Preface: Family Dance of Destiny
The journey's LONG! and I feel so bad I'm thinking back to the last DAY we had... When I'm weak I draw strength from you And when you're lost I know how to change your mood And when I'm down you breathe life over me Even though we're miles apart, we are each other's Destiny On a clear day I'll fly home to you I'm bending TIME, getting back to you Old moon fades into the new and soon, I know, I'll be back with you I'm nearly with YOU I'm nearly with you... - Sia Furler (6-Ik, 1-Caban trecena) and Sophie Barker (kin?) featured in Zero 7's album "Simple Things"
I was married on the day 7-Ben (1-Manik trecena), several years ago. My wife was born 12-Edznab (same trecena) and her father: 6-Eb (ditto).
The song that played during our first dance as a married couple was this one.
It’s called “Destiny”, and I just realized that it contains important clues and keys to understanding what the Mayan Sun-Sign Ben really means, and also gaining valuable insights which this 13-day period has to offer.
So, without further a-do, here is Sia Furler and Sophie Barker.
The Album “Simple Things” by Zero 7 was released by the Ultimate Dilemma label on April 23rd 2001 (8-Ahau, on this 1-Ben trecena of Destiny).
The thing is, when all these things took place (the wedding, the birthdays, the album release) I wasn’t yet aware of the Mayan Calendar, and haven’t yet begun my research. When I started gathering and arranging dates I found very interesting correlations. And they keep on coming.
BTW (and going back to my wedding), the song right after our slow dance, when all the guests were invited to slow-dance next to us, was “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain (12-Edznab, same as my wife). This song was featured in this blog on the 1-Imix Full Trecena Analysis, back in November. It resonates closely with this trecena, since 1-Imix begins the Tzolkin Fall and 1-Ben concludes it.
Today’s question is: “What does CEO mean?”
The clue to solve this riddle is: 2, 6, 7, 11, and 13
1-Ben: Leadership and the Family
Born on this day: Stephen Baxter, Brian O’Leary, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Davies
Ben (or “Reed”) is considered to be one of the more enigmatic symbols in Mayan symbolism, especially to Western thought. I found three keywords which helped me in putting together a possible meaning. They are: Leadership, Family, and Destiny.
Leadership, since it is the sun-sign that follows The Road (Eb, human sun-sign), in the sense that after the road is mapped a leader must walk in front of the community.
Leadership, also, since the staff or Reed is a sign of authority (much like the Olympian torch, and Roman Fasces). It is the tool in the hands of the guide, or the elder. It is the staff of Moses, which can turn into a serpent (13-Chicchan) like a feat of majix.
2-Ix: Lunar Shaman
Born on this day: Shakira, Harvey Keitel, Carlos Slim, Richard Nixon (37th US President)
The way I see it, the number 2 is associated with the moon and the lunar cycles. First of all, the moon comes second to the Sun. Secondly, it receives its light from the Sun, so it’s a reflective device (like your computer screen).
Thirdly… well, maybe anything beyond 2 is already something other than lunar.
Manly P. Hall (3-Cauac, 1-Caban trecena) once said in one of his lectures: “Pressure can cause an individual to say ‘the End justify the Means.’ The moment he has done so – the madness of the moon is upon him.” In other words, he’s a lunatic.
So the Moon is reflective, and it wields dominion over the Jaguar’s time of prowl. It is little surprise, then, that one of the richest men alive (Carlos Slim) was born 2-Ix, and so did “Tricky Dick”.
Vicarious living guided imagination: Harvey Keitel (also 2-Ix) as Winston ‘The Wolf’ Wolfe (Pulp Fiction), pacing the oval office in the White House, and quarterbacking how the staff should handle Watergate.
