1-Akbal spans most of the 10th uinal, and contains 3 portal days: 2-Kan, 7-Muluc, and 10-Eb. As discussed in previous posts, there is a story which begins to develop on stage 1 and manifests on stage 10. In this trecena, the Night begins the process on 1-Akbal, and it manifests as a clear path on 10-Eb. In between, there are some very interesting combinations.
Akbal belongs to a burner-day quadruple which I like to call “Dream Ingredients”. Besides Akbal, this quadruple consists of Lamat, Ben, and Edznab. So, in order to have a proper dream you need all 4 of these elements: the unknown night (Akbal) strewn with stars (Lamat), a connection between what’s manifested and imagined (Ben) and a mirror which separates illusion from reality and reflects one upon the other (Edznab).
1-Akbal [12 August 2011] Unite at Night
Born on this day: Andre Agassi, Uma Thurman, Dan Simmons, Benny Hill, Walt Whitman, Brian May (Queen)
1-Akbal is like planting a seed and not knowing what would grow of it.
It represents the basic assumption that we are all on this plane of existence to constantly face the fear of the unknown 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.
2-Kan [13 August 2011] 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
- When you begin a trip to an unknown land (and I mean utterly unknown – think about an unnamed island you know nothing about) one of the first questions you’re bound to think about is “will I have anything to eat there?” The first Portal Day (of both the 10th uinal and this trecena) 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 we imagined before. It is a day to deal with the urge to lose nerve and go back to the known.
3-Chicchan [14 August 2011] Rhythmic Serpent
Born on this day: Tom Jones (singer), David Cameron, Aaron Eckhart
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 striving.
4-Cimi [15 August 2011] Boundaries of Change
Born on this day: Nancy Sinatra, Tom Cruise, Steven Berkoff, Woodstock Festival began
4-Cimi establishes the irreversibility of the current trecena’s evolution. It reminds us 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 almost always taken for granted and overlooked. Thus the illusion that we can actually remain who we were yesterday is somehow maintained.
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. 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.
5-Manik [16 August 2011] Precise Pilgrimage
Born on this day: John Denver, Stewart Copeland, Luke Perry, David Wilcock, Freddie Mercury
5-Manik is the first time we encounter a western sun-sign since this western trecena began. It is therefore a return the the main theme + a modulation in harmony, which develops the process and makes it more precise.
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).
6-Lamat [17 August 2011] Responsive Harmony
Born on this day: David Hasselhoff, Hosni Mubarak, Daniel Radcliffe, Jerry Lewis
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 omnidirectional 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).
7-Muluc [18 August 2011] Reflective Thanksgiving
Born on this day: Mel Blanc, Zinedine Zidane, Louis Pasteur, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Rihanna, Edward Norton, Christian Slater, John Tyler (10th US President)