Preface: Children of the SkyOpen up your HEART, what do you feel? what do you feel is REAL? The big-bang may be a million years away! But I can’t think of a better time to say: * “World, hold on instead of messing with our future- open up inside World, hold on one day you’ll will have to answer to the Children of the Skies” * Look inside, you’ll find a deeper love the kind that only comes from high above If you ever meet your inner child don’t cry! no, no tell them everything is gonna to be alright Don’t take no for an answer…
A Flower of 10 Petals
I’ve had glimpses of what’s to come, like small pearls in the mud. Song lyrics, insights shared with friends, slow contemplation of my breathing. These came through a heart connection. After taking root, I thought about these glimpses. My thoughts went in many directions and converged back to reality.
I use words to think and to communicate. I stop using words sometimes. I stop thinking. This stopping habit has been happening more frequently recently.
When thought begins again it’s more cautious. Thought picks the right words this time to retain focus. Thought doesn’t wander off to memes it doesn’t wish to manifest, like calamity or fear. This type of discipline helps me to tell truth from false.
When I begin turning attention to the solar plexus thought goes to sit in the stands and enjoy the glow. The sun is simple, it’s benevolent beyond my ability to ever repay.
The summer solstice is when the material sun is having its hay days. It is also the point in time when the solar plexus is most potent, accessible and benevolent.
This is 1-Caban, known as the global heartbeat. It’s when 4-Ahau takes place.
1-Caban: One thought
Born on this day: Ira Gershwin, J. D. Salinger, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Jay Leno, Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Seal, Jackie Gleason
The question of solidity vs. liquidity is at the heart of the period beginning today, 1-Caban. In the above quote J.D. Salinger says that happiness is a solid and joy is a liquid. Now, what on earth could that mean?
Solids can decay, they are eroded by liquids and gasses. They can fall down and fracture. Some solids freeze and defy time. Some solids are the stuff I purchased in the market; the seat of my vehicle, my keyboard’s armrest. Solids are also the hills and valleys surrounding my neighborhood, my front door handle, the pavement that leads to the recycle bin.
In other words, as far as consciousness is concerned – solids become background at some point. Like a wardrobe or a used car, they can be a source of what’s called boredom. Solids require either replacement or personal maintenance to hold my attention.
Does all this apply to happiness?
Liquids seep into solids and flow. Liquids must be properly contained to be used as a stable resource, like a gas tank or a coke bottle. On the other hand, contained liquids also tend to fester, so liquid must be circulated in order to remain fresh and potent. Only on rare occasions contained liquids get better over time – like good wine and deep-colored honey.
When unconstrained, liquids evaporate and precipitate. They cycle back and forth, and retain their atomic mass. According to the common arrangement of matter, liquids are the interim state between solids and gasses. Symbolically, this means that an interim or go-between state is dynamic by definition. Unlike the solid, it doesn’t break nor lose itself to fire – it transforms; it communicates without losing anything in the process.
Does all this apply to joy?
Caban as our common heartbeat
From further inquiry into the symbolism tied into this sun-sign, it is evident that Caban has a lot to do with the planet itself, as a living and evolving organism with its own heartbeat.
The Earth’s heartbeat is ancient, deep, and very low in frequency. What’s so special about Caban is that no matter where I am on Earth, above the atmosphere, deep underwater, downtown in the city or by the shore – I am constantly connected to this all-encompassing deep frequency.
Another interpretation of Caban is incense, which is related to thought in the Mayan tradition. Thoughts go up to the heavens like burnt incense, like evaporating liquid. Thoughts eventually precipitate down and manifest, when they complete their cycles of development and attainment.
To meet the inner child, here’s a scene from the feature The Little Prince (1974), based on the classic novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1-Caban). Here, Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman, 11-Eb) plays the fox, tamed by the little prince, on the occasion of their final farewell:
2-Edznab: A true question
Born on this day: Mark Knopfler, Paul Simon, Barry Bonds, Leon Trotsky, Barry Pepper, David Lynch, James Dean, James Gandolfini, Ned Beatty, William Holden
The second step of the world tour the Maya called 1-Caban is the mirror of reality and truth. It is essential to think true thoughts, so that they eventually materialize as true realities. But true to what?
That is the question, as they say, and I have my own answer. Yours is entirely different, but must nevertheless be true to you, when you think about it. I think true thoughts look just like harmless thoughts, but can be insightful and maybe subversive nonetheless. True thoughts leave me empowered and on the move, but should also be reflective and somewhat humble to remain within rebuke.
