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A positive Dreamspell contribution

When I first started following the Tzolkin I found a handful of superimposed interpretations, offered by José Argüelles in his Dreamspell system, which assisted me in getting into the unique rhythm of this 260-day cycle.

One interpretation/tool was portal days. The other was core days.

The third must be defining 1-Imix as the first day and 13-Ahau as the last.

That was back in 2010.

Since completely integrating the calendar into my everyday, back-burner/subconscious metronome, I’ve made the decision of following Kenneth Johnson’s lead to keep my entire work and research into the Tzolkin as authentic as I can possibly make it.

This is important to me mainly because there are highland Maya families and communities today living their lives on the other side of my planet, by a calendar that is their own cultural legacy. Any interpretations I might have of their calendar I can share freely with whomever is interested in knowing. But a clear line has to be maintained regarding where reports and evidence end and where opinion begins.

Right around the time Carl-Yohan Calleman’s Tun calendar turned the October 2011 corner, keeping the Tzolkin calendar ‘clean and real’ meant for me stripping it from Western interpretations, to the best of my abilities and judgement.

What does that mean? Well, for starters, taking a 5000-year-long (bak’tun) calendar’s end date and projecting the gospel of the book of Revelation on it is probably a good example of a miserable western influence and interpretation of the singularly-unique Mayan calendric system.

In appreciative retrospect, the 2012 hype was a fear-porn incentive for most people to remain irresponsible, in perpetual infancy and dependence, strung out on an authority fix, asleep and consuming. The meme had to be stripped.

But, it did bring the Mayan culture to the peeved attention of a great host of people from all around the world, which was all good and welcomed. That’s what it took.

José (10-Chuen), my pet Pascal lamb

Argüelles and his imaginative game board “Dreamspell” found himself playing the role of the usual suspect (and probably scape goat, too) in my book. Along with his very useful portal and core days. His great work must be, for a long time coming, recognized as inauthentic, destructive and untrue to the Mayan culture in general, and the Master Tzolkin specifically.

For starters, a misleading version of the Tzolkin count is included in the Dreamspell system, but the count itself is currently set 46 days ahead of the master Tzolkin (1-Caban in MT; 8-Akbal in DS). Secondly, the Dreamspell’s one significant day of the year is known as ‘the day outside of time’: the solar-cycle-based day we all know as July 25th. This makes the Dreamspell a heliocentric time meter, much like the Gregorian and other agriculture-based calendars, and a flawed one at that. It is no longer the cyclical, eternal Tzolkin.

What Argüelles , in his utter ignorance of basic math, has left out of the Dreamspell construct is of course the leap-year addition of February the 29th every four solar years. This accounts for the fact that in 2012, and again in this year, the Dreamspell calendar shows two consecutive days that have the same sun-sign and number (tone) combination in their Tzolkin reading.

This is a no-no as far as the basic mechanism of the calendar is concerned.

This has to be the one single mishap you should take on board as the tell-tale signature of amateur work, and misleading work to be sure. If there’s one good reason to let go of José’s new-age GMO Mayan soup, it is this one.

The Dreamspell is out of tune. It remains today the most important meme yet to be stripped.

A 260-bar music sheet

The way I understood José’s (still valuable) contribution was to look at the Tzolkin the way I look at a musical sheet for the first time. I personally begin at what I like to call ‘the legend’ of the score. This little map is always located across the top of the sheet, and on the top-left corner of the piece. It holds basic guidelines, like the meter, key, and scale.

Not the mention the title, which has a way of always meaning something.

Let’s say the piece is on a common 4/4 meter. So my next move is to go over the bars and add note and silence durations till I get to 4 per bar. It continues from there to other methods of getting the bearings and feel of the music, which is very individual for each musician.

The portal and core days in the Dreamspell Tzolkin represent what Argüelles  has superimposed over this music piece as a guide to its dynamics. Each portal day is like a new bar of music, which intensifies, reaches the core days, and then ‘exhales’ to a conclusion. This is actually a good way to look at this evolutionary process, but it is also artificial, linear rather than cyclical (as any Mayan calendar should be), and based on personal interpretations.

As a western student, it has been convenient for me to get a sense of the entire music of the Tzolkin by following the Dreamspell’s fairy tale. But soon after I began to understand and internalize the portal and core day rhythm I realized I have to leave them behind if I am to live by the Tzolkin in a more profound, authentic, and personal way.

The map and compass


Ian Lungold – the one who had his Soul distributed among a multitude…

Ian Lungold used to mention the Tzolkin in some off-hand way during his presentations. As 3-Seed Paul told me recently, “Ian used to say ‘yeah, and there’s this Tzolkin calendar the Maya based everything on. It’s cool – check it out!’ and then go back to Calleman’s presentation.” It’s kind of ironic.

It’s high time to grow up and move away from the supports and illusory scaffolds that used to comfort us and tell us how to think and how to understand a deep and sophisticated native culture.

It’s up to just one person now. You guessed it.

By inspiration from José, Ian, Kenneth, Carl, and all my teachers, past and present, I thought up my own Tzolkin primer intro paragraph, and it goes:

The Tzolkin is a map of time I’m giving you. It can help you personally to know your own way around time, and probably to ‘manage’ it better. Now, whenever someone gives you a map you need to ask them at least the following two key questions, the answers to which should help you in deciding which destinations to focus on.

The first question is ‘where am I now on the map?’ and it’s the first step in navigation.

The second might be ‘where did I begin?’ or, ‘when did my instrument begin to play this musical piece?’ This is a deeper aspect of the place you find yourself today.

