1-Akbal trecena daily digest: begins 19 November 2015

Prelude: Into the Void, again

As far as my eyes can see
there are shadows surrounding me

And to those I leave behind
I want you all to know
You've always shared my DARKEST hours
I'll miss you when I go

When I'm old and wise
Heavy words that tossed and blew me
like autumn winds
will blow right through me

And someday in the mists of time
When they ask you if you knew me
remember that you were a friend of mine

As the final curtain falls before my eyes
when I'm old and wise
- Alan Parsons (1-Akbal)

The final curtain fell before my eyes, and the void sucked me into total forgetfulness. I knew that most all I learn now will only be remembered by my body and my soul, and will remain forever beyond mental recall.

Well, maybe not forever. That’s a mighty long time. Maybe I’ll get glimpses of it down the road, Déjà vu and insights that resonate completely. Maybe if I’m lucky, when I’m old and wise I’ll recall it clearly. If I’m luckier I might just be able to put it in words.

I’ll be the luckiest if there would be someone else sitting next to me who cares to listen.

The colors of dusk remind me of the colors of dawn. At the eve of my life, my body is old my soul is as a child’s. I’ll be listened to as a child, when I’m not totally ignored in the very same way.

Then I’ll remember past friends and long-gone relatives. I’ll remember their deeds and their words. I’ll experience their council and dear companionship once again.

I’ll wait for a visit, and someone will sit next to me. Then I’ll say:

"Let me tell you a story..."

Alpha follows Omega

One concept of time tells me I’m 41 years old plus 1 month and that’s it. That’s my current age, which I give when prompted. Another concept of time tells me I’m 35, 29, 15, and all other “ages” gone before – all at the same time (now). If I wasn’t all those previous ages – how could I possibly remember to do the things I learned back then? How else could I “behave like a child” or escape responsibility? This is depicted as the pyramid of time, built one floor above the previous one.

My experience with the Mayan calendar has showed me yet another concept of time, which has a firm logical connection to the pyramid of time. It’s an improvement and inclusion of the previous two.

I’m already old and wise.

(Seriously. I have senior moments every day!)

How can my soul be touched only by the past?

As I mature, can I avoid emulating those adults I can’t even remember as having any impact on me as a child? Their spirit is alive in me.

Spirit cannot be avoided, and Spirit has little to do with time. In the Mayan calendar, Spirit is depicted by the sun-sign Ik (among others). 13-Ik is the day that precedes 1-Akbal.

Akbal is the Story of Spirit. It is the way spirit communicates through timeless stories, adapted and re-adapted again and again. The story itself remains the same, while my own understanding and application changes, evolves, ages, and ultimately dissolved back to Spirit.

Akbal is therefore the story that I’m currently synthesizing and adapting to my time and place. I cut ideas and paste them next to others. I have my unique mix-and-match. I remember a personal experience that taught me much,  ask whether it’s still valid today, and then realize it doesn’t matter.

What I experience now is the spirit behind the story I’ll tell my children when we all get older and wiser.

1-Akbal: Vailed Manifestation

1-Akbal: Vailed Manifestation

Under the hood

The 1-Akbal trecena spans most of the 10th uinal, which is the 20-day period in the Tzolkin round set aside for manifestation. Whatever I focused on since 1-Imix finally takes form in physical reality during this period.

This doesn’t mean that manifestation in general takes place only now and again – remember that each trecena has a 10th day of “localized” manifestation, and each larger/smaller period of time shares this milestone as well.

So, manifestation on the Tzolkin round scale takes place under the powerful and subtle influence of Akbal – the proverbial unknown. Ironic, isn’t it? The way things pan out in actuality cannot be foreseen during the extended period of incubation and preparation.

For 9 uinals my intentions fermented below the surface, feeding on imagination, memories, wishes, thoughts, prayers, and fears. During 1-Akbal these intentions emerge from the void out to the light, as I begin to actually get what I asked for. However, because it cannot be foreseen in all its beautiful details until it manifests – it is unknown.

This is why the 10th stage of each cycle of Time is ruled by the Mayan god of destruction. The chrysalis of imagination and expectation is destroyed and cast aside like a child’s old T-shirt. The world outside the cocoon cannot be fathomed from within it. It’s all just shadows cast on mommy’s tummy.

Now’s the time to expect the unexpected; to assume responsibility for seeds sown  long ago and far away.