True thoughts lead to true abundance to myself and my community, as displayed in the previous uinal (7-kan, then 7-caban). They are beyond envy and over competition. They lead to lasting solutions and to the eventual replacement of whatever no longer serves thoughts, nor inspires realities.
Stage 2 goes well with the sun-sign Edznab (much like 7-Edznab); Edznab is the Mirror of Reality, and 2-Edznab is like looking in the rear-view mirror of the taxi right after leaving home on a world tour.
2-Edznab means that I face Reality the way I face a mirror of truth. It shows me what’s there and what’s only an illusion. Also, using another meaning of the word Edznab, a razor-sharp knife can be used to give life as well as to take it away. Both of these interpretations are consistent with the duality inherent to Edznab, stage 2, stage 7, and other stages as well.
sacrifices of the Heart
There’s a tender kind of sacrifice and camaraderie in the thought that I might give my life for my country, or for my family, or for some truth bigger than myself. That idea used to make much more sense to me back in the 80’s and early 90’s. It’s different now on the inside.
It’s becoming different on the outside, too.
Paul Simon (2-Edznab) was a household name where I grew up. He’s one of the lyricists and poets I always admired. Here is “Hearts and bones” in a lovely video rendition of old movie flicks:
Ned Beatty played alongside William Holden (both born 2-Edznab) in the 1976 feature “Network”. Curiously, there isn’t a single scene of them together. Holden plays Howard Beale’s old boss, while Beatty plays the Bilderburg-style overlord and puppet-master.
3-Cauac: Activating storm
Born on this day: Sting, John Lennon’s assassination, Imelda Staunton, Manly Palmer Hall, Yael Dekelbaum
After thought goes through a true mirror (2-Edznab) it must now elevate itself from a true thought to a purifying thought. Many thoughts are true, but many also reflect things as they are, rather than as they should be. (What?)
Reading back 1-Caban above, a purifying thought is true AND new/refreshing/inspiring. It has the same essence as joy (liquid), rather than the essence of happiness (solid).
Cauac is closer to the joy of learning than to the happiness of knowing.
It is closer to taking a shower than to regurgitate what I read yesterday just to impress someone.
A Rainstorm cannot be contained or controlled. It has total freedom to march wherever Purification is needed. This resonates with the activating and unhindered expression of Stage 3.
A rainstorm IS activating and expresses itself freely and according to its own rhythm. Therefore, stage 3 goes well with the essence of Cauac.
Trust in Ja
Here’s Yael Deckelbaum (3-Cauac, right in pic), leading off the song “YA”, along with her sisters of the coven: Karolina (13-Manik, center) and Dana Adini (3-Ix, left):Spent most of my life doubting my belief, believing my doubts. My mind was so complex so it remained un-flexible. So why not try to simplify? Believe your beliefs, doubt your doubts
4-Ahau: D-Day? B-Day!
Born on this day: Rabindranath Tagore, Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, VE-Day, Dan Ben-Amoz, Zvika Pick
Alright, here we are. Again.
Another end-date to wrestle with, or maybe one to hug this time.
4-Ahau is not a day to be considered lightly, it has been the one day when (very-very) long-term cycles begin another lap around the galaxy.
At the same time, 4-Ahau is also a relatively “weak” day, since there are 9 days to go in the 13-day trecena. It is a very stable, albeit rudimentary level of attainment.
Considering a Tzolkin beginning 1-Imix, 4-Ahau is almost 3/4 of the way around.
I’m going to discuss two major events in 20th century history that took place on 4-Ahau. I don’t know what’s going to happen on 5-Imix. But I also don’t know what’s in store for me tomorrow.
Two significant dates in 20th century history took place on 4-Ahau: the allied victory over Nazi Germany (VE-Day, May 7th) in 1945, and the Apollo 11 landing on the moon (1969). The Tzolkin has gone around approximately 94 times since 1945, and 60 times since 1969. But who’s counting?
Both events have inspired generations of scientists, engineers, politicians, and soldiers. They were finest hours, celebrated around the world. They shaped the destiny of countless souls, who sought to secure an exterior destiny for themselves, adding value and meaning to their respective lives.
What is still called ‘value’ and ‘moral’ today is actually based on outdated guidelines, set emphatically by world events like the two mentioned above. Political and military values still draw substance and legitimacy from that one victory over absolute evil in Berlin. Scientific, technical and industrial values do the same with respects to NASA’s great achievement in the middle of the Sea of Tranquility.
To illustrate the old mindset, here’s a CBS documentary about the Apollo 11 landing (on 4-Ahau), with coverage by Walter Cronkite (6-MULUC, previous trecena), and presented by Dan Rather (7-Akbal, this trecena)” (part 1):
Sorry for the poor mono soundtrack…
Click here to see part 3, where the landing actually takes place. Cronkite with his rare and famous removal of glasses.