Then you should be all set to GO!, unless you wish to know more about the map and terrain from the one who is handing it to you. Perhaps you’ll need some more time to prepare for the journey (which you’ve always been on).

On your path of establishing your own repoire with this map, keep in mind that whatever destination you set, at any given time you’ll be moving either towards it or away from it, since time is cyclic. You’ll recognize the same issues and patterns coming back to you at regular intervals.

Remember that your own personal history is the very ground you find yourself standing on today. It cannot be simply set aside as ‘the past’ if you are to understand anything, let alone yourself and your time. This is because time is a pyramid, built one floor over the previous one. In this respect another imagery can be a that time is the wake of a ship (which is also a triangle), beginning from the prow of your now, and expanding back behind you.

Remember also that you can never be exactly at the same place in Time when the cycle repeats itself and you arrive at the same day again. For time is a spiraling pyramid of evolution. And as an integral part of it, you, like nature itself, meet similar challenges at ever-increasing levels of complexity and demand.

1-Cimi trecena daily digest: begins 25 July 2015

“A giant heart-shaped pattern is shown on the surface of Pluto, as seen from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft.” Photograph By AP

“Pluto is the planet of major transformation, representing the cycle of death and rebirth. It is responsible for breaking down the old to make room for the new. Pluto can also represent power and control, and reigns over our relationship to authority figures and leadership.” – (source)


Earlier this month of July, a NASA probe passed by the dwarf planet Pluto living on the outskirts of our home star neighborhood. Why is it a dwarf? Does it matter if the scientific community decides that Pluto is a dwarf planet instead of just a planet? Does it make the above quote irrelevant? Of course not. What does science have to do with tarot and astrology? One’s set of assertions is arranged upon a chronology different to the other’s.

From the left hemisphere’s point of view, it is important to distinguish between a proper planet and an anomalous planet. The rouge planet should be named differently to keep the original “planet” category valid, well-defined, and respectable. From the right hemisphere there is no such difference, since there is one solar system, and the physical movement of the bodies of heaven is only the 10% visible part of a sub-surface iceberg of great unseen influences. So a fashionable new category called “dwarf planets” says more about the ones making the distinction than about the planet Pluto itself.

The big-picture tarot and astrology angle says Pluto “reigns over our relationships to authority figures and leadership”. Does this ring a bell to anyone? It looks just like the recent NASA public relations move (~8-year voyage) mysteriously intersected with our culture’s current struggle with misplaced power and personal empowerment efforts.

 “… breaking down… making room” Pluto goes around our home star in extremely long cycles. So a process of deterioration and failure of our institutions and authority figures can take decades to manifest, when it actually took centuries to put them in place.

“The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them.”
– Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (born 10-Ik)

Under the hood

As our home star makes its hot and sweaty northern hemisphere journey, “as hot as July”, the Tzolkin is crossing the gates of Winter.

It is said that in winter, when the light outside gets low the light inside is correspondingly high. “Inside” can be within your home, where the Christmas tree or Hanukkah lamp may be lit-up, it can be within your tribe, where the fire burns longer, and family and friends share both physical and conversational heat. “Inside” also means that when the physical ebbs the spiritual tides; when I can’t play outside in the sun I contemplate together inside, by the fire.

I’ll begin with some fundamental technical concepts. These are important now, because 1-Cimi is when I contemplate the rigors of winter, the period of cerebral challenge, of cutting away fat (by chewing it), of the mental and spiritual aspects of the solar year gift.

Each Tzolkin season lasts 65 days. In Mayan calendrics, the 65-day period is called a burner period. Let’s take the day 5-Men and measure 65 days ahead. We’ll arrive exactly at 5-Ahau. If we count 65 days backwards we’ll get to 5-Oc, and if we count 130 days forwards/backwards we’ll arrive at 5-Chicchan.

Therefore, Chicchan, Oc, Men and Ahau are a burner-set quadruplet.

Since 1-Imix is the beginning of the calendar (and of fall, too), the other 3 combinations belonging to 1-Imix’s burner-set are 1-Cimi, 1-Chuen, and 1-Cib, and they mark the beginning of winter, spring, and summer respectively.

1-Cimi: “For in that sleep of death what dreams may come?” – from Hamlet by Shakespeare (baptized 1-Eb)

1-Cimi: One Death a Day

Born on this day: Ian McKellen, Jane Fonda, Colin Powell, George H. W. Bush (41st US president), Russian submarine Kursk accident, Jim Jeffries, Fred Schneider (B-52’s), Nassim Haramein, Gamal Abdel Nasser

One Death

“The board is set. The pieces are moving.” – Ian McKellen (1-Cimi) as Gandalf in LOTR 3

It seems we still have some presidents to mention on this trecena, after the 7 American ones that were born on the previous trecena. However, in 1-Cimi there are presidents from other nationalities, so look out for them.

2-Manik: First-Aid Kit

Born on this day: Colin Farrell, Elton John, Djimon Hounsou

First-Aid Kit

“You know you can’t hold me forever. I didn’t sign up with you.” – Elton John (2-Manik) singing Bernie Taupin (12-Imix)


3-Lamat: Reckless Rabbit

Born on this day: Chris Isaak, Whitney Houston, Joe Cocker, Hank Azaria

Reckless Rabbit

3-Lamat is a young star that hasn’t been broken-in yet, a crazy diamond

The theme of the current trecena is change and transformation by means of shedding an old skin; a death within life. The sun-sign on stage 3 (Lamat, the Star) directly contrasts the theme of the trecena, since it stands for constant abundance by multiplication of whatever it comes in contact with, rather than any sort of modification.

