1-Lamat trecena daily digest

When the credits come up at the end of the feature the theater lights are turned back on. It’s time to get off your seat and walk out into reality, pondering the make-believe experience you just went through.

It fades so fast. Five minutes ago you were still riveted to your seat, living some other life. Now you try to grasp at stale excitement, an elusive odor that is now obsolete.

1-Lamat: “Baby, I’m a star!” – Prince, 12-Cauac

World – keep on turnin’

I'm so darn glad HE let me try it again,
'cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin.
I'm so glad that I know more than I knew then.
Gonna keep on tryin' till I reach the Highest Ground.
- Stevie Wonder (3-Eb)

1-Lamat: Starseed

Born on this day: Roger Daltrey, Avril Lavigne, Willem Dafoe, Rene Russo, Tiffani Thiessen, Keith Allen, Engelbert Humperdinck

Starseed

“I can go anyway, way I choose. I can live anyhow, win or lose. I can go anywhere, for something new. Anyway, anyhow, anywhere I choose.” – Roger Daltrey (1-Lamat), Anyway

1-Lamat begins the trecena of the Spiritual abundance embodied by the maturity of learning yesterday’s lessons to the letter. It is the last chance to gather insights and precious lessons from the current frame of awareness. Beginning September 3rd, the Tzolkin autumn will begin, and it’ll be time to manage the seeds that are collected Now.

It is the last trecena of the round, located in the 13th uinal a.k.a. Saturday. The resolutions I decide to focus upon are all going to be packed and shipped over to the next Tzolkin round. These will then be unpacked according to my personal sequence, and applied to my future reality.

Stage 13 is the equivalent of the Fruit stage of the natural cycle in the Flora domain. So what do I do with fruit? I can eat it, save the seed for next season, or let it rot on the vine or the on ground after falling under the tree.

So, metaphorically, these are my options regarding whatever my awareness picks up during the next 12 days. Let’s say I’m 3 months after finishing a house renovation. A good friend shares his experience and viewpoint and singles out an idea I can implement to make my home even more beautiful, efficient, practical – whatever.

I can disregard it, I can “consume” it right now and get my ladder and tools, or I can just keep it for the next round of renovations.

Who’s watching me watching you?

Every star has two sides to it – two observers. You never really know who’s looking down at you from the night sky. There are so many of them; there are so many of us. The multiplying aspect of Lamat means that the more convinced I am about something – the more surprised I’ll be one day when I realize that the opposite view can be just as convincing.

This Lamat duality is especially potent where Lamat rules – the 13th Uinal. It is the dilemma between fruit and seed, between One and Thirteen and back again.

2-Muluc: Wet Moon

Born on this day: Mickey Rourke, Madeline Kahn, John Travolta, Omar Hakim

Wet Moon

“But the servant must wait, while the master bates.” – Madeline Kahn (2-Muluc), History of the World Part I

Boy, 2-Muluc. If there ever was a day in which José Argüelles came up with the idea that Muluc is the moon – it would be today.

The moon reflects the sun as water does. The moon draws and releases bodies of water.

2-Muluc is recognizing this feminine heartbeat that’s so easy to overlook. For the star (Lamat) to become a near source of Light (Ahau) it must first recognize the pattern of reflection in this world; the play of origin and destination. The key for achieving this realization lies in Muluc – one of the 3 Gathering signs in this trecena (along with Ix and Cauac).

Muluc tells me that gathering begins with a true intent of gratitude and sharing later. The Offering of water means that I’m gathering water not just for myself and my own, but as an offering to another or to the Divine. This liberation from personal indulgences creates a gap in mind and awareness.

When I gather just for my own survival my awareness is not the same. When I gather through Muluc I allow new available space in my being. This space wiggles and vibrates with refreshing overtones, as all new space does, and gives me the gift of adaptability. These two ingredients – the gap and the fluidity – are exactly what creation needs to present me with new abundance in places I never knew before.

3-Oc: Omni-Love

Born on this day: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Nelson Mandela, Eddie Murphy, Annette Bening, Chico Marx, Newt Gingrich

OMNI-LOVE

“(- Now, then, baboons, what is a corpuscle?) – That’s Easy. First ‘s a Captain, then ‘s a Lieutenant then ‘s a Corpuscle.” – Chico Marx (3-Oc), Horse Feathers

Whatever you come across as News, my advice to you is to take it with a pinch of ridicule and doubt. Why? Well, yesterday was 2-Muluc, dealing with illusions that inhibit thankful sharing. Tomorrow will be 4-Chuen, realizing that not taking things too seriously leads ultimately to the truth (11-Edznab) and enlightenment (13-Ahau).

