Tenochtitlan certainly has a very clear and simple explanation, devoid of useless artifices: “place of tenochtli,” which is a hard pear cactus. The traditional cactus, born in the hard rock, is a very ancient glyph of the archaic mysteries, the magical and mystical sign of the city.
Mexico etymologically comes from the root metztli, “moon,” and xictli, “navel or center.” The pre-Columbian classic word Mexico can and must even be translated as, “the city in the middle of the lake of the moon.”
It is not irrelevant to remember in this treatise the fact that the neighboring town of the Otomíes always designated this seigniorial city by the double name anbondo amadetzȃnȃ. In rigorous Otomí the term bondo means “pear cactus.” Amadetzȃnȃ signifies “in the midst of the moon.”
“A [triumphant] eagle poised upon a [pear] cactus and devouring a serpent: the [coat of] arms of the present Republic of Mexico are no more than a faithful copy of the [archaic] glyph that formerly designated the great Tenochtitlan.” —Jacques Soustelle, Daily Life of the Aztecs
Even at the peak of their glory, ancient Mexicans never forgot that their impressive and wonderful metropolis had been established in the swamps by a humble and underestimated tribe.
A certain ancient legend, lost in the mists of the centuries, describes how the elders discovered with astonishment…
“…intollihtic inacaihti, ‘in the middle of the rushes, in the middle of the reeds,’ those plants and animals whose presence the god Huitzilopochtli had foretold—a white willow, a white frog, and a white fish, etc. And when they saw them the elders wept and said, ‘So it (our town) is to be here, therefore, since we have seen those things that Huitzilopochtli told us of.’ But the next night the god called the priest Cuauhcoatl (Eagle-Serpent) and said to him, ‘Oh Cuauhcoatl, you have seen all that is there, down in the reeds, and you have wondered at it! But listen: there is still another thing that you have not seen. Therefore go at once and seek out the tenochtli cactus upon which an eagle stands in his joy... It is there we shall fix ourselves; it is there that we shall rule, that we shall wait, that we shall meet the various nations and that with our arrow and our shield we shall overthrow them. Our city of Mexico-Tenochtitlan shall be there, there where the eagle criers and spreads its wings and eats, there where swims the fish and there where the serpent is devoured: Mexico-Tenochtitlan; and there shall many things be brought about.” —Jacques Soustelle, Daily Life of the Aztecs
Cuauhcoatl, the minister of the most high, inebriated with ecstasy, immediately gathered the Mexicans in the agora to communicate the Word of the Lord.
The young men and women all, and the elderly and children, overflowing with joy, followed him into the swamps, among the aquatic plants and reeds, and then something unusual happened, in general astonishment they discovered the promised sign: the rebellious eagle perched on a cactus in a macabre feast of swallowing a snake. It was in those moments of wonder and joy that the Nahuatl Lucifer cried with a loud voice, saying, "Oh Mexicans, I'll be there"
“And they wept, crying, “At last we have been worthy (of our god); we have deserved (the reward); with astonishment we have seen the sign: our city shall be here. (Let’s go and rest).” —Jacques Soustelle, Daily Life of the Aztecs
Having judiciously studied these paragraphs of substantial content, immediately we proceed to an in depth analysis.
Unquestionably, the serpent is the esoteric symbol of wisdom and hidden knowledge.
Since ancient times the serpent has been associated with the god of wisdom.
The serpent is the sacred symbol of Thoth or Taut... and of all of the holy gods such as Hermes, Serapis, Jesus, Quetzalcoatl, Buddha, Tlaloc, Dante, Zoroaster, Bochica, etc.
Any adept of the universal White Fraternity can be properly figured by the great "serpent" that occupies such a notorious place among the symbols of the gods, in the black stones recorded by the Babylonians buildings.
Dupuis says Aesculapius, Pluto, Esmun and Kneep are all deities with the attributes of the snake. All are healers, givers of spiritual and physical health and enlightenment.
The Brahmans got their cosmogony, science, and arts of culturalization from the famous “Naga Mayans,” later called the "Dānavas.”
The Nagas and the Brahmans used the sacred symbol of the feathered serpent, unquestionably a Mexican and Mayan emblem.
The Upanishads contain a treatise on the science of serpents, or what is the same, the science of hidden knowledge.
The Nagas (serpents) of esoteric Buddhism are authentic, perfect, self-realized humans, by virtue of their hidden knowledge, and protectors of the law of Buddha because they correctly interpret his metaphysical doctrines.
The crown formed by an asp, the thermuthis, belongs to Isis, our particular, individual Divine Mother Kundalini, because each of us has their own.
Kundalini, the igneous serpent of our magical powers, coiled within the magnetic center of the coccyx (base of the spine), is as luminous as lightning.
The great Kabir Jesus of Nazareth would have never advised his disciples to be as wise as the serpent if it had been a symbol of evil...
It is not irrelevant to remember that the Ophites, the Egyptian Gnostic sages of the "Brotherhood of the Serpent,” would never have adored a living snake in their liturgy as an emblem of Sophia (wisdom), if the reptile had been related to the powers of evil.
