1-Chuen trecena daily digest: begins 28 September 2015

The pontiff went back West

 “I hope as a brother of this country to offer words of encouragement to those who are to guide the nation’s political future, in fidelity to its founding basis.”

– Pope Francis (9-Caban), 23 Sept. 2015 @ the White House

In his quote above, does his eminence (who by mere accident shares his Tzolkin birthday (9-Caban) with Walter White, Gustavo Frig, and Richard Dawkins) actually reveal a strong support of the US constitution?

Does fidelity to founding basics mean financial independence and the abolition of the central bank? Could be. Pope Francis did mention greed and unbridled capitalism as evils that requires immediate curbing.

Apropos, “Fidelity” is a masonic keyword, repeated thrice before closing a lodge.

He also referred to himself as a brother of the US, offering advice to its leaders. Well, besides being widely used among black Americans, ‘brother’ is the basic title of each person attending a masonic lodge. This brother then proceeds to give his advice (i.e., his orders) about staying loyal to ‘founding basis’ – most of which were penned into American law and consciousness by freemasons.

A brother of the faith. Whatever faith. Family is, after all, stronger than faith, and ‘brother’ is a word almost as loaded as ‘sister’.

Two days later he was the keynote speaker at the UN General Assembly. Masonic overtones continued to come up, most notably at the very closing of the speech, when he blessed the assembly thus:

“Upon all of you, and the peoples you represent, I invoke the blessing of the Most High, and all peace and prosperity. Thank you.”

– Pope Francis 25 Sept. 2015 @ the UN

‘the Most High’? I remember once I was really high, and that’s all I can remember about it. But ‘the Most High’ is someone obviously much more important and grandiose. It’s a politically correct and pluralist referral to God, which in fact is chanted in each masonic meeting.

“All glory to the Most High.”

But before his final blessings, Pope Francis shared many of his views and opinions about the global issues currently requiring attention. Climate change seemed to be pivotal among his international interests – an issue which was not raised when addressing the US, for some mysterious and maybe unimportant reason.

Is global warming a hot, positively trending project on the UN’s priority list? The pontiff said that earth itself has rights that must be respected, as if earth was another human being like you. All good and well, considerate and crucial.

What doesn’t make much sense is that only citizens have rights, which are graciously bestowed upon them by their elders and betters – the people who rule them. Who is the one so graciously bestowing rights upon the planet itself? Why, it’s the same crowd again.

What about aliens and disclosure? Could that finally melt all nationality and human identity with Land? How about global terrorism? Or a natural disaster?

Could it possibly be something that has nothing to do with de-population, brother?


The biggest trick the devil ever pulled

Last time the Tzolkin was at the current juncture (13-Oc/1-Chuen) was 11 January 2015, which already feels like a decade ago. Why is that?

A while ago, my friend’s 10 year old boy flipped through my cellphone photo gallery in nimble-quick-finger-breakneck speed. It looked like he was watching a stop-motion animated movie of my life in the past few months.

The scenes switched from work-related photos, to family get-togethers, to cute ones of babies and children, back to some important work stuff, and then all of a sudden – the bare limbs of Summer.

… naturally, he was watching the movie backwards, beginning with today’s photos and going back in time.

It made me wonder about this fascination with documentation of experience fragments (also known as Instagram/Facebook photos, What’sApp ad infinitum).

Then IT made me feel guilty about doing all this wondering. Why am I not in the sacred HEre and NOw?


Then it was time to go back home and load my Pantax with some new ASA 400 film, all ready to shoot some new grayscale negatives I can take back to my lab to develop.

What this soon-to-be teenager guy did with the emotional retainers that over-populate my cloud drive is that he used them as a time machine to quickly go back in time.

When history ends, it does so on a silent note. There is a gap, a hairline fracture in the everyday routine, something which only a few people can become aware of.

Then something new begins; something that finds no real use in history, let alone flash-drive memories.


Extreme seriousness, displayed today in all newsrooms, eventually dissolves tomorrow into some bad joke – into a twist in the plot. As Michel Foucault (11-Imix, coming up) once said:

“The game is worthwhile insofar as we don’t know what will be the end.”

Because nobody knows what will be the end of anything, there is always a gap through which the unexpected can sneak in. New ideas, mindsets, solutions and philosophies are constantly bubbling under the surface, searching for this elusive gap, and for the right timing – simply because there is a gap.

New threads of reality are now being woven by the unknown artisan.

They are the threads of exposure.

Under the Hood

The previous trecena (1-Edznab) marks the end of the first Tzolkin semester and the current one (1-Chuen) marks the beginning of the second. In other words – the end of winter and beginning of spring. In the solar year, this is called the spring equinox, since the day and night are of the same length. This midpoint of balance exists also in the Tzolkin, since the count of days before 13-Oc and after 1-Chuen are also the same (130).

The Mirror of Reality (1-Edznab ) took me on a sharp and introspective voyage deep inside my mind and soul. To find my way out the other side I now employ the guidance and beauty of the artisan monkey Chuen, also known as the Weaver of Time.

1- Chuen is located around the dead-center of the Tzolking round. After inhaling there is an opening — a Gap. After exhaling there is another one. So it is in the 260-day round. Breathing is interacting with the world; the spaces between breath-pulses is interaction within.

This is consistent with the fact that artistic (Chuen) expression begins from within.

1-Chuen: Seed of imagination

Born on this day: Ronald Reagan (40th US president), Roland Orzabal (Tears for Fears), Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode), Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys), Winston Burdett

"No hidden catch, no strings attached. Just freelove." - Dave Gahan (1-chuen)

“No hidden catch, no strings attached. Just freelove.” – Dave Gahan (1-Chuen)

Being well aware of his/her own little imperfections and evils, the artist finds a sublime/sublimated way to harness maladjustment and flaw to create something new, beautiful, and meaningful with slender fingers – something that’s a little closer to perfection.