Later, there’s an interview with Armstrong (10-Chuen) and his wife Janet, done many years later. The young Mike Wallace (11-Ahau) and Bob Simon (8-Imix) are there, too. Their careers were fixed forever following that weekend broadcast.
Armstrong died just recently, and was buried at sea in due ceremony on 16 September 2012 (10-Ik).
Personally, I identify the old mindset in this documentary in the way the astronauts are treated and respected. They are the “selected few”, the “cream of the crop”, and they possess the “right stuff”. I wanted to become a fighter pilot since I wanted to hold hands with girls. When I turned 21 I began to realize I might have been lucky not to become one.
The way the TV covered the landing resembles advertising propaganda in its most debasing form. It’s like FOX news reporting from Tikrit in 2004, with a female reporter in a bulletproof vest flirting with GI’s from Oklahoma, calling them “awesome”.
Since July 20th 1969 (4-Ahau) every boy wanted to be an astronaut, or at least a pilot. And every girl wanted to marry an astronaut, or maybe an engineer. Those who could not just wanted a Green Card, since the US has officially become the one country where you can fulfill your dreams.
How does that sound to you today?
Conspiracy feary: Dad’s to blame
Considering the fact that many years have passed since the glories of the mid 20th century, it becomes obvious for the new consciousness to challenge the old one. In today’s YouTube reality, this challenge comes in the shape of “conspiracy theories”. Namely, many people are looking skeptically into the events that led to Germany’s defeat and Hitler’s suicide, and into the possibility that the lunar landing was falsified.
For example, many are looking into the possibility that Hitler fled Germany on a U-boat before Berlin fell. The two cremated bodies found outside Hitler’s Berlin bunker were therefore not of the Fuehrer and Eva Brown (he hated her, and was actually equally into boys). Some say Adolf ended up in South America (like Eichmann), while others suggest it was Antarctica, called by the Nazis “New Swabia“. The Red Army, upon realization they won’t be sending Adolf alive to Moscow to meet Stalin, preferred to support the suicide story and take their frustrations elsewhere.
Regarding the moon landing an example would be part 4 of the same CBS documentary, where continuity lapses become obvious to the skeptic conspiracy theorist. For example, around the 05:50 mark one of the astronauts is walking away from the camera. He’s just walking away, like on earth, not bouncing in low gravity. He’s seen joining his crew-mate to raise the US flag on the moon. What a gesture…
There are 50 stars on the flag. There isn’t one star in space in any of the footage.“And we’ve got about, I’d say 20 pounds of beautifully selected, if not documented samples.” – Neil Armstrong (10-Chuen) before leaving the moon.
Around the 04:30 marks, there is footage from inside Mission Control, where you see people at their console looking up at the big television screens to watch Armstrong and Aldrin walking on the moon. It is obvious that the big-screen TV image is an overlay layer on top of the Mission Control image.
Milton William Cooper (13-Lamat) was right(?)
Maybe. When dad (or the government, or Authority) keeps secrets you can never know how things are going to pan out. I mean – does it really matter? Shouldn’t revenge be relegated to yesterday’s fallacies?
Is trying to change the system from within already reduced to a false thought? An image of rebellion, already adopted by the advertising cult?
I think it’s history.
Even more than other Ahau days, 4-Ahau is considered to be a pivotal day in the Tzolkin. 4-Ahau means that various limits to my abilities, resources, and measure of intention focus are illuminated and clearly visible. It means that my expectations from myself and others are grounded (by 1-Caban) and pragmatic.
4-Ahau is a good day to contemplate a possibility that the most sought-after state of mind – enlightenment – is only the 4th stage out of 13. So, the ripe flower Ahau serves as the basis and stabilizing factor (4) of evolution’s unfolding on the global scale (Caban), and is developed further by 9 other rudimentary sun-signs.
Here are some more words of wisdom from Rabindranath Tagore (4-Ahau):
“The human soul is on its journey from the law to love, from discipline to liberation, from the moral plane to the spiritual.”
Born on this day: Nik Kershaw, Keith Jarrett, John Goodman, Milla Jovovich, Walt Disney
The current trecena 1-Caban offers a special opportunity to tune into one of Nature’s most important, yet often forgotten lessons. The main message of the lesson is: “The moment of Enlightenment is closely followed by Step 1 on the Next Level.”
Right after a lion cub makes its first kill, even though it might feel elated and superior for 1 day – it has no guarantees whatsoever regarding what will happen in tomorrow’s hunt. Hence the term “King for a Day”.
