PAGE DESCRIPTION
parallels and resonance between several threads of archetypal symbolism relative to the American Continent,
chief among them the 7/4/1776 astrological signature of the United States of America (using the Maya and Western traditions),
the Great Tree and the Serpent, and how they relate to the sanctuary



AXIS MUNDI — SPATIAL AXIS



American shrine for the preservation and furthering of the American dreamtime

Serpent-Pillar supporting a 'United State of the Americas'

Totem pole for the American tribe











FOUNDING DATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: 7/4/1776


NOTE on the concept of the modern nation-state:
"With origins in tribal survival, nationalism as a human organizing device started out as a reasonable enough way to service a sociological need. But the world is smaller now. Nation-states are no longer the sine qua non of group identity. The bottom line in global survival is this: our identification with our country must no longer trump our identification with the human race. Over the past couple of centuries, the vision of our shared residency on a fragile planet has begun to replace the old chauvinisms […] It is to universalism that we must now pledge our primary allegience." 1




The United States of America: a key geopolitical entity of the XXth Century and, it can be argued, the XXIth Century.
Established on the Mesoamerican sacred calendar date 9BEN (7-04-1776), a day belonging to the 13-day period CHIKCHAN. Complemented by the generic symbolism of number 9, the Maya astrological signs of BEN and CHIKCHAN operate as the primary set of energies informing the character and destiny of this nation.



1 Jessica Murray, Soul-Sick Nation: An Astrologer's View of America

PRIMARY BIRTH SIGNS (MAYA ASTROLOGY)
7/4/1776 = 9 BEN (IK’ trecena) in the Maya Sacred Calendar       

day sign: BEN (Tree of Life)
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trecena sign: CHIKCHAN (Serpent)
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number: 9
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ADDITIONAL SIGNS: AXIS OF DESTINY (MAYA ASTROLOGY)
based on Maya Cross for 9 BEN

karmic origins: CHIKCHAN (Serpent)
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karmic destiny: IMIX (Emergence)
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BIRTHCHART (WESTERN ASTROLOGY)





Sun-Saturn configuration
the responsibility that comes with high-visibility statesmanship
the need to stand for something
being a superpower shaping world history and a role model for the world to follow vs lack of maturity, insecurity borne out of a perceived lack of safety and other irrational fears
being a self-imposed Keeper of Democracry, a prototypal modern democracy that remains an essential model of experiment in self-government

"The potential is there to be a stalwart supervisor of global justice: to be a nation that holds its eminence with the utmost seriousness; to be a nation that practices what it preaches." 1
  • RESONANCE:   BEN



Mars-Neptune configuration
the messianic need to spread its ideals around the world
being the true herald of a visionary Aquarian Age vs a false prophet pushing the American Dream (a myth which has ruled the world through the projection of an entrancing image)
  • RESONANCE:   BEN
  • RESONANCE:   QUETZALCOATL



1 Jessica Murray, Soul-Sick Nation: An Astrologer's View of America

SABIAN SYMBOLS (WESTERN ASTROLOGY)
based on birthchart

   
SUN
A Very Old Man Facing a Vast Dark Place to The Northeast
SELECTED KEYWORDS
invisible sustainement and an ability to move forward into the unknown with dignity and courage
wisdom / trying to put one’s life within a cosmic or religious perspective
searching for answers / seeking purpose and direction / asking the cosmos for answers to life’s biggest questions
vast dark arenas / staring into a void
American Indians and other native people who have been left in the dark
  • RESONANCE:   9




MOON
A Tree Felled and Sawed
SELECTED KEYWORDS
the sacrifice of one thing for the benefit of another
care and reverence for things of the earth vs destroying the old for modern advances
renewable resources vs nonrenewable resources / wantom destruction of the natural world vs management of natural resources
  • RESONANCE:   BEN
  • RESONANCE:   QUETZALCOATL




MIDHEAVEN
The Light of the Sixth Race Transmuted to the Seventh
SELECTED KEYWORDS
fulfillment of a vision: broad, far reaching vision and an enthusiastic commitment to bring the highest potential to fulfillment
revelation / ascension and evolution / demarcation of evolution / transmutation / passing the torch / new civilizational paradigm or new age
following out intoxicating intimations of the marvelous
artistic innovations that introduce humanity to a new level of vibration
  • RESONANCE:   9
  • RESONANCE:   CHIKCHAN
  • RESONANCE:   QUETZALCOATL




ASCENDANT (-1deg: karmic origins)
A Flag That Turns Into An Eagle That Crows
SELECTED KEYWORDS
spiritual will and the power to rise to the highest possible altitude of consciousness and purpose
trusting in the future: having the courage to live into a personal myth despite the lack of guarantees
indomitability of the spirit / declared idealism / trumpeting ideals / bold action arising from abstract notions
symbols of strength, unity, and power / peak experiences
issues of nationhood / issues of world domination / new empires / new paradigmatic age and its symbols
  • RESONANCE:   BEN
  • RESONANCE:   QUETZALCOATL
  • RESONANCE:   U.S.A. symbol (Great Seal - obverse)




