1-Manik trecena daily digest

Preface: Clearing the air

Keren Ann (8-Ix, next week) is a musician of a magical kind. If you let her in she’ll work her spells on you. Very much like Perry Farrel who shares her Mayan birthday, her musicmanship and sheer skill stand out from the first notes you hear. The sound is clean and precise, the volume levels are just right, and the mastering is BOOM.

To be born on the 1-Manik trecena and sing about not going anywhere is like a contradiction in terms. Manik stands for perpetual travels out in the wild, unknown parts and less-trodden paths of the land. The spirit of the four-legged animals is embodied on this plane to pace the earth within neighboring woods and well beyond them. When a stag (another word for Manik) is not going anywhere he is probably too busy protecting his community and offspring diligently.

However, being a stag, you can never know when he’ll disappear, maybe not ever to return. Then you realize that his young bucks have grown up already, and the pack guard is being releaved by new recruits. It was good timing after all. The aging stag is now off on a new pilgrimage, reliving his days of youth and hormones.

In Hinduism, this is known as being a Varna Prasta – a forest dweller.

His spirit dwells still around his old breeding and child-rearing grounds. Sons and daughters tune into the frequency left behind by their ancestors, and learn the way of their kind by resonance.

1-Manik: Path of blessings

1-Manik: Path of blessings

1-Manik: The lone pilgrim

Born on this day: Bob Schieffer, Matthew Modine, Franz Beckenbauer, Antonis Samaras (incumbent Greek president), Moses Montefiore, Ernst Alexanderson

Today I plant a seed of healing

Today I plant a seed of healing and cleansing

The sun came up clear and warm this morning. The skies were clean and pristine, no clouds and no aerosol debris. Every morning can seem just like the one before it, but this one didn’t. I was different.

Comfort runs deep enough to elude me. It begins with my body vehicle – where I sit and how long I sit there; the paths I take from and to. It continues with the people I talk to and meet. Then comfort gets too comfy dwelling on ideas that are “same, same, but different”. It goes on and on and it’s all-pervasive.

It’s time to try something that really scares me.

Manik is essentially this overall impression. He is the lone pilgrim.

“There’s more to life than this.”

2-Lamat: Doubled rabbit

Born on this day: Elvis Presely, Cal Ripken Jr., Kenny Wheeler

"The image is one thing and the human being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image." - Elvis Presley (2-Lamat)

“The image is one thing and the human being is another…it’s very hard to live up to an image.” – Elvis Presley (2-Lamat)

The restless 1-Manik, ever-looking for some new adventure, constantly evolving spiritually – finds his/her match on 2-Lamat. In other words: be careful of what you wish for!

Lamat is an ancient word for multitasking. Lamat-types can have many different interest going around on their mind at any given time. For example, I was born 8-Lamat and I can safely say it’s been that way ever since I can remember my conscious self. All Lamat-types also have Ik on their right-hand cross, so the craving to learn more about many different things (shining star in all directions) can be explained this way, too.

Today I meet Lamat on a 2-day. In numbers, 2 is the one and only natural number that multiplies its predecessor (1). When you go from 2 to 3 it’s already a lesser “leap”.

Two is also related to a question, or “duality” in the parlance of our times. So the lone pilgrim 1-Manik who was edging to try something new and terrifying yesterday wakes up to a showstopper question – “why bother? What’s out there that isn’t right here/now?” So many destinations – and Lamat is bountiful.

However, Lamat’s comfort zone is low self-esteem, a.k.a. the argumentative “black hole mode” Lamat.

You heard me, rabbits.

3-Muluc: Active liquid

Born on this day: Mick Jagger, George Washington (1st US president), Kyra Sedgwick, Rob Lowe, Shirley MacLaine, 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami

"Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!" - George Washington (3-Muluc)

“Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!” – George Washington (3-Muluc)

The third day’s sunrise was a deja-vu revision of that first, transparent one I witnessed the day before yesterday. It couldn’t be identical, though, because sunrises never are. I was different again.

I remembered the first seed of rebellion vs. Comfort I sowed then. Last night’s dilemma (2-Lamat) has to be transcended by action. My spiritual horizons never used to came up to me while I sat and watched them in awe, and this time it’s going to be just the same. I need to meet the horizon at least half way.

So I made some calls and got organized. My 15 minutes of fame in the shower made me think in 5th gear. Water on my skin does that to me every single time. I pick up a thread, pull it until I become self-conscious about it, then pick up a better thread. When I finished I came up with my daily wisecrack:

The sunrise is just a symbol. It means Wake Up!

Waking up can mean so many things, but many of them can be summed up by some kind of “responsibility”. Is it the grownup type? Job, bills, kids? Na, not this time. On the lone pilgrim’s journey this means loving my own destination to the point of not letting go of it. This approach can no longer be called “responsibility”, but it’s so much better than it.  Muluc has to be passionate about her paths of devotion, otherwise she’ll turn to wherever her passion guides her.