Unite at Night

Born on this day: Andre Agassi, Uma Thurman, Dan Simmons, Benny Hill,
Walt Whitman, Brian May (Queen), Eden Riegel, Sergei Prokofiev, Alan Parsons, Justin Verlander, Bootsy Collins

Unite at Night

“It’s that start of everything. It’s that start of that first beat. ONE, two, three, four, ONE!” – Bootsy Collins (1-Akbal)

1-Akbal is like planting a seed and not knowing what would grow of it.

It represents the basic assumption that, on this plane of existence I’m called to constantly face the fear of the unknown within and without – and Learn! After unraveling a great mystery and coming out the other side it is time to enter another dark, scary and unknown cave and learn more.

This period in Time calls for a fair amount of courage and inner integrity. Akbal is the most basic form of transformation, since it means going back to the dark womb of creation, realizing its boundless potential, and emerging wiser at dawn to teach and inspire the Waking Ones.

Oh Funk

In this trecena you’re bound to find many great talents of the stage, screen, and plasma screen. These will be mixed with several heads of state, a couple of lesser politicians, a late member of British monarchy, and a handful of prominent authors and poets.

To get into a mellow groove, here’s Bootsy Collins (1-Akbal) interviewed for LOCAL 12 WKRC-TV, Cincinnati. Here he mentions his beginnings with James Brown, who was born exactly 10 days ahead (11-Ben):


A Question of Fertility

Born on this day: Martin Luther King, Jr., Grover Cleveland (22nd US President), Harry McClintock, Carlos Santana, Harry Houdini, Samuel L. Jackson, Andre Braugher, Walter Russel, Kirk Douglas, Robert Del Naja (Massive Attack)

“Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters.” – Grover Cleveland (2-Kan)

When I begin a trip to an unknown land (and I mean utterly unknown – like an unnamed island I know nothing about) one of the first questions I’ll ask myself is “will I find anything I like eating there?”.

I get that feeling sometimes just before leaving for holiday.

So the 2-Kan represents this type of basic dilemma of survival. It also relates to another human impulse of relating to anything unknown as something that would probably lead to nothing (as if the Known always leads to somewhere meaningful).

As mentioned before, 1-Akbal is a test of courage, and 2-Kan is realizing that the unknown cave is deeper and much stranger than I imagined before. It is a day to deal with the urge to lose nerve and go back to the known.

Thus, a measure of faith is called for. After all, I didn’t begin this journey to go back right after beginning.

So 2-Kan eventually assists me in making the decision which is bound to yield at least a few good new contacts. That’s what Kan is all about.

The big rock candy mountain

Here’s a journey in search of abundance beyond dreams, by Harry McClintock (2-Kan), recorded 1928.

I'm a-going to stay
where you sleep all day
where they hung the jerk
that invented work
In the big rock candy mountain


Rhythmic Serpent

Born on this day: Tom Jones (singer), David Cameron, Aaron Eckhart, Wilford Brimley

Rhythmic Serpent

“I get paid to be suspicious when I got nothing to be suspicious about” – Wilford Brimley (3-Chicchan) as William Devasher in The Firm

After overcoming initial fear, and giving up the known-zone, the dramatic Serpent Chicchan, representing the spark of physical life on the material plain, provides much needed enthusiasm, invigorates, and puts the entire process in motion.

It is said that Man’s divine essence manifests in constant yearning, learning, and striving to solve the unknown. 3-Chicchan is actually this timeless itch to seek adventure and youth eternally.

3-Chicchan is the stage in the journey when I say “hey, this is not that bad. I can make it!” It’s essential fuel and a gathering of courage that’s going to serve me well later on, when I’m less naïve…

Caught in the web

Speaking of being naïve, here’s a memorable scene from The Firm. Only recently have I realized the dialog features two actors born adjacent to each other in the Tzolkin. I’m pretty sure they haven’t acted side by side before or since (correct me if I’m wrong).

In this next one, Wilford Brimley (3-Chicchan) is applying extortion pressure on the young and naïve Tom Cruise (4-Cimi, that’s tomorrow):

That’s one of the most chilling exchanges I remember on film. It seems like a dead end, but ultimately becomes a necessary cornerstone in the evolution and growth of the Story and its Hero.


