25,920 is the *star* of the mystic number system and is not far off the 25,770 years it takes for the Precession of the Equinoxes to swing 360 degrees and therefore come full circle in the zodiac. You can think of 25,920, that number so well loved by the ancients, as the mystic number equivalent for the precessional cycle. We’ll use the term Platonic numbers when referring to the mystic number system. If we divide the mystical number of precession by 5, we get five Platonic Ages of 5184 years each.
The Mayan Age of 5,125 years, which is said to culminate in 2012, is approximately one-fifth of the precessional cycle and could be considered the native New World equivalent to 5,184 in the Old World mystic number system. A 59 year difference might seem far off the mark or unsurprisingly close since both Mayans and Old World astronomers were calculating vast measures of precession in a pre-technological age, but I see the difference as evidence of a deep correspondence between the Mayan and Mystic worldviews.
The Mayan Long count is a linear counting of days. Eighteen 20 day “months” equals one 360 day “year” known as a tun. There are 400 tuns in one Baktun of 144,000 days. After 13 Baktuns or 1,872,000 days the Mayan Long count starts all over again. 1,872,000 days divided by 365.24 breaks down to 5,125 years. 5,125 X 5 = 25,626. You might consider 25,626 the Mayan measure of the Precessional Cycle.
The difference between the Platonic and the Mayan is 294 years, and they are equally and precisely off the mark though in opposite directions.
What you might call the old modern measure of precession was 25776 which was based on a precessional degree of 71.6 X 360 but the modern scientific measure of precession is 25,770.0594…
How far are the Mayan and Platonic numbers from the modern measures of precession?
Old modern – Mayan |
Scientific – Mayan |
Platonic – Old Modern |
Platonic– Scientific |
25,776 |
25,770 |
25,920 |
25,920 |
25,626 |
25,626 |
25,776 |
25,770 |
150 |
144 |
144 |
150 |
The Mayan number is 150 years under the old modern precession number.
The Mayan number is 144 years under the scientific precession number.
The Platonic number is 144 years over the old modern precession number.
The Platonic number is 150 years over the scientific precession number.
150 is 30 X 5, or 5 Saturn cycles, and of course 144 is 72 X 2 (and 72 is the rounded number of years it takes for the precession clock to tick back a degree in the zodiac.
The difference between the Mayan Long Count Age of 5,125 years and 1/5th of the Platonic Year which is 5,184 comes to 59 years. Again, the Mystic and Mayan numbers fall equidistantly above and below the bulls-eye.
This number represents a double Saturn return, and the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction cycle.
Old modern – Mayan |
Scientific – Mayan |
Platonic – Old Modern |
Platonic-Scientific |
5,155 |
5,154 |
5,184 |
5,184 |
5,125 |
5,125 |
5,155 |
5,154 |
30 |
29 |
29 |
30 |
The Mayan Age is 30 years under 1/5th of old modern precession number.
The Mayan Age is 29 years under 1/5th of the scientific precession number.
1/5th of the Platonic Year is 29 years over 1/5 of the old modern precession number.
1/5th of the Platonic Year is 30 years over 1/5 of the scientific precession number.
For both the Mayans and Mystics the difference is precisely a Saturn cycle of 29.5 years.
Was it coincidence or a mystic correspondence? Can we split the difference and settle for a quasi mystic synchronicity?
The answer is none of the above.
Saturn was called “Father Time” and “the timekeeper” in the western tradition for good reason. The 30 year Saturn cycle was one of the most important celestial clocks in the history of man, outshone only by the sun and the moon. Since it was the most distant wandering star visible to the naked eye it was the ancients’ most reliable guide when tracking longer term cycles of history. The other long term celestial “clock” they may have been able to access by the evidence of their senses was the Precession of the Equinoxes but the cycle of Saturn was easier to figure since it could be seen with the naked eye. In fact, Saturn served as a yardstick for measuring longer cycles of time and the fact that in 5,000 years the “Mystics” were over by a single revolutio of Saturn while the Mayans fell one Saturn cycle short of the mark suggests both were using Saturn counts in their calculations.