Tomorrow the cub might succeed, and it might also parish in the attempt – same as always. This is one of the gifts mother Earth has equally bestowed on lions, hawks, grizzlies, daughters of Eve and sons of Adam.
5-Imix begins the 9th uinal of the Tzolkin, and empowers the Caban process of evolution by reminding me that yesterday’s enlightenment (Ahau) can serve as very strong infra-structure (4) to begin a new process of bringing about global, as well as personal – consciousness (Caban) back to square one (Imix) of my next common phase.
Imix is the most rudimentary sun-sign in the uinal. It embodies the most raw forms of energy, and it includes ALL. It is the most physical and present aspects of creation; it is mother earth’s primordial-swamp-level glory, as depicted by the proverbial sunrise. And when Imix heralds the beginning of the glorious day 5 of budding (5-Imix, Kin 161) it redoubles the emphasis on delicately balancing my focus (5) of consciousness between body/mind/spirit and practically everything else.
All that jazz, down to earth
Here’s Keith Jarrett (5-Imix) playing “When you wish upon a star”, with Gary Peacock (9-EB) on bass and Jack DeJohnette (3-Edznab) on drums:
6-Ik: Traditional conversation
Born on this day: Maxi Jazz, Sia Furler, Bob Geldof, L. Frank Baum, Dick Cheney, Billy Crystal, Anderson Cooper
The message of the new day which dawned yesterday must be spread throughout the earth. This is done by the primal power of the wind (Ik). Wind is the power of dissemination which is established in the uinal 2 days before seeds (Kan) come into play – the seeds that are disseminated by the wind.
This resonates with what Ian Lungold (12-Ahau) used to say (and I’m paraphrasing): The tools required for tomorrow are provided today.
Airborne seeds in nature are the same as spoken ideas and comments in a network meeting. I listen, I comment, I joke around and talk around the lunch table. I am sowing seeds, using wind (or, more precisely: spirit).
6-Wind is a very gentle wind that never wishes to rock any boat. It negotiates and responds through the craft of speech. 6-Ik is someone needing someone else for whatever reason.
6-Ik is when the message of enlightenment as a basis for further evolution (4-Ahau) crawls from the swamp and goes global, on the wings of the wind.
Wind in the sails
Here’s Sia Furler (6-Ik) singing “Destiny” with Zero 7:
7-Akbal: Unknown on purpose
The midpoint of the Earth (Caban) trecena is 7-Akbal (Night), and it can be visualized as the Day/Night longitude line, constantly dividing the Earth as it spins around its pole axis. There is always half of the Earth in Light, while the other half is in Night.
In the context of this trecena, 7-Akbal means that the purpose for the universal heartbeat is constructive. Every invisible pulse that reverberates around the globe is built on top of all previous pulses. This pertains to the sun-sign Akbal since it also means “house”, in the sense of a structure that is based on bricks built one on top of the other.
This trait is also evident in people born under the Akbal sun-sign. They are usually busy putting one brick on top of the other, so when you try suggesting something completely new, they sometimes find it hard to incorporate it into their elaborate structure.
In this sense, 7-Akbal is the midpoint of my global (Caban) journey. It is the furthest I can get from my house before I start coming back. It’s like going on top of the mountain and saying “Hey! I can see my House from here.”
7-Akbal means the sky will begin clearing soon, and around the beginning of 1-Oc the Sun will begin its hours of glory, on the 5th day. There are no frontiers left on heaven or earth, no boundaries to maintain between us, nowhere left to run. Light is bound to dissolve all remaining doubts and second-guessing.
Here’s Dan Rather (7-Akbal) signing off on 7-Cib (13 days away):
8-Kan: There’s always potential
Born on this day: Jim Morrison, Pat Metheny, Buckminster Fuller, Bill Cosby, Ashton Kutcher, Jonathan Adams (RHPS narrator), Daniel Van Buyten
Christmas day on 8-Kan. Some things cannot be bought by money. For everything else there’s Kan!
Where are all the doomsday prophesies of last weekend? I wonder.
On this logical voyage through 1-Caban the sign of basic abundance (Kan) is multiplied to infinity by the 8th stage. To begin the second leg of the trecena trip, a global community – a network of souls – is gathered today by the net known as Kan.
On a different plane, on 8-Kan the seed balances the Earth (Caban). Seeds that fall to Earth make the first step in finding their destiny as a plant in the making. They form a new harmony with the earth and create a new equilibrium with it. Places where there are no seeds on the ground are known as wilderness – a piece of mother Earth laying in wait.
