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the important pan-American totem known as Feathered Serpent
its symbolic meaning and ties to the project


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QUETZALCOATL AND THE MANDALA


shared characteristics



  • THE SERPENT-JAGUAR — primary animistic archetype
  • THE 260-DAY CALENDAR — fundamental embodiment
  • THE CROSS — stylized form and symbolic function
  • THE ROUND TEMPLE — architectural vessel
  • THE AMERICAN LANDMASS — land






QUETZALCOATL SYMBOLISM


as related to the sanctuary


QUETZALCOATL

creator of the world through the creation of duality / the religious impulse, the resulting quest to re-integrate duality / the crucible for the integration of opposites, ultimately that of "the self-creating, self-destroying pulsation that is found at the very heart of life" 1

balance between the life-force, Eros, and the death drive, Thanatos / the polarized aspects of a single force

'Vital Breath', the breath of Creation, the breath of life

the Lord of Life (its quetzal feathers like an ancestral remembrance of the primordial blue-green algae)

the quetzal-colored bridge between the terrestrial (green) and the celestial (blue) / the power of ascension a mythical ancestor  


AS SPACE AND TIME

[as ceremonial center] order over chaos

[as the Mesoamerican sacred calendar] the outward movement of Creation and inward journey of integration / the path of evolution and individuation of and from the original unity, which inherently implies a return to it


1   Robert Lawlor, Earth Honoring




Quetzalcoatl
once again enthroned
in a genuine cathedral for the Americas