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11-Ajpu: Anti-climatic enlightenment (4 January 2018)

Born 11-Ajpu: Mary J. Blige, Eve (singer), T-Boz (Tionne Watkins), Art Blakey, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sathya Sai Baba, Holly Hunter, Jim Breuer, Mike Wallace,  Oh yeah, one more – Albert Einstein

Anti-Climatic Enlightenment

“A people that were to honor falsehood, defamation, fraud, and murder would be unable, indeed, to subsist for very long.” – Albert Einstein (11-Ajpu)

This new solar year (2018) began last Monday (8-Noj). Out of the many nations celebrating every January 1st, the Russians have a tradition of giving each year a branded ‘mascot’, which is the year’s animal according to the Chinese 12-year calendar. Most of 2017 was the year of the Fire (red) Rooster.

This year, it’s the Earth (brown) dog.

Although the Chinese year of the dog is yet to begin (16 February, 2-Akbal), many the Russians who celebrated last Sunday night wore and sported the dog mascot.

According to Wikipedia, the dog is part of the 3rd Trine (out of 4, making up 12), along with the horse and the tiger:

“These three signs are said to seek true love, to pursue humanitarian causes, to be idealistic and independent but tending to be impulsive. The three are said to be productive, enthusiastic, independent, engaging, dynamic, honorable, loyal and protective, but can also be rash, rebellious, quarrelsome, anxious, disagreeable or stubborn.”

This list of traits can easily be compared to those of the nawal known as Oc in Yucatec.

It’s an interesting fact of timekeeping that this particular Gregorian new year began in the middle of the 1-Dog trecena, on 8-Noj (Earth).

2018 – Year of the Earth Dog, begins 16 February 2018 (*Image taken from here)

P.S. 2019 will begin on 9-Ik (Chinese year of the Earth Pig), and 2020 on 10-Kej (Metal Rat). After that, because of 2020 is a leap year, January 1st will take place on another year-lord quadruplet, when 2021 will begin 12-Ben (Metal Ox).

But the number sequence is maintained (8, 9, 10 – leap year, 12, etc.)

11-Cimi: Refined change (28 August 2016)

Born today: Kate Pierson (B-52’s)

Refined Change

“And we know that we’re alive, if we weren’t sure before. I reach for you by my side and – SOAR!” – Kate Pierson (11-Cimi) in Revolution Earth

What’s new?

It’s definitely different now.

I remember when we had to spell out the most obvious of life’s facts to an imbalanced crowd of sleepwalking people. They didn’t seem to understand the first thing about, well, all of the most important things.

Now it seems more customers are looking up beyond the billboards. Reality is being perturbed, turned into a psychedelic weirdness of snuff TV and viral fragments of uploaded home videos, none over 2 minutes long. This disturbance assists in identifying cognitive dissonances of truths that no longer hold. My understanding of reality is in a rapid process of development and evolution. What seemed to be different is that people now obviously can tell opinion from experience.

Can the world be weirder than I can ever hope to imagine?

Imagination, as Einstein (11-Ahau) maybe said, is more important than knowledge. But that’s a point of origin requiring further development. Knowledge that can be communicated is only one part of what knowledge is. For example, muscle memory and physical brain connections facilitate playing a musical instrument, or dancing. Imagination is indeed more important than the kind of ‘knowledge’ we acquire at school and mainstream academia (the trade schools). These are the miles and miles of words we all ingest during the fall semester so we can spew them out at mid-terms, on demand.

But on another level, there is knowledge which is superior to the gifts which imagination can bestow. This kind might be better referred to as wisdom, and the results of direct experience. In this domain, imagination which is uncontrolled can become a burden upon the mind and psyche. For example, when I imagine a false and disinformative conspiracy theory to be true, I’m actually a slave to a kind of imagination which disempowers and is often addictive.

The directness of experiencing now cannot be chatted away by mental abstractions.

And to those who strive to silence me I give thanks, since I often need to be reminded of the paramount importance of inner peace and silence. I keep doing this and doing that all through the day, while the sun shines. Then, much later, when my ‘doings’ are done, I get into my pyjamas and finally surrender to those who would silence and pacify me.

Mom and Dad

About the Nawal

11-Cimi is a subtle psychic connection with my ancient ancestors, who assist and guide me during the transition into a renewed and sanctified way of life – the inevitable result of yesterday’s destruction. This anti-climax kind of day also resounds with the 11th uinal in which it takes place, along with 11-Cauac further down the road.