After the goal of transformation is set on 1-Cimi, and a process of spiritual healing takes place on 2-Manik, Lamat comes along and multiplies the process by contrasting it – from the mind to emotion, from a challenge to interim ripeness and fulfillment.

3-Lamat stands for the drive to work and do and give, without a definite focus on what needs work right now, nor whom to give to.

4-Muluc: Flowing Certainty

Born on this day: Madonna, Ezer Weizman (7th Israeli President), Daniel Pinchbeck (2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl), Karl Dönitz

Flowing certainty

“Absolutely no regrets.” – Madonna (4-Muluc)


5-Oc: Only Love

Born on this day: Bob Marley, Richard Quest

Only Love

“We don’t have education we have inspiration; if I was educated I would be a damn fool.” – Bob Marley (5-Oc)

A holiday afternoon and evening is best to spend with your best friends and loved ones. Play some Reggae. Listen to Marley’s words.

After all, this is the period of change. The Autumn pollution is washed away by the December rains.

6-Chuen: Conservative Weaver

Born on this day: Roger Waters, Igor Stravinsky, Madeleine Stowe, Captain Mission (The Deep Fix), Geoffrey Rush, Taylor Swift

Conservative Weaver

“And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it’s sinking. Racing around to come up behind you again. The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older. Shorter of breath and one day closer to Death.” – Roger Waters (6-Chuen)

"Maps of space/time are without and within
Consciousness itself is just a Location
13 intentions, 20 aspects, together in grace
YOU become the process in
8-Division Sky Place"
- 8-Division Sky Place by Captain Mission (6-Chuen)

7-Eb: Purposeful Paths

Born on this day: Victoria Beckham, Hu Jintao

Purposeful paths

7-Eb is the path from Death back to Reality

Stage 7 is all about purpose. The purpose of the 1-Cimi process (Death, change) is to find a new way, which is 7-Eb. However, in this process it is obvious that finding a new way happens halfway through the journey, and there’s much more to come down the Road.

Let’s say I get fired from my job on 1-Cimi. That’s it. That job is DEAD. I’ll never do what I used to do, and never be who I used to be.

Naturally, it takes me time to realize what I lost, and go over the things I could have done differently to keep my job. I must first shed my old habits (skin), and get used to a new routine. As time goes by, I reach 7-Eb, when I begin to see the outlines of what lies ahead, and gain a better perspective of what I left behind.

Because the past tends to haunt me like a wolf, I’ll be busy sulking for quite some time. This must come to pass and play out before I can fully realize why I couldn’t possibly stay in that dead-end job, and why getting fired was the best thing that could ever happen to me.

When considering the above example, please note that the Tzolkin is out-of-time. In other words, any realization and understanding regarding the death process of being fired can take any measure of Time. In the Timeless Tzolkin round, the 1-Cimi paradigm of change lasts 13 days minimum. It usually takes much more, and I might find myself spending years of regret and perceived failure, out of work, out of meaning, and out of divine purpose.

This is due to the Error in Time.

8-Ben: Eternal Guide

Born on this day: Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Commander Worf), Aldous Huxley, Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicolas Sarkozy (23rd French President), Nicol Williamson (Merlin in Excalibur), Frank Oz, James Nesbitt, Vincent Pastore

Eternal Guide

“For in spite of language, in spite of intelligence and intuition and sympathy, one can never really communicate anything to anybody.” – Aldous Huxley (8-Ben) in Sermons in Cats

Also from Huxley:

“To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves.”

Ben (Reed, Staff) signifies aspirations and the ability to bring them down to earth and make them real. When Ben appears on stage 8, it reminds me of the lesson of the previous trecena, 1-Ben. It is the balancing factor within the process of change.

In a measured and calm way, 8-Ben helps to come to grips with the way in which change and challenge sculpture Destiny. In order to realize change consciously, Life transforms to such an extent, that it will never be the way it used to be. This happens gradually in some cases, and suddenly in others.

8-Ben is the ever-present and unbreakable/infinitely flexible backbone of life itself, which – especially in the face of death and irreversible change – strives upwards and onwards relentlessly.

9-Ix: Supreme Magician

Born on this day: Jon Stewart, Max Keiser, Carlos Zambrano, Boris Becker, Huey Morgan (Fun Loving Criminals), Ernest Hemingway, Charlton Heston, Chris Cooper (American Beauty), Peter Stormare, Renée Zellweger

Supreme Magician

“There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.” – Ernest Hemingway (9-Ix), For Whom the Bell Tolls Ch. 43

Patience is the hallmark of any seasoned member of the feline family (like the Jaguar in his element, and also the special Ops soldier in his nocturnal ambush). When I have absolute confidence in my skills, patience and the ability to identify the magical moment to pounce become indispensable and arise naturally.

This is the complete Jaguar shaman/wizard, who has the macro-vision required to put disassociated pieces together in order to bring about a manifested vision [10-Men], which is true and very much real.

I’d like to make a slight detour at this point, back to some fundamentals.

Every trecena is missing 7 sun-signs (covers only 13 of all 20). These missing signs affect the Now in the same way that the Invisible Sun of the Spirit affects our subconscious, from the underworld. The missing signs in this trecena are Cauac (storm) through Chicchan (Serpent). These will soon reappear at the onset of the next trecena 1-Cauac, with the latter occupying stage 7, naturally.