But hey, besides the serious Oppenheimer 3-Oc seems to be about something very funny and liberating. Nelson Mandela is still inspiring good people today, and so do Eddie Murphy and Chico Marx.

Under the Hood

Yesterday’s dilemma is resolved by today’s sun-sign Oc and its message of Love and loyalty, along with the 3rd stage of rhythm and motion.

The Dog has similar meanings in various cultures. In Islam he’s the one animal admitted into heaven. In the Greco-Egyptian stream the Dog is Sirius the faithful dog-star (duo-star, to be exact) that faithfully affects affairs down here on Earth from millions of light-years away.

According to other studies it is also associated with the planet Mercury, governing faithful communication of knowledge and wisdom.

In the Book of Numbers (12:4) Caleb Ben Yefune was one of the twelve scouts who “went in front of the camp” to tour the promised land. Ten of the scouts reported high impregnable walls and towers, a host of giants, advanced war machinery and a big useless desert. Two scouts, Caleb and Joshua were the only ones who told the people that the land is good, and that any adversaries there are no match for them. As a reward, they were the only two who were admitted into the promised land, as the old generation of the Desert all died away.

In Hebrew, Caleb (or Kelev) means Dog, and the word itself can be meaningfully divided: Lev means heart and Ke-lev means ‘all heart’ or ‘as a heart’.

For the Maya Oc carries a torch in his jaws and leads the way for Man down the dark labyrinth  of the underworld.

All this symbolism makes perfect sense, and it comes together to stand for the kind of love and devotion that goes beyond Death. When coupled with the 3rd stage, which is the fuel that drives the next 10 days – I get something very romantic and warmhearted.

It feels like the right key ingredient during the current edition of Ascension by Dawn.

best-friend Comedians

Here’s Chico (3-Oc) Groucho (6-Ahau, previous trecena), and Harpo (4-Ik) Marx in Horse Feathers, during a college biology lesson:

4-Chuen: Fantasia has no Boundaries

Born on this day: Trey Parker, Tina Turner, Mark Margolis, David Bowie, Marie Fredriksson (Roxette), Sean Connery, 1st Atomic Bomb (Hiroshima)

FANTASIA HAS NO BOUNDARIES

“Oh man, look at those cavemen go! It’s the freakiest show.” – David Bowie (4-Chuen), Life on Mars

Chuen is the spirit of art and craft, and today it appears on the trecena of the Star to become a what’s called a Rock-Star. You know, like Ziggy Stardust.

Art assumes a stable expression on 4-Chuen; firm foundations of creativity to build upon. Hence – Rock (solid)-Star. It originates from love (Oc), transmutes loyalty to others into loyalty to a higher self, and thus enhances creation by adding a weaving motion to the flow of time. Chuen weaves ideas into the tapestry of existence, and turns mundane time into a play of destiny.

It is said that a true artist is the one who makes obvious something that was completely disregarded. Well, when the artist manifests and then wanes the Road (Eb) becomes clearer.

Going back to the cultural discussion under 3-Oc, it seems that Chuen embodies the other aspect of the planet Mercury (the first being faithful communication – Oc). This other aspect deals with the craftiness, playfulness and ingenuity that complement and are the result of the first aspect.

Here’s Marie Fredriksson (4-Chuen) and Roxette in an inspiring song:

Listen to your heart

There’s nothing else you can do

5-Eb: Man’s Stairway

Born on this day: Ron Paul, Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th US President), Fred Alan Wolf, Mike Myers, Claus von Stauffenberg, Rev. Jim Jones

MAN'S STAIRWAY

“BIBLE – Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth” – Mike Myers (5-Eb), The Love Guru

On November 18th, 1978 Rev. Jim Jones (5-Eb) led his sheepfold to mass suicide, emulating the desperate story of Massada from the 1st century CE. He was the kind of leader that could actually pull that kind of sacrifice off on a grand scale. He shares his Tzolkin birthday with two other common-people leaders: Ron Paul and Ike.

