The Hopi Tablet Mystery Revealed

December 21, 2012 was a date to remember. It is the moment Indigenous World-view understands all former failed human systems and overbearing authorities cease to be given power by their Creator and the meek Indigenous voice returns to those who inherit the earth.

A new era has begun. It is a time to celebrate a coming together to the cycle of the Fire Clan. If we fast and pray in this cycle, purification will result and we will be able to hear the humble voice of our Indigenous Elders. It is these Elders who offered the Hopi tablets to assist in the purification of the fourth world.

These are the four Hopi tablets of the Fire Clan and Bear Clan:

From an ancient time in the past, these tablets were given to the Hopi by Massau (Masaw, the Guardian of the Underworld, who requested they keep them until a number of signs were fulfilled at the end of the fourth world and the beginning of the fifth world. When the warning signs occurred the Hopi were instructed to reveal the tablets and their prophecies to the world regarding the purification of the earth.

A time would come when the lost white (robed) brother or Pahana would come to break open the Hopi Tablets and reveal within their hidden sacred teachings. This kind of hidden teaching revealed to a future generation is a familiar mystic element among the Buddhists of Tibet. The Tibetans call it gter-ma, for Treasures (also nidhi in Sanskrit).

The gterma Treasures are revealed teachings hidden away until they can be used for the benefit of people in the future. The Dead Sea Scrolls would be regarded as such. This hiding of sacred texts and objects was a practice of Padmasambhava (Lotus Born), who aided in formally establishing Buddhism in Tibet in the 8th Century c.e..

Those prophesied to find these texts or objects in the future are known as gter-ston or Treasure-finders. These Treasures may be found in various sacred-sites where they were originally hid or may be seen in a sacred visionary experience, called a dag-snang.

Such a vision of a revealed treasured teaching is an expression of the enlightened intension of the buddha-mind. Perhaps in an Indigenous voice it can be said that the Creator desired to reveal the instructions of the Great Turning or the Shift of humanity into harmony with Mother Earth and this revelation was given to those eager to return harmony between humanity and all of our ecosystems.

The Great Turning is a name for the essential adventure of our time: the shift from industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization.

Joanna Macy (Author of Active Hope)

The 1200 year old Treasure Finding prophecy of Padmasambhava (Lotus Born or Born of Water) parallels the Hopi prophecy:

Buddhist Prophecy:

When the iron eagle flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered over the earth and the dharma will go to the land of the red man.

Hopi Prophecy:

When the iron bird flies, the red-robed people of the east who have lost their land will appear, and the two brothers from across the great ocean will be reunited.

In the 1970s and 80s, Buddhist delegates exchanged visits with the Hopi elders to confirm the fulfilment of these prophesies.

The Tibetans also have stone tablets, which may help shed light on the purpose of the Hopi tablets. The Tibetan Six Syllable Mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum, is contained on stone tablet prayer offerings in Tibet.Om Mani Padme Hum is associated with the deity of compassion and means Favorable (Om) Jewel (Mani) Lotus Flower (Padma) Truly (Hum). The following chart can be made on the symbolism of the Six Syllable Mantra:Symbolic of:Om impure human body, mind, speech vs. pure body, mind, speech of BuddhaMani the jewel or treasure of desire for enlightenment, compassion and lovePadme the lotus or water lily of wisdomHum indivisibility between wisdom and enlightenmentThus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha


In relation to the Hopi Tablets, a similar purification is intended. According to the Hopi, their compassionate Spirit of the Underworld, Massau, gave specific instruction to follow that would assist in the purification of the entire world after the fourth world has gone astray. Christian missionaries attempted to present the argument that they were the true Pahana, Lost White-robed Brother, returned to translate the Hopi tablets. Yet, none knew the handshake of brotherhood or the sacred path of the corn seeds as seen on the Hopi tablets.

The Hopi Elders were instructed to sever the head of anyone who could not follow the true religion given by Massau. Is there a symbolic meaning intended in the severing of the head likened to those whose mind or philosophy is not truly enlightened toward the prophecy hidden like treasure within the Hopi tablets?

