1-Cauac Trecena Analysis: Purify and Teach

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.

Purify and Teach

1-Cauac: An activating period in the midst of Winter

1-Cauac: Purification, morning bathroom style

Born on this day: Princess Diana, John Wayne, Mike Shore (MayanMajix)

Purification, morning bathroom style

"I'd like to be a queen of people's hearts, in people's hearts, but I don't see myself being Queen of this country." - Princess Diana (1-Cauac) BBC Panorama, November 20, 1995 (3-Cauac, 1-Caban trecena)

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

Invisible Sun

"And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth." - Revelation 14:3, as quoted by Sharon Jorgenson (2-Ahau)

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)

Bluegrass on the Bayou

"If you don't know the guy on the other side of the world, love him anyway because he's just like you. He has the same dreams, the same hopes and fears. It's one world, pal. We're all neighbors." - Frank Sinatra (3-Imix) on Playboy (1963)

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

The Compass Spins

"Each Time The Wind Blows I Hear Your Voice, so I Call Your Name. Whispers at morning, our love is dawning. Heaven's glad you came." - Michael Jackson (4-Wind) taken from 'I just can't stop loving you', Bad (1987)

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

That Night

"My grip is surely slipping. I think I've lost my hold... I cannot get insurance any more, they don't take credit, only gold." - Peter Gabriel (5-Akbal) The Blood of Eden

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

Windblown Seeds

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." - F. Scott Fitzgerald (6-Kan), The Great Gatsby final sentence

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

Lightning of Zeus

"The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense." - Tom Clancy (7-Chicchan) on Larry King

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)

Infinite Change

"You know the difference between a tornado and divorce in the south? Nothing! Someone is losing a trailer." - Robin Williams (8-Cimi), discussing Cauac

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

Health in the Making

9-Manik is the eternal purifier of the negative, the ever-present healer of skill and solace

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

Starry, Starry Night

"Why pamper life's complexity when the leather runs smooth on the passenger's seat?" - Morrissey (10-Lamat) taken from 'This Charming Man' (1984)

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

Water Lilly

"I call on you not to hate, because hate does not leave space for a person to be fair and it makes you blind and closes all doors of thinking." - Saddam Hussein (11-Muluc) in his farewell letter

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

Love & Understanding

"Most governments lie to each other. That’s the way business gets done." - Robert Gates (12-Oc) to CNN on 12-Muluc

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

Tomorrow's Art

"The World is my Oyster" - Holly Johnson (13-Chuen) in 'Welcome to the Pleasuredone'

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:

7 responses to “1-Cauac Trecena Analysis: Purify and Teach

  1. Sharon Jorgenson

    That’s right “What kind of beer?” !!! There is always the possibility that someone who disagrees with you just doesn’t have all of the facts or they are judging the matter on the wrong ones.

    2 Ahau is destined to shine most when the scenery is the ugliest. Eagle, Is that why we’re invisible when everything appears normal?

  2. William Blake 2 ahau….

  3. Sharon Jorgenson

    Excellent hit Brett! wikipedia says of William Blake
    “Largely unrecognised during his lifetime…”
    “Considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views, Blake is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work. His paintings and poetry have been characterised as part of both the Romantic movement and “Pre-Romantic”,[6] for its large appearance in the 18th century. Reverent of the Bible but hostile to the Church of England – indeed, to all forms of organised religion – Blake was influenced by the ideals and ambitions of the French and American revolutions,[7] as well as by such thinkers as Jakob Böhme and Emanuel Swedenborg.[8] Despite these known influences, the singularity of Blake’s work makes him difficult to classify.”


  4. Sharon Jorgenson

    William Blake quotes:

    Every harlot was a virgin once.

    Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.

    It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

    The eye altering, alters all.

    The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.

    Those who restrain their desires, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.


  5. Sharon Jorgenson

    I think i’m in love — more by William Blake:

    Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.

    Active Evil is better than Passive Good.

    A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

    As a man is, so he sees. As the eye is formed, such are its powers.

    Better murder an infant in its cradle than nurse an unacted desire.

    Both read the Bible day and night, but thou read black where I read white.

    Do what you will, this world’s a fiction and is made up of contradiction.

  6. Thanks so much for Neil Young- awesome song, so young then too! I saw this concert live. Also, I so appreciate your trecena analysis – really becomes clear to one with yur help.

    • Hi Ib, welcome!

      Yeah, I love Neil Young, and that song is so appropriate to the Cauac trecena… If you saw that concert live you’ve been around.
      In a band I play in the lead guitarist is also 11-Muluc, and he’s a natural!

      Thanks for dropping a line,

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