Another 5-Eb heroic failure would be Claus von Stauffenberg.

5-Eb means knowing how to find and follow your one true path of integrity and purpose, which must always lead upwards and onwards, like a staircase. Having established Chuen in the previous stage, I now return to the theme cardinal direction for the first time (south) and incorporate the essence of Eb in order to walk the path of the Stars.

5-Eb also means knowing what moves you forward and what keeps you back, as the Buddha once said (Buddha being the Hindu name for Mercury). Since Eb is a sensitive and communal sun-sign, those boosters and obstacles can be the subtlest things – an orchard in bloom, a far-away snow-capped peak, an off remark.

Rather than keeping things hidden inside, today I share my thoughts about where I am and where I’m heading. I pin-point the landmarks that offer promise, and those that present challenge. I rally my tribe to follow me down the star-spangled path of the universe.

You know, like Ike.

6-Ben: Staff of Tradition

Born on this day: Andy García, Meat Loaf, Beck, John McEnroe, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Graham Hancock

STAFF OF TRADITION

“I really love that Rock n’ Roll!” – Meatloaf (6-Ben) as Eddie in the Rocky Horror Picture Show

I think you have to be born on a Ben day to be the head of a distinguished family dynasty, like old Mayer was in the mid 18th century. He raised his five daughters and five sons – literally raised them, as any spiritual ladder/leader does; from the ghetto to the very top of the world.

Of course, the five sons in particular were his life-long project. In due time, he sent each son to a different country in Europe in order to establish a financial and political beachhead. All five sons succeeded beyond imagination. When the French Revolution came along the family business got a boost from supplying Britain with mercenaries – a business move many think they still use today.

In his recent book, Kenneth Johnson depicts Ben-types as being insatiable at their worst. They can never quite get enough of anything. Does this trait fit Mayer’s card by some strange coincidence?

Biographies aside, 6-Ben embodies a unique mix of tradition (6) and family (Ben). These two words seem to go along well together, and share a mutual web of meaning. As opposed to the example I gave above with Rothschild and the extremities of the Ben aspect, 6-Ben is a balanced and nurturing mother – the kind of guiding light of the family and home that Ian Lungold talked about. She draws her power from the last Eastern sign we had – Muluc, and her every action is dedicated to elevating herself and her family.

Here’s Beck (6-Ben) doing “Deadweight”:

This music video has scenes from the movie “A life less ordinary” (1997). Amazingly, it includes 3 people born on the same trecena: Beck (today), Cameron Diaz (10-Caban) and Ewan McGregor (12-Cauac).

Don’t let the Sun catch you crying…

7-Ix: Magic Mountain

Born on this day: Muhammad Ali, Sarah Palin, Waco siege end

MAGIC MOUNTAIN

“I’m the greatest thing that ever lived. I’m so great I don’t have a mark on my face. I shook up the world.” – Muhammad Ali (7-Ix)

After 2-Muluc, the second Gathering sun-sign in this trecena appears on stage Se7en. Ix is the sign of magic and of skill. It embodies a gathering of spiritual potential.

The Starry Shaman 7-Ix lives on the top of the Magic Mountain. He shows me the path that I’ve walked so far, through 19 trecenas, and teaches me that the ultimate purpose of the journey is something magical and profound, something that’s lying in ambush for me on the next Tzolkin round.

Muhammad Ali (7-Ix) interviewed before and then right after his “Rumble in the Jungle” bout with Foreman in Zaire: “I’ll TKO him. Humiliation will stop this fight!

8-Men: Forever Vision

Born on this day: Bryan Adams, Émile Zola, Gates McFadden (Star Trek TNG), Swami Vivekananda, Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN, 60 Minutes)

Forever Vision

“In a day when you don’t come across any problems — you can be sure that you are traveling in the wrong path.” – Swami Vivekananda (8-Men), Pearls of Wisdom

On January 6, 2009, CNN announced that Gupta had been considered for the position of Surgeon General by President Barack Obama.” – Wiki on Gupta

I think Gupta can make a dandy Surgeon General. Big pharma and big medicare have nothing to worry about. NOT!

Panoramic vision is one of the gifts that the Eagle was given by the Maker. This aspect is true for all Men days, but 8-Men has a special twist to it.

