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1-Chicchan trecena daily digest: begins 21 October 2017

THE SERPENT ABIDES

The trecena which begins today is known as an opportune time for secrets to be revealed. The serpent (Chicchan) is a symbol of justice and truth, reckoning and retribution.

When tuned into the militaristic frequency (which exists in abundance where I live) it’s easy to see how war is inevitable. The US and NATO are mixing the pot in East Europe and Turkey. Russia is making equally threatening gestures. North Korea and Iran on the verge of Atomic age. It’s all out there for those wise enough to see and perceive.

This frequency always carries a fear-based overtone, which plays in the background of everything else. Through the prism of fear current events are filtered, and a particular story line appears, leading from a dangerous present to an even more dangerous future.

There is a thirst for knowledge, a desire to be in the know when events begin to unfold. To have a one-up on everyone else. To be the one who tells them ‘I told you. You should have prepared like I did. Now you’ll listen to me.’ It is fear of rejection and a thirst for acceptance. On extreme cases, it comes to a desire for power over others, abuses of bonds.

There is a readiness to sacrifice all for the people and things one holds near and dear. The military person is known to be willing to sacrifice life and limb for the values which one cherishes. It is grasping and fear of losing one’s false identify, to reveal the anger and fear buried under it.

When tuned into the militaristic frequency (which was the one I myself tuned into for the better part of 10 years) secrecy is part of the game. You accept secrets because of the fear of showing weakness. In today’s reality, secrets cannot be kept anymore. Especially not for covering up insecurities.

In this frequency, it’s easy not to notice how brainwashed and enslaved you really are. A willing lost babe in the woods.

Never to know what it means to take on responsibility; to keep order in all relations.

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Whatever unknown lies ahead this Fall, it is prudent to be reminded of the unshaken wisdom typical to life on planet earth.

Giving is the inevitable thing to do here.

This trait is also typical of the serpent symbol.

1-Chicchan – The way Eternity manifests in the Temporal

1-Chicchan: Kukulkan’s Kundalini

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

Kukulkan's Kundalini

“Tonight could I be lost forever? To drown my soul in sensory pleasure.” – Natalie Imbruglia (1-Chicchan) Beauty on the Fire

On February 29, 1996 (13-Ahau) Sergeant Rick Schiff of the SFPD appeared in front of a congressional subcommittee hearing. His appearance was in support of the defense in a medical supreme court case: the FDA was prosecuting a certified MD who was independently brewing his own drugs, developing his own unique treatments for cancer, and administering these to his patients.

These medical practices are actually legal by law. However, the MD in question, Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski (1-Chicchan), crossed the big-pharma line by becoming too successful in his practice and career.

Too many people were becoming healthy and leaving cancer behind them for good after hiring his services. These lucky survivors were the ones who understood that the service provided by government healthcare is far from the best their taxpayer money can get. They had to completely abolish the notion that anyone on a regular hospital staff can do them any good, regardless of their commitment and know-how.

This goes back to the discussion in the preface. Medical establishments like the FDA, which promote and maintain the crystallized technology of popular cancer treatment (chemo, radiation, invasion – aggression) know exactly where the medical technology really is today. The FDA is, after all, the office where all the medical inventors in the world line up to receive permits, to then sell their inventions to the enormous US market.

If the FDA doesn’t prosecute upstarts like Dr. Burzynski, many of its regular “inventors” and customers are going to be either retraining or switching to the unemployment line. Good fellas like Pfizer, GE, Siemens, and Teva.

In other words, this is the medical equivalent to planned obsolescence. It is the intellectual and technological gap that ensures the misery of many thousands, and the impunity and benefit of a few dozen.

It’s also the mentality behind scribbles made by MD’s on small unmarked papers, legible exclusively to pharmacists and drug dealers.

Here’s the link to the complete documentary about Burzynski’s story.

Symbology

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, Corey Feldman, Anthony Quinn, Prescott Bush, Britain declares war on Germany (WWI)

“A man’s a savage beast when he’s young…he eats sheep…and hens and pigs, but if he doesn’t eat men his belly’s not satisfied.” – Nikos Kazantzakis (5-Caban), Zorba the Greek ch. 2

Back in 1952, at the age of 69, Nikos Kazantzakis (5-Caban) published “Zorba the Greek” through a London-based publisher. It told the story of a young Greek intellectual and his antics with a happy-go-lucky wise elder named Zorba. During their many trials and tribulations, this colorful aging character offers the young egg-head a realistic view on humanism. The young man is deeply moved by his adventures, and learns a lot about what life really means.

It took Hollywood 12 years to make that famous feature with Quinn (2-Cimi) and Bates (2-Akbal), and the musicals caught up 2 years later. It was one of the classical western vehicles to plug a different, more balanced and humane aspect of the male archetype.

