TIKAL: Temple of the Jaguar

Tikal – Temple of the Jaguar (Replica) (Xetulul El Gran Jaguar la Réplica) – Wikipedia

The Mayan pyramids are temples created for a purpose of receiving an Initiation. Each one represents a different meaning and purpose. El Castillo is the calendar pyramid that illustrates a Divine Meaning for Time and shares the experience of Light and Sound that descends from Above to the Below at the Spring and Fall Equinox. The “Pyramid of the Magician” in Uxmal is known as the Cosmic University, offering an Initiation of Divine Wisdom and the marriage between the Divine Feminine Moon Goddess to the Divine Masculine Father Sun, the Supreme Lord of Creation. The Temple of the Jaguar, Xetulul El Gran Jaguar, is recognized as a tomb and funerary monument to a King.


Royal Tomb

CHRISTIAN JEGOU – illustrateur – reconstitution de mise en scène historique : nature, Egytpe, Préhistoire, Sciences, Moyen-Âge (Illustrator of sacred sites around the world)

“The tomb of Jasaw Chan K’awiil I was discovered by archaeologists in 1962. It was entered through the roof of the tomb after exploratory tunneling from the bottom of the temple stairway. The tomb has been labeled as Burial 116 by archaeologists. It is a large vaulted chamber deep within the pyramid, below the level of the Great Plaza. Over half of the chamber is occupied by the masonry bench supporting the king’s body and his jewelry. The king’s remains had been laid on a woven mat and the tomb contained rich offerings of jaguar skins, jadeite objects, painted ceramics, rare spondylus shells, pearls, mirrors, and other works of art. The body of the king was covered with large quantities of jade ornaments including an enormous necklace with 114 especially large beads, as depicted in sculpted portraits of the king, and weighing 3.9 kilograms (8.6 lb).

One of the outstanding pieces recovered from the tomb was an ornate jade mosaic vessel with the lid bearing a sculpted portrait of the king. Also accompanying the burial was a series of 37 finely carved human bones bearing inscribed hieroglyphic texts, arranged in a pile by the king’s right foot. One refers to Tikal’s allies, including Copán and Palenque; others include the king’s name and parentage. One contains a carved portrait of a captive, Ox Ha Te Ixil, who was a vassal of Tikal’s great enemy Calakmul. There also are scenes that show the maize deity being carried to the underworld in a canoe. One of the bones contains a lengthy list of the death dates of foreign nobles.” Wikipedia

Prayers for a New Dawn of Creation

Modern History

“Tikal was discovered in 1848. In 1877 various pieces were looted from the major temples at Tikal, including pieces of Temple I.  Alfred P. Maudslay first mapped the centre of Tikal in 1881–1882, marking the five major temples on his sketch, including Temple I, although he named the major temples alphabetically, ranging from A through to E. Teoberto Maler carried out the first topographical survey of the site in 1895, naming Temple I as the “First Great Temple”. Alfred Tozzer carried out another survey in 1911 and generally followed Maler’s naming conventions; it was he who abbreviated the name to Temple I.

In 1955, the University of Pennsylvania began its Tikal Project, carrying out archaeological investigations of the ruins and preparing them to be opened for tourism, which included work on Temple I and Temple II. The project was overseen by Aubrey Trik and George Guillemin.[20] The tomb under the temple was not discovered until 1962, by Aubrey Trik of the University of Pennsylvania.  The work on Temple I lasted until 1964.

In 1986 the Proyecto Nacional Tikal (PRONAT) carried out repairs to cracks in the roof of the temple.

As part of the 2012 phenomenon, modern Maya held a fire ceremony on 21 December 2012 at dawn in the main plaza in front of the temple. Guatemalan and foreign priests led the ceremony, asking for unity, peace and the end of discrimination and racism, with the hope that the new cycle that begins will be a “new dawn” for them. About 3,000 people participated in the event.” Wikipedia

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Symbols of Architecture

Pyramid I is topped by the Temple of the Jaguar and rises to 148 feet (45 metres). Just west of Pyramid I and facing it is Pyramid II, standing 138 feet (42 metres) above the jungle floor and supporting the Temple of the Masks. Pyramid III is 180 feet (55 metres) high. Near the Plaza of the Seven Temples stands Pyramid V (187 feet [57 metres]). The highest of the Tikal monuments is Pyramid IV (213 feet [65 metres]), which is the westernmost of the major ruins and also the site of the Temple of the Two-Headed Serpent. Pyramid IV is one of the tallest pre-Columbian structures in the Western Hemisphere.” Britannica

(The nine tiers of the pyramid may refer to the nine levels of the Underworld. The Serpent has been a universal symbol of an Illuminated Consciousness.)


4 Jaguar/IX (Cherokee, Panther/SAHO’NI)

Galactic Tone 4: Stability; the cube is most stable of all forms and establishes volume by definition of height, length, depth and breadth; 4 directions establish orientation. The energy of 4 sets the parameters, which establish the freedoms and barriers needed to create a game, work, or relationship.

Jaguar/IX: Born with a deep love of the Mother Earth, Jaguar or shaman is directly tied to the source of all Earth magic. They possess great power of intellect and strength or character through integrity. Jaguar energy is feminine in nature and is the ruling spirit of jungles, plains, and mountains. The spirit of Jaguar inhabits the Mayan temples and is called on to assist in spiritual as well as in material ways. Jaguar is also the god/goddess of gratefulness.

Cherokee, Panther/SAHO’NI: Panther is symbolized by comets, meteors, shooting stars, fireballs, and magicians.  Meteors appearing around the middle of November are Heralds of the Coming of the Light, the Cherokee New Year. Panther is the Shadow of the Sphinx, Herald of the Dawn, guardian of the night when the sun is traveling through the underworld. Panthers have unlimited imaginations, visualizations, and are spellbinding speakers. The Cherokee Totem Jaguar is the guardian of the portals to other dimensions; shamanic abilities will open; multi-dimensional magic; healer, leader, way shower energy when used for spiritual growth.  Conducive to pray for grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters and wives day. For wisdom at 4 Balances, cunning and protection of Mother Nature. To thank the Earth for sustenance. Ix is the native cunning, enterprising, vigorous, bold and realistic.

[Text in italics was the primary source of inspiration for my journal. These are the sources that started my journey and they are the reference for interpretation each day. By providing the original text, I hope to offer a way to see what inspired my thoughts and by including all the aspects – allow for something more to inspire you. Mayan descriptions are those written by Ian Lungold. Cherokee descriptions came from multiple sources. Links to sources and other resources of study are offered on the Daykeeper Resources Page. ~Debra]

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