HUITZILOPOCHTLI stands on the third, the highest level of the TEOCALLI (la piramide) and surveys the quadrant of the cosmos that is home to humanity. Under his feet a mighty force that originates from a great fire within the heart of Tonantzin, anchors him, embraces him with a power that is beyond time. It is what the religions of the world call love and the scientists call gravity. From this foundation arises TEZCATLIPOCA, constructing himself in four aspects – the first level of the Teocalli. Besides recalling the four previous suns or cultural epochs of the Nahuatl civilization, these four attributes reflect the facets of human perception in terms of the sum of relationships. Arising from the awareness of our earthbound context, the human personality is molded as a result of the interaction of duality, and the tension between two absolutes.
- The duality is that of the self and others, the individual and human society, the feminine and masculine, the family and the generations – both past and future.
- The first absolute that of the creation itself, the human being an integral participant and which although she remains a mystery, the universe is not a secret.
- The other absolute is that of the unknown, all that lies beyond the realm of human perception or understanding. It is a philosophical attitude that regards these relationships as complementary while appearing opposed.
QUETZALCOATL appears arriving from the East, the direction of light and life, radiant with the energy of creation. Quetzalcoatl is charged with the task of ordering with the intelligence that is humankind’s exceptional characteristic the apparent chaos. His instrument is the Wind with which he clears a path for the arrival of TLALOCTEKUTLI who brings the rain of time, activating the seed planted by Quetzalcoatl. The seed is the principle of harmony, the resonance of equilibrium as the Way of Life that reverberates echoing the solar wind itself to create a reality allowing for the development of the full human potential. The second level of the teocalli is constructed and the ceremony is born.
Huitzilopochtli looks to the West. It is in that direction that he senses his spirit will depart from this world. As he gazes towards the heavens, in spite of the powerful attraction of Tonantzin, a sense of nostalgia and profound longing spark him into his characteristic personality mode – action. The bow of Dream Memory is drawn, his thoughts as arrows he lets fly seeking the Quetzalmazatl: the hunt is for knowledge and wisdom. He moves to the drum of a great heart beat, the Nahui Ollin. He sings, he dances, and then finally, he flies.