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)

1-Cib Trecena daily digest

That’s it. No more rain, no cold mornings, no more morning coffee.

I used to think I can eat healthy food and drink healthy drinks to steer my body clear of unnecessary ailments. I can exercise regularly, feel great and energetic. I was trying to find the right things to DO in order to never grow old.

Then I realized everything I consume is contaminated, no matter where I shop. I also found out I can never maintain any kind of physical regimen for long. Then I wondered where are those ailments I’ve been promised.

Being cheated out of what’s rightly mine, and not for the first time mind you, doesn’t feel so bad. In fact, it’s a surprising gift in strange wrapping. It makes me feel like maybe I can actually fare today and make it to bed on time.

There’s one thing, though. I forgot how to use some of my memory.

Seriously. I’ve come to realize I don’t really need it all. Sure, I still keep my promises without writing them down, and I can sing many songs just from memory. But all the past stuff I shouldn’t use anymore, like self-defining events and relationships, have no use nor purpose in the now. I’m not even sure I have a self I want to identify with, let alone define.

The self-sustaining kind of memory is in fact a self-satisfying mechanism that feeds on its own substance. It goes around in circles and solidifies everything it touches.

However, another type of memory and history has gained new and deep meaning for me. It’s the kind of memory I now approach with reverence and deep respect.

The memory of my father, of his father and mother. The memory of departed uncles and aunts. Dead movie stars and musicians that touched me. Teachers, neighbors, storekeepers and sitar players – all gone now, dead, six feet under or reduced to urn contents.

If I can see their faces when I close my eyes, then surely to a degree they’re not all gone yet. Even if the face is forgotten and I can only remember their names – something still lingers.

Eleanor Rigby

Under the hood

Counting from 1-Imix as the beginning of autumn, 13-Men was the last day of the Tzolkin spring, and 1-Cib is the first day of summer. It is the first day of the last 65 days in the current Tzolkin round. It is also the Tzolkin’s summer solstice.

I begin the Tzolkin summer by pondering the holy place that is mother earth, as well as my own body – the best vehicle I can have, speeding through the material plain. Summer is when both body and earth celebrate the fruits of the labor of the preceding arduous seasons.

This 4th part of the cycle is represented by southern (yellow) sun-signs, and has to do with kicking back and taking it easy. This laid-back sensation has to do with manifesting results that seem to independently unfold now, as I sit back and watch. Now gravity itself pulls the sheer weight of the previous 10 uinals of my intention and toil down to reality.

Cib is also called “Vulture”, an eater of carcasses and a purifier of karma. As the trecena kick-starting the fun of summer, 1-Cib is a suitable way to get a clean slate and draw a line between the karma that prevailed before and a fresh sequence of causality. Without this spiritually purifying period I would have stayed focused on my old debts, kept on working at the same job through the summer, and missed all the fun.

CIB

Buzzards make the best recyclers

The Turnaround

1-Cib is the only trecena in the Tzolkin round that has the first 4 sun-signs of the uinal neatly adorning the crest of the trecena, populating stages 6 through 9. There is therefore a unique balance between the tenth uinal’s last 5 sun-signs initiating the trecena, and the first 8 of the eleventh uinal completing it.

Therefore, this trecena, which teaches me about the sanctity and holiness of spirit, and begins with the complex and abstract aspects of the uinal – must get “turned around” by the most basic aspects of prehistory, early teachings and understandings.

So what am I doing here writing this blog? I’m reaching back through the mists of the past into a fascinating ancient culture, to bring some valuable early teachings and understandings back to the Now. You know, the lessons most needed today.

A pinch from grandpa’s old tobacco bag.

This is Cib. It is realizing that in order to get rid of twisted karma that still, for some reason, interferes with achieving a better Now – I need to go even further back in time for possible solutions. Ancient understandings seem to predate the modern origin of division and confusion I experience today (what the Maya called ‘the error in time’), so I’m therefore tapping into a singular/unifying-kind of wisdom.

I’m talking about those precise answers dad used to come up with, wearing a wrinkled brow.

Once upon a time…

… there was an elderly medieval Jesuit monk, who looked a lot like Michael Douglas. He left his hermitage (1-Cib) after living there most of his adult life to travel the world (2-Caban) in search for truth (3-Edznab), spiritual purification (4-Cauac), Mastery and Enlightenment (5-Ahau).