Both the artist and artisan (who are considered to be one and the same according to the Mayan philosophy) share this trait of truth-seeking. Some artists dedicate their talent to exposing and accentuating what’s wrong in their world. Their presented artwork is an original and fresh display of sanity and truth for everyone to digest, within works of prose, comedy and art.

The artist’s hallmark is an innate ability to rearrange existing materials and ideas in a unique and imaginary way, which actually creates a new reality. S/he takes ideas and perspectives, which were collected during 1-Edznab and before, and weaves them like fresh and colorful threads to create a new tapestry of existence. When existing threads are entwined with new ones – patterns that were never seen before begin to take shape.

1-Chuen is the right time to begin viewing the old and mundane through the curious eyes of a child, who cannot accept a fossilized definition of reality and needs to experiment. It is the perfect time to reinvent myself and redefine the meaning of innocence. To a child, most of reality is interesting and engaging. It seems that there are always new things to create out of the old, and novel experiences are waiting just around the corner.


Here is Dave Gahan (1-Chuen), the lead singer of Depeche Mode, singing “Freelove”:

“If you’ve suffered enough

I can understand what you’re thinking of

I can see the pain that you’re frightened of…

Let go of complicated feelings

Then there’s no price to pay.”

2-Eb: Road less traveled

Born on this day: Ben Stiller, Stan Laurel, Steve Gadd, Mark Grace, Bob Fosse

Road less travelled

“I feel like a mile-high pastrami on rye, on the fly from the deli in the sky!” – Ben Stiller (2-Eb) as Alex the Lion in Madagascar

Originality is not a result of comparison; it is an extension of individual uniqueness. Unique talent begins taking form right after the tendency to compare myself to another (or to my past or future self) is overcome. When I begin to follow my own art and viewpoint, moment-by-moment, a new road is blazed, branching off from the one I traveled so far.

On 2-Eb I become aware of my separation from the well-trodden path, and there comes a longing to return to the familiarity and safe shores of whatever’s left behind. In addition, Eb’s humble nature teaches me that art can be found everywhere, even in a simple word.

I realize today that I cannot actually tread another’s road. It’s always been my way, even when it ran parallel to my ex-girlfriend’s way or anyone else’s. TV might convince me that a particular viewpoint I hold TODAY resonates with a couple of middle-aged commentators, who used to be generals. It might even resonate with the masses who are standing under a particularly-colored flag.

The artist’s way is a continuous nurture and celebration of the unique, the subjective, the beautiful.


And now for some Steve Gadd (2-Eb) and Paul Simon (2-Edznab) counting the ways to get yourself free from old attachments:

“And then she kissed me, and I realized she probably was right…”

3-ben: Rhythmic Reed

Born on this day: José Mourinho, Joni Mitchell, Sarah Alexander, Pete Sampras, Erwin Schrödinger, Marina Sirtis (ST-TNG), Brendan Gleeson, Achinoam Nini, Jim Henson, Carl Benz

"Multiplicity is only apparent, in truth, there is only one mind." - Erwin Schrödinger (3-ben)

“Multiplicity is only apparent, in truth, there is only one mind.” – Erwin Schrödinger (3-ben)

The 3rd stage of the trecena can be referred to as the driving force behind the process. It takes the theme of stage 1 and challenges it (Ben-east vs. Chuen-west here) in all respects in order to create a background rhythm. 3-Ben provides rhythm to my artistic expression by applying a conduit of destiny between the physical and the spiritual.

The artist within is never content with past achievement and so s/he continuously channels his/her visions down to earth. In turn, these manifested works of art spark spiritual visions and experiences for the artist and the audience. Therefore, 3-Ben can be depicted as a dynamic triangle connecting the Artist, the Audience, and the Art.


Here’s Joni Mitchell (3-Ben) singing the ballad of Amelia Earhart (10-Manik, 6 days ago):

“I’ve spent my whole life in clouds at icy altitude
And looking down on everything, I crashed into his arms.”

4-Ix: Define art

Born on this day: Viggo Mortensen, Mark King, Emilio Estevez, Paul Simonon (The Clash), Elia Kazan, Ivo Pogorelić

"He was an arch-manipulator of actors' feelings, and he was extraordinarily talented; perhaps we will never see his like again." - Marlon Brando (9-Cib) commenting on director Elia Kazan (4-ix)

“He was an arch-manipulator of actors’ feelings, and he was extraordinarily talented; perhaps we will never see his like again.” – Marlon Brando (9-Cib) commenting on director Elia Kazan (4-Ix)

In order to convey a coherent message, the urge for artistic expression must be applied within the boundaries of skill. The artist is not necessarily a virtuoso, but rather one who is aware of both his/her strengths and weaknesses. This is the message of 4-Ix. S/he is a master of the subtleties of skill required to turn meandering musings into art that is communicative both within and without.

What further defines the true artist and his/her work is the mystery and inexplicable nature of the Jaguar (Ix), which seems to affect me indirectly, unexpectedly, and profoundly. What is audible in a musical piece only scratches the surface, while the underlying composition and silence between notes eventually taps into and feeds the elusive unconscious.


Here’s the song “Running in the family” sung by Mark King (4-Ix) on bass, shining among many other stars:

“And we all have our daddy’s eyes…”

King’s slap technique is phenomenal, especially when considering the fact that he’s singing on top of his playing. Bass guitarist usually don’t do that, since they must be very precise in their playing, to support the band from below.

5-Men: Eye-Power

Born on this day: Muammar Gaddafi, Moshe Dayan, US Civil War began, Xander Berkeley (Year One), Eckhart Tolle

"If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies." - Moshe Dayan (5-men), in an interview with Newsweek, 1977

“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” – Moshe Dayan (5-Men), in an interview with Newsweek, 1977

The 5th stage is when the cardinal direction of the trecena (in this case – west) reappears for the first time, and its purpose is guidance and empowerment of the process thus far. The eagle (Men) contributes to the overall artistic transformation process through the gift of vision and freedom.

