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“…the New Ager felt Quetzalcoatl’s energy soaking into his pores—an energy stripped from the surface of Venus and transported to him on the rays of sunshine. He rejoiced in the glow, in the feeling of the Venus Transit.” -excerpt from EFFIGY
Not to be excluded from the list of astronomical bodies finding relevance amongst the cultural mix of Mesoamerica is Venus. Venus was so regarded that a lesser known calendar used by the Mesoamerican peoples was the Venus Round. I don’t have the time or space to go into the calendar’s details here, but it may suffice to note that the number of day symbols used in the Calendar Round (20) may have been influenced by the Venus cycle.
Calendars aside, there is also a familiar figure from ancient Mexico that further demonstrates Venus’ importance. He was known as Kukulkan, or Quetzalcoatl.
By now we know Quetzalcoatl was associated with the Pleiades star cluster, but through the complex mythology of Mesoamerica, Quetzalcoatl was also related with Venus. More specifically, he was heralded as Venus as the morning star. How the feathered serpent deity became tied to Venus is unclear as mythological sources often are, but just as Quetzalcoatl wasn’t the only deity to have links with cosmic bodies, Venus’ influence didn’t extend to Quetzalcoatl alone.
The Maya sacred book, the Popul Vuh, shares the mythological tales of the heroic twins, Hunahpu and Xbalanque. Careful examination of the twins’ exploits reveals stories that helped explain astronomical occurrences, specifically in relation to Jupiter and Venus. For example:
“…the Twin conception story explains the observance of the moon, Jupiter and Venus coming together in one point in the night sky – the dark rift of the Milky Way.” – excerpt from DEITY
At this moment, Venus is passing between Earth and the sun, a rare event that comes around every 105 years. Some may view this year’s Venus Transit as further confirmation that we are now living in the early day’s of Quetzalcoatl’s Age. Some even go so far as to proclaim special energy being transmitted from Venus to Earth via the sun’s rays. Do you recall Quetzalcoatl bestowing his blessings at the end of EFFIGY? Whether or not the human race is gaining anything from Quetzalcoatl or (perhaps) a hero twin, one thing is for sure, the Venus Transit is just one more astronomical wonder of 2012.