10-Chuen

Can you see better when you feel healthier?

Upcoming on the Tzolkin calendar, the 13-day period (trecena) known as 1-Men (the “Eagle Vision” week). But before that episode begins, let’s return to the here. To presence.

Because the title I usually use to define the 10th day of the trecena is Manifestation (or destruction), 10-Chuen is the manifestation day of the 1-Ik period (the “Spirit Wind” week). It is also the day in which the period is destroyed, at least to some level of understanding. After all, there are still 3 more days to go till we begin the next trecena, so what’s the big idea about destroying ideas?

What began as a good idea (1-Ik) manifests as a day celebrating artistry and cunning (Chuen is known as the monkey). When art is manifested, the idea or vision which was its seed is no more. It has become part of reality, as a ballet performance, a novel, a marathon triumph, a slam-dunk.

A good day’s work, and a well earned sleep.

Now that the old idea is dead, it is almost time for a new idea. Something creative, maybe even mischievous. But not just yet. First I need to digest.

"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)

VOILA!

The day Chuen is also known for it’s symbolic connection with new beginnings, and in that respect – the day of weaving new ideas into the fabric of reality. So, when juxtaposing the number 10 to the sun-sign Chuen what can I expect today?

When I get caught by the tricks of reality I am like a bull-headed monster, caught in a Greek maze.

Determination is not my problem. Maybe I’m just stubborn. The ox can plow till he falls dead. It is finding the right map, the right golden cord to follow. The one that leads above and out of the maze of my mind.

A path of Vision.

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

Here’s another artist who was born on the Tzolkin nawal 10-Chuen.

1-Cib Trecena daily digest: Begins 17 March 2015

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. I began to understand that there’s nothing to DO about it. 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.

When I forgive I let go of self-sustaining memory; this is what I forget. After a while karma becomes less entangled with the self. Self has less memory to sustain itself. It is a cleansing process, a realization of what has been ignored and neglected, and must now be desposed of – never to be recycled again.

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

With 1-Imix as the beginning of autumn, 13-Men is 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:

Sacred introspection as Heaven Eleven settles in

1-Cib

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

Dilemma of the Heart

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

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

What’s emphasized on 2-Caban is the universality of the ancient moralities and wisdom that Cib personifies. A decision must be made: I’ll either universalize my ethics by tuning into the elders, or stay locally confused and confusing.

3-Edznab

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

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

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).

6-Imix

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.

7-Ik

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).

In a previous post 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

Endless Night

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

“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 were 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

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

Responsible Living

Eddie Gomez, Tony La Russa, Ulysses S. Grant (18th US president), John Dillinger, Will Ferrell, Lily Allen, Scott Pelley, José Argüelles, Dean Norris (Breaking Bad)

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

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

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

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.

1-Akbal trecena daily digest: Begins 4 March 2015

Prelude: Into the Void, again

As far as my eyes can see
there are shadows surrounding me

And to those I leave behind
I want you all to know
You've always shared my DARKEST hours
I'll miss you when I go

When I'm old and wise
Heavy words that tossed and blew me
like autumn winds
will blow right through me

And someday in the mists of time
When they ask you if you knew me
remember that you were a friend of mine

As the final curtain falls before my eyes
when I'm old and wise
- Alan Parsons (1-Akbal)

The final curtain fell before my eyes, and the void sucked me into total forgetfulness. I knew that most all I learn now will only be remembered by my body and my soul, and will remain forever beyond mental recall.

Well, maybe not forever. That’s a mighty long time. Maybe I’ll get glimpses of it down the road, Déjà vu and insights that resonate completely. Maybe if I’m lucky, when I’m old and wise I’ll recall it clearly. If I’m luckier I might just be able to put it in words.

I’ll be the luckiest if there would be someone else sitting next to me who cares to listen.

