In a 1989 letter to an astrologer who asked Jose about his source for his daycount, Jose responded that he derived it from the work of a Mexican artist working in the 1970s. Jose wrote that it was important to synchronize the year-bearers with July 26 to make it work, as that was New Years Day in Yucatan. One task which led to Harmonic Convergence in 1987 was apparently to synchronize the Calendar Round with the Long Count; thus the ending of the Toltec Fifth Sun (rooted in the New Fire ceremony timed by Calendar Round endings) with the Long Count 2012 end-date (a Maya invention). This goal echoes the rift in the Mesoamerican psyche that I pointed out in my book, which was based upon two different ways of tracking the future precession-defined World Age shift. In identifying the underlying precessional astronomy of the New Fire ceremony and the Long Count calendar, I was led to identify and explain why Chichen Itza was the place where this rift in Mesoamerican World Age calendars was reconciled. The reconciliation occurred in the 9th century A.D., when both the Toltec and Maya systems were unified at the latitude of Chichen, thereby both agreeing that the early 21st century would be the time of the future World Age shift. Mythologically, it would be the time of Quetzalcoatl's return (a Toltec idea) as well as the rebirth of One Hunahpu (a Maya idea). Jose may have had the correct goal in mind, but his conclusions are inaccurate and the need to instate a new tzolkin calendar placement is, in my opinion, unnecessary.

JMJ. 4-99