Vision is the undefined message-in-the-making, which guides artistic expression throughout, from the first brushstroke to the final finishing touch. It begins with an idea that the artist just has to enclose within a vehicle and express to the world. During the course of artistic expression, and with continuous clarity of vision, this idea is refined and honed.

Besides vision, true art means expression that is unique and altogether free from existing convention. Emotional tethers such as fear of rejection can never inspire sincere expression.

Without the eagle’s eye there can be no such thing as creativity.


OK, I ran out of musicians. Back with more music on 7-Caban…

Instead, here’s a voice from the underworld. Muammar Gaddafi (5-Men) gave this speech to the united nations back in 2009 on the Tzolkin date 2-Men. Get a glimpse of what he saw back then, and how it’s all still playing out on the global stage today:

6-Cib: Traditional Art

Born on this day: Oliver Stone, Neve Campbell, Tommy Lee Jones, Kenneth Branagh, James Earl Jones, Edward Bernays, Don Cornelius (Soul Train), Chad Wackerman

"I have weapons you would not dare use. Fear rules man... I will infest the spirit of man so that he uses his science and logic to destroy himself." - James Earl Jones (6-cib) voice-acting the red wizard Ommadon in Flight of Dragons, 1982

“I have weapons you would not dare use. Fear rules man… I will infest the spirit of man so that he uses his science and logic to destroy himself.” – James Earl Jones (6-Cib) voice-acting the red wizard Ommadon in Flight of Dragons, 1982

Wisdom is the deep and sacred repository of our ancestors that can be tapped only from within. At stage 6 the sun-sign of wisdom (Cib) provides much-needed inner strength, so that my personal creative process of reinventing myself continues to flow on.

The essence of Cib means being very aware of limits and staying pragmatic. 1-Chuen’s message of self expression doesn’t mean producing a masterpiece every single day – that’s a typical misconception of many aspiring young artists. Later down the line of maturity, the artist realizes s/he must create more and judge less, or at least – don’t allow judgement to interfere with his/her work. On this day, cib’s practicality dictates keeping it real and refraining from overdoing it.


And now for some Shakespeare. Here’s Kenneth Branagh (6-Cib) playing Hamlet, along with Billy Crystal (6-Ik) as the gravedigger and Nicholas Farrell as Horatio. Indicative of the sun-sign cib, Branagh delivers a sensitive eulogy to his childhood friend – the court jester Yorick, and discusses the limits that death places upon kings and peasants alike:

7-Caban: Earth’s axis

Born on this day: Bill Evans, Richie Blackmore, Shaul Mofaz, Jeff Suppan, Davy Jones (The Monkees)

Caban is the incense of thought rising up to the heavens.

Caban is the incense of thought rising up to the heavens.

Like 7-Kan in the previous trecena, 7-Caban resonates closely with the overall frequency of the Tzolkin half-time break (7th uinal), and marks the final 4 introspection and reflection days of the current uinal.

Caban represents profound sensitivity – an integral component of art, facilitating the subtleties of its creation and the depth of its appreciation. At the 7th stage, this aspect provides purpose to the entire artistic process, and connects conception with manifestation.

In addition, 7-Caban reflects individual expression on a global scale. This means that truth and beauty expressed through art have no borders of land or language. It is simply a pristine reflection of human experience.

From the perspective of the entire Tzolkin round, now is the chance to survey this amazing scenery one last time; a sight which can never be repeated after beginning to come down and manifest. Everything is visible for the first (and last!) time – where I come from and where I am going.


It’s oddly comforting to find the lead singer of a band called “The Monkees” born on the monkey trecena, don’t you think? The singer in this next one is actually the Monkees’ drummer Micky Dolenz (9-Ahau) and not Davy Jones (7-Caban), but I just had to select this next one:

“I’m a believer I couldn’t leave her if I try…”

8-Edznab: Mirror of Harmony

Born on this day: Angela Merkel, Suzanne Vega, George Harrison, Charley Boorman, Ayelet Zurer, Ephraim Kishon, Jorge Posada, Wesley Sneijder, Marcel Marceau

"Without freedom the human mind is prevented from unleashing its creative force." - Angela Merkel (8-edznab)

“Without freedom the human mind is prevented from unleashing its creative force.” – Angela Merkel (8-Edznab)

8-Edznab literally means infinite/harmonious reflections. Reality is a mirror, my internal world is a mirror, my art reflects my psyche, my relationships with other humans reflect to infinity. They all interrelate and synchronize to distill truth.

In Clint Eastwood’s movie Midnight in the garden of good and evil Kevin Spacey (10-Ben) said:”Truth, like art, is in the eye of the beholder.” Before the beholder comes along, truth and art abide side by side in the artist’s heart. S/he always knows when s/he’s faking it, or not going all the way in putting the whole truth across, or worse – trying to be someone else.

8-edznab establishes coherence and clarity within the smallest details and around the whole message.


Here’s George Harrison (8-Edznab) learning the sitar with Ravi Shankar (8-Cauac):

9-Cauac: Almost rain

Born on this day: Muddy Waters, Ray Brown, Ted Turner, Laurie Anderson, Michael Richards, Kaká, Mike Dirnt (Green Day), Sarah Silverman

"Well my mother told my father just before I was born 'I got a boy child comin', gonna be, gonna be a rollin' stone" - Muddy Waters (9-cauac), Rollin' Stone 1950

“Well my mother told my father just before I was born ‘I got a boy child comin’, gonna be, gonna be a rollin’ stone” – Muddy Waters (9-Cauac), Rollin’ Stone 1950

9-Cauac is a gift of perspective, patience, and constant improvement. The artist’s heart never grows old. As long as their bodies can support them they’ll be engaged in the creative process, they’ll have something new to contribute. When they perfect a piece, or bow down before a cheering audience – there’s always something new to learn, some little piece of performance that they’d like to improve next time.

This is the essence of cauac, especially 9-Cauac in this particular trecena.


