"We shall not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time."

― T.S. Eliot

The famous motif from the Platform of Eagles & Jaguars at Chichen Itza. Jaguar eating heart (traditional interpretation) or Jaguar breathing life onto heart (alternate interpretation). For me: both at the same time. Takes life, gives life. This striking artwork was a milestone of my Saturn Return and had recently made a renewed appearance.

As for number 52: in its more striking manifestations, a sure sign that something is afoot.

The Paria Plateau ― a land of swirling shapes and colors pushed to sculptural and painterly extremes ― truly of the Serpent kingdom.
Perfect place to celebrate 50 years of a life largely dedicated to serve its highness.

Private birthday celebration at 50 years of age ― astrological Chiron returning to its natal place.

To help imprint that kind of moment it's good to have a picture of you, isn't it ― of which you can later say: this was me on my 50th birthday.  Easier said than done when you're out there on your own. The Serpent is all around to capture. The Cat, more elusive, can also be seen. But JP...
1500 pics shot over 9 days and not a single one of yourself to commemorate the occasion?! Let’s be serious here.

This day would be my last chance. At the towering edge of the Paria canyon, i take time for a selfie. Nothing magical but my face is in the frame for a change. Next is GPS waypoint 52: a spot which from the eagle-view of Google Earth had looked pretty neat and happened to be the 52th on the list. I climbed into it, explore it some, and am about to exit when i witness my shadow bisecting a colorful swirl on the ground.
The dichotomic, chironic shadow typical of late afternoon sun (strong lower body carrying a diminutive upper body) looks exploratory and purposeful, following the arrow of the centauric archer leading to the center of the spiral and back.
The pattern and position of the swirl connects it to the breathing/eating jaguar heart motif. And to the immortal words of T.S. Eliot.

Is it a shadow, or a showdown? I like it and i shoot it.
And finally find JP, at the confluence of the swirling Serpent, the breathing Jaguar, the chiron archetype, the 52 center point of the self.