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1-Ik trecena daily digest: begins 28 December 2015

everyday reincarnation

Yesterday an act of violence, rooted in ignorance and bigotry, took place somewhere, and cut short an innocent life that was full of promise, now expired. It was sudden curtains on a beautifully casted role of a young martyr. His fiance’s grief-stricken face was on all the front pages, next to a photo of his smiling face. Over the course of 48 hours following the tragedy, a large host of readers and viewers synchronized in an invisible wave of empathy that rippled through wireless existences.

The assailant was whisked away into the safe hands of secret government branches. The radical group by whose name he allegedly operated was shown again to be vicious and inhuman – the obvious enemy, deserving all available resources and fears. The large host of readers and viewers was unknowingly coerced into pidgen-holing and picking sides. So the host broke up into smaller, disempowered, and confused groups.

Somehow, life goes on, and the wind keeps blowing.

***

Spirit dwells within bodies and without them. When I am conscious of spirit it is near me, guiding my thoughts and actions, interfacing with this world through me. When I am not conscious of it, spirit still guides me, near though not within my attention.

In one of his allusions to esoteric knowledge, Shakespeare once called sleep “the small death”. So what comes after the smaller death?

06:20 (birth) blank awareness, oblivion

06:22 (baby) get out of bed, get into shower

07:00 (child) eat breakfast, think about today

09:30 (young adult) work/study/DO

12:30 (adult) have lunch, reflect and plan

22:30 (near death) drowsy reading in bed


So every day is a mini-cycle of life and death, and my tenure on planet earth is a longer cycle, with a similar arc of composing and decomposing. In other words, remembering someone from yesterday on the daily cycle is like remembering someone from a previous life on the longer cycle.

But wait a minute. What about innocent civilians getting blown up daily in famous cities? They didn’t get a chance to grow old and depart surrounded by their loved ones. They left a gaping vacuum behind them, a trail of tears and despair.

The effects of the tragedy reverberate long after a young life is cut short. The absence becomes stronger than the presence. But it is only through comparison that a life can be defined as being lived in full or cut too short. It is defined as a tragedy by the ones left behind who have to deal with the aching absence of their loved one, those that imagine what could have been if…

Car accidents, epidemics, hunger, allergies, and other manifestations of Kali (the dark and mysterious goddess of death in the Hindu narrative) all take their part in cutting short beautiful and promising lives. Should I draw comparisons between political terrorism and crashing a car under the influence? Like Alan Watts used to say, is there a clear line between what I do and what happens to me?

If you ask the bereaved, there would be no difference between one cause and the other. No honor in one death and shame in the other. The reality of the bereaved is living daily with the void left behind by a loving spirit.

If comparison is put aside, life cannot be cut short too soon or too late. On many levels life is continuous so it cannot be cut at all, long nor short. Birth happens right on time, why shouldn’t death happen in the same way?

From the individual’s perspective, the show goes on till the actor leaves for good. The other actors, who cared and loved the departed, remain on stage and begin the next act without him. They change the plot in light of his death.

There’s a hope for justice. A staving off of revenge.

Somehow, the show goes on, and the curtains move by an unseen draft.

1-Ik: Mercury, The Pyramid of Giza, School Diplomas – No Swamp in sight

Note: this post is one of the few I haven’t written about in full yet. 1-Muluc is another, and 1-Ix is yet another. Ik is definitely one of the sun-signs I’ve never managed to pin down like I did for most sun-signs. I’m therefore publishing a partial post, hoping to fill up the gaps soon. In the meantime, I’ve listed the celebrities, quotes, and sequence of day glyphs for the 1-Ik trecena.

1-Ik

One voice

Born on this day: Pink, Sade, Robert Johnson, Mick Jones (The Clash), Otto von Bismarck, Scott Bakula, Lesley Stahl

One voice

“A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence.” – Otto von Bismarck (1-Ik)

I like good quotes, which is why I keep copying them into my posts. A good quote puts into words good ideas and points to wise and deep courses of thought. The day of good communications is known as Ik, the sign of the wind and spirit (among other meanings).