10-Ahau: Illumination

Born on this day: Pope John Paul II (died 5-Ahau), Edmond de Rothschild, Graham Chapman, Asdrúbal Cabrera, James Van Allen, Annabella Sciorra (Sopranos), Tricky, Mike Patton (Faith no more), François Mitterrand, Viktor Schauberger

"Man is called to a fullness of life which far exceeds the dimensions of his earthly existence, because it consists in sh aring the very life of God." - Pope John Paul II (10-ahau), Encyclical Evangelium vitae

“Man is called to a fullness of life which far exceeds the dimensions of his earthly existence, because it consists in sharing the very life of God.” – Pope John Paul II (10-Ahau), Encyclical Evangelium vitae

This is the last day of the 7th uinal.

10-Ahau is the day the magical art of 1-Chuen manifests. It’s a day to take a step back and appreciate beauty. It’s a very real and physical kind of illumination, which serves to apply creativity to everyday concerns and needs.

In addition, 10-Ahau introduces lofty expectations on the day of manifestation. In other words, once a new creation is complete and available it can be criticized or praised.

Ahau types usually pay attention to the criticism…


Here’s the late (but always on time) Graham Chapman (10-Ahau) trying to convey to the masses the one thing they can never digest:

“Look, you’ve got it all wrong. You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody! You’ve got to think for yourselves. You’re all individuals (Crowd: Yes, we’re all individuals). You’re all different (Yes, we are all different). You all have to work it out for yourselves… Don’t let anyone tell you what to do!“”

11-Imix: Upgraded beginning

Born on this day: Michel Foucault, Sarah McLachlan, Simon Le Bon, Joan Baez, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Manu Katché, Shirley Manson (Garbage), Roger Taylor (Queen), Eliot Ness

"What is true for writing and for a love relationship is true also for life. The game is worthwhile insofar as we don't know what will be the end." - Michel Foucault (11-Imix) interviewed in "Truth, Power, Self".

“What is true for writing and for a love relationship is true also for life. The game is worthwhile insofar as we don’t know what will be the end.” – Michel Foucault (11-Imix) interviewed in “Truth, Power, Self”.

11-Imix basically means back to school after enlightenment manifested. Imix accentuates the anti-climax theme of the 11th stage of resolution. It’s like an artist coming back home after attending the opening of his gallery showcase – to find a big empty canvas waiting on his easel.

Under the Hood

The 8th uinal begins today.

Everything you ever read about stage 8 (8-Edznab – see above, 8-Lamat, 8-Eb, etc.) is true for the 20 days of the 8th uinal beginning today. This is an aspect of the holographic nature of time and creation as a whole: whatever’s true for micro-time (day-level) is also true for macro-time (20-day uinal, 360-day tun, 7200-day katun, etc.). Likewise, an atom is a universe in itself.

Keywords for the meaning of the 8th stage (a.k.a. 4th Night): harmony, infinity (horizontal 8), balance, order from smallest details to the overall unity.


And now for some Simon Le Bon (11-Imix) and Duran Duran live on stage:

12-Ik: Deep Idea

Born on this day: Sarah Jessica Parker, Al Pacino, Derek Jeter, Roger Federer, Liam Hewlett (Pridigy), Ron Perlman, Jon Polito

"You need people to interchange with, interface with, connect with. Together you’re going to make it, you’re going to do it together, you’re going to put it on, whatever it is." - Al Pacino (12-Ik) in Producing Off-Off-Broadway (2007)

“You need people to interchange with, interface with, connect with. Together you’re going to make it, you’re going to do it together, you’re going to put it on, whatever it is.” – Al Pacino (12-Ik) in Producing Off-Off-Broadway (2007)

The language of art is universal.

A good piece of music reflects truth beyond and before dissecting it into words of appreciation or critique, as does an inspiring sculpture or a good-tasted necklace. On 12-Ik a deep understanding dawns, which involves the wind’s lack of boundaries.

When my communication is artful, i.e., when my art is true in its form and content – there is no frontier on earth that can stop the global spreading of its truth. No language, no distortion, no subversion, no firewall – nothing.


13-Akbal: The Story

Born on this day: Al Di Meola, Neil Simon, Michael Caine, Courtney Love, Diane Keaton, Lee Strasberg, Rabin assassination (born 12-Eb)

"If you can go through life without ever experiencing pain you probably haven't been born yet. And if you've gone through pain and think you know exactly why, you haven't examined all the options." - Neil Simon (13-Akbal) in The Play Goes On

“If you can go through life without ever experiencing pain you probably haven’t been born yet. And if you’ve gone through pain and think you know exactly why, you haven’t examined all the options.” – Neil Simon (13-Akbal) in The Play Goes On

13-Akbal means encapsulating the art lessons of the last fortnight within a fable, to be retold and reflected upon later down the road, especially on moonless nights, by the fire.

13-Akbal also provides the infrastructure upon which a creative future is built. It expands the artful method into perpetuation.

Art has its place and time, and must now dissolve into the next trecena – the seed of basic abundance. The next stop on the journey through time is the most balanced trecena of them all, during which the Tzolkin new year takes place.


Here’s Al Di Meola (13-Akbal), at the tender age of 27, playing solo acoustic guitar in front of a whole lot of people. Around the 5:35 minute mark a dog walks across the stage while Al is playing. His reaction, and that of the crowd, makes me laugh every time. He does regroup quickly and continues his dazzling playing:

1-Chicchan trecena daily digest: begins 2 September 2015


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

Some have noticed a 7-year pattern emerging when considering world economics and major events. 14 years ago it was 9/11, which was a turning point. 7 years ago it was the speculation and derivatives meltdown of 2008.

Now it is upon all of us again.

It is an existential drama which goes hand in hand with the symbolism of the serpent.

And, these events always seem to peak around September, and coincide with the Jewish new year, following a “Shmita” year.

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

Giving is the inevitable thing to do here.

This trait is also typical of the serpent symbol.

