The Fifth Earth (Part 2) – The Valley of Shadows in The Landscape of Light

Cahal Pech Courtyard Entrance

Cahal Pech – Archaeological site, San Ignacio, Belize. Photo by JJM (2015)

The Valley of Shadows in The Landscape of Light

After Dark

So-called “dark ages” are not only dark. They are also light. Although we tend to view dark ages with some trepidation, or perhaps even with fear, they serve an important role. It is during dark times that we seek out our own light and the light of others. It is dark times that show up the shadows in the world and bring them to the surface. It is only by being confronted by darkness that we can truly aspire to light. Thus, from darkness comes light.

One cycle leads to another and one prepares us for the other. In other words, the whole process should be approached with a certain attitude: An understanding that cycles, whether light or dark, are evolutionary in nature and in purpose, and that we are able to work with these energies, either way.

The Mayan Fifth World, a 5125 year great cycle that started at the end of 2012  is said to hold immense opportunity for spiritual growth. Presently we are still transitioning into the Fifth World, while slowly pulling out of the Fourth. By seeing the opportunities that this transition holds for personal transformation, we can all become conscious co-creators of the new world as we transition into it.

Knowing the Energies

By knowing the characteristics of energies we are able to know how to work with them. Knowing them can allow us to step over some of their negative manifestations and we can know how to fully experience and gain from their positive influences. This happens by honoring the symbolism of the energies by integrating their purpose in our thought processes and by applying that to our daily living. When we don’t know about these energies we are at their disposal rather than the other way around.

The easiest way for newcomers to the Mayan calendars to start knowing the archetypes that embody the energies is to follow the sacred Tzolkin calendar on a daily basis. This opens up a broader understanding of the cyclical nature and the interactions of the characteristics of the various energies with each other. For example, the continuity from one cycle to the next becomes apparent and the repetitive nature of them in an altered form every time, in a gradual never-ending, cyclical linear progression of renewal, eventually comes into vision. Continue Reading… 


The full article can be read at GypsyCafé.org

By J.J. Montagnier

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Plaza A with Structure A1, Cahal Pech, San Ignacio, Belize. Photo by JJM (2015).

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19 responses to “The Fifth Earth (Part 2) – The Valley of Shadows in The Landscape of Light

  • katharineotto

    I like the way you think. I’m not familiar with the Tzolkin calendar and wonder if it correlates to the harmonics assigned to planetary configurations in astrology. I’ve found lots of overlap in different symbolic systems, different ways of presenting the same concepts. By looking around, it’s easy to see there’s lots of room for spiritual growth, isn’t there?

    • Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café

      Katharine, thank you for your feedback. I have not compared the Tzolkin directly with other energy systems, but there may well be similarities. My understanding is that the Mayan calendars factor in telluric (earth) energies and directional (the four directions) energies as well as some planetary movements – however I think that it predominantly an earth based energy measurement system rather than a planetary one. I have found it to be astoundingly accurate and very deep. The main thing that draws me the the Tzolkin and beyond – for example the Mayan Cross -is that it has a real depth to it in the Jungian sense – in terms of personality. The in-depth information about the archetypes are really to me unmatched in any other system – whether MBTI, Enneagram, or any other type of psychometric tests I have come across – also richer and deeper than Chinese astrology (although I have only dipped into it). So as a personal development tool, the Mayan calendars hold phenomenal potential for individuals and it is this that draws me to it.

      Yes – I think spiritual growth is in a bit of a slump right now, but I think people will start seeking out the light again naturally when things become to dark.

      • katharineotto

        JJ, I hope you’re right that people will begin to seek the light. It certainly seems many of us are lost now. I need to know more about Tzolkin. Will look forward to reading more of your posts.

      • Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café

        Katharine, I hope you explore the Tzolkin – I think you will find that it can be hugely enriching. It takes a while to become familiar with the archetypes and processes, but that’s the case with all systems like this. I recommend getting a good book on the subject. Kenneth Johnson’s book, Jaguar Wisdom comes highly recommended:

        Here’s a video with him giving a good introduction to the subject on Youtube:

      • katharineotto

        JJ, Will check it all out soon, but at the moment I’m feeling scattered by too many demands on attention, probably like many others. Oh, for a simpler life . . . I need to start with your series.

      • Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café

        No problem Katharine, when/if you have time. I’m snowed under too – lots of projects, so little time. That’s why I’m holding off from commenting on WB right now – just can’t fit it in too and it does require a certain regular presence on the website. Thank you for visiting!

  • JC

    Great article. I got into the Mayan’s in 2012 with all the speculations back then and I’m starting to read more. Considering what’s going on in the world, I think their philosophy is convincing.

    • Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café

      Thank you JC. Just like you, I was fascinated by the whole 2012 phenomenon, but it was a great let down, when after the “great date” not only did nothing happen, but all the Maya “gurus” disappeared… Probably because they got it wrong – but the only reason why they got it wrong was because they had not done their homework.

      For me the most important benefit of following the Tzolkin with its Mayan days (archetypes) and tones (numbers) and weeks (known as ‘trecenas’), is that it brings a groundedness on a daily and weekly basis and it it brings direction – we know what days are coming up and we can plan certain tasks or projects accordingly, because we know from learning the energies that some days are ideal for doing certain things.

      It is very useful for writing for instance – as some days are more intellectual and some days can bring great clarity or even vision – so we can really benefit from organising our actual day to day living according to this system – and it really works once you get a feel for it (it does take a while to synchronise one-self to the energies, but the longer you follow it, the more you flow with it and the more you know the characteristics of each day). Knowing that every day has a certain purpose and benefits makes for a very enriching way of experiencing day to day living.

      It’s worth getting a good book on the subject too. I hope you benefit greatly from the Tzolkin.

      • JC

        I will definitely check it out. I’ve felt lately as though something is calling me and I always end up at the door of the Tzolkin.

  • smilecalm

    i’m gratefully impressed with the research and compassion
    into these prophesies, Jean-Jacques!
    gives me something to look forward to
    well, as long as i’m around to witness 🙂

    • Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café

      Thank you David. I have made considerable effort to research the topic so that I can present the information as truthfully as possible, considering that I am also using intuition to guide me, so I feel the factual elements will keep me on track. Also, there has been a lot of misrepresentation of the Maya calendars in the past, so I wish to correct that, or at least not fall in the same trap.

      I find that by staying close to the traditional and authentic objectives of the Mayan calendars we can reconnect with the understanding that there is a sacredness within everything. Too many of us have lost touch with nature and its cycles.

      Unfortunatkey some spiritual “gurus” have used the Mayan calendars to boost their egos due the the knowledge they got from it, rather than to share the information in the right way for the greater good of the community and society.

      I do believe that we have a lot to look forward to. We are heading for a natural renewal (a “reset”) of the world and ultimately the Universe is in charge of this process – it is much bigger than us…
      but we can all play a small part to contribute our bit.

  • Josh Gross | The Jaguar

    An enthralling post, Jacques, as always. I’ve left a more detailed comment on your other site.

  • theburningheart

    Nice article Jean-Jacques, and also watched the video, liked your post better, than the video, something little understood, it’s we live in an age we are now all interconnected by communication, therefore there’s a cross- pollination of ideas between our contemporary World, and it’s easy to the layman, to adopt too freely foreign concepts, into an ancestral Tradition.

    A lot of the revival of the old pre-Columbus cults or Pre-Columbinos as we say in Spanish, its in the hands of people raised in a contemporary setting, with a poor knowledge of their own more ancient traditions, who unfortunately were suppressed, and eradicated and already tainted with foreign ideas about many issues, in the five centuries of Christian pollination, and look for confirmation from secondary sources, as for example Hinduism, and in the similitude, want to see confirmation to an idea they understand poorly from their own traditions, such as Animism.

    Myths, and dogmas, are mixed freely, and little understood, in the Western minds, due to a lack of Historical context, on the beliefs, of ancient Traditions. And the natural evolution of those Traditions through the ages, as for example contemporary Hindus, regarding a revaluation of their own doctrines, and beliefs.
    In other words discarding old dogmas, and embracing new ideas, from other Traditions who seem to fit better to our contemporary global views.