Let’s say I have panoramic vision but at the same time I’m also biased towards a particular course of action. I will probably use my vision to pursue that course without considering alternatives. Maybe it’s just because I’m used to it.

8-Men doesn’t have that problem. Since this kin is multiplied by Lamat’s energy, and ultimately leads to enlightenment (13-Ahau) it has no permanent bias to speak of. It is an idealized version of Men that is totally free on all levels because of its fine balance.

Jesus, meet Krishna

On September 11th 1893 (2-Men) Swami Vivekananda (8-Men) took the stage at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago, representing India and Hinduism, and gave the following famous speech:

Some say that this speech brought the spiritual philosophy of the sub-continent to the West for the first time. Well, I’m not too sure about that, but I’m pretty sure it’s the first time an Indian guru was recorded on tape, speaking to some seven thousand people in Illinois.

9-Cib: Wisdom of Patience

Born on this day: Tori Spelling, Warren Buffett, Marlon Brando, Gabi Ashkenazi (previous Israeli Chief of General Staff)

Wisdom of Patience

“After all, we’re not murderers, in spite of what this undertaker thinks.” – Marlon Brando (9-Cib), The Godfather

Warren Buffet (9-Cib), the Godfather’s aura has been dispelled. Take a seat.

The cardinal direction of the trecena appears again today, 9-Cib. This day has a special emphasis on our ancestors and on honoring their memories and wisdom (even more than other Cib days).

Honoring fore-bearers and parents is a value that is common to all mankind, and it seems to be indispensable. If I thought I can do without it when I was a child, chances are I’ll have no choice but to do without it when I have my own children (because they’ll do the same to me). When my parents are no more I will think about the honor I gave them while they were around. I’ll face the mirror with my own children, and strive to create something new with them.

Since the next stage is manifestation, stage 9 stands for the actions and factors that lead to it. It is always close to the now, but not quite (t)here. The wisdom and tranquility of our ancestors (Cib) is the same. It is available to me through reminiscing at any given time, but it’s already disembodied and above the material plain, so it’s never here.

Maybe this is the reason why Kenneth Johnson points out that the Nine days are usually reserved for remembrance  rituals, taking place in graveyards and memorial sites. I assume that 9-Cib and 9-Ahau are especially devoted to those, and for good reason.

10-Caban: Universal Heartbeat Now

Born on this day: Chris Noth (Sex and the City), Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Avigdor Lieberman (Israeli Secratery of State), Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Incumbent Turkish PM), Marco van Basten, Lara Logan

UNIVERSAL HEARTBEAT NOW

The Star (1-Lamat) manifests as the Global Heartbeat (10-Caban)

Lara Logan (10-Caban) was born 2 days after Sanjay Gupta (8-Men) according to the Tzolkin. They are both doing very well in the mainstream media. I wonder where they draw their lines of integrity. Does their Boss help them draw it?

One aspect of Caban has to do with frequencies, modulations, and harmonics. The rules that govern these sciences seem to permeate and remain relevant on all planes and spectra.

For example, in harmonics there is a term called resonance. Resonance appears in music as well as in color. It manifests in network meetings under pavilions and during live performances on stage.

It happens when I write something and you know what I mean.

But always, every time the trecena chimes Ten – responsibility dawns. Other 10’s might take a break. Not 10-Caban. Since it carries within it the resonant message of all previous manifestations, 10-Caban chooses responsibility every time. It’s very logical to do so. It is the only thing conceivable.

Well-paid, misguided beauty

Here’s Lara Logan (10-Caban) rattling her saber, sounding very much like other prominent men born on this nawal, like Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan, and Israel’s foreign minister Avigdor Liberman – another well known bigot.

I’m unimpressed, Lara. But you’re some eye candy!

11-Edznab: Tomorrow’s Mirror

Born on this day: Britney Spears, Condoleezza Rice, Kiefer Sutherland, Dominic Monaghan (portraid Merry in LOTR 2001-3), Chris Farley

Tomorrow's Mirror

“I can get a great look at a t-bone steak by shoving my head up a bull’s ass but I’d rather take the butchers word for it.” – Chris Farley (11-Edznab)

I wouldn’t bet on an end-date if I wasn’t willing to gamble on the extraordinary off-chance. You know, like Kiefer Sutherland (11-Edznab) did in “Flatliners” back in 1990.

