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1-Noj trecena daily digest; begins 29 August 2018

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, Ronaldinho, , Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Dolly Parton, Cecil Rhodes


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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?


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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), 


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


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-Kan trecena daily digest: begins 14 March 2017


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

The day of manifestation in this process is 10-Ben (23 March 2017). This is the day on which a clear line is drawn between what’s real and what’s just an opinion; between theory and reality.

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

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

Manifestation’s promise of abundance begins to unfold today, 1-Kan, and continues for the next 12 days.

The Tzolkin abides

When I take the time to think about it, the Tzolkin can teach me something new every day. For example, while editing this post today, I noticed something new: Star War’s dark side emperor is played by actor Ian McDiarmid (born 8-Chuen). His arch-rival, Luke Skywalker, is played by actor Mark Hamill (born the following day: 9-Eb).

It makes watching the scenes with both of them all the more interesting. That is, if you’re as far gone as I am into this calendar…

1-Kan: Big Time Sensuality

1-Kan: Everything needed

Born on this day: Syd Barrett, Tim Lincecum, Ziggy Marley, Václav Havel (1st Czech Rep. president)

Everything Needed

“All middle men are bad.” – Syd Barrett (1-Kan) Melody Maker 1967

If I had just one wish for the future it would materialize in the shape of a seed. A seed is a wish I bury below the surface. A wish is a promise for something better.

Philosophically, Kan is the essence of potential, of unknown and innumerable benefits that are collected to be shared, and then shared to be multiplied. At the same time, Kan is also a powerful grounding force which reminds me that planting a seed is just a beginning. If I don’t tend to my garden regularly, its death is probably the best result I’ll get. If I’m not so lucky, it’ll bear fruits of wrath – the wrath of broken promises.


1-Kan means networking to the max and in every respect. It means integration on the most basic levels of survival and global communion.

Kan (Seed) is the first, and most basic form of abundance in the uinal. Without seed there is no food. Lack of “seed” is represented by one of the horsemen of the apocalypse – Famine (keeping in mind that the meaning of the scary word ‘apocalypse’ is simply “unveiling”).

The specter of famine is ever present on a very basic level of my perception, regardless of how secure I might actually be in that respect. Even in this post/ultra-modern era, and in what’s called the developed world – where I can go to the mega-market store and get everything I need – there’s always some doubt regarding how nutritious the groceries are, and how many toxins are hidden there. This is also a method of experiencing famine/lack of ‘Kan’.

“How you feel can make it real” – Peter Gabriel (5-Akbal)

2-Chicchan: Cure to cancer

Born on this day: Yasser Arafat, Noam Chomsky, Enid Blyton, Dutch Schultz, Richard Bach (Jonathan Seagull), Ben Carson (Pediatric surgeon) 

Cure to cancer

“We’re supposed to worship Adam Smith but you’re not supposed to read him. That’s too dangerous. He’s a dangerous radical.” – Noam Chomsky (2-Chicchan) commenting on Smith (4-Chicchan)


“Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin can openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth…

“Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life…

“But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life: I chose something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?”

– Ewan McGregor (12-Cauac) as Mark Renton in “Trainspotting” 1996

The challenge of this generation is abundance. Choice has been multiplied over and above my physical and mental needs. Yet I want more. I feel I need more. I don’t feel a 100% secure, and my TV tells me I’m probably right.

My daily existence resembles a medical procedure:

I begin my day, waking up, already worried about chores and tasks I didn’t catch up with yesterday. That’s the malady.

I think about how to tackle this day, usually while getting cleaned up and having breakfast. That’s the meeting I have with the doctor, discussing the remedy.

I get to work and administer my favorite substances right to my vein. Usually it begins with coffee. That’s anesthetics.

I do what I do at work. I dive into and then yank myself out of distractions. I’m nice to people. I swallow little pains. I sympathize. This is the procedure.

I log off and get my sore lower spine back home to my family. That’s rehabilitation.

I fall asleep, eventually.

That’s the healthy break between maladies.


Every MD in almost every hospital around the world wears 2-Chichan on his doctor’s robe. That symbol consists of two snakes coiled around the medicine staff of authority. It’s in the old testament, it’s the DNA in modern genetics. It is an ancient symbol of life, given and taken away.

If and when you find yourself in hospital staring at that symbol, remember that it signifies the doctor’s ability and skill to help you, as well as the well-established skills and knowledge of your own innate doctor (your Body) who’s been healing you since day one.

Hence – dual serpent.

3-Cimi: Change everything

Born on this day: Hugo Weaving (Matrix), Paul McCartney, Natalie Merchant, Faye Dunaway, Kurt Waldheim, Nick Swisher, Freeman Dyson (physicist)

“Tell me Mr. Anderson… what good is a phone call… if you’re unable to speak?” – Hugo Weaving (3-Cimi) addressing Keanu Reeves (3-Edznab) in The Martix

1-Kan is a very social trecena. It has 9-Eb in it, as well as 7-Oc, 10-Ben and other socially-related sun-sign/tone combinations. One of the prominent of these is today, 3-Cimi.

