Structuralist analysis of Aztec murals, and the site plan of the ‘Sun’ and ‘Moon’ pyramids and maze of buildings at Teotihuacan, reveals the usual five layers of subconscious structure at several levels of scale. Treasures found in the cave starting under the Rain god’s temple, add mythic and ritual features to the layers of archetypal structure.
Teotihuacan mountain stream mural
Structuralist analysis of an apparently random or chaotic Aztec mural at Teotihuacan, reveals the usual five layers of subconscious structure. Several types are expressed by two characters on the same axis, and by extra adjacent axes (notably types 5a and 5b, here labelled Aq5,20 and Aq5,21). The four Heart axes are in the mountain stream, a conical but watery hill with waterfall and cave. In the site map below, see type 2 Builder (here labelled Ta2 for Taurus2), as Feathered Serpent (bird) pyramid, over a cavern (cave) with many offerings (cluster). See the Underworld notes below. Types 11 Womb and 12/13 Heart (here Vi11, Le12, Le13) are in the centre of this watery caved hill. In the site map (below), type 11 Womb is at the centre of the ‘Moon’ pyramid, and types 13 Heart (Le13) are at the centre of the ‘Sun’ pyramid. As usual, structuralist correspondences are not consciously intended, but arise from archetype.
Leo sun and Virgo moon on Teotihuacan pyramids avenue
The sequence of archetypes in Teotihuacan pyramid field is (noting globally recurrent, archetypal features with analogous calendric labels):
1 Builder or Taurus1; Feathered Serpent (bird) temple’s east forecourt.
2 Builder or Taurus2; Feathered Serpent (bird) pyramid, over a cavern (cave) with many offerings (cluster. See Underworld notes below).
2c Basket; Feathered Serpent’s court.
3 Queen or Aries3; Feathered Serpent’s west temple.
4 King or Pisces4; Feathered Serpent’s west forecourts, four rectangles.
5a Priest or Aquarius5,20; Very large court (large).
5b Priest or Aquarius5,21; A temple or palace.
6 Exile or Capricornus6; Small pyramid, far from the centre (ingress /egress).
7 Child or Sagittarius7; A quartered cluster.
8 Healer or Scorpius8; North complex.
9 Healer or Scorpius9; Palace of Quetzalpapalotl annexe.
10 Teacher or Libra10; West temple of ‘Moon’ pyramid.
11 Womb or Virgo11; ‘Moon’ pyramid core (womb).
12 Heart or Leo12; Palace of Jaguars (felid).
13 Heart or Leo13; ‘Sun’ pyramid core (heart).
14 Mixer or Cancer14; ‘Sun’ pyramid south temple, near the invisible axial centre (ingress).
15 Maker or Gemini15; Double structure (doubled).
15g or Gate; Moat (path, water) or boundary.
Axial centre; On the central avenue edge (juncture), at the ‘Sun’ pyramid enclosure SW corner (juncture).
Galactic axle (pG and pGs); Diagonally across the middle part of the central avenue (which is 15.5 degrees east of north), at about 19.5 degrees east of north. These angles derive from tetrahedral and spherical geometry, involving the irrational fraction pi.
Midsummer or Celestial Pole, pC; On the ‘Sun’ pyramid corner (juncture), about due east-west (‘horizontal’) from the invisible axial centre. This polar marker places the structuralist abstract ‘summer’ between types 13-14, in the sector of the half-type 13c Basket Head, analogous to Leo-Cancer months (labelled Le13 and Cn14). Thus ‘spring’ and the time-frame is in Age Taurus-Aries (always 90 degrees before midsummer), indicating BC 1500, before the work as usual. This subconscious ‘dial’ at the fifth level of subconscious archetypal expression, is always approximate, particularly when expressing Age transitions. In Aztec myth, the Fifth Sun manifested at Teotihuacan. More study of site features, as they are revealed by excavation, could reveal or contradict some archetypal features.
Underworld in Teotihuacan’s Rain Bird cave
A tunnel under the Feathered Serpent pyramid (see type 2 Builder in the list above) has thousands of treasures left as ritual dedications about 17m underground (Chavez 2004). Items include crystal eyes, spiral shells, metal spheres, and a miniature mountain landscape model with tiny pools of liquid mercury representing lakes as a kind of underworld. The walls of the tunnel were rubbed with powdered pyrite (fool’s gold) to imitate galaxy stars. A cluster of items is typical of type 1 and/or 2 Builder, analogous to the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters in Taurus, due to the common archetypal origin of cultural media. The tunnel passes below the nearby great plaza, from type 2 Builder, which recurrent features include caves (see the Appendix. See the Seven Sleepers cave of Ephesus in the Europe chapter). The tunnel also runs under type 2c Basket of Mysteries, which is often expressed as a hidden container, a secret, or delayed revelation. One end of the tunnel has three chambers with many items (cluster), including four greenstone figurines carrying bundles of objects, pendants, and pyrite mirrors, probably calendar characters. Watermarks confirm that the plaza above was flooded to imitate the sea of re-creation, with pyramids as metaphorical mountains re-emerging. Some theories (see http://lostscienceoftheandes.com/) propose that surface ponds may have acted as quake and volcanic detectors, since earth tremors resonate best at latitudes north or south 19.5 degrees.
In the Feathered Serpent pyramid (type 2 Builder, or Ta2), above the surface, were remains of about 100 warriors, kneeling with hands bound behind their backs, probably sacrifices (type 2 features include twisted postures). In the tunnel are many fragments of Storm god figurines, typical of type 1 Builder or Ruiner (labelled Ta1), perhaps ritually smashed to imitate or to cancel his destructive element. His features include lightning and underground waters, perhaps including volcanic lava (while the adjacent type 2 Builder more often expresses rain and mud-brick or adobe building). These cultural features may support Mayan geology science theories of ponds used as seismographs.