Dedication. I can’t get around without it; I can’t get around it without falling right back on comfort and my own personal conformity. When fully awake, Muluc has to be on the move, and she takes me along with her. If I’m wise I’ll let her take the lead.

The number 3 is a dynamic power source that knows no boundaries. Whatever I decide to dedicate myself to becomes total and engaging. I interact closely with that goal I’m focused on, I nurture it and it nurtures me back. Indeed, dedication can easily be both a means and an end at the same time.

Then I just went out the door.

Procrastination is a nice word for a self-inflicted guilt trip. Dwelling on it just doesn’t help anyone.

4-Oc: Complete devotion

Born on this day: Branford Marsalis, Kevin Bacon, Tzipi Livni

Bravery sets the boundaries of spiritual healing

Bravery sets the boundaries of spiritual healing

Devotion offered freely is a powerful engine. But even engines have limits, and so must be treated every once in a while with some tender loving care. I know people who do the devotion thing all day long. Other people love them, they get tons done, but mental fatigue builds up in deep and secret places. Then one late afternoon they realize they’ve got nothing more to give.

Oc is the guardian, defending his clan from ignorance and malicious trespass till his tomb, and then again beyond it. This is the flavor which makes him/her a favorite and down-to-earth kind of pack leader. Tonight I let Oc take care of me, and keep his vigil in case I overdo devotion and forget about having fun doing it.

When coupled with the stabling effect of the number 4 Oc becomes a very astute kind of canine. One who guards boundaries wisely and consistently.

5-Chuen: Power of Art

Born on this day: Flea, Richard Wright (Pink Floyd), Cat Stevens, Tim Roth, Marisa Tomei, Lasse Hallström

"The Koreans have influenced us a lot, through their loving attitude, evil dictatorship, and funky bass playing." - Flea (5-Chuen)

“The Koreans have influenced us a lot, through their loving attitude, evil dictatorship, and funky bass playing.” – Flea (5-Chuen)

The road leading to the temple took several days off my terrestrial tenure span, and gave me many profound memories in return. When I tell stories about my trip people are entertained, especially the ones who don’t believe half of them. Those are usually the ones that don’t share my pet peeve of doing truly scary things.

Before reality became just another entertaining story it was real and present. Walking the road up to the mountain temple wasn’t easy, but the hardships were not as significant as the magnificent way in which they were negotiated. My old self arrived at unfamiliar surroundings, as new strands were woven into my dusty, familiar tapestry. Living the road was like putting brush and paint to a canvas, or like playing live in front of the living.

It was ALIVE, and it still is.

Art empowers me by inspiration. I’m a curious lone pilgrim, in constant awe of new things I learn every day and in every way.

“How’s it hanging, McFly?” – Needles (5-Chuen) to Marty (5-Caban)

6-Eb: Traditional path

Born on this day: David Broza, Jerry Lee Lewis, Liberace, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Juliette Lewis, Ray Liotta, Mel Brooks, Christopher Marlowe (baptised today), Mariano Rivera

"Hope for the best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We're unrehearsed." - Mel Brooks (6-Eb)

“Hope for the best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We’re unrehearsed.” – Mel Brooks (6-Eb)

Like the veins of the great mother, roads course through the old country, tracing the same routes for many years. The steps you took yesterday for the first time have been already taken by many feet before yours. Maybe one of your forebearers walked here before, and now you walk with him.

As any stranger in a strange land you rely on community and companionship to satisfy your mundane needs. Total strangers offer hospitality and advice, provide maps and directions. They let you into their world and homes, treating you as a fellow soul feeding off the mother.

After eating your fill and resting, other needs begin to replenish and balance off. Things like having someone really listen to me, and reciprocating. Cravings like sitting still and enjoying company. Loosing track of time by simply sharing life with fellow humans. You realize the mundane and the elevated are one and the same.

Someone once said something about the meek. The Eb energy is very much about respect, which is the only type of foundation any community can have. Respect guides you when you ask a stranger for help. Respect guides the stranger who bravely reaches out back to you.

However, respect has nothing to do with authority.

7-Ben: Purpose and destiny

Born on this day: Hafez al-Assad, Hermann Göring, US civil war ends

"The only one who really knows about the Reichstag is I, because I set it on fire!" - Hermann Göring (7-Ben)

“The only one who really knows about the Reichstag is I, because I set it on fire!” – Hermann Göring (7-Ben)

One afternoon I took a hike with my host up one of the hills. I couldn’t tell how he picks his way, cutting through overgrown thickets and revealing hidden paths. But I followed him anyway, maybe because I had no other choice, or perhaps because his staff was made of local wood, and it gave its bearer at least a measure of soft authority.