Here’s the Pat Metheny (8-Kan) group playing “Are you going with me?” live:
9-CHICCHAN: Intensely dramatic
Born on this day: Paul Giamatti, Clint Eastwood, Lily Tomlin, Apollo 13 mission launch, WWII began, Jim Corr (The Corrs)
In a sense, 9-CHICCHAN is like a near-death experience. It’s true that this sun-sign is always immediately followed by Cimi (death), but on 9-CHICCHAN this nearness is highlighted by the divine 9th stage . Life is what drives the planet towards manifestation. It synthesizes whatever’s already manifested and produces a new drama every day.
On 9-CHICCHAN I utilize my vital resources to complete all cycles of action.
Being lucky to be alive can also be understood by pondering the fact that World War II broke out on 9-CHICCHAN, when the Nazis invaded Poland on September 1st 1939.
School is joined.
Under the hood
Finally! A portal day. It’s been a weird intermission since 12-Men, and the portal day appears on the next Eastern burner-day partner of Men – Chicchan.
Now’s a good time to go back to inner child, with some drama this time. Little prince snake scene, featuring the 47 year-old Bob Fosse (2-eb) as the snake in the grass, the fallen god:
Born on this day: Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Navarro
On 10-Cimi the world is transformed (terra-formed). The change is apparent, and what made it appear is an accumulated result of all the undercurrents of past phases around Caban – the planet’s heart.
10-Cimi is the perfect time for me to complete the cycle of change that I’ve underwent while corresponding with you and move on to something “Same-Same, but Different”, to put it in India’s English.
Here’s a bit of history (26 July 2011). This was back when I used to call the 13-day periods “trekanas” rather than “tresenas”…
Here’s Dave Navarro (10-Cimi) live on stage, doing his famous “Three Days” solo:
11-Manik: Resolve and Heal
Born on this day: Charlie Daniels, Burt Reynolds, Yasmin Levi, Bob Woodward
After the manifested change 10-Cimi, 11-Manik provides the tools and skills for perfecting the change; for integrating the newborn consciousness of the young with the older, established consciousness of past cycles of evolution. This careful attention to details is what renders revenge and spite irrelevant.
In addition, Manik has an inert driving force that propels it constantly onward – what’s next to learn? what new experience has in store?
Beauty and the beast: double feature
This following number never fails to lift my spirits. Whenever the devil comes down to sit on my shoulder I remember I’m the best that’s ever been. Manik does that to me. I forget about fear.
The devil went down to Georgia, played extra fast in Nashville:
And here’s Yasmin Levi (11-Manik) singing “Mano Suave” on Dutch TV:
She soothes me every time.
12-LAMAT: Insights, multiplied
Born on this day: Jonathan Groff (Taking Woodstock), James Cameron, Gilad Shalit, Raúl Ibañez, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (Fuad)
The second portal day of this trecena takes place today.
12-LAMAT basically means “in order to understand, attain the star’s superior perspective”.
It also means that, as the 1-Caban trecena comes to a close I realize and understand that the Earth is a star in itself. It is one of many, i.e., “E Pluribus Unum” (this Latin phrase appears on the back of a 1 dollar bill).
Recently, I learned of another interpretation to that Latin phrase: “Something out of nothing”.
From captivity to freedom
I remember watching Gilad Shalit (12-LAMAT) released from Gaza last year. Many people around the world saw this prisoner exchange as a beacon of light in the Middle East. One life was exchanged for the lives of many. It must mean something, right?
Here’s a piece by InfoLive.tv:
13-Muluc: Keep serving
Born on this day: Beyoncé Knowles, Christina Aguilera, Donnie Dacus, Gulf of Tonkin 1964 incident, Avram Grant (Soccer), Mohammed Dahlan
So the Gulf of Tonkin incident took place on 13-Muluc (water). Right.
From the apparently slowest flowing Eastern sun-sign (Caban) we arrive today at the most dynamic of them (Muluc), and come full circle on the global tour of the planet.
13-Muluc means that, through me and with me – the planet can constantly ascend to higher and higher levels of evolution through a determined intention of sincere service to the other, and by an equally sincere offering of individual skill and talent.
This communal and reciprocal principle has been gaining a lot of ground in recent times across the world. It is the link to the next lesson in the tzolkin round – a lesson of Love and Loyalty: 1-Oc.
Christina Aguilera (13-Muluc) breaks out in 1999 with “Genie in a Bittle”:
No thanks, Christina, I’m done waiting. I’m way past impressing, and I have my unique way of rubbing others.
Most of all – I’m done paying.