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Hunab Ku: 77 Sacred Symbols for Balancing Body and Spirit [Kindle Edition]

Joel Speerstra , Karen Speerstra
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The Mayan symbol Hunab Ku represents movement and energy—the principle of life itself—in a spiraling design reminiscent of the Eastern yin-yang symbol. As an embodiment of harmony and balance, Hunab Ku invites us into the age of consciousness, which is predicted to begin on December 21, 2012.HUNAB KU prepares us for this cosmic awakening by presenting 77 sacred symbols that create an interactive system for learning, healing, and meditation. Beautifully illustrated and exhaustively researched, this virtual pilgrimage invites us to explore artifacts, earthworks, numerological patterns, and archetypes from diverse traditions the world over: ancient Greece, the Americas, Africa, the British Isles, Babylon, India, and beyond. Hunab Ku waits for you at the book’s center, the threshold between our present age and the coming age of enlightenment. Like runes, tarot, and other pathworking systems, the archetypes herein open doors, create bridges, and shed light on our past and our future. These spiritual signposts are all around us and within, waiting to be interpreted. Let HUNAB KU be your guide.
  • A richly illustrated book that draws on cross-cultural ancient symbols, numerology, archetypes, and earthworks, and the chakras.
  • Includes 77 vivid full-color illustrations placed within the framework and palette of the seven chakras.
  • Builds on the growing popularity of José Arguelles’s The Mayan Factor and Carl Johan Calleman’s The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness.

  • From the Trade Paperback edition.

    Editorial Reviews


    “In this enchanting book, the Speerstras offer a rare glimpse into the power, meaning, and magic of ancient symbols throughout time and across cultures. It’s great reading for healing the spirit.”—Cyndi Dale, author of ADVANCED CHAKRA HEALING

    From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    *A richly illustrated book that draws on cross-cultural ancient symbols, numerology, archetypes, and earthworks, and the chakras. *Includes 77 vivid full-color illustrations placed within the framework and palette of the seven chakras.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 4414 KB
    • Print Length: 356 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1580911684
    • Publisher: Crossing Press (April 27, 2011)
    • Sold by: Random House LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004G8P2LO
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, Comprehensive, Oracular, and Profound August 31, 2005
    "In Hunab Ku, you'll find seventy-seven images of home-multiple ways to view or earth and ourselves. These images, like the Hunab Ku itself, measure and move us and encourage us to embark upon our own sacred journey. The Hunab Ku lies at the very center of these images, reminding us to balance our intentions, to center our understandings, and to become more conscious of what ancient wisdom continues to teach all of us today." - From the book

    Hunab Ku is an ancient Mayan symbol that represents the joining of opposites. Hunab means "one state of being" and Ku means "God". Masculine and feminine, analytical and intuitive, objective and subjective, yang and yin, conscious and unconscious, external and internal-the Hunab Ku speaks to the abyss between opposing forces and, in fact, serves as a bridge between them. The archetype of the Hunab Ku is the "space between" that reflects oneness with God and the unity of all things.

    The Mayans constructed several detailed calendars and these calendars reflected cycles of the Earth and humanity itself. After each cycle of 5,125 years, the "universe takes a deep breath and begins again", and according to the Maya Long Count Calendar, humanity is posed on the edge of a great unfolding of balance and understanding. Many have called this the Age of Aquarius, but the Mayans called it the Age of Itza-Age of Consciousness. Some interpretations have set the winter solstice of 2012 as the time marking a gateway to the galaxies where Hunab Ku-the great mover-will pulse and fill us all with intelligent energy.

    To help prepare humanity for this cosmic awakening, authors Karen Speerstra and Joel Speerstra have presented 77 sacred symbols that create an interactive system for learning, healing, and meditation.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible spiritual tool November 2, 2005
    To readers on their own spiritual journey, Hunab Ku brings images of some of the richest symbols of ancient wisdom together with "logos"--the words of the authors that help one to interpret and integrate the wisdom into their own lives. As much a book to be read as one to be used--just as such tools of self-insight as the Tarot, I Ching, and other divinition aids-- Hunab Ku offers the reader a wonderful meditation on the energies of each of the images. The museums next to my office at Harvard University are filled with artifacts from other cultures, ancient times, but they don't speak to a viewer with the richness and depth of wisdom that the Speerstras have brought to the artifacts included in Hunab Ku. A book to be kept close!

    Julia Blackbourn, Cambridge MA
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual and Artistic Treasure June 22, 2005
    Hunab Ku is eminently readable not only because of its straightforward and lucid prose, but for its clever organization. It consists of short essays on the power and meaning of specific primitive symbols that one finds in various cultures--in art, mythology, and oral tradition-symbols that represent ideas and concepts deeply pertinent to the human condition.

    The authors have grouped the symbols and their explanatory essays into seven sections. The essays are accompanied by quotations from philosophers, folklore, and great spiritual texts in human history, as well as invocations inscribed in the ruins of ancient temples.