The view I got just wouldn’t allow me to dwell on any kind of thought.

When we stopped he pointed to the horizon and told me the name of a close community. I knew it was time to go.

Seven has that sense of staying where I am, right up until that point when I gather what’s mine, get up and start walking again. When I arrived it felt right to stay here forever. Now it’s clear my stay has elapsed, and no more rest is needed.

Onwards to whatever experience my destiny has in store over the hill. It was destiny that made me stay and share life with the local community. Now the same destiny shifts polarity and becomes dynamic again. Destiny begins here and now, even if it seems like I’m going nowhere for a while.

Wanderlust, as a perpetual way of life and destiny, is the fuel of the pilgrim, whether he’s by his own fireplace or blazing a fresh, unknown path.

8-Ix: Infinite magic

Born on this day: Keren Ann, Perry Farrell, Margaret Thatcher, Buzz Aldrin, Orlando Bloom

"Oh, but you know, you do not achieve anything without trouble, ever." - Margaret Thatcher (8-Ix)

“Oh, but you know, you do not achieve anything without trouble, ever.” – Margaret Thatcher (8-Ix)

Wild, untamed nature dwells in a realm beyond what the word “beautiful” can ever express. It is magical in the most mundane and spectacular sense of magic; the deep magic that makes the flowers bloom is too much for even the god of spring to fathom.

In the silent, bubbling wells hidden in caverns lies the essence of the Mayan archetype known as the jaguar. The purity of real Mountain Dew, its vitality and freshness – all embody the hallmark of Yucatan jungle evolution. A feline so magical it is a demigod in the bush.

The jaguar’s magic is present in any manifestation of nature. Besides the springs, the jungle itself is guarded by the energy of Ix, along with sacred shrines, overlooking the entire green and brown vista.

9-Men: Macro-vision

Born on this day: Chick Corea, Teri Hatcher, Stephen Baldwin

The eagle's perspective bestows patience.

The eagle’s perspective bestows patience.

Then I saw it.

A white and yellow temple on the side of a high cliff. A sacred place for generations of truth seekers and pilgrims. It looked exactly like the old library in Alexandria, only completely different. An unknown treasure was waiting silently for an enthusiastic seeker to show up.

All that I saw from the other side of the ravine. Fantastic visions aside, I still had to find my way there. I still had to communicate with whoever was there and gain access and maybe a bed and some food.

I am still

gaining altitude, circling around peaks and finding thermals.

A bridge spans the chasm above me.

10-Cib: Forgiveness now

Born on this day: Marshall McLuhan, Zoe Saldana, George Gershwin, Daniel Barenboim, Fred Durst, Arthur C. Clarke, Thomas Young, Robbie Gee, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton)

"It is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behaviour." - Marshall McLuhan (10-Cib), Understanding Media (1964)

“It is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behaviour.” – Marshall McLuhan (10-Cib), Understanding Media (1964)

Here is my own personal version of what happened (history).

After Kennedy was out of the way, back in late 1963, the people of the world wanted to see the American flag on the moon. Well, maybe just half of them wanted that flag. If Kennedy said it’s possible to do so before the hedonistic 70’s begin, then his successors must deliver on that promise.

So the shadow gov turned to the egg-headed scientists of NASA, some of whom were former party members (and we all remember that party). Can we place an American flag on the moon and make it look like Iwo Jima? A lunar selfy, maybe?

Von-Braun said: “Sure, it can be done. I can setup a McDonald’s outlet right on the beach of the Sea of Tranquility. The sales department will love it.”

“Beautiful” said shadow gov Y. “When can we expect delivery?”

Werner’s facial muscles were softly solid and calm. “Around Rosh HaShana, 5775.”

Y’s face was a-puzzled. He turned to look over his right shoulder and conferred silently with a balding, yet ageless-looking consultant.

“That’s almost 15 years into the next millennium.  Unacceptable. The martyr movie-star president said ‘by the end of this decade’, so anything beyond the 73 middle-eastern skirmish is out of the question.”

Doc Braun frowned for the first time. “By 1973 we might be advanced enough to use robots to put up the first arch of the restaurant’s rotating, bouncing logo marquee out front. That’s about it. We need at least 30 additional years of non-stop research and bi-weekly global Zen meditations to place 3 live ferrets on top one of the dunes up there. However, they won’t be able to carry, let alone plant any flag over six inches long.”

“Hrmpth” went Y in a singular display of imbalance. “We’ll be in touch, Doc. Keep working on it. Money isn’t an issue, just get it done.”

Stories that hisss

The stones that were assembled to make up the temple had a cold knowledge deep inside them. Even in the summer sun I could place my hand on a random pillar and it would be cool.

