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1-Cauac trecena daily digest: begins 20 Nov 2014

Being hooked on authority is a tricky kind of addiction.

Let’s say I’ve recognized this ritualistic habit I have of externalizing my responsibility to some focal point of authority, like the government, or the CEO of the company I work for. For as long as I can remember myself I couldn’t see that, but then one day I could. It became so obvious I kicked myself for not seeing it before.

Once I recognize a destructive, sinister pattern that’s keeping me enslaved I begin to have more options. A choice.

So I choose to expose this authority figure for the mere imperfect human that s/he is. I find out about lies and power games, coercion and corrupt conduct. I find evidence of a conspiracy, a monopoly that exploits and defiles the very earth we all share. That one percent power gluttons are to blame.

Informing dormant communities about the Truth is important. But a new addiction is now upon me. An addiction to hidden knowledge, passive guerrilla resistance, and a deep desire for an ultimate unveiling that will bring the evil powers that be to justice. Once and for all.

Even when I’m crusading against it, I’m still relating to the very drug I need to kick. I’m the one who bestows authority, whether in adoration or in contempt. I’m still reading the same paper news hoping for headlines of salvation; hanging on the words of a programmed anchor-person celebrity, who’s vying for a cabinet position next year, voicing disarming opinions between tonight’s stories.

They are has-been authority focal points that can only suck and disempower. No. This is not the way, obviously.

“Inevitability is the strongest of all magic.” – Carolinus, the Green Wizard, “Flight of Dragons” by Peter Dickenson

You can’t get enough devious and corrupt billionaires conspiring together to make any difference whatsoever. No matter how much they spray the sky and deceive young soldiers to die in distant lands for greed. Unknown rich boys I hardly envy can stage a million false flag attacks and pull all my fear-strings. They can go ahead and deliberately dumb down my children all through their school years.

It’s all a fade-away jump-shot that’s an air-ball.

Interception, Bill and Melinda:

I choose infinite resources.

Disengage, reroute

The Gregorian and all other calendars, along with the wristwatch, have totally convinced me that time moves on all the time, and that consciousness is a one-way street from cradle to crematorium.

The Tzolkin is obviously a deeper map of human consciousness and experience of time and reality. This depth allows for different dots in time to be connected using different lines of context and meaning.

Purify and Teach

1-Cauac: An activating period in the midst of Winter

1-Cauac: Purification, morning bathroom style

Born on this day: Princess Diana, John Wayne, Sidney Lumet, Mike Shore (MayanMajix)

Purification, morning bathroom style

“I’d like to be a queen of people’s hearts, in people’s hearts, but I don’t see myself being Queen of this country.” – Princess Diana (1-Cauac) BBC Panorama, November 20, 1995 (3-Cauac, 1-Caban trecena)

At the beginning of each trecena a seed is planted deep inside the womb of consciousness. From its surrounding “soil” it draws the substances it needs to take root and grow. This “soil” is whatever’s already manifested in consciousness, and the most immediate soil in its vicinity is the previous trecena – in this case 1-Cimi, and more specifically its fruit – 13 Edznab.

The seed 1-Cauac is taken from the subtle, yet powerful fruit 13-Edznab (the mirror of truth). This truth-fruit leads to a process of purification and an upheaval of whatever’s false and redundant.

Dark and heavy clouds gather and gather potential. Then a barometric tipping point is crossed. The downpour commences mercilessly.

2-Ahau: The Invisible Sun

Born on this day: Roy Haynes, William Blake, Shaquille O’Neal, Anna Nicole Smith, Kate Hudson, Sharon Jorgenson, Jesse Ventura, Hendrik Casimir

Invisible Sun

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite.” – William Blake (2-Ahau) The marriage of heaven and hell

The day after the seed of Cauac is planted is 2-Ahau. The sun-sign Ahau (Sun/Flower) is the last in the 20 -day period the Mayans called “uinal” (pronounced “wee-nal”), and it represents flowering and enlightenment.

In the Mayan Calendar, an Ahau day always marks the last day of the uinal (and of other, longer periods of growth). Therefore, 2-Ahau presents us with somewhat of a dilemma, since the final sun-sign appears at the beginning of the process, and also because the second day of each trecena always presents us with a dilemma.

This dilemma can be phrased: “will the cleansing process enlighten or disappoint?” It will probably do both, along with a score of other changes that have little to do with my expectations. The choice on what to focus remains subjectively mine.

Daddy’s upset

The 80’s were the hay-day of pro wrestlers, engaging in their extreme form of family entertainment. One of these heavy, muscular wariors was Jesse “the body” Ventura (2-Ahau). Back then he was part of a travelling circus of physical talents and freaks. Today, after serving a term as governor of Minnesota, he’s offering alternatives to the current festering forms of government. He actually hosts a TV show called “conspiracy theory”, wrestling verbally with unworthy contenders.

3-Imix: Bluegrass on the Bayou

Born on this day: Tom Hanks, Howard Hughes, Frank Sinatra, George Takei, Tori Amos, Chris Penn, Fred Ward, Bin Laden’s Assassination (according to MSM), Steve Howe, Danny Glover

Bluegrass on the Bayou

“If you don’t know the guy on the other side of the world, love him anyway because he’s just like you. He has the same dreams, the same hopes and fears. It’s one world, pal. We’re all neighbors.” – Frank Sinatra (3-Imix) on Playboy (1963)

3-Imix marks the day the seed begins to germinate, when the dilemma of the previous day is resolved, and the process begins to pulse with the rhythm of growth. The seed is cracked open as roots begin to delve into the ground and the trunk makes its way to the surface. Above the surface, however, nothing is yet visible.

3-Imix is also the beginning of a new uinal (as Imix always is), which means germination takes place on the most basic and material level. The Imix (crocodile) pushes the trecena process uphill with its primordial strength and nourishment.