But then, coming back to reality, I count numerous “end dates” that came and went in the past. The usual example would be the Y2K bug, but there were famous men and women of divination that clearly marked a certain date for something extraordinary to happen, on cue. And then that date came and went into obscurity, followed by the fame and name of the professed prophet.

However, I only need one end-date to be correct in order to manifest this long-awaited “Event”. I’m sick of waiting and I have no more fear of catastrophes. But most of all, I’d like an end-date to be true in order to, ultimately, have it behind me already!

I can go on and on, by the way – going back and forth between heart and mind, cause and effect, Orient and Occident. The mirror does that to me.

In essence, 11-Edznab means Reality as a twist in the plot, as an anti-climax. The key question 11-Edznab asks me regarding my preoccupation with end-dates and prophecies that work is – Then what? You still need to clean up, remember? Don’t you know the destiny of Man?

I mean, think about it. Just about now – aren’t you in a mood for another Adventure?

Rhythm is a dancer

Shlomo Bar (11-Edznab) is a Moroccan-born musician who wrote the music for an 80’s band called “The Natural Selection”. His fellow band members were from many different countries, including India, Israel, and Iraq. Here he is  singing “Yeladim ze simcha” (Children are happiness):

12-Cauac: Purple Rain

Born on this day: [music] Prince, Miles Davis, Antonín Dvořák, Alban Berg, Butch Vig (Garbage, “Nevermind” producer), Jonas Hellborg; [stage/screen] Steve Martin, Peter Sellers, Kyle MacLachlan, Ewan McGregor, Tim Allen; [politics] John C. Breckinridge (14th US VP)

Purple Rain

“If I can’t really find a way to live with myself, I can’t expect anyone else to live with me.” – Peter Sellers (12-Cauac), The Hollywood Book of Extravagance

The third and last Gathering sign is Cauac – rain clouds are collecting water and bringing a storm of Purification and freshness.

Whatever transpired around the vernal equinox is already yesterday’s news. Today I understand the deep meaning of being cleansed; of preparing happily in the bathroom for an amazing night out with some neighborhood demigods.

ATHEISTS got no song

Before signing off, here’s the indestructible Steve Martin (12-Cauac) singing about the Atheist’s angst:

13-Ahau: Everything is Satisfactual

Born on this day: Ethan Jesse Coen (younger brother of filmaker duo), Ron Howard, Alan Arkin, Nigel Terry, Arjen Robben, Japan surrenders 1945, Bob Dole

Everything is Satisfactual

“Today, freedom is on the offensive, democracy is on the march.” – Douglas MacArthur (4-Edznab) in his WWII Victory broadcast, on 5-Edznab

13-Ahau. Clock strikes 13, it is almost tomorrow.

Stage 13 undoubtedly affects the following stage 1. One is never a beginning. It is a seed of yesterday’s fruit.

Could it be that 13-Ahau is the fruit of the entire round that’s ending? Could it be exercising its effect on the entire round to come?

If it does, then any other day on the Tzolkin must do the same.

The Tzolkin round is circular and endless. I apply beginning dates and end-dates just so I’ll be able to grasp its dance somehow. A dance that cannot be frozen inside a word for more than one day.

However, taking this powerful masculine sun-sign Ahau and coupling it with number 13 must mean something. The same goes for tomorrow: 1-Imix – the young alligator in the swamp marks the beginning of Fall. In the real world northern hemisphere the beginning of fall is also immanent.

Ain’t that right on time?

Drastic Love,

Eagle

1-Ik trecena daily digest

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.

1-IK: Mercury, The Pyramid of Giza, School Diplomas – No Swamp in sight

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]

One voice

Born on this day: Pink, Sade, Robert Johnson, Mick Jones (The Clash), Otto von Bismarck, Scott Bakula, Lesley Stahl

One Voice

“A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence.” – Otto von Bismarck (1-Ik)

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]

Dual intuition

Born on this day: Chris Lowe, Joe Strummer, Agatha Christie, Joseph Campbell, Alan Bates, Víctor Martínez

Dual Intuition

“The difficulty of beginning will be nothing to the difficulty of knowing how to stop.” – taken from Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie (2-Akbal)

3-Kan [28 July 2014]

Natural rhythm

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

Natural Rhythm

“Is adult entertainment killing our children? Or is killing our children entertaining adults?” – Marilyn Manson (3-Kan)