Below is a description of the tablets according to Hopi tradition, followed by an interpretation from broader ancient mythology. Here are the tablets as understood by the Hopi:

The above Hopi tablet is only 4 inches square and was given to the Hopi by Masaw, the deity of the Fire Clan. It is a dark stone with a piece broken off of the corner.

When the Pahana, their lost white (robed) brother, returns he will bring the missing piece and open up the tablet to reveal hidden meanings. Masaw gave the Hopi this tablet just before ‘he turned his face from them, becoming invisible, so that they would have a record of his words.’

This is what he said, as marked on the tablet: After the Fire Clan had migrated to their permanent home, the time would come when they would be overcome by a strange people.

They would be forced to develop their land and lives according to the dictates of a new ruler, or else they would be treated as criminals and punished. But they were not to resist.

They were to wait for the person who would deliver them. This person was their lost white brother, Pahana, who would return to them with the missing corner piece of the tablet, deliver them from their prosecutors, and work out with them a new and universal brotherhood of man. But, warned Masaw, if their leader accepted any other religion, he must assent to having his head cut off. This would dispel the evil and save his people.

From the Book of Hopi by Frank Waters

As illustrated above, the tablet and its symbols represent a proof of land designation for the Hopi through the Fire Clan’s deity of the Underworld, Masaw. This deity appeared as a human being who gave the tablet and kept a piece for himself. Upon reuniting with the Fire Clan, he would rescue the Fire Clan from certain overlords who were yet to come. The Bear Clan received three tablets of their own from the deity of the Bear Clan whose name is Soqomhonah, meaning Bear Paw.

This first Bear Clan tablet above, like the Fire Clan tablet, offers a proof of territorial designation by a Higher Power. Together with the tablet below, they are powerful symbols confirming oral traditions that state the Hopi were given the land as long as the rivers shall run.

The third tablet of the Bear Clan contains even more symbols, including corn and snake, as shown on the above tablet.

These tablets taken in the context of Hopi traditions include the stories related to local petroglyphs, such as, Prophecy Rock, close to Oraibi, Arizona, shown here:

The Hopi describe the large human figure on the left as the Great Spirit, with bow in hand on the left by the symbol of the churning earth and sun. The bow represents his instructions to the Hopi to lay down their weapons.

The rod or line to the right of the Great Spirit represents a timeline. The timeline represents a Life Path which divides in two, the lower path of harmony with life and the upper path of white man’s scientific achievements.

The first three figures above represent the first three worlds that have passed away. The fourth small human figure above represents the fourth world where the Hopi have met the white man. This world too is passing away, but the elders worn that some Hopi have been seduced by its glamour.

Yet, the narrow path below represents harmony with the earth and leads to a new world, but through a great trial and purification. The first two circles represent the two World Wars, called by the Hopi, the great shaking of the earth. Where the upper road disintegrates, the lower road meets a third smaller circle, representing the Great Purification. After this purification, the corn stock of a new abundance will grow when the Great Spirit returns.

Also consider the Hopi rattle in relation to the Hopi tablets:

Therefore, the tablets can be seen to coincide with Hopi traditions and ritual as described on Prophecy Rock and the Hopi rattle.

Consider the representation of the Great Spirit as the purifier or strong man; the four worlds coming to an end; the symbol of corn as a return to harmony with the earth.

The coming of Pahana will begin the fifth world, were all these signs will be confirmed, there will be a purification and the people of the land will be instructed by the Great Spirit how to live long and prosper. What is also remarkable about these tablets is their oral tradition relating to a sign for the times when the Hopi will disclose the season for the purification of our world.

Consider this NASA photo of the plastic pollution churning in our ocean as seen from Outer Space. This is one of numerous signs that current human activity is causing grave damage to the earth and that not only the earth needs purifying, but also those human systems causing the damage.

How did the Hopi obtain these tablets and their traditions? Did the Creator truly come out of the Great Beyond and present them? Or did he send a prophet? If so, from where?

Does this Hopi Fire Clan tablet truly represent the final seal to be broken open at the end of the world to usher a fifth-world paradise?

If so, then this is one important tablet. The only way of knowing this tablet’s true and vital importance is to explore the significance of the signs expressed by the Hopi elders.

