7-Lamat: Fruitful purpose (19 September 2016)

Bon 7-Lamat: John Forbes Nash, Carl Sagan, Benjamin Netanyahu, Grace Jones

"What are the stars? Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars." - Carl Sagan (7-Lamat), Cosmos (1980)

“What are the stars? Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.” – Carl Sagan (7-Lamat), Cosmos (1980)

Studying and following the Tzolkin, it became gradually obvious to me that the ancient law of analogy, as it was written on the Emerald Tablets of Egypt, holds true in this world I find myself living in. The hermetic law of analogy is best known by the idiom “as above, so below”, while yet another interpretation of it is the connection between the microcosm and the macrocosm.

This can mean, for example, that the entire world exists as a hologram inside each human being. To know myself is to know the world. Whatever I find outside myself exists in me.

I know exactly how it can feel to read this through western eyes and washed brains. It looks exactly like cyclical logic. Something that doesn’t really mean anything. But this is because the law of analogy makes most sense in the world of experience, rather than the abstract world of logic.

Within the theme of this blog – TIME – similarities can be found between different time scales: days, years, Platonic years, Tzolkin rounds, etc.

In one of his allusions to esoteric knowledge, Shakespeare once called sleep “the small death”. So what comes after the smaller death?

06:20 (birth) blank awareness, oblivion

06:22 (baby) get out of bed, get into shower

07:00 (child) eat breakfast, think about today

09:30 (young adult) work/study/DO

12:30 (adult) have lunch, reflect and plan

22:30 (near death) drowsy reading in bed

Every day is therefore a mini-cycle of life and death, and my tenure on planet earth is a longer cycle, with a similar arc of composing and decomposing. In other words, remembering someone from yesterday on the daily cycle is like remembering someone from a previous life on the longer cycle.

3-Kan: Natural rhythm (15 September 2016)

Born 3-Kan: Marilyn Manson, Queen Elizabeth II, Steven M. Greer, Joseph Goebbels, Arthur Conan Doyle, Paul Melnyk, Brian Eno

Natural Rhythm

“Is adult entertainment killing our children? Or is killing our children entertaining adults?” – Marilyn Manson (3-Kan)

3-Kan represents fertile seeds that the wind (1-Ik) carries to distant locations. Because it’s a very energetic and unrestrained 3-day, the seeds travel in all directions. There are so many of them, so it doesn’t really matter where they end up, or whether they strike root or not. When distribution is carried out by the wind in all directions, the law or avarages ensures that at least some seeds will become successful new plants.

Other seeds may lay dormant for years until their opportunity comes along. Time means little to good, fertile potential.

Caught in a net

“Kat” in Kiche’ means a bag made of a net, taken by Mayan  shoppers to markets for many centuries as a means to carry abundance back home. The grocaries are bunched together inside this net bag, vegetables next to flour, next to oil. They are entnagled inside the net, this specific mix of ingerients arranged by a shopper. They will soon mix with each other even more closely inside a big pot or pan on the family hearth.

This day represents the entanglements which bring people together. They are the responsibilities parents have for their offspring, the relationships they maintain with their neighbors and town council. Individuals who happen to live together in the same place, sharing resources and talents.

While it is often demanding and even annoying to be entangled with other people, it also always carries potential. Knowing that my neighbor is committed as much as I am to making his home here, right next to me, I can trust his judgment and efforts and he can trust mine. I choose to communicate with him responsibility and respectfully, since I know that if I don’t none of us is going anywhere…

However, the strength and potential of a social network come directly from the ability of each member of the network to know and learn  him/herself, and define and guard their individuality. People born on a Kat day are known for guarding their privacy, and for their quirkiness. Although they naturally serve as warm social hubs, they always need time to keep to themselves and explore their own little private realms, alone.

There is no dilemma here. Individuality does not stand in contrast to community. It is the very source of its cohesion and endurance.

1-Ik: One voice (13 September 2016)

Born 1-Ik: Pink, Sade, Robert Johnson, Mick Jones (The Clash), Otto von Bismarck, Scott Bakula, Lesley Stahl

"A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence." - Otto von Bismarck (1-Ik)

“A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence.” – Otto von Bismarck (1-Ik)

I like good quotes, which is why I keep copying them into my posts. A good quote puts into words good ideas and points to wise and deep courses of thought. The day of good communications is known as Ik, the sign of the wind and spirit (among other meanings).

In the glyph, the horizontal line represents the wind, and the perpendicular line is a tree. Trees and winds are intimately related in the Mayan culture, and might even be considered to be one organism. The wind carries seeds across great distances, and they fall to become new trees at new locations. The trees reciprocate by ‘calming’ strong and destructive winds down, softening and dispersing them, as they pass through them.

In the same way, good ideas are like seeds that fertilize new lands when they are communicated (like a quote).

A good idea moves mountains and meets deadlines with great gusto. It’s a glimpse of what a better reality could look like, which sets wheels in motion.

Good communications are key in any community, be it a community of brain cells (as in good thinking) or a beehive (good honey) or a Kibbutz (good parties).


Here’s the godfather of Blues – Robert Johnson (1-Ik):