Cimi is a rudimentary sun-sign associated with the ancestors. Cimi natives are known for their psychic connection with remote grandfathers and grandmothers. Reflecting back to the seed (1-Kan) and its ancient journey through my agricultural heritage, 3-Cimi is the day I nurture my garden and give due attention to the seeds and young plants.

With my hands and legs, I use the same body movements my forefathers and mothers used to tend their plot of land. Although my technology is different, I use the same tools, same methods, and consider the same administrative options. I cannot escape these deep connections. I have no reason to.

This used to be called husbandry. Our home planet yearns for it; agriculturally, environmentally and in every other way. All talents and life pursuits are welcome and desperately required. This is where the 3rd stage come into place.

The roots of Pop and Drag

Very early in my Tzolkin research, when looking up the Beatles’ birthdays, I had a small laugh when I did McCartney. 3-Cimi (death) turned out to be the birthday of the Beatle that was declared dead, reducing the band down to 3 members. He wasn’t the one who eventually turned dead in reality, and that was lucky in a way. Luck is one of the benefits of being dead every once in a while, and it is part of the Cimi symbolism.

Here’s the magnificent Hugo Weaving (3-Cimi) in the Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. I dedicate this one to my friend Chris Duane, and to the smallest, subtlest truth, told time and time again. It really resonates with the didgeridoo:

“And so felt like dropping in and just expect me to be free, but now I’m saving all my loving to someone who’s loving me!”

4-Manik: End famine

Born on this day: Prince Charles, Malcolm X, Bugsy Siegel, Sharon Corr (The Corrs Irish Band), Vlade Divac

“I don’t see any American dream; I see an American nightmare.” – Malcolm X (4-Manik), The Ballot or the Bullet (1964)

The discussion moves now to a previous topic (see 1-Chicchan), which is stage 4 as an ending of sorts. Manik is a sun-sign associated with endless pilgrimage  and continued perfection of skills. So how does Manik’s ongoing process sit next to the 4th stage of completion?

I began the journey 3 days ago, on 1-Kan, and today I complete my first full cycle around the four cardinal directions to arrive at 4-Manik. This means that the planted seed or sapling, after it has been properly nurtured, is going to yield a result which will ultimately lead me to conclusions.

After inspecting the plant my conclusions are going to be about the seed’s quality and the quality of my gardening skills. These have evidently led the plant to its current condition.

This is the endless learning process of nurturing good fruit and good spirit.


4-Manik’s message and energy is the most balanced form of medicine known in the Mayan culture. So, if you’re praying for someone’s health – this is the day for focusing your thoughts, prayers, and intentions.

Manik is the Deer, also known as the Raam. It is the spirit of the forest, the one that doesn’t hesitate to claim his last stand, in a God-sent bush-fire, for example. The Raam shares symbolical grounds with the Father of Raam, a.k.a. Abraham (in Hebrew).

Raam is also known as the Zodiac sign Aries. It reflects an age in history, dated around 1800 BC till 325 AD. The Age of Aries was replaced by the Age of Pisces, which is the age most scholars agree to be still in effect today. The next (st)age in Light is Aquarius.

Are we there yet?

5-Lammat: Busy Bunny-Stud

Born on this day: Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Paul Dano, Bobcat Goldthwait, Brian Blessed, Earl Warren, Peggy Lee, John Holmes

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

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

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

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

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

Lamat is Yucatec for “Rabbit”. ‘Nuff said.


What’s called for right now is a precise star (5-Lamat).

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

6-Muluc: Perpetual irrigation

Born on this day: Walter Cronkite, Sam Elliot, Burning Spear (Reggae artist), Shaggy, Hugo Chavez, Al Capone, Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

“You should resign. It’s the least you can do: Resign, along with those other spies and delinquents working in the State Department.” – Hugo Chavez (6-Muluc) advising Hillary (9-Ik) on the way out.

The river flows on (6-Muluc), in appreciation and thanksgiving (offering). To imagine what this is like you can think about standing on a riverbank. When a strong river flows by you, it seems to be completely still and motionless.

Like the spokes on a wheel rotating in a certain RPM and appearing to be still, resonant with our frequency of vision.

To my understanding, this is the conservative nature of 6-Muluc. It is an essential link between the gathering (Heavens 1 through 5) and the Reflection (7th Heaven), along with being the forerunner to the balanced phase of the process.

Apropos being conservative and taking care of the family, please note that so far in this trecena we’ve already had birthdays of 3 distinguished “family” members: Dutch Schultz, Bugsy Siegel, and Al Capone.