11-Caban: Creative frequency

Born on this day: Christopher Hitchens, Roseanne Barr, Bob Odenkirk, Jay-Z, Timothy Leary, Michael Cera

"Think for yourself and question authority." - Timothy Leary (11-Caban)

“Think for yourself and question authority.” – Timothy Leary (11-Caban)

12-Edznab: True completion

Born on this day: Georges Moustaki, Annie Lennox, Louis Armstrong, Lou Reed, Shania Twain, Daddy G (Massive Attack), Rudyard Kipling, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Michael Flatley, Martin Scorsese, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jacques Chirac, Lincoln’s assassination

"Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat" - Rudyard Kipling (12-Edznab) The Ballad of East and West (1889)

“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat” – Rudyard Kipling (12-Edznab) The Ballad of East and West (1889)

13-Cauac: Divine cleansing

Born on this day: Vandana Shiva, David Hyde Pierce, Janet Jackson, Axl Rose, Edgar Allan Poe, River Phoenix, Kevin Pollak, Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)

"They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." - Edgar Allan Poe (13-CAUAC), Eleonora (1841)

“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” – Edgar Allan Poe (13-Cauac), Eleonora (1841)

High rain clouds pass indifferently.

Breaking Bad: Tzolkin calendar analysis

Reader notice: spoilers ahead! This piece is dedicated to those who have seen the entire AMC series “Breaking Bad”. If you’re just curious – watch the series first…

1-Imix on route to 13-Ben

Breaking Bad is all about family. “Family” is a broad term which includes many types of human relationships, regardless of actual blood connection. Its meaning is a matter of individual, custom-made truths and beliefs. Family is where identity and human connection is first established. Throughout life and well beyond death family retains its relevance and potency.


Walter Jr., a.k.a. “Flinn” (13-Ben)

13-Ben is the last day of the current trecena. This sun-sign symbolizes family and leadership. It is concerned with destiny and progeny, with sticking to principles so that aspirations can manifest and manifestations can inspire. In a family context, Ben types are leading parents and loyal offspring. They are said to carry the flame of the family fireplace and alter.

Besides Flinn, Marie Schrader was also born on a Ben day: 11-Ben.

In the following photo taken from the series’ first episode and season, there’s a company logo in the background which says “Family 1st clothing”. Skyler White (Anna Gunn, 12-Caban) is in the foreground looking shocked at her husband Walter (Bryan Cranston, 9-Caban) behind the camera. Their son Walter Jr. (R.J. Mitte, 13-Ben) is behind her, very impressed by his dad.

Skyler (Anna Gunn, 12-Caban) is shocked when she sees how her husband Walter (Cranston, 9-Caban) handles some local punks at a fashion shop called "Family 1st Clothing"

Figure 1: Skyler (12-Caban) is shocked when she sees how her husband Walter (9-Caban) handles some local punks harassing his disabled teenage son, at a fashion shop called “Family 1st Clothing”; Walter’s son Walt Jr. (13-Ben) is rather impressed.

“La familia est todos” – Hector Salamanca (4-Chuen, 1-Lamat trecena)

Caban and eastern sun-signs


Walter “Heisenberg” White, Gustavo Fring (9-Caban)

The sun-sign Caban (Earth, heartbeat) appears twice in main characters (dad and mom) and then twice again in supporting roles (lawyer and boss). It’s amazing that throughout 2+ seasons Walter was having a face-off against Gus, who was born exactly on the same Tzolkin birthday (9-Caban). Statistically, it’s a one in 260 chance (0.004%) to have such a meeting. In what ways were they similar? What’s behind their apparent differences?

Season 2, chapter 11, minute 12:00. Walter and Jesse are sitting in Saul’s office, trying to figure out how to sell all the meth they had cooked. One of their dealers got shot by competitors, the other just got out after an arrest, and the skinny dealer split. Saul suggests he setup a meeting between Walt, Jesse, and a stealthy meth-baron, who has been making and selling this chemical for over 20 years:

Saul Goodman (11-Caban): "From what I do hear about him, he (Gus Fring, 9-Caban) is like you (Walt, 9-Caban)"

Figure 2: Saul Goodman (11-Caban): “From what I do hear about him, he (Gus Fring, 9-Caban) sounds a little like you (Walt, 9-Caban)”. Good job casting!

Butterfly effect

Walter’s alias “Heisenberg” takes the nameskae of  the well known physicist of the 20th century Werner Heisenberg (born 5-Imix back in 1901). In 1932 he got a Nobel physics prize for being one of the founding fathers of quantum mechanics. His contribution had to do with what he dubbed “Matrix mechanics” back then.

In other words, while nuclear energy and potential was being discovered and tapped into, he was one of the guys who saw the overall matrix (mother/feminine) surrounding and governing the pattern (father/masculine) of substance at the atomic level. This is a forerunner to “fuzzy”, cutting-edge science, which bridges the gap between academic and spiritual students. Quantum mechanics is unique in that it resists application. It’s a purely theoretical field of study, based on observation and assumption. Unlike Newton’s laws, quantum-level understandings cannot be applied to improving the next F-16, or making it fly like in the alien’s movie.