Just when he thought he found them, he realized that his journey has only begun. By the side of the road he met an ancient, farseeing and eloquent oracle (7-Ik). His discourse with the oracle made him realize that he still has so much more to learn, since the unknown is infinite (8-Akbal). He sat down to meditate for the first time ever, and his moment of realization soon came as he physically experienced his awakened kundalini (10-Chicchan), after which he was never the same again (11-Cimi).

Just so you’ll have an easier time visualizing the fallen monk (1-Cib), here’s the man himself, after leaving his car stuck in gridlock and taking a walk on the wild side:

1-Cib NewForm

Sacred introspection as Heaven Eleven settles in

1-Cib [30 June 2014]

Unified Sanctity

James Joyce, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jimmy Page, Damon Albarn, Emma Bunton (Spice Girl), Michael Douglas, Caroline Corr, Didier Drogba

Unified Sanctity

“Now, you had what it took to get into my office; the real question is whether you got what it takes to stay.” – Michael Douglas (1-Cib) as Gordon Gekko

1-Cib is the day I begin the summer festival of the divine spirit. What’s imminent in the spirit of this festival is the inward wisdom which constantly informs me that the spirit that dwells in the Pineal gland, dwells also deep within the smartphone which presumably pollutes it.

The ancient truths about the limits of human morality and conduct (personified by Cib) permeate through all of nature – whether it be wild nature or what I decide to set apart as human nature. The divisions that are obviously evident to man are arbitrary concepts nonetheless, set haphazardly by a particular mindset, and spoken/written within a limited language. In reality there is no such division. I’m just this kind of creature who cannot help dividing reality into words and values in order to bestow it with meaning and operate within it.

This is the reason why we’ll continue to abuse the planet long after coercing everyone to buy a hybrid car and have two compost tanks in their back yard. It is a challenge of consciousness, not another mindless market choice. This is also why Terence McKenna (3-Edznab, day after tomorrow) once said:

"The moral life does not consist of wheat grass diet,
or affirmation, or any of that. The moral life is -
unless you're at Esalen - you should clothe the naked,
you should feed the hungry, comfort the afflicted, bury the dead,
and there are a couple others - obvious - things to be done."

I’m useless, but not for long!

To kick-start the sacred monkey’s journey through duality, here’s Damon Albarn (1-Cib) and the Gorillaz over some great CGI animation:

There's a monkey in the jungle
watching a paper trail
caught up in a conflict
between his brain and his tail…
Get the cool
Get the cool shoeshine

2-Caban [1 July 2014]

Dilemma of the Heart

Thomas Jefferson (3rd US President), Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Anne Robinson (The Weakest Link UK), Amy Adams, Wallace Rooney

Dilemma of the Heart

“Delay is preferable to error.” – Thomas Jefferson (2-CABAN) in his letter to Washington (3-Muluc)

The first portal day of this trecena (2-Caban) is also the last portal day of the uinal of manifestation (10th).

A portal day is like having an exclamation mark on a day. If I take the time to reflect upon events experienced on a portal day I’m bound to find extra spice in whatever the world throws at me, and especially more volume to however I react to it (whether internalizing or externalizing my reaction).

So the first exclamation mark of this trecena comes right after taking the first step. What’s emphasized on 2-Caban is the universality of the ancient moralities and wisdom that Cib personifies. Being the second stage, the exclamation mark is coupled with a question mark (Universal Wisdom!?) Therefore a decision must be made: I’ll either universalize my ethics by tuning into the elders, or stay locally confused and confusing.

3-Edznab [2 July 2014]

Scattered Reflections

John Mahoney, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Enrique Iglesias, Jack DeJohnette, Napoleon Bonaparte, Keanu Reeves, Terence McKenna, Dana Carvey, Cesar Millan

Scattered Reflections

“From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.” – Napoleon Bonaparte (3-Edznab) speaking to his troops in Egypt

Stage 3 is the first stage in which the trecena’s 4 axis/theme days (Cib, Ahau, Kan, and Lamat) are objected to and criticized. Here stands the mirror of reality (Edznab), revealing current truths right in the face of our esteemed, serious Jesuit monk.

The scattered reflections of everything that’s true and real right now on earth points to a glaring deficiency in unified wisdom (no Cib). In other words – everyone seems to be still sleeping soundly, dwelling on known evils, and dreaming about how things will work themselves out eventually. This is how old karma is allowed to persist, and the location of responsibility remains externalized.

3-Edznab means exposing false beliefs wherever they may be, and regardless of where this exposure might lead. This is the only way to universalize ethics and truly accept the proverbial other (with all his ‘misguided’ ideas).

