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XULTUN

The Loom of Time


From Chapter 6, The Maya Book of Life


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.