The luck of the sun-sign Cimi is just what I need right now, resolving 1-Cib and reconciling past and present lessons in the school of life.

Under the hood

The 11th day of any given 13-day (trecena) period is where you’ll always find the sun-sign opposite to the one on the first day. In this case the opposite nawal is 11-Cimi, and the theme nawal is 1-Cib.

To be opposite always means to share many common traits and personality focal points, but in many cases it also means to have contradicting views on these points. So to know Cib well means to also know Cimi well. They are two sides of the same coin; two aspects of one archetype.

This is true for all the 10 sun-sign couples that are 10 signs apart from each other: Imix-Chuen, Ik-Eb, Akbal-Ben, etc.

And as an aside, this polarity principle is evident also in western astrology, where to know Torus means to know Scorpio, Gemini – Sagittarius, Cancer – Capricorn, etc.

1-Oc trecena daily digest: begins 6 November 2015

The dross is dry

A spark must be well placed so as to bring forth a living fire. As a delicate, young flame it first feeds on the fuel most dry and combustible. After developing further and building up heat, the fire can now diversify its appetite to anything close enough to it. If not contained and controlled, this is where fire becomes very dangerous.

When violence hits the streets, it is a manifestation of strategically-placed sparks, shielded enough from the winds as to start the chaos that is uncontrollable fire. This is the situation most favorable for centers of power and control. Order, whether new or old, must come out of chaos. Chaos comes out of constant polarization, bigotry and division between and within people.

But even if sparks are placed in the best strategic locations, the dross must still be sufficiently dry and innate in order to bring forth the fire out of the spark. In human affairs, dry dross means individuals and mobs ready to commit acts of violence and deception against some unlucky scapegoat. It also means that survival and personal gain take precedence to more worthy human concern and endeavors.

It means that an ongoing process of social bankruptcy is climaxing.

An out-of-control fire being born of a violent spark used to be something to worry about. But with the mass awakening taking place lately, the dross is probably very wet now. A small fire might spring up here and there, but it’s not going anywhere. It runs into moral-based communities and heart-centered people. It runs out of fuel and is snuffed out coming up against well informed individuals and carefully organized task-groups.

*******

I walk in the woods, up a hill, picking up dry sticks to start a camp fire. I circle the site where I left my bags until my hands are full of wood. I return to a circle of small stones and drop my load inside it.

The wood is divided into starters and main fuel. I take the starters and arrange them like my father once showed me.

I make a small fire and guard it from the weather. The fire remains alive because the sticks are bone-dry. To care for and contain the living fire I add fuel when needed, clean around it, and split the longer branches. In turn, the fire takes care of me by just being there to keep me warm and hypnotize me to sleep.

It’s a mutual care-taking bond that shapes communities and civilizations alike.

Know and Protect your Territory, and mark its boundaries clearly

1-Oc [6 November 2015]

One Love

Born on this day: Eric Idle, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sammy Sosa, Frances McDormand, Gabrielle, Sharon Stone, MCA (Beastie Boys), Bill Maher, Andy Rooney, John Major

One Love

“This is the moment I dreaded. I wish I could do this forever.” – Andy Rooney (1-Oc) on Oct. 2, 2011 (13-Ix). He died early the next month.

 

Once there was a bloodhound who decided to have a second career. After doing routines and watching over his own territory he decided to dedicate his keen senses and mind to the service of the common good.

At first he thought about a solid move to Law and maybe Justice a bit later. He remembered his days as a lonely hobo, spending cold nights with the underprivileged. He could help them out of trouble and give young cubs a fighting chance. There’s bravery in that.

But then he thought about corruption, and how it can undermine and get to even the bravest alpha males. Maybe corruption is especially appealing to that kind of dog. After all, they are the ones who tend to settle down for comfort way too early, and then come the treats and candy. Before they know it the new cubs outrun them.

Bottom line – He never got along with law dogs, and he’s sure as bark he doesn’t want to become that kind of dawg.

So he became a spy.

It didn’t happen overnight. At first it was just a pure decision, with no apparent change on the surface. After all, getting out of old habits never comes easy to any dog. There’s breakfast, walk, brunch, sunbathing, workout, and all the rest of it. It was rather a gradual transition, involving much soul searching and adaptation of existing skills to new applications.

“So what do I have to work with?” thought the bloodhound.

Loyalty, a territorial fixation, fighting and team spirits, great bravery, a solid aura of security, a natural affinity to the good life with family and friends… you get the picture.

He’s a dog.