Given the improbability of finding a missing piece somewhere in the world, consider the Hopi interpretation of the tablet through the looking glass of the Mayan cosmology. Is there any sign on this tablet interpreted by the Hopi that has a parallel with Mayan beliefs? If so, a cracking open of the tablet to reveal new information may be possible.

Consider the Hopi interpretation of the swastika in the top left corner of the tablet, just as on the Hopi rattle. It represents the directional Churning of the Earth. To the ancient

The smallest and simplest of the four Hopi tablets (the Fire Clan tablet above) is perhaps the most remarkable. Since the prophet Masaw retained the missing piece. What a powerful reminder of the one who would return with that missing piece. Like the Tibetan Treasure Finder, this returning lost white-robed brother, Pahana, would open up the tablets to reveal a hidden meaning inside. If the Hopi Fire Clan tablet contains Polaris in the top left, a reasonable identification of more constellations on this tablet can result.

 The smaller writing corresponds to the Hopi understanding. Consider the following parallel chart below related below:

New World View (Hopi/Mayan)     Old World View (Greek/Roman/etc.)

The rotation of the earth symbol        Polaris, the North Star

The Hopi myth of the boy           Draco the snake

    sacrificed at Red City

    and reborn as a snake

The same myth with the deer            Hercules carries the world on his shoulders

    who promises to carry

    those fleeing Red City

Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed Serpent     Cygnus the swan with tail clipped and Draco

    with head clipped morph into a birdsnake

The Fire Clan Symbol (crescent       Capricorn, the essence of Fire Clan or Fire

Moon facing down appearance)           Tablet is to represent a deified ancestor

or star, which make the fire clan symbol like the Gate of the Gods to travel to heaven

The Closing of the Fourth World      Cancer, the Gate of Men and their ability to

     representing a divide for Hopi          travel back to earth from the dead

The Brotherhood sign                       Chinese Magpie Bridge where man and

    Note: Magpies used to dwell             woman were separated by the Great Rift

               with the buffalo. They nearly           in the Milky Way, once a year the

    died out until they came to dwell       Magpies make a bridge to reunite this 

    with humans and are with us to         love pair.

    reunite us with nature’s spirit.

River making boundary of land         The Milky Way

    The Milky Way is the pathway

    of the ancestors (boundary of

    the Sky Clan).

The Great Spirit represented by        Ophiuchus holding the head and tail of

    the Sun in relation to the twin          Serpens (Snake). This constellation is

    False Sun (Mayan) or beheaded        known as the Serpent Holder and Healer

    leader of false teaching.

The new Pope has just been elected as I write…

“It seems that my fellow Cardinals (in voting) went almost to the end of the

    world (South America).”

                                                                                   Pope Francis I

The ‘v’ shape touching the missing piece is the wings of Cygnus. The mark beside the wings is the Blue Star, Deneb, in the Great (or Dark) Rift. Cygnus, the Swan, contains Deneb as its head. The Milky Way is shown as the line around the perimeter on the back of this fourth tablet. The various constellations are represented by the symbols. Greek and Roman mythology offers the snake broken in half by Ophiuchus, the Healer standing over the pit (the Great Rift). The three arches represent the Magpies of Chinese mythology or Bridge constellation made to cross the Great Rift once a year to unite two lovers separated by death. The two constellations outside the Milky Way near the Great Rift are the Two Gates: Cancer is the gate of men to travel back to earth and Capricorn is the Gate of gods to travel back to heaven [i]. The gates are meant for the deceased to enter and leave the pathway of the ancestors of the Milky Way. The fourth tablet’s missing piece is symbolic of the Great Rift of the Milky Way. The Mayan considered the turning of the earth represented by the Northern sky,

Consider the diagram below:

The Plaza where the Blue Stone Kachina will remove his mask is at Teotihuacan and he will remove that mask on December 21, 2012.This diagram illustrates the rising of the Sun above the Temple of the Sun at Teotihuacan on December 21, 2012.