Boundaries of Change

Born on this day: Nancy Sinatra, Tom Cruise, Steven Berkoff, Woodstock
Festival began, Robert Frost, Max Scherzer, Juno Temple

Boundaries of Change

“I believe in God… There is no way you can be up here [in the Rocky Mountains] and think that there isn’t a God.” – Tom Cruise (4-Cimi) interviewed

4-Cimi establishes the irreversibility of the current trecena’s evolution. It reminds me that the person who first entered the cave 3 days ago is already dead and gone, never to return again. This always seems to be true, but it is taken for granted and overlooked almost every time. Thus the illusion that I can actually remain who I was yesterday is fraudulently maintained as a subterfuge.

However, the physical reality inherent in the 10th uinal cannot suffer any illusion or neurotic clinging to a frozen, past version of what’s already been transformed by the night (Akbal). So, 4-Cimi is establishing the fact that Form is always in transition (trans-form). This solid establishment allows the learning and unraveling process to continue.


Precise Pilgrimage

Born on this day: John Denver, Stewart Copeland, Luke Perry, David Wilcock, Freddie Mercury, Trilok Gurtu, Ian Fleming, Ben Kingsley, Philip Lahm, Jackie Robinson

Precise Pilgrimage

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson (5-Manik) in his autobiography, 1972

Manik (The Deer/Healing Hand) is a pilgrim, always striving to improve self and other; a constant process of aiming, achieving, and acquiring new tools for the next achievement. This ties in nicely with 1-Akbal, since it clears the air of past fears and negative doubts and sets the tone for the balanced phase of the process (stages 6-9).

5-Manik is the first time I witness a western sun-sign since this western trecena began. It is therefore a return the main theme + a modulation in harmony, which develops the process and makes it more precise.

So without further ado, here’s a merry song of travel and homecoming.


Responsive Harmony

Born on this day: David Hasselhoff, Hosni Mubarak, Daniel Radcliffe, Kristen Stewart, Jerry Lewis, Virginia Woolf, Le Corbusier

Responsive Harmony

“A light here required a shadow there.” – Virginia Woolf (6-Lamat), “To the Lighthouse” part I chapter 9 (1927)

The 6th stage is the last stage which continues the original intent set in stage 1. On stage 7 the process already reverses its momentum, and whatever was inhaled is held inside before exhaling.

The Star (Lamat) shines its light at Night (Akbal) and provides the all-directional responsiveness required to venture onwards. It gives just enough light to go on, but not enough light to dispel the darkness (not yet, that is).


Reflective Thanks

Born on this day: Mel Blanc, Zinedine Zidane, Louis Pasteur, Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart, Rihanna, Edward Norton, Christian Slater, John Tyler (10th US President), Dick Cavett, Mike Scott (Waterboys), Rupert Murdoch

“Patronage is the sword and cannon by which war may be made on the liberty of the human race.” – John Tyler (7-Muluc) speaking to Congress against Andrew Jackson (3-Ix)

The 1-Akbal trecena core comes in the form of a day of depth and appreciation: 7-Muluc. When I reach the mountaintop of this trecena I can begin to come to terms with how deep my ignorance and lack of knowing has been so far (and will certainly be again on the next level, to be sure).

7-Muluc is when I dedicate myself completely to finding the dark places which scare me and then making the willful commitment to shine new light upon them.

This is the sea

Mike Scott (7-Muluc) of the Waterboys sings “Once you were tethered, and now you are free. That was the river. This is the Sea”:


Love Above, Love Below

Born on this day: Pamela Anderson, Dean Stockwell, Matthew Perry
(Friends), Alan Rickman, Gérard Depardieu, Jane Seymour

Love Above, Love Below

“I love doing what I do, but I don’t like seeing the finished product.” – Pamela Anderson (8-Oc)

Today’s transmission from the Sun revolves around the all-pervasive nature of empathy and comradeship. After the “worst” of the night’s mystery and hysteria are behind me the balancing power of the 8th stage reminds me that I can never truly be alone when the faithful dog (e.g., Sirius, the dog-star) is ever my steadfast companion, even during the darkest nights.

The dog archetype carries the symbolic theme of courage and daring; following the heart wherever it takes me.

Under the hood – the effect of missing sun-signs

At any given trecena there are 13 sun-signs that are present and 7 absent. One of the more glaring absent sun-signs in this trecena is Imix. During the Akbal trecena there is an acute lack of territory and boundaries. The known becomes unknown, and the unknown gets more bizarre every day.

