Category Archives: Tzolkin

1-Noj: One thought (12 December 2017)

I’ve had glimpses of what’s to come, like small pearls in the mud. Song lyrics, insights shared with friends, slow contemplation of my breathing. These came through a heart connection. After taking root, I thought about these glimpses. My thoughts went in many directions and converged back to reality.

I use words to think and to communicate. I stop using words sometimes. I stop thinking. This stopping habit has been happening more frequently recently.

When thought begins again it’s more cautious. Thought picks the right words this time to retain focus. Thought doesn’t wander off to memes it doesn’t wish to manifest, like calamity or fear. This type of discipline helps me to tell truth from false.

When I begin turning attention to the solar plexus thought goes to sit in the stands and enjoy the glow. The sun is simple, it’s benevolent beyond my ability to ever repay.

This is 1-Noj, known as the global heartbeat. It’s when 4-Ahau takes its place in time.

“Happiness is a solid and joy is a liquid”

One Earth

“The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.” – J. D. Salinger (1-Noj), De Daumier-Smith’s Blue Period (1952)

Born 1-Noj: Ira Gershwin, J. D. Salinger, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Jay Leno, Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Seal, Lil’ Kim, Oscar Schindler, Jackie Gleason, Cecil Rhodes, Emilíana Torrini

The question of solidity vs. liquidity is at the heart of the period which begins today (1-Noj). In the above quote J.D. Salinger says that happiness is a solid and joy is a liquid. Now, what on earth could that mean?

Solids can decay, they are eroded by liquids and gasses. They can fall down and fracture. Some solids freeze and defy time. Some solids are the stuff I purchased in the market; the seat of my vehicle, my keyboard’s armrest. Solids are also the hills and valleys surrounding my neighborhood, my front door handle, the pavement that leads to the recycle bin.

In other words, as far as consciousness is concerned – solids become background at some point. Like a wardrobe or a used car, they can be a source of what’s called boredom. Solids require either replacement or personal maintenance to hold my attention.

Does all this apply to happiness?

Liquids seep into solids and flow. Liquids must be properly contained to be used as a stable resource, like a gas tank or a coke bottle. On the other hand, contained liquids also tend to fester, so liquid must be circulated in order to remain fresh and potent. Only on rare occasions contained liquids get better over time – like good wine and deep-colored honey.

When unconstrained, liquids evaporate and precipitate. They cycle back and forth, and retain their atomic mass. According to the common arrangement of matter, liquids are the interim state between solids and gasses. Symbolically, this means that an interim or go-between state is dynamic by definition. Unlike the solid, it doesn’t break nor lose itself to fire – it transforms; it communicates without losing anything in the process.

Does all this apply to joy?

Noj as our common heartbeat

From further inquiry into the symbolism tied into this sun-sign, it is evident that Noj has a lot to do with the planet itself, as a living and evolving organism with its own heartbeat.

The Earth’s heartbeat is ancient, deep, and very low in frequency. What’s so special about Noj is that no matter where I am on Earth, above the atmosphere, deep underwater, downtown in the city or by the shore – I am constantly connected to this all-encompassing deep frequency.

I might have been dulled enough by my nature and nurture to not be aware of this frequency when I travel the world. But the evidence to what I’m failing to sense and understand is there in the way elephants find water, and in the way migrant birds keep coming back to my land every year at the right time.

More evidence might be found in the way I survive and thrive during my travels around the world; how each stranger is kind just when I need kindness the most. Like me, s/he can obviously tune into this same global rhythm, and see the best way to assist the Other.

Another interpretation of Noj is incense, which is related to thought in the Mayan tradition. Thoughts go up to the heavens like burnt incense, like evaporating liquid. Thoughts eventually precipitate down and manifest, when they complete their cycles of development and attainment.

Invisible essentials

To meet the inner child, here’s a scene from the feature The Little Prince (1974), based on the classic novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1-Noj). Here, Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman, 11-Eb) plays the fox, tamed by the little prince, on the occasion of their final farewell:

“It’s only with the heart that one can see clearly. What’s essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1-Noj)

9-E’: On the road again (7 December 2017)

Born 9-E’: Gary Peacock, Matisyahu, Speech (Arrested Development), Robert Downey Jr., Henry Goodman (British Theatre), Mark Hamill, Mickey Mantle, Dave Holland

“You’re Already There, then there’s no where to go. You’re cup’s already full, then it’s bound to Overflow” – Matistahu (9-E’), King without a crown

How nice it is to get a Road Map the day after the New Year has began!

Yesterday (8-Ba’atz) is considered in the Maya highlands as the most important day of the 260-day Tzolkin cycle, like new year’s day in western solar calendars. Daykeepers are initiated on 8-Ba’atz, and other unique ceremonies take place.

Anyone raised within a western cultural tradition might ask how can a new year begin on an 8th day? A new Gregorian year always begins on the 1st day of January (the first month).

One is a good place to start. Your car’s odometer works that way, too.

However, considering the Mayan view on numbers and math, apart from 1, thirteen can also be a good place to start (being considered zero), as well as another numerical concept called ‘seating’ in the Ha’ab calendar. As an example,  there’s a day in that calendar called ‘seating Pop’, on which the Pop month begins.

All in all, which number you pick as a beginning is not considered as important for the Maya as it does in western traditions. Nor the number where you end, for that matter. It is due to the fundamental difference in how time is viewed between these two points of origin. The former deals with cycles and rhythms; the latter fixates on births and deaths, record-keeping and history.

