Link to previous trecena: 1-Chicchan Part 2
The 7th day of the 13-day trecena is the absolute midpoint of the process (the crest of the wave). Likewise, the entire 260-day Tzolkin is divided into 13 equal periods of 20 days each (uinals), and the 7th uinal constitutes the midpoint period of the Tzolkin. The 20 days of the 7th uinal are called “Core Days”, and are indicated by gray circles in the above figure. These 20 consecutive Core Days begin in the current trecena (1-Edznab) on 4-Imix and end in the following trecena (1-Chuen) on 10 Ahau. Unlike Portal Days, which appear on every uinal except the 7th, Core Days appear only on the 7th uinal.
If the first half of the Tzolkin is inhaling, the second half is exhaling. If the first half is accumulation and planning the second half is release and execution. In between we have Core Days. The way this heightened period is experienced is very subjective and subtle, but the main theme is introspection and reflection. It is the silent eye of the storm that has been slowly gathering since 1-Imix (11-Feb-11), and it is a time to come to terms with whatever’s been sown and planted since then.
Alanis Morissette, who has her Tzolkin birthday on the day before 1-Edznab
(13-Caban), sings: “These precious illusions in my head did not let me down when I was defenseless, and parting with them is like parting with invisible best friends“. 1-Edznab is when we begin to part with illusions, preconceptions, and whatever’s unreal – regardless of how precious and loyal they may have been in the past. Illusions and programmed ideas about who I am or who I’m supposed to be inhibit my ability to consciously experience evolution at this very moment in Time.
Edznab is the sharp Mirror of Reality which reflects truth and dispels fallacy. When we begin facing it on this day we come to realize how defenseless and naked we truly are.
Born on this day: Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, Jude Law
Facing the Mirror of Truth is a process of purification, which is represented today by the rainstorm Cauac. The storm is both devastating and rejuvenating, and when you’re caught up in it you can either run between shelters or sing in the rain. The inherent duality of 2-Cauac means that when today’s reality dawns and yesterday’s illusions are cleansed – there is no turning back. 1-Edznab is a one-way Mirror, and when you walk though it 2-Cauac washes false skin and make-believe makeup away.
Born on this day: John Coltrane, Courteney Cox, Tony Williams, Cristiano Ronaldo
After the storm the Sun (Ahau) shines and blossoms as a flower to illuminate whatever’s reflected by reality’s mirror. Since the Sun of enlightenment appears at the early 3rd stage of the trecena, it provides the process basic rhythm and serves as an energetic driving force throughout. In other words, the mirror is useless without turning the Light ON. When fully realized and attuned, the 3rd stage allows us to visualize and predict where the process is taking us. Thus, 3-Ahau means that when the light of truth is reflected in reality’s mirror – everything is illuminated and our potential knows no boundaries.
Born on this day: Wayne Rooney, Frida Kahlo, Victor Hugo, Ariel Sharon
The first of 20 Core Days begins on 4-Imix. The process of reflection and introspection must be defined in order to penetrate the superficial, achieve depth, and become truly meaningful. A mirror without boundaries eventually reflects itself and becomes infinite illusion. The primordial crocodile Imix provides a strong and radiant energy source which thrusts us into the Core period, and defines the outline of the mirror’s rectangular frame (4). The crocodile is also known as the Universal Mother, who knows best how to set limits and sometimes enforce them, since she knows her Children more than they know themselves.
Born on this day: Gary Sinise, Mao Zedong, Mark McGwire
5-Ik is a day to communicate and share with others what you can personally see reflected in reality’s mirror. Reality is there whether we dissect and discuss it or not, and it sometimes seems that our different languages and interpretations contradict and divide us. However, communication is a reciprocal exchange which allows each participant to realize things s/he couldn’t realize by his/her own personal introspection alone. 5-Ik is the day in which the process of introspection is empowered by the disseminating Wind, reminding us that communication and communion primarily take place behind the words. Each small reflection we share with another is true in itself and a valid piece of the whole.
Born on this day: Wes Montgomery, Nina Simone, Eric Clapton, Will Smith, Joe Pesci
Here is a link to a great song with lyrics by Nina Simone (5-IK)
The Edznab trecena cuts through fallacies which could have been held as true for a long time. As a result, fundamental gaps are created in the way we view reality, which cannot easily or immediately be reconciled. When the chasm between the known and the unknown cannot be bridged by any belief, Akbal provides courage and intuition to blindly walk on and keep studying lessons daily, just like a child. When coupled with the responsive energy of 6, it becomes alright to simply say “I don’t know” or “I’m still learning” rather than falling back on old patterns and saying “I believe”.
Born on this day: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Björk, Olivier Messiaen, Lester
As we look deeper into the mirror and delve deeper into ourselves it becomes clear that reality itself, and the way we perceive it – IS in fact a mirror of our own consciousness. Therefore, a flaw we judge in reality is a reflection of a flaw that is built into human awareness. Had it not been identified and labeled inside it could not be recognized as such outside. This realization is a source of infinite opportunities to evolve and grow; it is the Reflective Seed (7-Kan), which is formed on the Tree of Life, and holds inside it the promise of a new Tree.
Born on this day: Erich von Däniken, David Byrne, Robert Duvall, Martin Short, Kim Cattrall