The Leap Year Predicament
Expansions on Ideas Presented in
Mayan Astrology

Aluna Joy Yaxkin
February 1996

In my continuing journey toward cosmic awareness, I am constantly reminded that each human being has a piece to the puzzle and a sacred message to share. Each one of us is a piece of the Sun. I also realize that it is not appropriate to accept all information from one place, one culture, or through one messenger, but to integrate information from many directions to see a larger and more encompassing picture. This will never be more important than in the days ahead of us. We are challenged to accept only information that feels true to us, in spite of outer oppositions. We are realizing that truth does not come solely from our recorded past knowledge or the present written or spoken word. Truth is alive in each one of us. Each has an internal 'Lie Detector' within that weeds out the 'no ways' from the 'right ons'. It is time we begin to live totally from this knowing and abandon the practice of solely relying on outside resources for our truth. In this way we can empower ourselves as unique expressions of the creator.

In this two part article, I will share my truths, perspectives and discoveries regarding some perplexing questions about the sacred Mayan Calendar. I share my perspectives as a member of the human race that continues to search for truth. It is not my intention to put down or invalidate the work of others in these areas, as I believe each has a valuable perspective and purpose. It is not my intention to add to the controversies surrounding these questions, but I know as I share this may be a natural reaction. I share these ideas as a student of truth and hope you accept them as such. Maybe what I share will be of service by returning a forgotten piece to the cosmic puzzle or maybe it will stir up some unclear places in the truth we are searching for. In either case, spirit is calling humanity to take a stand on inner truth. The following perspectives are my realizations.

Oh No, Leap Year!
Those who work with the Mayan calendar will be searching for ways to understand the problems we will encounter on the Gregorian date, February 29, 1996. An ancient calendar system utilizing 260 cosmic days, recently reactivated and popularized by Dr. Jose Arguelles, and used for centuries by indigenous Maya, asks us just to skip over leap year days. Thousands worldwide are asking some pointed questions that need to answered. Why doesn't skipping a day make the day count off? What do we do with this day? Do we toss it out, skip over it ... and... WHY?

The Mayan date system presented in Mayan Astrology skips leap year days altogether in order to stay in sync with galactic cycles. In other words, it literally ignores the Gregorian day, February 29, and continues the sacred count on March 1. This method adjusts for the Gregorian discrepancy every four years by skipping one day every four years.

The traditional Maya had no problem with the Gregorian calendar, but of course, they didn't use it. This eliminated one problem, yet they still had to make an adjustment of 13 days at the end of a 52 year cycle during their New Fire ceremonies. They kept the sacred count for 52 years, skipped over 13 days or Suns, and then resumed their sacred count in order to stay in sync with galactic cycles. The New Fire ceremonies represent a complete cycle of the Haab, the Tzolk'in, and the Pleiades, coming full circle to their places of origin. The following quote is from Mayan Elder, Hunbatz Men, in his booklet Tzol ek' Mayan Astrology, "Due to very precise and consistent methods of observations, the Maya came to establish the well-know cycle of the NEW FIRE or TUNBEN K'AK, which is celebrated every 52 years."

The big question here is what about those days we just flippantly skip over that were given to us by the creator, Hunab K'u? Do we just toss them out with the morning trash! The problem we are encountering here is based in our perspective. Through the vision of my buddies, the Cosmic Maya, I was shown some intriguing perspectives or shifts in orientation, helping me see the problem from a different angle or light. You will have to tune in to spirit and feel for yourself. Remember, proof is in the experience.

The first and most powerful problem we have is how we approach the sacred calendar. We are approaching it from an Earth perspective that is still not in sync with the galactic whole. Then we try to cram the sacred Tzolk'in cycle into a Gregorian one. This doesn't work without some adjustments as we all have deduced by now.

