In images, majestic volcanoes rise from the edge of inky waters; the lake appears mysterious, haunting. The deepest lake in Central America, Atitlan had been described by friends as a vortex, a portal, the bellybutton of Mayan civilization.
In the highlands of northern Guatemala, the Mayan-Ixil people who have only come into significant contact with the western world within the last 120 years still conserve a rooted cultural legacy that contains traces of the original "good life."
President Obama and Speaker Boehner are trying to reach a budget deal before Christmas and the fiscal cliff. Screw Christmas and the fiscal cliff. They better hurry up before the Earth explodes on Friday.
With their surprisingly seasonal, covertly Christian expectations of doom, contemporary neo-pagans remind us (at least this December) that judgment draweth nigh. Even while countless Christmas carolers forget.
May you step into this time with awareness, conscious of the collective intention to meet at this threshold and birth humanity anew. May you fulfill the promise of this time as you gather up those around you and embark on this new journey.