1-Chicchan – The way Eternity manifests in the Temporal

1-Chicchan: Kukulkan’s Kundalini

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

Kukulkan's Kundalini

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Symbology, and an Australian female artist

In everyday hospital dramas the medicinal Serpent on the doctor’s attire represents the physician’s ability to cure illness, as well as the patient’s innate ability to cure him/herself. Therefore, the theme of this trecena is the dramatic nature of life itself. The Serpent gives life but can also take it away.

It is a time of extremes, of exposed secrets and swift justice.

Here is Natalie Imbruglia (1-Chicchan), circa 2002 in a beautiful illustration of what an underwater party in Atlantis might look like:

2-Cimi: Pass ON

Born on this day: Andrea Bocelli, Corey Feldman, Anthony Quinn, Prescott Bush, Britain declares war on Germany (WWI)

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

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

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

Here is Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates in a favorite piece of male bonding:


“To be or not to be?”, or, to put it in the parlance of our times: “To Be or to
Become?” On this day of stark duality the essence of Cimi (transformation)
expresses the fork at the beginning of the winding serpentine path. Choice is the offspring of separation between self and other, mind and body, evolution and extinction. Even though Cimi literally means Death and loss, it is also a comforting and guiding force through transitions, which smooths the effects of past choices (check out Quinn’s smile for evidence).

Rather than confronting the arresting dilemmas offered by 2-Cimi head-on, this is a good day for allowing the Serpent to continue creeping stealthily below the surface. Remember that this is just the second step of the trecena journey, so whatever choice is made today – in retrospect it can always be “meant to be”.

3-Manik: Healing Drum

Born on this day: Dr. Dre, Guy Ritchie, John McCain, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, Eyal Berkovic (Football), Prince Fielder, Michael Parkinson, Miley Cyrus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Symbology and the Desert Eagle

Among many other interesting meanings, Manik (the Deer) represents the acquisition of skills and tools, as well as striving for accomplishment. During the course of life’s drama, skills are perfected and tools are acquired in order to overcome obstacles and accomplish goals. When coupled with the rhythmic and unbridled expression of stage 3, 3-Manik can be equated to a busy handyman with an overcrowded toolbox. He knows what needs to be done, wants to succeed, but has trouble deciding which tool to pick, so he leaves it for tomorrow. Therefore, on this day wisdom can be found in avoiding clutter, indecision, and procrastination.

Here is Vinnie Jones (11-Akbal) making his famous monologue, directed by Guy Ritchie (3-Manik):

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

BTW: I’ve intentionally left Brad Pitt (4-Cauac, another actor in “Snatch”) out of this post, but I’m not sure why. Maybe he’ll come up later, so wait for it.

4-Lamat: CompasStar

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

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

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

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

Under the hood

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

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

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

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


Lamat (Star) is a busy and multi-talented sun-sign which, on this day, meets the stable stage 4 of establishing boundaries. This combination is like the four-pointed compass which appears on every map and construction blueprint. It provides parameters of orientation, much like the overhead stars which also indicate my actual location. Understanding where I am and where I might go to experience abundance is the essence of this day.

The Serpent’s intuitive power must have established limits in order to be truly free. These limits are the limits of Dreams, wished upon the fertile and sexy Rabbit-Star.

My only friend – the End

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5-Muluc: Spinal fluid

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

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


Water (Muluc) is the medium by which the Serpent’s “body-lightning” courses
through the body and makes it alive. Like the Earth, my body is mostly water, and it is the offering of water which electrifies and empowers me on this day.

All eastern sun-signs express a level of fluidity, from the crocodile (Imix) to the
earthquake (Caban). The Serpent’s movement is known to be fluid and adaptable, but Muluc is the fluid itself. Therefore, 5-Muluc is the empowerment of life’s ability to adapt itself and rise above limitations.

Vocal Jazz

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

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

6-OC: Attachment vs. Non-Attachment

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

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


On the day 6-Oc the extreme nature and drama of the Serpent is refined by the Love and loyalty of the Dog. The title of the 6th stage of the trecena is Flow and
Responsiveness, and thus, through life’s dramatic trials and tribulations, flowing Love and steadfast loyalty seems always to be the answer.

The 6th stage is also considered to be traditional and habitual in nature, and when it is matched with Oc – the territorial Dog, it becomes even more so. Therefore, 6-Oc is a perfect day to spend time with family/friends and guide each other with love through the trials of this period.

History repeats itself

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

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

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

7-CHUEN: Just a Ride

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

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

At the midpoint of the serpentine rollercoaster ride of Life the artisan monkey Chuen appears just in Time to turn me around and remind me of the true nature of my tenure on the grand stage. Although the extreme instincts of self-preservation seem to always get me tangled up in life’s little hospital-dramas, the visionary artist 7-Chuen is ever present. At the very peak, the thrill of the Ride turns from sheer Terror to irony and wholehearted laughter.

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

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

8-Eb: Social Networking forever

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

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

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

So here he is talking about enlightenment the Hindu style:

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

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

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

My decision is another step along my way. Always.


The human spirit which dwells in the body has the divine ability to adapt to any and every situation. The current time period of the Serpent (1-Chicchan) serves to remind me of this constant. Chicchan is my pure passion and Lust for Life, which can be manifested both as self-preservation and instinct of survival, but also as sincere service to others. Both traits are expressions of my adaptability, and both are also equally valuable and needed during these escalating times of rapid change.

9-Ben: Serpent’s Backbone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


In the Mayan language “Ben” means “reed” or “staff”. In the context of this trecena, it can be attributed to the rod/spinal cord on which the serpent coils itself. This rod is the medium which connects Earth to the heavens, and the libido to the brain. Therefore, 9-Ben deals with the basic “mechanics” of life and destiny: whatever’s envisioned by the mind manifests down on earth, and whatever transpires in reality invariably affects the mind and guides the spirit.

In between heaven and earth, dream and reality – there is (still) Time, and stage 9’s title is “Patience”.

10-Ix: Don’t Pounce

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

10-Ix: The Shaman’s skills, perfected, hidden and beautiful, ultimately precipitate infinite responsibility and prudence.