4-Cauac [3 July 2014]

Stormy Foundations

Prince William (Duke of Cambridge), Jack Black, Brad Pitt, Jason Priestley, Nathaniel Hawthorne, George Steinbrenner, Joe Frazier, Dr. Seuss

Stormy Foundations

“I’m not the chosen one. I thought I was, but I’m not. Sorry… Maybe we can all be chosen ones?” – (Jack Black, 4-Cauac in “Year One”)

This quote by Black really echos with Graham Chapman (10-Ahau)’s Brian in Monty Python’s Life of Brian – see 1-Chuen. Playing the messiah, he addressed the masses and said “You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody! You have to work it out for yourselves.” But that was back in 1979, and it was also a different kind of comedy, so Brian’s crowd insisted on him leading them, while Black’s crowd let him get the girl and ride out.

The role of the chosen one was also taken up by Keanu Reeves (3-Edznab, yesterday) in the Matrix trilogy. Instead of relinquishing his role like Black, Reeves decided to be the chosen one all the way through to martyrdom. This course of action is consistent with Reeve’s sun-sign (Edznab, the sacrificial knife), which embodies ultimate sacrifice in the name of truth.

In most ancient traditions, the messiah personifies the sun – shining and bringing forth Life, and freeing it from darkness. But, all messiahs and suns eventually decline, descend to the underworld by way of the West, and go blind.

Now, consider the fact that the current Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) was also born 4-Cauac. Could he be that chosen one who finally chooses abdicating the crown to the people rather than being just another famous martyr/shaheed?

5-Ahau [4 July 2014]

One Empowering Sun

Max Weber, William Shatner, Bruce Springsteen, S. N. Goenka, Jennifer Beals, Jason Motte

One Empowering Sun

“The Truth is the Truth.” – Max Weber’s (5-Ahau) last words on this planet

It is important to emphasize 5-Ahau since it sets the hour of sunrise on the 6th Day of the Tzolkin. It is the final kin of the uinal of manifestation, the last watches of the night. It is therefore a particularly Real and present sunrise, one that heralds the period of resolution and adjustment (11).

Going back to our Jesuit, 5-Ahau is the only kind of enlightenment he can achieve, based on his point of origin and previous beliefs (1-Cib). In order to proceed with his personal evolution’s flow, he must begin a new process with 6-Imix just to balance off his previous understandings. And he’s not even halfway through his journey…

So 5-Ahau is a very precise and young kind of illumination. It’s also quite masculine, resolute, and wise beyond its years – like the Boss Springsteen (5-Ahau), who was born in the USA, and today his Mayan birthday falls on July 4th…

6-Imix [5 July 2014]

Flowing Marsh

Louis Farrakhan, September Eleventh, Larry Mullen, Jr. (U2), Tal Friedman, Nana Mouskouri

Flowing Marsh

“Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th.” – George W. Bush (13-Chicchan) speaking to the US general assembly on 1-Imix (10 Nov 2001).

Yeah, right. Let us.

6-Imix marks the beginning of the 11th uinal/6th DAY/Heaven 11, which in the Tzolkin lasts for exactly 20 solar days. This is the period in which the newly manifested consciousness finds its place among everything else that’s already been manifested.

In other words, the uinal beginning today is like the day after I finished draft 1 of my book, or the morning after the spaceship prototype I’ve been working on the past few years has completed its maiden voyage successfully. It is the time when I realize my work is not quite done yet. The book needs editing and content-integrity, while my spaceship, although it took off and landed brilliantly – doesn’t even have a bathroom installed yet.

So, even though it took me many years to reach yesterday’s success, today it feels like there’s still so much to do. After seeing the fruit of centuries of R&D finally manifested in reality, my conscious focus makes an about turn as I suddenly see beautiful imperfections I wasn’t able to imagine during 3 fourths of the Tzolkin, leading up to Heaven 10.

6-Imix is a celebration of beginning a new process of perfection – this time with much more manifestation to work with, and also many more days to go in the current trecena. It’s a good balance between known and unknown.

Flashes of Asgard

At this point I’d like to introduce a wacky stage and screen artist/comedian who has a great hobby – playing and singing in a rock band. His name is Tal Freidman, and everyone knows him in Israel. He was born 6-Imix, and in the next clip he sings a song that is best known to be sung by 9-Imix (Robert Plant).

When Imix goes crazy – everyone else is mesmerized.