The serpent, as a feminine deity in us, is the spouse of the Holy Spirit, our Virgin Mother weeping at the foot of the sexual cross with her heart pierced by seven daggers; Stella Maris, Star of the Sea, Marah, Mary or better said Ram Io, the fiery serpent victoriously ascending through the spinal cord of the adept, is our own Being but a derivative, the serpent that the eagle, the Third Logos, must devour.
Since the profound night of the centuries, the old sages of the sacred land of Mayab always emphasized the transcendental idea of the banquets of the snake.
We need to be swallowed by the Serpent.
It is worthwhile here to mention Tonantzin, our particular Divine Mother Kundalini, individually, the “serpent woman," "God the Mother."
Anahuac's classic Medea, the obverse of the coin, is Coatlicue, the serpent that annihilates the ego before the banquet.
The Saturnian serpent does not eat anything filthy; she, the divine wife of Cronos, can only devour psychic and spiritual principles, glorious bodies, forces, powers, etc.
In the name of the truth we must make the following enunciation, "Without any specific particular exception, no initiate, nor even those which in the Western esoteric tradition reached the level of ‘Adeptus Exemptus’ could enjoy the powers of the snake without have been previously devoured by it.”
It is not enough to achieve the ascent of the igneous serpent of our magical powers along the spinal column, from chakra to chakra; it is urgent, undelayable, unpostponable, to be devoured by the snake... only thus will we become something distinct, different.
“In de Bourbourg's book, Votan, the Mexican demi-god, in narrating his expedition, describes a subterranean passage which ran underground, and terminated at the root of the heavens, adding that this passage was a snake's hole, ‘un agujero de colubra’; and that he was admitted to it because he was himself "a son of the snakes," or a serpent (Someone who had been devoured by the serpent)…
"The Assyrian priest bore always the name of his god… The Druids of the Celto-Britannic regions also called themselves snakes. ‘I am a Serpent, I am a Druid,’ they exclaimed. The Egyptian Karnak is twin brother to the Carnac of Bretagne, the latter Carnac meaning the serpent's mount…
“De Bourbourg hints that the chiefs of the name of Votan, the Quetzo-Cohuatl, or Serpent deity of the Mexicans, are the descendants of Ham and Canaan. ‘I am Hivim,’ they say. ‘Being a Hivim, I am of the great race of the Dragon (snake). I am a snake myself, for I am a Hivim.’” — H.P Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine
The candidate to adeptship await always for frightful fights, terrible battles against their own animal passions personified in the multiple psychic aggregates or inhuman elements, which must be reduced to cosmic dust by means of the special assistance of the serpent woman.
“The caves of the Rishis, the abodes of Tiresias and the Greek seers, were modelled on those of the Nagas -- the Hindu King-Snakes, who dwelled in cavities of the rocks under the ground.” — H.P Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine
The victorious adept becomes a son of the serpent, and into a serpent that must to be swallowed by the eagle of the Spirit (the Third Logos).
Cronos-Saturn is Shiva, the firstborn of creation, the Being of our Being, the Arch-hierophant and Arch-magi, the eagle of Anahuac.
Greek mythology considers Chronos as one of the oldest gods, a true creator of gods.
Saturn-Chronos, the rebellious eagle, swallows the snake in order to transform us into gods.
In this myth we find again the transcendental idea that the one who gives life is also the giver of death.
Unquestionably, Saturn with his sickle easily becomes death with his scythe. If the seed does not die, the plant is not born; if the snake is not swallowed by the saturnine eagle, we would never be gods.
When speaking about Saturn, Ovid says Cronus was an ancient divine king of Latium who in the area of Rome occupied the hill that because of him was named Janiculum." Others argue that he reigned in Etruria and in Umbria. The first temple that was raised in Italy was consecrated to him.
Macrobius says about him that he was the god Saturn himself, banished from heaven by his son Jupiter, descended to live among men, expelled from Crete, and received hospitality in Italy, where he taught agriculture, arts, and sciences. It is also stated that Cronos-Saturn founded the Saturnian city on the Tarpeian mount, that is, in the capitol.
Many consider him (Cicero, De Natura Deorum) as the "Chaos Theos," the bosom from where all things emerge and where they should return, because this is what his name means, as god of time and year, the cause of why it has been assimilated with the name of EO (IO).
The Jana, Yana, Gnana, or Gnosis is the science of Saturn, that is, the science of initiatory knowledge, the science of the Enoichion or Seer.
However, it is necessary to clarify that in not a single of these previous paragraphs have we made an allusion to a certain planetary ruler, Nazarite, or Kabir in particular. We just want to specifically refer to the intimate Saturn, the divine Augoides, the individual Logos, the eagle of each of us.
Unquestionably, the snake devoured by the eagle becomes in fact and by its own right the feathered serpent.
Jesus, the great Kabir was a feathered serpent, likewise Moses, Dante, Holy Lama, Buddha, Quetzalcoatl, and many other hierophants.
The Hindustani yogis speak with infinite reverence about the divine marriage of Shiva-Shakti, double creative principle, “male-female.”
