Good day to die
Yesterday soldiers died in an explosion. Civilians died too. Their body vehicle expired and their spirit was set free to cast shadows on the memory of those who loved them, those left behind to mourn a great loss.
Spirit dwells within bodies and without them. When I am conscious of spirit it is near me, guiding my thoughts and actions, interfacing with this world through me. When I am not conscious of it, spirit still guides me, near though not within my attention.
In one of his allusions to esoteric knowledge, Shakespeare once called sleep “the small death”. So what comes after death?
06:20 (birth) blank awareness, oblivion
06:22 (baby) get out of bed, get into shower
07:00 (child) eat breakfast, think about today
09:30 (young adult) work/study/DO
12:30 (adult) have lunch, reflect and plan
22:30 (near death) drowsy reading in bed
So every day is a mini-cycle of life and death, and my tenure on planet earth is a longer cycle, with a similar arc of composing and decomposing. In other words, remembering someone from yesterday on the daily cycle is like remembering someone from a previous life on the longer cycle.
But wait a minute. What about those young soldiers and innocent civilians who got blown up yesterday in Gaza? They didn’t get a chance to grow old and depart surrounded by their loved ones. They left a gaping vacuum behind them, a trail of tears and despair.
The effects of the tragedy reverberate long after a young life is cut short. The absence becomes stronger than the presence. But it is only through comparison that a life can be defined as being lived in full or cut too short. It is defined as a tragedy by the ones left behind who have to deal with the aching absence of their loved one, those that imagine what could have been if…
Somehow, life goes on, and the wind keeps blowing.
Note: this post is one of the few I haven’t written about in full yet. 1-Muluc is another, and 1-Ix is yet another. Ik is definitely one of the sun-signs I’ve never managed to pin down like I did for most sun-signs. I’m therefore publishing a partial post, hoping to fill up the gaps soon. In the meantime, I’ve listed the celebrities, quotes, and sequence of day glyphs for the 1-Ik trecena.
1-Ik [26 July 2014]
Born on this day: Pink, Sade, Robert Johnson, Mick Jones (The Clash), Otto von Bismarck, Scott Bakula, Lesley Stahl
I like good quotes, which is why I keep copying them into my posts. A good quote puts into words good ideas and points to wise and deep courses of thought. The day of good communications is known as Ik, the sign of the wind and spirit (among other meanings).
In the glyph, the horizontal line represents the wind, and the perpendicular line is a tree. Trees and winds are intimately related in the Mayan culture, and might even be considered to be one organism. The wind carries seeds across great distances, and they fall to become new trees at new locations.
In the same way, good ideas are like seeds that fertilize new lands when they are communicated (like a quote).
A good idea moves mountains and meets deadlines with great gusto. It’s a glimpse of what a better reality could look like, which sets wheels in motion.
Good communications is key in any community, be it a community of brain cells (as in good thinking) or a beehive (good honey) or a Kibbutz (good parties).
2-Akbal [27 July 2014]
Born on this day: Chris Lowe, Joe Strummer, Agatha Christie, Joseph Campbell, Alan Bates, Víctor Martínez
3-Kan [28 July 2014]
Born on this day: Marilyn Manson, Queen Elizabeth II, Steven M. Greer, Joseph Goebbels, Arthur Conan Doyle, Paul Melnyk (Saints of British Rock), Brian Eno
3-Kan represents fertile seeds that the wind (1-Ik) carries to distant locations. The seeds travel in all directions. There are so many of them, so it doesn’t really matter where they end up, or whether they strike root or not. When distribution is carried out by the wind in all directions, some seeds are bound to become successfully in becoming new plants.
Other seeds may lay dormant for years until their opportunity comes along. Time means little to good, fertile potential.
4-Chicchan [29 July 2014]
Foundation of life
Born on this day: Huey Lewis, Ken Wilber, Adam Smith, Sean Austin, Tom Sizemore, Angelina Jolie, Wil Wheaton, Andrew Carnegie
5-Cimi [30 July 2014]
Born on this day: Joe Torre, Charlie Chaplin, Erica Badu, Simon Cowell, Monica Bellucci
6-Manik [31 July 2014]
Born on this day: Brent Spinner, Mother Teresa, Jackson Pollock, Steven Bauer
7-Lamat [1 August 2014]
Purpose = Plenty
Born on this day: John Forbes Nash, Carl Sagan, Benjamin Netanyahu, Grace Jones
8-Muluc [2 August 2014]
Waters above, waters below
Born on this day: Oprah Winfrey, Joan Rivers, Salomon Mayer von Rothschild, Che Guevara, Thelonious Monk, Clive Owen, Eugene Levy, Frank Ribéry, Carles Puyol, Wilt Chamberlain
9-Oc [3 August 2014]
Born on this day: Mark Twain, Charles Bukowski, Stephen Biko, Adolf Hitler, Catherine Ashton, Eugene V. Debs, Paris Hilton, Laurence Wachowski, Stephen Spielberg, Steve Carell, Ernest Borgnine
10-Chuen [4 August 2014]
Born on this day: Nikita Khrushchev, James Monroe (5th US president), Bruce McGill, Buddy Miles, Alister Crowley, Neil Armstrong
11-Eb [5 August 2014]
Born on this day: Stephen Fry, Nat King Cole, Carl Bernstein, Milton Berle, J. Edgar Hoover, Dale Bumpers, Gene Wilder
12-Ben [6 August 2014]
Born on this day: Geri Halliwell, Dave Grohl, Brad Renfro, Dan Arieli
13-Ix [7 August 2014]
Born on this day: Unknown hero