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The ‘Myth’ of the Plumed Serpent: Revealing the Real Message Behind the Feathered Snake

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Cycles of Creation and Destruction

The Plumed Serpent, i.e. the wave movement of creation generating the alternating rise and fall of civilizations, is thus not a myth in the sense of being something false. The rise and fall of civilizations that this movement describes reflects a very profound truth of our existence and the power that drives its evolution. The ancient peoples worshipping serpents knew that history went up and down and sometimes tried to chart this movement in mythological terms or harbor the spiritual powers these were believed to embody. There were, in other words, reasons for the Aztecs who saw themselves as living in a dark age (a valley) to fear the shift into a peak. Likewise, they would be aware that the Plumed Serpent would sometimes molt its skin and disappear as it set an end to a civilization. However, most people today have misunderstood not only the message of the Plumed Serpent but also its underlying truth. We may call the Plumed Serpent a myth, but in reality, it is a truth and I believe it is a truth whose time has come and may play a critical role for those that seek a path out of our civilizational crisis.

Top Image: Quetzalcoatl – Public Domain, and El Castillo at Chichén Itzá – CC BY-SA 4.0

By Carl Johann Calleman


Extremely interesting. I especially found it interesting that the wave theory corresponds with the rise and fall of various empires. I’d be interested in reading a paper on that subject. To the author, does your book cover this subject in greater detail? Great paper.

Thank you, Johnson. Well, both of my two latest books, The Nine Waves of Creation and the Global Mind and the Rise of Civilization expands on this theme. The idea that there is an underlying wave movement for civilizations is not really new. It has been proposed by both Toynbee and Spengler but has later (for no apparent reason) lost favor among historians representing the official view. What is new in my work is to link this wave movement to the Mayan calendar and the Plumed Serpent, which I believe makes sense of it all.

Which book would you suggest for a beginner (preferrably one without a lot of numbers)

I was primarily suggest The Global Mind and the Rise of Civilization but The Nine Waves of Creation as well. That history follows an inherent wave movement of ups and downs is not new but has been proposed by Spengler and Toynbee. However, the Mayan calendar provides the exact timing of this movement of the Plumed Serpent and through this we may make sense of it all.

I would suggest the Global Mind and the Rise of Civilization,
but for the bigger perspective probably the Nine Waves.


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