The colors of dusk remind me of the colors of dawn. At the eve of my life, my body is old my soul is as a child’s. I’ll be listened to as a child, when I’m not totally ignored in the very same way.

Then I’ll remember past friends and long-gone relatives. I’ll remember their deeds and their words. I’ll experience their council and dear companionship once again.

I’ll wait for a visit, and someone will sit next to me. Then I’ll say:

"Let me tell you a story..."

Alpha follows Omega

One concept of time tells me I’m 41 years old plus 1 month and that’s it. That’s my current age, which I give when prompted. Another concept of time tells me I’m 35, 29, 15, and all other “ages” gone before – all at the same time (now). If I wasn’t all those previous ages – how could I possibly remember to do the things I learned back then? How else could I “behave like a child” or escape responsibility? This is depicted as the pyramid of time, built one floor above the previous one.

My experience with the Mayan calendar has showed me yet another concept of time, which has a firm logical connection to the pyramid of time. It’s an improvement and inclusion of the previous two.

I’m already old and wise.

(Seriously. I have senior moments every day!)

How can my soul be touched only by the past?

As I mature, can I avoid emulating those adults I can’t even remember as having any impact on me as a child? Their spirit is alive in me.

Spirit cannot be avoided, and Spirit has little to do with time. In the Mayan calendar, Spirit is depicted by the sun-sign Ik (among others). 13-Ik is the day that precedes 1-Akbal.

Akbal is the Story of Spirit. It is the way spirit communicates through timeless stories, adapted and re-adapted again and again. The story itself remains the same, while my own understanding and application changes, evolves, ages, and ultimately dissolved back to Spirit.

Akbal is therefore the story that I’m currently synthesizing and adapting to my time and place. I cut ideas and paste them next to others. I have my unique mix-and-match. I remember a personal experience that taught me much,  ask whether it’s still valid today, and then realize it doesn’t matter.

What I experience now is the spirit behind the story I’ll tell my children when we all get older and wiser.

1-Akbal: Vailed Manifestation

1-Akbal: Vailed Manifestation

Under the hood

The 1-Akbal trecena spans most of the 10th uinal, which is the 20-day period in the Tzolkin round set aside for manifestation. Whatever I focused on since 1-Imix finally takes form in physical reality during this period.

This doesn’t mean that manifestation in general takes place only now and again – remember that each trecena has a 10th day of “localized” manifestation, and each larger/smaller period of time shares this milestone as well.

So, manifestation on the Tzolkin round scale takes place under the powerful and subtle influence of Akbal – the proverbial unknown. Ironic, isn’t it? The way things pan out in actuality cannot be foreseen during the extended period of incubation and preparation.

For 9 uinals my intentions fermented below the surface, feeding on imagination, memories, wishes, thoughts, prayers, and fears. During 1-Akbal these intentions emerge from the void out to the light, as I begin to actually get what I asked for. However, because it cannot be foreseen in all its beautiful details until it manifests – it is unknown.

This is why the 10th stage of each cycle of Time is ruled by the Mayan god of destruction. The chrysalis of imagination and expectation is destroyed and cast aside like a child’s old T-shirt. The world outside the cocoon cannot be fathomed from within it. It’s all just shadows cast on mommy’s tummy.

Now’s the time to expect the unexpected; to assume responsibility for seeds sown  long ago and far away.

Inspirers

1-Akbal

Unite at Night

Born on this day: Andre Agassi, Uma Thurman, Dan Simmons, Benny Hill,
Walt Whitman, Brian May (Queen), Eden Riegel, Sergei Prokofiev, Alan Parsons, Justin Verlander, Bootsy Collins

Unite at Night

“It’s that start of everything. It’s that start of that first beat. ONE, two, three, four, ONE!” – Bootsy Collins (1-Akbal)

1-Akbal is like planting a seed and not knowing what would grow of it.

It represents the basic assumption that, on this plane of existence I’m called to constantly face the fear of the unknown within and without – and Learn! After unraveling a great mystery and coming out the other side it is time to enter another dark, scary and unknown cave and learn more.