Howard Hughes (3-Imix) was a genius that became deranged before dying too young. I’d like to see “The Aviator” redone with Tom Hanks. Here’s the real deal:

4-Ik: The Compass Spins

Born on this day: Michael Jackson, Natalie Portman, Mathew Broderick, John Cusack, Andy Summers, Rafael Nadal, Anoushka Shankar, Harpo Marx, Dave Brubeck, Sheila E

The Compass Spins

“Each Time The Wind Blows I Hear Your Voice, so I Call Your Name. Whispers at morning, our love is dawning. Heaven’s glad you came.” – Michael Jackson (4-Wind) taken from ‘I just can’t stop loving you’, Bad (1987)

Since the action of 3-Imix is unbridled and almost out of control, the following day of 4-Ik comes along to stabilize the process. The wind of communication and good ideas blows in all four directions on this day, refines the raw intensity of the Imix, and sets the boundaries required to establish freedom of speech and movement.

In the context of this trecena – no rainstorm (Cauac) can take place without the wind to take it wherever it is needed. In the growth process, this is when the surrounding soil needs to react and make way for the new plant that’s obviously here to stay.

Harpo Marx was one of my childhood heroes. Here he is in a TV show from the early 60’s (note the blatant product placement for Winston – amazing times!).

5-Akbal: That Night

Born on this day: Jack Nicholson, Steve Buscemi, Penelope Cruise, Anne Hathaway, Peter Gabriel, Ronan Keating, Elizabeth I of England, Andrei Gromyko

That Night

“My grip is surely slipping. I think I’ve lost my hold… I cannot get insurance any more, they don’t take credit, only gold.” – Peter Gabriel (5-Akbal) The Blood of Eden

Once the process is stabilized, and the soil’s reaction allows growth to continue, 5-Akbal comes along. Akbal means “Night/the unknown”, and it stands for transformation through intuition (among many other meanings). 5 is the exact crossing point that is achieved when connecting opposing corners of the rectangular cube (which is 4). It is the apex of the pyramid, and is also considered to be an expression of the masculine aspect of creation.

In the growth process it is the moment in time when the trunk breaks through the surface and sprouting takes place. Combined together, 5-Akbal is empowerment through intuition and the courage to concentrate growth through the potential that lies within the dark unknown.

6-Kan: Windblown Seeds

Born on this day: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Billy Corgan

Windblown Seeds

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald (6-Kan), The Great Gatsby final sentence

Today (6-Kan) marks the stage in growth when the balancing effects of the crest of the trecena begin to unfold (stages 6 through 9 represent balanced energy). Kan is the seed of basic abundance, and it always comes after traversing the unknown Night/Akbal sun-sign. The seed sun-sign is coupled with the number 6, which represents flow and responsiveness. Therefore, the cleansing rainstorm of the current trecena bring flowing abundance on this day.

7-Chicchan: Lightning of Zeus

Born on this day: Tom Clancy, David Letterman, Matt Damon, Joe Henderson, Martin Luther, Gio Gonzalez, D-Day WWII

Lightning of Zeus

“The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense.” – Tom Clancy (7-Chicchan) on Larry King

The apex (stage 7) of the gathering rainstorm Cauac takes place when lightning tears through the skies. The lightning is Chicchan – the Serpent, and it stands for sensuality, flexibility, and the blood-lightning coiling up the spine (a.k.a. Kundalini). This quintessential dramatic aspect of creation stands at the absolute mid-point of the Cauac trecena, separating the stages of gathering (1-6) from those of release and manifestation (8-13): planning – execution, inhale – exhale.

In the growth process, this stage is when leaves begin to take form and the plant grows in height and matures. On this day we are reminded of the seed that was planted on 1-Cauac, and the journey gains purpose because at the top of the “mountain” (see chart) we can see for the first time the fruits that the final stage of ascension (13) promises.

8-Cimi: Infinite Change

Born on this day: Bill Gates, Robin Williams, Andrew Fletcher (Depeche Mode), Rade Šerbedžija, Bubba Sparxxx

Infinite Change

“You know the difference between a tornado and divorce in the south? Nothing! Someone is losing a trailer.” – Robin Williams (8-Cimi), discussing Cauac

The sign of the Serpent on the previous day inevitably brings spiritual death and transition on this day of Cimi. In this trecena, Cimi is coupled with the number 8, which represents infinity and balance. From this we learn that a true rainstorm at its peak brings infinite change.

The storm uproots old trees, causes streams to overflow, and floods the landscape. 8-Cimi guides us through this transition, and shows that every change elevates us to a new level of harmony. Regardless of the extent by which old patterns are disrupted during the cleansing rainstorm – equilibrium is always regained between the old and the new.

The 8th day of the trecena is also the day in which the theme of the previous trecena (1-Cimi) reappears to balance the effects of the current one.

Here’s Robin Williams (8-Cimi) on the Scottish and a sport they invented – Golf:

9-Manik: Health in the Making

Born on this day: Desmond Morris, Joe Satriani, Raymond Cruz

Health in the Making

9-Manik is the eternal purifier of the negative, the ever-present healer of skill and solace

Like its predecessor Cimi, Manik is also a highly spiritual sun-sign, but its energy lies in the healing craft, that is always called for after the death and change which Cimi invokes. The healing hand of Manik dispels negative aftereffects of whatever was lost forever in the storm, and together with the divine number 9 – provides a bird’s eye perspective of the entire process so far. 9 is the final stage of action before manifestation, just like the nine months of human pregnancy. In the growth process stage 9 is when buds begin to appear on the mature tree.

9-Manik means that the ever-present purpose of the purification process (1-Cauac) is to heal physical and spiritual illness and imbalance, and to dispel negative factors.