2-Chuen [7 November 2015]

Artists and Artisans

Born on this day: Gabriel Byrne, Harrison Ford, Morley Safer

Artists and Artisans

“The Force is within you. Force yourself.” – Harrison Ford (2-Chuen)

On the second day of the spy retraining crash course Bloodhound is confronted  by a key question. It is key because its answer would determine what kind of spy he’s going to become.

The question put to him by 2-Chuen is: Can you fake it till you make it? Can you convince strangers that you are someone else?

If you can’t then you probably won’t be doing any covert ops overseas. You can still help the intelligence community, but at an administrative, logistic or analytic capacity near home.

But if you can, if you know the Monkey’s (Chuen) Business, the way of actors, performers, teachers, and brilliant salespersons – you’ll probably get a different kind of action behind the lines and beyond the horizon.

There’s no merit nor drawback to any of these options. The only way to know the answer is to know yourself. If you try going for some glory that has little to do with your gifts it might lead to disappointment and deflation. Then you end up doing what you should have picked today, anyway.

So the best way for Bloodhound to continue perusing his new career past day two is to follow his gut and nose. Not think too long and come up with some wiseass answer, shrouded in fantasies and tricks of the mind. He opts to be sincere and faithful to himself, to go with the first thing that naturally comes up.

He picks up a scent on the ground, looks around and sniffs the air.

Then he’s running.

3-Eb [8 November 2015]

Rhythmic Road

Born on this day: William Henry Harrison (9th US president), Neville Chamberlain, Chaim Weizmann, Stevie Wonder, Paula Abdul, Dan Aykroyd, Christopher Walken

Rhythmic Road

“I’m very nervous when I work in a film and very relaxed before a live audience.” – Christopher Walken (3-Eb)

Bloodhound ran and hiked up many roads. He got to know the main roads and their dangers, and then he recognized the side and hidden roads. During the third day Bloodhound did them all.

3-Eb is when he takes his orientation lessons and training. There are roads that are common to all spies, regardless of where their loyalties lie. There are ways that only a handful of canines know about. Then he learns about the situations when even the darkest road must be considered just to survive.

There is no way of knowing how good an unknown road is until I use it and see where it leads. As long as I have faith in my destinations, which road I take is a matter of choice.

4-Ben [9 November 2015]:

Stable Destiny

Born on this day: Bud Powell, Isaac Asimov, Deepak Chopra, O. J. Simpson, Jacque Fresco (Venus project), Rodney Dangerfield, John F. Kennedy Assassination

“If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be of no help.” – John F. Kennedy (4-Men) in the speech that was never given on 22 Nov. 1963 (4-Ben)

Leadership is a peculiar quality which allows me to walk an unknown road as if I know exactly where I’m going and how I’m going to get there. When alone I lead myself. When my pack is following me they tune to one frequency. Then communication becomes crucial.

Without leadership potential remains dormant and unseen beyond a bend in the road.

On the fourth day Bloodhound met his mentor Ben. It was clear right from the get-go that he could not cross any lines with this particular teacher. He submitted to Ben’s directions and restrictions, realizing he can’t go on trying a new way on a daily basis. He also had enough of going solo and was now looking for new and exciting best friends.

Team spirit was never an issue for Bloodhound. He knew that the best times he had were when he was part of a team, sometimes leading and then following. There was nothing they couldn’t do together.

Walking alongside him, the mentor talked about Bloodhound’s future, his destiny.

“Dream on” he said. “Inspire them.”

5-Ix [10 November 2015]

Exact Magic

Born on this day: Carl Johan Calleman, Phil Collins, Steven Tyler, Keith Richards, Matt Thornton (MLB), Rafael van der Vaart

Exact Magic

“Sing with me, if it’s just for today, maybe tomorrow the good lord’ll take you away.”- Steven Tyler (5-Ix), Dream On

The industry which employs spies is known as Intelligence. What it does is first collect information and then try to make sense of it. Bits of data are connected to create a new and more complete understanding, which in turn allows for better decision making and action taking.

At his/her best, a spy always knows something that you do not. This is the edge which makes them spies and the rest, well, just citizens. It’s a kind of ancient magic which is known only to the most skilled and cunning.

Day five began with evasion and concealment drills, taught by an astute cat (Ix the Jaguar). Bloodhound realized the hard way that any dog can learn plenty from a cat.

Alan Watts (1-Imix) once said he had met many Zen masters during his life, “all of them cats.” The indirect approach, the sudden leap into a fury of action, the stealthy moves that escape detection – all these were new to Bloodhound. Just last week he was still deep in his comfort zone, with no secrets and no scars. Now nothing came easy.