This period in Time calls for a fair amount of courage and inner integrity. Akbal is the most basic form of transformation, since it means going back to the dark womb of creation, realizing its boundless potential, and emerging wiser at dawn to teach and inspire the Waking Ones.

Oh Funk

In this trecena you’re bound to find many great talents of the stage, screen, and plasma screen. These will be mixed with several heads of state, a couple of lesser politicians, a late member of British monarchy, and a handful of prominent authors and poets.

To get into a mellow groove, here’s Bootsy Collins (1-Akbal) interviewed for LOCAL 12 WKRC-TV, Cincinnati. Here he mentions his beginnings with James Brown, who was born exactly 10 days ahead (11-Ben):

2-Kan

A Question of Fertility

Born on this day: Martin Luther King, Jr., Grover Cleveland (22nd US President), Harry McClintock, Carlos Santana, Harry Houdini, Samuel L. Jackson, Andre Braugher, Walter Russel, Kirk Douglas, Robert Del Naja (Massive Attack)

“Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters.” – Grover Cleveland (2-Kan)

When I begin a trip to an unknown land (and I mean utterly unknown – like an unnamed island I know nothing about) one of the first questions I’ll ask myself is “will I find anything I like eating there?”.

I get that feeling sometimes just before leaving for holiday.

So the 2-Kan represents this type of basic dilemma of survival. It also relates to another human impulse of relating to anything unknown as something that would probably lead to nothing (as if the Known always leads to somewhere meaningful).

As mentioned before, 1-Akbal is a test of courage, and 2-Kan is realizing that the unknown cave is deeper and much stranger than I imagined before. It is a day to deal with the urge to lose nerve and go back to the known.

Thus, a measure of faith is called for. After all, I didn’t begin this journey to go back right after beginning.

So 2-Kan eventually assists me in making the decision which is bound to yield at least a few good new contacts. That’s what Kan is all about.

The big rock candy mountain

Here’s a journey in search of abundance beyond dreams, by Harry McClintock (2-Kan), recorded 1928.

I'm a-going to stay
where you sleep all day
where they hung the jerk
that invented work
In the big rock candy mountain

3-Chicchan

Rhythmic Serpent

Born on this day: Tom Jones (singer), David Cameron, Aaron Eckhart, Wilford Brimley

Rhythmic Serpent

“I get paid to be suspicious when I got nothing to be suspicious about” – Wilford Brimley (3-Chicchan) as William Devasher in The Firm

After overcoming initial fear, and giving up the known-zone, the dramatic Serpent Chicchan, representing the spark of physical life on the material plain, provides much needed enthusiasm, invigorates, and puts the entire process in motion.

It is said that Man’s divine essence manifests in constant yearning, learning, and striving to solve the unknown. 3-Chicchan is actually this timeless itch to seek adventure and youth eternally.

3-Chicchan is the stage in the journey when I say “hey, this is not that bad. I can make it!” It’s essential fuel and a gathering of courage that’s going to serve me well later on, when I’m less naïve…

Caught in the web

Speaking of being naïve, here’s a memorable scene from The Firm. Only recently have I realized the dialog features two actors born adjacent to each other in the Tzolkin. I’m pretty sure they haven’t acted side by side before or since (correct me if I’m wrong).

In this next one, Wilford Brimley (3-Chicchan) is applying extortion pressure on the young and naïve Tom Cruise (4-Cimi, that’s tomorrow):

That’s one of the most chilling exchanges I remember on film. It seems like a dead end, but ultimately becomes a necessary cornerstone in the evolution and growth of the Story and its Hero.