In the glyph, the horizontal line represents the wind, and the perpendicular line is a tree. Trees and winds are intimately related in the Mayan culture, and might even be considered to be one organism. The wind carries seeds across great distances, and they fall to become new trees at new locations.

In the same way, good ideas are like seeds that fertilize new lands when they are communicated (like a quote).

A good idea moves mountains and meets deadlines with great gusto. It’s a glimpse of what a better reality could look like, which sets wheels in motion.

Good communications is key in any community, be it a community of brain cells (as in good thinking) or a beehive (good honey) or a Kibbutz (good parties).

2-Akbal

Dual intuition

Born on this day: Chris Lowe, Joe Strummer, Agatha Christie, Joseph Campbell, Alan Bates, Víctor Martínez

Dual Intuition

“The difficulty of beginning will be nothing to the difficulty of knowing how to stop.” – taken from Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie (2-Akbal)

The sun-sign Ik (wind, breath) is involved with knowledge and communication. In western terms, I might refer to this as the quest for truth, along with the effort to faithfully disseminate it.

Today’s sign, Akbal (night, house) has a flavor of the unknown and veiled aspects of experience and knowledge. To navigate the unknown a good measure of courage is required, and flexibility to adapt to new circumstances as the unknown is revealed.

Together, 2-Akbal is a question of courage, flexibility, and resolve. These are the essential tools of any truth seeker. Courage to follow truth wherever it might lead; flexibility to stay on course and consider alternatives fairly; and resolve to reach the other side of the adventure and lesson.

3-Kan

Natural rhythm

Born on this day: Marilyn Manson, Queen Elizabeth II, Steven M. Greer, Joseph Goebbels, Arthur Conan Doyle, Paul Melnyk (Saints of British Rock), Brian Eno

Natural Rhythm

“Is adult entertainment killing our children? Or is killing our children entertaining adults?” – Marilyn Manson (3-Kan)

3-Kan represents fertile seeds that the wind (1-Ik) carries to distant locations. The seeds travel in all directions. There are so many of them, so it doesn’t really matter where they end up, or whether they strike root or not. When distribution is carried out by the wind in all directions, some seeds are bound to become successfully in becoming new plants.

Other seeds may lay dormant for years until their opportunity comes along. Time means little to good, fertile potential.

4-Chicchan

Foundation of life

Born on this day: Huey Lewis, Ken Wilber, Adam Smith, Sean Austin, Tom Sizemore, Angelina Jolie, Wil Wheaton, Andrew Carnegie

"The power of love is a curious thing" - Huey Lewis (4-Chicchan)

“The power of love is a curious thing” – Huey Lewis (4-Chicchan)

The fourth day of the trecena is when the first cycle around the four cardinal direction concludes. It began in the north (Ik), then west (Akbal), then south (Kan), and today – east (Chicchan). Tomorrow it’ll be north again (Cimi). A trecena consists of 3 such cycles of 4 days (=12) plus one more day to evolve (13).

So, as Ken Johnson often writes, a 4 day is a completion and perfection in itself. Even though there are still 9 more days to the 1-Ik trecena, 4-Chicchan represents a perfect set of requirements and limitations upon which the entire process depends.

What are the requirements and limitations of Chicchan (serpent)?

5-Cimi

Chnage power

Born on this day: Joe Torre, Charlie Chaplin, Erica Badu, Simon Cowell, Monica Bellucci

"I don't want to create a revolution — I just want to create a few more films." - Charlie Chaplin (5-Cimi)

“I don’t want to create a revolution — I just want to create a few more films.” – Charlie Chaplin (5-Cimi)

6-Manik

Traditional shamanism

Born on this day: Brent Spinner, Mother Teresa, Jackson Pollock, Steven Bauer

"Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. Anyone may gather it and no limit is set." - Mother Teresa (6-Manik)

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. Anyone may gather it and no limit is set.” – Mother Teresa (6-Manik)

7-Lamat

Purpose = Plenty

Born on this day: John Forbes Nash, Carl Sagan, Benjamin Netanyahu, Grace Jones

"What are the stars? Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars." - Carl Sagan (7-Lamat), Cosmos (1980)