Ix can be translated as the Jaguar Shaman or wo/man of deep wisdom who invokes the benevolent spirits of the jungle for the benefit of all. On 10-Ix the Serpent completes its transformation and manifests as a stealthy and skillful Jaguar. While the Serpent is dramatic, ascetic, and tends to allow itself to be cornered before overreacting – the Jaguar is fully aware of its abilities and strengths, so it lies unseen in ambush and knows exactly when to pounce. Thus the journey of life’s drama leads to the perfected Shaman, who responsibly and skillfully combines wisdom and instinct; spiritual enlightenment and basic survival.

11-Men: Disembarking

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

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

1-Chicchan is a deep process which contains many powerful insights into basic human experience. 11-Men’s message can be phrased as: perfection is never enough; in other words – perfection is relative to perspective (or “altitude”).

The perfect and responsible Jaguar Shaman achieved yesterday might suffice to his/her immediate tribe, but the Eagle (Men) ascends the spiraling winds of the heavens to provide me with a larger perspective. Whatever’s good for the family needs adjustment to be good for the community, and so forth. On the 11th stage the Eagle’s vision is a gift of refinement and resolution, which encourages further transformation and constant learning in expanding spheres of influence.

12-Cib: Karmic purification

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

Time for some Shiatsu

Deep introspection yields unknown treasures

Life is sacred. The essence of 12-Cib is understanding the sanctity of life as a whole, and accepting life’s promise of both ecstasy and agony. Cib means wisdom, and it is also depicted as a shrine of worship. Imagine you are visiting the far-away ruins of an ancient city. You enter the remains of a temple and place both hands on a pillar. From the depths of time a subtle echo of sacred and forgotten wisdom reverberates through the skin of your fingers. This is the energy of Cib.

I understand that the temple I visit on the day 12-Cib, and on every other day I live to experience on Earth is that most sacred of Temples – my own body.

13-Caban: Ascending Earth

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

Thank you India

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

When the sanctity of the individual is realized, the next immediate step is going global on the path of “Ascending Earth” (13-Caban). The holographic principle “As above, so below” means that whatever hold true for our body and spirit is inevitably true for the Earth itself, and therefore – the universe. The journey of 1-Chicchan began with the subjective little dramas of life and death, climaxed and was turned around with the ironies of the artisan (7-Chuen), and today it culminates in synchronizing with the Earth’s heartbeat (Caban).

Tomorrow, reality will begin to be reflected in the Mirror of Reality (1-Edznab), as the Tzolkin ride enters the middle climax of its 260-day procession.

1-Eb trecena daily digest: begins August 20, 2015

Left without saying goodbye

All over the world and throughout history humans greeted each other when they met, and parted ceremoniously via some gesture (of the hand, most commonly). Some animals share the greeting ritual, in various modes of sensory communication, but do not say goodbye to each other before leaving. Why is that?

If a friend of mine comes over to my place for a dinner party, and leaves without announcement of some kind (let’s assume he didn’t have an unexpected emergency that pulled him away), I would probably be in a position to become rightly offended. Was it the food? Didn’t he like the company? Wasn’t he comfortable? Why didn’t he say goodbye? Is he some kind of animal?

Leaving without saying goodbye means that his experience at my house was negative. It could be negative to the point of dissolving our future relationship, in other words, he left unceremoniously because he doesn’t want a future with me anymore. So here is the crux: animals don’t live by any concept of future the way humans do. A dog meets another dog and greets it to establish the boundaries of this encounter in the now. When it’s time to leave it simply points its nose to some interesting direction and gets going. No offense taken.

For us humans many other meanings factor into the equation. A human is the kind of creature that lives a story, and each story has its proper form. Each story also comes to a conclusion eventually. When my story concludes I will leave, but not before saying goodbye (I hope).

A friendly goodbye with a smile is the last impression me and my friend leave each other within the depth of our subconscious. It is a promise for an equally happy get-together next time, sometime soon maybe, hopefully.

My story and script are being written while being acted out, live and improvised. Whatever wake I leave behind me is my own, personal Road of Life. Whichever direction I pick to point my compass towards, it would be the horizon my heart yearns for now.

Walking my path of life, never knowing whose path I might cross tomorrow.

“Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again.” – The tyler’s toast, Freemasonry

Humble Pathfinding

The purifying storm (1-Cauac) left debris of old habits and mindsets in its wake, so a new trail must now be blazed. This trail begins with 1-Eb, and develops over a 13-day journey through ever-developing aspects and intentions.

1-Eb: By the way

Under the hood

1-Eb is a southern trecena, since it begins with a southern sun-sign (Eb), and it has more southern sun-signs (4) than any other direction (3 of every other). The southern sun-signs in this trecena appear on the days 1, 5, 9, and 13, and they are contrasted by 3 northern signs on the days 3, 7, and 11. When drawing a line connecting the yellow (southern) signs in the above figure, a trapezoid is formed, which gives the trecena a stable southern base. If the contrasting white (northern) signs are connected a triangle is formed, with 7-Edznab at the apex.

Being a southern trecena, 1-Eb’s theme is abundance: plenty of Roads (1-Eb), plenty of Wisdom (5-Cib), plenty of Suns (9-Ahau) and plenty of Seeds (13-Kan).

The absent southern sun-sign is the sign of the Star (Lamat). This means that the plenty on offer in this period is more grounded and realistic.

1-Eb: On the Road again

Born on this day: Friedrich Nietzsche, Billie Holiday, Dr. John, Albert Pujols, Ban Ki-moon, Julius Erving, William Shakespeare (baptized 1-Eb), George R. R. Martin

On the Road again

“Many people are obstinate about the path once it is taken, few people about the destination.” – Friedrich Nietzsche (1-Eb), taken from ‘Human, All Too Human’ (1878) section IX

“Every day is a winding Road” sings Sheryl Crow (5-Kan), and this is the main message of 1-Eb. Every day a winding road is taken, while countless other roads are inevitably forsaken. The sun-sign Eb is called “the Road of Life” and it stands for abundance through humility, stewardship and simplicity. Another famous saying which applies to this day is “there is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path”.

