Welcome to Midwinter and the End of Baktun 13

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture AngelThe Maya calendar was based on multiple cycles of time,  and one of these cycles was called a Baktun.

Bealtaine Cottage permaculture maya CalendarA Baktun is 144,000 days.

This is also measured as a little more than 394 years.

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture KitchenThis is like a re-setting of the clock as the Winter Solstice approaches, for Baktun 13 ends on the 21st day of December, the official time of the Solstice.

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No one paid much attention to the end of Baktun 13 until fairly recently.

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Interest in the Mayan Calendar began in the 1970’s and has continued with great aplomb since then.

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Some have referred to this date as the end of times and many have aligned the date to a great cataclysmic event, possibly signalling the end of the world.

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureThis much I know…we are in a time of great change and with that, great hope.

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureThe Mayan Calendar was cyclical.

Our own calendar is linear.

Therein lies the difference…

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture angelCollective consciousness is manifesting.

Many people feel the vibrational level of everyday life change.

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture catIf someone had told me 8 years ago just how much my own life was about to change, I would have laughed at them for being ridiculous!

Change is to be welcomed…


  1. Change is definitely upon us. More and more people I talk to are feeling that our lifestyle just doesn’t work. And they are looking for something simpler. I too am hopeful that we can find a better way..women especially seem to be talking about how we have lost old skills, how dependent on technology we are and how we need to change. I think women will lead the way. Patti
    Patti, I agree wholeheartedly with you! Women are finding their strength and their voice…strong, articulate compassion!

  2. Hi, I have been reading your posts for some time now. Initially I started because im trying to learn more about gardening and permaculture is something that really interests me. I just wanted to say thank you for your efforts and hopefully someday I will get up for one of your open days. My experiences are just with growing a few spuds but this year hopefully going bigger and finally get hedges in and start planting like a madman:).

    Again thanks for all your positive gardening and attitude, its uplifting. All the best Chris Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2012 12:55:09 +0000 To: chrisharnesse@hotmail.com
    Thank you Chris! The permaculture word is getting out there and people are making it their own as more austerity descends. I love this way of life, austerity or not, I would never live any other way!

    • I hope I am practicing permaculture, yet with just a yard to work in, I wonder. What I do know is I am organic, and no chem. I so loved your pointing out “shodi” some post back. I got some and have been passing the word around to other gardeners. Mine came from a farm with sheep that participated in a U.S. government program that did not do any thing with the product. So I got a hug roll of it. Then a women who cords her own wool had some. I learn so much from you and my hedge goes in next spring. The bushes have been donated and I will buy the trees. Thank you so much for education me and being so real.
      We all learn from each other…and permaculture is applying that wisdom, making it your own, then sharing it out again!

      • What is ‘shodi’?
        I can’t seem to find where it was previously posted.
        Many thanks
        Shoddy is simply the wool that cannot be spun, the coarse end bits that are often thrown away.

  3. It feels like it is time for that change. I am in the thick of the hype here in Guatemala. We will celebrate with Mayans who are deeply grounded in their cycles, their quiet knowledge and their hearts. Such an honour.
    Wonderful, wonderful, as change creates empowerment!
    Blessings to you all

  4. Thank you for included some wonderful shots of your kitties. And for a great explaination of the Mayan calender. A lot of us feel the change in the air. Some women have gotten together and are encouraging people to buy local yarn or handspin it themselves yarn. The have discovered that handspun or local yarn done up in an article of clothing last so much longer than a commercial one. I am still wearing my old handspun sweater of 35 years. Its like a old shoe, comfy and it fits it has some small holes but that ads character. I make lots of sock every year. When they get holes in them I just cut them off after the ribbing and then start anew, if I am lucky I can use the yarn from the heel and toe otherwise I just use another color. Thank you Colette for getting the word out and for sharing your wonderful life.
    Women are so fantastic for this spirit of resilience and hope…these are my thoughts as I read your comment!
    This is the change…this spirit is rising to the surface and creates delight in life!
    Bless you for sharing

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