10-Lamat: Starry, Starry Night

Born on this day: Kate Winslet, Julio Iglesias, Morrissey (The Smiths), John Boorman, David Blatt (Basketball), Mike Einziger (Incubus), Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror movie), Arcadi Gaydamak, Reinhold Niebuhr, Elizabeth Fraser

Starry, Starry Night

“Why pamper life’s complexity when the leather runs smooth on the passenger’s seat?” – Morrissey (10-Lamat) taken from ‘This Charming Man’ (1984)

The stormy trecena Cauac manifests on the 10th day, and those who see the first star Lamat in the night sky know that the clouds have finally passed.

Like any southern sun-sign (colored yellow in the chart) Lamat is a sign of abundance, and thus the star abundantly shines in all directions and stands for the many gifts that the manifested rainstorm has left in its wake.

Apart from Manifestation, stage 10 of any trecena also means beauty and responsibility. Beauty reveals itself as a newborn on the 10th month following patient gestation. But it’s obviously just the beginning, since caring for the newly manifested baby carries a great deal of responsibility.

It is the easily accepted responsibility of those who rebuild at the wake of the storm.

11-Muluc: Water Lilly

Born on this day: Neil Young, Saddam Hussein, John Ritter, Lynda Carter, Bob Sinclar

Water Lilly

“I call on you not to hate, because hate does not leave space for a person to be fair and it makes you blind and closes all doors of thinking.” – Saddam Hussein (11-Muluc) in his farewell letter

The 11th stage of each trecena stands for resolution and adjustment. The newborn that manifested yesterday needs to adjust to whatever’s already manifested.

On this trecena, day 11 is coupled with Muluc – the sign of water and an offering of appreciation. Following the storm, streams of running water carve the landscape and wash debris away. On this day we let go of the old refuse and offer it in appreciation downstream to complete the entire process of cleansing. In the growth process this is when flowering takes place, and the tree gloriously blossoms.

Here’s one of Bob Sinclar’s best known tune. As usual, the lyrics are telling:

12-Oc: Love & Understanding

Born on this day: David Eigenberg (Sex & the City), Michael Winslow (Police Academy), Robert Gates, Libi Solomon, Brandon Lee, Sammy Davis Jr., Robin van Persie, David Eckstein

Love & Understanding

“Most governments lie to each other. That’s the way business gets done.” – Robert Gates (12-Oc) to CNN on 12-Muluc

Oc is the dog, loyal and loving, and in the Cauac trecena it appears on the 12th day of understanding and retrospection. After the waters of Muluc resolved the storm’s effects we come to a complete understanding that the rainstorm, although devastating and unsettling – is ultimately a blessing of Love. On this day the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle is placed, and we can finally understand how each stage of the trecena contributed in its own time to the entire process. In this trecena, the loyalty and unconditional love of the dog guides us in this process of retrospection and closure.

13-Chuen: Tomorrow’s Art

Born on this day: Barbra Streisand, Missy Elliot, Ray Romano, Jeremy Irons, Holly Johnson, Burt Lancaster

Tomorrow's Art

“The World is my Oyster” – Holly Johnson (13-Chuen) in ‘Welcome to the Pleasuredone’

Fruition comes on the 13th and last day of the trecena, and in this process the artisan monkey Chuen represents the ripe fruit which carries within it the seeds of the next step of creation.

On 13-Chuen artistic expression and innocent curiosity is called for to carry the successes and failures of the past to the benefit of future endeavors down the road.

The rainstorm has passed, old patterns have been washed away, and the Road to Life (Eb) can now begin to unfold.

To wrap the rainstorm up, I offer you a Jeremy Irons (13-Chuen) you didn’t know about. An artisan in every way:

1-Imix trecena daily digest + video lesson

From the top

Last week I was fortunate enough to fulfill one of my oldest wishes. I went to Hot Springs Arkansas to meet and spend time with Mike Shore of Mayan Majix. During my stay there, I had many rare conversations with Mike; the kind of talks you can only have with truly switched-on people.

Besides talking about the calendar, and how it facilitates a conscious waking up from the mainstream dream, I wanted to know much more about the late Ian Lungold from someone who worked with him for many years. I had a chance to peruse over Ian’s old photos, paper articles, and notebooks.

It was the final steps in a giant personal cycle, coming full circle. I’m still processing it all behind my mind, as my body tries to get back into sync with the local time zone.

Getting what I wished for is a purifying process, and now I’m slowly coming to terms with a new emptiness. It’s not a negative nor a positive emptiness. It’s just like a fertile field that just got harvested.

Here’s a lesson I recorded on board Mike’s lake boat, which is a short 101 Tzolkin for dummies. At the last 3 minutes of it there’s a song.

This is the Sea

These things you keep
You better throw them away
You want to turn your back
on your soulless days
Once you were tethered
now you are free
That was the River – this is the Sea
- Mike Scott (7-Muluc) and The Waterboys

There’s only so far I can go forward before I begin going back.

When water reaches the sea and becomes ONE it gets as far as it can go. Anything that transpires afterwards is already considered going back. Water will return to the mountains and begin a new journey through the veins of the land and my veins, too.

This is the overall ‘gestalt’ vibe I’m picking up around me and also deep inside. I keep hearing the words ‘critical mass’ and ‘event’ from people and texts here, there, and everywhere. It is the transition from the river consciousness to the Sea allness.

Oh, and please don’t dwell on the word ‘event’. For your own good.

To truly convey this message I sense that my best course of action right now is to stop writing. My experiences away from the keyboard (in the ‘real world’) have all of the sudden turned so engaging and vivid. When I meet friends, when I’m at home having diner – it’s just being there.

Regardless, I love writing, and will keep at it as long as someone out there is reading and syncing with me. Even if words and dissections of thought and language seem to be counter-productive, they remain my link to my past and to the people who wrote before me and with me.