This trecena accentuates the presumed conflict between trying to make everyone happy and dwelling on the compromises that result from such expectations. This is the day when I begin walking the path and knowing it.

When I surrender completely to Billie Holiday (1-Eb)’s voice, without any distractions whatsoever – it can make me cry every single time. This is especially true when listening to the following song, which is about the difference between knowing what time it is and having a good time with someone you love.

I didn’t know what time it was, then I met you
Oh, what a lovely time it was, how sublime it was too
I didn’t know what day it was, you held my hand
Warm like the month of May it was,
and I’ll say it was grand
Grand to be alive, to be young, to be mad
to be yours alone
Grand to see your face, feel your touch, hear your voice,
say I’m all your own
I didn’t know what year it was, life was no prize
I wanted love and here it was
shining out of your eyes
I’m wise
and I know what time it is now

2-Ben: Following and Leading

Born on this day: Julian Assange, Heather Graham, Cate Blanchett, Terry Gilliam, David Ben-Gurion (1st Israeli PM)

“If an expert says it can’t be done, get another expert.” – David Ben-Gurion (2-Ben)

The sun-sign Ben is translated as “Reed”. It is a conduit between heaven and earth. On 2-Ben the duality between these two extremes stands out.

When the journey is underway a fateful question arises: “Is this a road of sublime aspirations or of earthly needs?” This question is not easily resolved, since it arises from a preconception that previous roads I’ve taken led me either up to the spiritual or down to the material. However, on a broader scale, which cannot yet be fathomed so early in the journey – a road is simply a road, and while walking it it’s better not to be distracted by wondering where it might lead.

Ben is associated with leadership, but when coupled with the number 2 it could mean an iffy kind of leadership. It all depends on how 2-Ben is channeled. If the road’s direction is clear, 2-Ben is very decisive, no doubts nor hesitation. But if you’ve lost your sense of direction, it’s probably best just to go wherever the other guy’s going.

Interesting note: David Ben-Gurion declared Israel’s independence from the British mandate on the day 2-Akbal, which is one of his personal burner days.

3-Ix: Cheshire Cat

Born on this day: Josef Stalin, Enrico Fermi, Iggy Pop, Ivy Lee, Andrew Jackson (7th US President), Billy Boyd (LOTR Pippin), Vivian Leigh, Hamid Karzai

Cheshire Cat

“Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” – Joseph Stalin (3-Ix) in an interview with H. G. Wells (1937)

The 3rd day of every trecena is a day of rhythmic action and communication, since it comes right after resolving the duality and indecision of the 2nd day. Ix is the Jaguar/shaman, and its energy is somewhat elusive, indirect, and feline in nature. Combined together, 3-Ix is like an inquisitive cat that wants to know everything and can’t stand still. The Jaguar’s element is nature, and it appreciates the scenic road, regardless of where it leads.

4-Men: Sufficient View

Born on this day: John F. Kennedy (35th US President), Woody Allen, Diego Maradona, Stephen Sondheim, Ron Carter, Shane MacGowan (The Pogues), Jamie Foxx

Sufficient View

“Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it.” – Woody Allen (4-Men) taken from A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982)

The sun-sign Men is the Eagle that soars high above the road and sees dead-ends and insurmountable barriers that cannot possibly be foreseen by its predecessor – the Jaguar – at ground level. The 4th stage of the journey is when boundaries are placed and the entire process is stabilized as a result. The eagle’s vision on this day helps to avoid taking the wrong turns on the Road, and teaches me that, although there are always countless roads to take, I must use vision to define and stabilize my overall destination, and as a result – maintain my freedom of movement.

Woody Allen and JFK were both born on the same Tzolkin day (4-Men). In the following stand-up show from 1965 some similarities can be drawn between their common fields of interest.

5-Cib: Path of Ancient Wisdom

Born on this day: Pablo Picasso, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Robert Redford, Dmitri Shostakovich, Chuck Norris, Alan Holdsworth, Michel Hazanavicius

“I hope that Live Earth ends global warming the same way the Live Aid ended world poverty.” – Chris Rock (5-Cib)

After getting the eagle’s-eye view of all the roads that should and shouldn’t be taken, at the 5th stage of the journey Wisdom (Cib) pinpoints the best route to take. Ultimately, only one Road is traversed, and on this day the silent introspection of Cib reveals the one true path which seems to lie right in front of me.

Cib emanates the deep and ancient presence of deceased ancestors. How wise they were about the road of life, the way of people, the greeting of a strange traveler, and the assistance rendered by the local community.

A farewell on equal and square terms is a wise and very ancient piece of advice.

6-Caban: Flowing Frequency

Born on this day: Alfred Hitchcock, Kelsey Grammer, Sydney Pollack, Arnold Schoenberg, Thora Birch, Steve McQueen, Joseph McCarthy

Flowing Frequency

“Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house.” – Alfred Hitchcock (6-Caban)

Caban stands for the deep and slow rhythms of earth itself, and on the 6th day of the trecena it provides confidence and flow. This is the day in which I take off my shoes and walk barefoot on the road. The soil relays the earth’s deep frequencies through my bare feet and reassures my that the one path that was chosen yesterday will lead me exactly to where I should be.

Elephants do the same as they collectively migrate in over thousands of miles to arrive at a dry basin just before an abundant flood rushes in.

To read more about Caban click here.

Note that in this trecena, stages 6 through 9, which represent the balanced phase of the process – are occupied by the last 4 sun-signs of the uinal (Caban, Edznab, Cauac, and Ahau). This means that the highest level of sophistication is called for in order to transition from planning the path to manifesting it.

Note also that Steve McQueen (6-Caban) was born the day before his karate master – Bruce Lee (7-Edznab), and Chuck Norris (5-Cib) was born a day before McQueen. Three martial arts actors, one path.

