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Did drought doom the Mayan Empire? New evidence from Belize’s ‘Blue Hole’




Minerals taken from lagoons reveal a century-long drought occurred between A.D. 800 and A.D. 900, right when the Mayan civilization disintegrated.

Excerpt from Livescience.com

By Tia Ghose  


Drought may have driven the ancient Mayan Empire to collapse, new research suggests.

Minerals taken from Belize's famous underwater cave, known as the Blue Hole, as well as lagoons nearby, show that an extreme, century-long drought occurred between A.D. 800 and A.D. 900, right when the Mayan civilization disintegrated. After the rains returned, the Mayans moved north — but they disappeared again a few centuries later, and that disappearance occurred at the same time as another dry spell, the sediments reveal. 

Rise and decline

From A.D. 300 to A.D. 700, the Mayan civilization flourished in the Yucatan peninsula. These ancient Mesoamericans built stunning pyramids, mastered astronomy, and developed both a hieroglyphic writing system and a calendar system, which is famous for allegedly predicting that the world would end in 2012.


But in the centuries after A.D. 700, the civilization's building activities slowed and the culture descended into warfare and anarchy. Historians have speculatively linked that decline with everything from the ancient society's fear of malevolent spirits to deforestation completed to make way for cropland to the loss of favored foods, such as the Tikal deer.

The evidence for a drought has been growing in recent years: Since at least 1995, scientists have been looking more closely at the effects of drought. A 2012 study in the journal Science analyzed a 2,000-year-old stalagmite from a cave in southern Belize and found that sharp decreases in rainfall coincided with periods of decline in the culture. But that data came from just one cave, which meant it was difficult to make predictions for the area as a whole, Droxler said.

The main driver of this drought is thought to have been a shift in the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), a weather system that generally dumps water on tropical regions of the world while drying out the subtropics. During summers, the ITCZ pelts the Yucatan peninsula with rain, but the system travels farther south in the winter. Many scientists have suggested that during the Mayan decline, this monsoon system may have missed the Yucatan peninsula altogether.

Deep history

The team found that during the period between A.D. 800 and A.D. 1000, when the Mayan civilization collapsed, there were just one or two tropical cyclones every two decades, as opposed to the usual five or six. After that, the Maya moved north, building at sites such as Chichen Itza, in what is now Mexico.

But the new results also found that between A.D. 1000 and A.D. 1100, during the height of the Little Ice Age, another major drought struck. This period coincides with the fall of Chichen Itza.

The findings strengthen the case that drought helped usher in the long decline of the Mayan culture.


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Celestun – A Heavenly Place of Light

“The fire that is our essence comes from the stars and
to the stars our essences will return.
The Earth is our Mother who gave us our bodies.
After our Earth walk, our bodies will return to the Earth.

Our spirits are from the wind, as is our breath.
Our words are our breath, therefore sacred.”

Jamie Sams


“I beseech the Star Elders, my essence self; the Earth Mother, our mother; and Tate, the Great Wind of the Lakota…

to assist me in this community where I reside…to assist lightworkers everywhere to fulfill their missions.”

Once upon a moon, when I was a much younger woman, Spirit guided me to undertake a pilgrimage from the States, where I was residing, to Belize, the land of my birth.  During that life altering journey and travel, I was led to settle on a small island off the coast of mainland Belize, named Caye Caulker.  This beautiful island inhabited by approximately 1800, mostly traditional, Catholic, Mestizo, people held absolutely no light in the mass consciousness of the villagers.  I came to slowly understood, though, that Spirit’s will was for me to remain in this particular community as the “holder” and “bringer”of the light.  I have done Spirit’s will, with my immediate family (all of whom are angelic souls) for over 14 years of our lives.  It has never been easy.

In fact, here is a typical example of my life onthe island… One year I decided to teach in the newly founded high school to create some goodwill in the community.  One of the classes I taught was yoga for physical education.  I had been branded a witch many times in Caye Caulker.  Teaching yoga only seemed to reinforce the local viewpoint that I was indeed practicing witchcraft.  Thank goodness, my boss and the high school principal supported my class 100%  and backed our position with FACTS.  Together we overcame the local beliefs and by the end of the year, the students were teaching their parents stress reducing poses.

I have continually and painstakingly engaged with the community’s extreme superstitions, obeah ( a form of black magic used to bring harm to another), and all other low level forms of energetic interactions (alcoholism, domestic violence, drug addiction, machismo behaviours and emotional & sexual abuses) over the years, while at the same time attempting to create and maintain my own piece of heaven.  I cannot emphasize enough- it has been a daunting task.  Nonetheless, it was my purpose, a clear directive from the Ancestors and the Star Elders, so I undertook my role with due diligence and compassion.  Arriving in full force to assist me in this community were the magical elementals, the standing people (the trees and plants), and the cool blues and turquoises of Yemeya’s salty Caribbean Sea, who have been my friends, my allies and my protectors in this place which holds such extremes of darkness and light.

I understand that many lightworkers have been guided to various geographic areas to do Spirit’s work in these auspicious times on Earth.  I also understand that we can no longer maintain and sustain our realities without a seriously strong support network.  The Gods have encouraged me to create “Celestun”, a heavenly place of light.  A place where lightworkers, healers, and conscious individuals can retreat and rejuvenate.  It is my intention to expand my current island business, www.cocoplum.typepad.com, to create this much needed place and vision.  I can no longer be one of the few people in this part of the Caribbean holding the light.  I need assistance.  I send out a request to any interested individual(s) to please join me in co-creating Celestun if they feel so compelled.  I invite any of my readers to visit my little english speaking island in the region of  Central America on the Caribbean Sea in the country of Belize.  Enough said.

