Link to previous trecena: 1-Cauac Part 2
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. If you draw 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 perfect triangle is formed, with 7-Edznab at the apex.
Being a southern trecena, 1-Eb’s theme is abundance: plenty of Roads (1), plenty of Wisdom (5), plenty of Suns (9) and plenty of Seeds (13).
“Every day is a winding Road” sings Sheryl Crow, 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 to 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 you begin walking the path AND knowing it.
… And the signpost at the side of the Road says “Express your feelings; don’t hold them in.”
Born on this day: Friedrich Nietzsche, Billie Holiday
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, especially since this is a Portal Day (more details on Portal Days in the previous post, under the previous Portal Day: 10-Lamat). When the journey is underway a fateful question arises: “Will this Road lead to heavenly aspirations or earthly needs?” This question is not easily resolved, since it arises from a preconception that previous roads we’ve taken led us 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 it always takes you exactly to where you need to go.
Born on this day: Julian Assange, Heather Graham, Cate Blanchett, Terry Gilliam
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.
Born on this day: Josef Stalin, Enrico Fermi, Iggy Pop
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 us that, although there are always countless Roads to take, you must use Vision to define your overall destination, and as a result – maintain freedom of movement.
Born on this day: John F. Kennedy, Woody Allen, Diego Maradona,
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 us. However, the second Portal Day of the trecena is also a day of serious pondering and deep self-consciousness, which borderlines insecurity: “Is this truly the best route?” Well, you better just keep on walking and make it the best as you go!
Born on this day: Pablo Picasso, Chris Rock, Robert Redford
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 you take off your shoes and walk barefoot on the Road. The soil relays the Earth’s deep frequencies through your bare feet and reassures you that the one path that was chosen yesterday will lead you exactly to where you should be. Elephants do the same as they migrate over thousands of miles to arrive at a dry basin just before an abundant flood rushes in.
To read more about Caban click here.
Born on this day: Alfred Hitchcock, Kelsey Grammer, Arnold Schoenberg, Thora Birch
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.
Born on this day: Goldie Hawn, Ralph Fiennes, William Butler Yates