It’s my pleasure to bring you a rather timely guest post from Jessica Penot. She’s here to talk about the Mayan prophecies and her novel, The Midnight Queen. Enjoy!
Mayan Prophecies as used in The Midnight Queen
When I began working on my novels, The Twilight Saint and The Midnight Queen, its sequel, I was deeply inspired by a trip I took to Chichen Itza in Mexico. I had heard that the Mayans predicted that the world would end on December 21, 2012, but I didn’t know much more about the prophecy other than that it existed. My visit to Chichen Itza deepened my knowledge of these prophecies and inspired me to begin writing about a world after the apocalypse. Chichen Itza is one of the most monumental of a series of Mayan ruins in the Yucatan area. Its beauty and size are awe inspiring. Its history is fascinating. During my trip, we were lead through the sprawling ruins of the fallen city by an amazingly knowledgeable Mayan guide that explained Mayan prophecy to us. According to our guide, Mayan history came in phases and that the ruins were in layers depending on their period of origin. There were the Olmec, Toltec, and Classical Mayan phases represented in the ruins of Chichen Itza, none of which were surviving when the first Europeans set foot on the shores of the New World.
One of the most fascinating things our guide explained to us about the Mayans had to do with the 2012 apocalyptic prophecy. At the time we travelled, the 2012 prophecy was far less well known and no one expected to hear anything about it. Our guide told us that the Mayan calendar was cyclical and that the Mayan’s believed that the world was born and died many times. He talked about the last apocalypse. He said that it was an apocalypse of water and that the earth was covered in a great flood. He said that when that age, the age of water, was brought to an end by the flood a new age was born, an age of fire. We are now in the age of fire. In 2012 our age of fire will end in fire and an age of ether will be born. The end of the world will also be the beginning of a new world.
In my book, The Twilight Saint, it is the end of the age of ether. In the second book in the series, The Midnight Queen, the age of ether is ending. In the last book in the series, the new age will be born. The world has ended and been reborn many times and it is going to end again. The post-apocalyptic landscape that is seen in my novels is filled with the ruins of our civilization. Scholars study us as we now study the Mayans. The cycle of life has come and gone again. It has been thousands of years since the end of our world and the new world is about to end and be born again.