The purifying storm (1-Cauac) left debris of old habits and mindsets in its wake, so a new trail must now be blazed. This trail begins with 1-Eb, and develops over a 13-day journey through various aspects and intentions.
Under the hood
1-Eb is a southern trecena, since it begins with a southern sun-sign (Eb), and it has more southern sun-signs (4) than any other direction (3 of every other). The southern sun-signs in this trecena appear on the days 1, 5, 9, and 13, and they are contrasted by 3 northern signs on the days 3, 7, and 11. When drawing a line connecting the yellow (southern) signs in the above figure, a trapezoid is formed, which gives the trecena a stable southern base. If the contrasting white (northern) signs are connected a triangle is formed, with 7-Edznab at the apex.
Being a southern trecena, 1-Eb’s theme is abundance: plenty of Roads (1), plenty of Wisdom (5), plenty of Suns (9) and plenty of Seeds (13).
The absent southern sun-sign is the sign of the Star (Lamat). This means that the plenty on offer in this period is more grounded and realistic.
1-Eb: On the Road again
Born on this day: Friedrich Nietzsche, Billie Holiday, Dr. John, Albert Pujols, Ban Ki-moon, Julius Erving, William Shakespeare (baptized 1-Eb)
“Every day is a winding Road” sings Sheryl Crow, and this is the main message of 1-Eb. Every day a winding road is taken, while countless other roads are inevitably forsaken. The sun-sign Eb is called “the Road to Life” and it stands for abundance through humility, stewardship and simplicity. Another famous
saying which applies to this day is “there is a difference between knowing the Path and walking the Path”.
This trecena accentuates the presumed conflict between trying to make everyone happy and dwelling on the compromises that result from such expectations. This is the day when I begin walking the path AND knowing it.
When I surrender completely to Billie Holiday’s voice, without any distractions whatsoever – it can make me cry every single time. This is especially true when listening to the following song, which is about the difference between knowing what time it is and having a good time with someone you love.I didn’t know what time it was, then I met you
Oh, what a lovely time it was, how sublime it was too I didn’t know what day it was, you held my hand
Warm like the month of May it was, and I’ll say it was grand Grand to be alive
to be young
to be mad
to be yours alone
Grand to see your face
feel your touch
hear your voice
say I’m all your own I didn’t know what year it was, life was no prize
I wanted love and here it was
shining out of your eyes I’m wise
and I know what time it is now
2-BEN: Following and Leading
Born on this day: Julian Assange, Heather Graham, Cate Blanchett, Terry Gilliam, David Ben-Gurion (1st Israeli PM)
The sun-sign Ben is translated as “Reed”. It is a conduit between heaven and earth. On 2-Ben the duality between these two extremes stands out, especially since this is a Portal Day (more details on Portal Days in the previous post, under the previous Portal Day: 10-Lamat). When the journey is underway a fateful question arises: “Will this Road lead to heavenly aspirations or earthly needs?” This question is not easily resolved, since it arises from a preconception that previous roads I’ve taken led me either up to the Spiritual or down to the Material. However, on a broader scale, which cannot yet be fathomed so early in the journey – a Road is simply a road, and it always takes me exactly to where I need to go.
Interesting note: David Ben-Gurion declared Israel’s independence from the British mandate on the day 2-Akbal, which is one of his personal burner days.
3-Ix: Cheshire Cat
Born on this day: Josef Stalin, Enrico Fermi, Iggy Pop, Ivy Lee, Andrew Jackson (7th US President), Billy Boyd (LOTR Pippin)
The 3rd day of every trecena is a day of rhythmic action and communication, since it comes right after resolving the duality and indecision of the 2nd day. Ix is the Jaguar/Shaman, and its energy is somewhat elusive, indirect, and feline in nature. Combined together, 3-Ix is like an inquisitive cat that wants to know everything and can’t stand still. The Jaguar’s element is nature, and it appreciates the scenic road, regardless of where it leads.