This can be explained by the lack of Imix – the most material and territorial sun-signs on offer. This lack is compensated and balanced-out today by Oc and its social mode of territoriality, which is the force behind Team Spirit, All for 1 and 1 for all, and the All Seeing (invisible) “I” in the word “Team”.



Born on this day: Serena Williams, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dustin Hoffman, Austin Nichols


“The plight of the actor, even if he’s a star, is the plight of the women’s movement. They’re saying the same thing to us: get into bed, give me a good time, then give me something to eat, go get the laundry, be a good girl.” – Dustin Hoffman (9-Chuen)

Remember the biggest jigsaw puzzle you’ve ever completed.

The final piece of a puzzle remains a mystery, right untill the very last stages. Any piece I find can prove to be the final one, until I connect it. Once it’s connected it becomes part of the reality which assists me to complete more of the puzzle.

In other words, I connect some sky pieces and come up to where the house and trees are. Then I can begin on those pieces.

Problem is, in real life I get all the pieces, but I can’t find the game’s package and cover, where the complete image is shown.

All I stumble across are other peoples’ game packages, or more precisely – the ones they are hoping to put together.

This is exactly when today’s day-sign and stage both come very handy. Chuen is a new beginning, a rearrangement of existing materials, like the artist does. Chuen is the day-lord that might tell me: “first, connect two pieces that fit each other, pick up another piece, then repeat”.

9-Chuen is about a patient way of art. It requires a deep devotion to the craft and its intricacies. It’s the kind of devotion that makes actors change their daily routines completely to gain weight, for months on end, just for that perfect scene.

The consummate artist

And now for some Dustin Hoffman (9-Chuen), in tribute to Laurence Olivier (10-Men), Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton (11-Men):

Chuen-types are born for the limelight. They can be anyone they want to be, and convince you every single time. Some prominent Chuen examples from the silver screen are: Ford (2), Connery (4), Roth (5), Jacobi (7), Hoffman (9), De Niro (12) and Irons (13). All these stand out in their versatility, professionalism, and magical touch.

(And I didn’t even have to mention their first names.)


This way!

Born on this day: David Beckham, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Leo Tolstoy,
Naomi Klein

“It is the American practice to present others as guilty wherever they are defeated. Is it not funny that those with 160,000 forces in Iraq accuse us of interference?” – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (10-Eb)

I recall the day I entered the unknown cave and worried about sleeping bears deep inside. That was 1-Akbal.

Then I began to fathom the cave’s depth, and started having second thoughts about whether it’s worthwhile to go on. That was 2-Kan.

The serpent inside egged me on to test my nerve, hissing in Parseltongue about ancient and mysterious relics of knowledge and great worth buried deep under the Known. That was 3-Chicchan.

Stumbling through dark and unknown passages, the ghosts of my ancestors came from all four directions to reinforce my courage and bless me with true resolve (and some luck, too). That was 4-Cimi.

Dispelling my doubts, I took courage and marched on down the path of pilgrimage. That was 5-Manik.

A lone star shone through an open shaft above; a white rabbit on the moon, as rapid wisps of clouds flowed across its phasing face. That was 6-Lamat.

At the deepest end of mystery, I stopped measuring the depth of the hobbit hole, the deepest abyss of the soul. That was 7-Muluc.

On the 10th level of the dungeon ambient light from all around me draw the outlines of the way out clearly visible. This is 10-Eb.

Regardless of what I’ve found so far, nor what I might find on my way back to the LIGHT, once the Road becomes visible at Night, something deep inside me suddenly (and beautifully) attains a renewed sense of affirmation, self-worth, and maturity.

Under the Hood, and a Samsara pointer

I consider 10-Eb to be significant, since it takes place during the 10th uinal, and there isn’t any other 10th day in this uinal besides 10-Eb. So the focus turns to Eb and one of its meanings.

The Dreamspell system (good morning, Jose!) calls Eb “human” or “man”, and I’ve also read some Mayan interpretations that resonate well with this meaning.

To me, this ties in with Buddhism. There, it is written, that the way out of the six realms of Samsara (material confusion) lies within the Human realm. But that’s just a taste.