These were the ones that were caught. There are other, legitimate government gangsters who have their birthdays during this period. Can the live ones be found and brought to justice yet?

Can the dead ones be forgiven?

7-Oc: Purpose = Love

Born on this day: Mariah Carey, Charles Lloyd (Jazz), Golda Meir, Anwar Sadat, Jennifer Connelly, Tony Danza, Bobby Fisher, Bireli lagrene

“It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them. We don’t want victories anymore.” – Golda Meir (7-Oc), Life magazine 1969

Today is another riveting walk through the twists and turns of relationships with fellow travelers and gardeners. Oc is about the territory each of us marks around his/her personality. With my family I have intimate boundaries, with my neighbors I have social and personal boundaries. All these relationships require husbandry (even if you’re the wife) and what Americans call “maintenance” within their respective boundaries.

When balance is achieved in relationships, prosperity is maintained. When the purpose (7) of the process is Love (Oc) prosperity is guaranteed.

The unlikely bridge

One of my earliest memories, sitting in front of the TV with my parents and sister, is watching Anwar Sadat (7-Oc) exiting his plane and going down the stairs to greet Menachem Begin (13-Ben). We then continued following the coverage of his speech in the Knesset, and later his signing of the peace treaty with Israel.

To many of us living in Israel it was like living in a dream. To some this meant giving up an amazing piece of desert, and trusting those who should not be trusted.

To Sadat it meant the Nobel peace prize, a distinguished place in human history, and multiple 7.62 rounds to his aorta, intestines and neck.

Here’s a documentary by Al Jazeera about him:

8-Chuen: Happy new year!

Born on this day: Johnny Marr, John Keats, Jesse Owens, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Bruce Bochy, Ian McDiarmid

“Nation state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state.” – Zbigniew Brzezinski (8-Chuen), Between Two Ages: The Technetronic Era, 1971

A thing of beauty is a joy forever
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
- John Keats (8-Chuen), taken from Endymion (1818)

Under the hood

8-Chuen means Harmony which is much more subtle and deep than other western 8’s (Like 8-Men or 8-Cauac), and even more so than all southern 8’s put together (8-Lamat, 8-Ahau, etc.)

As discussed above, the absolute midpoint of the trecena is stage 7. But it is not the center of evolution, nor its center of gravity. It is simply the dual divide-point of the current process. The midpoint of Nature and Evolution is “Left of center” in a manner of speech. It is Infinity (8), and the center of the universe – the heart. Therefore, in the standard uinal Oc is the 10th sign and Chuen is 11th i.e., center +1.

9-Eb: On the road again

Born on this day: Gary Peacock, Matisyahu, Speech (Arrested Development), Robert Downey Jr., Henry Goodman (British Theatre), Mark Hamill, Mickey Mantle

“Mr. Wendal, a man, a human in flesh, but not by law. I bid you dignity to stand with pride… Go ahead Mr. Wendal.” – Speech (9-Eb), Mr. Wendal

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

10-Ben: Ripe corn

Born on this day: Plácido Domingo, Salman Rushdie, Sigmund Freud, Carl Gustav Jung, Joe Zawinul, Richie Havens, Kevin Spacey, Mel Gibson, VE day WWII, James K. Polk (11th US president), Louis Mountbatten, Lou Costello

“Remember those posters that said, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”? Well, that’s true of every day but one – the day you die.” – Kevin Spacey (10-Ben) as Lester Burnham in American Beauty, 1999

How freakish is it that Freud and Jung are one and the same as far as the Tzolkin goes? And Salman Rushdie too? Boy, talk about some heavy-thinkers there. Just one glance at the list of distinguished gentlemen (couldn’t find famous ladies, sorry) who were born on 10-Ben, and you might begin to grasp what manifested destiny means.

Abundance has manifested today and I have a Reed, a conduit: to elevate all my work and action in this dimension into dreamland; to bring science fiction and fantasy from dreamland down to earth.

Destiny on the 10th stage means that the conduit between Heaven and Earth has become a reality (Jacob’s ladder). The leaders/Ladders born under the Ben sign (Like Obama, Ben-Gurion, Sarkozy, FDR, Menachem Begin) are well-known for their charisma, oratory skills, Dogma-with-impunity kind of preaching, authority, and amazing ability to sway the masses.

11-Ix: Beneficial magic

Born on this day: Chris Cornell, Bernard Sumner, Black Francis, Amelia Earhart disappeared, Moshe Sharett (2nd Israeli PM), Edward R. Murrow, Philip K. Dick

“And if the ground’s not cold everything is gonna burn, we’ll all take turns. I’ll get mine, too.” – Black Francis (11-Ix)

Here’s some of Bernard Sumner (11-Ix) and his band New Order.