Out of these, I’ve decided to focus on 5-Akbal, since 5 and 9 go together within the trecena and without. Here is a beautiful music video I highly recommend playing in full volume. The visuals consist of oil-painting animation. The instrumental soundtrack is by Peter Gabriel (5-Akbal, more on him next time). The animation and the music put together tell the story of human life, death, and rebirth in the chaotic, political world I find myself living in (at times).

10-Men: Vision Manifested

Born on this day: Gillian Anderson, Brittany Murphy, Spike Lee, John Adams (2nd US president), Laurence Olivier, Stephen Graham

Vision Manifested

“The world grows more enlightened. Knowledge is more equally diffused.” – John Adams (10-Men), Discourses on Davila (1790)

The supreme magician 9-Ix evolves and obtains a real vision of what’s to come during the unfolding winter, and whatever’s beyond. When true change is followed through (and even surrendered to completely) from conception to birth, the reward is a crystal clear picture of reality.

Keep in mind that Cimi stands for luck, and Men stands for plenty (material or otherwise) – good combination, huh?

Revisiting the above quote by John Adams – it is evident that plenty is available to me wherever I turn, especially plenty of information. Enlightenment might not be as evidently abundant as data, but this is because data is not Knowledge.

Knowledge is human/organic from beginning to end. This is why we have plenty of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and absolutely no artificial knowledge/wisdom.

Even if I become Dr. Frankenstein and animate some organic tissue I’ll call Eye-Gore I will not be able to engineer and fashion him with a Spirit or a Soul, let alone download some childhood memories using a USB port to feed its emotional chip.

The vision instilled by the sun-sign Men belongs to the spirit of the winds. It is an ancient mode of consciousness that enables both Eagles and Men to see the unseen and even the never seen (and also to procrastinate, but that’s another issue). I’m afraid this aspect of reality cannot be coded into software and compiled successfully.

Maybe with a computer that runs on a 13-bit operating system…

11-Cib: Reborn Antiquity

Born on this day: Henry Winkler (The Fonz), Zack de la Rocha, Tupac Shakur, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anthony Hopkins, Eli Wallach, Patricia Quinn (Rocky Horror Magenta), Calvin Coolidge (30th US president), Bo Jackson, Klaus von Bülow

Reborn Antiquity

“The fifth sun sets get back reclaim. The Spirit of cuahtemoc alive an untamed. Now face the funk now blasting out your speaker, on the one – MAYA, Mexica. That vulture came to try and steal your name but now you found a gun. This is for the people of the SUN.” – Zack de la Rocha (11-Cib), People of the Sun, from the album Evil Empire.

The change that was initiated 1-Cimi and manifested yesterday left some fallout in its wake. The fallout is made up of childhood friends, debilitating habits, detrimental diets, red Marlboros, and everything else that falls under the category of old skin.

Transformation must be destructive. The butterfly taking flight for the first time cares not for the destruction of its cocoon.

However, man is only part butterfly, so the confusion that follows a sudden Death (like getting fired) takes time to sort out. Solace is called for, to smooth over the wrinkles of worry and loss, and on 11-Cib this is gently offered to me by the grace of my forefathers.

They are the only ones that can truly claim that they’ve “been there, done that.”

Solace and comfort are in order at this point of the journey. Some might find it within their community settings, some at church or mosque or synagogue, some in Nature, or by running fingers through the dirt, or through the fur of their pet. These are all CIB.

The need for change is evident in all walks of life, and the lessons offered by this culminating trecena are desperately absent from the current global operating system (32-Bit) and culture. To illustrate one aspect of this absence, I once again offer poetic verse from Rage Against the Machine.

Weapons not food, not homes, not shoes
Not need, just feed the war cannibal animal
I walked the corner to the rubble that used to be a library
Line up to the mind cemetery now
What we don’t know keeps the contracts alive and moving
They don’t have to burn the books – they just remove them
While arms warehouses fill as quick as the cells
Rally round the family – pockets full of shells

12-Caban: Deep Rhythm

Born on this day: Anna Gunn, Terry Chimes (The Clash), Steve Guttenberg, Buddy Guy, Antonio Vivaldi, Frank Langella

Deep rhythm

Change goes Global on the 6th Night

The insights I gathered so far during this unique journey of Death and Redundancy are pieces of wisdom, collected while taking classes in the school of life. When put into prose or music lyrics, there is a good chance they will ring a bell on the other side of the globe.

Regardless of my location during the trials of 1-Cimi – be it my spatial location on Earth or my place in this historical moment – the human experiences of transformation, destruction, loss, rebirth, and getting a fresh start do not share my neurotic prejudices; they are part of the Planetary consciousness.

They are the spiritual forces that comprise the good drama scene, the well-written novel, and Buddy Guy.

They are 12-Caban.

13-Edznab: Ethereal Reality

Born on this day: Paco de Lucía, Gene Roddenberry, Heather Small (M People), Fidel Castro, Tim Burton, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Wedding Day

Ethereal Reality

“After a week, I decided religion wasn’t for me.” – Fidel Castro (13-Edznab) from The Atheist’s Bible (2007)

Since Star Trek meant a lot to me during my defining years, I must add some brilliant quotes from the Creator himself, Gene Roddenberry:

“A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.”
– Gene Roddenberry (13-Edznab) taken from The Cage, Star Trek pilot

I personally link this statement to the importance of facing reality as it happens, moment by moment. The only way to meet life head-on is to give up all illusion, estimation, and theory. The only way to lick it is to fully accept every moment of it, i.e., Loving IT. Turning my back on it and withering away sounds too horrible to consider.

“Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans. No, ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids — human beings built them, because they’re clever and they work hard. And Star Trek is about those things.”
– Gene Roddenberry (13-Edznab)

Seeds of Reflection

The end of this trecena [13-Edznab] calls for the exactitude of the logical and mathematical mind-set. It is a day of calculation – how much have I wisely put away during 1-Imix and the rest of Tzolkin Fall? (Tithing).

Going back to the metaphor I used in 7-Eb (about getting fired), 13-Edznab means finally coming to grips with new reality of change, challenge, and the proverbial Winter. How do I mean?

After achieving a flexible backbone [8-Ben], gaining the Supreme Magician’s measure of patience and macro-vision [9-Ix], obtaining a real vision of what’s to come [10-Men], smoothing the destructive effects of change by the light of our ancestors [11-Cib], and connecting with the deep frequencies of terrestrial life [12-CABAN] – Reality itself [Edznab] seems to finally turn my way. I’m already deep into my next vocation by now. Sacrifice is complete.

When the mirror of reality appears on the 7th Day of creation (13th stage) these lessons are carried over to the next period of true purification [1-Cauac]. This is when reality begins to teach me and learn from me, and I am reminded of the Sudden Death 1-Cimi, the purposeful Road 7-EB, and the Transcending Reflection 13-Edznab.

Okay, but

With Roddenberry’s words in mind, I am reminded of the dual nature of this sun-sign. Reality, in fact, transcends any imagination caged within the words of good prose, or the script of a good TV series. To illustrate what I mean – let’s say I’m terribly addicted to playing computer games. I’ve been into it since I was 6, and I still love doing it every day for some time.

When I lay my head to rest I surrender my spirit to the Planetary consciousness and my body to Mr. Sandman. Then, I travel Dreamland, and when I wake up this journey is bound to affect my day (at least until mid-afternoon or so). This effect can be seen as higher in orders of magnitude when compared to the last time I pitched a no-hitter or clutch 4-bagger on MLB 2012.

Dreams are part of my reality, and so is the video game. But the video game is an imperfect human construct (which even crashes sometimes, especially when I’m ahead).

1-Lamat trecena daily digest: begins 8 May 2014

When the credits come up at the end of the feature the theater lights are turned back on. It’s time to get off your seat and walk out into reality, pondering the make-believe experience you just went through.

It fades so fast. Five minutes ago you were still riveted to your seat, living some other life. Now you try to grasp at stale excitement, an elusive odor that is now obsolete.

“Baby I’m a star!” – Prince (12-Cauac)

World – keep on turnin’

I'm so darn glad HE let me try it again,
'cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin.
I'm so glad that I know more than I knew then.
Gonna keep on tryin' till I reach the Highest Ground.
- Stevie Wonder (3-Eb)

1-Lamat: Starseed

Born on this day: Roger Daltrey, Avril Lavigne, Willem Dafoe, Rene Russo, Tiffani Thiessen, Keith Allen, Engelbert Humperdinck


“I can go anyway, way I choose. I can live anyhow, win or lose. I can go anywhere, for something new. Anyway, anyhow, anywhere I choose.” – Roger Daltrey (1-Lamat), Anyway

1-Lamat begins the trecena of the Spiritual abundance embodied by the maturity of learning yesterday’s lessons to the letter. It is the last chance to gather insights and precious lessons from the current frame of awareness. Beginning May 21st (1-Imix), the Tzolkin autumn will begin, and it’ll be time to manage the seeds that are collected Now.

It is the last trecena of the round, located in the 13th uinal a.k.a. Saturday. The resolutions I decide to focus upon are all going to be packed and shipped over to the next Tzolkin round. These will then be unpacked according to my personal sequence, and applied to my future reality.

Stage 13 is the equivalent of the Fruit stage of the natural cycle in the Flora domain. So what do I do with fruit? I can eat it, save the seed for next season, or let it rot on the vine or the on ground after falling under the tree.

So, metaphorically, these are my options regarding whatever my awareness picks up during the next 12 days. Let’s say I’m 3 months after finishing a house renovation. A good friend shares his experience and viewpoint and singles out an idea I can implement to make my home even more beautiful, efficient, practical – whatever.

I can disregard it, I can “consume” it right now and get my ladder and tools, or I can just keep it for the next round of renovations.

Who’s watching me watching you?

Every star has two sides to it – two observers. You never really know who’s looking down at you from the night sky. There are so many of them; there are so many of us. The multiplying aspect of Lamat means that the more convinced I am about something – the more surprised I’ll be one day when I realize that the opposite view can be just as convincing.

This Lamat duality is especially potent where Lamat rules – the 13th Uinal. It is the dilemma between fruit and seed, between One and Thirteen and back again.

2-Muluc: Wet Moon

Born on this day: Mickey Rourke, Madeline Kahn, John Travolta, Omar Hakim

Wet Moon

“But the servant must wait, while the master bates.” – Madeline Kahn (2-Muluc), History of the World Part I

Boy, 2-Muluc. If there ever was a day in which José Argüelles came up with the idea that Muluc is the moon – it would be today.

The moon reflects the sun as water does. The moon draws and releases bodies of water.

2-Muluc is recognizing this feminine heartbeat that’s so easy to overlook. For the star (Lamat) to become a near source of Light (Ahau) it must first recognize the pattern of reflection in this world; the play of origin and destination. The key for achieving this realization lies in Muluc – one of the 3 Gathering signs in this trecena (along with Ix and Cauac).