Symbology

“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 (check out Quinn’s smile for evidence).

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 second step of the trecena journey, 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), Prince Fielder, Michael Parkinson, Miley Cyrus

“Turkish: You take sugar? – Brick Top: No, thank you, Turkish; I’m sweet enough.” – 3-Akbal and 2-Ben in Snatch, by Guy Ritchie (3-Manik)

Madonna (4-Muluc) used to be married to Guy Ritchie (3-Manik), an English film director and screenwriter. He is known for his English gangster movies, made famous worldwide since around 2000. “Snatch” is one of those violent crime capers you can’t help but fall in love with. The English accent, and particularly the Welsh and British-Gypsy accents, seem to add good spice to any comedy; smoothing out the rough edges.

I find it interesting that Guy Ritchie shares his Tzolkin birthday with Dr. Dre – another gangster hero of the main-stream PR machine. Dre was a household name back in the early 90’s. Unlike Ritchie in many ways, he’s a heavy-built west-coast African-American musician, considered to be one of the godfathers of gangsta rap. He did plenty of movies, too, but mainly as an actor (I think).

Despite all these differences, both Ritchie and Dre made it big on the global market by writing about anti-hero gutter male characters, living the everyday life of a criminal. Their respective timings must have been ordained somehow, since their cult is alive and kicking still.

According to Ritchie, the average London gangsta spends his typical day gambling, fornicating, driving fancy cars, closing deals and then later partying.

According to Dre, the same goes down in South Central.

According to Ian Fleming (another Manik, he’s James Bond’s father), the same takes place in the world of Imperial espionage.

But there’s a difference. For starters, Bond never really made me laugh.

Symbology

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.

Trivia: Isn’t it a bit scary to think that no less than 3 American presidents were born 11-Akbal, just like Bullet-tooth Tony. I wonder how they were in closed sessions, after realizing their adversary was holding a replica gun.

4-Lamat: CompasStar

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

“Charlie don’t ever see ’em or hear ’em, man. Concussion’ll suck the air outta your damn lungs.” – Laurence Fishburne (4-Lamat) as Tyrone ‘Clean’ Miller in Apocalypse Now

Recently I saw a series of interviews where Kathie Bechman (a.k.a. Inspiration Gal) was interviewing Kenneth Johnson about his new book and his current takes on the Mayan calendar and how it’s all leading up to 4-Ahau (December 21st).

In the 9th and final segment of the interview they discussed 4-Ahau with regards to closures and cycle endings. Specifically, Kenneth discussed the 4th day of the trecena as a day for endings and conclusions. Four days in a perfect year (solstices and equinoxes) mark the seasonal transitions; four instances in the perfect 24-hour day (dawn, mid-day, dusk, and midnight) do the same for the day; four directions (at least) do the same for the spatial third dimension.

Under the hood

So what’s the big thing with endings on the 4th day of the trecena? What is it that ends when there are still 9 days to go?

Whatever sun-sign you begin counting from, the 4th sign would be the last one before counting again from the direction you started from. For example, in this trecena I begin with 1-Chicchan facing East, turn 90 degrees to the left: 2-Cimi facing North, then 3-Manik facing West, and then 4-Lamat facing South. My next transition brings me back to face East again on 5-Muluc.

The fist four days of the trecena contain the essence of everything the trecena “needs” to manifest, resolve and conclude successfully. As an analogy, in plant growth these four stages represent everything the plant does before it develops its first basic leaf structure. Stage five already begins a new phase of replicating this structure indefinitely.

Another way to describe this ending and new beginning on the 4th stage is to consider what the plant depends upon. Until the 4th stage the plant’s success mainly depends on the sustenance of the soil and the quality of the seed itself. From the 5th stage onward the plant begins to nurture itself also from the wind, rain, and his animal and plant neighbors.

Symbology

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-pointed compass which appears on every map and construction blueprint. 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 to experience abundance 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.

My only friend – the End

Here’s another look at covert operations, as they are carried out during combat behind enemy lines. Back in 1979, Francis Ford Coppolla (5-Edznab) was considered a pioneer in the way he depicted American GI’s in the midst of the Vietnam war in his masterpiece “Apocalypse Now”.

It’s another step towards unraveling and dissolving the not-so-mysterious-after-all male archetype. The relatively naive viewer of the late 70’s watches in shock as Coppolla illustrates how insanity and banality are major hallmarks of warfare. Heroism and camaraderie in war (along with any other kind of war justification) are integral parts of government and media propaganda, transmitted between the lines and behind them. This subversive mindset and message is also evident in other similar Vietnam films that followed, like Platoon (incidentally featuring Sheen junior), Full Metal Jacket, and perhaps Forrest Gump, too.