We all tap into the global mind to write, read, and speak; each tracing a path up his/her specific branch of language. This human principal is known as Mercury, or Kukulkan, or Moses, Nabu, Hermes – among many other names.

But now, apart from the Mercury aspect of it, I realize that I tap into the much deeper global heartbeat (Caban) every time I emote somehow, internally or externally. When I watch a moving movie, when I pick a child up in my hands. When I can’t sleep and step outside at 3 AM to watch all those Stars.

No thinking, no wild day-dream imagining – just conversing on the spot with the situation, with that other me out there.

Is it time to put down all speculation, for the sole purpose of dissolving all our respective sequences of causality?

Is it time to begin emoting, acting, and talking under the firm conviction that those are the only factors that create subjective reality?

Is this a complete overhaul of the concept of responsibility?

It is.

In The Beginning

1-Imix: Leviathan

Born on this day: Robert McNamara, Amy Smart, Jennifer Aniston, Billy Wilder, Billy Bob Thornton, Alan Watts, Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Nick Cave


“Myths are not untrue. In myth there’s an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the World” – Alan Watts (1-Imix)

So, here we go again.

2-Ik: Spirit

Born on this day: Ezra Pound, Slash (Guns n’ Roses), Kylie Minogue, Cynthia Nixon, Anthony Burgess


“The author’s conviction on this day of the New Year is that music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance; that poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music.” – Ezra Pound (2-Ik)

Continuing the discussion about Hermes/Mercury, Ik is the initial appearance of mind and spirit in the standard uinal (20-day period). It blows both ways. Wind begins with the number 2, since the first number that ever appeared in awareness WAS 2. It wasn’t One. It sounds absurd, but the number 1 came right after 2.

This is because in order to even have a concept of number you have to evolve from a unitary consciousness, where all is ONE, to a duality where discernment is possible. So when you realize there can be two of something you also realize that before there was only one.

3-Akbal: Campfire

Born on this day: Dennis Hopper, Jason Statham, Louis C.K., John Williams (composer)


“You gotta be kidding. I mean, you know who this is, man? This is Captain America. I’m Billy. Hey, we’re headliners baby.” – Dennis Hopper (3-Akbal) as Billy in Easy Rider

Akbal is the dark house of the underworld, where we spend the night until dawn arrives. It is the sign of inspiration and intuition – of storytelling. When you meet someone born under this sign s/he’ll always have a story to tell you; something that makes perfect sense, and at the same time – based on profound spiritual truth.

The 3rd stage stands for exuberant action and communication on all levels and in all directions. Thus, 3-Akbal is like an engine of gut-reactions and rudimentary logic that drives the most physical trecena on offer (1-Imix).

4-Kan: Plenty

Born on this day: Shlomo Artzi, Seth Green, Adele (singer), Michael Madsen, Sonny Rollins, Hyman Rickover, Nigel Hawthorne


“That woman deserves her revenge, and we deserve to die.” – Michael Madsen (4-Kan) as Budd in Kill Bill Vol. 2

The darkness and uncertainty of yesterday (Akbal) took some luck and good ideas to negotiate successfully. Now it’s time to set the boundaries for the next time Transformation is called for.

Kan (seed, lizard) is considered the most basic form of abundance. The seed is small, and can be stored in bulk in normal conditions without spoiling for a very long time. When it is needed, it is placed in convenient surroundings and conditions to begin growing. This means that 1 full silo of grain turns into bread for many thousands next year. This is nature’s abundance in its most humble form.

As another southern sun-sign (Eb) teaches,  the most humble have the best chances to achieve abundance. I don’t mean humble like a mendicant necessarily. I mean humble like someone who has the gift of listening.

4-Kan draws four lines in the sand and says – these are the minimal criteria for the physical world (Imix).

5-Chicchan: LIFE

Born on this day: Srinivasa Ramanujan, Andy Griffith, Marilyn Monroe, Demetri Martin (comedian), Sylvia Plath, Barbara Marx Hubbard


“Story of my life. I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop.” – Marilyn Monroe (5-Chicchan) as Sugar in ‘Some Like it Hot’

6-Cimi: Going, going GONE!

Born on this day: William Jennings Bryan, Joaquin Phoenix, Ivri Lider

Going, going, GONE!

“This is not a contest between persons. The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error.” – William Jennings Bryan (6-Cimi) in his speech ‘Cross of Gold’ 1896

7-Manik: Revival

Born on this day: Wade Boggs, B.B. King, Ricky Martin, Sean Combs (Puff Daddy), Jacques Brel, Allen Ginsberg, Benazir Bhutto, Matthew McConaughey, Johnny Depp, Alex Jones, Steve Kroft


“I know death comes. I’ve seen too much death, young death.” – Benazir Bhutto (7-Manik) delivering her prophetic speech ‘Destiny’s Daughter’ 2007

This speech was given 8 months before she was assassinated under mysterious circumstances.

8-Lamat: Harmony

Born on this day: Babe Ruth, Jessica Simpson, Samantha Fox, Saffron (singer), Dido, Cyndi Lauper, Donovan, Emir Kusturica, Kathy Bates, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Me


“… I’m stumbling down the highway on my boots of steel. I should be rolling down the skyway on my cosmic wheels” – Donovan (8-Lamat) ‘Cosmic Wheels’

9-Muluc: Water

Born on this day: Salvador Dalí, Terry Jones (Monty Python), Levi Eshkol (3rd Israeli PM), John Demartini (The Secret), Robbie Williams, Max von Sydow


“Saying ‘We will destroy terrorism’ is about as meaningful as saying: “We shall annihilate mockery.” – Terry Jones (9-Muluc)

The above quote was taken from an interview with Jones that was published on the Daily Telegraph December 1st 2001. This was just short of 3 months following the September Eleventh tragedy. According to the Tzolkin, the publishing date is 9-Ik, which is exactly 13 days after Jones had his Tzolkin birthday.

