Prelude: 259% Chance of PRECIPITATION
Well, Another Time has come full circle for the first time. The first post on this series was 1-Cauac Trecena Analysis Part 1 of 2, and today I’m posting a full version of it, with updates to the celebrity list of birthdays, to content and design.
That first post was published May 5 2011 (6-Kan). Six days after publishing my first child was born, just before the 1-Cauac trecena came to its fruition (try to find her below).
So, I’m publishing this one on 5-Akbal (exactly 259 days after that first post).
Why not tomorrow? Why not make it a complete 260-day cycle? Well, around 13-Ahau (28 October 2011) I realized that the Tzolkin “measures”/maps time in more than one vector. That is, it maps time as it moves forward and backward simultaneously (and possibly in other dimensions I haven’t yet found).
However, this concept is altogether alien to anyone living on the planet today. The Gregorian and all other calendars, along with the wristwatch, have totally convinced me that Time moves on all the time, and that consciousness is a one-way street from cradle to crematorium.
The Tzolkin is obviously a deeper map of human consciousness and experience of Time and reality. This depth allows for different dots in time to be connected using different lines of context and meaning. When I used it to measure anything other than complete 260-day cycles, or 13/20-day cycles – let’s say cycles of 4, 9, 10 and 12 – the result was a movement back in Time and forward in cardinal direction sequence.
So I’m trying out the 259-day count just to see what kind of majix it will stir…
Besides, complete cycles are so boring, right? Time needs never be that precise. It smells like a form of stagnation. I mean, isn’t it nicer to call someone to wish happy birthday the day before?
Today’s quote (6-Kan) by F. Scott Fitzgerald is:
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
This is what I mean.
1-Cauac: Purification, morning bathroom style
Born on this day: Princess Diana, John Wayne, Mike Shore (MayanMajix)
The cleansing and activating trecena of Cauac (Rainstorm) began on a Sunday this time. This is kinda cool for some people who consider Sunday to be the first day of the week. This way, the trecena fits in nicely until stage 7, then 8 appears on Sunday. This correlation between weekday and trecena stage happens every 14 weeks/7.5 trecenas.
At the beginning of each trecena a seed is planted deep inside the womb of consciousness. From its surrounding “soil” it draws the substances it needs to take root and grow. This “soil” is whatever’s already manifested in consciousness, and the most immediate soil in its vicinity is the previous trecena – in this case 1-Cimi, and more specifically its fruit – 13 Edznab.
2-Ahau: The Invisible Sun
Born on this day: Roy Haynes, William Blake, Shaquille O’Neal, Anna Nicole Smith, Kate Hudson, Sharon Jorgenson
The day after the seed of Cauac is planted is 2-Ahau. The sun-sign Ahau (Sun/Flower) is the last in the 20 -day period the Mayans called “uinal” (pronounced “wee-nal”), and it represents flowering enlightenment.
In the Mayan Calendar, an Ahau day always marks the last day of the uinal (and of other, longer periods of growth). Therefore, 2-Ahau presents us with somewhat of a dilemma, since the final sun-sign appears at the beginning of the process, and also because the second day of each trecena always presents us with a dilemma. This dilemma can be phrased: “will the cleansing process enlighten or disappoint?” It will probably do both, and the choice on what to focus remains subjectively yours.
I had a small crush on Kate Hudson way back when. Here she naively shines in a dialog with Patrick Fugit (2-Manik, last trecena) from “Almost Famous”.
3-Imix: Bluegrass on the Bayou
Born on this day: Tom Hanks, Howard Hughes, Frank Sinatra, George Takei, Tori Amos, Chris Penn, Fred Ward, Bin Laden’s Assassination (according to MSM)
3-Imix marks the day the seed begins to germinate, when the dilemma of the previous day is resolved, and the process begins to pulse with the rhythm of growth. The seed is cracked open as roots begin to delve into the ground and the trunk makes its way to the surface. Above the surface, however, nothing is yet visible. 3-Imix is also the beginning of a new uinal (as Imix always is), which means germination takes place on the most basic and material level. The Imix (crocodile) pushes the trecena process uphill with its primordial strength and nourishment.