Muluc tells me that gathering begins with a true intent of gratitude and sharing later. The Offering of water means that I’m gathering water not just for myself and my own, but as an offering to another or to the Divine. This liberation from personal indulgences creates a gap in mind and awareness.

When I gather just for my own survival my awareness is not the same. When I gather through Muluc I allow new available space in my being. This space wiggles and vibrates with refreshing overtones, as all new space does, and gives me the gift of adaptability. These two ingredients – the gap and the fluidity – are exactly what creation needs to present me with new abundance in places I never knew before.

3-Oc: Omni-Love

Born on this day: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Nelson Mandela, Eddie Murphy, Annette Bening, Chico Marx, Newt Gingrich


“(- Now, then, baboons, what is a corpuscle?) – That’s Easy. First ‘s a Captain, then ‘s a Lieutenant then ‘s a Corpuscle.” – Chico Marx (3-Oc), Horse Feathers

Whatever you come across as News, my advice to you is to take it with a pinch of ridicule and doubt. Why? Well, yesterday was 2-Muluc, dealing with illusions that inhibit thankful sharing. Tomorrow will be 4-Chuen, realizing that not taking things too seriously leads ultimately to the truth (11-Edznab) and enlightenment (13-Ahau).

But hey, besides the serious Oppenheimer 3-Oc seems to be about something very funny and liberating. Nelson Mandela is still inspiring good people today, and so do Eddie Murphy and Chico Marx.

Under the Hood

Yesterday’s dilemma is resolved by today’s sun-sign Oc and its message of Love and loyalty, along with the 3rd stage of rhythm and motion.

The Dog has similar meanings in various cultures. In Islam he’s the one animal admitted into heaven. In the Greco-Egyptian stream the Dog is Sirius the faithful dog-star (duo-star, to be exact) that faithfully affects affairs down here on Earth from millions of light-years away.

According to other studies it is also associated with the planet Mercury, governing faithful communication of knowledge and wisdom.

In the Book of Numbers (12:4) Caleb Ben Yefune was one of the twelve scouts who “went in front of the camp” to tour the promised land. Ten of the scouts reported high impregnable walls and towers, a host of giants, advanced war machinery and a big useless desert. Two scouts, Caleb and Joshua were the only ones who told the people that the land is good, and that any adversaries there are no match for them. As a reward, they were the only two who were admitted into the promised land, as the old generation of the Desert all died away.

In Hebrew, Caleb (or Kelev) means Dog, and the word itself can be meaningfully divided: Lev means heart and Ke-lev means ‘all heart’ or ‘as a heart’.

For the Maya Oc carries a torch in his jaws and leads the way for Man down the dark labyrinth  of the underworld.

All this symbolism makes perfect sense, and it comes together to stand for the kind of love and devotion that goes beyond Death. When coupled with the 3rd stage, which is the fuel that drives the next 10 days – I get something very romantic and warmhearted.

It feels like the right key ingredient during the current edition of Ascension by Dawn.

best-friend Comedians

Here’s Chico (3-Oc) Groucho (6-Ahau, previous trecena), and Harpo (4-Ik) Marx in Horse Feathers, during a college biology lesson:

4-Chuen: Fantasia has no Boundaries

Born on this day: Trey Parker, Tina Turner, Mark Margolis, David Bowie, Marie Fredriksson (Roxette), Sean Connery, 1st Atomic Bomb (Hiroshima)


“Oh man, look at those cavemen go! It’s the freakiest show.” – David Bowie (4-Chuen), Life on Mars

Chuen is the spirit of art and craft, and today it appears on the trecena of the Star to become a what’s called a Rock-Star. You know, like Ziggy Stardust.

Art assumes a stable expression on 4-Chuen; firm foundations of creativity to build upon. Hence – Rock (solid)-Star. It originates from love (Oc), transmutes loyalty to others into loyalty to a higher self, and thus enhances creation by adding a weaving motion to the flow of time. Chuen weaves ideas into the tapestry of existence, and turns mundane time into a play of destiny.

It is said that a true artist is the one who makes obvious something that was completely disregarded. Well, when the artist manifests and then wanes the Road (Eb) becomes clearer.

Going back to the cultural discussion under 3-Oc, it seems that Chuen embodies the other aspect of the planet Mercury (the first being faithful communication – Oc). This other aspect deals with the craftiness, playfulness and ingenuity that complement and are the result of the first aspect.

Here’s Marie Fredriksson (4-Chuen) and Roxette in an inspiring song:

Listen to your heart

There’s nothing else you can do

5-Eb: Man’s Stairway

Born on this day: Ron Paul, Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th US President), Fred Alan Wolf, Mike Myers, Claus von Stauffenberg, Rev. Jim Jones


“BIBLE – Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth” – Mike Myers (5-Eb), The Love Guru

On November 18th, 1978 Rev. Jim Jones (5-Eb) led his sheepfold to mass suicide, emulating the desperate story of Massada from the 1st century CE. He was the kind of leader that could actually pull that kind of sacrifice off on a grand scale. He shares his Tzolkin birthday with two other common-people leaders: Ron Paul and Ike.

Another 5-Eb heroic failure would be Claus von Stauffenberg.

5-Eb means knowing how to find and follow your one true path of integrity and purpose, which must always lead upwards and onwards, like a staircase. Having established Chuen in the previous stage, I now return to the theme cardinal direction for the first time (south) and incorporate the essence of Eb in order to walk the path of the Stars.