More Timely insights from Jones:

“Ludicrous concepts…like the whole idea of a “war on terrorism”. You can wage war against another country, or on a national group within your own country, but you can’t wage war on an abstract noun. How do you know when you’ve won? When you’ve got it removed from the Oxford English Dictionary?”

“It took 200 years for the Crusaders to create [this] Muslim fanaticism. It was the exact imitation of Christian intolerance.”

10-Oc: LOVE

Born on this day: J. K. Rowling, Tia Carrere, Vladimir Putin


“There was a lot more to magic, as Harry quickly found out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words.” – J. K. Rowling (10-Oc) in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

More from Rowling:

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”

11-Chuen: Humor

Born on this day: Shannen Doherty, David Duchovny, Shimon Peres (8th Israeli PM, immediately past President), Stanley Kubrick, Karl von Clausewitz, Lars von Trier, Tracy Thorn


“I will confine myself to reaffirming that Israel will not be the first country to introduce nuclear weapons to the region.” – Shimon Peres (11-Chuen)

12-Eb: WAY

Born on this day: LeVar Burton (Star Trek TNG), Maurice Ravel, Django Reinhardt, Doug Fister (SP Detroit Tigers), Yitzhak Rabin (5th Israeli PM), Jeff Bridges (a.k.a. The Dude), Chaim Topol (a.k.a. Fiddler on the Roof), David Zucker


“The Dude abides” – Jeff Bridges (12-Eb) as the other Lebowski

“We are destined to live together, on the same soil in the same land.” – Yitzhak Rabin

13-Ben: Family

Born on this day: Joel David Coen, Diana Krall, Menachem Begin (6th Israeli PM), Michael Crichton, R.J. Mitte (Breaking Bad)


“Israel is still the only country in the world against which there is a written document to the effect that it must disappear.” – Menachem Begin (13-Ben)

1-Chicchan Trecena Analysis: Live and let DIE

Preface: For Life, For ever

When wood is piled and gasoline is poured
the next thing you need is a spark
Since all the gasoline originates in the Persian Gulf
that's where the spark should occur
otherwise Fire will not catch hold
Ironically, the typical spark happens at sea
A navy ship is struck without provocation
A surprise blow, an act of terror and piracy
At first it's scary,
but after looking closely you realize
This happened many times before
and it succeeded as many times as it failed.
Look up USS Liberty during the 6 day war
or the incident in the Gulf of Tonkin in '64
Realize that piracy happens everywhere.
In the middle of the ocean you raise someone else's flag
and no-one knows any better until it's too late
It used to be the Skull and Bones...
Skull and Bones

Death engenders Fear, of Life

The ritual of Death is something I always come across when lecturing about the Mayan civilization and calendar. It is one of the things most people think about when discussing this culture, especially having Mel Gibson’s film Apocalypto in mind. The fact that many heads used to roll down those step pyramids before Hernán Cortés came along can be enough reason to dismiss any wisdom that the Maya might have to offer posterity.

However, when I began researching the Mayan calendar and culture I realized how deep their ancient wisdom goes. This, by the way, is not unique to central American cultural research. Whenever the surface of any unknown subject is scratched away – dualistic prejudices are cut through, as pure interest and curiosity replace complacence and ignorance.

According to the Mayan philosophy, Death and Life take Place in Time all the time. Endings and beginnings are essentially human definitions, which in turn serve to obscure the endlessness of Time and Space.

Therefore, the concept of Death, according to the Mayan philosophy, as well as many other ancient traditions – should be viewed through the bird’s eye, using a wide perspective. Why? well, the unknown should be investigated on all levels, not just the particular. It’s not just the End, just the yawning grave, just Judgement, or just whatever.  Death is mostly perceived as that Other Side – the proverbial unknown.

Death Is underneath Everyday

I went through a death ritual and lived to tell the tale. It was during a masonic ritual during which I was made a Master Mason. It was quite harmless, and I was never in any danger of actual death. This doesn’t say I didn’t experience some facet of it.

Two months ago I went to an intense weekend workshop, where we did some role-playing and guided imagination. One of the most memorable and powerful experiences I had there involved an imagined life and death situation, which I lost (i.e., I died).

Going back to what I wrote above about the Persian Gulf and the pirates – it is scary to live and nurture a family when my house is located several hundreds of miles from where all the gasoline is, and where the spark could possibly take place. It really tries my spiritual stamina to accept it somehow and take the bus to work.

The forces that are pushing the world towards the edge of the precipice are the same forces that rolled the heads down the pyramid. These forces represent a warped version of purification (“cleansing”) and control. The basic assumption in the ritual of Death is that some sort of sacrifice must take place in order to usher in something New. What’s missing from this seemingly sound logic is – who is going to step up to the plate and be sacrificed?

Spiritually – it is always a personal sacrifice, of ego and old skin.

Materially – it is the psychopathic massacre of the proverbial Other.


1-Chicchan - from the Libido out to Space

Under the Hood

The 260-day Tzolkin round can be divided into 5 equal periods of 52 days each. Each period begins with the first day of an eastern trecena, like 1-Chicchan, which begins today. The first 52-day period in the Tzolkin begins on 1-Imix, then 1-Ben, 1-Chicchan, 1-Caban, and finally 1-Muluc. As such, an eastern trecena marks a period of initiation and new beginnings, to various degrees.

To continue the previous discussion, there are four eastern sun-signs in the 1-Chicchan trecena (colored red), and three of every other cardinal direction. The dominant and nurturing eastern energy of 1-Chicchan, 5-Muluc, 9-Ben and 13-Caban is balanced by three western sun-signs (blue) that provide transformative energy: 3-Manik, 7-Chuen, and 11-Men.