4-Cimi

Boundaries of Change

Born on this day: Nancy Sinatra, Tom Cruise, Steven Berkoff, Woodstock
Festival began, Robert Frost, Max Scherzer, Juno Temple

Boundaries of Change

“I believe in God… There is no way you can be up here [in the Rocky Mountains] and think that there isn’t a God.” – Tom Cruise (4-Cimi) interviewed

4-Cimi establishes the irreversibility of the current trecena’s evolution. It reminds me that the person who first entered the cave 3 days ago is already dead and gone, never to return again. This always seems to be true, but it is taken for granted and overlooked almost every time. Thus the illusion that I can actually remain who I was yesterday is fraudulently maintained as a subterfuge.

However, the physical reality inherent in the 10th uinal cannot suffer any illusion or neurotic clinging to a frozen, past version of what’s already been transformed by the night (Akbal). So, 4-Cimi is establishing the fact that Form is always in transition (trans-form). This solid establishment allows the learning and unraveling process to continue.

5-Manik

Precise Pilgrimage

Born on this day: John Denver, Stewart Copeland, Luke Perry, David Wilcock, Freddie Mercury, Trilok Gurtu, Ian Fleming, Ben Kingsley, Philip Lahm, Jackie Robinson

Precise Pilgrimage

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson (5-Manik) in his autobiography, 1972

Manik (The Deer/Healing Hand) is a pilgrim, always striving to improve self and other; a constant process of aiming, achieving, and acquiring new tools for the next achievement. This ties in nicely with 1-Akbal, since it clears the air of past fears and negative doubts and sets the tone for the balanced phase of the process (stages 6-9).

5-Manik is the first time I witness a western sun-sign since this western trecena began. It is therefore a return the main theme + a modulation in harmony, which develops the process and makes it more precise.

So without further ado, here’s a merry song of travel and homecoming.

6-Lamat

Responsive Harmony

Born on this day: David Hasselhoff, Hosni Mubarak, Daniel Radcliffe, Kristen Stewart, Jerry Lewis, Virginia Woolf, Le Corbusier

Responsive Harmony

“A light here required a shadow there.” – Virginia Woolf (6-Lamat), “To the Lighthouse” part I chapter 9 (1927)

The 6th stage is the last stage which continues the original intent set in stage 1. On stage 7 the process already reverses its momentum, and whatever was inhaled is held inside before exhaling.

The Star (Lamat) shines its light at Night (Akbal) and provides the all-directional responsiveness required to venture onwards. It gives just enough light to go on, but not enough light to dispel the darkness (not yet, that is).

7-Muluc

Reflective Thanks

Born on this day: Mel Blanc, Zinedine Zidane, Louis Pasteur, Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart, Rihanna, Edward Norton, Christian Slater, John Tyler (10th US President), Dick Cavett, Mike Scott (Waterboys), Rupert Murdoch

“Patronage is the sword and cannon by which war may be made on the liberty of the human race.” – John Tyler (7-Muluc) speaking to Congress against Andrew Jackson (3-Ix)

The 1-Akbal trecena core comes in the form of a day of depth and appreciation: 7-Muluc. When I reach the mountaintop of this trecena I can begin to come to terms with how deep my ignorance and lack of knowing has been so far (and will certainly be again on the next level, to be sure).

7-Muluc is when I dedicate myself completely to finding the dark places which scare me and then making the willful commitment to shine new light upon them.

This is the sea

Mike Scott (7-Muluc) of the Waterboys sings “Once you were tethered, and now you are free. That was the river. This is the Sea”:

8-Oc

Love Above, Love Below

Born on this day: Pamela Anderson, Dean Stockwell, Matthew Perry
(Friends), Alan Rickman, Gérard Depardieu, Jane Seymour

Love Above, Love Below

“I love doing what I do, but I don’t like seeing the finished product.” – Pamela Anderson (8-Oc)

Today’s transmission from the Sun revolves around the all-pervasive nature of empathy and comradeship. After the “worst” of the night’s mystery and hysteria are behind me the balancing power of the 8th stage reminds me that I can never truly be alone when the faithful dog (e.g., Sirius, the dog-star) is ever my steadfast companion, even during the darkest nights.