So now you'd better stop and rebuild all your ruins,
For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing.
- Led Zeppelin, Immigrant Song

7-Ik [6 July 2014]

Purposeful Parley

Lou Gehrig, Richard Møller Nielsen, Yossi Benayoun, Snoop Dogg, John C. Reilly, Nelly Furtado

Purposeful Parley

“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” – Lou Gehrig (7-Ik) saying goodbye at Yankee Stadium on July 4th, 1939 (2-Cimi).

The last time I wrote about 1-Cib I stated that the basic message of 7-Ik, the Purposeful Parley is: Disseminate that which is Essential.

According to the trecena diagram (way up there^) 7-Ik embodies the spirits that blow atop the summit. It is what’s communicated at the midpoint of the current process of evolution. When I get the view of both beginning and end I think and talk about the journey’s purpose. To see the purpose I focus on the essential understandings I carried with me up the hill to the top (1-6), and compare it with the essential landmarks I can now see ahead of me (8-13).

So 7-Ik is a balanced duality, communicating between essential past lessons and essential future aspirations.

ALS beats AVG

When Gehrig (7-Ik) realized what’s ahead of him (2 years of pain, closely followed by death), and compared it with what he’s leaving behind – he was wise enough to be crystal clear about what seems purposeful for him to communicate before signing off (he died 12-Chicchan).

8-Akbal [7 July 2014]

Endless Night

David Gilmour, Celine Dion, Arthur Schopenhauer, Liv Tyler, Beverly D’Angelo, Morten Harket, Rafael Correa, Rick Moranis, John Pilger

Endless Night

“The time is gone, the song is over. I thought I’d something more to say.” – David Gilmour (8-Akbal) singing Time from the Dark Side of the Moon

By now, the Jesuit on his journey has left his past behind. After hearing the farseeing oracle yesterday and scanning the new horizon he realized he can’t climb down the way he came. There’s so much truth to seek outside the hermitage he knew all his life. This doesn’t mean he’s decided that everything he learned was false. Rather, his newly acquired understandings would not be possible under any other circumstances, nor over any other background and life story. One depends on the other.

He therefore seeks the best way to begin his descent down the otherside. This is 8-Akbal. It reminds him of 1-Akbal – the last new beginning that led to the current process (1-Cib).

All western sun-signs have something to do with learning and teaching, since they embody various forms of transformation. Akbal is the most basic form of this aspect. It has to do with the way wisdom and knowledge are constructed – one insight/lesson on top of the other (rather than one replacing the other).

You live, you learn

Do you remember the first time you got intimate with someone you’re in love with? Akbal is the unique comfort which only darkness can provide.

The groping darkness which nourishes new discovery can never be altogether reconciled or vanquished. It sharpens my senses, and serves as the mental and spiritual “vacuum” which prompts me to really listen and be receptive.

9-Kan [8 July 2014]

Potentially Abundant

Leonard Nimoy, Henry Kissinger, Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh), Oklahoma City bombing, Waco siege began

Potentially Abundant

“Live long and prosper!” – Leonard Nimoy (9-Kan) as Spock

9-Kan offers unique, reciprocal insights – both into the nature of the Seed sun-sign as well as the 9th stage/heaven.

All seeds represent one form or another of potential. When a plant reaches fruition, it produces a multitude of seeds. Each seed can become a slightly different variation of its sires and siblings. Only a fraction of this multitude eventually takes root and becomes new plants during natural courses. However, each seed is a unique plant in potential, and every sperm cell – a goddess.

In the same way in which Kan represents the Nature of potential, stage 9 of the trecena is an Expression of potential. It takes place when the process is on the brink of realization. Potential is expressed when action ceases; when gravity is allowed to operate.

Ian Lungold wrote in his codex that stage 9 is “The completion of cycles of action”. So 9-Kan means that 8 days after the summer begins the last thing on my list of actions is social networking and extra focus on the tribe’s potential fruits. That’s it. It’s kick-back time from now on.

The summer sun does everything else.

Strange Consequences

Osho is widely known as the millionaire guru from California who had orgies in his ashrams. That’s gossip. The truth of the matter is that if you were born 9-Kan people are bound to gossip about you. And, to aggravate this – you’re probably phenomenal in the sack.