What’s obviously special in 1-Chicchan is that there are ten consecutive portal days between 2-Cimi and 11-Men (indicated by asterisks). During this period it is recommended to consider and reconsider how the outside world can be interpreted (if at all), and more importantly – how to react (if at all). This powerful sequence of potent days will be experienced one more Time in this Tzolkin round: during the 1-Kan trecena, as the flip-side of the Tzolkin unravels.

Pop-quiz hot-shot

This trecena’s riddle is: “What is the Matrix?”

The keys to solve this riddle are: 4, 5, 7 and 13

1-Chicchan: Kukulkan’s Kundalini

Born on this day: Oscar Wilde, Natalie Imbruglia, Hillel Slovak, Rutherford B. Hayes (19th US president)

Kukulkan's Kundalini

"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful." - Oscar Wilde (1-Chicchan) The Picture of Dorian Gray Ch. 2

Imagine you’re playing tennis against Andre Agassi, and he’s serving. Somehow, you manage to return one of his super-fast serves. This is the energy of Chicchan (The Serpent) in action. Had you been thinking about returning the serve chances are the ball would be by you before you’d know it. Rather than from the pondering mind – this is an instinctual energy which knows exactly what to do as it travels from the Base chakra up the spine.

Chicchan is also known as Kundalini. The Sanskrit word “Kundalini” means “coiled”, as the Serpent lies coiled in potential at the base of the spine.

In everyday hospital dramas the medicinal Serpent on the doctor’s attire represents the physician’s ability to cure illness, as well as the patient’s innate ability to cure him/herself. Therefore, the theme of this trecena is the dramatic nature of life itself. The Serpent gives life but can also take it away.

It is a time of extremes, of exposed secrets and swift justice.

2-CIMI: Pass ON

Born on this day: Andrea Bocelli

Pass ON

"(Cimi is) a good day to tie all loose ends" - Ian Lungold (12-Ahau)

Buckle-up, the 10-day Portal ride is underway!

“To be or not to be?”, or, to put it in the parlance of our times: “To Be or to
Become?” On this day of stark duality the essence of Cimi (transformation)
expresses the fork at the beginning of the winding serpentine path. Choice is the
offspring of separation between self and other, mind and body, evolution and
extinction. Even though Cimi literally means Death and loss, it is also a comforting and guiding force through transitions, which smooths the effects of past choices.
Rather than confronting the arresting dilemmas offered by 2-Cimi head-on, this is a good day for allowing the Serpent to continue creeping stealthily below the surface. Remember that this is just the first of 10 consecutive Portal days, so whatever choice is made today – in retrospect it can always be “meant to be”.

3-MANIK: Healing Drum

Born on this day:Dr. Dre, Guy Ritchie, John McCain, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, Eyal Berkovic (Football)

Healing Drum

"The track hits ya eardrum like a slug to ya chest. Pack a vest for your Jimmy in the city of sex" - Dr. Dre (3-Manik) taken from California Love

Among many other interesting meanings, Manik (the Deer) represents the acquisition of skills and tools, as well as striving for accomplishment. During the course of life’s drama, skills are perfected and tools are acquired in order to overcome obstacles and accomplish goals. When coupled with the rhythmic and unbridled expression of stage 3, 3-Manik can be equated to a busy handyman with an overcrowded toolbox. He knows what needs to be done, wants to succeed, but has trouble deciding which tool to pick, so he leaves it for tomorrow. Therefore, on this day wisdom can be found in avoiding clutter, indecision, and procrastination.

Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci were both born on the Tzolkin day 3-Manik, 11 years apart. In this next clip they are both having dinner together in the feature Julie & Julia. This movie is the only one I’ve found so far in which two actors who were born on the same Tzolkin date are acting side by side.

Maybe you can find others?

4-LAMAT: CompasStar

Born on this day: Laurence Fishburne, Bette Midler, Hugh Laurie, Jennie Garth, Wes Borland


"I found a cab eventually, and told the driver in fluent English that I wanted Wenceslas Square. This request, I now know, is phonically identical to the Czech phrase for ‘I am an air-brained tourist, please take everything I have’." - Hugh Laurie (4-Lamat)

Lamat (Star) is a busy and multi-talented sun-sign which, on this day, meets the stable stage 4 of establishing boundaries. This combination is like the four-hand compass which appears on every map. It provides parameters of orientation, much like the overhead stars which also indicate my actual location. Understanding where I am and where I might go is the essence of this day.

The Serpent’s intuitive power must have established limits in order to be truly free. These limits are the limits of Dreams, wished upon the fertile and sexy Rabbit-Star.

BTW, Laurence Fishburne (4-Lamat) is best known for his depiction of Morpheus in the Matrix trilogy. Morpheus is the Greek god of Dreams. The drug Morphine is named after him.

To illustrate the mystery of this combination, here is Hugh Laurie playing piano and singing, long before becoming known as Dr. House MD.

5-MULUC: The Lion Sleeps near a Stream

Born on this day: David Icke, Bill Clinton, Jarvis Cocker, Bobby McFerrin

The Lion Sleeps near a Stream

"But this is America. There is no them; there's only us. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liber... (you know the rest)" - Bill Clinton (5-Muluc) in his speech "A Place Called Hope"

Water (Muluc) is the medium by which the Serpent’s “body-lightning” courses
through the body and makes it alive. Like the Earth, my body is mostly water, and it is the offering of water which electrifies and empowers me on this day.

All eastern sun-signs express a level of fluidity, from the crocodile (Imix) to the
earthquake (Caban). The Serpent’s movement is known to be fluid and adaptable, but Muluc is the fluid itself. Therefore, 5-Muluc is the empowerment of the life’s ability to adapt itself and rise above limitations.

Speaking of David Icke, he’s the one who tied (for me) the Matrix concept to the bloodline conspiracy fashion/trend of David Wilcock. So, he’s the Five in this trecena’s riddle.

