5-Chicchan: LIFE (26 October 2016)

Born 5-Chicchan: Srinivasa Ramanujan, Andy Griffith, Marilyn Monroe, Demetri Martin (comedian), Sylvia Plath, Barbara Marx Hubbard


“Story of my life. I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop.” – Marilyn Monroe (5-Chicchan) as Sugar in ‘Some Like it Hot’

The new trecena that began last Saturday with 1-Imox, considered by many (but certainly not all) followers of the Tzolkin to be the first trecena, is made precise in its process today, 5-Serpent.

Yesterday (4-Kat/Net) was the fourth and completing day of the trecena. In other words, during the first 4 days each of the cardinal directions is addressed, and the 1st full circle is made complete. In our case: East (Imox), North (Iq), West (Akabal), and South (Kat). Again, here Kenneth Johnson (a well-known Imox) might direct attention to a different sequence of cardinal directions and their corresponding Nawals – as they are observed in the Guatemala highlands. With that in mind, I’ll continue with the most well-known system.

After completing one round, it’s time to augment and distill the raw Eastern theme of 1-Imox with 5-Serpent today. Since my Tzolkin return is just 3 days away, I’ll let you in on my own understanding and view of this day.

The serpent is my body. It is my life in the most total and complete awareness to which I can give my attention. It begins with the first question I ask myself during my waking hours: ‘Am I OK?’ In other words – my health and wellbeing. It continues through all modes of daily experience, sensual ‘input’, physical response, emotions – the whole shebang.

It concludes and is understood when finally it reaches my mental faculties. The mind must not be regarded as being inferior to actual experience. It is the valuable and meticulous govern-mental clerk, placed at the end of the process, to write history and make sense of it all.

The integrating factor.

Only after all is aligned – from my experienced health below, through the motions and emotions, my primal reaction to them, and all the way up to my logical understanding of Nature and Reality – can I tap into, and make my will known in, the sphere of causes.

Until such time, I am bound to remain wandering around clueless, repeatedly trying to change reality through the sphere of effects – in vain.

The serpent who Did not offer any proof for most of his mathematical results

“12 years of age, mastered trigonometry, developing his own theorems” – about Srinvasa Ramanujan (5-Serpent)

5-Eb: Man’s Stairway (13 October 2016)

Born 5-Eb: Ron Paul, Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th US President), Fred Alan Wolf, Mike Myers, Claus von Stauffenberg, Rev. Jim Jones


“BIBLE – Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth” – Mike Myers (5-Eb), The Love Guru

On November 18th, 1978 (6-Lamat) Rev. Jim Jones (5-Eb) led his sheepfold to mass suicide, emulating the desperate story of Massada from the 1st century CE. He was the kind of leader that could actually pull that kind of sacrifice off on a grand scale. He shares his Tzolkin birthday with two other common-people leaders: Ron Paul and Ike.

Another 5-Eb heroic failure would be Claus von Stauffenberg, a young officer who grew in an aristocratic German family in the early 20th century. One day in 1944 he went to a meeting with Hitler in his bunker carrying a bomb in his suitcase. He had a firm conviction that the charismatic leader of his fatherland was in a rapid and out-of-control process of burning Germany to the ground. He was sure he can do something about it, even if he had just one arm and one eye left from the early war. So shortly after entering the bunker conference room, he squeezed the time-delayed detonator, waltzed out of the room to answer a timely phone call from a co-conspirator, got on a jeep and sped out of there.

You know, just like Tom Cruise (4-Cimi) did in Operation Valkyrie.

"Es lebe unser heiliges Deutschland!" ("Long live our sacred Germany!") - Claus von Stauffenberg

“Es lebe unser heiliges Deutschland!” (“Long live our sacred Germany!”) – Claus von Stauffenberg

Not many days later, poor Claus was hung by his neck for high treason, his family line killed off, along with all his coup conspirators. It’s important to point out that there’s little doubt about the relevance and importance of that specific conspiracy and military coup attempt. How much light and bravery did von Stauffenbern bring into those dark times with his subversive diligence? How much of today’s activism involve a level of sacrifice resembling 5-Eb’s?

Capital E Empathy

5-Eb means knowing how to find and follow your one true path of integrity and purpose, which must always lead upwards and onwards, like a staircase. Having established Chuen in the previous stage, I now return to the theme cardinal direction for the first time (south) and incorporate the essence of Eb in order to walk the path of the Stars.

5-Eb also means knowing what moves you forward and what keeps you back, as the Buddha once said (Buddha being the Hindu name for Mercury, among other meanings). Since Eb is a sensitive and communal sun-sign, those boosters and obstacles can be the subtlest things – an orchard in bloom, a far-away snow-capped peak, an off remark.

Rather than keeping things hidden inside, today I share my thoughts about where I am and where I’m heading. I pin-point the landmarks that offer promise, and those that present challenge. I rally my tribe to follow me down the star-spangled path of the universe.

You know, like Ike.

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.