Born 1-Ajmaj: James Joyce, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jimmy Page, Damon Albarn, Emma Bunton (Spice Girl), Michael Douglas, Caroline Corr, Didier Drogba
It’s definitely different now.
I remember when we had to spell out the most obvious of life’s facts to an imbalanced crowd of sleepwalking people. They didn’t seem to understand the first thing about, well, all of the most important things.
Now it seems more customers are looking up beyond the billboards. Reality is being perturbed, turned into a psycadelic weirdness of snuff TV and viral fragments of uploaded home videos, none over 2 minutes long. This disturbance assists in identifying cognitive dissonances of truths that no longer hold. My understanding of reality is in a rapid process of development and evolution. What seemed to be different is that people now obviously can tell opinion from experience.
Imagination, as Einstein (11-Ajpu, the previous Ajpu in the count) maybe said, is more important than knowledge. But that’s a point of origin requiring further development. Knowledge that can be communicated is only one part of what knowledge is. For example, muscle memory and physical brain connections facilitate playing a musical instrument, or dancing. Imagination is indeed more important than the kind of ‘knowledge’ we acquire at school and mainstream academia (the trade schools). These are the miles and miles of words we all ingest during the fall semester, so we can spew them out at mid-terms, on demand.
But on another level, there is knowledge which is superior to the gifts which imagination can bestow. This kind might be better referred to as wisdom, and the results of direct experience. In this domain, imagination which is uncontrolled can become a burden upon the mind and psyche. For example, when I imagine a false and dis-informative conspiracy theory to be true, I’m actually a slave to a kind of imagination which disempowers and is often addictive.
The directness of experiencing now cannot be chatted away by mental abstractions.
And to those who strive to silence me I give thanks, since I often need to be reminded of the paramount importance of inner peace and silence. I keep doing this and doing that all through the day, while the sun shines. Then, much later, when my ‘doings’ are done, I get into my pajamas and finally surrender to those who would silence and pacify me.
Mom and Dad
UNDER THE HOOD
With 1-Imox as the beginning of autumn, 13-Tzikin is the last day of the Tzolkin spring, and 1-Ajmaj 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 260-day cycle is represented by southern (yellow) sun-signs which appear more than other cardinal directions during this period. It 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.
Ajmaj is also called “Vulture”, an eater of carcasses and a purifier of karma. As the trecena kick-starting the fun of summer, 1-Ajmaj 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.
1-Ajmaj 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 (Ajmaj, Noj, Tijax, Kawok, and Ajpu), and the first 8 of the eleventh uinal completing it.
Therefore, this trecena, which teaches me about the sanctity and holiness of both spirit and matter, begins with the complex and abstract aspects of the uinal, and is “turned around” by the most basic aspects of prehistory, raw reality, 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 Ajmaj. 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 comes up with, wearing a wrinkled brow.
ONCE UPON A TIME…
… there was an elderly medieval Jesuit monk, who looked a lot like Michael or Kirk Douglas. He left his hermitage (1-Ajmaj) after living there most of his adult life to travel the world (2-Noj) in search for truth (3-Tijax), spiritual purification (4-Kawok), Mastery and Enlightenment (5-Ajpu).
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-Iq). His discourse with the oracle made him realize that he still has so much more to learn, since the unknown is infinite (8-Ak’abal). 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-Kan), after which he was never the same again (11-Kame).