Gangsta funnyman

Here is King David (10-Eb) and Queen Victoria (7-Eb) Beckham interviewed by Ali G (Sacha Baron Cohen, born 13-Men, which is 3 days away):


Real Dreams/Dreamy Reality

Born on this day: James Brown, Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd US president),
Oliver Hardy, Quentin Tarantino, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Jon Foster

Real Dreams/Dreamy Reality

“But can I tell the genuine-article Italian from the poseur Italian? No. To me they all seem like poseurs.” – Quentin Tarantino (11-Ben), Playboy interview 1994

After the road has manifested (10-Eb on the 10th uinal) comes the anticlimax 11-Ben. Finding a road in the dark is all well and good, but I’m not home yet. I need a guiding light and a sense of destiny (Ben). It wasn’t my fate to lose my way in the darkness, it seems. I can lead myself out now.

A Has-been Father Figure

Here’s FDR delivering the state of the union, 11 January 1944, just three months before he died.


Night-Vision Shamanism

Born on this day: Emma Watson, Alec Baldwin, Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Henry Ford, Zecharia Sitchin, Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Horace Andy

Night-Vision Shamanism

“This is like winning an Oscar!… As if I would know! Speaking of acting, one of my movies was called True Lies. And that’s what the Democrats should have called their convention.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger (12-Ix) speaking at the Republican National Convention, 2004

The Jaguar is a nocturnal predator. His vision pierces the Night.

Thus, on 12-Ix (which is located next to the exit from the Akbal Cave) i find a pair of alien night-vision goggles buried next to an ancient Jaguar Warrior.

These would surely come in handy next time I go on a night’s prowl, on a moonless night, somewhere in a faraway future of the next Tzolkin round.

These are the tools and skills of the underworld shaman.

Get to the chopper

Here’s Aries Spears (born 7-Akbal, apparently not related to Britney) doing his hilarious Schwarzenegger impersonation:


Seeds of Vision

Born on this day: Sacha Baron Cohen, Trent Reznor, Heather Nova, Chad
Smith (RHCP), Keith Levene (The Clash)

Seeds of Vision

“So do you want him (Brooklyn) to grow up to be a footballer like his dad? or a singer like Mariah Carry?” – Sacha Baron Cohen (13-Men) as Ali G. interviewing the royal Beckham couple

On the other side of the 1-Akbal mystical process I find 13-Men, called “The Seeds of Vision”.

It is said that Akbal people have a presence and voice which, by nature, inspire their surroundings, and make up the inexplicable question mark/scar of terrestrial existence. I found this to be quite true during my mysterious voyage down the Tzolkin and Mayan cave of wonders. This inspiration is carried today on the wings of the majestic, legendary eagles of the 13th and sublime Stage.

They have bested all caves, and are forever soaring above in search for a new mystery to dive into.

This eventually leads to the next story of evolution: The Sanctity of the Unified Soul (1-Cib).

The old familiar sting

Finally, here’s Trent Reznor (13-Men) getting involved and attached all the way. You know, like 13 does.

1-Oc trecena daily digest: begins 6 November 2015

The dross is dry

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Know and Protect your Territory, and mark its boundaries clearly

1-Oc [6 November 2015]

One Love

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

One Love

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


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

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

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

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

So he became a spy.

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

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

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

He’s a dog.

2-Chuen [7 November 2015]

Artists and Artisans

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

Artists and Artisans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then he’s running.

3-Eb [8 November 2015]

Rhythmic Road

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

Rhythmic Road

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

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

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

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

4-Ben [9 November 2015]:

Stable Destiny

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Dream on” he said. “Inspire them.”

5-Ix [10 November 2015]

Exact Magic

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

Exact Magic

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

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

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

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

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

6-Men [11 November 2015]

Flowing Vision

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

Flowing Vision

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

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

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

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

7-Cib [12 November 2015]

Sacred Purpose

Born on this day: Hilary Swank, Ted Nugent

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

8-Caban [13 November 2015]

Balanced Earth

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

Balanced Earth

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

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

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

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

Make yourself at home.

9-Edznab [14 November 2015]

Macro Reflected

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

Macro Reflected

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

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

10-Cauac [15 November 2015]

Responsible Havoc

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

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

11-Ahau [16 November 2015]

Anti-Climatic Enlightenment

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

Anti-Climatic Enlightenment

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

12-Imix [17 November 2015]

Deep Swamp

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

Deep Swamp

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

13-Ik [18 November 2015]

Ascending Spirit

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

Ascending Spirit

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


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


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.