We are emerging out of an age of darkness. We are beginning to remember long lost truths. We are also stretching toward galactic alignment. This tells us that we are out of sync with the galaxy. Right? Well, if we are out of sync with harmonious galactic cycles, how could we possibly force the sacred Mayan calendar, which is based in the harmonious cycles of the universe, into the framework of the faulty Gregorian calendar without some difficulty? We have been assuming that a sacred day in the Mayan calendar is the exact length of a solar/Earth day. We know it is not. The problem is not with the Mayan calendar, it is not with the Sun, it is with our Earth cycles and our currently used Gregorian calendar. We are trying to link the sacred calendar to the faulty Gregorian based calendar instead of the other way around

My buddies, the Cosmic Maya, share that our Earth is spinning too fast at this time to synchronize totally with the sacred cycles. They say that the earth is now slowing its spin as they anticipated. (Scientists have confirmed that the earth is indeed slowing its spin) When it slows to the point of harmony and synchronization with the sacred timing cycle, Earth will balance its rotational speed and we will align with the galaxy. It is at this time that we will be able to merge and integrate our solar cycles with the sacred cycle.

Along with this synchronization, we will have a long-awaited event, a grand reunion with our cosmic brothers and sisters. It will look as if a new door has opened, yet this door has always been there, we just couldn't see because we were slightly out of sync with its frequency. Our awakening is in direct proportion to the Earth's spin and our ability to link up to the cosmos. As we slow even further we will awaken even further to cosmic knowledge. This is possible because we will be closer to the harmonious frequencies of the universe. How far are we from this reunion? Only 1 minute a day, a vague 60 seconds! The sacred days act as ascension accelerators. With this in mind, we can understand why working with the sacred days helps quicken the process of cosmic awakening within the human being.

With the Earth spinning too fast, the Sun comes up and goes down faster than the harmonic timing cycles that emanate from our galactic center. We are solar beings and we count our days from Sun up to Sun up, or midnight to midnight. We receive our orientation from the Sun. But what if we were out in the universe without a star close by? What would our orientation point be then? It would be a universal frequency, a constant rhythm that permeates the entire universe, a frequency that is a universal constant that binds all manifested form together. The problem is that our solar orientation is our primary focus and obviously hard to ignore.

Because the sacred calendar is not based in our solar cycles, another question that arises is "How long is a day in the Tzolk'in?" This depends greatly on where you are in the universe. Other realties receive their timing frequencies in different sized cycles, according to their placement in their local galaxy. You would need to know what orients their days, such as a moon, star or planet. How this is in other realities at this time, we can only imagine.

As I have shared in the past, the Tzolk'in's 13x20=260 is a frequency of universal creative force in which we manifest our reality, the 13 (numbers) being the spirit, and the 20 (glyphs) being the body of the calendar. The 13 and the 20 together represent Hunab K'u, the creator of all there is. This frequency can be larger or smaller sized cycles of time, space and dimension as long as they do not lose their symmetry of 13x20=260. As an example, the cells in our body contain a universe in proportion to the ones in our starry cosmos. 260 solar years could be 260 breaths etc. How we derive a length of time, space and dimension on our planet is directly related to the most powerful influence of cosmic time we have had since birth, our Sun. Our timing frequencies come to us through the Sun. The indigenous peoples of the earth understand this, as they believe the Sun is a lens for the creator. Mayan Elder, Hunbatz Men says it is time to do the Solar work. This statement is asking us to align with the galaxy by the use of the Sun. But remember, the Earth is spinning too fast, so the Sun is rising and falling a little fast. The Sun is sending us the correct galactic frequencies every day, but we are not quite translating them correctly in our Earthly forms on our hyper little planet as yet.

Aligning with solar cycles is vitally important and necessary, even if earth is spinning too fast, and we still orient our days, Sun to Sun. Why? If we are to help align and harmonize our planet within the galaxy we need to merge the cycles of Earth with the galactic cycles. So how can we help Earth align with the galactic frequencies? Simple. By our collective consciousness. When we pull in the knowledge of the Sun and secure it on Earth we begin to anchor the correct cycles of time, or universal truth. When we hold the sacred cycles as the most important and primary focus and add the solar Earth cycles as a secondary focus, we literally help pull Earth into alignment with the galaxy. We as human beings help create this alignment through projection of intention with the use of our physical bodies. When we hold this cycle within our consciousness and our bodies we help with this process. Remember what we think is what we manifest!

The opposite is true if we place our attention on false timing frequencies. We actually pull the earth out of alignment with the galaxy. We manifest the problems we are facing today, with our planet's destruction and humanity's focus on materialism. In the dark cycles from which we are emerging, we were in a state of illusion and forgetfulness, keeping us from cosmic knowledge. This has been in direct proportion to our lack of synchronization with the galactic whole.

