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8-Manik: Forever Cured (24 August 2017)

Born 8-Manik: Dana International, Anthony Kiedis, Pras (Fugees), Wayne Shorter, Jack Lemmon, James Coburn, Olivia Wilde, David Cross

Forever Cured

“Greedy little people in a sea of Distress; Give your More to receive your Less.” – Anthony Kiedis (8-Manik)

8-Manik is considered a powerful day/nawal. A day upon which specialist day-keepers/shamans were initiated (per Ken Johnson). My nawal being 8-Qanil, I pay special attention to all other 8-days. My assumption is that 8-days are the best for me (being an 8) to experience each sun-sign.

Here’s where Manik, a nawal I associate with sacredness, pilgrimage and initiation in general, meets me tonight:

To feel one with this world is not easy, to say the very least.

For years I’ve been reading and listening to Alan Watts (1-Imix). And he, in his genius and funny way, explains how the feeling of alienation towards the universe, into which you and I were born, is taken for granted to such an extent – it made ‘alienation’ transparent to us.

You and I grew up in, and we are living a movie called “In the beginning…” In this particular movie the universe is created, and like the universe, we are blessed creations. And the Creator commanded man – the essence of creation – to rule over and govern the rest of creation (including women, regretfully).

Like any other ruler, we alienate and feel superior to what we rule over (including people, regretfully).

And like any other ruler, we are scared of what we rule over.

As an aside, if Atheism is the movie you’re in, the discussion is void. Alienation towards the universe IS atheism. (Which doesn’t mean it’s not a swell movie to watch.)

However, the world is larger than the West, and there’s at least a couple more, completely different movies playing in other Theaters. The kind of movies which consider alienation more seriously.

For the better part of 5000 years, the Indians (some 1.3 billion strong) have been living a movie called “The universe is a stage, and we’re all on it.”

Bill Shakespeare (baptized 1-Eb)

Sounds good! Ask any 20-30-year-old trekking up to Manali. You mean I’m an actor too? Much less alienation.

Around the same history timeline, but probably less so today, the Chinese’s (1.4 billion) movie title has been “The universe is natural, of itself – so”

– Now on VOD.

Here, human identity with nature is total, so alienation is the wrong way to go to begin with. It’s transparent, but the other way around. Alienation isn’t tolerated, so you don’t get to see it.

To feel one with this world means it’s OK that mosquitos are biting me now.

Reflections on the Mayan cross, part I

Barbara Sadtler (born 11-Edznab) was the talented scholar and practician who introduced me to the Mayan Cross reading method. At the spring of 2013, Barbara launched a series of 20 “community calls“, guided by her, with contributions from people who called in, and guests.

Like Ken Johnson, Carlos Barrios, Shuni Giron, and many others.

After due ceremony, each such conference would discuss the current trecena’s nawal, as well as aspects of that nawal counting backwards and forwards, seven and nine.

How is it counted and arranged?

Today is 7-Edznab, so to construct this nawal’s mayan cross I’ll make the following counts and arrangements:

  • The heart nawal (center) is the day itself, 7-Edznab
  • To arrive at the conception sign (above), count 9 nawals backwards (12-Oc)
  • The destiny sign (below): count 9 nawals ahead (2-Cimi)
  • The masculine sign (west): count 7 nawals back (1-Eb)
  • The feminine sign (east): count 7 nawals forward (13-Kan)
7-Edznab Mayan cross

7-Edznab Mayan cross

Rather than referring to the masculine as west and feminine east, the best way to visualize the cross is to “stand” on the heart nawal, facing the destiny sign, with the conception sign at your back.

From this point of view, your right (masculine) arm is placed on the left side of the diagram, and the feminine on the right. So it’s a left/right reversed mirror pattern.


This segment will focus on the cross’s main column: Conception, Heart, and Destiny.


Conception sign 12-Oc (19 January 2017)

Love & Understanding

“Most governments lie to each other. That’s the way business gets done.” – Robert Gates (12-Oc) to CNN on 12-Muluc

12-Oc (Tzi) is the conception sign of today’s nawal: 7-Edznab (Tijax). Conception here means a personal history, ancestry, and some say karmic luggage as well.

In another perspective, a person born 7-Edznab (Bruce Lee is a good example) spends the first 26 years of his/her life under the guidance and tutelage of 12-Oc. This is the nawal which characterizes Bruce’s own formative years, his own personal history and early beginnings. 12-Oc is also the message he receives from his ancestors, and the keys to understanding the cross he’ll need to bear in order to resolve karmic residue.

Note: there are no clear cut-off days marking graduation in this system.