It’s interesting that, in Breaking Bad, a middle-class talented chemist would choose the name of a physicist as his underground psudoname. Watching the series, I always thought Heisenberg was the name of a famous chemist I never heard about.

So I guess the reference is less because of professional affinity and more to do with quantum mechanics. How does this peculiar field of physics apply to the main character in Breaking Bad?

As raw as it gets

Responsible Living

Hank Schrader (10-Chicchan)

Here’s another oddity that has nothing to do with the Tzolkin. DEA agent Hank Schrader is played by an actor named DEAn Norris.

Serpent energy according to the Maya represents the very essense of life and vitality. It is a quinessential symbol of knowledge and knowing, and for this reason Serpent types are always learning about life and seeking new and old knowledge. Because of their infinite store of energy, Serpent-types can just keep going and working without any regard for their personal and physical needs. When possessed by a fascinating subject, they hardly sleep, eat, or tend to any of their comforts.

These traits seem to fit DEA agent Schrader in many ways. Add to that what Ian Lungold referred to in the Serpent as bringing “justice which is quick and sure”, a perfect fit for a law enforcement officer.

A serpent usually flows and gives to everyone until s/he gets cornered and someone crosses its line. Then the lightning-quick bite comes. Something out of the blue, hurting and final. A kiss of death.

Deep Rhythm

Skyler White (12-Caban)

Caban is the birth sun-sign of Walter, Skyler, and Saul Goodman, so they share a common nature. However, each was born on a different number (9, 12 and 11 respectively), and gender also plays into how a sun-sign manifests in the person. Caban types are highly cerebral, and think that anything in life can be understood by the mind alone. They’re highly intelligent and perpetual learners who skilfully combine these gifts to become shrewd managers and leaders.

Another of their great gifts is the ability to succeed anywhere on Earth. Caban types are good travellers who make the entire planet their home. When in unknown lands, they don’t even need to know the local language in order to make friends and get assistance.

However, their amplified mental orientation has a drawback. Sometimes a perfectly logical course of action is not the wisest way to go. For example, Walter made very logical decisions in order to provide for and protect his family. However, a wiser man in the same situation might not be as intelligent, but will be wise enough not to lose his family in the process of helping them.

So, 7 leading and supporting cast members were born on eastern (red) sun-signs, and on number 9 or higher. This adds up to a raw and energetic vibe throughout the drama, coupled with high birth numbers that add intensity and gravity. Also, east means individuality, and a lot of sensitivity and emotion – all very important ingredients in any drama.

The Northern side of Braking Bad

Jesse Pinkman (2-Oc)

Jesse Pinkman (2-Oc)

In the family story that is Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul (2-Oc) played the role of the young puppy trying to begin his own family, after his natural family kicked him out of his Home.

Although a dog (Oc) aspires to spend all his days with a good pack, he makes one hell of a loner when he chooses or has to. Jesse’s whole being and motive is around loyalty – the hallmark of any canine. Most of the series his loyalty to his master (Mr. White, he never called him otherwise) seems undying. But to turn the drama around, in the last season that loyalty is undermined by Jesse’s revealing of the truth about what Walt has morphed into.

One of the dog’s special traits can be said to be hidden in plain sight. The first time Jesse appears in the series (S1E1) he is climbing out the window of a sexy lady’s bedroom. So he’s very sensual and sexual. He loves to hang out with friends and lovers, enjoy the good things in life, and party! The same goes with dogs.

In season 4, when Jesse was coming up in Gus’s ranks, working closely with Mike (1-Ix), his skills as a natural protector were evident. Whenever you’re in the presence of an Oc type, the Maya say a unique sense of security is palpable. “This good friend will let no harm come near the pack.”

When Jesse’s job took him south of the boarder to cook for the cartel yet another canine trait became apparent. Dogs love to get around and go for walks, but like to stay around their own territory. Long voyages away from their beloved routine are not easily taken. And likewise, Jesse was very reluctant to go, and responded in shock when he realized he’s staying to work there.

Poss in boots

"I haven't been on a trip like that since college." - Antonio Banderas (1-Ix) as Puss in Boots in Shrek the Third

Michael Ehrmantraut (1-Ix)

Besides Jesse, Mike is the only northern sun-sign-born in the leading cast. One other smaller one would be Ted Beneke (10-Ik), but that’s it. Mike and Jesse ended up in a father-son kind of relationship, and Mike seemed to have Jesse’s well being in mind. But that all came to an abrupt stop, like all of Jesse’s other attempts to belong to a family, when Walt, Jesse’s real surrogate dad, killed Mike.