ASCENDANT
A Widow’s Past Brought to Light
SELECTED KEYWORDS
healing the past through self-confrontation, carthasis, self-integration, release, reconciliation
remembering / exposing and unveiling the past vs burying or distorting it by denial, romanticized vision, and revisionist attitudes
creating a new and vibrant beginning from the revelations of the past
material, cultural, spiritual inheritence
  • RESONANCE:   CHIKCHAN
  • RESONANCE:   QUETZALCOATL




ASCENDANT (+1deg: karmic destiny)
The Pyramids and The Sphinx
SELECTED KEYWORDS
immortality / spiritual ancestry
the material evidence of the human race creative genius / the ability of future generations to survive and build even more magnificent realities on the foundations of the past
artistic and in particular architectural achievement / monumental marker / testimony and grandeur of our civilizational past
ancient histories and mysteries of the past / higher knowledge and wisdom / sacred art and sacred sciences

  • RESONANCE:   BEN
  • RESONANCE:   9
  • RESONANCE:   U.S.A. symbol (Great Seal - reverse)




SOUTH NODE
Beautifully Gowned Wax Figures
SELECTED KEYWORDS
imitating the ideal / glorifying a physical shape for the effective demonstration of its highest symbolic potential
simulation / perfecting one’s art to the point that it looks as inevitable as nature
impersonation / dramatization / statuary
  • RESONANCE:   BEN




NORTH NODE
Glass Blowers
SELECTED KEYWORDS
man’s efforts to glorify his ideals and give them tangible expression
pouring life into creative visions
the creative power of the Breath of Life made manifest
  • RESONANCE:   CHIKCHAN


SOURCES

Lynda Hill, 360 Degrees of Wisdom
Diana E. Roche, The Sabian Symbols: A Screen of Prophecy
Martin Goldsmith, The Zodiac by Degrees


'AMERICA' AND THE EPOCH-SHIFTING REDISCOVERY OF THE NEW WORLD


"América, no invoco tu nombre en vano."
( America, I don't invoke your name in vain ) 1


NOTE on the origin of the word 'America':
Conflicting theories abound, most based on speculation for lack of hard evidence. But if no definitive conclusion can be reached the notion that America was named after the explorer Amerigo Vespucci is well accepted.



Waldseemüller map (1507 CE)
dubbed the "baptismal certificate of the New World": first known map to use the name ‘America’ and first to depict a separate western hemisphere






'AMARU' = 'Serpent' in the Quechua language (ancestral language and one of the world's primary language families)
  • RESONANCE:   QUETZALCOATL






1492 CE = BEN-ruled tun (as 13th tun of any katun) in the Maya Long Count Calendar
  • RESONANCE:   BEN

10/12/1492 = 12 BEN (IK’ trecena) in the Maya Sacred Calendar

  • RESONANCE:   BEN
  • RESONANCE:   QUETZALCOATL


1  Pablo NerudaCanto General

THE GREAT TREE OF PEACE


Great Tree of Peace
+ Flag of the Iroquois Confederacy

Great Tree of Peace + Flag of the Iroquois Confederacy



PLACE OF ORIGINS
Iroquois / Haudenosaunee: Native American confederacy (comprised of 6 Nations) in North America Northeast region

DESCRIPTION
white pine tree with 4 roots oriented to the Cardinal directions, eagle perched atop, cavern with running stream underneath

SYMBOLISM
Great Law of Peace of the Iroquois Confederacy which inspired (to some debatable degree) the Founding Fathers in their conception of American democracy and the creation of the United States Constitution

EXTENDED SYMBOLISM
American democratic institutions

DERIVATIVE SYMBOLISM
Central Pillar or Axis Mundi at the Center of the World / Extended Family formed by individual members gathered under a set of principles, their interdependance in regards to their individual and common well-being

COMPONENTS SYMBOLISM
[tree’s branches] shelter and protection in unity under the law
[perched eagle] watchfulness in the defense of peace
[roots] extension of law and peace to all nations and the nourishment to that they provide

COMPONENTS DERIVATIVE SYMBOLISM
[cavern with running stream] underworld realm as wellspring of the collective unconscious / imaginal archetypal realm


  • RESONANCE:   BEN



original artwork by John Kahionhes Fadden [edited]

SYMBOLS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA









CONTRIBUTING SOURCES

Robert Hieronimus, Founding Fathers, Secret Societies
Robert Hieronimus, The United Symbolism of America
Robert Hieronimus & Laura Cortner, The Secret Life of Lady Liberty
Yasmin Sabina Khan, Enlightening the World
Elizabeth Mitchell, Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to Build The Statue of Liberty

GALLERY PHOTO CREDITS   see individual photos info


THE FEATHERED SERPENT: QUINTESSENTIAL PAN-AMERICAN ARCHETYPE

















TOTEM POLE: A NORTH AMERICAN ICON


The ever-changing yet ever-enduring totem pole: the product of 2 centuries of intercultural exchange between Native and non-Native communities, between a rigid aboriginal tradition and a cosmopolitan syncretic outlook: a “flexible technology that continues to express shifting identities in a world consisting of Native and non-Native peoples”.








