The ancient Maya–a totally new twist

The ancient Maya called themselves the children of the Sun with the Moon being the mother and the Sun the father. They are widely acknowledged as gifted astronomers and were without equal when it came to calendar making. But, rather than using just one calendar, as we do today, the Maya used several calendars—simultaneously—which were all magically integrated into one grand timekeeping system.


Their timekeeping system was mechanical in nature and consisted of four intermeshing gears (like what you would find in a pocket watch) and as their primary calendar recorded the passing of time, the other calendars updated themselves accordingly.

For each of the calendars they built a mathematical model in the form of a stone pyramid which is impervious to the passing of time and able to withstand the cataclysmic forces of nature… a commitment to the survival of their sacred technologies.

Most notable of their calendars are the 360-day “tun” and 260-day “tzolkin” who’s source and purpose have long been forgotten. But, the pyramids stand tall and their secrets are safe while the answers lie hidden in the intervals of a single day.


The author and great Mayan timekeeper Hunbatz Men disclosed in his book, The Eight Calendars of the Maya, the methodology of ancient Mesoamerican calendars–principally, the construction of a day. For some unexplained reason that bit of information has been totally ignored by Mayanists in favor of the great cycles of time. A day consisting of 1300-minutes was the revelation that set things in motion.

The secret to the 360-day and 260-day calendars are the numbers “4” and “5” which are the primary intervals (in minutes) of which the day is divided. Follow the simple arithmetic in the illustration below and watch closely as the sacred calendars begin to unfold.

Making of a day
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The ancient Maya also reckoned that the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, when measured at its farthest distance, would require 365.625-days which was referred to as a uinalhaab or one-year. And, they reckoned that the Moon’s orbited around the Sun (at its closes approach) is 354.375-days. This is very significant because the uinalhaab and lunar-year were combined to create the mean 360-day year (tun calendar).

The 360-day tun calendar is based on the supposition that the Earth and Moon are a binary pair that orbit each-other while also orbiting the Sun. The basic argument is presented in the following table.

Sol-Lunar Year

It’s worth noting that the present-day Islamic calendar is still based on the 354.375-day lunar year and the 365.625-day uinalhaab (first discovered by Arnald Enge) has now been verified by other qualified authorities.


To verify the validity of the binary supposition the ancient time-distance formula (table below) is used to calculate the orbital radius of the 354.375-day lunar cycle and the 365.625-day uinalhaab and confirm that the sum of the two are the equivalent to the cube of 360 X 4, which did turn-out to be the case.


The table shows that the closest approach to the Sun is 91,854,000 miles and that the farthest approach is 94,770,000-miles. The sum of the two = 186,624,000-miles. Dividing that value by 360 is 518,400-minutes divided by 1440-minutes is exactly 360-days.

Synodic implications

Apsidal motion of the binary pair produces twelve 30-day mini-cycles or months attributable to the Earth and thirteen 27.69230769-day mini-cycles or lunar months attributable to the Moon. The mean apsidal motion, however, is 28.8-days (see table).


How significant are these so-called mini-cycles or months? 

The following table list six calendars that form the harmonic structure of the Mayan measure of time; Tzekeb or Pleiades cycle, Long-Count cycle, Kaltun cycle, Katun cycle, Tun cycle and Solunar cycle.


The table shows how all Mayan cycles are harmonically linked with the Tzekeb or Pleiades cycle of 26,000-tuns. Interestingly, 26,000-tuns is also the approximate period of the precession of the equinoxes. Therefore, if you were a Pleiadean standing on the surface of Alcyone (the central star of the Pleiades group) the Sun would appear to make one full revolution around Alcyone every 26,000-tuns or 9,360,000-days.

A bit of simple arithmetic shows how the Pleiades cycle is divided into 5-harmonic-sub-levels–the last being the (all important) 27.6923069-day cycle. The first step is to divide the 26,000-tun cycle by “5” which results in a sub-cycle of 5,200-tuns or 1,872,000-days. This period of time is, in essence, a Mayan “Creation Cycle”, and is the bases of their Long-Count calendar system. At the end of 1,872,000-days the count simply starts over and a new creation cycle begins.

27.69230769 X 260 X 260 = 1,872,000-days

The next step is to divide the 5,200-tun cycle by 20 which results in a cycle of 260-tuns or 93,600-days (1-Long-Count Calendar Round). The Mayan name for this cycle is “Kaltun”.

  • 5 X 260 X 260 X 360 /1300-minutes = 93,600-days
  • 4 X 360 X 360 X 260 / 1440-minutes = 93,600-days

Next, divide the 260-tun cycle by 13 which results in a cycle of 20-tuns or 7,200-days. The Mayan name for this cycle is “Katun” which was of primary importance to the ancient Maya. When the orbital periods of Jupiter and Saturn are converted to the tun-format, 20-tunes is the synodic period of the two orbits. They also account for most of the mass in the solar system as well as a significant percentage of the angular momentum. There are 260-katuns in a creation cycle and 1300 katuns in a Pleiades cycle.

  • 27.6923076923 X 260 = 7,200-days or 20-tun
  • 30.0000000000 X 240 = 7,200-days or 20-tun
  • 360.000000000 X   20 = 7,200-days or 20-tun

The next step is to divide the 7,200-days by 20 which results in a cycle of 360-days or 1-tun–the so called tun calendar–which is constructed from the mean motion of the Earth and Moon.

  • 13 X 27.6923076923 = 360-days or 1-tun
  • 12 X 30.0000000000 = 360-days or 1-tun
  • 12.5 X 28.8.0000000 = 360-days or 1-tun

Finally, it may help to visualize the Pleiades cycle as an energy-chain consisting of, latterly, thousands of vibrating frequency envelopes all harmoniously producing alternating patterns of high and low pressure waves–the source of space weather.


The real takeaway here is the realization that the Earth-Moon system is at the core of virtually everything. But, its the 27.69230769-day beat that is harmonious throughout the entire solar system–even the Sun itself. For instance, one 27.69230769-day rotation of the Sun has a rotational circumference of 2,990,769.230769 km, which is the prime harmonic of the speed-of-light.


©Copyright, 2018, by Ronald G. Messick (all rights reserved)



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For the last thirteen years my full-time job has been investigating, what the scientific community refers to as, incredible coincidences. It’s kind of like putting together a really big puzzle. In the beginning the number of potential matches is bewildering. But, over the years, a few pieces of the puzzle fall into place and you begin to get a small glimpse of what the big picture may look like. Eventually, impressions are formed and at some point, those impressions need to be shared. That's what this website is all about--a platform for sharing impressions. Each post will pertain to one of the "incredible coincidences" or "unknowable".

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