I am borrowing this excerpt from our sister blog Better Yet Books (dedicated to Conari and Hampton Roads titles) – because I found it facinating, a little bit terrifying and way more surprising than I would have expected!
from Richard Leviton’s Encyclopedia of Earth Myths.
Humanity’s prime angelic benefactor and bestower of self-aware consciousness and free will (Lucifer) seen without a negative filter.
Also known as Eros, Fenir the Wolf, Kucimatz, Kukulkan, Light-Bearer, Light-Bringer, Loki, Lucifer, Malak Tawus (“Peacock Angel”), Midir, Morning Star, Phanes, Phosphorus, Prometheus, Protogonos.
Description: The name Quetzalcoatl means “the Plumed Serpent,” combining two words from the Nahuatl language of Mesoamerica, quetzal, an emerald-plumed bird, and coatl, a serpent. Among the Aztecs and Olmecs of ancient Mexico and the Mayans of Central America, Quetzalcoatl was a highly respected, ultra-wise god, one of the four sons of the high deity, Ometeol.
Quetzalcoatl, also called Kukulkan (Maya) and Kucumatz (Quiche), came from Tollan, the Land of the Sun, whose name means “Place of Cattail Reeds” or “Palace of Rushes.” Tollan was a paradisal realm and a source of all high culture in which Quetzalcoatl was king: many of its buildings were made of green stone. He is often depicted as sitting on the Jaguar Throne, holding the staff of fertility, his garments signifying the aspiration toward the divine, his father, Ometeotl, and conveying authority and a high degree of spiritual awareness.
His mission was to establish communication between Heaven and Earth, to unite humanity with the all-father, Ometeotl. Quetzalcoatl, in performing this mission, was a culture benefactor, bestowing all the arts upon humanity. He was the Lord of Healing, the Lord of Hope, Father of the Toltecs, Lord of the Breath of Life, and the radiant Lord of the Morning Star (Venus).
He was widely revered throughout sites in Mesoamerica and consistently associated with the planet Venus, both in terms of archeoastronomical alignments at sites dedicated to his worship and in his mythology.
Quetzalcoatl’s name also can be interpreted as “Precious Twin,” since quetzal means both “bird” and “twin.” The twin in this case was Tezcatlipoca, God of the First Sun of Earth, Quetzalcoatl’s dark brother, whose name means “Lord of the Smoking Mirror.” Legend says Quetzalcoatl, God of the Second Sun of Water, was dethroned by machinations of his evil brother, then immolated himself. The ashes, rising heavenward, turned into birds with glorious plumage, while his heart (or spirit) soared back to Venus; afterward he was known as Lord of the Dawn and Lord of the Eastern Light.
Yet Quetzalcoatl’s triumphant return to Earth and humanity was prophesied. According to Zapotec (a tribe of Native Americans living in the Oaxaca Valley of Southern Mexico) legend, Quetzalcoatl would one day return to his heart, which he had buried under the Tree of Life in the Valley of Oaxaca. When he returned, he would overthrow Tezcatlipoca and end his 900 year rule. Zapotec belief, coupled with New Age millenialism, claimed that the Harmonic Convergence of August 1987 marked the actual return to Earth of Quetzalcoatl.
Explanation: In Quetzalcoatl, we can observe the positive attributes, the culture-benefiting activities of Lucifer, the Light-Bringer, without any theological or moral filter. In Quetzalcoatl, we can see Lucifer in his pure state, without his alleged refusal to serve humanity (Judeo-Christian filter) or defiance of the gods (as Prometheus, through the Greek filter) and his punishment in either case. As Quetzalcoatl, he is at peace with both God (Ometeotl) and humanity.
Sites that registered a high degree of Quetzalcoatl veneration, such as Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza in Mexico, are likely to be Lucifer Binding Sites.
This geomantic feature, however, has three valences. Where Lucifer, as the Lord of Light, is arriving in glory, as Quetzalcoatl, the site is called a Tollan, in honor of Quetzalcoatl’s divine origin. Where he is being bound, as in the Greek guise of Prometheus, it is called Mount Caucasus. Where he is being released, it is a Jerusalem, in recognition of the esoteric meaning of this word, “Foundation of Lucifer,” based on Venus as a Morning and Evening Star, and Lucifer’s ancient identification with this planet, both known as Phosphorus.
Quetzalcoatl, the Toltec Lucifer, was the benefactor of the second generation of humanity, bestowing upon them the Emerald, a structured container for Absolute Light, known to the Greeks, for example, as the gods’ fire. In a sense, he is the Lord of the Heart as befits his Quiche Indian characterization as Kucumatz who is the androgynous “Heart of Heaven.”
Quetzalcoatl was called God of the Second Sun of Water in reference to this second generation of humans and his intimate involvement with their destiny. His dark brother, Tezcatlipoca, was called God of the First Sun of Earth, in reference to his oversight of the first generation of humans, later aborted and withdrawn from physical creation and placed in a netherworld.
Quetzalcoatl’s Lord of the Dawn and Morning Star attributions are metaphors for his gift of self-aware consciousness and free will to humanity at its dawn. He is the benefactor and supervisor of the dawning of self-awareness in humans individualized in material bodies, a significant change of ontological state from natural union with God and all of Creation to a unity that is voluntarily achieved.
The Zapotec prophecy of the return of Quetzalcoatl to his heart in the Valley of Oaxaca was correct. The Harmonic Convergence of August 1987, a worldwide millenialist event in which estimated millions of people meditated at holy sites around the Earth, marked the return of Lucifer, arriving in glory and plumed with angels, to the physical world, after millenia.
Esoterically, the Harmonic Convergence took place inside Lucifer’s own Emerald, and its copy inside every living human – the Emerald is an aspect of the heart chakra – and at the prime copy of the Emerald as placed on Earth, at the churchyard of El Templo del Santa Maria and its 2000 year-old El Tule tree. Through this mass event, all of humanity, whether aware of it or not, got to experience the presence of the unfallen Lucifer, the brilliantly plumed Quetzalcoatl, arriving in glory, complete freedom, and absolution from his divine home with Ometeotl (the Supreme Being) within the heart temple of humanity.