PLACE OF ORIGINS
indigenous Pacific Northwest coast cultures

DESCRIPTION
monumental wooden poles (usually made of Western Red Cedar) carved with symbols or figures
used as house post, house frontal pole and entry pole, memorial pole, mortuary pole, or welcome post

PRIMARY TRADITIONAL FUNCTION AND SYMBOLISM
declaration of lineage affiliation within a village: the public expression of identity through the display of heraldic crest tied to family kinship system,
i.e. a coat of arms that is respected but not worshiped, that bears deep symbolic meaning but not religious significance

ASSOCIATED TRADITIONAL FUNCTION AND SYMBOLISM
expression of wealth, index of worth, and social standing
memorial to a specific individual such as a chief or upper class elder
mnemonic device: a material record of rights and prerogatives
remembrance of specific event (usually the polatch ceremony during which the pole was raised)
episodes belonging to larger mythic narratives

EXTENDED TRADITIONAL FUNCTION AND SYMBOLISM
representation of a particular living principle (acknowledged as central to the identity and well-being of the community) tied to supernaturals and animal spirit symbolism
 
MODERN FUNCTION AND SYMBOLISM
statement of indigenous cultural survival / indigenous pride
statement of cultural and political sovereignty, a signifier of autonomy
statement of territorial sovereignty, a territorial marker and signifier of authority over Native land / indigenous pride of place
anchoring a people to the earth, to a specific place, and to their ancestors
emblem of a city, region, or nation




CONTRIBUTING SOURCES

Aldona Jonatis & Aaron Glass, The Totem Pole: An Intercultural History
Pat Kramer, Totem Poles

GALLERY PHOTO CREDITS   see individual photos info


THE MANDALA ARCHITECTURE OF THE AMERICAS

"In America shall be erected a shrine to Universal Truth." 1

"O America! Because you build for mankind I build for you." 2











The Mandãla: a totem pole for the American tribe: a radical new form of totemic art that contributes to the preservation and furthering of the American dreamtime. What may yet be the brightest architectural incarnation of the Pan-American deity known as Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent.

A ‘monument’ (a word with Latin roots related to ‘memory’) to help us remember our Native inheritance, honor our connection to the indwelling Native spirit and its wellspring of wisdom. In this Place of Emergence is a return to our origins, a return to roots.
For the Hopi (‘People of the Corn’) and many other native cultures of the Americas, the Mandãla shall be considered Sacred Corn totem ― living image of the Power of Resurrection and Regeneration.
Planted in Native territory the sanctuary shelters this sacred tree, offered to the Native Nations of Turtle Island and beyond: an American Caduceus to bridge the rift between Old World and New World, modern technological civilization and traditional cultures. A peace staff to withstand the test of time and men. *

Today, in the bare chamber of a remote sanctuary the temporal and spatial Ultimate Authority is seated
Quetzalcoatl once again enthroned.
Behold the great Serpent-Tree ― straight as a redwood, tall as a Statue of Liberty. Behold the great Tree of War and Peace arising from the duality of Creation. Behold Quetzalcoatl-Tezcatlipoca in the melted weave guise of the Serpent-Jaguar ― a vision of unparalleled and terrifying beauty!

The Mandãla: a Monumental Marker at yet another threshold along the grand, tragic course of American history. Caduceus demarcating “the horizon of no more horizons” 3 ― the Grand Design fulfilled;
marking the transmutative threshold we stand upon and heralding a new level of vibration. The Feathered Serpent once again “rises in brilliance” like the Bennu bird ― all Serpent power and Kundalini fire.

Born 9 BEN (7-04-1776) in the Mesoamerican sacred calendar, the United States of America holds the astrological signature of the Serpent-Pillar. In direct resonance with the archetypal essence of this nation, the Mandãla inherently implies a larger family. Its pillar stands for and supports a 'United State of The Americas' ― an Axis Americani that in turn extends its truth and spiritual sustainment to all corners of the world. Axis Americani, Axis Mundi...“which, like a poem, passes right through and beyond the worlds.” 4

The Mandãla: Of the Americas, By America, For the edification of the world and beyond. E Pluribus Unum.





* The Navajo and Hopi Nations will be formally asked for their blessing to have the sanctuary implemented on their territory.

1  Manley P Hall, The Secret Destiny of America
2  Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
3  Joseph Campbel
4  Stanley Diamond, Totems [edited]




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Quetzalcoatl-Tezcatlipoca
once again enthroned
in a genuine cathedral of the Americas