Ix is the feline aspect of the calendar, and it means Jaguar. Mike is first introduced into the series as an anonymous cleanup guy, sent by Saul to help Jesse off the hook on the morning Jane (12-Eb) died. Mike coached Jesse on what to say and what to do when the police arrives, took all incriminating evidence, and left.

This is how a cat operates. Stealthy, indirect, skillful, knowing. These skills were put into action often when Mike was doing his thing, for Gus and later for Walt.

Go West

"Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. Anyone may gather it and no limit is set." - Mother Teresa (6-Manik)

Badger, Skinny Pete, Don Eladio (all born 6-Manik)

Western (blue) sun-signs appear only in minor roles in Breaking Bad, but some interesting patterns appear.

When Jesse begins managing the blue meth distribution network he has three lieutenants/friends working for him: Combo, Badger, and Skinny Pete. Of these, the first was shot dead in mid-season 2. The actor’s name is Rodney Rush, and I couldn’t find his birthday.

The other two actually stayed on and appeared in many consequent chapters, including the last one. These are Badger (Matt L. Jones, born 6-Manik) and Skinny Pete (Charles Baker, born 6-Manik). So again we come across a statistical oddity, having two actors born on the same Tzolkin date appear side by side, and in this case – literally side by side. For the Ulysses Jesse is, they are the proverbial Castor and Pollux, the hero twins immortalized in the zodiac known as Gemini.

But there’s another very minor but memorable character that was born on the very same Tzolkin day. He is the Mexican drug baron Don Eladio, played by veteran TV star Steven Bauer (6-Manik).

One last odd pair

The first and the last

Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (4-imix)

Laura Fraser (4-Imix) plays the role of Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, a criminal executive for a multinational corporation named Madrigal. She has a very fragile and neurotic demeanor, and appears to be quite crazy in a way. At the same time Lydia has to be some kind of genius in order to handle the dangerous distribution operation she managed for Walt. All these are traits of the crocodile (Imix).


Hector (Tio) Salamanca (4-Chuen)

If you count 130 days (1/2 cycle) from 4-Imix you arrive at our next odd and standout character – Tio Salamanca, played by the talanted Mark Margolis (4-Chuen). The only time he has lines in the series is during flashbacks, to the time when he was still young. In his present day state he’s in a wheelchair, unable to speak, and using a bell mounted on his armrest as his only means of communication.

Tio’s nurse and his nephews use a ouija board to communicate with him. It’s like he’s already dead (ouija boards are usually used to converse only with the departed), but somehow hovers still between life and death, because maybe, just maybe he still got one last card to play. His sun-sign Chuen (monkey) is indicative of this rare ability of those born on that day – to be the joker, the wild card who nobody saw coming.

Breaking Bad: major character Tzolkin birthday layout

In the following Figure 3 I’ve arranged all the sun-signs of the leading characters and support acts, each near the number of their birthday. So it doesn’t represent any real trecena (although Jesse 2-Oc and Walter 9-Caban were born on the same trecena: 1-Muluc), but rather the Tzolkin constellation of the cast.

The one character I didn’t mention above, but appears in Figure 3, is Tuco Salamanca, who was born 9-Manik. This is exactly 130 (1/2 cycle) apart from 9-Caban.


Figure 3: Caban is most prevalent sun-sign among the major roles; both protagonists (Walt and Jesse) were born on the same trecena: 1-Muluc | size of sun-sign indicates scope of role in the series; blank spots indicate either no roles or only minor, beyond the scope of this analysis.

The road to hell is paved by good intentions

Heisenberg discovered the secrets of quantum mechanics, of the way by which there is no such thing as unrelated elements of a given organism. By realizing this, “coincidence” becomes a word used by other people.

Was it a coincidence that Jesse ended up being emotionally involved with the sister of the 10 year-old kid who shot his friend Combo (S3E11)? Was it a coincidence that Walter’s admirer Gail Boetticher was a fan of Walt Whitman poetry like Walter? It was Whitman’s poetry book, which Gail gave Walter as a gift, that eventually revealed Walt’s identity as Heisenberg to Hank, and began the last sharp dip of his crash.

It was almost perfect. But then something unexpected happened. A fly in the ointment; a snake in the garden. An off chance that somehow made a difference. “Karma” means your own doing. Nothing can really just happen to you. It’s all your own doing.

The lies which Walt thought would hold up were revealed eventually, all to his own undoing. His plans always worked because he was very shrewd and smart. But his actions also always yielded a fallout of lies and karmic debt, which all came around eventually to collect.

1-Imix trecena daily digest + video lesson

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Last week I was fortunate enough to fulfill one of my oldest wishes. I went to Hot Springs Arkansas to meet and spend time with Mike Shore of Mayan Majix. During my stay there, I had many rare conversations with Mike; the kind of talks you can only have with truly switched-on people.