Ometecuhtli, the Lord (the eagle), and Omecihuatl, the Lady (the serpent), are found completely manifested in the feathered serpent. Cuauhcoatl (eagle-serpent), high priest of our blessed god Huitzilopochtli, was evidently an enlightened one.
It is worthwhile to remember that the feathered serpent is the outcome of conscious work and voluntary sufferings, completely symbolized by the thorns of the pear cactus.
Snake, eagle, pear cactus, Philosophical Stone, the great lake water: the extraordinary esoteric foundations of great Tenochtitlan.
The Codex Azcatitlan intelligently allegorizes the beginning of Mexican life at Tenochtitlan by a picture showing canoe fishermen engaged in the hard struggle, trying to fish among reeds and water fowl.
Vain utopians, which in no way are worth mentioning, absurdly suppose that all this happened in the year 1325 AD.
Paraphrasing in a Socratic manner, we say, “The learned ignoramuses not only ignore but also ignore that they ignore.”
The gods of Anahuac know very well that the foundation of Tenochtitlan is hidden within the profound night of the innumerable centuries that preceded us in the course of history.
The humble founders of the powerful solar civilization, Mexico-Tenochtitlan, spent most of their precious time fishing and hunting water fowl.
“In the [proud] eyes of the townsfolk of Colhuacán, Azcapotzalco or of Texcoco, the [simple] Mexicans cannot have looked any better than the other ‘lake-dwelling savages.” —Jacques Soustelle, Daily Life of the Aztecs”
Their weapons were the classic net of all time, so necessary for fishing, and the famous throwing darts indispensable for hunting birds in the lake.
The Mexican people venerated and honored the gods: angels, archangels, principalities, potentcies, virtues, dominations, thrones, cherubim, and seraphim of Christianity.
It is indeed very appropriate to mention here some deities:
“Atlahua, ‘he who carries the atlatl,’ Amimitl [comes etymologically] (from mitl, ‘arrow,’ and atl, ‘water’), and Opochtli, the ‘left-handed man,’ [translate, like this:] ‘He who throws darts with the left hand.’” —Jacques Soustelle, Daily Life of the Aztecs
The Hindustani Devas, the Hebrew Malachim, Anahuac gods, angels of Christianity, are the spiritual principles of the marvelous forces of nature.
No one can absolutely control these natural forces unless possessing the fifth qualified initiation, which is that of an adept of the causal world.
It is essential to have been accepted by the princes of fire, air, water, and earth. It is urgent to have realized the most profound spiritual nature of the natural forces, before becoming authentic kings of the universal elements. To beseech is different. The scripture says,
“Ask, and it shall be given you; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
The atlaca chichimecas prostrated themselves before the holy gods (angels of Christianity) and the answer is never kept waiting.
Mexicans felt happy when they could buy their neighbors land, wood, tables, and stones to build their city. Such purchases were made through barter system, exchanging useful materials for fish, tadpoles, frogs, crayfish, aquatic snakes, aquatic flies, marsh worms, ducks, birds that live in the water, etc.
With infinite humility, simplicity and poverty, they built a temple to the archangel Huitzilopochtli, the actual founder of Mexico-Tenochtitlan.
The tabernacle that they built to him was certainly poor, very much in line with their economical possibilities. Established in a foreign land, between rushes and reeds, these people obviously did not have enough wood and stone.
The legend of the centuries recounts the memory of that time, humble and grandiose at the same time was commemorated once a year during the holidays of the month Etzalqualiztli.
The first ayauhcali or oratory dedicated to our Lord Huitzilopochtli was raised a little northwest of the current metropolitan cathedral, and about three hundred meters in the same direction from the center of the square of the Constitution that now is called Zócalo.
“…the successive [Mexican] rulers spared nothing to give [the blessed archangel] Huitzilopochtli a house of devotion worthy of him, but always… on the same sacred ground pointed out by the [blessed] god himself.” —Jacques Soustelle, Daily Life of the Aztecs
Unquestionably, around this singular magnetic center emerged reign after reign, palaces, pyramids, shrines, etc.
It is not irrelevant to asseverate with great emphasis that the apparition of the eagle and the snake happened to Cuauhcoatl and its people in the same place where the temple of the holy God Huitzilopochtli was built thereafter.
Speaking very frankly and unambiguously we declare that the great Tenochtitlan is above all the temple.
“The very being of the city, the people and the state is summed up in this “house of god,” which is the literal meaning of the Aztec teocalli.” —Jacques Soustelle, Daily Life of the Aztecs
…sublime, wonderful, magnetic center “rested on a firm and even rocky ground.”
Beautiful island in the middle of the crystal clear waters of the swamps, exotic location in a large bay of the legendary lake…
Many towns and villages gleamed under the sunlight on those shores: Azcapotzalco and Tlacopan to the west, Coyoacan to the south, and Tepeyacac to the north, etc.
The Mexicans had to adapt to their labor to many small islands, sandbars and mud, etc.
With great industry and infinite patience, those “amphibious people [had to]… fabricate their own earth by piling up sludge on rafts made of rushes; they had to dig many canals, make embankments, build causeways and bridges…”
This is how the great Tenochtitlan arose, the wonderful center of a powerful serpentine civilization.