The Mayan can regard an 8th (or 9th) day as the most important day by virtue of it being a balanced day, between days 1 and 13. Performing rituals on early (1-5) days would yield weak results, while doing so on late and ‘heavy’ (10-13) days could prove overwhelming, and produce distracting side-effects.

To the Mayans, accepting the 1st of January as the beginning and most important day would be under debate. For most people, that solar date is at the height of winter, just after the winter solstice. Shouldn’t the day be celebrated outside? In nature perhaps? When days are much longer?

Why January?

And what’s with December (which means 10th in Latin) being the 12th month? Another worthy matter for discussion at Another Time.

When you view time in cycles, balance becomes important. It is like playing rhythm section (e.g, bass and drums, piano, guitar). It is endless and beginning-less, it just goes on in circles, driving the music, providing background for the harmony and melody.

By a linear model of time there must always be a beginning, otherwise measurement and history is impossible. Human history began at one point, proceeded to stretch from Darwinian sub-human apes, through today’s global social networking hipsters, and onto tomorrow’s Artificial Intelligence defense attorneys. It becomes very important when we began, how we evolved, and how we’re going to die.

Time becomes a tool by which history can be recorded and analysed.

Through this materialistic viewpoint, the Mayan Long count and it’s end date presented a real mystery. Here is a calendar, measuring a 5,000-long cycle of Earth years, abruptly coming to an end. Being impatient as they are, mysteries can only be tolerated if they are quickly resolved, and preferably without disturbing any comfort zones.

It was regarded as a prophecy. It became the day of judgement and the end of time. No one was really interested in what the actual Maya had to say about it, being their own heritage. How typical.

But if Terrence McKenna (3-Tijax) was right, history has already ended. It happened on December 21st, 2012.


5-Qanil: Busy-bunny stud (3 December 2017)

Born 5-Qanil: Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Paul Dano, Bobcat Goldthwait, Brian Blessed, Earl Warren, Peggy Lee, John Holmes

“Impetuous boy! Ah, well… who wants to live forever? DIVE!” – Brian Blessed (5-Qanil) as Prince Vultan in Flash Gordon

5-Qanil (seed/ripenning) is a day set aside to consider multiplication and its relation to abundance. Multiplication is the empowering force behind community and prosperity.

In the Bible, God commands Adam and Abraham to go forth and multiply like the stars in the heavens. Procreation multiplies souls on earth.

God further decrees that bread is to be won by the sweat of thy brow. Husbandry and agriculture multiply fruits, seeds, and livestock. Industry and commerce multiply just about everything else.

All these empower me, my family, and my neighbors. They are the keystones of prosperity.

Lamat is Yucatec for “Rabbit”. The one animal known for its abilities to multiply. ‘Nuff said.


What’s called for right now is a precise star (5-Qanil). ‘Star’ is another meaning related to this day of Qanil/Lamat.

When I’m out in the desert at night, looking for good shelter, all I need is 1 precise star. A single star from the multitude, which I’ll recognize immediately and navigate according to it to the nearest Oasis. It’s just a small star (5th stage star, not yet 6 or 7), but it pinpoints my location and maps the way to more abundance on this southern, sunny, and altogether grounded trecena.

FROM 1-KAt 10-BEN: trecena background

1-Kat is the best time to celebrate social networking and current social tools, the eternal Facebook included. It’s a time to celebrate each and every way of connecting with another person, regardless of the tools I use. Naturally, not using any tool and just meeting face to face still seems the best choice. But even if we can’t physically meet there are many means of connecting and sharing.

The day of manifestation in this process is 10-Ben (next Friday, 8 December 2017). This is the day on which a clear line is drawn between what’s real and what’s just an opinion; between theory and reality.

Known in the east Indian Vedic tradition as the Web of Indra, the union that abides between you and me (Kat) is not something that needs to be achieved or put together slowly over time. It has to be acknowledged as a constant and indestructible reality. No level of technology can finally alienate nor divide us.

The ironies of the universal artistic mind (1-Chuen) led me out of the cave of the ego and back to real people and real challenges. These are the challenges that I face when I move from the abstract musings of the artist to the crafty handiwork of the artisan.

Manifestation’s promise of abundance began to unfold last Wednesday, 1-Kat, and continues for the next 8 days.

Culture shock

In 1997 Hollywood director Paul Thomas Anderson (7-Imox genius-wacko) came out with the movie ‘Boogie nights”, retelling a thinly-veiled biography of porn-film infamy John Holmes (5-Qanil). It was a tale of meteor rising, followed closely by a spectacular crash and burn. A tale of lust and indulgences whose end was known well in advance. But the party went on as long as it lasted, and not all transformations were bad.

This is typical Qanil syombolism: the god of the vine, ever looking for a new high, insatiable when it comes to indulgences and getting lost in substance. It is Qanil as Lamat the sensual rabbit.

Although being just a wee rabbit, another aspect of the same spirited principal is one of bravery, leadership, maturity, deep wisdom and appreciation of every form of abundance. The stoned god, the father of many, is also the one who rushes first to battle, laughing hard enough to make any foe turn and run like hell.

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Silmarilion’ it is the Valar (deity) called Tulkas.

In Flash Gordon it is Brian Blessed (5-Qanil) as Prince Voltan.