“Instead of “God”, “F**k” has become the most important word in our language. Even if Friedrich Nietzsche (1-Eb) comes back he will be surprised. And he will try to resuscitate somehow the dead God back, because this is stupid!” – Osho (9-Kan)

10-Chicchan [9 July 2014]

Responsible Living

Eddie Gomez, Tony La Russa, Ulysses S. Grant, John Dillinger, Will Ferrell, Lily Allen, Scott Pelley, José Argüelles

Responsible Living

“You’re supposed to care, but you never make me scream.” – Lily Allen (10-Chicchan)

10-Chicchan is the junction in the Jesuit’s journey when the beauty of ancient (let’s say) pagan spirituality dawns on him through an uplifting experience involving mind and body. As mentioned before, his ecstatic revelation does not altogether replace the faith and knowledge he established before, but rather builds upon everything else and expands his perspective.

In this trecena, the serpent (Chicchan) embodies the inevitable destruction of 1-Cib and everything leading up from it to stage 10. However, it is important to keep in mind that this form of destruction does not mean starting from scratch again, at least not in every respect. It simply means a kind of “switch” in mindset, typical to manifestation.

10-Chicchan: Responsible Living means realizing the sacred potential power of life by uniting body and mind. This is powerful stuff. It’s not just the mind or just the body anymore. This is unified sanctity materializing as an experience that cannot be denied.

It must now be recognized with responsibility.

11-Cimi [10 July 2014]

Refined Change

Kate Pierson (B-52′s)

Refined Change

“And we know that we’re alive, if we weren’t sure before. I reach for you by my side and – SOAR!” – Kate Pierson (11-Cimi) in Revolution Earth

11-Cimi is a subtle psychic connection with my ancient ancestors, who assist and guide me during the transition into a renewed and sanctified way of life – the consequent result of yesterday’s destruction. This day also resounds with the 11th uinal in which it takes place, along with 11-Cauac further down the road.

The luck of the sun-sign Cimi is just what I need right now, resolving 1-Cib and reconciling past and present lessons in the school of life.

12-Manik [11 July 2014]

Deep-Forest Remedy

Michael Palin, Pedro Martínez, Alicia Keys, Vin Diesel, 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), Adam K. Horovitz (Ad-Rock)

Deep-Forest Remedy

“I seek the Grail.” – Michael Palin (12-Manik) on a typical Manik pilgrimage

As the aging Jesuit gets ready for Round 17 of existence (since 1-Muluc is the 17th trecena) he understands something essential: what it really mean to be a human on earth, asking questions and going on dangerous adventures.

When a Muslim makes his pilgrimage to Mecca he understands right at the beginning that he’s about to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey, after which he’ll never be the same again. After walking the path, reaching Mecca and participating in rituals, on 12-Manik he’s back home already, or at least in his familiar surroundings again. This location in consciousness allows him to understand that his journey is eternal.

At any given moment I am constantly moving towards destination and moving away from another. Even when I’m at one destination (or at home) the motion persists internally.

A-Ha! If I didn’t pay, why are you arguing?

Here’s Michael Palin (12-Manik) who’s always been one of my favorite Pythons, along with Cleese (13-Imix, coming up!) and Chapman. I’ve mentioned Chapman (10-Ahau) before, who plays the abuser in this skit.

13-Lamat [12 July 2014]

Starfruit

Lionel Messi, George Orwell, Martin Luther King’s Assassination, Milton William Cooper, León Gieco

TBD

“Either we all live in a decent world, or nobody does.” – George Orwell (13-Lamat)

Isn’t it amazing that Bill Cooper shares his Tzolkin birthday with George Orwell? And having Dr. King’s assassination under the same conspiracy-theory energy? God bless’em all, especially the dead ones.

It is said that ancient heroes of old, like Achilles and Sinbad “Reached the Stars”. In other words, their devout fan-base got together and connected stars in the dark sky to form constellations which they named after their heroes. These were in turn passed down generations, and the heroes’ names were immortalized. This honor was reserved for true “All-Stars”, not just any other mortal King, President, or Prime Minister.

In contemporary sports, this phenomena is called “retiring a number”, and the ceremony includes raising the hero’s jersey up to the heavens (just under the stadium’s domed roof).

In the Tzolkin round this phenomena is called 13-Lamat.

13-Lamat is the Ultimate Star of infinite multiplication and the kind of luminary which can ultimately establish Universal Harmony.

BTW, regarding sports, Orwell once said: “Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play.” Tell that to Bill Cooper.

Final Note

Gehrig and the rest of the all-star heroes looking down on us mortals are the modern version of Cib. It is how we venerate our ancestors, and they guide us in return.