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Allow me to return to discussing this eminent Earth birth which was the topic of my last post, “Surrender”.  In the latter part of a woman’s pregnancy, early contractions called Braxton-Hicks, will begin to occur.  These contractions prepare a woman’s body for the actual birth and it allows her body to understand, in mild form, what the real contractions will feel like once they commence to start.  The Earth has begun her Braxton-Hicks and on one of the latest contractions (Chile Earthquake) her axis tipped and time sped up.  Wow!  We are definitely about to move and groove in this pregnancy, hence the Turkey earthquake.  On the night preceding this movement, I couldn’t sleep a wink.  All the dogs in my neighborhood felt the same as they howled and moaned the night away.  It was another huge release of energy for the earth.  Yes, the Earth herself is cracking open!  Be aware and prepared, all those who live on the fault lines, your time is drawing near.   Everytime I go into meditation, I feel the low rumbles of the  Earth quaking.  At fist, I feel fear, and then, I surrender to the force of the earth, and lastly, I breathe calm into the land.  If you can find this serenity inside your body, you can actually transmit it through your feet into the ground.  If enough people are sending a peaceful message to the land, then a community can control their surroundings and their contractions.

The earthquakes are not our only concern/movements these days.  If you listen to the world news it is simply overwhelming, between the natural disasters (another large glacier broke off, denying oxygen to the seas and their creatures) and the manmade violence (the babies and toddlers slaughtered in Nigeria in the name of religious intolerance), I simply sit back and wait on the forceful volcanic eruptions sure to follow (notice Celia Fenn discusses her friends in Chile and the oozing volcanic lava in her March earthlog)… sigh, cry…do not become immune to the information...so many souls have agreed to depart or suffer in these times so as to assure that all others will keep their hearts wide open.

The death of the old reality is so obvious.  We will never return to a reality that hoards possessions.  We will never return to a reality that enslaves another.  At present though, the oligarchy assumes the same viewpoint it has had for the last 10,000 years:  population control of the enslaved masses, while they wield and control the resources of the Earth. The oligarchy will have to fall into one of those large cracks the earth creates to make room for the compassionate souls and new leaders who wish to create our harmonious Earth.

Lately, I am constantly receiving a vision of teepees (I conjure up my friends gorgeous Earth Ship home in Taos, New Mexico).  The teepee has many symbolic meanings.   Firstly, Spirit is asking everyone once again to simplify.  Just as a woman will prepare her house for a new baby, we are being guided to prepare our teepees to be uncluttered, beautiful home dwellings that are fulfilling and life-giving.  Create an energetically clean space that is  ready to welcome a new-born baby.  Secondly,  a teepee for the Native Americans was transportable.  If the tribe felt danger or uncertainty, they could pack up their teepees and relocate.  Life itself is very fragile.  A natural disaster can wipe out your entire existence, your home and all your possessions without much notice, so over-attachment to anything is simply not healthy.  I reiterate Aluna Joy and the Star Elders message, “you can’t take anything with you but your love and your truth”.  Live lightly!  Thirdly, a teepee represents the material and our ability to manifest.  It is the Lakota symbol for wealth and well-being.    If you are currently hoarding possessions or carrying too heavy of a material load; let it go.  Get to your teepee!

Practice, even if it is just once in your life, the great give-away.  In the early 1900’s, the US government outlawed the Native American pot-latch ceremony (the give-away), as they could not understand how such “poor’ people would give away all their possessions.  It was disconcerting for the white-Eurocentric mind who believes in collecting/hoarding/saving possessions, so they made it illegal.  The give-away teaches us to release, without attachment, our greatest possessions and it teaches us above all else, that the earth is eternally fertile and all our needs will be provided for again and again through the community.  Whenever one feels lack, of anything, Spirit counsels giving away a valued possession.  Are you in need of health?  Give-away!  Are you in need of love?  Give-away!  Are you in need of money?  Give-away!  Through the eternal spiritual laws of energy and return, all ones needs will be met.

Take a look at the community around you?  What can you give-away to help ease the burden of another?  Do you have a community that will support you?  A group of like-minded individuals that care about your well-being?  Do you have your own personal Celestun, heavenly place of light? If not, it is crucial at this moment to form some sort of network.  Be it on the internet, a sacred moon circle or your collective neighborhood.  We have heard over and over again that we must come together in conscious community.  Now, more than ever.  Presently, Carl Calleman is calling for a Conscious Convergence (July 17-18, 2010) of lightworkers to prepare for the last stages of our pregnancy.    The old ship is going down , the S.O.S. has been fired.  We are approaching the ninth and final wave of the Mayan Calendar Evolutionary Theory- the cosmic unity consciousness. The only survivors, the true thrivers of the New World, will be the ones who have learned to share and care, the ones who have learned to live in unity.

Lightworkers, take heart, the morning star is shining brightly….

Navajo

wishes to thank her online spiritual community, her readers, ” you have been my life raft as I continue to live and breathe light into this Caribbean community”

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