Left without saying goodbye
All over the world and throughout history humans greeted each other when they met, and parted ceremoniously via some gesture (of the hand, most commonly). Some animals share the greeting ritual, in various modes of sensory communication, but do not say goodbye to each other before leaving. Why is that?
If a friend of mine comes over to my place for a dinner party, and leaves without announcement of some kind (let’s assume he didn’t have an unexpected emergency that pulled him away), I would probably be in a position to become rightly offended. Was it the food? Didn’t he like the company? Wasn’t he comfortable? Why didn’t he say goodbye? Is he some kind of animal?
Leaving without saying goodbye means that his experience at my house was negative. It could be negative to the point of dissolving our future relationship, in other words, he left unceremoniously because he doesn’t want a future with me anymore. So here is the crux: animals don’t live by any concept of future the way humans do. A dog meets another dog and greets it to establish the boundaries of this encounter in the now. When it’s time to leave it simply points its nose to some interesting direction and gets going. No offense taken.
For us humans many other meanings factor into the equation. A human is the kind of creature that lives a story, and each story has its proper form. Each story also comes to a conclusion eventually. When my story concludes I will leave, but not before saying goodbye (I hope).
A friendly goodbye with a smile is the last impression me and my friend leave each other within the depth of our subconscious. It is a promise for an equally happy get-together next time, sometime soon maybe, hopefully.
My story and script are being written while being acted out, live and improvised. Whatever wake I leave behind me is my own, personal Road of Life. Whichever direction I pick to point my compass towards, it would be the horizon my heart yearns for now.
Walking my path of life, never knowing whose path I might cross tomorrow.
“Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again.” – The tyler’s toast, Freemasonry
The purifying storm (1-Kawok) left debris of old habits and mindsets in its wake, so a new trail must now be blazed. This trail begins with 1-E’, and develops over a 13-day journey through ever-developing aspects and intentions.
Under the hood
1-E’is a southern trecena, since it begins with a southern sun-sign (E’), and it has more southern sun-signs (4) than any other direction (3 of every other). The southern sun-signs in this trecena appear on the days 1, 5, 9, and 13, and they are contrasted by 3 northern signs on the days 3, 7, and 11. When drawing a line connecting the yellow (southern) signs in the above figure, a trapezoid is formed, which gives the trecena a stable southern base. If the contrasting white (northern) signs are connected a triangle is formed, with 7-Tijax at the apex.
Being a southern trecena, 1-E”s theme is abundance: plenty of Roads (1-E’), plenty of Wisdom (5-Aj’maj), plenty of Suns (9-Ajpu) and plenty of networks (13-Kat).
The absent southern sun-sign is Q’anil. What could that mean?
1-E’: On the Road again
Born on this day: Friedrich Nietzsche, Billie Holiday, Dr. John, Albert Pujols, Ban Ki-moon, Julius Erving, William Shakespeare (baptized 1-E’), George R. R. Martin
“Every day is a winding Road” sings Sheryl Crow (5-Kat), and this is the main message of 1-E’. Every day a winding road is taken, while countless other roads are inevitably forsaken. The sun-sign E’ is called “the Road of Life” and it stands for abundance through humility, stewardship and simplicity. Another famous saying which applies to this day is “there is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path”.
This trecena accentuates the presumed conflict between trying to make everyone happy and dwelling on the compromises that result from such expectations. This is the day when I begin walking the path and knowing it.