Born on this day: Matt Stone, Michael Stipe, Peter Lorre
The second keyword is “Family”, and here I’ll make a small aside for some background. The sun-sign Ben is one quarter of a burner quadruplet which also includes Edznab, Akbal, and Lamat. Each quadruplet has a theme which binds its four members together. The quadruplet in question has to do with Dreams, Reality, and whatever’s in-between. Why? well, there’s the Night (Akbal) and the Star (Lamat), the mirror (Edznab) and driving it all – destiny’s conduit a.k.a. Jacob’s Ladder (Ben).
The family is where I find myself when the Night falls and the Stars come out. Under the same roof, the family takes the Night’s journey of dreams, where the Reed and the Mirror are predominant. I have dinner with my wife and talk about what came to pass and what’s looming ahead. We discuss our dreams and our daily reality. We take part in working out the minute aspects of each-others destiny.
To clarify, “Family” is anything YOU decide it is, with or without blood, and regardless of gender or any other tradition. I am saying this from first-hand experience, being adopted at the tender age of 8 months.
Back in the National Underworld (according to Calleman’s theory), when I grew up, “Family” used to mean something very specific, at least in the general concept of it. Then, when the dualistic Galactic Underworld began its Ministry of the Moon, the Time came for sacred cows to be processed by McDonald’s.
This is where Matt Stone came into the picture for me. Stone, along with Trey Parker (4-Chuen, 1-Lamat trecena) created the TV show South Park, which, back in its early time, was a slaughterhouse for all social and familial sacred cows. It’s just one example, of course.
4-Cib: Temple of the NEW and S
Born on this day: [???] Can you find internationally-known people born on 4-Cib? I only found a couple of friends and 2 local singers…
Just before the 2nd eastern sun-sign appears, Cib (Wisdom, Shrine) completes the first go-around the compass (N.E.W. and S).
[More details on this day to be posted later]
5-Caban: Global Center of Gravity
Born on this day: Byron Katie, Fernando Torres, Robert Smith (The Cure), Demi Moore, Michael J. Fox
[More details on this day to be posted later]
6-Edznab: Tradition is Real
Born on this day: Kimberley Ann Deal (Pixies), Zachary Taylor (12th US President), James A. Garfield (20th, same) , Benicio del Toro, Lisa Kudrow
Portal day. Bell rings, class is joined.
We’ll go over two of the names above, and begin with the one who is currently least known. Zachary Taylor came from the Whigs party of the mid-19th century. The Whigs basically supported the supremacy of Congress over the presidency and favored a program of modernization and economic protectionism.
Economic Protectionism, by the way, is called Anti-Globalization
James Garfied, called a Republican in the parlance of the times, was the 20th man in the white house. He got to call the shots for a mere 6 months, right up to the point where he got his two .44 mm shots by a ‘deranged assassin’. That happened on the Tzolkin day 8-Ahau (2 days following his birthday).
James Garfield was the second US president to be assassinated (after
Zachary Tylor was the second US president to die in office.
7-Cauac: Cloudy Horizon
Born on this day: James Buchanan (15th US president), Jerry Seinfeld, Kurt Cobain, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Robert Altman
Cauac (Rainstorm) shares traits with the current trecena theme of Ben. Cauac is considered to be a homey sign, and people born under this sign tend to appreciate the comforts of home and family. This is the flip-side of the stormy nature of Cauac, who knows how stormy it can be outside the family and home settings.
In addition, Cauac, much like Ix on stage 2 and Kan on stage 12 of this trecena – embodies potential and a gathering of energy before release. It is therefore fitting for Cauac to appear on the 7th stage of this trecena, since it is on this day that Destiny reaches its highest potential and gains purpose, as a cleansing and educating force within HOME.
8-Ahau: Infinite Light
Born on this day: Alan Dershowitz, Warren Beatty, Toni Collette, Vincent van Gogh, Douglas Adams, Norah Jones, Yali Sobol (Monica Sex), Yisrael Poliakov
Also from Adams, and this time, resonating with the current hearsay that Bill Gates (8-Cimi) has joined Voldemort, Darth Vader, and Ben Bernanke:
“The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armor to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he, by peddling second rate technology, who led them into it in the first place, and continues to do so today.” – The Guardian 1995
9-Imix: Begin from Zoom-Out
Born on this day: Robert Plant, Johann Sebastian Bach, Aretha Franklin, John Noble (LOTR Denethor), Richard O’Brien (Rocky Horror), Glenn Close
The 4th uinal begins today with 9-Imix. If you’ve ever watched Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, or Richard O’Brien as Riff-Raff – you might have some idea as to the measure of madness inherent in this combination.
