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The Mayan Oracle

A Galactic Language of Light

Illustrated by Oceanna
Published by Bear & Company
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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A hands-on tool to harness the potential for spiritual growth surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012

• Includes 44 color divination cards and an in-depth guide

• Explains the Mayan divinatory meaning of each card’s symbol and their associated colors, herbs, ritual movements, and more

• Includes divinatory spreads, meditations, and exercises for insight and intuition

As the Mayan calendar comes to a close, we are entering into a time of great opportunity for spiritual growth and higher planetary consciousness. The ancient Maya foresaw this awakening and thus embedded within their archetypal symbols instructions for harnessing the energies activated during this transformational period. Forming a “language of light” that represents a bridge between physical and spiritual realities, these ancient symbols have the power to catalyze growth, change, and awareness. Interacting with these glyphs establishes a personal “resonance,” or direct communication with each of the symbols, creating a conduit through which to receive their galactic energies.

Conceived in a prophetic dream, The Mayan Oracle is composed of 44 cards--20 Mayan star-glyphs, 13 numbers, and 11 “lenses of the mystery”--along with an in-depth guidebook. Providing divinatory spreads, poetic meditations, and exercises for insight and intuition, the guide explains each symbol’s Mayan usage, divinatory meaning, and the attributes, elements, and items associated with them--from colors and herbs to ritual movements. Designed to stimulate the intuition, this oracle offers a way to interact with the Mayan archetypes in order to elevate your consciousness to a higher dimension and transform old ways of seeing, doing, and being.


An Introduction to the Galactic Language of Light

The Mayan Oracle is composed of forty-four cards--twenty Mayan star-glyphs, thirteen numbers, and eleven “lenses of the mystery.” Together, the glyphs and numbers form the Tzolkin, the “sacred round” of the Mayan calendar. However, the Tzolkin is far more than just a calendar. It is also a galactic code to the workings of the universe. Within this sacred code, each glyph can be considered a different aspect or “face” of the Creator. And each of the 260 possible combinations of glyphs and numbers offers a particular expression of those faces. The lenses in turn offer new ways of looking at reality, based on the new paradigm of the times that are emerging. In combination, the glyphs, numbers, and lenses form a powerful mandala of transformative energies.

While other systems deal beautifully with the awareness of your Earth self, The Mayan Oracle is designed to offer you a galactic perspective: Who are you in relation to the Divine One? How can you experience the world and your personal issues differently, based on realizations through your Essence Self? What have you come to Earth to learn and contribute? What will assist you on your spiritual journey, and how does your personal process relate to the larger pattern?

The Mayan Oracle works by encouraging you to interact with Spirit. The symbols on the cards are encoded with deep wisdom, and your calling on any one of them evokes the presence of that wisdom. Through evocation, ritual, and meditational work, you establish a personal “resonance,” or direct communication with each of the symbols, creating a kind of conduit through which to receive their galactic energies. These energies can then contribute to your growth and unfoldment, as well as to that of the planet.

Perhaps most practically, The Mayan Oracle helps you integrate the “shadow” aspects of yourself--your fears, doubts, difficulties, and blocks. Each time you interact with one or more of these cards, you help to transform old ways of seeing, doing, and being.

The shadow part of self is often viewed by the ego as “bad,” when in actuality it is a very potent and creative force. The disowned or unconscious parts of ourselves (most often indicated by our “charged” reactions to people and situations) are truly the keepers of great wisdom. Shadow is simply the face of the light that is unseen. Through working with it, you are provided the opportunity of healing yourself and living a more fully integrated life. As you explore the shadow material of any given archetype, be willing to see the kernel of truth, and discover how it relates to you.


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Common Mayan Usage: root, waters
Qualities: source of life, divine nurturance and support, primordial Mother, undivided primal waters, primal trust and nourishment, receptivity
Symbol: spiral vortex on the primordial waters, dragon
Number: one (unity)
Color: burgundy
Herb: nettle, dong quai
Flowers: burgundy carnation, deep red rose
Flower Essence: scarlet pimpernel
Scent: cedar/sage
Stones: garnet, bloodstone, ruby, temple lingams
Element: earth
Direction: east
Shadow Wisdom: issues of deep, primal trust and survival, lack of self-love, feeling unsupported by divine nurturance or unworthy to receive, betrayal
Shadow Transformation: Trust in the larger pattern to provide what you need. Open to receive. Communicate your feelings, desires, and dreams.
Harmonic Wisdom: frequency
Mudra: hands cradling each other comfortably at the level of the abdomen
Meditation: “Primordial cauldron of mystery, spiraling vortex, quicken me--stir in me--primal trust in your love:’
Affirmation: “I trust unconditionally the source of divine nurturance.”

