The Serpent and the Jaguar: Living in Sacred Time
Author: Birgitte Rasine, foreword by Kenneth Johnson
Page count: 274 pages (cover to cover)
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 Tzolk’in, 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.
Included in the book are:
• 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)
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.