4-Men: Sufficient View
Born on this day: John F. Kennedy (35th US President), Woody Allen, Diego Maradona, Stephen Sondheim, Ron Carter, Shane MacGowan (The Pogues)
The sun-sign Men is the Eagle that soars high above the Road and sees dead-ends and insurmountable barriers that cannot possibly be foreseen by its predecessor – the Jaguar – at ground level. The 4th stage of the journey is when boundaries are placed and the entire process is stabilized as a result. The Eagle’s vision on this day helps to avoid taking the wrong turns on the Road, and teaches me that, although there are always countless Roads to take, I must use Vision to define and stabilize my overall destination, and as a result – maintain my freedom of movement.
Woody Allen and JFK were both born on the same Tzolkin day. In the following stand-up show from 1965 some similarities can be drawn between their common fields of interest.
5-CIB: Path of Ancient Wisdom
Born on this day: Pablo Picasso, Chris Rock, Robert Redford, Dmitri Shostakovich, Chuck Norris
After getting the Eagle’s-eye view of all the Roads that should and shouldn’t be taken, at the 5th stage of the journey Wisdom (Cib) pinpoints the best route to take. Ultimately, only one Road is traversed, and on this day the silent introspection of Cib reveals the one true path which seems to lie right in front of me.
However, the second Portal Day of the trecena is also a day of serious pondering and deep self- consciousness, which borderlines insecurity: “Is this truly the best route?” Well, I better just keep on walking and make it the best as I go!
6-Caban: Flowing Frequency
Born on this day: Alfred Hitchcock, Kelsey Grammer, Arnold Schoenberg, Thora Birch, Steve McQueen, Joseph McCarthy
Caban stands for the deep and slow rhythms of Earth itself, and on the 6th day of the trecena it provides confidence and flow. This is the day in which I take off my shoes and walk barefoot on the Road. The soil relays the Earth’s deep frequencies through my bare feet and reassures my that the one path that
was chosen yesterday will lead me exactly to where I should be. Elephants do the same as they collectively migrate in over thousands of miles to arrive at a dry basin just before an abundant flood rushes in.
To read more about Caban click here.
Note that in this trecena, stages 6 through 9, which represent the balanced phase of the process – are occupied by the last 4 sun-signs of the uinal (Caban, Edznab, Cauac, and Ahau). This means that the highest level of sophistication is called for in order to transition from planning the path to manifesting it.
Note also that Steve McQueen was born the day before his Karate master – Bruce Lee, and Chuck Norris was born a day before McQueen. Three martial arts actors, one Path.
7-Edznab: Real Purpose
Born on this day: Goldie Hawn, Ralph Fiennes, William Butler Yates, Tre Cool (Green Day), Alan Wilder (former Depeche Mode), Mila Kunis (That 70’s Show), Bruce Lee
Edznab is the Mirror of reality, and 7-Edznab is the only day in the Tzolkin when the Mirror meets the reflective number 7. This is a powerful day of stark reality right in your face. There is absolutely no room for deception or second guessing. Edznab is the knife that cuts through illusion, and when it appears on
the midpoint and apex of the journey it reflects both the humble and hesitant beginning of the first step (1-Eb) and the abundant ascension that lies in promise at the end of the Road (13-Kan).
It is the proverbial Point of No Return.
Here’s an interesting piece of history. Bruce Lee interviewed by Pierre Berton.
8-Cauac: Perpetually Wet
Born on this day: Lenny Kravitz, Christopher Lee, Ravi Shankar, Brian Molko (Placebo), Thomas Pynchon, Erin Burnett
The second half of any given trecena revolves around a process of manifestation. In the first half an energetic wave of change is gathered below the surface of existing reality (stage 1 through 5). It then reaches equilibrium around the crest (6 through 9), crosses the breaking-point of stage 10 (Manifestation), and finally resolves and completes the cycle (11 and 12), before the next wave begins to gather (13).
The 8th day of the trecena is the day in which the theme of the previous trecena reappears to balance the effects of the current one. The previous trecena was 1-Cauac, which is the blessing of the cleansing rainstorm. On 8-Cauac an activating and balancing change takes place, as a direct result of facing the stark reality of yesterday (7-Edznab). In the context of this trecena, when the Road to Life (Eb) is chosen, and the point of no return (7) is crossed – a storm breaks out, and the old skin of the past is shed and washed away.
The lesson of this day is that even when a true path is chosen, storms of change are always a possibility as I actually walk the path. It also shows that meticulous cleansing, which takes place at the everyday mundane level – invariably transforms the whole (and vice versa).
