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A Divine Cosmic Creation
Sometimes it takes women a lot of courage to acknowledge to themselves that their truth, their point of view, their special gifts and even their presence on our Mother Earth really matter. So let's take a little trip back through the mists of time, shall we? We are going to visit a very special ceremonial site perched 7,785 ft high on the dome of an extinct volcano.
GE Coordinates 19.14' 41.92” ~ 98.20' 58.31" (Adding ALL these numbers together also = 13)
It's very geographic location shows that Xochitécatl was a cosmic center of primary importance. This is evidenced on the second plaza by a 13 tiered Spiral Pyramid that was purposely built to appear like a coiled serpent ~ where one had to trace their way in a 'Slow Serpent Dance' around each spiral to get to the top of this pyramid that looks much as a serpent coiled up to bask in the Sun rays; a pyramid called the Pyramid of the Flowers, and the orientation of the whole site toward the rising of the Sun at dawn on September 28th thus forming a special relationship to the volcano due East, La Malinche, or the old familiar name ~ Matlalceitl, 'Lady of the Blue Skirt'.
On this date the sun rises directly out of the mouth of the Lady of the Blue Skirt as viewed from the top of the pyramid and as the sun rises and casts it's beams of light outward it also lights up the well known 'male' volcano, Popocatépetl, somewhat opposite it in the west, thus linking the male and female volcanoes. This also correlated to Tepeilhuitl (Feast of the Mountains) which falls on the 30th of September. Because of this connection of the Pyramid of the Flowers and 'The Lady of the Blue Skirt', it was also significant that the rituals held here most definitely centered around the feminine. The Pyramid of the Flowers was designed as a copy of this sleeping volcanic mountain, along with the shape of the Spiral Pyramid, and taken together, these observations reveal a site where ceremonies were performed in which women played the major roles and where other ritual activities, such as baths, offerings, and childbirth took place. These factors all point to ceremonies dedicated to the Earth Mother for over 1700 years, as personified by the female volcano.
Cihuatlampa, (cihua = women; lampa= place) was the designation for West, one of the four cardinal directions. Cihuatlampa was also the celestial home of the Cihuateteo, women who died in childbirth. That the Pyramid of the Flowers faces Cihuatlampa (West), it further shows its connection to women’s rituals. There has never been a single god connected with this ancient site. Therefore, this ancient site of Xochitécatl was a purely ceremonial site and holds the sacred energy of thousands of years of rituals dedicated to Mother Earth and the Divine Feminine.
Xochitepetl has only two plazas. The Spiral Pyramid, on the smaller plaza, has 13 tiers all around except for the small section facing the main plaza, where there appears to be only 9.
The oval top affords an excellent view of both the surrounding vista below and the broad expanse of sky above, and offers ample room for sacred ceremonies and observing/calculating the positions of the Moon, Venus, and Stars with its 50.3 ft (8 ) by 62 ft (8 ) area.
(8 Imperial is 13 Metric and it takes 13 Circles to create the Seed of Life sacred geometric pattern...which is essentially vortex math equivalent to Fibonacci sequence.)
Could this spiral pyramid be older than the rest of this site? And now that we've ascended, and then descended, the Spiral Pyramid in the old Serpent Dance winding way, (no small feat as it's base diameter is 193 ft x 184 ft (1+9+3 =13; 1+8+4=13)), we find ourselves in the central plaza facing the very dominant Pyramid of the Flowers.
The main plaza has three structures on it; mainly the Pyramid of the Flowers. To the right of the pyramid is the Building of the Serpent, which dates from 800 BC It has 4 tiers, is rectangular, and measures 80 m by 50 m (80 + 50 = 130 =13) A monolithic stone basin measuring 1.3 meters (1+3=13) across and 60 cm high or 23.8 inches (5+8=13) is found on top of the structure. A mutilated stela was deposited inside, bearing the carving of a snake's fangs and forked tongue.
In the center of the plaza is the Base of the Volcano's. This structure has been so significantly altered and refinished so many times that it no longer matches any structures here. It appears not perfectly squared but is 185 ft (8+5=13) by 134 ft (8 ) at the wider end and 127 ft at the narrower end. It has a 'cutaway' place in the center that measures 70.6 ft. (7+6=13) long.
