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Wednesday, December 12, 2012


The Holiday Season is upon us. Or as I like to call it – the Holidaze.

It's a little crazier this year, since the end of the Mayan Calendar has a lot of misinformed people thinking that it means asteroid collisions and the zombie apocalypse, when it's just the beginning of a new baktun.

But there are a lot of other holidays in this season (not to offend some Christians who dream of world domination). I seem to discover a few new ones each year.

A young, upstart holiday that deserves some attention is December 12, Virgin of Guadalupe Day.

In my novel High Aztech (manifesting as an ebook soon!) I pointed out that the Virgin seems to be standing in for the Aztec Goddess Coatlicue.

Lately, I've been pleased to see that others have been pointing out the Mother Goddess connection.

My wife said that that the Virgin seems to be a user-friendly version. At least, more so to our culture.

It's like the Virgin was an updating of the software for a changing world. Software that updated itself. I wonder what kind of technology we're dealing with here?

And the world is changing. Again. As usual.

I wonder if what kind of updating we'll see in Baktun 14?


  1. I'm honestly looking forward to Baktun 14. I don't know how I'll fare in it, and I really don't care. All that matters is that we have some real change, because things are a little too stale to suit me right now.

  2. Read Gloria Anzaldúa's book "Borderlands/La Frontera." She has a great chapter on the Virgen de Guadalupe and Coatlicue (Chapter 3, "Entering into the Serpent).