6-OC: Attachment vs. Non-Attachment

Born on this day: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Attachment vs. Non-Attachement

"Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed." - Gandhiji (6-Oc)

On the day 6-Oc the extreme nature and drama of the Serpent is refined by the Love and loyalty of the Dog. The title of the 6th stage of the trecena is Flow and
Responsiveness, and thus, through life’s dramatic trials and tribulations, flowing Love and steadfast loyalty seems always to be the answer.

The 6th stage is also considered to be traditional and habitual in nature, and when it is matched with Oc – the territorial Dog, it becomes even more so. Therefore, 6-Oc is a perfect day to spend time with family/friends and guide each other with love through the trials of this period.

Childhood by the Sea

In the home I grew up in, by the shore of the Mediterranean, Gandhi was referred to as “Gandhiji”. He was one of the philosophers who inspired my wonderful, immigrant, academic parents, along with Swami Vivekananda, Krishnamurti, and many others.

Imagine that. They actually lived under the rule of a philosopher Prime Minister who made a march to make salt, and fasted almost to Death until his country’s civil unrest subsided.

In tribute to my father Sunny’s infinite curiosity and spirit (12-Ik), and with warm wishes for a long and happy life to my mom Uriel (9-Eb) – here is Gandhiji:

My sincere message to Bashar al-Assad (7-Chuen) is to fast publicaliy, like Lennon and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

7-CHUEN: Just a Ride

Born on this day: Ed Harris, William H. Macy, Christopher Lloyd, Vanessa Paradis, Marcus Miller, Tony Robbins, Bashar al-Assad, Andy Wachowski

Just a Ride

"This time-traveling is just too dangerous. Better that I devote myself to study the other great mystery of the universe: women!" - Christopher Lloyd (7-Chuen) as Doc Brown in Back to the Future Part II

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” – William Shakespeare (Baptized 1-Eb)
“The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are… But it doesn’t matter, because it’s just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice.
No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love.” – Bill Hicks (13-Manik, 1-Men trecena)


At the midpoint of the serpentine rollercoaster ride of Life the artisan monkey Chuen appears just in Time to turn me around and remind me of the true nature of my tenure on the Grand Stage. Although the extreme instincts of self-preservation seem to always get me tangled up in life’s little hospital-dramas, the visionary artist 7-Chuen is ever present. At the very peak, the thrill of the Ride turns from sheer Terror to irony and wholehearted laughter.

To “illustrate” the peaking artisan, here is Ed Harris (7-Chuen) playing Jackson Pollock (6-Manik).

8-EB: Endless Social Networking

Born on this day: Meyer Lansky, Philip Baker Hall, Claude Debussy, Skye Edwards, Mark Zuckerberg

Endless Social Networking

"To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don’t be." - Golda Meir (7-OC) When questioned on Israel's future, in The New York Times (1974)

How come I mention Golda Meir (7-OC) on 8-EB? Did you notice?

Well, this has to do with a very interesting piece of 70’s history. In 1970 Meyer Lansky (8-EB) flew from Miami Beach to Tel-Aviv and stayed there for a while. After a while he decided to spend his retirement years in Israel, as a returned Jew. Golda Meir (7-OC), who was the Prime Minister of Israel back then, told Lansky to get his retired ass back to Miami Beach, where tax evasion charges where waiting for his return.

Here is the man himself, in an interview he gave to the Israeli television in 1971:

In the Godfather part 2 Lee Strasberg (13-Akbal) played a character based on Meyer Lanski (Hyman Roth).

… and to think that the Jew who owns Facebook was born on the same Tzolkin day as the one who financed arms during the Israeli war of independence in 1948, and prevented arms to reach Arabia…

Dance like Iggy Pop

The human spirit which dwells in the body has the divine ability to adapt to any and every situation. The current Time period of the Serpent (1-Chicchan) serves to remind me of this constant. Chicchan is my pure passion and Lust for Life, which can be manifested both as self-preservation and instinct of survival, but also as sincere service to others. Both traits are expressions of my adaptability, and both are also equally valuable and needed during these escalating times of rapid change.

Here’s the amazing voice of Skye Edwards and the oriental groove of Morcheeba in “Otherwise”.

When i open my mouth
thoughts are brutally honest
And i can’t expect that kind of love from you
When you open your mouth
Your teeth are beautifully polished
And i can’t extract the pain you’re going through
No i can’t explain
The pain you’re going through
It ain’t gonna hurt now
If you open up your eyes
You’re making it worse now
Every time you criticise
I’m under your curse now
But I call it compromise
I thought that you were wise
But you were otherwise

9-BEN: Federal/Familial Backbone

Born on this day: Charles Dickens, Judy Garland, Kristin Davis, Barak Obama, The US of A (4 July 1776)

Federal/Familial Backbone

"In love of home, the love of country has its rise." - Charles Dickens (9-Ben) taken from The Old Curiosity Shop (1841) chapter 38

In the Mayan language “Ben” means “Reed” or “Staff”. In the context of this trecena, it can be attributed to the rod/spinal cord on which the serpent coils itself. This rod is the medium which connects Earth to the heavens, and the libido to the brain. Therefore, 9-Ben deals with the basic “mechanics” of life and destiny: whatever’s envisioned by the mind manifests down on earth, and whatever transpires in reality invariably affects the mind and guides the spirit.

In between heaven and earth, dream and reality – there is (still) Time, and stage 9’s title is “Patience”.

Here is Kristin Davis (9-Ben) and Tim Allen (12-Cauac):

10-IX: Don’t Pounce

Born on this day: Ian Holm, Ethan Hawke

Don't Pounce

10-IX: The Shaman's skills, perfected, hidden and beautiful, ultimately precipitate infinite responsibility and prudence.