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

"The power of love is a curious thing" - Huey Lewis (4-Chicchan)

“The power of love is a curious thing” – Huey Lewis (4-Chicchan)

5-Cimi [30 July 2014]

Chnage power

Born on this day: Joe Torre, Charlie Chaplin, Erica Badu, Simon Cowell, Monica Bellucci

"I don't want to create a revolution — I just want to create a few more films." - Charlie Chaplin (5-Cimi)

“I don’t want to create a revolution — I just want to create a few more films.” – Charlie Chaplin (5-Cimi)

6-Manik [31 July 2014]

Traditional shamanism

Born on this day: Brent Spinner, Mother Teresa, Jackson Pollock, Steven Bauer

"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)

“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)

7-Lamat [1 August 2014]

Purpose = Plenty

Born on this day: John Forbes Nash, Carl Sagan, Benjamin Netanyahu, Grace Jones

"What are the stars? Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars." - Carl Sagan (7-Lamat), Cosmos (1980)

“What are the stars? Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.” – Carl Sagan (7-Lamat), Cosmos (1980)

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

"The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth." - Che Guevara (8-Muluc), On Revolutionary Medicine (1960)

“The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.” – Che Guevara (8-Muluc), On Revolutionary Medicine (1960)

9-Oc [3 August 2014]

Intensely canine

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

"My ambition is handicapped by my laziness." - Charles Bukowski (9-Oc), Factotum (1975)

“My ambition is handicapped by my laziness.” – Charles Bukowski (9-Oc), Factotum (1975)

10-Chuen [4 August 2014]

Voila!

Born on this day: Nikita Khrushchev, James Monroe (5th US president), Bruce McGill, Buddy Miles, Alister Crowley, Neil Armstrong

"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river." - Nikita Khrushchev (10-Chuen)

“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.” – Nikita Khrushchev (10-Chuen)

11-Eb [5 August 2014]

Slight detour

Born on this day: Stephen Fry, Nat King Cole, Carl Bernstein, Milton Berle, J. Edgar Hoover, Dale Bumpers, Gene Wilder

"The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists." - J. Edgar Hoover (11-Eb)

“The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” – J. Edgar Hoover (11-Eb)

12-Ben [6 August 2014]

Understanding destiny

Born on this day: Geri Halliwell, Dave Grohl, Brad Renfro, Dan Arieli

"I had a little love, now I'm back for more." - Geri Halliwell (12-Ben), When 2 become 1

“I had a little love, now I’m back for more.” – Geri Halliwell (12-Ben), When 2 become 1

13-Ix [7 August 2014]

Divine majik

Born on this day: Unknown hero

The eternal jaguar stalks outside my peripheral vision

“The eternal jaguar stalks outside my peripheral vision” – Eagle Solomon (8-Lamat), son of 13-Ix

TBD

1-Muluc trecena daily digest

Go home crybabies. TV reporters and anchorpersons, trying desperately to keep their job. TV is programming, which in sound is too close to
“frog-ramming”.

Let the frog-lovers out there have their feast in private and quit inviting me into their fear-porn. Direct viewing has rendered all programming null and void to any among us who cares about his/her mental hygiene.

Nowadays my favorite TV series is Breaking Bad, where Walter White  (9-Caban) and Jesse Pinkman (2-Oc) are the main stars. Both of them were born in this trecena. So I put it on my computer screen, which is one option, and keep the TV in the attic. Otherwise, I might connect it to the computer and realize my job is done.

I’ve been dodging payment to the national TV “TAX” (Channel One) for the past 10 years or so. The only reason I keep getting payment requests from those dinosaurs is because once I used to pay. Now, I’m sitting in my lounge, typing at my keyboard, with the TV in its original cardboard box right next to me.

I’m dying for the TV Tax enforcement squad to come by my house for a cold drink of water, followed by picking this fine piece of oriental tech and giving it to someone who still, for some inertia-related reason, needs it. This is the officially-declared penalty for those who refuse to pay.

Apparently, their enforcement squad has suffered budget cuts, or else they want me to keep the TV in case I happen to relapse.

So, if you’re working for the national TV tax goon squad, you’re invited to come with your van and donate my set to:

1-Muluc: Resolve to complete dedication

Seventy five per-cent Water

When considering several different world cultures, Muluc closely resonates with Water (and purification), Illusion, the Moon, and reflection as a broad concept.