The heart sign 7-Edznab (27 January 2017)


“Truth has no path. Truth is living and, therefore, changing.” – Bruce Lee (7-Edznab)

The heart nawal remains, from birth to death, ever present in the life of someone born 7-Edznab. It however manifests most prominently during the 3rd and 4th rounds of 13-years (ages 26 to 52).

So in 1966, when Bruce began his 3rd 13-year round 7-Edznab become his dominant nawal. This year saw his career in its early TV phase, as Kato in The Green Hornet and Batman.

This is what was over the horizon all through his formative years. It was the attractor which drew him from potential as a young man to potency as an undisputed master.

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.

Destiny sign 2-Cimi (4 February 2017)

"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

“Death is nothing — just pff! and the candle is snuffed out. But old age is a disgrace.” – Anthony Quinn (2-Cimi), as Zorba the Greek

When 7-Edznab’s lessons become integrated to a degree which merits advancement, 2-Cimi begins its influence. In life, this corresponds to the 5th and later rounds of 13-years observed by the ancient Maya. So after spending 4 “seasons” of 13-years each, the 52-year old elder joins the community inner circle of venerated grandparents and master-teachers.

The importance of individual maturity is stressed as a crucial factor, for contributing generously and wisely to the elder circle and its surrounding community. Today I feel Immaturity is all-pervasive and taken for granted everywhere. The easiest thing is to settle into a comfortable position with ‘daddy’ (any authority figure), and none of your checks will ever bounce. Daddy’s got your back. Just go out there with the ball and have a ball.

Comfort is how ‘they’ sell it to you.

Due for tomorrow: extend your definition of ‘responsibility’ way beyond what dad said.


“To be or not to be?”, or, to put it in the parlance of our times: “To Be or to
Become?” On this 2-Cimi nawal 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”.

Bruce Lee didn’t live to experience life as a 2-Cimi elder, having succumbed to an acute allergic reaction and brain swelling at the age of 32.

Wouldn’t you know?

Bruce Lee’s eldest son Brandon was actually born 12-Oc (his dad’s conception nawal). Tragically, he too was lost to all of us at a tender age (28), having succumbed to an accidental, Hollywood-style lead salad.

This coming February 1st, Brandon would have turned 52. The first age of elder-ship. This is when his destiny sign (7-Edznab) would have been in full swing…

Further studies

Refer to Ken Johnson’s books and articles for extensive and in-depth descriptions of the Mayan cross.

7-Eb: Purposeful Paths (16 April 2016)

Born on this day: Victoria Beckham, Hu Jintao

Purposeful paths

7-Eb is the path from Death back to Reality

Stage 7 is all about purpose. The purpose of the 1-Cimi process (Death, change) is to find a new path, which is 7-Eb. However, in this process it is obvious that finding a new way happens halfway through the journey, and there’s much more to come down the road.

I’ll take the 13-day trecena period as the framework of a process. Let’s say I get fired from my job on 13-Chicchan (the day before 1-Cimi). That’s it. That job is DEAD. I’ll never do what I used to do, and never be who I used to be.

Naturally, it takes me time to realize what I lost, and go over the things I could have done differently to keep my job. I must first shed my old habits (skin), and get used to a new routine. As time goes by, I reach 7-Eb, when I begin to see the outlines of what lies ahead, and gain a better perspective of what I left behind.

Because the past tends to haunt me like a wolf, I’ll be busy sulking for quite some time. This must come to pass and play out before I can fully realize why I couldn’t possibly stay in that dead-end job, and why getting fired was the best thing that could ever happen to me.

When considering the above example, please note that the Tzolkin is out-of-time. In other words, any realization and understanding regarding the death process of being fired can take any measure of Time. In the Timeless Tzolkin round, the 1-Cimi paradigm of change lasts 13 days minimum. It usually takes much more, and I might find myself spending years of regret and perceived failure, out of work, out of meaning, and out of divine purpose.

This is due to the Error in Time.

An authentic taste of living Tzolkin culture

Steve Shore (1-Oc) and Mitch Melnyk (3-Kan) lately have been hosting and posting podcasts about living the Tzolkin calendar. Much like me, both Stve and Mitch have been following and ‘living’ the Tzolkin calendar for over 6 years now, and also like me – they weren’t successfull in losing interest in the calendar, or putting it aside as just another new age fad.

I think that Kenneth Johnson’s work and publications went the furthest in spreading the word about a real living Mayan community in Momostenango, which maintains a day-to-day link between the calendar meanings and symbolism and everyday life. This for me is one of the reasons I can find real meaning and purpose in using the calendar and integrating it into my life. It can never again be relegated to a passing thing of fashion.

Click here to listen to their latest podcast: 3-Lamat, where they interview the eminent Ken Johnson.

I’ve also had the pleasure of recording a podcast with them. Here is a link to 11-Caban.