    This is a beautiful book, a compendium of ancient insights and fundamental wisdom that leads the reader to contemplate the profound meaning behind the universe and the life that inhabits it. Although it can be read straight through as a sort of treatise on primitive art, many readers will want to keep it by their sides as a frequent spiritual reference-a well-thumbed guide through life's journey.

    Christopher D. Costanzo, Bethel, VT
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Travel Guide to Self Awareness August 6, 2005
    Hunab Ku is a travel guide for your journey of self awareness. Through it you'll travel to cultures and symbols from all periods of humankind, gaining insight into what makes us all human at the core. The book is a treasure of knowledge beautifully presented. And as with travelers--some travel for the sights, some for the insights--Hunab Ku will lead you anywhere you want to go.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Journey July 20, 2005
    Hunab Ku is a happy wedding of prodigious research and lyric prose. Utilizing 77 ancient archetypal images, this book can be enjoyed as a mini ancient art history course or a resource for insightful meditation.

    Once the reader is acquainted with the 77 symbols, he can turn to the end of the book for exercises in chakra healing, insight work, courage and guidance.

    Spiced with appropriate quotes from the Egyptian Book of the Dead to Teresa of Avila to Thorton Wilder, Hunab Ku is a delightful journey to self exploration, knowledge and acceptance.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A enchanting journey into the spiritual June 20, 2005
    This book is a gem. Reading it was like going on a delightful and enchanting journey to some of the most sacred sights on earth. It is obvious that the authors have done their research. The historical review followed by the spiritual perspective captured the essence of the symbols and provided valuable lessons for living. This is a book that I will keep on my nightstand for easy access.

    Daniel S. Hanson

    Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

    Augsburg College
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    5.0 out of 5 stars cant stop reading November 9, 2006
    this is a great symbolizm book. great detail and explainations. you can tell A lot of passion went into making this book.
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    IN LOVE with this book. I have two copies, one for studying and making notes, and one to keep nice...haha.
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    I love this book. I'm learning a lot about ancient symbols so I can use them in my paintings. The authors mention other culture's meanings of each symbol, not just Mayan. Read more
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    Published on December 24, 2011 by Judene Mock
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    Thank you Karen and Joel Speerstra. What an extraordinary book. I have studied the well-researched information in Hunab Ku on and off for the past several years, and more so... Read more
    Published on January 18, 2011 by J C Field
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    This is a great book. I learn a lot from it so far, and I will definately continue to learn more about colors, numbers, and great mounds on planet earth
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    More About the Author

    Books and writing have been a part of my entire life--at least since second grade when I was awarded my very own copy of Pinnochio for reading the most books that year. I was a free-lance writer in Wisconsin when our two sons were young and then entered the publishing world to view that world from the other side of the desk. So, if anyone's counting, I have twenty seven years of publishing experience. Nine years of free lance writing and public relations; eighteen years in book acquisitions and management within two major publishing companies: a college textbook publisher, William C. Brown (now part of McGraw Hill) in Dubuque, Iowa, and an East Coast professional-trade/scientific, technical, medical publisher, Butterworth-Heinemann, including managing for a while, the imprint Focal Press, a division within Reed Elsevier as well as Publishing Director for the Butterworth-Heinemann technical division.

    Now I'm back on the "writing side" of the desk again. My blog site, has information on my books to date. SophiaServe is the name of my little consulting business. I work with select clients who need "thought partnering," actual help with putting book proposals together, editing, etc. I'm busy on several websites besides my own and my next book will be about Sophia's presence in our world. Today. Sophia is only one of Her many names...Divine Feminine Wisdom. Not that I'm all that wise, mind you; I just know "She's" very important right now. For all of us.

    On my website you'll also find out about another passion of mine: making one of a kind hand sewn hats from recycled wool. (mostly from sweaters). I call them Kelsey Mountain Hats named after the area in Vermont where my husband, John, and I live. You can read there about why I started making them. And view about 150 of them...depending on how many craft shows and farmer's markets I've been attending.

    We have one son (Nathan) in Colorado. He helps to make people's houses safe and energy efficient. His beautiful wife Traci is a chemist and together they take loving care of our clever little granddaughter, Josie. Our other son in Gothenberg,Sweden (Joel) helps people know and understand early keyboard instruments and all things musical. He's an author and illustrator as well--in fact, my co-author on Hunab Ku:77 Sacred Symbols for Balancing Body and Spirit.

    Besides gardening--mostly flowers--we have a Chartres-style labyrinth in our south meadow. Visiting ancient sites is one of our many passions. John and I love to travel and have made our way to all fifty states as well nearly everywhere in Canada. And Knossos, Delphi, Istanbul, Ephesus, Mayan sites, Alaskan fishing villages, Baltic cities... Then we happily return to central Vermont where we feel fortunate to be surrounded by "calendar art" every season of the year.


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