The Discoverer

Deep, dark, unfathomable primal waters, I Am. Tenderly do I cradle in you the mystery of becoming. Receive nourishment from my primordial depths.

Imix sounds a call in your life to go beneath the surface, to plumb your own primal depths. Go to the abundant wellspring of the life force to find the nourishment for which you yearn. In trust and receptiveness is found the source of movement. From the primordial waters of unity flows the spiral of eternal emergence. Allow others to give fully to you, for in that receptivity the circuit of love is completed.

The entire universe is made up of love. Give and receive. If you are not fully receiving the gifts offered by the universe, you can short-circuit your connection with the natural spirals of growth. Give freely and unconditionally without attachment to how your gift is received. Dip into the deep well of self and fill your cup with sweet waters. Offer this gift unconditionally. Trust in the situation at hand.

Primal trust means making choices moment by moment, with no guarantees. It means not trying to control the outcomes in your life. Trust your steering mechanism of heart-knowing. Trust the transformational processes that are at work in your evolution.

Call on Imix, the source of life, primal waters of creation, the root source, the primordial Mother, to nourish and care for you. In truly accepting this reservoir of sustenance, you will have unlimited resources to care for others as well as yourself. Remember that you are always embraced in the arms of the Divine, no matter what the exterior circumstances of your process or situation.

Shadow Wisdom

In the shadow of Imix are found issues of trust. Do you lack trust in the Universe to nurture you and provide what is needed for your journey? Do you feel unsupported in your life or caught in the struggle created by expectations? Any apparent lack of support actually bears a gift. You are being given a push in the direction of your primary being. Open to your connection to the source of life. Trust in the wisdom and abundance of the life force.

The Magical Child

I Am Imix, Primal Mother.
Eternal is my embrace.
As you are trusting and love the self, I sustain you with the sweet wine of my many gifts.
I bathe your seed essence with abundant life force.

About The Authors

Ariel Spilsbury is a spiritual counselor guided by the wisdom of the Maya and the Mayan Oracle. She is a planetary midwife whose focus is on expanding consciousness, building the Sanctuary of the Open Heart, and honoring the Divine Feminine. The author of The Alchemy of Ecstasy and The 13 Moon Oracle, she lives in San Francisco, California.

Michael Bryner (1950-1998) was a holistic therapist and spiritual counselor and teacher with an interest in Mayan esotericism and shamanism.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Bear & Company (January 10, 2011)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781591431237

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Raves and Reviews

The Mayan Oracle amplifies intuition, tunes the mind, and harmonizes the human heart. Truly a new instrument for the ageless questing soul!”

– Don G. Campbell, author of The Roar of Silence

“The tool touches the cellular body with a galactic harmonic language of light, enabling a deep remembrance that we are, in truth, unconditional love.”

– Rowena Pattee Kryder, author of The Gaia Matrix Oracle

“The Mayan understanding of the subtleties of time was greater than our own. The Mayan Oracle’s approach to tapping in to the synchronistic power within the symbols is fascinating and commendable.”

– Terence McKenna, author of Food of the Gods

The Mayan Oracle is a storehouse of cosmic knowledge; a guide to help humanity fulfill the Mayan prophecy, which calls us to return to living in harmony with nature and awaken to our deepest human potential. Beyond being a profound tool for divination, this oracle set offers direct, personal insight into the living, archetypal forces of cosmic order as mapped by the sacred Mayan mathematics. Anyone willing to receive the illumination offered in the revelatory set of codes offered through The Mayan Oracle will come to treasure this living portal as an ally on the path of cosmic evolution!”

– Eden Sky, author of The 13-Moon Natural Time Calendar

“Ancient Mayans embedded transformational wisdom in their archetypal images, forming a galactic language of light. This language is captured by The Mayan Oracle to stimulate intuition and elevate consciousness. . .”

– New Age Retailer, February 2011

“I can see this deck being used to toast the New Year early, with a glass of bubbly, overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Hollywood Hills, under the night sky, admiring a waxing moon, transcendental pan pipe music playing softly in the background. The illustrations are by the UCLA trained and Santa Barbara based artist, Oceanna (Donna Kiddie) whose work on large building murals and mythic interiors are very popular.”

– Wendy Stokes, Mind Body Spirit, August 2012

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