Howard Hughes (3-Imix) was a genius that became deranged before dying too young. I’d like to see “The Aviator” redone with Tom Hanks. Here’s the real deal:
4-Ik: The Compass Spins
Born on this day: Michael Jackson, Natalie Portman, Mathew Broderick, John Cusack, Andy Summers, Rafael Nadal, Anoushka Shankar, Harpo Marx
Since the action of 3-Imix is unbridled and almost out of control, the following day of 4-Ik comes along to stabilize the process. The wind of communication and good ideas blows in all four directions on this day, refines the raw intensity of the Imix, and sets the boundaries required to establish freedom of speech and movement. In the context of this trecena – no rainstorm can take place without the Wind to take it wherever it is needed. In the growth process, this is when the surrounding soil needs to react and make way for the new plant that’s obviously here to stay.
Harpo Marx was one of my childhood heroes. Here he is in a TV show from the early 60’s (note the blatant product placement for Winston – amazing times!).
5-Akbal: That Night
Born on this day: Jack Nicholson, Steve Buscemi, Penelope Cruise, Anne Hathaway, Peter Gabriel, Ronan Keating, Elizabeth I of England
Once the process is stabilized, and the soil’s reaction allows growth to continue, 5-Akbal comes along. Akbal means “Night/the unknown”, and it stands for transformation through intuition (among many other meanings). 5 is the exact crossing point that is achieved when connecting opposing corners of the rectangular cube (which is 4). It is the apex of the pyramid, and is also considered to be an expression of the masculine aspect of creation. In the growth process it is the moment in time when the trunk breaks through the surface and sprouting takes place. Combined together, 5-Akbal is empowerment through intuition and the courage to concentrate growth through the potential that lies within the dark unknown.
Here is Robin Williams (8-Cimi, coming up) doing a Jack Nicholson (5-Akbal) impersonation on a British talk show, along with Elijah Wood (2-Oc).
6-Kan: Windblown Seeds
Born on this day: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Today (6-Kan) marks the stage in growth when the balancing effects of the crest of the trecena begin to unfold (stages 6 through 9 represent balanced energy). Kan is the seed of basic abundance, and it always comes after traversing the unknown Night/Akbal sun-sign. The seed sun-sign is coupled with the number 6, which represents Flow and responsiveness. Therefore, the cleansing rainstorm of the current trecena bring flowing abundance on this day.
7-CHICCHAN: Lightning of Zeus
Born on this day: Tom Clancy, David Letterman, Matt Damon, Joe Henderson
The apex (stage 7) of the gathering rainstorm Cauac takes place when lightning tears through the skies. The lightning is Chicchan – the Serpent, and it stands for sensuality, flexibility, and the blood-lightning coiling up the spine (a.k.a. Kundalini). This quintessential dramatic aspect of creation stands at the absolute mid-point of the Cauac trecena, separating the stages of gathering (1-6) from those of release and manifestation (8-13): planning – execution, inhale – exhale. In the growth process, this stage is when leaves begin to take form and the plant grows in height and matures. On this day we are reminded of the seed that was planted on 1-Cauac, and the journey gains purpose because at the top of the “mountain” (see chart) we can see for the first time the fruits that the final stage of ascension (13) promises.
All-in-all, it is no wonder that 7-Chicchan is a Portal Day (what’s a Portal Day? see 10-LAMAT below).
8-Cimi: Infinite Change
Born on this day: Bill Gates, Robin Williams, Andrew Fletcher (Depeche Mode)
The sign of the Serpent on the previous day inevitably brings spiritual death and transition on this day of Cimi. In this trecena, Cimi is coupled with the number 8, which represents infinity and balance. From this we learn that a true rainstorm at its peak brings infinite change. The storm uproots old trees, causes streams to overflow, and floods the landscape. 8-Cimi guides us through this transition, and shows that every change elevates us to a new level of harmony. Regardless of the extent by which old patterns are disrupted during the cleansing rainstorm – equilibrium is always regained between the old and the new.
The 8th day of the trecena is also the day in which the theme of the previous trecena reappears to balance the effects of the current one.
