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Pyramid of Fire: The Lost Aztec Codex

Pyramid of Fire: The Lost Aztec Codex

Spiritual Ascent at the End of Time

The first translation of a previously unknown Aztec codex and its initiatory teachings for 2012

• Discloses the potential for great spiritual awakening offered at the end of the Aztec calendar cycle

• Presents the only existing English-language transcription of the Aztec codex, with line-by-line commentary

• Contains the epic poetry and metaphysical insights of Beat poet Marty Matz (1934–2001

In 1961 an unknown Aztec codex was revealed to Beat poet and explorer Marty Matz by a Mazatec shaman in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. Originally intended for dramatic performance, this codex presents a profound metaphysical teaching describing how the end of time will bring about a visionary ascent. At the behest of his Mazatec teacher, Matz transcribed this pictorial codex into a literary form that would preserve its initiatory teachings and reveal its secret meanings to a wider audience.Pyramid of Fire is an epic poem that provides a vehicle to transport the initiate into the higher realms of consciousness. It represents a barely surviving thread of teachings that have been passed down in secret since the time of the Spanish Conquest. Revealed are the techniques by which man is transported to the stellar realm after death via the solar energy within what the ancients called the “serpent of consciousness.” Line-by-line commentary by Matz and John Major Jenkins provides insights into the perennial philosophy contained in the codex and its relevance to our times.
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  • Bear & Company | 
  • 192 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781591430322 | 
  • November 2004
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Chapter 1
Nahuatl Poetry and Metaphysics


The Pyramid of Fire is an unknown Aztec Codex (hieroglyphic manuscript) which was most probably painted in the last half of the fifteenth century. The content of the codices was more varied than the existing examples seem to indicate, the great majority being ritualistic and divinatory. The Pyramid of Fire belongs to this group of divinatory codices which were called in Nahuatl (the language of the Aztecs) tonalamatl--the book of the days. These books were all calendars consisting of 260 days. The number 260 was arrived at by combining 20 day signs with 13 numbers. The... see more

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