9-Ahau: Aslan is on the Move
Born on this day: Steve Jobs, C.S. Lewis, Steve Miller, Randy Johnson, Dusty Baker
An Ahau day is the final day of the 20-day uinal, and it represents enlightenment and the realization of all potential. 9-Ahau is the day when the 5th uinal of the Tzolkin ends, which means that on this day the entire 260-day process of gestation completes its 20-day cycle of Empowerment (5), which began on 3-Imix.
9-Ahau is when the memory of my great ancestors guides me on the Path of Life and provides patience, perseverance, and peace of mind. Although it always seems that today is much more challenging than yesterday, on this day I am reminded that those who came before us also had to choose the one true path and to leave all other paths behind. Like me, they too walked the Path to wherever it led. On 9-Ahau this realization is an abundant source of comfort and insight, and it allows for enlightened completion and realization of the process thus far.
Here’s another good quote from someone else who was born 9-Ahau:“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs in his address at Stanford University (2005)
10-Imix: Traversing the Mire
Born on this day: Janis Joplin, Woody Harrelson, Kobe Bryant, Tilda Swinton, Martin Gore (Depeche Mode), Vladimir Vysotsky, David Kelly (Waking Ned), Clémence Poésy, Jean Houston
The end of every Road is the beginning of the next. Imix (the crocodile) is considered by many to be the first sun-sign, since everything begins and ends in the Womb of Creation – the primordial swamp that is the crocodile’s domain. The previous day (Ahau) is also called “The Master”, and in this respect, every master eventually becomes a novice of the next higher level of evolution.
Therefore, 10-Imix means that the one true Road manifests when I find myself back on square one. But this is scarcely a regression, since the journey itself has transformed me. Equipped with the nurturing instincts of Imix, and the responsibility that stage 10 invokes – it is now time to go “Back to School” to
guide and show my fellow companions how the Road to Life can be chosen and travelled.
11-Ik: Pathless Spirit
Born on this day: Krishnamurti, Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Tammy Wynette, Andrea Corr (The Corrs)
11-Ik is a gentle breeze which refines the newly manifested path and perfects it. Ik is the essence of intellect which distinguishes between one thing and the other and enables me to communicate with my fellow travelers. Coupled with the wind, the energy of stage 11 can be described as a wise teacher who doesn’t try to change his pupil’s nature, but instead makes subtle corrections and upgrades, so that s/he may better fit whatever’s already manifested without fundamentally changing his/her essence. In other words, 11-Ik is like a compass which shows how not to go back, and where to go from here.
Here’s Whoopi Goldberg (11-Ik) giving a short recap of the first half of the 21st century through the eyes of American foreign policy.
12-Akbal: Last Night
Born on this day: Chevy Chase, George Carlin, Jeff Beck, Tom Morello (RATM), 2008 Tsunami
12-Akbal is a day of profound understanding that, no matter how well-travelled and planned a Road may be – the way I experience and walk it always remains unknown. I come to realize that during the previous days of planning, walking, and charting the Road it was always intuition that guided me. The destination doesn’t wait at the end of the Road, it is formulated step-by-step by the bravery of the traveler, who walks the unknown path into the Night, and emerges at dawn to inspire future adventurers.
I think George Carlin was brave in his own special way. Here he is reminding us about the things that make us the same.
13-Kan: From Seed to Seeds
Born on this day: Jean-Paul Gaultier, Michel Petrucciani, Marty Feldman, Alfred Dreyfus, Dean Martin
Stage 13 represents the duality between the current process and the consequent one. As a metaphor, stage 13 can be equated with an Ace on the Blackjack table, which can either be valued as 11 or 1, depending on its surroundings. It’s completely present or altogether absent.
In the growth process, stage 13 is called “Fruition”, and the fruit holds within it the seeds of the next process of evolution. Since the sun-sign Kan means Seed (among other meanings), 13-Kan is the only day in the Tzolkin when the concept of seeding and future growth is present in both the sun-sign (nature) and number (expression).
In the context of this trecena, 13-Kan shows that once the true Road to Life is manifested and perfected, countless other roads can be charted and traveled. One seed makes many seeds, and one road leads to many roads. When this concept is realized the stage is set for life’s drama to unfold, as the Serpent 1-Chicchan begins.