This Banality of Evil, by the way, is going to resurface later down this post, on the resolving day of this powerful trecena.

Here is a theatrical concerto featuring the 18-year-old Laurence Fishburne (4-Lamat) playing the .50 caliber, and Martin Sheen (8-Ik) on the solo 0.38 Beretta:

This scene, among others in this film, shows how covert-ops personnel think and act when on a mission. The clean-cut coldness that allowed Capt. Willard (note the surname) to dispose of a civilian girl is a reflection of the coldness that directs his superiors in the higher echelons of whatever.

What’s interesting to me in this scene is the layering of the character roles: the grunts carry out routines while the Man calling the shots makes the decisions.

According to Coppolla, Capt. Willard is what Sean Connery really looks like when he’s in the service of the Queen in SE Asia.

5-Muluc: Spinal fluid

Born on this day: David Icke, Bill Clinton, Jarvis Cocker, Bobby McFerrin, Andrés Iniesta, Benjamin Disraeli, Brooks Robinson, Jerry Zucker

“Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honorable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon.” – Benjamin Disraeli (5-Muluc) replying to a taunt by Daniel O’Connell (1-Ahau)

Symbology

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 life’s ability to adapt itself and rise above limitations.

Vocal Jazz

As an adolescent I used to love watching Bobby McFerrin (5-Muluc) over and over again. Particularly this upcoming clip and the show it was on “Spontaneous Inventions”. Along with Chick Corea (9-Men), John McLaughlin (7-Imix) and many other music giants, McFerrin showed me what it means to improvise on stage and channel the moment to a crowd. This is what dancers and actors do, too. Muluc is indeed a powerful sun-sign to be born under if your destiny is the stage (or the corporate board).

So here’s McFerrin doing Joan Armatrading (5-Ik)’s “Opportunity”, unarmed and unplugged:

6-Oc: Attachment vs. Non-Attachment

Born on this day: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Malcolm X assassination, Vladimir Guerrero

“I’m a lover of my own liberty, and so I would do nothing to restrict yours. I simply want to please my own conscience, which is God.” – Gandhiji (6-Oc)

Symbology

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.

History repeats itself

While going over the last time I wrote about 1-Chicchan I found the following under 6-Oc, which still holds true today:

(with regards to the civil war in Syria) “My sincere message to Bashar al-Assad (7-Chuen, tomorrow) is to fast publically, like Lennon and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.”

Regrettably, some things haven’t changed since then… How much longer?

7-Chuen: Just a Ride

Born on this day: Ed Harris, William H. Macy, Christopher Lloyd, Vanessa Paradis, Marcus Miller, Bashar al-Assad, Andy Wachowski, Tony Robbins (New Age), Derek Jacobi, Cecil Fielder, Jayson Werth

“And the book says, ‘We may be through with the past, but the past is not through with us!'” – William H. Macy (7-Chuen) as Quiz Kid Donnie Smith in Magnolia

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.

In other words – “The King is Naked!!”

Baseball dynasty note: Cecil Fielder (7-Chuen) was born 4 Tzolkin days after his son Prince (3-Manik).

8-Eb: Social Networking forever

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

“Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion tamers, and football players. We’re in the boredom-killing business.” – Peter Finch (8-Eb) as Howard Beale in Network (1976)

The above quote really got me thinking back in 2007, when I saw “Zeitgeist Addendum” by Peter Joseph (alias) for the first time. Soon after, I saw “Network” in its entirety. It was only 5 years ago, but – what were you up to in 2007? Doesn’t it feel like another lifetime already?

So here he is talking about enlightenment the Hindu style:

Yeah, TV is a circus act with football players and super-models. That’s what it is now, for sure. It might have been more sincere and educational in the past, and some of it certainly is so still. It might also be just my impression of it as a child, and also in retrospect, but TV does nothing if not entertain and unwind the viewer, who him/herself should be mellow and in receptive mode in order to draw maximum enjoyment from it.

Peter Finch talks about TV being the illusion and the viewers being real and alive. Well, 35 years after we have reality TV, where the real people and celebrities subject themselves to mass voyeurism. That makes them illusion too, so we’re back to square one again.

The way to transcend above the regular perception of popular recreation is to internally know your own way within its mazes at all times. This is basically what 8-Eb teaches me today. Distractions are plentiful, just like anything else in our world today. I either fixate myself on a distraction (loving or hating it) or allow it to skim the top of my awareness.

My decision is another step along my way. Always.

Intermission

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.