5-Eb also means knowing what moves you forward and what keeps you back, as the Buddha once said (Buddha being the Hindu name for Mercury). Since Eb is a sensitive and communal sun-sign, those boosters and obstacles can be the subtlest things – an orchard in bloom, a far-away snow-capped peak, an off remark.

Rather than keeping things hidden inside, today I share my thoughts about where I am and where I’m heading. I pin-point the landmarks that offer promise, and those that present challenge. I rally my tribe to follow me down the star-spangled path of the universe.

You know, like Ike.

6-Ben: Staff of Tradition

Born on this day: Andy García, Meat Loaf, Beck, John McEnroe, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Graham Hancock


“I really love that Rock n’ Roll!” – Meatloaf (6-Ben) as Eddie in the Rocky Horror Picture Show

I think you have to be born on a Ben day to be the head of a distinguished family dynasty, like old Mayer was in the mid 18th century. He raised his five daughters and five sons – literally raised them, as any spiritual ladder/leader does; from the ghetto to the very top of the world.

Of course, the five sons in particular were his life-long project. In due time, he sent each son to a different country in Europe in order to establish a financial and political beachhead. All five sons succeeded beyond imagination. When the French Revolution came along the family business got a boost from supplying Britain with mercenaries – a business move many think they still use today.

In his recent book, Kenneth Johnson depicts Ben-types as being insatiable at their worst. They can never quite get enough of anything. Does this trait fit Mayer’s card by some strange coincidence?

Biographies aside, 6-Ben embodies a unique mix of tradition (6) and family (Ben). These two words seem to go along well together, and share a mutual web of meaning. As opposed to the example I gave above with Rothschild and the extremities of the Ben aspect, 6-Ben is a balanced and nurturing mother – the kind of guiding light of the family and home that Ian Lungold talked about. She draws her power from the last Eastern sign we had – Muluc, and her every action is dedicated to elevating herself and her family.

Here’s Beck (6-Ben) doing “Deadweight”:

This music video has scenes from the movie “A life less ordinary” (1997). Amazingly, it includes 3 people born on the same trecena: Beck (today), Cameron Diaz (10-Caban) and Ewan McGregor (12-Cauac).

Don’t let the Sun catch you crying…

7-Ix: Magic Mountain

Born on this day: Muhammad Ali, Sarah Palin, Waco siege end


“I’m the greatest thing that ever lived. I’m so great I don’t have a mark on my face. I shook up the world.” – Muhammad Ali (7-Ix)

After 2-Muluc, the second Gathering sun-sign in this trecena appears on stage Se7en. Ix is the sign of magic and of skill. It embodies a gathering of spiritual potential.

The Starry Shaman 7-Ix lives on the top of the Magic Mountain. He shows me the path that I’ve walked so far, through 19 trecenas, and teaches me that the ultimate purpose of the journey is something magical and profound, something that’s lying in ambush for me on the next Tzolkin round.

Muhammad Ali (7-Ix) interviewed before and then right after his “Rumble in the Jungle” bout with Foreman in Zaire: “I’ll TKO him. Humiliation will stop this fight!

8-Men: Forever Vision

Born on this day: Bryan Adams, Émile Zola, Gates McFadden (Star Trek TNG), Swami Vivekananda, Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN, 60 Minutes)

Forever Vision

“In a day when you don’t come across any problems — you can be sure that you are traveling in the wrong path.” – Swami Vivekananda (8-Men), Pearls of Wisdom

On January 6, 2009, CNN announced that Gupta had been considered for the position of Surgeon General by President Barack Obama.” – Wiki on Gupta

I think Gupta can make a dandy Surgeon General. Big pharma and big medicare have nothing to worry about. NOT!

Panoramic vision is one of the gifts that the Eagle was given by the Maker. This aspect is true for all Men days, but 8-Men has a special twist to it.

Let’s say I have panoramic vision but at the same time I’m also biased towards a particular course of action. I will probably use my vision to pursue that course without considering alternatives. Maybe it’s just because I’m used to it.

8-Men doesn’t have that problem. Since this kin is multiplied by Lamat’s energy, and ultimately leads to enlightenment (13-Ahau) it has no permanent bias to speak of. It is an idealized version of Men that is totally free on all levels because of its fine balance.

Jesus, meet Krishna

On September 11th 1893 (2-Men) Swami Vivekananda (8-Men) took the stage at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago, representing India and Hinduism, and gave the following famous speech:

Some say that this speech brought the spiritual philosophy of the sub-continent to the West for the first time. Well, I’m not too sure about that, but I’m pretty sure it’s the first time an Indian guru was recorded on tape, speaking to some seven thousand people in Illinois.

9-Cib: Wisdom of Patience

Born on this day: Tori Spelling, Warren Buffett, Marlon Brando, Gabi Ashkenazi (previous Israeli Chief of General Staff)

Wisdom of Patience

“After all, we’re not murderers, in spite of what this undertaker thinks.” – Marlon Brando (9-Cib), The Godfather

Warren Buffet (9-Cib), the Godfather’s aura has been dispelled. Take a seat.

The cardinal direction of the trecena appears again today, 9-Cib. This day has a special emphasis on our ancestors and on honoring their memories and wisdom (even more than other Cib days).

Honoring fore-bearers and parents is a value that is common to all mankind, and it seems to be indispensable. If I thought I can do without it when I was a child, chances are I’ll have no choice but to do without it when I have my own children (because they’ll do the same to me). When my parents are no more I will think about the honor I gave them while they were around. I’ll face the mirror with my own children, and strive to create something new with them.