The dog archetype carries the symbolic theme of courage and daring; following the heart wherever it takes me.

Under the hood – the effect of missing sun-signs

At any given trecena there are 13 sun-signs that are present and 7 absent. One of the more glaring absent sun-signs in this trecena is Imix. During the Akbal trecena there is an acute lack of territory and boundaries. The known becomes unknown, and the unknown gets more bizarre every day.

This can be explained by the lack of Imix – the most material and territorial sun-signs on offer. This lack is compensated and balanced-out today by Oc and its social mode of territoriality, which is the force behind Team Spirit, All for 1 and 1 for all, and the All Seeing (invisible) “I” in the word “Team”.

9-Chuen

Macro-Art

Born on this day: Serena Williams, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dustin Hoffman, Austin Nichols

Macro-Art

“The plight of the actor, even if he’s a star, is the plight of the women’s movement. They’re saying the same thing to us: get into bed, give me a good time, then give me something to eat, go get the laundry, be a good girl.” – Dustin Hoffman (9-Chuen)

Remember the biggest jigsaw puzzle you’ve ever completed.

The final piece of a puzzle remains a mystery, right untill the very last stages. Any piece I find can prove to be the final one, until I connect it. Once it’s connected it becomes part of the reality which assists me to complete more of the puzzle.

In other words, I connect some sky pieces and come up to where the house and trees are. Then I can begin on those pieces.

Problem is, in real life I get all the pieces, but I can’t find the game’s package and cover, where the complete image is shown.

All I stumble across are other peoples’ game packages, or more precisely – the ones they are hoping to put together.

This is exactly when today’s day-sign and stage both come very handy. Chuen is a new beginning, a rearrangement of existing materials, like the artist does. Chuen is the day-lord that might tell me: “first, connect two pieces that fit each other, pick up another piece, then repeat”.

9-Chuen is about a patient way of art. It requires a deep devotion to the craft and its intricacies. It’s the kind of devotion that makes actors change their daily routines completely to gain weight, for months on end, just for that perfect scene.

The consummate artist

And now for some Dustin Hoffman (9-Chuen), in tribute to Laurence Olivier (10-Men), Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton (11-Men):

Chuen-types are born for the limelight. They can be anyone they want to be, and convince you every single time. Some prominent Chuen examples from the silver screen are: Ford (2), Connery (4), Roth (5), Jacobi (7), Hoffman (9), De Niro (12) and Irons (13). All these stand out in their versatility, professionalism, and magical touch.

(And I didn’t even have to mention their first names.)

10-Eb

This way!

Born on this day: David Beckham, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Leo Tolstoy,
Naomi Klein

“It is the American practice to present others as guilty wherever they are defeated. Is it not funny that those with 160,000 forces in Iraq accuse us of interference?” – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (10-Eb)

I recall the day I entered the unknown cave and worried about sleeping bears deep inside. That was 1-Akbal.

Then I began to fathom the cave’s depth, and started having second thoughts about whether it’s worthwhile to go on. That was 2-Kan.

The serpent inside egged me on to test my nerve, hissing in Parseltongue about ancient and mysterious relics of knowledge and great worth buried deep under the Known. That was 3-Chicchan.

Stumbling through dark and unknown passages, the ghosts of my ancestors came from all four directions to reinforce my courage and bless me with true resolve (and some luck, too). That was 4-Cimi.

Dispelling my doubts, I took courage and marched on down the path of pilgrimage. That was 5-Manik.

A lone star shone through an open shaft above; a white rabbit on the moon, as rapid wisps of clouds flowed across its phasing face. That was 6-Lamat.

At the deepest end of mystery, I stopped measuring the depth of the hobbit hole, the deepest abyss of the soul. That was 7-Muluc.

