THE SERPENT AND THE JAGUAR
The Serpent and the Jaguar: Living in Sacred Time
by Birgitte Rasine
Page count (print): 288 pages
Publication date: December 2011
Paperback price: $18.99
eBook price: $9.99
Everything we do and the way we think is based on a linear conception of time. Our very ideas of life, success, and happiness are tied to a non-cyclical, non-organic paradigm that often works against our own nature and potential. The Maya live in a different world—close to nature, close to their children and their elders, and close to time: the sacred and the secular. It may seem we could not be further removed from the Mayan way of life, but there is a road built centuries ago we can still access. It’s called the Tzolkin, the sacred ritual calendar the Maya have used since ancient times to guide their personal and spiritual paths.
For the first time, The Serpent and the Jaguar brings you the Tzolk’in and all of its 260 days interpreted in the context of modern life and modern challenges. This book will help you redefine your relationship with sacred, cyclical time in the face of our demanding, stressful schedules operating on linear time. Please continue reading to find more details as well as praise for the book. As of this writting, Amazon reviewers are also giving this book a 5 over 5 rating check the Amazon reviews out!
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Would you prefer to get a mobile app instead of the book with a full Mayan calendar functionality? Our app includes Mayan Tzolkin birth day calculator, Gregorian calendar conversion tool, plus detailed explanation of all the Tzolkin day or sun signs, numbers and deities. Check out the "MCP Mayan Tzolkin" app in Itunes or Google play (android market). For the Spanish versions of the app go here: Tienda iTunes y Tienda Android/Google Play
Included in the book:
• The full set of the 260 Energies of the Day of the Tzolk'in
• Detailed descriptions of the 20 trecenas and their ruling day signs
• Detailed descriptions of the 13 numbers
• Introductory sections on the Mayan Calendar, the day signs, trecenas, and the numbers
• A guide to living with sacred time
• Original illustrations of the Maya day signs by New Zealand painter and artist Maree Gifkins (along with the traditional depiction of the day signs and numbers)
Birgitte Rasine’s The Serpent and the Jaguar stands out among the plethora of recent books on Mayan calendars by offering us a profoundly practical approach to the Tzolk’in, guiding readers in applying the wisdom of the ancient “count of suns” to their own daily lives. She gracefully avoids the hype and self-serving tendencies that infect the 2012 phenomenon, and instead inspires us to reflect upon ourselves in ways that our fast-paced modern lifestyle rarely allows.
Birgitte Rasine’s intuitive and my hard-science approach may produce fundamentally different world views of the Mayan Calendar, but with this book, I get the feeling that Birgitte is just like me, trying to capture the attention of the seekers of sacred time. She wishes to lead them to deeper insights, rather than offering stimulating, or comfortable, lies. My own works have a similar aim ... Some readers may reject my message and move on, but others respond to something, something that will entice them closer to the Real Maya, ancient and modern... the farmers, poets, weavers and kings, the warriors, captives, charlatans and sages that populate the lively world that Birgitte and I love.
Beginning with the ground-laying Foreword by Kenneth Johnson, to the process for accessing personal guidance described by the author, Birgitte Rasine, to the poetic daily rendering of the Tzolk’in calendar, this book is far and away the most accessible and spiritually commanding work of its genre. The Serpent and the Jaguar is a must read, and one to be practiced faithfully—above all for understanding the cyclical nature of the Maya way that guides our own path for consistently living a fruitful life in any era, at any time, from day to day. Indeed, this work of art is a measure and celebration of sacred time. The wisdom it contains is abundant and precise, the language pragmatic yet liltingly poetic, its comforting and uplifting nature unparalleled. The Serpent and the Jaguar belongs in every collection dealing with the Maya culture.
Writer, poet, producer, and entrepreneur, Birgitte Rasine serves as the Chief Evolution Officer (CEO) of LUCITÀ Inc., a hybrid design and communications firm committed, in its work and practices, to sustainability. She is also the producer of the well-known Mayan Calendar Portal (www.maya-portal.net), aka the MCP, the leading portal web site dedicated to the sacred Mayan Calendar. Ms. Rasine has produced numerous webinars and interview sessions on the Mayan Calendar and Mayan astrology, presenting to MCP audiences such experts and scholars as Kenneth Johnson, Dr. Robert Sitler, Maya author Gaspar Pedro González, Dr. Carl Calleman, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum.
It is in this role that she became dedicated to make this sacred calendar more accessible to people everywhere, across multiple platforms—a quest that was born of her own journey to study and integrate the Tzolk’in into her life, as well as her love of ancient civilizations and their sacred knowledge. From the MCP web site and webinars, to Facebook and Twitter, to mobile apps and this book, it is a quest that continues to this day.
A prolific photographer and award-winning poet, Ms. Rasine holds a BA in Aesthetics of Film from Stanford University, studied cinematography at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, California, and completed a professional masters program in international relations at the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, Spain. She sits on the board of directors of a Czech and Slovak non profit organization in New York City dedicated to supporting the leaders of tomorrow, and is a member of several professional organizations including the Association of Women in Water, Energy and the Environment.