Ix can be translated as the Jaguar Shaman or wo/man of deep wisdom who invokes the benevolent spirits of the jungle for the benefit of all. On 10-Ix the Serpent completes its transformation and manifests as a stealthy and skillful Jaguar. While the Serpent is dramatic, ascetic, and tends to allow itself to be cornered before overreacting – the Jaguar is fully aware of its abilities and strengths, so it lies unseen in ambush and knows exactly when to pounce. Thus the journey of life’s drama leads to the perfected Shaman, who responsibly and skillfully combines wisdom and instinct; spiritual enlightenment and basic survival.

I’ve been a science fiction enthusiast for quite some time now. During the roaring 90’s, when I used to read Stephen Baxter and Dan Simmons, one of the movies I loved was The Fifth Element. I liked it because it was all about Love conquering Fear and Sabre-rattling.

“Life, which you so nobly serve, comes from destruction, disorder, and chaos.” – Zorg, as played by Gary Oldman (12-Imix), talking with Father Vito Cornelius, as played by Ian Holm (10-IX)

11-MEN: Disembarking

Born on this day: Daniel Day-Lewis, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), John Deacon (Queen), Karen Majorowski, James Lipton


"The thing about performance, even if it’s only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities." - Daniel Day-Lewis (11-Men) in Rolling Stone magazine (1990)

1-Chicchan is a deep process which contains many powerful insights into basic human experience. 11-Men is the last of 10 consecutive portal days, and its message can be phrased as: perfection is never enough; in other words – perfection is relative to perspective (or “altitude”).

The perfect and responsible Jaguar Shaman achieved yesterday might suffice to his/her immediate tribe, but the Eagle (Men) ascends the spiraling winds of the heavens to provide me with a larger perspective. Whatever’s good for the family needs adjustment to be good for the community, and so forth. On the 11th stage the Eagle’s vision is a gift of refinement and resolution, which encourages further transformation and constant learning in expanding spheres of influence.

That’s it? Okay, I’ve had enough of portal days. Let’s go eat.

The Daily Guide to the Mayan Sacred Calendar

Karen (11-Men), along with her partner Stan Majorowski (13-Cib, 1-Kan trecena) have been publishing the daily guide to the Mayan Sacred Calendar for some years now. The first copy to land on my desk came just a couple of weeks ago. Reading the foreward, I came to realize that this issue will be their last, to my dismay. It’s basically a cross-calendar of the Tzolkin and Gregorian, beautifully illustrated and nicely done.

Stan and Karen Majorowski

2012 Daily Mayan Guide

Click here to learn more

12-Cib: Time for some Shiatsu

Born on this day: Brad Dourif, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bob Moses

Time for some Shiatsu

"It is by will alone I set my mind in motion." - Brad Dourif (12-Cib) as Piter De Vries in Dune (1984)

Life is sacred. The essence of 12-Cib is understanding the sanctity of life as a whole, and accepting life’s promise of both ecstasy and agony. Cib means wisdom, and it is also depicted as a shrine of worship. Imagine you are visiting the far-away ruins of an ancient city. You enter the remains of a temple and place both hands on a pillar. From the depths of time a subtle echo of sacred and forgotten wisdom reverberates through the skin of your fingers. This is the energy of Cib.

I understand that the temple I visit on the day 12-Cib, and on every other day I live to experience on Earth is that most sacred of Temples – my own body.

Muad’Dib and Shai-Hulud

I remember taking my father to see David Lynch’s Dune in our neighborhood cinema when I was about 10 years old. It was a trip. I specifically remember wanting to become Kyle MacLachlan (12-Cauac) and ride the Worm as the desert Messiah. This film also featured Brad Dourif in his early years, playing a unique role (like most characters in the book).

This one film also taught me a lot about time-travelling and using drugs/spices. And about the serpent’s swift retribution.

The SandWorm Shai-Hulud is the Arabian version of Chicchan.

Frank Herbert (10-Akbal) was a genius.

13-Caban: Thank you India

Born on this day: Alanis Morissette, James Baldwin, Carroll O’Connor, The Edge, Ralph Houk (NY Yankee), Rasputin, Benjamin Franklin, Jean Baudrillard

Thank you India

"It is the real, and not the map, whose vestiges persist here and there in the deserts that are no longer those of the Empire, but ours: the desert of the real itself." - Jean Baudrillard (13-Caban) in Simulacra and Simulations (1988)

Cultural referral note: The above quote was paraphrased by Laurence Fishburne (4-Lamat, nine days ago) as Morpheus in the first Matrix film, where he tells Neo “Welcome to the desert of the Real”. Baudrillard’s book (Simulacra and Simulations) appears at the beginning of the film, and serves as a fake book from which Neo takes contraband software disks to sell to people at his door.

So here the story of this trecena’s riddle finally unfolds. The Matrix cages the mind and uses the body, along with its illusive Kundalini. Baudrillard wrote about it, and so did Plato and Jordan Maxwell, while the Wachoski brothers wrote and directed it.


When the sanctity of the individual is realized, the next immediate step is going global on the path of “Ascending Earth” (13-Caban). The holographic principle “As above, so below” means that whatever hold true for our body and spirit is inevitably true for the Earth itself, and therefore – the universe. The journey of 1-Chicchan began with the subjective little dramas of life and death, climaxed and was turned around with the ironies of the artisan (7-Chuen), and today it culminates in synchronizing with the Earth’s heartbeat (Caban).

Tomorrow, reality will begin to be reflected in the Mirror of Truth (1-Edznab), as the Tzolkin ride enters the Core.

Great Ride! Let’s go again…

How bout no longer being masochistic?
How bout remembering your divinity?
How bout unabashedly bawling your eyes out?
How bout not equating death with stopping?
Thank you India!!!
Thank you providence
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you nothingness
Thank you clarity
Thank you, thank you SILENCE