“What are the stars? Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.” – Carl Sagan (7-Lamat), Cosmos (1980)

8-Muluc

Waters above, waters below

Born on this day: Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Joan Rivers, Salomon Mayer von Rothschild, Che Guevara, Thelonious Monk, Clive Owen, Eugene Levy, Frank Ribéry, Carles Puyol, Wilt Chamberlain

"The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth." - Che Guevara (8-Muluc), On Revolutionary Medicine (1960)

“The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.” – Che Guevara (8-Muluc), On Revolutionary Medicine (1960)

9-Oc

Intensely canine

Born on this day: Mark Twain, Charles Bukowski, Stephen Biko, Adolf Hitler, Catherine Ashton, Eugene V. Debs, Paris Hilton, Laurence Wachowski, Stephen Spielberg, Steve Carell, Ernest Borgnine

"My ambition is handicapped by my laziness." - Charles Bukowski (9-Oc), Factotum (1975)

“My ambition is handicapped by my laziness.” – Charles Bukowski (9-Oc), Factotum (1975)

10-Chuen

Voila!

Born on this day: Nikita Khrushchev, James Monroe (5th US president), Bruce McGill, Buddy Miles, Alister Crowley, Neil Armstrong

"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river." - Nikita Khrushchev (10-Chuen)

“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.” – Nikita Khrushchev (10-Chuen)

11-Eb

Slight detour

Born on this day: Stephen Fry, Nat King Cole, Carl Bernstein, Milton Berle, J. Edgar Hoover, Dale Bumpers, Gene Wilder

"The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists." - J. Edgar Hoover (11-Eb)

“The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” – J. Edgar Hoover (11-Eb)

12-Ben

Understanding destiny

Born on this day: Geri Halliwell, Dave Grohl, Brad Renfro, Dan Arieli

"I had a little love, now I'm back for more." - Geri Halliwell (12-Ben), When 2 become 1

“I had a little love, now I’m back for more.” – Geri Halliwell (12-Ben), When 2 become 1

13-Ix

Divine majik

Born on this day: George Bernard Shaw, Emily Dickenson

The eternal jaguar stalks outside my peripheral vision

“The eternal jaguar stalks outside my peripheral vision” – Eagle Solomon (8-Lamat), son of 13-Ix

TBD

1-Ik trecena daily digest

Good day to die

Yesterday soldiers died in an explosion. Civilians died too. Their body vehicle expired and their spirit was set free to cast shadows on the memory of those who loved them, those left behind to mourn a great loss.

Spirit dwells within bodies and without them. When I am conscious of spirit it is near me, guiding my thoughts and actions, interfacing with this world through me. When I am not conscious of it, spirit still guides me, near though not within my attention.

In one of his allusions to esoteric knowledge, Shakespeare once called sleep “the small death”. So what comes after death?

06:20 (birth) blank awareness, oblivion

06:22 (baby) get out of bed, get into shower

07:00 (child) eat breakfast, think about today

09:30 (young adult) work/study/DO

12:30 (adult) have lunch, reflect and plan

22:30 (near death) drowsy reading in bed


So every day is a mini-cycle of life and death, and my tenure on planet earth is a longer cycle, with a similar arc of composing and decomposing. In other words, remembering someone from yesterday on the daily cycle is like remembering someone from a previous life on the longer cycle.

But wait a minute. What about those young soldiers and innocent civilians who got blown up yesterday in Gaza? They didn’t get a chance to grow old and depart surrounded by their loved ones. They left a gaping vacuum behind them, a trail of tears and despair.

The effects of the tragedy reverberate long after a young life is cut short. The absence becomes stronger than the presence. But it is only through comparison that a life can be defined as being lived in full or cut too short. It is defined as a tragedy by the ones left behind who have to deal with the aching absence of their loved one, those that imagine what could have been if…

Somehow, life goes on, and the wind keeps blowing.