The 9th stage (5th Day of creation), when all cycles of action come to completion, gets a primordial jolt back to the basic aspect of nurturing and initiation (Imix).
10-Ik: Palpable Change
Born on this day: Lou Piniella, Tom Selleck, Richard Dean Anderson, James Hetfield (Metallica), Egberto Gismonti, Boy George, Billie Joe Armstrong, L. Ron Hubbard, George Lucas
What began in the stalk of the Reed manifests today on the breath of the boundless Wind. The ideals and morals that established Leadership and Family during the first stages, the same ones that make the Reed rigid (the proverbial Backbone) all get blown away and diluted today by the complications of language and meaning.
This is what Mr. Hubbard was talking about when he uttered the above quote, at least the way I see it.
The wind bends the flexible Reeds and breaks the rest.
Born on this day: Pelé, Danny Kaye, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Jay Kay (Jamiroquai), Kai Eckhardt, Jack London, Chester A. Arthur (21st US president), Herbert Hoover (31st US president), Abraham Lincoln (16th US president), Andy Serkis, Oliver Platt, Crispin Glover (George McFly), Kevin Costner
Phew! Did you take a look at that list? I mean, Lincoln, Hoover, and Gollum bunched together somehow? And the unsung heroism of George McFly added to the mix?
So, the mystery of today’s question (put at the beginning of this post) begins to truly unfold on the 11th stage (6th Day). How perfect. To have 3 US presidents born on one day, and to have so many of them on the same trecena (wait, there’s more to come) – is a very curious finding, to say the least.
However, it is merely a finding. Everything else that is currently spiraling around your mind is speculation and theory, when extracted through everyday discourse.
12-Kan: Deep Harvest
Born on this day: Pope Benedict XVI (265th and current Pope), Nomar Garciaparra, Charles Mingus, James Doohan
The next-to-last stage 12 is like the next-to-final scene of a good suspense movie. It is when all the pieces fall into place, and all loose ends are somehow tied or otherwise dealt with. It concludes when it’s obvious that the only thing left in the movie is to watch some kind of final goodbye, with a hint regarding what happens next.
The moment of understanding for the Reed, that instant when everything falls into place – is when it produces a Seed. The Seed is tomorrow’s potential. It is the offspring that allows the leader of Destiny to depart, knowing that even if his own destiny hasn’t been completely realized within his Time, the seeds of a new destiny have already been sown.
13-Chicchan: Winter’s Terror
Born on this day: Sylvester Stallone, Jodie Foster, Mark Wahlberg, George W. Bush (43rd US CEO), Osama bin Laden
The United States declared independence on the Tzolkin date 9-Ben (1-Chicchan trecena). So, today these two related sun-signs (Serpent and Reed) meet again, but in reverse.
To find that Bush and Bin-Laden shared the same Tzolkin birthday really got my attention a few years ago. Bush is the 7th US president to have his birthday on this trecena. I wonder if this record will be beaten. His father, BTW, Bush senior, was born the very next day in the Tzolkin – 1-Cimi. In other words – close, but no cigar.
The sun-sign Ben seems to have a lot in common with the United States. Heck, even Obama was born on 9-Ben!
So the last day of the Tzolkin Fall is 13-Chicchan, which is a divine flavor of fluidity, with an unreal scent for drama – directly contrasting our point of origin (1-Ben, the Unitary Steel Pipe).
… and Moses remained on mount Nebo, and watched his flock cross the Jordan into the promised land.
Link to next trecena 1-Cimi (forthcoming)