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

From the top

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)

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


“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


“(- 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)


“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


“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


“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


“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


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,