In the Dreamspell system he invented, José Argüelles (10-Chicchan, last trecena) called this sun-sign “Moon” for good reason. The crescent moon is the bowl or vessel by which the moon goddess draws holy water for her rituals of purification and regeneration. The moon also governs the waters of the earth, tides and ebbs, as well as the waters of women. A woman has 13 moon cycles each year.

According to a famous Buddhist parable, the moonlight is reflected on the surface of the water, contained within many bowls. It appears that there is a moon in each bowl, so there are many moons. But this, of course, is an illusion. The moon doesn’t have to do anything to be multiplied. It just reflects the sun, and the water does the rest.

In Sanskrit, “Maya” means illusion, and it refers to the symbolism of this parable. In Hebrew water is “Ma’im”, in Arabic “May’ya” and in English this ancient root is where the words Mire and Mary originate.

Under the Hood

1-Muluc takes place during the 11th uinal of resolution, and is therefore associated with adaptation. The previous (10th) uinal revolved around manifestation and destruction of the unnecessary. Now Muluc (water) is called for to adapt the old to the new and vice versa.

1-Muluc marks the beginning of the last 52-day period of the Tzolkin round. 260 days are divided into 5 equal periods of 52 days (four trecenas). Each such period begins on an eastern sun-sign and ends on a southern sun-sign. The first period begins 1-Imix and concludes 13-Eb, then 1-Ben to 13-Kan, etc. The last of these begins today 1-Muluc and concludes 13-Ahau.

Fifty two is a quintessential Mayan number. According to Hunbatz Men, any wo/man in line to become a tribe elder must be at least 52 years old. Around that age women end their minstrel cycles, and men undergo their own physical transformation. It is said that at that age the focus of energy shifts in the body from the reproduction and lower realms up to the crown. That’s when one is able to see, judge and decide wisely.

Fifty two is four times thirteen. Many cultures (ancient and present) mark the completion of the first 13 years somehow. It is the coming of age, the successful completion of childhood. It is First Communion, Bar Mitzva, and any such initiation rite into adulthood.

This 13-year cycle continues to be observed in the Mayan culture. At twenty six the wo/man is ready for parenthood. At thirty nine another phase of adulthood comes to the fore. Then comes fifty two. Next is sixty five (retirement year in many countries) which is the first quarter of a new cycle, then seventy eight, ninety one and beyond.

During the height of the Mayan culture the fifty two-year mark was celebrated as the Great Year. That’s when all the lights everywhere went out, and later rekindled to remain ablaze until another fifty two years elapsed.

1-Muluc [13 July 2014]

One Dedication to Offer

Brooke Shields, David Schwimmer, Jean-Benoît Dunckel (Air), Gary Cooper, David Suzuki, José Valverde, Steve Vai

One Dedication to Offer

“I’m not trying to be a hero. If you think I like this, you’re crazy.” – Gary Cooper (1-Muluc) as Marshal Will Kane in High Noon

What dedication can I offer other than a complete one?

When I sign up for community work, can I do it halfway? “What’s in it for me?” – that kind of dedication is lessened by hypocrisy. Especially in a community setting, dedication cannot be faked. The dedicated ones are those who energize and empower all the rest, through their palpable emotion and sentiment. That’s usually enough to achieve much.

The Maya called this human trait Muluc.

It is said emotions originate from thought, and then fuel further thoughts, which intensifies emotions, et cetera. The dualistic thought groove requires a division between thought and emotion, and then demands to divide cause from effect (i.e., thoughts cause emotions).

The journey I begin today (1-Muluc) tests my emotional maturity, which cannot be understood by division. Rather than trying to understand emotions, emotional maturity is realized and accepted as a procedural result of life experiences. In other words, when I divide emotions from thoughts I do that for the purpose of controlling both. The very effort to control is immature by definition.

Dedication, as exemplified by Muluc, is a unitary force of nature. When I’m dedicated to something there is no need for any control. It is simply an attention to each detail and situation as it arises, point-by-point. Emotions and thoughts can run their courses, intensify and then subside – they never get in the way of my dedication.

All I need

Here’s a classic chill-out song by the French duo “Air”: Jean-Benoît Dunckel (1-Muluc) Nicolas Godin (6-Edznab), and featuring vocals by Beth Hirsch (from Tampa, Florida. Anyone knows her birthday?)