Besides talking about the calendar, and how it facilitates a conscious waking up from the mainstream dream, I wanted to know much more about the late Ian Lungold from someone who worked with him for many years. I had a chance to peruse over Ian’s old photos, paper articles, and notebooks.

It was the final steps in a giant personal cycle, coming full circle. I’m still processing it all behind my mind, as my body tries to get back into sync with the local time zone.

Getting what I wished for is a purifying process, and now I’m slowly coming to terms with a new emptiness. It’s not a negative nor a positive emptiness. It’s just like a fertile field that just got harvested.

Here’s a lesson I recorded on board Mike’s lake boat, which is a short 101 Tzolkin for dummies. At the last 3 minutes of it there’s a song.

This is the Sea

These things you keep
You better throw them away
You want to turn your back
on your soulless days
Once you were tethered
now you are free
That was the River – this is the Sea
- Mike Scott (7-Muluc) and The Waterboys

There’s only so far I can go forward before I begin going back.

When water reaches the sea and becomes ONE it gets as far as it can go. Anything that transpires afterwards is already considered going back. Water will return to the mountains and begin a new journey through the veins of the land and my veins, too.

This is the overall ‘gestalt’ vibe I’m picking up around me and also deep inside. I keep hearing the words ‘critical mass’ and ‘event’ from people and texts here, there, and everywhere. It is the transition from the river consciousness to the Sea allness.

Oh, and please don’t dwell on the word ‘event’. For your own good.

To truly convey this message I sense that my best course of action right now is to stop writing. My experiences away from the keyboard (in the ‘real world’) have all of the sudden turned so engaging and vivid. When I meet friends, when I’m at home having diner – it’s just being there.

Regardless, I love writing, and will keep at it as long as someone out there is reading and syncing with me. Even if words and dissections of thought and language seem to be counter-productive, they remain my link to my past and to the people who wrote before me and with me.

We all tap into the global mind to write, read, and speak; each tracing a path up his/her specific branch of language. This human principal is known as Mercury, or Kukulkan, or Moses, Nabu, Hermes – among many other names.

But now, apart from the Mercury aspect of it, I realize that I tap into the much deeper global heartbeat (Caban) every time I emote somehow, internally or externally. When I watch a moving movie, when I pick a child up in my hands. When I can’t sleep and step outside at 3 AM to watch all those Stars.

No thinking, no wild day-dream imagining – just conversing on the spot with the situation, with that other me out there.

Is it time to put down all speculation, for the sole purpose of dissolving all our respective sequences of causality?

Is it time to begin emoting, acting, and talking under the firm conviction that those are the only factors that create subjective reality?

Is this a complete overhaul of the concept of responsibility?

It is.

In The Beginning

1-Imix: Leviathan

Born on this day: Robert McNamara, Amy Smart, Jennifer Aniston, Billy Wilder, Billy Bob Thornton, Alan Watts, Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Nick Cave


“Myths are not untrue. In myth there’s an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the World” – Alan Watts (1-Imix)

So, here we go again.

2-Ik: Spirit

Born on this day: Ezra Pound, Slash (Guns n’ Roses), Kylie Minogue, Cynthia Nixon, Anthony Burgess


“The author’s conviction on this day of the New Year is that music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance; that poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music.” – Ezra Pound (2-Ik)

Continuing the discussion about Hermes/Mercury, Ik is the initial appearance of mind and spirit in the standard uinal (20-day period). It blows both ways. Wind begins with the number 2, since the first number that ever appeared in awareness WAS 2. It wasn’t One. It sounds absurd, but the number 1 came right after 2.

This is because in order to even have a concept of number you have to evolve from a unitary consciousness, where all is ONE, to a duality where discernment is possible. So when you realize there can be two of something you also realize that before there was only one.

3-Akbal: Campfire

Born on this day: Dennis Hopper, Jason Statham, Louis C.K., John Williams (composer)


“You gotta be kidding. I mean, you know who this is, man? This is Captain America. I’m Billy. Hey, we’re headliners baby.” – Dennis Hopper (3-Akbal) as Billy in Easy Rider

Akbal is the dark house of the underworld, where we spend the night until dawn arrives. It is the sign of inspiration and intuition – of storytelling. When you meet someone born under this sign s/he’ll always have a story to tell you; something that makes perfect sense, and at the same time – based on profound spiritual truth.

The 3rd stage stands for exuberant action and communication on all levels and in all directions. Thus, 3-Akbal is like an engine of gut-reactions and rudimentary logic that drives the most physical trecena on offer (1-Imix).

4-Kan: Plenty

Born on this day: Shlomo Artzi, Seth Green, Adele (singer), Michael Madsen, Sonny Rollins, Hyman Rickover, Nigel Hawthorne


“That woman deserves her revenge, and we deserve to die.” – Michael Madsen (4-Kan) as Budd in Kill Bill Vol. 2

The darkness and uncertainty of yesterday (Akbal) took some luck and good ideas to negotiate successfully. Now it’s time to set the boundaries for the next time Transformation is called for.