Many have felt that there is something missing in their life or that they are forgetting something profoundly important. Some even feel dumped off in this world and feel foreign to this reality. This is because we are disconnected from the total expression of the creator and receive an imperfect translated version of truth. The Mayan calendar is not about recording history or predicting the future as much as it is a cycle/frequency that was anchored to help us in these times by aligning us with our local galaxy and the universal whole.

Human beings understand, learn and create through challenge. This disharmonious connection between Earth and the cosmic whole is a perfect and divine way for humanity to evolve itself, by literally solving the synchronization problem through our collective consciousness! As we use the sacred Mayan Tzolk'in and reach to the Father Sun to receive activation, we are anchoring correct universal frequencies on the planet. We feel exhilarated when we spend time with the sun because it sends perfect harmonious frequencies to us. We feel our cosmic memory return with the use of the Tzolk'in. For those cosmicly integrated moments we are aligned with the universal truth, leaving us feeling whole, relaxed and at peace.

The Cosmic Maya tell me that the main intention at this time is galactic alignment, both for humanity and the Earth. By using the sacred calendar we begin to merge the third and spherical dimensions. When we work with this sacred system we are helping Mother Earth lighten her heavy burden, and are literally helping the Earth to slow its spin and to synchronize with the galactic whole. When this happens we wake up and begin to live in a way that is supportive of our environment instead of destructive. We are seeing a continuing and growing movement toward rightful, holistic living. This is an indicator we are waking up. We do make a difference!

How Can We Work with Leap Year Days?
Now going full circle and getting back to what started this line of thought. How do we work with the sacred calendar NOW? Yes, we have to skip our count of sacred days on Feb. 29. But remember, WE ARE NOT SKIPPING A SACRED DAY, WE AE SKIPPING A FAULTY GREGORIAN DAY. Consider leap year days as Galactic Alignment days. What we are doing is actually tossing a Gregorian day that is out of balance with the galactic whole. This helps keep a balance of universal truth within each of us to anchor on Earth. Skipping February 29, every four years is less stressful than what the traditional Maya themselves did, as they tossed thirteen days out all at once, and also spent more time out of sync with the universal whole. I don't feel bad about tossing a Gregorian day. Aren't we trying to toss the whole mess anyway? We just need to remember that the sacred calendar we are using is not an Earth-based calendar. The Tzolk'in is a cosmic calendar. Skipping leap year day is actually helping Mother Earth align with the galaxy by keeping an ancient rhythm of the sacred days within our being and letting go of the disharmonious Gregorian calendar that is based in an Earth that is still spinning too fast.

I have proved this concept to myself through many years of experience. I have shared thousands of Mayan Solar Destiny Readings, based on birthdates going all the way back to 1908, using converting tables that skip leap years and have received incredible results. These readings have spanned dates for many four year periods and have spanned beyond the larger 52 year cycle. The dates are proving to be correct, in spite of the February 29 dilemma. Those who work with the Dreamspell game by Jose Arguelles have resonated on a deep level with the Galactic Signature they discovered. They say the proof is in the experience. So, in spite of the fact that skipping a day in our solar year seems terribly confusing and frustrating, and even illogical, the system is working. Just because we cannot prove something is working within our currently limited perspectives and methods for defining truth, does not mean it is not so, or that it does not exist. We have to remind ourselves that we are cosmic beings working toward synchronization with a galactic frequency emanating from universal truth, not just mere humans following a faulty calendar within a cycle of illusion and darkness. It is time to wake up into the age of light and become cosmic beings.

Converting the Date February 29
If you need to convert a leap year date before our planet synchronizes with the galactic whole, convert February 28 and March 1 and merge the information you generate from these two dates. It is my feeling that February 29 will reflect an integrated destiny between these dates. This is the best we can do for those born on February 29. On February 29, 1996, I feel it would be beneficial to gather in group meditation to consciously align yourselves and the Earth with the Universe.

Regarding Other Mayan systems That Count Leap Years
Other systems that calculate Mayan days that do not skip leap years are assuming that the solar cycles of Earth at the present time are correct and are adamantly trying to squish the sacred calendar into our current Earth cycles. These systems count every solar day on Earth and base their information on recorded history from ego-centered conquerors with huge agendas that needed to justify the murder and destruction of an entire culture and Bishop Diego de Landa's twisted recounts. I feel these sources of information are needing to be questioned.