9-Ben: Serpent’s Backbone

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

“And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” – US Declaration of Independence, adopted 9-Ben

Many today claim that American independence, although declared in 1776, has not been implemented and manifested entirely in this 3rd dimension yet. They say that London is the financial capital of the world, and that global banking interests are calling the shots from that amazing city and maintain presence behind the scenes everywhere; especially deep within the US federal reserve fiat currency system.

To people like Ron Paul (5-Eb), US independence is incomplete until control of currency issuing is displaced from the fed and handed back to the faithful hands of elected government. Until such time, the US will continue creating gazillions of dollars via the federal reserve computers to finance their stretched-out global military presence. At the same time, more dollars in cyber-circulation means inflation the world over (since the US dollar is still the world’s reserve currency).

In other words – the Yankees are being shut out through the final innings. They are down on their luck, and nobody really loves them anymore.

Well, if reality has anything to do with drama story lines  then NOW is the best time for those who have all the odds against them. It’s a turn of luck, an error by the defense. That’s what Daniel Day-Lewis (11-Men, coming up) talks about in his new role as Abe Lincoln.

This time around the defending champion, Mr. Obama (9-Ben) has had his Tzolkin birthday 2 days prior to election day. His title challenger Mr. Romney (2-Ix) has his birthday on the 1-Ben trecena. It looks like a close call…

Symbology

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”.

10-Ix: Don’t Pounce

Born on this day: Ian Holm, Ethan Hawke, Clark Gable, Moni Moshonov, Rand Paul

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.

11-Men: Disembarking

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

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.” – Hannah Arendt (11-Men) taken from The Life of the Mind (1978)

1-Chicchan is a deep process which contains many powerful insights into basic human experience. 11-Men’s 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.

12-Cib: Karmic purification

Born on this day: Brad Dourif, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bob Moses, Astrud Gilberto, Muhammad Mursi, Maria Bello

Time for some Shiatsu

Deep introspection yields unknown treasures

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.

13-Caban: Ascending Earth

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

Thank you India

“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” – Benjamin Franklin (13-Caban)

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 Reality (1-Edznab), as the Tzolkin ride enters the middle climax of its 260-day procession.

6-Men: Flowing Vision (28 July 2016)

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

Flowing Vision

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill (6-Men)

I’ll begin with a tangent, just to get it out-of-the-way, and hopefully stay focused later.

Although my first name is Eagle, I wasn’t born on the Mayan day Men (Tzikin). My sun-sign is Lamat, and I realized pretty early that Lamats and Mens get along well. More on that some other time.

Fiddler on the roof (12-Eb)

The sun-sign Men embodies physical abundance achieved effortlessly by acute vision, cooperation, good teammates, and a profound passion just for being alive and awake. On Men days the Maya give thanks to money and success in the most positive and guilt-free way possible.

For my own part, growing up in a western country, money has mostly been a negative element, almost always attached to some sort of guilt. In our childhood home, the ‘M’ word came to signify prosperity, education, culture, and a curious sense of self-betterment. Not to value money correctly, to waste it carelessly, not to appreciate the sacrifices it entails, or to aspire to live on social security and welfare – all came to mean “wrong, try again” for us.

As children to immigrants, we were expected to go to school every day and later get a good job to go to every day; a permanent job to last a healthy, 4-decade career. Our parents and family all wanted a better tomorrow for us, and the job recipe was the bona-fide, over-the-counter formulae to achieve it.

Needless to write (but I’ll go ahead anyway) today work doesn’t quite mean what it used to back in the 80’s. It really is awesome to stop and consider how much of the career world has been automated and outsourced out of existence in the last 30 years or so. It is a profound, forced (and probably organic) reform that has manifested much faster than any of the existing, traditional organizations have been able to react or adapt to.

It begs many questions regarding how prosperity should be fairly distributed between an ever-growing mass of unemployed people, made redundant by the very science and technology they themselves have realized as ‘human resource’.

Judgment + guilt free diet

Over the years, I was quite sorry to realize what hasn’t yet changed nearly as much.

The ‘g’-word.

As a teenager, for me to follow my father’s advice and get an engineering degree at the age of 25 meant my life as I know and love it is about to end. I saw his immigrant, foreign common sense in direct contrast to what I picked up as a native in a familiar land. I despised money as much as my parents revered it. So I  had to come to terms with their sacrifices, and with the degree to which I chose not to follow their advice and offered opportunities.

I guess the Mesoamericans are not quite like that when it comes to guilt and gilt.

Bulldog, Woodstock branch

Here is Winston Churchill (6-Men) giving one of his famous speeches on November 20th 1942 (2-Imix), following the Allied victory in Egypt.

“It is perhaps the end of the beginning” (on 2-Imix)

Isn’t it funny?

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)