    I will read later more of your posts Jean-Jacques 🙂

    • Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café

      Thank you for taking the time to read Part 2, Mr Anaya and for your comment. Very well said – I think a big part of the problem is a lack of patience on the part of Western minds to take the time to form a better understanding of ancient cultures, although as you said, even in their case, in the contemporary world they have lost touch with their original roots. I find it quite encouraging though that the Mayans seem to want to share their knowledge as they believe it is the right time to do that. Although the interest seems to have waned since 2012, it’s still early days and I believe that as things become more spiritual, energetically speaking as time passes, interest will return. Here are some examples where Carlos Barrios and colleagues / family members explains some Mayan concepts:

      I particularly enjoyed this one:

      • theburningheart

        Its a nice video Jean-Jacques, thank you, I believe a great change its coming even if things may look bleak right now.

        My view as not an Indigenous Native, but born, raised, and educated, and living back in my country, make me sort of an skeptic, of certain affirmations, and posturing, of the many jumping on the wagon of the Maya calendar wisdom, by some people of dubious knowledge, and not clear intentions.

        You have to know, that here in every town we have now, self appointed so called Mayan elders, and met a few, some even with good intentions, but most just looking for gullible people to get a free ride, giving talks all over, but later finding out they are just common shysters, with a good talk.
        There is even a word to define the not so bad, but not entirely harmless, who travel from town to town as a routine for different reasons, ego, power, seducing women, and an easy living, named ” Turismo Iniciatico,” or people who make a living traveling around giving so called healing seminars, practices, and so on, but of dubious credentials, or merits, and few, even of full Indian ancestry.

        I do not know Mr. Barrios personally, so I will not say anything against him.

        Truth to be told, in Latin America, to our shame, most if not all Indian communities live marginalized, and left behind in conditions resembling four centuries ago, with almost no tribes having a voice of their own, the few who thrive, are totally assimilated, and mostly mestizos, with no living tradition left, to be talk to, or too mixed and living in towns, and not interested on their ancestral knowledge, but on making a living, just like anybody else, to call it Indigenous.
        Possible Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and some isolated regions on other countries, like in mine they survive somehow, on places of hard access like the mountains, jungles, and deserts, but most of our governments are totally irresponsible about them, Bolivia maybe the only country with a strong political presence. 😦

        Here I send you a link for my Post Pachamama. 🙂

      • Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café

        Thank for sharing your thoughts, Mr Anaya. Yes, I fully understand your position. Having lived in South America for a while and also just by having to sift through so much information from so-called gurus, whether indigenous or not, makes one aware of how many people simply ride the wave of popular themes to get exposure. A lot of it has to do with naivete on the part of spiritual seekers, but one can hardly blame them and I was one of those naive spiritual seekers myself once, who believed a false guru or two… 🙂

        Carlos Barrios is quite well known for his book ‘The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012’
        You can read his bio here:

        I often quote him because he seems to be well respected as an authority on the subject of the Maya in the Maya calender community.

        Unfortunately humanity is very corrupted at the moment and many or the indigenous peoples around the world have been corrupted by Western and modern ways – many such communities live on the edge and there are many problems as you mentioned.

        As for myself, I do not consider myself an expert on any of the subjects I write on, (I am not even from this continent of South America) – rather I do serious reading from the best possible sources and then combine it with research and also travel in some cases. Importantly, I rely on my intuition to guide me in terms of conveying the truth, so when I am not sure about something I read or write about, I trust my intuitive guidance to point that out to me (but this of course is not absolutely foolproof).
        To be safe I usually state at the bottom of my articles that it is my personal opinion.

        Ultimately we can only rely on our capacity to fact-check and to develop a strong sense of the truth to “mine for gold”. Nevertheless, the ancients believed that as we move up on the ascending arc of evolution we will naturally have access to ancients truths and we will comprehend spiritual matters more and more as we go along – if we are open to it. I try to avoid being too sceptical about everything so not to close myself off to possible new truths.

        We are living in a very difficult time for anyone who cares about the environment, I think – it is a rather complex subject, because I think urbanisation and modernisation has caused humans to be so removed from nature that they can no longer make the link – here is a article I have written about it – it is rather long, but if you find the time to read it, I think you will see what I mean:

        Thank you for your post about Pachamama – I will look at it shortly.

  • craig lock

    Reblogged this on Write and Create (from Creative Writing Course) and commented:
    Thanks for all “the likes”, Jean-Jacques
    Happy photographing
    “the world’s absolutely worst photographer”

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