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The photograph on this page was prepared by German physicist and amateur astrophotographer, Axel Mellinger. The photograph was featured in the November 1999 issue of Sky & Telescope. has added constellations which are involved in the Popol Vuh myth to the photograph. The star patterns in the photograph include many attributes which cannot be seen with the naked eye. Even so, it was a relatively simple task to connect the dots to show what the ancient eye would have seen when it looked toward the place where Xmucane and Xpiyacoc are the Daykeepers at the top and bottom of the cosmos, and Thunderbolt Hurricane surrounds his creation as a cosmic storm cloud. The original photograph file was available through Creating a Milky Way Panorama on the Computer as a reduced resolution bitmap file, but for the best resolution, look at the Sky & Telescope November 1999 issue. The photograph image files are shown with a link box, so that it will be easy to find them in the background of celestial lights.

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Look carefully at the constellations and identify characters from the Popol Vuh.
Auriga to Cepheus
      Auriga,                                                                    Cassiopeia,              Cepheus
                                 Perseus,                              Andromeda,

Cassiopeia to Delphinus
                    Cassiopeia,           Cepheus,                                                Lyra,          Sagitta,
      Andromeda,                                                                Cygnus,          Vulpecula,   Delphinus

Cygnus to Sagittarius
                       Lyra,               Sagitta,            Antinous,       Serpens,            Ophiuchus,
Cygnus,     Vulpecula,   Delphinus,        Aquila,                        Scutum,                Sagittarius

Aquila to Triangulum A.
       Antinous,       Serpens,            Ophiuchus,            Scorpio,           Lupus,           Centarus,
Aquila,                     Scutum,         Sagittarius,   Corona Astrinis,   Ara,   Norma,      Triangulum A.,

Triangulum A. to Puppis
Lupus,           Centarus,                     Argo-Navis (      Vela,         Antlia,       Pyxis),
 Triangulum A.,              Crux,          Argo-Navis (   Carina,                  Puppis),         Canis Major,

Antlia to Gemini
Argo-Navis (Antlia,       Pyxis),                                    Canis Minor,                 Gemini 
Argo-Navis (Carina, Puppis),       Canis Major,       Eridanus (w/Monoceros),       Orion


The photograph clearly shows the whole caiman of Quetzalcoatl, and the Inca alpaca animal at the stinger of Scorpio. This alpaca animal is the boundary of the cosmic First Mother's cervix!

The photograph and the constellations can be examined in detail to demonstrate that the Mesoamericans were not hallucinating. They were recording what they saw, so that others could go see for themselves. There is no more perfect way to establish an empirical relationship with other individuals and the cosmos; this is "Sacred Science."

Two things become apparent with the photograph, that were not visible with astronomy software. First, the prominence of the galactic center, and the fact that it could easily be identified with the entrance/exit a cosmic birth canal through a cosmic cervix. Second, the relationship of Ophiuchus to the "celestial" image of birth is unmistakable. Ophiuchus can be seen on the photograph, standing with one leg on the cosmic cervix, and drawing the umbilical cord (Serpens) out through the birth canal at the "dark rift," where Quetzalcoatl waits to be reborn.

Maya Cosmogenesis 2012The "one legged" aspect of Ophiuchus has long been a concern of research. Now, with the photographic evidence it is clear that the primordial First Father of the Maya was symbolized in the birth process which surrounds Ophiuchus at the galactic center. He can be visualized as being photographed in the cosmic birth process (creation) as if it were a single frame of an eternal moving film. On his one leg, he swirls the hurricane of the cosmos, and the result is history (his story). When the material photographic evidence is enhanced by the proper dot-to-dot connections, the stele on the cover of Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 showing First Father coming out of the mouth of First Mother is a clear representation of what is shown in the stars at the center of the galaxy. The material presence of the Cosmic Mother does not reveal the intent of the Cosmic Father, until some rational order is added to the apparent randomness of the celestial images. This is the birth moment of rationality, i.e., First Father. That rational order is the "Heart of the Sky," while the material essence is the "Heart of the Earth."

The next event of importance is the establishment of the "Daykeepers," Xmucane (Virgo) at the top of the galactic disk, and Xpiyacoc (Sculptor) at the bottom of the galactic disk. They represent the axis through the galactic (cosmic) plane, and via precession, they mark time. They give birth to Hun Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu, (Ophiuchus and Sagittarius), who give birth to Hunahpu and Xbalanque (Gemini, Auriga and Perseus), with the help of a Xibalban mother by the name of Blood Moon (Andromeda). The arms of Hun Hunahpu and his son Hunahpu mark the ecliptic and galactic intersections of the cosmic world axis. The Sun Boat (Argo Navis) of the Maize God (Bootes) and the skull (Cepheus) in the cosmic tree define the third axis of the galaxy at right angles to the intersection axis and to the central axis. The Maya creation story describes the three orthogonal axes of the galaxy, and it provides the Maya people with a reference for time and space in the whole universe as perceived from earth; as above, so below.

All in all, the Popol Vuh is one of the top five creation stories ever comprehended by humanity. It stands on a par with the Rig Veda, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Genesis, and the Gospels. Since it is the one creation story that has clear material markers, it needs to be better understood by billions of people. If the Maya astronomer-priests were correct about the rebirth of First Father, and there is no longer any reason for doubt, then in 2012, the human world ball in this cosmic ball court will have the opportunity to begin the process of being born again. This is not a trivial accomplishment by any stretch of the imagination. But, even if humanity does not open its eyes to be enlightened by the cosmic truth, the rebirth of the cosmos will happen anyway. We cannot stop it by denial, we can only prevent ourselves and our children from understanding our ancestors. The Popol Vuh recommends that we listen to First Mother's voice, and find the Son of First Father's intent. It is the reasonable thing to do, and there could not be a better time to do it.

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