This thousand year cycle was then divided into halves, each of which was referred to as a Pachakuti (“he who transform the earth”). The cosmovision of the Andean world is the conception of duality that is in permanent opposition, but complementary, like the principle of ying/yang that expresses this opposition. This same principle of duality applies to each Pachakuti.

However, Pachakuti also refers to the transitional time that divided each Pachakuti and this is characterized as a time of great changes. During the five hundred years of the eighth Pachakuti, Pachacuteq, the greatest spiritual leader of the Inkas and the builder of Machu Picchu ruled. This was a time of light when the Inka Empire flourished and there was expansion and good fortune.

The ninth Pachakuti, on the opposite side of the duality, brought with it the five hundred years of darkness when the Spanish invaded the Andes. We are now entering the tenth Pachakuti, which the Andean people refer to as the returning of Pachacuteq, the returning of the Light. This is the time when the etheric crystal cities of the fourth dimension such as the lost golden city of Paititi and the eternal etheric city under lake Titikaka will again be available to us.