In the diagram there are Saturn (between Virgo and Lybra), Venus and Mercury (between Ophiuchus and Scorpio) ushering the Dawn. The Dawn is immediately followed by Pluto and Sagittarius.

The Healer, Ophiuchus, stands at the entrance of the Great Rift or Dark Rift. Fallen into the Dark Rift is Cygnus the Swan. Rising in early morning is the Blue Star, Deneb, dancing in the Plaza of the Moon Pyramid.

Mars rises mid-morning between Sagittarius and Capricorn, followed by Neptune at noon. In the early afternoon, Uranus and the Moon rise out of the Plaza of the Moon with Pisces. Then the Pleiades and Jupiter rise in the evening with Taurus.A study of world cosmology can be drawn out of this representation. For the purposes of this research a brief description will be given.

The Sun represents enlightenment, purification, rebirth and resurrection. The Morning Star(s), hidden in the light of the Sun are those who are enlightened preparing for, sharing and living out the significance of this event.

The Event is the Dawn of the Fifth World and end of the Fourth World. The sign of this event for the Hopi based on the decipherment of the four tablets in the introduction above, is the rising of Deneb, the Blue Star, in the Plaza of the Moon when the Sun appears over the Pyramid of the Sun on December 21, 2012.

The imagery of the Dark Rift represents the cave of death where the Sacrifice of Quetzalcoatl (see above Stelas) took place at the end of the Second World (see Hopi Tablets interpretation in the Introduction). The rebirth of Quetzalcoatl was celebrated in the offering of the first fruit (fish and maize). The establishment of a purified earth because of this offering is signalled on December 21, 2012.

In the above diagram, the point of view approaches the city from the West. The Prophecy of this Mask Removing Ceremony is about rebirth, therefore, even the viewpoint from the West, which represents death, is significant to this illustration. The Sun setting the night before in the West represents this death and now its rising represents new life.

Yet, on this particular day, called the Galactic Alignment, which happens once every 26000 years, a number of celestial phenomenon fit together like a puzzle revealing volumes of lost ancient wisdom.

This first tablet correlates with the Mayan end date symbolism written above. The symbolism on the front represents a royal succession shown with double marks on the side and the empty grave of a ruler surrounded by the graves of six dead servants.

This kind of grave with a royal surrounded by servants or wives is exactly similar to the graves of royals to the south in ancient Peru.As well, the back of this first Hopi Bear Clan tablet reveals the five worlds, which correspond to Mayan, Hopi and Hindu cosmologies. Each solar symbol represents a world, where the top symbol (a circle with four rays) is the first golden era of enlightenment; followed by a symbol (the plus sign) representing a dark era without the sun; followed by a return to enlightenment (represented by the double circles); followed by another dark era (plus sign); and a final return to enlightenment in the fifth world we are about to enter (the symbol appears identical to that of the first Golden Era).

Beside these solar symbols are two interlocking moons, representing the passing of time (quite literally, the first and last week of the lunar month with the 7 day formation of crescent moons).On the tablet, the symbols of a spirit, cloud and corn stalk, rising left and right represent the dark road and the red road of enlightenment. The dark road of death is represented by the claws of the bear, the road of life and sacrifice is represented by the mouth of the snake. This snake represents the Milky Way just as the crocodile-frog of the Mayan Stella 11 above. Below the snake are the four rivers of life washing the successive generations seen along the side of the tablet. The Great Spirit rises out of the serpent’s mouth on the right and confronts the bear on the left. The storm cloud represents destruction and rebirth and the corn represents the Lord of Creation whose spirit rises through the cloud to inaugurate the sacred corn feast in the harvest ceremonies. The spirit or lord of the corn is often considered wearing a mask of corn husk with long hair or corn fiber protruding out of the mask. Feathers may be used in Mayan masks to hide this deity of life born out of the serpent. The lord Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent, is a prime example.

The second tablet reveals the dawn represented by the oblong sun formed into a maize cob. The earth is receiving enlightenment from this meal eliminating the borders made by human division. The central dotted line represents death where the rising of the Maize-sun will eventually enlighten and heal even the regions of the underworld. The back contains the paw markings of the strong bear of death to link tablet 2 to tablet 1. The mythical story unfolds offering two sides of human existence. One side requires a facing of a great spirit equipped with the claws of judgment. The alternate side faces the unveiling of the maize skin mask of the Lord of the Sun, Quetzalcoatl.