1-IK: Mercury, The Pyramid of Giza, School Diplomas – No Swamp in sight

Note: this post is one of the few I haven’t written about in full yet. 1-Muluc is another, and 1-Ix is yet another. Ik is definitely one of the sun-signs I’ve never managed to pin down like I did for most sun-signs. I’m therefore publishing a partial post, hoping to fill up the gaps soon. In the meantime, I’ve listed the celebrities, quotes, and sequence of day glyphs for the 1-Ik trecena.

1-Ik [26 July 2014]

One voice

Born on this day: Pink, Sade, Robert Johnson, Mick Jones (The Clash), Otto von Bismarck, Scott Bakula, Lesley Stahl

One Voice

“A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence.” – Otto von Bismarck (1-Ik)

I like good quotes, which is why I keep copying them into my posts. A good quote puts into words good ideas and points to wise and deep courses of thought. The day of good communications is known as Ik, the sign of the wind and spirit (among other meanings).

In the glyph, the horizontal line represents the wind, and the perpendicular line is a tree. Trees and winds are intimately related in the Mayan culture, and might even be considered to be one organism. The wind carries seeds across great distances, and they fall to become new trees at new locations.

In the same way, good ideas are like seeds that fertilize new lands when they are communicated (like a quote).

A good idea moves mountains and meets deadlines with great gusto. It’s a glimpse of what a better reality could look like, which sets wheels in motion.

Good communications is key in any community, be it a community of brain cells (as in good thinking) or a beehive (good honey) or a Kibbutz (good parties).

2-Akbal [27 July 2014]

Dual intuition

Born on this day: Chris Lowe, Joe Strummer, Agatha Christie, Joseph Campbell, Alan Bates, Víctor Martínez

Dual Intuition

“The difficulty of beginning will be nothing to the difficulty of knowing how to stop.” – taken from Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie (2-Akbal)

3-Kan [28 July 2014]

Natural rhythm

Born on this day: Marilyn Manson, Queen Elizabeth II, Steven M. Greer, Joseph Goebbels, Arthur Conan Doyle, Paul Melnyk (Saints of British Rock), Brian Eno

Natural Rhythm

“Is adult entertainment killing our children? Or is killing our children entertaining adults?” – Marilyn Manson (3-Kan)

3-Kan represents fertile seeds that the wind (1-Ik) carries to distant locations. The seeds travel in all directions. There are so many of them, so it doesn’t really matter where they end up, or whether they strike root or not. When distribution is carried out by the wind in all directions, some seeds are bound to become successfully in becoming new plants.

Other seeds may lay dormant for years until their opportunity comes along. Time means little to good, fertile potential.

4-Chicchan [29 July 2014]

Foundation of life

Born on this day: Huey Lewis, Ken Wilber, Adam Smith, Sean Austin, Tom Sizemore, Angelina Jolie, Wil Wheaton, Andrew Carnegie

"The power of love is a curious thing" - Huey Lewis (4-Chicchan)

“The power of love is a curious thing” – Huey Lewis (4-Chicchan)

5-Cimi [30 July 2014]

Chnage power

Born on this day: Joe Torre, Charlie Chaplin, Erica Badu, Simon Cowell, Monica Bellucci

"I don't want to create a revolution — I just want to create a few more films." - Charlie Chaplin (5-Cimi)

“I don’t want to create a revolution — I just want to create a few more films.” – Charlie Chaplin (5-Cimi)

6-Manik [31 July 2014]

Traditional shamanism

Born on this day: Brent Spinner, Mother Teresa, Jackson Pollock, Steven Bauer

"Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. Anyone may gather it and no limit is set." - Mother Teresa (6-Manik)

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. Anyone may gather it and no limit is set.” – Mother Teresa (6-Manik)

7-Lamat [1 August 2014]

Purpose = Plenty

Born on this day: John Forbes Nash, Carl Sagan, Benjamin Netanyahu, Grace Jones

"What are the stars? Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars." - Carl Sagan (7-Lamat), Cosmos (1980)

“What are the stars? Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.” – Carl Sagan (7-Lamat), Cosmos (1980)

8-Muluc [2 August 2014]

Waters above, waters below

Born on this day: Oprah Winfrey, Joan Rivers, Salomon Mayer von Rothschild, Che Guevara, Thelonious Monk, Clive Owen, Eugene Levy, Frank Ribéry, Carles Puyol, Wilt Chamberlain