Well, we already saw Robin Williams (8-Cimi) before, so let’s look at the other 8-Cimi who’s famous. Here’s Bill Gates demonstrating algebra for the masses:
9-Manik: Health in the Making
Born on this day: Desmond Morris, Joe Satriani
Like its predecessor Cimi, Manik is also a highly spiritual sun-sign, but its energy lies in the healing craft, that is always called for after the death and change which Cimi invokes. The healing hand of Manik dispels negative aftereffects of whatever was lost forever in the storm, and together with the divine number 9 – provides a bird’s eye perspective of the entire process so far. 9 is the final stage of action before manifestation, just like the nine months of human pregnancy. In the growth process stage 9 is when buds begin to appear on the mature tree.
10-LAMAT: Starry, Starry Night
Born on this day: Kate Winslet, Julio Iglesias, Morrissey (The Smiths), John Boorman, David Blatt (Basketball), Mike Einziger (Incubus), Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror movie), Arcadi Gaydamak
The stormy trecena Cauac manifests on the 10th day, and those who see the first star Lamat in the night sky know that the clouds have finally passed. Like any southern sun-sign (colored yellow in the chart) Lamat is a sign of abundance, and thus the star abundantly shines in all directions and stands for the many gifts that the manifested rainstorm has left in its wake. Apart from Manifestation, stage 10 of any trecena also means beauty and responsibility. Beauty reveals itself as a newborn on the 10th month following patient gestation, but it’s obviously just the beginning, since caring for the newly manifested baby carries a great deal of responsibility. The same goes for those left to rebuild at the wake of the Storm.
What’s a Portal Day?
10-Lamat is a Portal Day, which means that it’s particularly potent compared to non-Portal Days. So, what are Portal Days?
Each frequency wave has points of reference, which allow synchronization with the entire wave. In a typical frequency wave there are 3 such points: the highest, the lowest, and the mid-point, where the frequency crosses the axis of reference. In the Tzolkin Calendar there are 52 Portal Days, which stand for the lowest/highest junctures, and 20 Core Days, which represent the plateau at the very center of the 260-day cycle.
Practically speaking, Portal days are uniquely potent in the way the external world comes at you, while the consecutive 20-day Core period of the 7th uinal are equally potent from within. Experiencing the Portal and Core days consciously allows you to synchronize your concept of Time with the entire Tzolkin cycle.
11-Muluc: Water Lilly
Born on this day: Neil Young, Saddam Hussein, John Ritter, Lynda Carter
The 11th stage of each trecena stands for resolution and adjustment. The newborn that manifested on the previous stage needs to adjust to whatever’s already manifested. On this trecena, day 11 is coupled with Muluc – the sign of water and an offering of thanks. Following the storm, streams of running water carve the landscape and wash debris away. On this day we let go of the old refuse and offer it in appreciation downstream to complete the entire process of cleansing. In the growth process this is when flowering takes place, and the tree gloriously blossoms.
Here’s the blossoming offering of Neil Young, doing what he knows best:
12-Oc: Love & Understanding
Born on this day: David Eigenberg (Sex & the City), Michael Winslow (Police Academy), Robert Gates, Libi Solomon
Oc is the Dog, loyal and loving, and in the Cauac trecena it appears on the 12th day of Understanding. After the waters of Muluc resolved the storm’s effects we come to a complete understanding that the rainstorm, although devastating and unsettling – is ultimately a blessing of Love. On this day the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle is placed, and we can finally understand how each stage of the trecena contributed in its own Time to the entire process. In this trecena, the loyalty and unconditional love of the Dog guides us in this process of retrospection and closure.
13-Chuen: Tomorrow’s Art
Born on this day: Barbra Streisand, Missy Elliot, Ray Romano, Jeremy Irons, Holly Johnson
Fruition comes on the 13th and last day of the trecena, and in this process the crafty Monkey Chuen represents the ripe fruit which carries within it the seeds of the next step of Creation. On 13-Chuen artistic expression and innocent curiosity is called for to carry the successes and failures of the past to the benefit of future endeavors down the Road.
The rainstorm has passed, old patterns have been washed away, and the Road to Life (Eb) can now begin to unfold.
To wrap the rainstorm up, I offer you a Jeremy Irons (13-Chuen) you didn’t know about. An artisan in every way: