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1-Ben trecena daily digest, begins 30 Aug 2017

1-Ben: Can we fix it?

This trecena’s theme is the mysterious sun-sign known as Ben in Yucatec and Aj in K’iche. Well, “mysterious” should be taken with a caveat. I mostly refer to “mysterious to us left-hemisphere dwellers”. I’m sure the complete sense of “Ben” is crystal clear in Momostenango. Well, maybe not immediately upon touchdown, but after a week or two there.

Ben (or “Reed”) is not as readily accessible to everyone as, say the serpent or eagle or any other animal sun-sign. I can relate to the essence of Ix by thinking of any kind of cat. But how can I relate with a reed or corn-stalk? Flora is alien to (western) human experience when compared to fauna. So I had to get some anchors.

I found three keywords which helped me in putting together a possible meaning. They are: Leadership, Family, and Destiny.

Carlos Barrios adds “authority, the home, do everything as we like… creating possibilities… Aj is our internal alter”, among with many other depictions.

No less than 8 US presidents were born on this trecena. More leaders in many other fields are born on a Ben day,  mostly in trecenas other than 1-Ben.

8 out of 44 means 18.1818…%. There are 20 sun-signs, so there’s an expected mean distribution of 5%. Big difference between 5 and 18+ per cent.

If I add the leaders that were born on a Ben day I get 2 more US presidents, a French PM, a Syrian one, 2 Israeli PMs, a Queen mother, the godfather of an elite Banking family, and Julian Assange.

Sounds familiar?

Our concept of time

When does a new child begin life’s journey? Is it at the moment of birth? of conception? Is it after puberty? or a couple of days after his/her parents first met?

When viewing time as a linear progression of units, it becomes terribly important to agree on a suitable answer to the above query. So most people will say that the moment of birth is the beginning, and the government bureau-cats will have a piece of flimsy reality with which to fill out their forms in hospitals, and file them next to the morgue expiry forms.

To counter the linear perception of time, Ken Johnson stresses that according to the Mayan concept of time there’s no exact moment (for example, 00:00) when one day nawal is replaced by the following one. When the sun sets the nawal of the following day already begins to assert its energy, while the nawal that governed the current day wanes.

So like everything else in nature, days and nights have their unique, flowing dance of energies, which intensifies whenever they mix and switch governance (of day and night/winter and summer). Spring, after all, is known as “The Quickening”, and fall is exactly what it means – a slowing down, a time to stop and take stock, gather gravity in preparation for winter – the standstill.

There are no clear cuts in the natural world. Clear cuts can only be found in the human world of words and dotted lines. They are arbitrarily set by my dualistic, calculating mind (one of my favorite tools!)

According to the Mayan concept of time, when the child is born other members of the family are born with him/her. This means that the mother and father (roles) are born with the child, along with sisters, brothers, grandparents, etc. This is most obvious with the first child (there were no parents before it came), but is also true about any other child joining earth.

At the time of birth something also dies. When a couple gets married the bachelors die, and when the pet is adopted the loner dies.

1-Ben: Leadership and the Family

Born on this day: Stephen Baxter, Brian O’Leary, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Davies, Richard E. Byrd, Michael Moore, Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leadership and the Family

1-Ben: The Stone of Destiny

Leadership, since it is the sun-sign that follows The Road (Eb, human sun-sign), in the sense that after the road is mapped a leader must walk in front of the community.

Leadership, also, since the staff or Reed is a sign of authority (much like the Olympian torch, and Roman fasces). It is the tool in the hands of the guide, or the elder. It is the staff of Moses, which can turn into a serpent (13-Chicchan) when the need arises.

A good leader instructs and bridges differences by giving the kind of advice that can run goosebumps up and down my spine. Regretfully, nowadays I seldom experience this when confronted with those who call themselves our leaders. It’s mostly PR and appearances, distractions and guilt-flinging.

This doesn’t mean I’m not blessed with good leaders in my inner circle. Listening to my mother can sometimes cause me goosebumps. Although she wasn’t born on a Ben day or trecena, and doesn’t have Ben in her Mayan cross – her seniority has bestowed upon her the energy of Ben.

(She was born 9-Eb, BTW, the day before 10-Ben)

2-Ix: Lunar Shaman

Born on this day: Shakira, Cliff Richard, Mike Rutherford (Genesis), Harvey Keitel, Carlos Slim, Richard Nixon (37th US President), Mitt Romney

Lunar Shaman

“The spiraling pace of change allows us to contemplate, within our own lifetime, advances that once would have taken centuries.” – Richard Nixon (2-Ix) on his first inaugural address 1969

The way I see it, the number 2 is associated with the moon and the lunar cycles. First of all, the moon comes second to the Sun. Secondly, it receives its light from the Sun, so it’s a reflective device (like your computer screen).

Thirdly… well, maybe anything beyond 2 is already something other than lunar.

Manly P. Hall (3-Cauac, 1-Caban trecena) once said in one of his lectures: “Pressure can cause an individual to say ‘the end justify the means.’ The moment he has done so – the madness of the moon is upon him.” In other words, he’s a lunatic.

So the moon is reflective, and it wields dominion over the jaguar’s time of prowl. It is little surprise, then, that one of the richest men alive (Carlos Slim) was born 2-Ix, and so did “Tricky” Dick Nixon.

2-Ix comes right after the seed of leadership and dreams which is 1-Ben. It can be thought of as a very shrewd and respectful feline; prone to flattery and high-life, perhaps.

3-Men: Omni-Vision

Born on this day: Matt Stone, Michael Stipe, Peter Lorre

Omni-Vision

“You’ve got it all, you’ve got it sized. Like a Friday fashion show teenager cruising in the corner, trying to look like you don’t try…” – Michael Stipe (3-Men) from Imitation of Life

The second keyword is “Family”, and here I’ll make a small aside for some background (Under the hood).

The sun-sign Ben is one quarter of a burner quadruplet which also includes Edznab, Akbal, and Lamat. Each quadruplet has a theme which binds its four members together. The quadruplet in question has to do with Dreams, Reality, and whatever’s in-between. Why? well, there’s the Night (Akbal) and the Star (Lamat), the mirror (Edznab) and driving it all – destiny’s conduit a.k.a. Jacob’s Ladder (Ben).

The family is where I find myself when the Night falls and the Stars come out. Under the same roof, the family takes the Night’s journey of dreams, where the Reed and the Mirror are predominant. I have dinner with my wife and talk about what came to pass and what’s looming ahead. We discuss our dreams and our daily reality. We take part in working out the minute aspects of each other’s destiny.

To clarify, “Family” is anything YOU decide it is, with or without blood, and regardless of gender or any other denomination. Oddly enough, Ken Johnson says Ben’s “Family” orientation also means household pets and animals.

Family means something very, very specific in human experience. This is where 3-Men comes in. The true engine (Activating 3) behind leadership is vision without boundaries. It is the vision and undying drive which is worth sweating out all the small details of daily life.

4-Cib: Four Mothers

Born on this day: Kenny Kirkland, Lisa Lopez, Brian Austin Green, Hal Holbrook, Ali Akbar Khan

Temple of the NEW and S

4-Cib is the community center/shrine which completes the familial cycle

The infrastructure below the current 1-Ben process is finalized today. Beginning tomorrow constructive focus begins to shape reality, based on these roots. It is of little wonder the number 4 embodies completeness and definition.

The question arising today is: What do I define as being sacred to me?

To further define the question, keep the word “Family” in mind while pondering. The family was always considered sacred in all communities. It is my home and its sanctity. It is the wisdom I bestow to my dependents and offspring.

4-Aj’ maj today resonates with 1-Aj on a sound level. It shares the same prefix “Aj” which Barbara related to “Sri” in the Vedic context.

In Hebrew, “Aj”/”Ach” means brother. You know, like Freemasons and G.I.s call each other…

Gone-too-soon brother

Kenny Kirkland (4-Cib) was a talented and successful jazz pianist who passed away 16 years ago at the premature age of 43. In the next clip he plays one of the best piano solos I’ve heard (begins 04:28).

5-Caban: Global Center of Gravity

Born on this day: Byron Katie, Fernando Torres, Robert Smith (The Cure), Demi Moore, Michael J. Fox, Nikos Kazantzakis, Michael Collins

Global Center of Gravity

“Jimi Hendrix changed my life. Each generation influences the following one and as a consequence brings it back to the past.” – Robert Smith (5-Caban) venerating Hendrix (9-Lamat, previous trecena)

The day after wisdom is firmly defined (4-Cib) it’s time to blaze new tracks using the global mind/heartbeat Caban.

5-Caban’s slogan might be:

“You live, you learn” – Alanis Morrisette (13-Caban)

As long as I’m breathing, eating, sleeping, communicating, expressing myself – I’m learning.

And where is the place I go to “do everything as [I] like”, as Carlos Barrios puts it? I go back to Mother earth. I go back home to get my heart synchronized with whoever I hug there. I can be myself and put some focus on the destiny I share with those under my roof.

We all learn from each other all the time.

If I have to go global and specify where can that homey place be on Google Maps, I’ll say this place is wherever I travel with my family on the home planet. This can be many places, even the ones I travel to alone to meditate and remember my family.

This is why I’m into house-swapping.

6-Edznab: Tradition is Real

Born on this day: Kimberley Ann Deal (Pixies), Zachary Taylor (12th US President), James A. Garfield (20th, same) , Benicio del Toro, Lisa Kudrow, Nicolas Godin (Air), Jim Abrahams

“The chief duty of government is to keep the peace and stand out of the sunshine of the people.” – James A. Garfield (6-Edznab)

Yesterday was 5-Caban, and since Caban relates to a global heartbeat and to the planet itself, it’s a good time to focus on the universal.

Whatever I find sacred in my personal life has a global counterpart – some kind of “value” which is observed in any and all communities and families around the globe.

When pondering my own personal values I realized I cannot use “family” as a word for value, but rather rephrase to a value within what I call family. Something like giving respect to elders and leaders, giving due attention to children, or thinking about stocking the fridge and pantry (maintenance of abundance in the home).

Edznab [Tijax] is a mirror or reality and truth. I look at a polished mirror and nothing remains concealed. Today’s energy can reveal those places where reality contradicts attitudes and perceptions.

For example, I can go along with my day thinking I look dreadful just because I feel so. When I go to the bathroom I know for sure whether I’m right/wrong about this perception. Looking in the mirror has that quality of changing (and even destroying) whatever misconception came before it.

When coupled with the number 6, Edznab becomes a reliable reflector. It demands the kind of truth that can be appreciated anywhere.

dead presidents’ Wisdom

We’ll go over two of the names above, and begin with the one who is currently least known. Zachary Taylor came from the Whigs party of the mid-19th century. The Whigs basically supported the supremacy of Congress over the presidency and favored a program of modernization and economic protectionism.

Economic Protectionism, by the way, is called Anti-Globalization
nowadays.

James Garfied, called a Republican in the parlance of the times, was the 20th man in the white house. He got to call the shots for a mere 6 months, right up to the point where he got his two .44 mm shots by a ‘deranged assassin’. That happened on the Tzolkin day 8-Ahau (2 days following his birthday).

James Garfield was the second US president to be assassinated (after
Lincoln).
Zachary Tylor was the second US president to die in office.

7-Cauac: Cloudy Horizon

Born on this day: James Buchanan (15th US president), Jerry Seinfeld, Kurt Cobain, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Robert Altman, Mario Savio

Cloudy Horizon

“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous. Here we are now, entertain us! I feel stupid and contagious. Here we are now, entertain us! A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido.” – Kurt Cobain (7-Cauac)

Cauac (Rainstorm) shares traits with the current trecena theme of Ben. It appears on the North/feminine Mayan cross of Aj/Ben. Cauac is considered to be a homey sign, and people born under this sign tend to appreciate the comforts of home and family. This is the flip-side of the stormy nature of Cauac, who knows how stormy it can be outside the family and home settings.

In addition, Cauac, much like Ix on stage 2 and Kan on stage 12 of this trecena – embodies potential and a gathering of energy before release. It is therefore fitting for Cauac to appear on the 7th stage of this trecena, since it is on this day that Destiny reaches its highest potential and gains purpose, as a cleansing and educating force within HOME.

Another aspect of Cauac is a special gift for teaching and learning. This goes well with the description of 5-Caban and “you live, you learn”.

8-Ahau: Infinite Light

Born on this day: Alan Dershowitz, Warren Beatty, Toni Collette, Vincent van Gogh, Douglas Adams, Norah Jones

Infinite Light

“If the Universe came to an end every time there was some uncertainty about what had happened in it, it would never have got beyond the first picosecond. And many of course don’t.” – Douglas Adams (8-Ahau) from Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987)

Destiny. A word with much gravity and a touch of romanticism. Is there really a destination that I can single out and abbreviate as being my destiny? The thing with destinations is that once you arrive at one of them you get a view good enough to recognize the next one. So how can there be a destiny in the sense of an ultimate destination, some life-long goal that can be actually realized and materialized? And if there is one, in what way do I continue living without destiny beyond its achievment?

There can’t be such a thing as a future destiny, unless I define death itself as a destiny, followed by nothing. Instead of looking to the future in search of it, I think destiny is everything that has already happened, along with whatever’s transpiring now. So in other words destiny is made up of my karmic accumulation of the past, over which I have no control, and the now moment, for which I have total responsibility.

… and 8-Ahau says: “perfection cannot be realized tomorrow, nor remembered as past glory. It abides now and always, beckoning me to discover it.”

9-Imix: Begin from Zoom-Out

Born on this day: Robert Plant, Johann Sebastian Bach, Aretha Franklin, John Noble, Richard O’Brien, Glenn Close, Ron Silver

Begin from Zoom-Out

“With a bit of a mind-flip you’re into the Time slip. And nothing can ever be the same. You’re spaced-out on sensation, like you’re under sedation” – Richard O’Brien (9-Imix) Rocky Horror Show

The 4th uinal begins today with 9-Imix. The 9th stage, when all cycles of action come to completion, gets a primordial jolt back to the basic aspect of nurturing and initiation (Imix).

So far I’ve been outlining the elusive meaning of the sun-sign Ben using the keywords: leadership, family, and destiny. 9-Imix is the day when these concepts coalesce and integrate to complete the cycles of action, a split second before manifestation (stage 10).

Leadership, since Imix is the first day sign of the uinal, and it contains all the raw materials required to journey through 20 days and arrive at Ahau.

However, being the first and the most raw is just a good start, and this is where family comes in. A good parent is a good leader, and vice versa. Another angle shows that a good leader is usually also good at being led, and the same applies for parents being good children.

“But what does ‘good’ mean?” asked a trendy post-modernist at the back.

Whatever’s best in line with my destiny.

Imix is the cosmic female parent, who lies at the very root of family. She nourishes and protects her offspring emphatically. She follows obediently and leads impartially. Her destiny is strong and radiant.

The pelvic thrust

Riff Raff (9-Imix), Magenta (11-Cib), Columbia (5-Men), Brad (10-Lamat), Janet (12-Men), and the occasional narrator (8-Kan) warping time:

10-Ik: Palpable Change

Born on this day: Lou Piniella, Tom Selleck, Richard Dean Anderson, James Hetfield (Metallica), Egberto Gismonti, Boy George, Billie Joe Armstrong, Beth Gibbons, L. Ron Hubbard, George Lucas, Christopher Cousins (Breaking Bad)

Palpable Change

“The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them.” – Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (10-Ik)

What began in the stalk of the Reed manifests today on the breath of the boundless Wind. The ideals and morals that established Leadership and Family during the first stages, the same ones that make the Reed rigid (the proverbial Backbone) all get blown away and diluted today by the complications of language and meaning.

This is what Mr. Hubbard was talking about when he uttered the above quote, at least the way I see it.

The wind bends the flexible Reeds and breaks the rest.

11-Akbal: Commander-in-Chief

Born on this day: Pelé, Danny Kaye, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Jay Kay (Jamiroquai), Kai Eckhardt, Jack London, Henry James, Chester A. Arthur (21st US president), Herbert Hoover (31st US president), Abraham Lincoln (16th US president), Andy Serkis, Oliver Platt, Crispin Glover (George McFly), Kevin Costner, Vinnie Jones

Commander-in-chief

“I am your density.” – George McFly (11-Akbal) to the Future Lorraine McFly (9-Lamat)

To have 3 US presidents born on one day, and to have so many of them on the same trecena (wait, there’s more to come) – is a very curious finding, to say the least.

However, it is merely a finding. Everything else that is currently spiraling around my mind is speculation and theory, extracted through everyday discourse and elusive fashions.

11-Akbal is to creatively step into the unknown. Instead of speculations and maybes and starting from scratch, it stands for consistency and structure that arises from whatever’s already manifested.

12-Kan: Deep Harvest

Born on this day: Pope Benedict XVI (265th Pope), Nomar Garciaparra, Charles Mingus, James Doohan, Pia Zadora, Werner von Siemens, Omar Bradley

“Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.” – Charlie Mingus (12-Kan)

The next-to-last stage 12 is like the next-to-final scene of a good suspense movie. It is when all the pieces fall into place, and all loose ends are somehow tied or otherwise dealt with. It concludes when it’s obvious that the only thing left in the movie is to watch some kind of final goodbye, with a hint regarding what happens next.

The moment of understanding for the Reed, that instant when everything falls into place – is when it produces a Seed. The Seed is tomorrow’s potential. It is the offspring that allows the leader of Destiny to depart, knowing that even if his own destiny hasn’t been completely realized within his Time, the seeds of a new destiny have already been sown.

Kan is a sign of gathering potential that has no time boundaries. Something like indefinite storage. After all, a seed can remain buried in the desert for many years, awaiting the ever-possible flood from the old mountains.

13-Chicchan: Winter’s Terror

Born on this day: Heath Ledger, Sylvester Stallone, Jodie Foster, Mark Wahlberg, George W. Bush (43rd US president), Osama bin Laden

Winter's Terror

“I cannot believe in God when there is no scientific evidence for the existence of a supreme being and creator.” – Jodie Foster (13-Chicchan) As quoted in the Calgary Sun (2007), and sounding a lot like Dr. Eleanor Arroway

The United States declared independence on the Tzolkin date 9-Ben (1-Chicchan trecena). So, today these two related sun-signs (Serpent and Reed) meet again, but in reverse.

To find that Bush and Bin-Laden shared the same Tzolkin birthday really got my attention a few years ago. Bush is the 8th US president to have his birthday on this trecena. I wonder if this record will be beaten. His father, BTW, Bush senior, was born the very next day in the Tzolkin – 1-Cimi. In other words – close, but no cigar.

The sun-sign Ben seems to have a lot in common with the United States. Heck, even Obama was born on 9-Ben!

… and what’s this hang-up I have with presidents and politicians, anyway? Time to get off the authority trip. Time for a change.

So the last day of the Tzolkin Fall is 13-Chicchan, which is a divine flavor of fluidity, with an unreal scent for drama – directly contrasting our point of origin (1-Ben, the unitary steel pipe).

… and Moses remained on mount Nebo, and watched his flock cross the Jordan into the promised land.

1-Caban trecena daily digest: begins 24 October 2015

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-Caban, known as the global heartbeat. It’s when 4-Ahau takes place.

The BIG picture coming into view

A boredom-free history lesson

Here are some interesting facts I found about this trecena: 1-Caban.

World War II broke out on 9-Chicchan, when the Nazis invaded Poland on September 1st 1939. Another notable, although less known world event that took place on 9-Chicchan was the launch of Apollo 13 (11 April 1970 at 13:13).

That was the mission NASA called “A successful failure”. The same mission which Hollywood and Ron Howard (13-Ahau) turned into the movie by the same name.

Another famous NASA antic also took place in this trecena: the first successful Apollo landing on the moon (Apollo 11) took place on 4-Ahau

Likewise, in this very trecena we can also find the beginning of WWII on 9-Chicchan, and VE-Day on 4-Ahau.

Now what’s the connection between WWII and NASA? You might have heard about operation Paperclip, when US intelligence were smuggling German rockets scientists to the states. These scientists were the core staff that began NASA, headed by the first director of the Marshal space center:  Wernher von Braun (9-Ik).

1-Caban: One thought

One thought

“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-Caban), De Daumier-Smith’s Blue Period (1952)

Born on this day: 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

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The question of solidity vs. liquidity is at the heart of the period which began last
Saturday, 24 October 2015 (1-Caban). 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?

Caban as our common heartbeat

From further inquiry into the symbolism tied into this sun-sign, it is evident that Caban 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 Caban 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.

Another interpretation of Caban 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-Caban). 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-Caban)

2-Edznab: A true question

A true question

“Our children will live, Mr. Beale, to see that perfect world in which there’s no war or famine, oppression or brutality – one vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock – all necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused.” – Ned Beatty (2-Edznab) as Arthur Jensen in Network (1976)

Born on this day: Mark Knopfler, Paul Simon, Barry Bonds, Leon Trotsky, Barry Pepper, David Lynch, James Dean, James Gandolfini, Ned Beatty, William Holden

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The second step of the world tour the Maya called 1-Caban is the mirror of reality and truth. It is essential to think true thoughts, so that they eventually materialize as true realities. But true to what?

That is the question, as they say, and I have my own answer. Yours is different, naturally, but it must nevertheless be true to you, when you turn your attention to it. I think true thoughts look just like harmless thoughts, but can be insightful and maybe subversive nonetheless. True thoughts leave me empowered, emancipated, and on the move. These are thoughts that should also be reflective and somewhat humble so to remain within rebuke.

True thoughts lead to true abundance for myself and my community, as displayed in the previous uinal (7-kan, then 7-caban). They are beyond envy and over competition. They lead to lasting solutions and to the eventual replacement of whatever no longer serves thoughts, nor inspires realities.

Symbology

Stage 2 goes well with the sun-sign Edznab (much like 7-Edznab); Edznab is the Mirror of Reality, and 2-Edznab is like looking in the rear-view mirror of the taxi right after leaving home on a world tour.

2-Edznab means that I face Reality the way I face a mirror of truth. It shows me what’s there and what’s only an illusion. Also, using another meaning of the word Edznab, a razor-sharp knife can be used to give life as well as to take it away. Both of these interpretations are consistent with the duality inherent to Edznab, stage 2, stage 7, and other stages as well.

sacrifices of the Heart

There’s a tender kind of sacrifice and camaraderie in the thought that I might give my life for my country, or for my family, or for some truth bigger than myself. That idea used to make much more sense to me back in the 80’s and early 90’s. It’s different now on the inside.

It’s becoming different on the outside, too.

Trivia

Ned Beatty played alongside William Holden (both born 2-Edznab) in the 1976 feature “Network”. Curiously, there isn’t a single scene of them together. Holden plays Howard Beale’s old boss, while Beatty plays the Bilderburg-style overlord and puppet-master.

3-Cauac: Activating storm

Activating storm

“Dissent is a legitimate and essential right in any democracy and modern politicians must accept this fact with tolerance. A sense of proportion – and a sense of humour – is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness.” – Sting (3-Cauac)

Born on this day: Sting, John Lennon’s assassination, Imelda Staunton, William Baldwin, Manly Palmer Hall, Yael Dekelbaum

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After thought goes through a true mirror (2-Edznab) it must now elevate itself from a true thought to a purifying thought. Many thoughts are true, but many also reflect things as they are, rather than as they should be. Things as they are belong to the realm of experience, not thought. So, thoughts can be true but at the same time not covering any new ground – stating the obvious in different words; taking about the weather inside the head.

(Reflecting back on the description of 1-Caban above:) a purifying thought is true AND new/refreshing/inspiring. It has the same essence as joy (liquid), rather than the essence of happiness (solid).

Cauac is closer to the joy of learning than to the happiness of knowing.

It is closer to taking a shower than to regurgitate what I read yesterday just to impress someone.

Symbology

A Rainstorm cannot be contained or controlled. It has total freedom to march wherever Purification is needed. This resonates with the activating and unhindered expression of Stage 3.

A rainstorm IS activating and expresses itself freely and according to its own rhythm. Therefore, stage 3 goes well with the essence of Cauac.

Trust in Ja

Here’s Yael Deckelbaum (3-Cauac, right in pic), leading off the song “YA”, along with her sisters of the coven: Karolina (13-Manik, center) and Dana Adini (3-Ix, left):

Spent most of my life doubting my belief, believing my doubts.
My mind was so complex so it remained un-flexible.
So why not try to simplify?
Believe your beliefs, doubt your doubts

4-Ahau: D-Day? B-Day!

D-Day? B-Day!

“He left a widow and three children. Who will she provide for now?” – Dan Ben-Amoz (4-Ahau), writing his own eulogy, circa 1958

Born on this day: Rabindranath Tagore, Dan Ben-Amoz, Zvika Pick

World events: Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, VE-Day

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Alright, here we are. Again.

Another end-date to wrestle with, or maybe one to hug this time.

4-Ahau is not a day to be considered lightly, it has been the one day when (very-very) long-term cycles begin another lap around the galaxy.

At the same time, 4-Ahau is also a relatively “weak” day, since there are 9 days to go in the 13-day trecena. It is a very stable, albeit rudimentary level of attainment.

Considering a Tzolkin beginning 1-Imix, 4-Ahau is almost 3/4 of the way around.

I’m going to discuss two major events in 20th century history that took place on 4-Ahau.

Extra-vehicular activity

Two significant dates in 20th century history took place on 4-Ahau: the allied victory over Nazi Germany (VE-Day, May 7th) in 1945, and the Apollo 11 landing on the moon (1969). The Tzolkin has gone around approximately 94 times since 1945, and 60 times since 1969. But who’s counting?

Both events have inspired generations of scientists, engineers, politicians, and soldiers. They were finest hours, celebrated around the world. They shaped the destiny of countless souls, who sought to secure an exterior destiny for themselves, adding value and meaning to their respective lives.

What is still called ‘value’ and ‘moral’ today is actually based on outdated guidelines, set emphatically by world events like the two mentioned above. Political and military values still draw substance and legitimacy from that one victory over absolute evil in Berlin. Scientific, technical and industrial values do the same with respects to NASA’s great achievement in the middle of the Sea of Tranquility.

To illustrate the old mindset, here’s a CBS documentary about  the Apollo 11 landing (on 4-Ahau), with coverage by Walter Cronkite (6-MULUC, previous trecena), and presented by Dan Rather (7-Akbal, this trecena)” (part 1):

Sorry for the poor mono soundtrack…

Click here to see part 3, where the landing actually takes place. Cronkite with his rare and famous removal of glasses.

Later, there’s an interview with Armstrong (10-Chuen) and his wife Janet, done many years later. The young Mike Wallace (11-Ahau) and Bob Simon (8-Imix) are there, too. Their careers were fixed forever following that weekend broadcast.

Armstrong died quite recently, and was buried at sea in due ceremony on 16 September 2012 (10-Ik).

Personally, I identify the old mindset in this documentary in the way the astronauts are treated and respected. They are the “selected few”, the “cream of the crop”, and they possess the “right stuff”.

Since July 20th 1969 (4-Ahau) every boy wanted to be an astronaut, or at least a pilot. And every girl wanted to marry an astronaut, or maybe an engineer. Those who would do neither, maybe just wanted a Green Card, since the US has officially become the one country where you can fulfill your dreams.

How does that sound to you today?

SYMBOLOGY

Even more than other Ahau days, 4-Ahau is considered to be a pivotal day in the Tzolkin. 4-Ahau means that various limits to my abilities, resources, and measure of intention focus are illuminated and clearly visible. It means that my expectations from myself and others are grounded (by 1-Caban) and pragmatic.

4-Ahau is a good day to contemplate a possibility that the most sought-after state of mind – enlightenment – is only the 4th stage out of 13. So, the ripe flower Ahau serves as the basis and stabilizing factor (4) of evolution’s unfolding on the global scale (Caban), and is developed further by 9 other rudimentary sun-signs.

Here are some more words of wisdom from Rabindranath Tagore (4-Ahau):

“The human soul is on its journey from the law to love, from discipline to liberation, from the moral plane to the spiritual.”

5-Imix: alpha

alpha

“F**k it, Dude. Let’s go bowl.” – John Goodman (5-Imix) as Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski (1998)

Born on this day: Nik Kershaw, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Enrico Macias, John Goodman, Milla Jovovich, Walt Disney, Werner Heisenberg, Leonard Horowitz

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The current trecena 1-Caban offers a special opportunity to tune into one of Nature’s most important, yet often forgotten lessons. The main message of the lesson is: “The moment of Enlightenment is closely followed by Step 1 on the Next Level.”

Right after a lion cub makes its first kill, even though it might feel elated and superior for 1 day – it has no guarantees whatsoever regarding what will happen in tomorrow’s hunt.

Hence the term “King for a Day”.

Tomorrow the cub might succeed, it might fail and go to sleep hungry, or it might parish in the attempt – same as always. This is the gift of opportunity and evolution that  mother earth has equally bestowed on lions, hawks, grizzlies, daughters of Eve and sons of Adam.

Like all Imox days, 5-Imix begins a new uinal of the Tzolkin, and empowers the Caban process of evolution by reminding me that yesterday’s enlightenment (Ahau) can serve as very strong infra-structure (4) to begin a new process of bringing about global, as well as personal – consciousness (Caban) back to square one (Imix) of my next common phase.

Imix is the most rudimentary sun-sign in the 20-day uinal. It embodies the most raw forms of energy, and it includes ALL. Paradoxically, it is both the most physical and present aspects of creation, while being the element most associated with the dreamworld and the wispy unborn.

It is mother earth’s primordial-swamp-level glory, as depicted by the proverbial sunrise.

The Caban-oriented, heart-centered emphasis is on delicately balancing my focus (5) of consciousness between body/mind/spirit and practically everything else.

All that jazz, down to earth

Here’s Keith Jarrett (5-Imix) playing “When you wish upon a star”, with Gary Peacock (9-Eb) on bass and Jack DeJohnette (3-Edznab) on drums:

6-Ik: Traditional conversation

Traditional conversation

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain! The Great Oz has spoken!” – L. Frank Baum (6-Ik), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published 10-IX, 1900

Born on this day: Maxi Jazz, Sia Furler, Bob Geldof, L. Frank Baum, Dick Cheney, Billy Crystal, Anderson Cooper

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The message of the new day which dawned yesterday must be spread throughout the earth. This is done by the primal power of the wind (Ik). Wind is the power of dissemination which is established in the uinal 2 days before seeds (Kan) come into play – the seeds that are disseminated by the wind.

So the wind comes before the abundance that it is supposed to spread. It might wonder around aimlessly above mountaintops and over the seashore. Then it comes upon a vast, over-ripe sunflower field.

This resonates with what Ian Lungold (12-Ahau) used to say (and I’m paraphrasing): The tools required today were provided yesterday.

Airborne seeds in nature are the same as spoken ideas and comments in a network meeting. I listen, I comment, I joke around and talk around the lunch table. I am sowing seeds, using wind (or, more precisely: spirit).

6-Wind is a very gentle wind that never wishes to rock any boat. It negotiates and responds through the craft of speech. 6-Ik is someone needing someone else for whatever reason.

6-Ik is when the message of enlightenment as a basis for further evolution (4-Ahau) crawls from the swamp and goes global, on the wings of the wind.

Wind in the sails

Here’s Sia Furler (6-Ik) singing “Destiny” with Zero 7:

When I’m weak I draw strength from you
And when you’re lost I know how to change your mood
And when I’m down you breathe life over me
Even though we’re miles apart we are each other’s destiny

7-Akbal: Unknown on purpose

Unknown on purpose

“[My job is] a very high trapeze act, frequently with no net.” – Dan Rather (7-Akbal), The New Yorker, 2005

Born on this day: Joe Jackson (musician), Tom Lehrer, Dan Rather

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The midpoint of the Earth (Caban) trecena is 7-Akbal (Night), and it can be visualized as the Day/Night longitude line (the terminator), constantly dividing the Earth as it spins around its pole axis. There is always half of the Earth in light, while the other half is in night.

In the context of this trecena, 7-Akbal means that the purpose for the universal heartbeat is constructive. Every invisible pulse that reverberates around the globe is built on top of all previous pulses. This pertains to the sun-sign Akbal since it also means “house”, in the sense of a structure that is based on bricks built one on top of the other.

This trait is also evident in people born under the Akbal sun-sign. They are usually busy putting one brick on top of the other, so when you try suggesting something completely new, they sometimes find it hard to incorporate it into their elaborate structure.

In this sense, 7-Akbal is the midpoint of my global (Caban) journey. It is the furthest I can get away from my home before I start coming back. It’s like going on top of the mountain and saying “Hey! I can see my House from here.”

7-Akbal means the sky will begin clearing soon, and around the beginning of 1-Oc the Sun will begin its hours of glory.

There are no frontiers left on heaven or earth, no boundaries to maintain between us, nowhere left to run. Light is bound to dissolve all remaining doubts and second-guessing.

Here’s Dan Rather (7-Akbal) signing off on his last day on the job: 7-Cib (13 days away):

His parting message was “courage”. Courage is in high demand when facing the unknown. It is the message of Akbal.

8-Kan: There’s always potential

There's always potential

“The world becomes an apparently infinite, yet possibly finite, card game. Image combinations, permutations,comprise the world game.” – Jim Morrison (8-Kan), The Lords and the New Creatures: Poems (1969)

Born on this day: Jim Morrison, Pat Metheny, Buckminster Fuller, Harry Reasoner, Bill Cosby, Ashton Kutcher, Martin Lawrence, Jennifer Lopez, Jonathan Adams (RHPS narrator), Daniel Van Buyten

World events: Six day war began, Microsoft incorporated

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On this logical voyage through 1-Caban the sign of basic abundance (Kan) is multiplied to infinity by the 8th stage. To begin the second leg of the trecena trip, a global community – a network of souls – is gathered today by the net known as Kan (a.k.a. Kat).

On a different plane, on 8-Kan the seed balances the Earth (Caban). Seeds that fall to Earth make the first step in finding their destiny as a plant in the making. They form a new harmony with the earth and create a new equilibrium with it. The place where there are no seeds on the ground is known as the wilderness.

A piece of mother Earth laying in wait.

Here’s the Pat Metheny (8-Kan) group playing “Are you going with me?” live:

9-Chicchan: Intensely dramatic

“There’s so much plastic in this culture that vinyl leopard skin is becoming an endangered synthetic.” – Lily Tomlin (9-Chicchan) as Judith Beasley in The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)

Born on this day: Paul Giamatti, Clint Eastwood, Lily Tomlin, Naomie Harris, Jim Corr (The Corrs), Jack Parsons (rocket engineer)

World events: WWII began, Apollo 13 mission launch

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In a sense, 9-Chicchan is like a near-death experience. It’s true that this sun-sign is always immediately followed by Cimi (death), but on 9-Chicchan this nearness is highlighted by the divine and intense 9th stage . Life is what drives the planet towards manifestation. It synthesizes whatever’s already manifested and produces a new drama every day.

On 9-Chicchan I utilize my vital resources to complete all cycles of action.

As mentioned above, World War II broke out on 9-Chicchan, when the Nazis invaded Poland on September 1st 1939. Another notable, although less known world event that took place on 9-Chicchan was the launch of Apollo 13 (11 April 1970 at 13:13).

That was the mission NASA called “A successful failure”. The same mission which Hollywood and Ron Howard (13-Ahau) turned into the movie by the same name.

So we have in one trecena the first successful Apollo landing on the moon (on 4-Ahau) and then one of the most famous mishaps of the same program (today, 9-Chicchan).

Likewise, in this very trecena we can also find the beginning of WWII today, and VE-Day on 4-Ahau.

I’m just saying…

10-Cimi: Again

Change is Now

“For all the things you’re losing you might as well resign yourself to try and make a change” – Adam Duritz (10-Cimi) pondering change in “I wish I was a girl”

Born on this day: Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Navarro

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On 10-Cimi the world is transformed (terra-formed). The change is apparent, and what made it appear is the accumulated result of all the undercurrents of past phases of Caban – the planet’s heart.

10-Cimi is the perfect time for me to complete the cycle of change that I’ve underwent while corresponding with You and move on to something “Same-Same, but Different”, to put it in India’s English.

Three days

Here’s Dave Navarro (10-Cimi) live on stage, doing his famous “Three Days” solo:

True hunting’s over
no herd to follow
Without game men pray on each other
The family weakens by the bites we swallow
True leaders gone
of land and people
We choose no kin but adopted strangers
The family weakens by the lengths we travel
All of us with wings

11-Manik: Resolve and Heal

Resolve and Heal

“Devil, just come on back if you ever wanna try again. I already told you once, you son of a bitch, I’m the best that’s ever been.” – Charlie Daniels (11-Manik), The devil went down to Georgia (1979)

Born on this day: Charlie Daniels, Burt Reynolds, Yasmin Levi, Bob Woodward, John Kerry

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After the manifested change 10-Cimi, 11-Manik provides the tools and skills for perfecting the change; for integrating the newborn consciousness of the young with the older, established consciousness of past cycles of evolution.

11-Manik facilitates the change and smooths over rough edges with careful attention to details, and a firm intention to heal past wounds and forgive. This renders revenge and spite irrelevant. A new page is turned.

In addition, Manik has an inert driving force that propels it constantly onward – what’s next to learn? what new experience has this Earth in store for me?

Beauty and the beast: double feature

This following number never fails to lift my spirits. Whenever the devil comes down to sit on my shoulder I remember I’m the best that’s ever been. Manik does that to me. I forget about fear.

The devil went down to Georgia, played extra fast in Nashville:

And here’s Yasmin Levi (11-Manik) singing “Mano Suave” on Dutch TV:

She soothes me every time.

12-Lamat: Insights, multiplied

“Mujahideen of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades are treating me very well.” – the captive Gilad Shalit (12-LAMAT), in a video released to the public on 11-Kan (September 2009)

Born on this day: Jonathan Groff (Taking Woodstock), James Cameron, Keira Knightley, John de Lancie, Gilad Shalit, Raúl Ibañez, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (Fuad), 

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In order to understand the Earth out of which I came, I require a star’s perspective. From the depths of space the star’s light makes its cosmic way to cross the threshold of my eyelids. I see it among a multitude of stars.

I connect it to other stars in a particular way. I make up stories about that star, and about its neighbors.

However, from the star’s perspective there is a different story. The star has different neighbors than the ones I see. His story is about my Sun. He connects it with suns I might only visit for dinner in my deepest dreams.

13-Muluc: Keep serving

Keep serving

“It is a solemn responsibility to have to order even limited military action by forces whose overall strength is as vast and as awesome as those of the United States of America, but it is my considered conviction, shared throughout your Government, that firmness in the right is indispensable today for peace; that firmness will always be measured. Its mission is peace.” – LBJ (5-Edznab) measuring his firmness by initiating the Vietnam war, August 4, 1964 (13-Muluc)

Born on this day: Beyoncé Knowles, Christina Aguilera, Donnie Dacus, Mike Nichols, Avram Grant (Soccer), Mohammed Dahlan, Josef Mengele

World events: Gulf of Tonkin 1964 incident

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From the apparently slowest flowing Eastern sun-sign (Caban) we arrive today at the most dynamic of them (Muluc), and come full circle on the global tour of the planet.

From the solidity of happiness comes the fluidity of joy.

By a determined intention of sincere service to the other, and by an equally sincere offering of my own skill and talent – the planet constantly ascends to higher and higher levels of evolution.

This communal and reciprocal principle has been gaining a lot of ground in recent times across the world. It is the link to the next lesson in the tzolkin round – a lesson of love and loyalty: 1-Oc.

1-Ben trecena daily digest, begins 12 July 2015

1-Ben: Can we fix it?

This trecena’s theme is the mysterious sun-sign known as Ben in Yucatec and Aj in K’iche. Well, “mysterious” should be taken with a caveat. I mostly refer to “mysterious to us left-hemisphere dwellers”. I’m sure the complete sense of “Ben” is crystal clear in Momostenango. Well, maybe not immediately upon touchdown, but after a week or two there.

Ben (or “Reed”) is not as readily accessible to everyone as, say the serpent or eagle or any other animal sun-sign. I can relate to the essence of Ix by thinking of any kind of cat. But how can I relate with a reed or corn-stalk? Flora is alien to (western) human experience when compared to fauna. So I had to get some anchors.

I found three keywords which helped me in putting together a possible meaning. They are: Leadership, Family, and Destiny.

Carlos Barrios adds “authority, the home, do everything as we like… creating possibilities… Aj is our internal alter”, among with many other depictions.

No less than 8 US presidents were born on this trecena. More leaders in many other fields are born on a Ben day,  mostly in trecenas other than 1-Ben.

8 out of 44 means 18.1818…%. There are 20 sun-signs, so there’s an expected mean distribution of 5%. Big difference between 5 and 18+ per cent.

If I add the leaders that were born on a Ben day I get 2 more US presidents, a French PM, a Syrian one, 2 Israeli PMs, a Queen mother, the godfather of an elite Banking family, and Julian Assange.

Sounds familiar?

Our concept of time

When does a new child begin life’s journey? Is it at the moment of birth? of conception? Is it after puberty? or a couple of days after his/her parents first met?

When viewing time as a linear progression of units, it becomes terribly important to agree on a suitable answer to the above query. So most people will say that the moment of birth is the beginning, and the government bureau-cats will have a piece of flimsy reality with which to fill out their forms in hospitals, and file them next to the morgue expiry forms.

To counter the linear perception of time, Ken Johnson stresses that according to the Mayan concept of time there’s no exact moment (for example, 00:00) when one day nawal is replaced by the following one. When the sun sets the nawal of the following day already begins to assert its energy, while the nawal that governed the current day wanes.

So like everything else in nature, days and nights have their unique, flowing dance of energies, which intensifies whenever they mix and switch governance (of day and night/winter and summer). Spring, after all, is known as “The Quickening”, and fall is exactly what it means – a slowing down, a time to stop and take stock, gather gravity in preparation for winter – the standstill.

There are no clear cuts in the natural world. Clear cuts can only be found in the human world of words and dotted lines. They are arbitrarily set by my dualistic, calculating mind (one of my favorite tools!)

According to the Mayan concept of time, when the child is born other members of the family are born with him/her. This means that the mother and father (roles) are born with the child, along with sisters, brothers, grandparents, etc. This is most obvious with the first child (there were no parents before it came), but is also true about any other child joining earth.

At the time of birth something also dies. When a couple gets married the bachelors die, and when the pet is adopted the loner dies.

1-Ben: Leadership and the Family

Born on this day: Stephen Baxter, Brian O’Leary, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Davies, Richard E. Byrd, Michael Moore, Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leadership and the Family

1-Ben: The Stone of Destiny

Leadership, since it is the sun-sign that follows The Road (Eb, human sun-sign), in the sense that after the road is mapped a leader must walk in front of the community.

Leadership, also, since the staff or Reed is a sign of authority (much like the Olympian torch, and Roman fasces). It is the tool in the hands of the guide, or the elder. It is the staff of Moses, which can turn into a serpent (13-Chicchan) when the need arises.

A good leader instructs and bridges differences by giving the kind of advice that can run goosebumps up and down my spine. Regretfully, nowadays I seldom experience this when confronted with those who call themselves our leaders. It’s mostly PR and appearances, distractions and guilt-flinging.

This doesn’t mean I’m not blessed with good leaders in my inner circle. Listening to my mother can sometimes cause me goosebumps. Although she wasn’t born on a Ben day or trecena, and doesn’t have Ben in her Mayan cross – her seniority has bestowed upon her the energy of Ben.

(She was born 9-Eb, BTW, the day before 10-Ben)

2-Ix: Lunar Shaman

Born on this day: Shakira, Cliff Richard, Mike Rutherford (Genesis), Harvey Keitel, Carlos Slim, Richard Nixon (37th US President), Mitt Romney

Lunar Shaman

“The spiraling pace of change allows us to contemplate, within our own lifetime, advances that once would have taken centuries.” – Richard Nixon (2-Ix) on his first inaugural address 1969

The way I see it, the number 2 is associated with the moon and the lunar cycles. First of all, the moon comes second to the Sun. Secondly, it receives its light from the Sun, so it’s a reflective device (like your computer screen).

Thirdly… well, maybe anything beyond 2 is already something other than lunar.

Manly P. Hall (3-Cauac, 1-Caban trecena) once said in one of his lectures: “Pressure can cause an individual to say ‘the end justify the means.’ The moment he has done so – the madness of the moon is upon him.” In other words, he’s a lunatic.

So the moon is reflective, and it wields dominion over the jaguar’s time of prowl. It is little surprise, then, that one of the richest men alive (Carlos Slim) was born 2-Ix, and so did “Tricky” Dick Nixon.

2-Ix comes right after the seed of leadership and dreams which is 1-Ben. It can be thought of as a very shrewd and respectful feline; prone to flattery and high-life, perhaps.

3-Men: Omni-Vision

Born on this day: Matt Stone, Michael Stipe, Peter Lorre

Omni-Vision

“You’ve got it all, you’ve got it sized. Like a Friday fashion show teenager cruising in the corner, trying to look like you don’t try…” – Michael Stipe (3-Men) from Imitation of Life

The second keyword is “Family”, and here I’ll make a small aside for some background (Under the hood).

The sun-sign Ben is one quarter of a burner quadruplet which also includes Edznab, Akbal, and Lamat. Each quadruplet has a theme which binds its four members together. The quadruplet in question has to do with Dreams, Reality, and whatever’s in-between. Why? well, there’s the Night (Akbal) and the Star (Lamat), the mirror (Edznab) and driving it all – destiny’s conduit a.k.a. Jacob’s Ladder (Ben).

The family is where I find myself when the Night falls and the Stars come out. Under the same roof, the family takes the Night’s journey of dreams, where the Reed and the Mirror are predominant. I have dinner with my wife and talk about what came to pass and what’s looming ahead. We discuss our dreams and our daily reality. We take part in working out the minute aspects of each other’s destiny.

To clarify, “Family” is anything YOU decide it is, with or without blood, and regardless of gender or any other denomination.

Family means something very, very specific in human experience. This is where 3-Men comes in. The true engine (Activating 3) behind leadership is vision without boundaries. It is the vision and undying drive which is worth sweating out all the small details of daily life.

4-Cib: Four Mothers

Born on this day: Kenny Kirkland, Lisa Lopez, Brian Austin Green, Hal Holbrook, Ali Akbar Khan

Temple of the NEW and S

4-Cib is the community center/shrine which completes the familial cycle

The infrastructure below the current 1-Ben process is finalized today. Beginning tomorrow constructive focus begins to shape reality, based on these roots. It is of little wonder the number 4 embodies completeness and definition.

The question arising today is: What do I define as being sacred to me?

To further define the question, keep the word “Family” in mind while pondering. The family was always considered sacred in all communities. It is my home and its sanctity. It is the wisdom I bestow to my dependents and offspring.

4-Aj’ maj today resonates with 1-Aj on a sound level. It shares the same prefix “Aj” which Barbara related to “Sri” in the Vedic context.

In Hebrew, “Aj”/”Ach” means brother. You know, like Freemasons and G.I.s call each other…

Gone-too-soon brother

Kenny Kirkland (4-Cib) was a talented and successful jazz pianist who passed away 16 years ago at the premature age of 43. In the next clip he plays one of the best piano solos I’ve heard (begins 04:28).

5-Caban: Global Center of Gravity

Born on this day: Byron Katie, Fernando Torres, Robert Smith (The Cure), Demi Moore, Michael J. Fox, Nikos Kazantzakis, Michael Collins

Global Center of Gravity

“Jimi Hendrix changed my life. Each generation influences the following one and as a consequence brings it back to the past.” – Robert Smith (5-Caban) venerating Hendrix (9-Lamat, previous trecena)

The day after wisdom is firmly defined (4-Cib) it’s time to blaze new tracks using the global mind/heartbeat Caban.

5-Caban’s slogan might be:

“You live, you learn” – Alanis Morrisette (13-Caban)

As long as I’m breathing, eating, sleeping, communicating, expressing myself – I’m learning.

And where is the place I go to “do everything as [I] like”, as Carlos Barrios puts it? I go back to Mother earth. I go back home to get my heart synchronized with whoever I hug there. I can be myself and put some focus on the destiny I share with those under my roof.

We all learn from each other all the time.

If I have to go global and specify where can that homey place be on Google Maps, I’ll say this place is wherever I travel with my family on the home planet. This can be many places, even the ones I travel to alone to meditate and remember my family.

This is why I’m into house-swapping.

6-Edznab: Tradition is Real

Born on this day: Kimberley Ann Deal (Pixies), Zachary Taylor (12th US President), James A. Garfield (20th, same) , Benicio del Toro, Lisa Kudrow, Nicolas Godin (Air), Jim Abrahams

“The chief duty of government is to keep the peace and stand out of the sunshine of the people.” – James A. Garfield (6-Edznab)

Yesterday was 5-Caban, and since Caban relates to a global heartbeat and to the planet itself, it’s a good time to focus on the universal.

Whatever I find sacred in my personal life has a global counterpart – some kind of “value” which is observed in any and all communities and families around the globe.

When pondering my own personal values I realized I cannot use “family” as a word for value, but rather rephrase to a value within what I call family. Something like giving respect to elders and leaders, giving due attention to children, or thinking about stocking the fridge and pantry (maintenance of abundance in the home).

Edznab [Tijax] is a mirror or reality and truth. I look at a polished mirror and nothing remains concealed. Today’s energy can reveal those places where reality contradicts attitudes and perceptions.

For example, I can go along with my day thinking I look dreadful just because I feel so. When I go to the bathroom I know for sure whether I’m right/wrong about this perception. Looking in the mirror has that quality of changing (and even destroying) whatever misconception came before it.

When coupled with the number 6, Edznab becomes a reliable reflector. It demands the kind of truth that can be appreciated anywhere.

dead presidents’ Wisdom

We’ll go over two of the names above, and begin with the one who is currently least known. Zachary Taylor came from the Whigs party of the mid-19th century. The Whigs basically supported the supremacy of Congress over the presidency and favored a program of modernization and economic protectionism.

Economic Protectionism, by the way, is called Anti-Globalization
nowadays.

James Garfied, called a Republican in the parlance of the times, was the 20th man in the white house. He got to call the shots for a mere 6 months, right up to the point where he got his two .44 mm shots by a ‘deranged assassin’. That happened on the Tzolkin day 8-Ahau (2 days following his birthday).

James Garfield was the second US president to be assassinated (after
Lincoln).
Zachary Tylor was the second US president to die in office.

7-Cauac: Cloudy Horizon

Born on this day: James Buchanan (15th US president), Jerry Seinfeld, Kurt Cobain, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Robert Altman, Mario Savio

Cloudy Horizon

“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous. Here we are now, entertain us! I feel stupid and contagious. Here we are now, entertain us! A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido.” – Kurt Cobain (7-Cauac)

Cauac (Rainstorm) shares traits with the current trecena theme of Ben. It appears on the North/feminine Mayan cross of Aj/Ben. Cauac is considered to be a homey sign, and people born under this sign tend to appreciate the comforts of home and family. This is the flip-side of the stormy nature of Cauac, who knows how stormy it can be outside the family and home settings.