"The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth." - Che Guevara (8-Muluc), On Revolutionary Medicine (1960)

“The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.” – Che Guevara (8-Muluc), On Revolutionary Medicine (1960)

9-Oc [3 August 2014]

Intensely canine

Born on this day: Mark Twain, Charles Bukowski, Stephen Biko, Adolf Hitler, Catherine Ashton, Eugene V. Debs, Paris Hilton, Laurence Wachowski, Stephen Spielberg, Steve Carell, Ernest Borgnine

"My ambition is handicapped by my laziness." - Charles Bukowski (9-Oc), Factotum (1975)

“My ambition is handicapped by my laziness.” – Charles Bukowski (9-Oc), Factotum (1975)

10-Chuen [4 August 2014]

Voila!

Born on this day: Nikita Khrushchev, James Monroe (5th US president), Bruce McGill, Buddy Miles, Alister Crowley, Neil Armstrong

"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river." - Nikita Khrushchev (10-Chuen)

“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.” – Nikita Khrushchev (10-Chuen)

11-Eb [5 August 2014]

Slight detour

Born on this day: Stephen Fry, Nat King Cole, Carl Bernstein, Milton Berle, J. Edgar Hoover, Dale Bumpers, Gene Wilder

"The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists." - J. Edgar Hoover (11-Eb)

“The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” – J. Edgar Hoover (11-Eb)

12-Ben [6 August 2014]

Understanding destiny

Born on this day: Geri Halliwell, Dave Grohl, Brad Renfro, Dan Arieli

"I had a little love, now I'm back for more." - Geri Halliwell (12-Ben), When 2 become 1

“I had a little love, now I’m back for more.” – Geri Halliwell (12-Ben), When 2 become 1

13-Ix [7 August 2014]

Divine majik

Born on this day: Unknown hero

The eternal jaguar stalks outside my peripheral vision

“The eternal jaguar stalks outside my peripheral vision” – Eagle Solomon (8-Lamat), son of 13-Ix

TBD

1-Cib Trecena Analysis Part 2 of 2

Sacred introspection as Heaven Eleven settles in

Link to Part 1

Prelude: Cib and Chicchan

1-Cib is the only trecena in the Tzolkin that has the first 4 sun-signs of the uinal neatly adorning the crest of the trecena, populating stages 6 through 9. There is therefore a unique balance between the final 5 sun-signs which initiate the trecena, and the first 8 of the 11th uinal which complete the process. To further explore the uinal’s message of evolution, and the way it plays out during this period, I’d like to review some uinal basics.

The uinal can be divided into 5 groups of 4 sun-signs, each group beginning with an eastern (red) sun-sign and ending with a southern (yellow) one. Each quadruplet outlines a spiritual journey consisting of four-steps. Each such journey:

  • Begins at Dawn (East) with a surge of new and raw energy
  • Passes through the challenge of Noon (North) and gets refined and exacted
  • Undergoes transformation at Dusk (West), in direct contrast to where it began
  • Matures at Midnight (South), and comes to realization and rest (again, in direct contrast to Noon)
    … which, in turn, leads again to the raw energy of Dawn.

Since Time is holographic, the fixed points of reference in the above breakdown (Dawn, Noon, Dusk and Midnight) correspond with the fixed reference points of other, longer periods, like the solar/tropical year (Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer), the year-bearers of the Mayan four-year round (currently Caban, Ik, Manik and Eb), and other periods of measured Time.

These 4-step journeys get more complex as the uinal progresses. We begin with the most basic and prehistoric quadruplet (Imix, Ik, Akbal, and Kan) and end with the most complex aspects (Caban, Edznab, Cauac, and Ahau), before going back to basics again.

Cib is the sun-sign which concludes the quadruplet beginning with Ben. This foursome represents the more established form of spirituality and social organization: beginning with the Spiritual Leader (Ben), refined by the Shaman/Night Warrior (Ix), then transformed by the Sun/Sky-Warrior (Men), and concluding with the Temple of crystallized spirituality (Cib).

