dos piedras… Both prints: The Getty Research Institute

The Winter Solstice.  

The longest night of the year. This is the moment the sun enters Capricorn and the winter solstice occurs.  So it is now, so it has always been, as recorded in stone monuments all over the earth.
The solstice was very important to ancient people.   In fact the precise beginnings of all four seasons were so important they erected stone monoliths and monuments to indicate the exact days.   Long forgotten cultures have created these stone calendars, one of the most famous of which is Stonehenge.  Only on the two solstices does the light of the sun shine through, as shone in the picture, and hit the marker stone placed to receive the light on this one precious day, every six months.

These ancient sites are a complete study in themselves and a lot of information is available on the net.  To get you started, some of the most popular are: New Grange (Ireland), The Great Pyramid (Egypt), the temple of Angkor Wat (Cambodia), the Tikai temples (Guatemala), Mnajdra (Malta), numerous American Indian sites, and Stonehenge.  In the picture of Stonehenge see the sun just coming up over the horizon and pouring through the opening.
But why?  Why did the “natives” of these regions go to so much trouble?  The theory states this is when the “veil” between the outer physical and inner spiritual realms of consciousness is thinnest.  And in ancient times by unknown and forgotten cultures, huge stone monoliths were reverently placed in exact alignment with these four points of the cross and you may go as far back in history as you like and these four points of the compass, this cross consisting of the solstices and equinoxes heralding the four seasons, these “four corners of the world” are embedded in stone.  
This is also the basis of astrology.
The moment of the beginning of each of the four seasons marks the entrance of the sun into a new astrological sign, and always has.  For example the winter solstice is the moment in time when the sun enters the sign Capricorn.  
Stonehenge in England is pictured.  Here a race of people long forgotten have left behind this solstice marker, this knowledge.  I would like you to try something.  On December 21, at the moment of the winter solstice, 8:48 PM PST, get quiet, receptive, mediate, or do what ever you do.  See what results you get.
Astrology is experimental, so go explore!