Since the next stage is manifestation, stage 9 stands for the actions and factors that lead to it. It is always close to the now, but not quite (t)here. The wisdom and tranquility of our ancestors (Cib) is the same. It is available to me through reminiscing at any given time, but it’s already disembodied and above the material plain, so it’s never here.

Maybe this is the reason why Kenneth Johnson points out that the Nine days are usually reserved for remembrance  rituals, taking place in graveyards and memorial sites. I assume that 9-Cib and 9-Ahau are especially devoted to those, and for good reason.

10-Caban: Universal Heartbeat Now

Born on this day: Chris Noth (Sex and the City), Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Avigdor Lieberman (Israeli Secratery of State), Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Incumbent Turkish PM), Marco van Basten, Lara Logan


The Star (1-Lamat) manifests as the Global Heartbeat (10-Caban)

Lara Logan (10-Caban) was born 2 days after Sanjay Gupta (8-Men) according to the Tzolkin. They are both doing very well in the mainstream media. I wonder where they draw their lines of integrity. Does their Boss help them draw it?

One aspect of Caban has to do with frequencies, modulations, and harmonics. The rules that govern these sciences seem to permeate and remain relevant on all planes and spectra.

For example, in harmonics there is a term called resonance. Resonance appears in music as well as in color. It manifests in network meetings under pavilions and during live performances on stage.

It happens when I write something and you know what I mean.

But always, every time the trecena chimes Ten – responsibility dawns. Other 10’s might take a break. Not 10-Caban. Since it carries within it the resonant message of all previous manifestations, 10-Caban chooses responsibility every time. It’s very logical to do so. It is the only thing conceivable.

11-Edznab: Tomorrow’s Mirror

Born on this day: Britney Spears, Condoleezza Rice, Kiefer Sutherland, Dominic Monaghan (portraid Merry in LOTR 2001-3), Chris Farley

Tomorrow's Mirror

“I can get a great look at a t-bone steak by shoving my head up a bull’s ass but I’d rather take the butchers word for it.” – Chris Farley (11-Edznab)

I wouldn’t bet on an end-date if I wasn’t willing to gamble on the extraordinary off-chance. You know, like Kiefer Sutherland (11-Edznab) did in “Flatliners” back in 1990.

But then, coming back to reality, I count numerous “end dates” that came and went in the past. The usual example would be the Y2K bug, but there were famous men and women of divination that clearly marked a certain date for something extraordinary to happen, on cue. And then that date came and went into obscurity, followed by the fame and name of the professed prophet.

However, I only need one end-date to be correct in order to manifest this long-awaited “Event”. I’m sick of waiting and I have no more fear of catastrophes. But most of all, I’d like an end-date to be true in order to, ultimately, have it behind me already!

I can go on and on, by the way – going back and forth between heart and mind, cause and effect, Orient and Occident. The mirror does that to me.

In essence, 11-Edznab means Reality as a twist in the plot, as an anti-climax. The key question 11-Edznab asks me regarding my preoccupation with end-dates and prophecies that work is – Then what? You still need to clean up, remember? Don’t you know the destiny of Man?

I mean, think about it. Just about now – aren’t you in a mood for another Adventure?

Rhythm is a dancer

Shlomo Bar (11-Edznab) is a Moroccan-born musician who wrote the music for an 80’s band called “The Natural Selection”. His fellow band members were from many different countries, including India, Israel, and Iraq. Here he is  singing “Yeladim ze simcha” (Children are happiness):

12-Cauac: Purple Rain

Born on this day: [music] Prince, Miles Davis, Antonín Dvořák, Alban Berg, Butch Vig (Garbage, “Nevermind” producer), Jonas Hellborg; [stage/screen] Steve Martin, Peter Sellers, Kyle MacLachlan, Ewan McGregor, Tim Allen; [politics] John C. Breckinridge (14th US VP)

Purple Rain

“If I can’t really find a way to live with myself, I can’t expect anyone else to live with me.” – Peter Sellers (12-Cauac), The Hollywood Book of Extravagance

The third and last Gathering sign is Cauac – rain clouds are collecting water and bringing a storm of Purification and freshness.

Whatever transpired around the vernal equinox is already yesterday’s news. Today I understand the deep meaning of being cleansed; of preparing happily in the bathroom for an amazing night out with some neighborhood demigods.

ATHEISTS got no song

Before signing off, here’s the indestructible Steve Martin (12-Cauac) singing about the Atheist’s angst:

13-Ahau: Everything is Satisfactual

Born on this day: Ethan Jesse Coen (younger brother of filmaker duo), Ron Howard, Alan Arkin, Nigel Terry, Arjen Robben, Japan surrenders 1945, Bob Dole

“Today, freedom is on the offensive, democracy is on the march.” – Douglas MacArthur (4-Edznab) in his WWII Victory broadcast, on 5-Edznab

13-Ahau. Clock strikes 13, it is almost tomorrow.

Stage 13 undoubtedly affects the following stage 1. One is never a beginning. It is a seed of yesterday’s fruit.

Could it be that 13-Ahau is the fruit of the entire round that’s ending? Could it be exercising its effect on the entire round to come?

If it does, then any other day on the Tzolkin must do the same.

The Tzolkin round is circular and endless. I apply beginning dates and end-dates just so I’ll be able to grasp its dance somehow. A dance that cannot be frozen inside a word for more than one day.

However, taking this powerful masculine sun-sign Ahau and coupling it with number 13 must mean something. The same goes for tomorrow: 1-Imix – the young alligator in the swamp marks the beginning of Fall.