Therefore, this trecena, which teaches us about the sanctity and holiness of Spirit, and begins with the complex and abstract aspects of the uinal – must get “turned around” by the most basic aspects of prehistory, early teachings and understandings. It is therefore fitting for Chicchan to embody the manifestation of 1-Cib on stage 10, and for Cimi to resolve it the next day.

The story of the 1-Cib process can be likened to the story of an elderly medieval Monk who leaves his temple (Cib) after living there all his life to travel the world (Caban) in search for truth (Edznab), spiritual transformation and purification (Cauac), Mastery and Enlightenment (Ahau). Just when he thinks he found them, he realizes that his journey has only begun. He meets an ancient, farseeing and eloquent oracle (7-Ik), after which he realizes that he still has so much more to learn, since the unknown is infinite (8-Akbal). He sits down to meditate for the first time ever, and then his moment of realization comes as he physically experiences his awakening Kundalini (10-Chicchan), after which he will never be the same again (11-Cimi).

8-Akbal [1 September 2011] Endless Night

Born on this day: David Gilmour, Celine Dion, Arthur Schopenhauer, Liv Tyler, Beverly D’Angelo

Endless Night

"We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people." - Arthur Schopenhauer (8-Akbal)

Portal Day

All western sun-signs have something to do with learning and teaching, since they embody various forms of transformation. Akbal is the most basic form of this aspect. It has to do with the way wisdom and knowledge are constructed – one insight/lesson on top of the other (rather than one replacing the other).

Akbal also has to do with the realization of Nothingness, and the unique comfort which only darkness can provide. The Dark can never be altogether reconciled or vanquished. It sharpens our senses, and actually serves as the mental and spiritual “vacuum” which prompts us to really listen and be receptive.

In this respect, it’s interesting to note that all southern trecenas have a western sun-sign on stage 8 (as well as stages 4 and 12). Therefore, the mature and ripe character of southern processes and sun-signs is supplemented and rounded-out by the dynamic quest for continuous mentoring and research, which abides indefinitely on the 8th Heaven of every southern trecena.

This math is mirrored in northern trecenas, which always have eastern sun-signs on stage 8 (like 8-Ben on 1-Cimi). The dynamic nature of East/West is the balancing power during Polar (northern/southern) trecenas, since these trecenas tend to be stationary and inert by nature (as they should be). In eastern/western trecenas it is (naturally) the opposite – northern sun-signs appear on stage 8 of western trecenas (like 8-Edznab on 1-Chuen), and eastern trecenas are balanced by the South (like 8-Eb on 1-Chicchan).

9-Kan [2 September 2011] Potentially Abundant

Born on this day: Leonard Nimoy, Henry Kissinger, Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh), Oklahoma City bombing, Waco siege began

Potentially Abundant

"The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer." - Henry Kissinger (9-Kan)

9-Kan offers unique, reciprocal insights – both into the nature of the Seed sun-sign as well as the 9th stage/heaven.

All seeds represent one form or another of Potential. When a plant reaches fruition, it produces a multitude of seeds. During natural courses, only a fraction of this multitude eventually takes root and becomes new plants. However, each seed is a plant in potential.

In the same way in which Kan represents the Nature of potential (along with its burner-day set companions: Muluc, Ix, and Cauac – each in its own way), stage 9 of the trecena is an Expression of potential. It is equated to the 9th month of human gestation, when the process is on the brink of realization.

Interesting trivia: Leonard Nimoy (9-Kan) is the Jewish actor best known for his Vulcan salutation and saying (“Live long and Prosper”) on the TV series Star Trek. For a millennia, the hand gesture he uses (parting two fingers of the palm) has been the practice of countless synagogues priests (a.k.a. “Kohanim”), and is known as the “Priestly Blessing”.

Vulcan Salutation

"Live Long and Prosper" - Ja Style (etched on a Jewish tombstone, early 19th century)

"May YHWH bless you and guard you
May YHWH make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you
May YHWH lift up his face onto you and give you peace."