Kan (seed, lizard) is considered the most basic form of abundance. The seed is small, and can be stored in bulk in normal conditions without spoiling for a very long time. When it is needed, it is placed in convenient surroundings and conditions to begin growing. This means that 1 full silo of grain turns into bread for many thousands next year. This is nature’s abundance in its most humble form.

As another southern sun-sign (Eb) teaches,  the most humble have the best chances to achieve abundance. I don’t mean humble like a mendicant necessarily. I mean humble like someone who has the gift of listening.

4-Kan draws four lines in the sand and says – these are the minimal criteria for the physical world (Imix).

5-Chicchan: LIFE

Born on this day: Srinivasa Ramanujan, Andy Griffith, Marilyn Monroe, Demetri Martin (comedian), Sylvia Plath, Barbara Marx Hubbard


“Story of my life. I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop.” – Marilyn Monroe (5-Chicchan) as Sugar in ‘Some Like it Hot’

6-Cimi: Going, going GONE!

Born on this day: William Jennings Bryan, Joaquin Phoenix, Ivri Lider

Going, going, GONE!

“This is not a contest between persons. The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error.” – William Jennings Bryan (6-Cimi) in his speech ‘Cross of Gold’ 1896

7-Manik: Revival

Born on this day: Wade Boggs, B.B. King, Ricky Martin, Sean Combs (Puff Daddy), Jacques Brel, Allen Ginsberg, Benazir Bhutto, Matthew McConaughey, Johnny Depp, Alex Jones, Steve Kroft


“I know death comes. I’ve seen too much death, young death.” – Benazir Bhutto (7-Manik) delivering her prophetic speech ‘Destiny’s Daughter’ 2007

This speech was given 8 months before she was assassinated under mysterious circumstances.

8-Lamat: Harmony

Born on this day: Babe Ruth, Jessica Simpson, Samantha Fox, Saffron (singer), Dido, Cyndi Lauper, Donovan, Emir Kusturica, Kathy Bates, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Me


“… I’m stumbling down the highway on my boots of steel. I should be rolling down the skyway on my cosmic wheels” – Donovan (8-Lamat) ‘Cosmic Wheels’

9-Muluc: Water

Born on this day: Salvador Dalí, Terry Jones (Monty Python), Levi Eshkol (3rd Israeli PM), John Demartini (The Secret), Robbie Williams, Max von Sydow


“Saying ‘We will destroy terrorism’ is about as meaningful as saying: “We shall annihilate mockery.” – Terry Jones (9-Muluc)

The above quote was taken from an interview with Jones that was published on the Daily Telegraph December 1st 2001. This was just short of 3 months following the September Eleventh tragedy. According to the Tzolkin, the publishing date is 9-Ik, which is exactly 13 days after Jones had his Tzolkin birthday.

More Timely insights from Jones:

“Ludicrous concepts…like the whole idea of a “war on terrorism”. You can wage war against another country, or on a national group within your own country, but you can’t wage war on an abstract noun. How do you know when you’ve won? When you’ve got it removed from the Oxford English Dictionary?”

“It took 200 years for the Crusaders to create [this] Muslim fanaticism. It was the exact imitation of Christian intolerance.”

10-Oc: LOVE

Born on this day: J. K. Rowling, Tia Carrere, Vladimir Putin


“There was a lot more to magic, as Harry quickly found out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words.” – J. K. Rowling (10-Oc) in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

More from Rowling:

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”

11-Chuen: Humor

Born on this day: Shannen Doherty, David Duchovny, Shimon Peres (8th Israeli PM, immediately past President), Stanley Kubrick, Karl von Clausewitz, Lars von Trier, Tracy Thorn


“I will confine myself to reaffirming that Israel will not be the first country to introduce nuclear weapons to the region.” – Shimon Peres (11-Chuen)

12-Eb: WAY

Born on this day: LeVar Burton (Star Trek TNG), Maurice Ravel, Django Reinhardt, Doug Fister (SP Detroit Tigers), Yitzhak Rabin (5th Israeli PM), Jeff Bridges (a.k.a. The Dude), Chaim Topol (a.k.a. Fiddler on the Roof), David Zucker


“The Dude abides” – Jeff Bridges (12-Eb) as the other Lebowski

“We are destined to live together, on the same soil in the same land.” – Yitzhak Rabin

13-Ben: Family

Born on this day: Joel David Coen, Diana Krall, Menachem Begin (6th Israeli PM), Michael Crichton, R.J. Mitte (Breaking Bad)


“Israel is still the only country in the world against which there is a written document to the effect that it must disappear.” – Menachem Begin (13-Ben)