In addition, Cauac, much like Ix on stage 2 and Kan on stage 12 of this trecena – embodies potential and a gathering of energy before release. It is therefore fitting for Cauac to appear on the 7th stage of this trecena, since it is on this day that Destiny reaches its highest potential and gains purpose, as a cleansing and educating force within HOME.

Another aspect of Cauac is a special gift for teaching and learning. This goes well with the description of 5-Caban and “you live, you learn”.

8-Ahau: Infinite Light

Born on this day: Alan Dershowitz, Warren Beatty, Toni Collette, Vincent van Gogh, Douglas Adams, Norah Jones

Infinite Light

“If the Universe came to an end every time there was some uncertainty about what had happened in it, it would never have got beyond the first picosecond. And many of course don’t.” – Douglas Adams (8-Ahau) from Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987)

Destiny. A word with much gravity and a touch of romanticism. Is there really a destination that I can single out and abbreviate as being my destiny? The thing with destinations is that once you arrive at one of them you get a view good enough to recognize the next one. So how can there be a destiny in the sense of an ultimate destination, some life-long goal that can be actually realized and materialized? And if there is one, in what way do I continue living without destiny beyond its achievment?

There can’t be such a thing as a future destiny, unless I define death itself as a destiny, followed by nothing. Instead of looking to the future in search of it, I think destiny is everything that has already happened, along with whatever’s transpiring now. So in other words destiny is made up of my karmic accumulation of the past, over which I have no control, and the now moment, for which I have total responsibility.

… and 8-Ahau says: “perfection cannot be realized tomorrow, nor remembered as past glory. It abides now and always, beckoning me to discover it.”

9-Imix: Begin from Zoom-Out

Born on this day: Robert Plant, Johann Sebastian Bach, Aretha Franklin, John Noble, Richard O’Brien, Glenn Close, Ron Silver

Begin from Zoom-Out

“With a bit of a mind-flip you’re into the Time slip. And nothing can ever be the same. You’re spaced-out on sensation, like you’re under sedation” – Richard O’Brien (9-Imix) Rocky Horror Show

The 4th uinal begins today with 9-Imix. The 9th stage, when all cycles of action come to completion, gets a primordial jolt back to the basic aspect of nurturing and initiation (Imix).

So far I’ve been outlining the elusive meaning of the sun-sign Ben using the keywords: leadership, family, and destiny. 9-Imix is the day when these concepts coalesce and integrate to complete the cycles of action, a split second before manifestation (stage 10).

Leadership, since Imix is the first day sign of the uinal, and it contains all the raw materials required to journey through 20 days and arrive at Ahau.

However, being the first and the most raw is just a good start, and this is where family comes in. A good parent is a good leader, and vice versa. Another angle shows that a good leader is usually also good at being led, and the same applies for parents being good children.

“But what does ‘good’ mean?” asked a trendy post-modernist at the back.

Whatever’s best in line with my destiny.

Imix is the cosmic female parent, who lies at the very root of family. She nourishes and protects her offspring emphatically. She follows obediently and leads impartially. Her destiny is strong and radiant.

The pelvic thrust

Riff Raff (9-Imix), Magenta (11-Cib), Columbia (5-Men), Brad (10-Lamat), Janet (12-Men), and the occasional narrator (8-Kan) warping time:

10-Ik: Palpable Change

Born on this day: Lou Piniella, Tom Selleck, Richard Dean Anderson, James Hetfield (Metallica), Egberto Gismonti, Boy George, Billie Joe Armstrong, Beth Gibbons, L. Ron Hubbard, George Lucas, Christopher Cousins (Breaking Bad)

Palpable Change

“The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them.” – Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (10-Ik)

What began in the stalk of the Reed manifests today on the breath of the boundless Wind. The ideals and morals that established Leadership and Family during the first stages, the same ones that make the Reed rigid (the proverbial Backbone) all get blown away and diluted today by the complications of language and meaning.

This is what Mr. Hubbard was talking about when he uttered the above quote, at least the way I see it.

The wind bends the flexible Reeds and breaks the rest.

11-Akbal: Commander-in-Chief

Born on this day: Pelé, Danny Kaye, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Jay Kay (Jamiroquai), Kai Eckhardt, Jack London, Henry James, Chester A. Arthur (21st US president), Herbert Hoover (31st US president), Abraham Lincoln (16th US president), Andy Serkis, Oliver Platt, Crispin Glover (George McFly), Kevin Costner, Vinnie Jones

Commander-in-chief

“I am your density.” – George McFly (11-Akbal) to the Future Lorraine McFly (9-Lamat)

To have 3 US presidents born on one day, and to have so many of them on the same trecena (wait, there’s more to come) – is a very curious finding, to say the least.

However, it is merely a finding. Everything else that is currently spiraling around my mind is speculation and theory, extracted through everyday discourse and elusive fashions.

11-Akbal is to creatively step into the unknown. Instead of speculations and maybes and starting from scratch, it stands for consistency and structure that arises from whatever’s already manifested.

12-Kan: Deep Harvest

Born on this day: Pope Benedict XVI (265th Pope), Nomar Garciaparra, Charles Mingus, James Doohan, Pia Zadora, Werner von Siemens, Omar Bradley

“Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.” – Charlie Mingus (12-Kan)

The next-to-last stage 12 is like the next-to-final scene of a good suspense movie. It is when all the pieces fall into place, and all loose ends are somehow tied or otherwise dealt with. It concludes when it’s obvious that the only thing left in the movie is to watch some kind of final goodbye, with a hint regarding what happens next.

The moment of understanding for the Reed, that instant when everything falls into place – is when it produces a Seed. The Seed is tomorrow’s potential. It is the offspring that allows the leader of Destiny to depart, knowing that even if his own destiny hasn’t been completely realized within his Time, the seeds of a new destiny have already been sown.

Kan is a sign of gathering potential that has no time boundaries. Something like indefinite storage. After all, a seed can remain buried in the desert for many years, awaiting the ever-possible flood from the old mountains.

13-Chicchan: Winter’s Terror

Born on this day: Heath Ledger, Sylvester Stallone, Jodie Foster, Mark Wahlberg, George W. Bush (43rd US president), Osama bin Laden

Winter's Terror

“I cannot believe in God when there is no scientific evidence for the existence of a supreme being and creator.” – Jodie Foster (13-Chicchan) As quoted in the Calgary Sun (2007), and sounding a lot like Dr. Eleanor Arroway

The United States declared independence on the Tzolkin date 9-Ben (1-Chicchan trecena). So, today these two related sun-signs (Serpent and Reed) meet again, but in reverse.

To find that Bush and Bin-Laden shared the same Tzolkin birthday really got my attention a few years ago. Bush is the 8th US president to have his birthday on this trecena. I wonder if this record will be beaten. His father, BTW, Bush senior, was born the very next day in the Tzolkin – 1-Cimi. In other words – close, but no cigar.

The sun-sign Ben seems to have a lot in common with the United States. Heck, even Obama was born on 9-Ben!

… and what’s this hang-up I have with presidents and politicians, anyway? Time to get off the authority trip. Time for a change.

So the last day of the Tzolkin Fall is 13-Chicchan, which is a divine flavor of fluidity, with an unreal scent for drama – directly contrasting our point of origin (1-Ben, the unitary steel pipe).

… and Moses remained on mount Nebo, and watched his flock cross the Jordan into the promised land.