2-Oc [14 July 2014]

Loyalty Dilemma

Elijah Wood, Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Friedrich Engels, Mercedes Sosa, Gary Speed, Elvin Jones (drummer)

Loyalty Dilemma

“Terror consists mostly of useless cruelties perpetrated by frightened people in order to reassure themselves.” – Friedrich Engels (2-Oc) in a letter to Marx (13-Eb)

“Wholeheartedly” means my heart is totally into whatever I’m doing.

“Thank you Life for giving me so much
Given me two bright eyes
that when I open them
I distinguish perfectly
between black and white
in the high heavens – a background of stars
and in the crowd – the man I love

Thank you life for giving me so much
Given me the hearing spectrum
that records night and day, crickets and canaries
Trumpets, turbines, barks and tempests
and the warm voice of my good love” – Mercedes Sosa (2-OC)

3-Chuen [15 July 2014]

Drawing beyond frames

Gerald Celente, Winona Ryder, Armand Assante, Andy Kaufman, Andrew McCutchen, Rhys Ifans, Sri Ramana Maharshi, Frank Wolf (Virginia politician)

“By happy fraternity amongst themselves, the embodied beings get the supreme peace. Then all this earth shines like one house.” – Sri Ramana Maharshi (3-Chuen), Sri Ramana Gita

Here’s Andy Kaufman (3-Chuen):

When he was talking, which was seldom, Sri Ramana Maharshi used to say that silence is the most powerful mode of communication.

I understand.

4-Eb [16 July 2014]

Crossroads

Jason Alexander, Zakir Hussain, John Quincy Adams (6th US President), Hugh Hefner, Al Jolson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Andie MacDowell, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Howard Stern, Paul Warburg, Louis XVI

“Don’t let the government win.” – Howard Stern (4-Eb) signing off on his last GM broadcast, 2005

5-Ben [17 July 2014]

Father Sky

Justin Timberlake, Peter Ustinov, D. H. Lawrence

“It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.” – Peter Ustinov (5-Ben)

6-Ix [18 July 2014]

Feline Flow

Matt LeBlanc, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), J.P. Morgan, Wesley Snipes

“I owe the public nothing.” – J.P. Morgan (6-Ix)

7-Men [19 July 2014]

Last Vision

Sigourney Weaver, Ringo Starr, Debbie Harry, Conan O’Brien

“You’d have to have four arms to do half the stuff they wanted me to do.” – Ringo Starr (7-Men)

8-Cib [20 July 2014]

Harmony Temple

Anton Chekhov, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Haim Saban, Guglielmo Marconi

“There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.” – Anton Chekhov (8-Cib) The Teacher of Literature, 1894

9-Caban [21 July 2014]

Are we there yet?

Bryan Cranston, B-Real (Cypress Hill), Richard Dawkins, André 3000 (OutKast), Gary Husband, Pope Francis

TBD

“Science is the poetry of reality.” – Richard Dawkins (9-Caban), The enemies of Reason, 2007

10-Edznab [22 July 2014]

Maya

Donald Sutherland, Katie Holmes, John Belushi, Roger Clemens, Alvin Boyd Kuhn, Nicola Tesla

TBD

“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.” – Nicola Tesla (10-Edznab)

11-Cauac [23 July 2014]

Resolving Purification

Jaco Pastorius, Keith Flint, Joe DiMaggio, Katey Sagal (Peggy Bundy), Paulo Coelho, Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), Helena Blavatsky, Nicolas Cage, Treat Williams

Resolving Purification

“Give me a gig!” – Jaco Pastorius (11-Cauac), Modern Electric Bass, 1985

12-Ahau [24 July 2014]

IXL

Ian Xel Lungold, Meg Ryan, Anne Archer, Kurt Russell, Michelle
Pfeiffer, Youssou N’Dour, Robert Menzies (12th Australian PM), Tommy Lapid

“To all those who care, we hold out our hands and our “science of time” with an open heart.” – Ian Xel Lungold (12-Ahau), Tzolkin codex

13-Imix

And Again

Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, John Cleese, Brandon Boyd (Incubus), Tony Blair, Scott Davis

“If God did not intend for us to eat animals, then why did he make them out of meat?” – John Cleese (13-Imix)