The third tablet contains a double snake surround containing life on earth. The two snakes represent death and the Creator. In the mythology of the Plumed Serpent, Quetzalcoatl, and the two snakes of Hindu lore, the first snake of death rears up to devour the weaker humanity. The second snake representing the Creator comes with much greater power than the first snake of death to devour it.

Then this much greater Creator snake now faces the much weaker human. Realizing the human is no contest, the Creator swallows its own tail devouring itself. The four humans with raised arms represent the people in the four corners of the earth. The corn plant represents the first offering of the Creators self-sacrifice which causes all life to exist.

Also present on this front side is the universal symbolism of the World Egg creation story. The back of this third tablet reveals the strong person or Great Spirit the soul must contend with at death. This image of strength relates to the bear paws of the second tablet.

The Hopi themselves prophesied of a visitation of sages from the far East when they foretold: “A tribe of red hat and red cloaked people would come in great numbers from the East, traveling through the air…”. Amazingly, 1200 years ago, Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism also prophesied: “When the iron bird flies (airplanes) and the horse runs on wheels (cars), the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the face of the Earth, and the Dharma will come to the land of the red men.” Since the 1970s visits between the Hopi and the red cloaks of Tibet have occurred in mutual acknowledgement of the fulfillment of these prophesies and warnings

3. A Hopi elder of the Bear Clan, named White Feather, also described how and when Pahana, the Elder White-robed Brother, would return. Pahana will return at the end of the fourth world:“He will bring with him the symbols, and the missing piece of that sacred tablet now kept by the elders, given to him when he left, that shall identify him as our True White Brother (Pahana).“The Fourth World shall end soon, and the Fifth World will begin. This the elders everywhere know. The Signs over many years have been fulfilled, and so few are left.“This is the First Sign: We are told of the coming of the white-skinned men, like Pahana, but not living like Pahana; men who took the land that was not theirs. And men who struck their enemies with thunder.“This is the Second Sign: Our lands will see the coming of spinning wheels filled with voices. In his youth, my father saw this prophecy come true with his eyes — the white men bringing their families in wagons across the prairies.”“This is the Third Sign: A strange beast like a buffalo but with great long horns, will overrun the land in large numbers. These White Feather saw with his eyes — the coming of the white men’s cattle.”“This is the Fourth Sign: The land will be crossed by snakes of iron.”“This is the Fifth Sign: The land shall be criss-crossed by a giant spider’s web.”“This is the Sixth sign: The land shall be criss-crossed with rivers of stone that make pictures in the sun.”“This is the Seventh Sign: You will hear of the sea turning black, and many living things dying because of it.”“This is the Eight Sign: You will see many youth, who wear their hair long like my people, come and join the tribal nations, to learn their ways and wisdom.“And this is the Ninth and Last Sign: You will hear of a dwelling-place in the heavens, above the earth, that shall fall with a great crash. It will appear as a blue star. Very soon after this, the ceremonies of my people will cease.“These are the Signs that great destruction is coming. The world shall rock to and fro. The white man will battle against other people in other lands — with those who possessed the first light of wisdom. There will be many columns of smoke and fire such as White Feather has seen the white man make in the deserts not far from here. Only those which come will cause disease and a great dying. Many of my people, understanding the prophecies, shall be safe. Those who stay and live in the places of my people also shall be safe. Then there will be much to rebuild. And soon — very soon afterward — Pahana will return. He shall bring with him the dawn of the Fifth World. He shall plant the seeds of his wisdom in their hearts. Even now the seeds are being planted. These shall smooth the way to the Emergence into the Fifth World.“But White Feather shall not see it. I am old and dying. You — perhaps will see it. In time, in time…”

4 Unusual Dreams of a 12 Year OldListed is a series of unusual dreams the author experienced at the age of 12 in the late 20th Century:

When he crossed the train bridge in his hometown he saw two worlds. One world was dark and emitted an awful feeling. The other world was full of light and emitted a feeling of immense peace. He woke up reaching out to the world of light with all his heart.Upon walking through his neighbourhood the earth shook with an explosion at a nearby school. He looked up and saw thousands of airplanes of different sizes and from different eras. Looking at the planes gave him an incredible feeling of peace, but the planes were flying in every direction at every altitude as if they were full of confusion.Walking away from Calgary with his cousins on a four-lane highway he looked back on the city and it appeared high like a kind of paradise while emitting a great and powerful light. However, the highway was completely empty of cars and they were walking into the darkness away from the city of lights.While flying in a large passenger plane an airline stewardess told everyone to sit down and buckle up because the plane was falling apart and about to crash. After everyone had buckled up the plane became brand new and climbed to an incredible height.In a series of nightmares, an invisible man pursued him and his cousins in an attempt to take them to an underground city. The series of nightmares ended when a woman from paradise took them on a tour of this city of lights under the ground.Each of these dreams had an unusual feeling of peace so intense that he desperately wanted to fall back to sleep and return to the dream upon waking up. The dreams are shared here after the advice of an African Elder who said “Little Dreams” are for the individual, “Big Dreams” are for everyone. Before the Europeans arrived in North America, the First Nations people had visions and dreams of the future. For example, the Hopi Elders described the iron horse as the train and fuel lines of jets as spider webs across the sky. The Indigenous view of dreams is that they come during a time of great crisis and are meant to help us envision a new reality to participate in as our old realities crumble. Then we can look at the crisis as a rite of passage, where all along the Lord of Creation (Prajapati) has a plan that will ultimately lead to our greater good if we are willing to follow the good Red Road to enlightenment.It is suggested that the ninth sign is the falling of one of the space stations like ‘Mir’. However, consider the prophecy and tablets as a whole. The gap in the fourth tablet is the Great Rift or the Dark Rift, where the Blue Star falls as the head of Cygnus (the one who dove to offer immortality to his friend). The Kachina or Blue Star of Hopi prophecy is said to take off his mask while dancing in the plaza. It ties in with the deity Shiva dancing at the washing of sons of Sagara in the river Ganges, bringing them back to life. Shiva is blue after swallowing the poison of the snakes of death, much like at the Great Churning of the Ocean. Blue is also the color of the stone symbolizing the Hebrew High Priest. The 60000 sons of Sagara rise from the dead, the friend of Cygnus also receives immortality and Judeo-Christian spirituality also believes in the resurrection of the dead. In the Plaza, that is the Dark Rift, the blue mask is taken off, the poison of death is defeated. The Fifth World will be a return to new life and harmony with the earth. This research has only allowed for a study of a few spiritualties in relation to the Hopi tablets. It remains an area of study to discover how these Puhana white-robed sages travelled, the extent of their travels and how many different spiritualties they influenced or came from.Thomas Banyacya was one of four Hopi elders sent by the delegation of Elders in 1948 to give the Hopi prophecies to the world. In 1992, he remained the only living of the four, when he and nine other Native delegates spoke before the United Nations. This is what he said5:We have made a sacred covenant to follow Maasaw, the Great Spirit’s Life Plan at all times, which includes the responsibility of taking care of this land and life for his divine purpose. Our goals are not to gain political control, monetary wealth, or military power, but rather to pray and to promote the welfare of all living beings and to preserve the world in a natural way.Hopi in our language means a peaceful, kind, gentle, and truthful people. We made a sacred covenant which includes the responsibility of taking care of this land and life for Masaaw, the Great Spirit’s purpose. Our goal is to pray and promote the welfare of all living beings and to preserve the world in a natural way….(In these) final days…. It should be the mission of your nations and this Assembly to use your power and rules to examine and cure the damage people have done to this earth and to each other. It is up to all of us as children of Mother Earth to clean up this mess before it’s too late.Banyacya spoke of the devastations that would come with climate change. During this U.N. assembly with the Native delegates a storm flooded the lower floor of the building and caused the air-conditioning to shut down. Banyacya lead the U.N. assembly in a circle prayer. The storm subsided.

More on the Hopi Tablets including related Mayan and world mythology