6-Men [11 November 2015]

Flowing Vision

Born on this day: Winston Churchill, David Koresh, Gary Lewis (film actor), Daniel Craig

Flowing Vision

“I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and Theory to the firm ground of Result and Fact.” – Winston Churchill (6-Men)

Although he never climbed any trees, Bloodhound learned a lot from the cat. On day six he began to see the big picture, having realized a new and elevated perspective. It was a new equilibrium between effort and observation, focus and periphery.

He regained his love for duels and sports. Being a spy is a constant match between opposing teams, a battle of wits and nerves. The sun-sign Men (eagle) is known for its affinity to challenges and high-stake winning. It is physical abundance achieved effortlessly by good vision. On Men days the Maya give thanks to money and success in the most positive and guilt-free way possible.

Bloodhound strived to live the high-life of a spy because it’s a generously rewarded job. The risks are high, but the pay is higher. Only true, all-heart players like him could pull it off.

7-Cib [12 November 2015]

Sacred Purpose

Born on this day: Hilary Swank, Ted Nugent

7-Cib: Wisdom and Sacredness reflect upon themselves in the Trecena of Love

8-Caban [13 November 2015]

Balanced Earth

Born on this day: Jimmy Carter (39th US president), Elvis Costello, Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, Priscilla Presley, Sam Kinison

Balanced Earth

“We are a purely idealistic Nation, but let no one confuse our idealism with weakness.” – Jimmy Carter (8-Caban), inauguration address

B turned out to have a special talent to slip through borders as if they weren’t there. Without really trying he seldom drew any attention to his presence, unless he chose to do so. Wherever he traveled on his new job, he looked and acted just like the local folk. He became sensitive to the canine nature that is common to all breeds.

The earth (one of Caban’s meanings) breeds people and dogs of all kinds. It has a frequency and resonance that borders cannot contain. When tuned into it, whales are able to navigate great distances from spawning seas to hunting seas. Herons can do the same over the oceans, and so can elephants on land.

It is the resonance which allows for synchronicity and coincidences around your neighborhood and on the other side of the earth. When strangers reverse ill fortune and help comes from nowhere, when least expected.

Make yourself at home.

9-Edznab [14 November 2015]

Macro Reflected

Born on this day: J. R. R. Tolkien, Paul Wolfowitz, Benjamin Harrison (23rd US president), Sophia Loren, John Malkovich

Macro Reflected

“We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.” – Benjamin Harrison (9-Edznab)

“All that is gold does not glitter,
not all those who wander are lost;
the old that is strong does not wither,
deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
a light from the shadows shall spring;
renewed shall be blade that was broken,
the crownless again shall be king.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien, from The Lord 
of the Rings

10-Cauac [15 November 2015]

Responsible Havoc

Born on this day: Harry Shearer, Leonard Cohen, Al Gore, Nicole Kidman, Peter O’Toole, Jon Voight, James Stewart, Jason Lee, Tennessee Williams

Responsible Havoc
“You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money! Well, it doesn’t, Mr. Potter!” – Jimmy Stewart (10-Cauac) as George Bailey in “It’s a wonderful life” (1946)

11-Ahau [16 November 2015]

Anti-Climatic Enlightenment

Born on this day: Mary J. Blige, Eve (singer), T-Boz (Tionne Watkins), Art Blakey, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sathya Sai Baba, Holly Hunter, Jim Breuer, Mike Wallace,  Oh yeah, one more – Albert Einstein

Anti-Climatic Enlightenment

“The cult of individual personalities is always, in my view, unjustified… This has been my fate, and the contrast between the popular estimate of my powers and achievements and the reality is simply grotesque.” – Albert Einstein (11-Ahau)

12-Imix [17 November 2015]

Deep Swamp

Born on this day: Art Garfunkel, Gary Oldman, Bernie Taupin, Leonid Brezhnev, Andy Pettite, Tony Gwynn

Deep Swamp

“God will not forgive us if we fail.” – Leonid Brezhnev (12-Imix)

13-Ik [18 November 2015]

Ascending Spirit

Born on this day: Bono, Joe Pass, Martina Navratilova, Bill Paxton, Ben Bernanke, Alfonso Soriano, Stephen Lang, Stephen Rea

Ascending Spirit

“Regarding the Great Depression. You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry.” – Ben Shalom Bernanke (13-Ik)