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The Loom of Time

From Chapter 6, The Maya Book of Life: Understanding the Xultun Tarot

Many creation myths speak of weaving as a way of creating the world, of bringing matter out of spirit. So it is with our lives, we weave a pattern on the backstrap loom of time that has not existed before and will never be repeated again. The story of our life is woven on the Loom of Time.…

The cards are a snippet of DNA, a section of a gene on the chromosome of our ancestral lineage formed from an infinite series of Books of Life laid end to end that come from past generations and continue onwards to future generations. The finely balanced vertical and horizontal forces of the marriages, lovers, awakenings, dreams, completions, spirals, platforms, bundles, ascents and descents, hold the tensions between the opposites and form the invisible endoskeleton, the matrix and patrix, of the Book of Life.…

The vertical Movements of the Book of Life are the archetypal weft of the fabric woven on the Loom of Time. The horizontal Shields and the Moods of Stalking are the horizontal warp made up of the particular circumstances of our life, the historical times we live in, and the individual choices that we make in response to our situation. These strands, archetypal and personal, are the unique pattern of our life that we weave. Each card is at the intersection of the horizontal, personal Shields and Moods and the vertical, archetypal Movements. Each card is a knot that holds the connection between the ancestral weft and the personal warp, between natural forces and human vices and virtues.…

The tarot also has its own weaving, its own heart and its own mind. Every card is an individual but is also a part of a community. Each card makes love with, marries, awakens, dreams, and completes other cards in the deck.

Chapter 32 of The Maya Book of Life: Understanding the Xultun Tarot is a summary of the archetypal meanings and alchemical relationships of each of the major arcana. See Downloads for a sample page.


The archetype of a card is its individual essence, energy and form and is composed of several elements.

Energy. This is the card’s energetic orientation: feminine (receptive, creative) or masculine (active, conceptive).

Number. This is the card’s medicine, gift or archetypal healing power in the Twenty Count.

Type. This is the aspect (emotional, physical, mental or spiritual) of the card’s psychological type (feeling, sensation, thinking or intuition).

Light. This is a description of the light side of the archetype.

Shadow. This is a description of the dark side of the archetype. “Dark” here is not a moral judgement but means whatever is unconscious (that is,

what is in the shadows and not illuminated by, and acceptable to, consciousness)

or whatever is opposite to the light side of the archetype. Everything

contains its opposite which will jump up and live sometime, somewhere.



The alchemy of a card tells you about its relationships with other cards,

where it has come from and what it will become.

Medicine. This is the summary statement of the card's Shield, Mood and


Keeper, Holder and Teacher. These describe what Shield it Keeps, what

Mood it Holds and what Movement it Teaches.

Awakener, Dreamer and Completer. These describes its energetic relationships

according to the Zero to Nine Law (Chapter 9).

In a reading, the alchemy will suggest linkages with cards in other positions

in the reading.

The alchemy does not apply to the 0 and 1 cards (the Fool and the Sorcerer)

as they sit outside the matrix of the other 20 cards. They contain, and

are contained by, all the other cards so their alchemy is undifferentiated.

All subsequent cards are energetic transformations of the original 0 and 1.

I have left blank the alchemy of some of the cards so that the reader may

add their own interpretations.

Although this book does not cover the advanced alchemy of the cards I

have added the higher alchemical name for each card.

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