7-Edznab: Real Purpose

Born on this day: Goldie Hawn, Ralph Fiennes, William Butler Yates, Tre Cool (Green Day), Alan Wilder (former Depeche Mode), Mila Kunis (That 70’s Show), Bruce Lee

Real Purpose

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

Edznab is the Mirror of reality, and 7-Edznab is the only day in the Tzolkin when the Mirror meets the reflective number 7. This is a powerful day of stark reality right in your face. There is absolutely no room for deception or second guessing. Edznab is the knife that cuts through illusion, and when it appears on the midpoint and apex of the journey it reflects both the humble and hesitant beginning of the first step (1-Eb) and the abundant ascension that lies in promise at the end of the road (13-Kan).

It is the proverbial point of no return.

8-Cauac: Perpetually Wet

Born on this day: Lenny Kravitz, Christopher Lee, Ravi Shankar, Brian Molko (Placebo), Thomas Pynchon, Erin Burnett, Amy Goodman, WWI began (1914)

Perpetually Wet

“All investigations of Time, however sophisticated or abstract, have at their true base the human fear of mortality.” – Thomas Pynchon (8-Cauac) in Against the Day

The second half of any given trecena revolves around a process of manifestation. In the first half an energetic wave of change is gathered below the surface of existing reality (stage 1 through 5). It then reaches equilibrium around the crest (6 through 9), crosses the breaking-point of stage 10 (Manifestation), and finally resolves and completes the cycle (11 and 12), before the next wave begins to gather (13).

The 8th day of the trecena is the day in which the theme of the previous trecena reappears to balance the effects of the current one. The previous trecena was 1-Cauac, which is the blessing of the cleansing rainstorm. On 8-Cauac an activating and balancing change takes place, as a direct result of facing the stark reality of yesterday (7-Edznab).

In the context of this trecena, when the Road of Life (Eb) is chosen, and the point of no return (7) is crossed – a storm breaks out, and the old skin of the past is shed and washed away. The lesson of this day is that even when a true path is chosen, storms of change are always a possibility as I actually walk the path. It also shows that meticulous cleansing, which takes place at the everyday mundane level – invariably transforms the whole.

Next is Ravi Shankar (8-Cauac) at Monterey Pop (June 1967). Only in minute 07:00 do you actually see the man. Before that it’s faces of the audience (Jimi Hendrix among them). A colorful snapshot of the deep sixties.

9-Ahau: Aslan is on the Move

Born on this day: Steve Jobs, C.S. Lewis, Steve Miller, Randy Johnson, Dusty Baker, last luner landing (Apollo 17), Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), Evelyn Robert de Rothschild

Aslan is on the Move

“If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road” – C. S. Lewis (9-Ahau) in Mere Christianity

An Ahau day is the final day of the 20-day uinal, and it represents enlightenment and the realization of all potential. 9-Ahau is the day when the 5th uinal of the Tzolkin ends, which means that on this day the entire 260-day process of gestation completes its 20-day cycle of Empowerment (5), which began on 3-Imix.

9-Ahau is when the memory of my great ancestors guides me on the Path of Life and provides patience, perseverance, and peace of mind. Although it always seems that today is much more challenging than yesterday, on this day I am reminded that those who came before us also had to choose the one true path and to leave all other paths behind. Like me, they too walked the path to wherever it led.

On 9-Ahau this realization is an abundant source of comfort and insight, and it allows for enlightened completion and realization of the process thus far.

Here’s a memorable quote from someone who was born 9-Ahau:

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs in his address at Stanford University (2005)

10-Imix: Traversing the Mire

Born on this day: Janis Joplin, Woody Harrelson, Kobe Bryant, Bryant Gumbel, Tilda Swinton, Martin Gore (Depeche Mode), Vladimir Vysotsky, David Kelly (Waking Ned), Clémence Poésy, Jean Houston

Traversing the Mire

“Tomorrow never happens. It’s all the same fucking day, man.” – Janis Joplin (10-Imix)

The end of every road 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.

The previous day (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. 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.

11-Ik: Pathless Spirit

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.

11-Ik is a gentle breeze which refines the newly manifested path and perfects it. Ik is the essence of intellect which distinguishes between one thing and the other and enables me 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.

12-Akbal: Last Night

 Born on this day: Chevy Chase, George Carlin, Jeff Beck, Tom Morello (RATM), 2008 Tsunami, Dock Ellis, Evan Longoria

Last Night

“It’s called the American Dream, ’cause you have to be asleep to believe it.” – George Carlin (12-Akbal)

12-Akbal is a day of profound understanding that, no matter how well-travelled and planned a Road may be – the way I experience and walk it always remains unknown. I come to realize that during the previous days of planning, walking, and charting the Road it was always intuition that guided me. The destination doesn’t wait at the end of the Road, it is formulated step-by-step by the bravery of the traveler, who walks the unknown path into the Night, and emerges at dawn to inspire future adventurers.

George Carlin (12-Akbal) was brave in his own special way. Here he is reminding us about the things that make us the same.

13-Kan: From Seed to Seeds

Born on this day: Jean-Paul Gaultier, Michel Petrucciani, Marty Feldman, Alfred Dreyfus, Dean Martin, Gilbert Gottfried

From Seed to Seeds

“Hookers have to deliver on their promise, unlike politicians.” – Marty Feldman (13-Kan)

Stage 13 represents the duality between the current process and the consequent one. As a metaphor, stage 13 can be equated with an ace on the blackjack table, which can either be valued as 11 or 1, depending on its surroundings. It’s completely present or altogether absent.

In the growth process, stage 13 is called “Fruition”, and the fruit holds within it the seeds of the next process of evolution. Since the sun-sign Kan means seed (among other meanings), 13-Kan is the only day in the Tzolkin when the concept of seeding and future growth is present in both the sun-sign (nature) and number (expression).

In the context of this trecena, 13-Kan shows that once the true Road of Life is manifested and perfected, countless other roads can be charted and traveled. One seed makes many seeds, and one road leads to many roads.

When this concept is realized the stage is set for life’s drama to unfold, as the serpent 1-Chicchan begins.