The main issue with this system and others like it is that they literally overlook and/or ignore the 52 year cycle TUNBEN K'AK in which the Tzolk'in, the cycle of the Pleiades, and the Haab, Earth's solar cycle, return to a common starting point. The systems that count the Gregorian day February 29 as a sacred day completely knocks the sacred calendar out of sync with the galactic cycles at the end of a 52 year cycle. This completely ignores a major fact that the indigenous peoples, with their ancient wisdom, still understand today. When a human being is born a sacred calendar begins within that person. Indigenous knowledge states that when one reaches the age of 52 years, he/she becomes an elder! This day is their first spiritual birthday. This is because they have lived through all 18,980 possibilities or definitions that are possible from the interaction of the Earth and the Pleiades, as given by the Creator. As an example; April 8, 1959, is 1 Chicchan, then April 8, 2011, should also be 1 Chicchan. With systems that count in the leap year days, this alignment of sacred days at the end of a 52 year cycle is not possible.

Another point to make here is that when we count the leap year day as a sacred day we anchor the cosmic cycles to a faulty Earth spin. We destroy the spirit of the cosmic frequencies by locking them to the Earth.

In the last four years the system I use and the GMT 584283 correlation have felt somewhat similar in definition. The reason for this is that we have been working within the same direction on a daily basis. Also, by coincidence, some birthdates fall within the same direction in both systems, also making the definition somewhat similar. This will change as of March 1 when this similarity polarizes by the counting of the leap year day in these questionable systems. We are going to feel the differences in these systems when we are not harmonized within one of the four directions.

I feel the clues given to us in the ancient past help us to understand today, and forecast the future. If we ignore the clues to truth passed on by the indigenous traditions, we are loosing a great deal of cosmic knowledge. So in my work I do not use the systems that count leap years. I have worked with them, but found their descriptions, regarding divination and destiny, to be where we are evolving from, or our lower-based natures. These are valuable perspectives, but I needed to make a choice as to what perspectives I would base my work on. Considering the times in which we live, I chose the system and conversion dates that lead us to a positive future. All of this boils down to the simple fact that the truth is in the experience. I have found these perspectives to be true in my experience and now it is up to you to decide what is truth for YOU.

Interesting Afterthoughts
There will be a four year period where the GMT 584283 correlation DOES synchronize with the system presented in Mayan Astrology. But don't hold your breath. It won't be until March 1, 2208, when we sync together with 4 EB! Joyous journeys toward galactic synchronization.

Aluna Joy Yaxk'in . . . A Star Messenger - Earth Oracle - Soul Reader - Sacred Site Junkie was literally born awake and in the company of her guides, the Star Elders. Today she has evolved into an author, spiritual life coach, sacred site guide, alternative historian, ordained minister and modern mystic. In the Inca world, Aluna is considered a Qawaq (cow-wak), a clairvoyant or seer of living energy. Aluna acts as a spiritual archaeologist using her clairvoyant / clairsentient gifts to excavate current messages from the masters of ancient, enlightened cultures to uncover what affect this has on humanity and the collective consciousness. She is well known for her down to earth, accepting attitude that makes each one feel like they have come home. She inspires and encourages others to recognize and accept their own authentic divinity and connection to the Creator. "Our groups are family, and each one is a teacher and also a student. We work together as a team to unravel the sacred mysteries of life." Aluna coined the term "sacred site junkie" because she is one herself. After her first trip to Tulum, Mexico, her life changed dramatically, and she was sent on an entirely different path in life. Since this time, her work has been influenced by uncountable shamanic experiences in sacred sites of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Peru, Bolivia, Egypt, Greece, England, Australia and New Zealand. Aluna has been leading groups in the Maya world since 1986, the Inca world since 1996, and the Egyptian world since 2008, and the mystical world of Avalon (England and Scotland) since 2007. Aluna offers Star Elder Sessions, formulates Sacred Site Essences and a free newsletter. She is the author of "Mayan Astrology" and her articles have been published worldwide. Website: Facebook: YouTube:

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