When I was a very small boy
very small boys talk to me
Now that we've grown up together
they're afraid of what they see

That's the price that we all pay
our valued destiny comes to nothing
I can't tell you where we're going
I guess there's just no way of knowing.
- Bernard Sumner (11-Ix), True Faith by New Order

12-Men: Understand vision

 Born on this day: Busta Rhymes, Michael Jordan, Ichiro Suzuki, Donald Rumsfeld, Adam Sandler, Peter Coyote, Susan Sarandon, Cary Grant, Leslie Nielsen

“It’s true what they say: Cops and women don’t mix. It’s like eating a spoonful of Drano. Sure, it’ll clean you out, but it’ll leave you hollow inside.” – Leslie Nielsen (12-Men) as Sergeant Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun, 1988

Stage 12 is associated with Depth of Understanding, and vision is bestowed by the eagle.

It is said that Men-types find fortune and luck in all their dealings. So, on the seed trecena of basic abundance, at the very last stage of the journey, the eagle hovers over the earth and understands how seeds become tree-trunks (Ben), and then with the magic of the jungle’s spirit (Ix) flowers blossom on the tree, and in turn get impregnated by vision (Men) and ripen to be fruits of wisdom (Cib), which bear a gazillion new seeds.

Here’s 25 great Sergeant Frank Drebin quotes, played to perfection by Leslie Nielsen (12-Men):

13-Cib: Transcending sanctity

Born on this day: Fergie (Black Eyed Peas), Rip Torn, Ty Cobb, Yair Lapid, Rupert Sheldrake

Transcending sanctity

“You can look, but you can’t touch it, if you touch it I’m a-start some drama. You don’t want no drama.” – Fergie (13-Cib) My humps

Back to normalcy with the holiest and heaviest day of the abundance festival just concluded.

The fruit (stage 13) of the seed (1-Kan) is sacred as the legacy of all our mutual ancestors combined. On 13-Cib this ancient, undying energy is the essence that carries abundance into the future.

Here are my humps:

11-Ik: Pathless Spirit (16 May 2016)

Born on this day: Krishnamurti, Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Tammy Wynette, Andrea Corr (The Corrs), Brad Wilk (RATM), Lisa Ling, William Randolph Hearst

Pathless Spirit

“I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect.” – Krishnamurti (11-Ik) dissolving the Order of the Star in the East in 1929.

Yesterday was 10-Imix, which was an interesting mix of a raw beginning (of the uinal) and a mature completion (stage 10 of the trecena).

The end of every road (Eb) is the beginning of the next. Imix (the crocodile) is the first sun-sign, since everything begins and ends in the womb of creation – the primordial swamp that is the crocodile’s domain.

Day before yesterday (Ahau) is also called “the master”, and in this respect, every master eventually becomes a novice of the next higher level of evolution.

Therefore, 10-Imix means that the one true road manifests when I find myself back on square one. But this is scarcely a regression, since the journey itself has transformed me and the world around the paths I travelled. Equipped with the nurturing instincts of Imix, and the responsibility that stage 10 invokes – it is now time to go “back to school” to guide and show my fellow companions how the Road of Life can be chosen and travelled.

Today is 11-Ik – a gentle breeze refining the newly manifested path and perfecting it. Ik is the essence of intellect which distinguishes between one thing and the other, and is at the root of my abilities to communicate with my fellow travelers.

Coupled with the wind, the energy of stage 11 can be described as a wise teacher who doesn’t try to change his pupil’s nature, but instead makes subtle corrections and upgrades, so that s/he may better fit whatever’s already manifested without fundamentally changing his/her essence.

Happy Tzolkin birthday, Ken!

Yesterday, 10-Imix, was Kenneth Johnson’s Tzolkin return. Right next to Ian Lungold (12-Ahau), and like many other Mayan calendar enthusiasts, Kenneth and his books have been one of my primary sources of everything both Mayan and authentic. The last seven years of my diving into the Mayan calendar and culture would have been much more confused and misled had it not been for Ken’s insights, approach and clarity.

Kenneth Johnson

Kenneth Johnson, 10-Imix

So many among us, who claim to be experiencing the Mayan calendar, are still (to this day, for some reason) following Arguelles’s 1990’s boardgame “Dreamspell”. If you visit many of the Mayan locations in central America you would still be offered to learn about the Dreamspell calendar as a subterfuge to the Master Tzolkin, and to all other ligitimate and authentic calender systems on offer in central America.

This is where Johnson offers the sobering and balancing approach of getting the lore as it is, with a minimum of personal biases and abstractions, and from the living people who’ve been actually practicing and following these traditions.

I’ve heard from someone that Imix types make the best teachers, and this is certainly the case with Johnson. The other good teacher types I would add are Cauac, Chicchan, and Caban, but all in different ways.

Here are links to his Facebook page, and website Jaguar Wisdom.