The Return of Quetzalcoatl-Tlaloc as Venus

By Carl de Borhegyi

I found a photograph of a dated Aztec stone tablet, that depicts what might be an image of the prophesied return of the dualistic (Venus God) Mesoamerican god Quetzalcoatl-Tlaloc, returning to earth as a killer comet, at the end of the Fifth Sun, according to the Five Suns cosmogonic accounts.

The carved image depicts the Mesoamerican god Tlaloc, who can be easily identified by his trademark goggled eyes, feline fangs, and handlebar mustache. In the carving above, Tlaloc is likely depicted as the Evening Star aspect of the planet Venus, and the god of ritual decapitation, by the way the artist has shaped Tlaloc’s eyebrows and nose to create a Venus symbol which halfway surrounds his goggled eyes. Tlaloc’s goggled eyes represent I believe, the vision of divine immortality, the vision of Tlaloc’s paradise, called Tlalocan.

Note that just to the left of Tlaloc are two flint knifes shaped like footballs, symbolizing his connection with decapitation, period endings, and the completion of time in the ritual calendar. On the right in the upper right hand corner is an image I would argue represent the artist’s conception of a doomsday comet. The fact that the artist has created an image of a fiery killer comet shooting down to earth, just above an icon that can easily be identified as Quetzalcoatl’s “Wind Jewel” , links both Quetzalcoatl and Tlaloc with a doomsday comet associated with the planet Venus, and the completion of time. The “Wind Jewel” which represents one of Quetzalcoatl’s most famous trademark attributes, is a cross-cut section of a conch shell worn as a pectoral by priests associated with the cult of Quetzalcoatl. Just above Quetzalcoatl’s “Wind Jewel” are two swirly dots which I’m certain represents 2-Wind in the Five Suns cosmogonic accounts.

In the Codex Chimalpopoca, Quetzalcoatl is referred to as a spirit of regeneration and as the Morning star. A passage from that Codex reads…”Truly with him it began…Truly from him it flowed out…From Quetzalcoatl all art and knowledge” (Thomas 1993, p.183)

Quoting Spanish chronicler Fray Bernardino de Sahagún, (Florentine Codex, Historia General de las Cosas de Nueva España 1547-1582)

“The ancients worshiped an idol called Quetzalcoatl who was a ruler of Tula they named Topiltzin. He was a man; he was mortal, for he died. He is no god “His body died, here on earth it became dust.”

“Although this Quetzalcoatl was a man [the Indians] they held him to be a god….This Quetzalcoatl who was a mortal and perishable man they called a god. Although he had some appearances of virtue, judging by what they say he was nevertheless a great sorcerer, a friend of demons…and deserves to be assigned to the flames of Hell… When your ancestors said that this Quetzalcoatl went to Tlapallan and would return, that you must await his return, they lied, for we know that he is dead, that his body was reduced to dust and that Our Lord God hurled his soul into Hell where he suffers eternal torment.” ( Sahagun, 1969, book 1, chapter 5)

“Only one was their god; they showed all attention to, they called upon, they prayed to one by the name of Quetzalcoatl. The name of one who was their minister, their priest [was] also Quetzalcoatl. “There is only one god” [he is] Quetzalcoatl (Sahagún, 1950-75,10:160).

In my examination of pre-Columbian art I have discovered that the gods that appear to be linked to mushroom imagery are clearly linked to the planet Venus as both a Morning Star and Evening Star. The name Quetzalcoatl has been interpreted to mean “Precious twin,” indicating that the Morning Star and Evening Star are one and the same (Caso, 1958:.24; Duran:325).

According to anthropologist Daniel Brinton, (Myths of the New World, 1876, pp. 234-235) these ominous events [comets] were believed to occur on the last night of each of the 52 year calendar round cycles. In order to prevent this cosmic catastrophe, the Aztecs and likely all Mesoamericans, performed a New Fire ceremony on the last night of the 52 year calendar round cycle, in which every fire was completely extinguished, and then a new fire was rekindled by friction. If the rituals of the New Fire ceremony at the end of the 52 year calendar round failed, the sun would cease to rise, and that death and darkness would descend upon the world, and that the god Quetzalcoatl, he who had created the world, would destroy it.

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About deborhegyi
My research was inspired by a theory first proposed by my father, the late Maya archaeologist Dr. Stephan F. de Borhegyi, that hallucinogenic mushroom rituals were a central aspect of Maya religion. He based this theory on his identification of a mushroom stone cult that came into existence in the Guatemala Highlands and Pacific coastal area around 1000 B.C. along with a trophy head cult associated with human sacrifice and the Mesoamerican ballgame. My study, which is exclusively my own work, presents visual evidence that both the hallucinogenic Amanita muscaria mushroom and the Psilocybin mushroom were worshiped and venerated as gods in ancient Mesoamerica. These sacred mushrooms were so cleverly encoded in the religious art of the New World, "Hidden in Plain Sight" that prior to this study they virtually escaped detection. This online research study, "BREAKING THE MUSHROOM CODE" is an enormous document containing over 300 images, is presented in five parts at this time (the Home Page, Soma in the Americas, Part I and Part II, and 2012 Alert ). In the course of my study have found an abundance of archaeological evidence supporting the proposition that Mesoamerica, the high cultures of South America, and Easter Island shared, along with many other New World cultures, elements of a Pan American belief system so ancient that many of the ideas may have come from Asia to the New World with the first human settlers. I believe the key to this entire belief system lies, as proposed by R. Gordon Wasson, in early man's discovery of the mind-altering effects of various hallucinatory substances. The accidental ingestion of these hallucinogenic substances could very well have provided the spark that lifted the mind and imagination of these early humans above and beyond the mundane level of daily existence to contemplation of another reality. In summary, the encoded mushroom imagery occurred with such frequency and in such indisputably religious context that there can be no doubt as to their importance in the development and practice of indigenous religion.

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