Music: Jeffrey Rodgers, John Orlando, Billy Woods

Scrying, Mayan Pyramids, and the Crystal Skull

The Kukulcán Pyramid at ancient Chichén Itzá, in Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula, is constructed so that on each equinox the shadow of a great snake appears to descend the structure’s northern stairway. Snake heads are sculpted at the foot of the steps, further contributing to the impression. Mayan pyramids are constructed differently than the ones in Egypt, with steps going up to the top, where there is a small chapel used for rituals.

Crystal skulls, one of which appears in the journey in this program, have been the subject of much controversy. Some are of obvious modern construction; however, a few were carved long ago in ways we don’t understand. The most famous of these, the Mitchell-Hedges skull, was inspected by a number of scientific laboratories, one of which determined that “this skull should not exist.”

Anna Mitchell-Hedges claimed that the skull she had in her possession was found in temple at a Mayan archaeological site where her father, English adventurer and writer F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, was working. She also claimed that she had seen visions within the skull, and that she had used it to cure cancer. Anna passed away in 2007, at the age of 100, and the skull now resides in a private collection in Indiana.

In our journey you will be introduced to the oracular arts of scrying and crystal-gazing. Scrying is the ancient oracular art of looking into a crystal, mirror, or other reflective surface to see the future. It has been practiced throughout time, by many different cultures. A small obsidian bowl, when filled with water or oil, is an excellent scrying device.

Kukulcan Pyramid, Chichén Itzá