On the 10th level of the dungeon ambient light from all around me draw the outlines of the way out clearly visible. This is 10-Eb.

Regardless of what I’ve found so far, nor what I might find on my way back to the LIGHT, once the Road becomes visible at Night, something deep inside me suddenly (and beautifully) attains a renewed sense of affirmation, self-worth, and maturity.

Under the Hood, and a Samsara pointer

I consider 10-Eb to be significant, since it takes place during the 10th uinal, and there isn’t any other 10th day in this uinal besides 10-Eb. So the focus turns to Eb and one of its meanings.

The Dreamspell system (good morning, Jose!) calls Eb “human” or “man”, and I’ve also read some Mayan interpretations that resonate well with this meaning.

To me, this ties in with Buddhism. There, it is written, that the way out of the six realms of Samsara (material confusion) lies within the Human realm. But that’s just a taste.

Gangsta funnyman

Here is King David (10-Eb) and Queen Victoria (7-Eb) Beckham interviewed by Ali G (Sacha Baron Cohen, born 13-Men, which is 3 days away):

11-Ben

Real Dreams/Dreamy Reality

Born on this day: James Brown, Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd US president),
Oliver Hardy, Quentin Tarantino, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Jon Foster

Real Dreams/Dreamy Reality

“But can I tell the genuine-article Italian from the poseur Italian? No. To me they all seem like poseurs.” – Quentin Tarantino (11-Ben), Playboy interview 1994

After the road has manifested (10-Eb on the 10th uinal) comes the anticlimax 11-Ben. Finding a road in the dark is all well and good, but I’m not home yet. I need a guiding light and a sense of destiny (Ben). It wasn’t my fate to lose my way in the darkness, it seems. I can lead myself out now.

A Has-been Father Figure

Here’s FDR delivering the state of the union, 11 January 1944, just three months before he died.

12-Ix

Night-Vision Shamanism

Born on this day: Emma Watson, Alec Baldwin, Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Henry Ford, Zecharia Sitchin, Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Horace Andy

Night-Vision Shamanism

“This is like winning an Oscar!… As if I would know! Speaking of acting, one of my movies was called True Lies. And that’s what the Democrats should have called their convention.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger (12-Ix) speaking at the Republican National Convention, 2004

The Jaguar is a nocturnal predator. His vision pierces the Night.

Thus, on 12-Ix (which is located next to the exit from the Akbal Cave) i find a pair of alien night-vision goggles buried next to an ancient Jaguar Warrior.

These would surely come in handy next time I go on a night’s prowl, on a moonless night, somewhere in a faraway future of the next Tzolkin round.

These are the tools and skills of the underworld shaman.

Get to the chopper

Here’s Aries Spears (born 7-Akbal, apparently not related to Britney) doing his hilarious Schwarzenegger impersonation:

13-Men

Seeds of Vision

Born on this day: Sacha Baron Cohen, Trent Reznor, Heather Nova, Chad
Smith (RHCP), Keith Levene (The Clash)

Seeds of Vision

“So do you want him (Brooklyn) to grow up to be a footballer like his dad? or a singer like Mariah Carry?” – Sacha Baron Cohen (13-Men) as Ali G. interviewing the royal Beckham couple

On the other side of the 1-Akbal mystical process I find 13-Men, called “The Seeds of Vision”.

It is said that Akbal people have a presence and voice which, by nature, inspire their surroundings, and make up the inexplicable question mark/scar of terrestrial existence. I found this to be quite true during my mysterious voyage down the Tzolkin and Mayan cave of wonders. This inspiration is carried today on the wings of the majestic, legendary eagles of the 13th and sublime Stage.

They have bested all caves, and are forever soaring above in search for a new mystery to dive into.

This eventually leads to the next story of evolution: The Sanctity of the Unified Soul (1-Cib).

The old familiar sting

Finally, here’s Trent Reznor (13-Men) getting involved and attached all the way. You know, like 13 does.