Through recent years of exploration this sacred place has yielded huge numbers of female images from the Classic Period. These figures include goddesses, enthroned women and women in various phases of their life-cycle. The figurines are almost exclusively female and were placed directly into the filling of the pyramid. The figures fall into eight distinct groups: supplicating women, richly adorned women, pregnant women, women with children, infants in cradles, enthroned women, old women and articulated figures. The majority of these came from the Pyramid of the Flowers, but many also came from the Base of the Volcanoes.
As we walk on we notice two more monolithic stone basins at the foot of the steps of the pyramid. The larger 3 sided somewhat triangular one has two straight sides which are 9.22 ft (9+2+2 =13) and it's longest diameter measures 13.3 ft and has been set into the ground, while the smaller one is round and sits above ground. This one is the same size as the one at the Building of the Serpent ~1.3 m wide and 23.8 inches high. The thought also runs through our minds: could they possibly have birthed babies in the water at the foot of this immense pyramid? Many places around our Earth have done this as a quite natural way to give birth.
We arrive at the imposing Pyramid of the Flowers. The platform of it's base is approximately 144 m (472 ft ~ 4+7+2 = 13) east to west and 110 m (360.8 ft ~ 3+6+8 = 17 = 8 ) north to south. in fact it is very similar to that of Teotihuacan’s Pyramid of the Moon, and they are only 44.9 miles apart.
This is truly an immense structure and as we climb up the steps, our legs let us know that it is the fourth largest pyramid in Mesoamerica at 30 m or 98.45 ft (9=4=13 and 8+5=13) in height with nine tiers, 5 larger and 4 smaller, and the Temple is no longer there. This reflects our cosmic inner and outer Solar System: the Sun, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Earth, Venus and Mercury.
A stone 'gateway to infinity' stands at the top of the stairs. It is set at a 36.41 degree angle (3+6+4=13) towards the Northeast. This number could be a reference to the Mayan Calendar days in a year and was also possibly used sighting when Venus and/or Orion first appears on the horizon.
Here we stand where the Temple once stood and gaze through this 'gateway'. From the top of this immense monument we look over the whole site. From our vantage point, we take in the volcanic landscape and the site itself, which mirrors its environment. The sheer scale of building works and the length of time it was active are evidence of Xochitécatl’s importance. Behind us is the Lady of the Blue Skirt and ahead you see the water bowls and the Spiral Pyramid. And there off to the left in the hazy distance is Popocatepetl, standing forever on guard and holding the sacredness of this place of spirits long since gone.
We sense, in addition to the positioning of the site in relation to the volcanic landscape, that there is also a sidereal space and that the position of the stars played an important role as well. The positioning of the buildings on the actual complex itself reflects the relationship between humans and volcanoes in a divine cosmic creation. This immense pyramid is Malinche, The Base of the Vocanoes is the extinct volcano the site sits upon, the Building of the Serpent is Popocatepetl and the Spiral Pyramid is Iztaccíhuatl. The clay figures of the female life-cycle, the three bowls, and the very positioning of the site all add to this feeling.
We also intuit that these three bowls have a far higher meaning at this very sacred place.They are a cosmic representation of Orion's Belt with it's three stars and birthing nebula, representing the birthing process of new life. And in this divine cosmic creation these bowls also represent the advance of the coming Age of Aquarius, the Waterbearer, pouring his Sacred Waters of Life upon the great Earth Mother and all her lifeforms.
The Earth Mother, represented by the volcano to the East, was empowered by the feminine activities at Xochitécatl and she in turn held power over the reproduction cycle of human life. From our perspective, we can see how the site, built on an extinct volcano itself, was created to be part of a sacred landscape, surrounded as it is by three other volcanoes; Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl to the west and La Malinche (Matlacueye) to the east.
As we slowly make our way back down the mountain, not really wanting to leave, we feel a lasting spiritual connection to the site, the Grandcestors, the land, and the great sleeping Earth Mother with her Blue Skirt.
Researched and written by Joani Jiannine, Jon Gilbert, and JD Jeffrey