[Taken from the oldest known Biblical text ever found – 1st temple period and earlier]

10-Chicchan [3 September 2011] A Snake is Born

Born on this day: Eddie Gomez, Tony La Russa, Ulysses S. Grant, John Dillinger, Will Ferrell

A Snake is Born

"Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately you occasionally find men disgrace labor." - Ulysses S. Grant (10-Chicchan)

According to Dr. Calleman’s extensive research, the 5th Night (stage 10) is a time of destruction of old patterns, followed closely by the 6th Day of blossoming (stage 11), when a new and fresh mindset begins to find its place.

In this trecena, the serpent (Chicchan) embodies the inevitable destruction of 1-Cib and everything leading up from it to stage 10. However, it is important to keep in mind that this form of destruction does not mean starting from scratch again, at least not in every respect. It simply means a kind of “switch” in mindset, typical to manifestation.

For example, if the trecena process is paralleled with human gestation of a firstborn, and every stage is a month of pregnancy, then the destruction may be related to the parents’ former way of life being completely turned around (and also the baby’s, of course). Whatever led up to stage 10 seems not to matter any more after the beauty of manifestation takes Place in Time (although each step of the way leading to birth/manifestation is absolutely indispensable).

Remember the elderly medieval Monk who started the journey on 1-Cib by leaving his temple? 10-Chicchan is the junction in his journey when the beauty of ancient pagan spirituality dawns on him through an uplifting experience involving mind and body. His ecstatic revelation does not altogether replace the faith and knowledge he established in the temple all those years, but rather builds upon everything else and expands his perspective.

11-Cimi [4 September 2011] Refining Change

Born on this day: Kate Pierson (B-52’s)

Refining Change

Dynamic Death and Rebirth

11-Cimi is a subtle psychic connection with our ancient ancestors, who assist and guide us during the transition into a renewed and sanctified way of life –  the consequent result of the destruction previously discussed. This day also resounds with the 11th uinal in which it takes place, along with 11-Cauac further down the road.

12-Manik [5 September 2011] Deep-Forest Remedy

Born on this day: Michael Palin, Pedro Martínez, Alicia Keys, Vin Diesel, 14th Dalai Lama, Adam K. Horovitz (Ad-Rock)

TBD

"With the ever-growing impact of science on our lives, religion and spirituality have a greater role to play by reminding us of our humanity. There is no contradiction between the two. Each gives us valuable insights into the other." - Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (12-Manik)

12-Manik is the beginning of the 6th day of the Universal Underworld. It is interesting to note that this Underworld began with 1-Manik, so there is a special resonance here between Sunday morning and Friday morning, so to speak.

We mentioned stages 4, 8, and 12 as being balancing factors in every trecena. So, in the divine and serene trecena just about to conclude:

  • 4-Cauac is the establishment of purification, which leads to Empowering Enlightenment.
  • 8-Akbal is the realization of the infinite unknown, which leads to potentiality that manifests the following Day.
  • 12-Manik is understanding the continuous need for perfecting skill and deepening devotion – which leads to ascension.

13-Lamat [6 September 2011] Starfruit

Born on this day: Lionel Messi, George Orwell, Martin Luther King’s Assassination, Milton William Cooper

TBD

"Listen to everyone, read everything; believe absolutely nothing unless you can prove it in your own right!" - Milton William Cooper (13-Lamat)

More from Bill Cooper: “When you broadcast the truth you piss everybody off.

Isn’t it amazing that Bill Cooper shares his Tzolkin birthday with George Orwell?

It is said that ancient heroes of old, like Achilles and Sinbad “Reached the Stars”. In other words, their devout fan-base got together and connected stars in the dark sky to form constellations which they named after their heroes. These were in turn passed down generations, and the heroes’ names were immortalized. This honor was reserved for true “All-Stars”, not just any other mortal King, President, or Prime Minister.

In contemporary sports, this phenomena is called “retiring a number”, and the ceremony includes raising the hero’s jersey up to the heavens (just under the stadium’s domed roof).

In the Tzolkin round this phenomena is called 13-Lamat.

13-Lamat is the Ultimate Star of infinite multiplication and the kind of luminary which can ultimately establish Universal Harmony.

Link to next trecena: 1-Muluc (TBD)