The ironies of the universal artistic mind (1-Chuen) led me out of the cave of the ego and back to real people and real challenges. These are the challenges that I face when I stop talking and begin doing. Manifestation’s promise of abundance begins to unfold today, 1-Kan, and continues for the next 12 days.
Under the hood
1-Kan marks the balancing midpoint of the Tzolkin, and therefore of the fabric of Time itself.
You see, the Tzolkin has a temporal midpoint, which is 13-Oc/1-Chuen and the Core period around it. This resonates with stage 7 of the trecena, and with Oc/Chuen in the uinal. This is the midpoint of the current process.
The Tzolkin also has an eternal midpoint, which is 8-Chuen and the 1-Kan trecena around it. This resonates with stage 8 and with the 8th uinal, during which the 1-Kan trecena takes place. This is the midpoint of the entire process of personal evolution.
Comparing the temporal and eternal midpoints, the eternal one is slightly off the absolute center (which is the temporal). 8-Chuen gravitates towards and balances off all the Tzolkin rounds to come.
1-Kan: Everything Needed
Born on this day: Syd Barrett, Tim Lincecum, Ziggy Marley, Václav Havel (1st Czech Rep. president)
1-Kan means networking to the Max and in every respect. It means integration on the most basic levels of survival and Global communion.
Kan (Seed) is the first, and most basic form of abundance in the uinal. Without Seed there is no Food. Lack of “Seed” is represented by one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse – Famine (keeping in mind that the meaning of the scary word ‘apocalypse’ is simply “Unveiling”).
The specter of famine is ever present on a very basic level of our perception, regardless of how secure we might feel in that respect. Even in our modern times, and in the developed world, where I can go to the mega-market store and get everything I need, there’s always some doubt regarding how nutritious the groceries are, and how many toxins are hidden there. This is also a method of experiencing famine/lack of ‘Kan’.
1-Kan is considered to be the most balanced trecena of all. The correspondence between Sun-Sign and Stage is relatively high (unlike the previous trecena when you had a basic sign (IK) on a heavy day (12)). It is no wonder, then, that the Maya marked the midpoint of 1-Kan to be their New Year (8-Chuen).
8-Chuen is the most balanced of days, so look out for it!
2-Chicchan: Cure to Cancer
Born on this day: Yasser Arafat, Noam Chomsky, Enid Blyton, Dutch Schultz
Every MD in almost every hospital around the world wears 2-Chichan on his doctor’s robe. That symbol consists of two snakes coiled around the medicine staff of authority. It’s in the Old Testament, it’s the DNA in modern genetics. It is an ancient symbol of Life, given and taken away.
If and when you find yourself in hospital staring at that symbol, remember that it signifies the doctor’s ability and skill to help you, as well as the well-established skills and knowledge of your own innate Doctor (your Body) who’s been healing you since day one.
Hence – Dual Serpent.
Considering this aspect of 2-Chicchan, and reflecting back on 1-Chicchan – here is an informative documentary about Dr.Burzynski (1-Chicchan) from Texas and his episodes with the FDA on his quest to rid the world from cancer:
3-CIMI: A-live Beatle
Born on this day: Hugo Weaving (Matrix), Paul McCartney, Natalie Merchant
Well, here we go again! 10-consecutive Portal Days coming right at you.
Cimi signifies a form of surrender. In the context of the 8th uinal only just began, 3-Cimi is very much like the point in the Roller-Coaster ride when the cars have completed their painstaking climbing up uinals 1-7, and the first cars are already plunging down into oblivion, taking everyone else with them.
After looking up Tzolin birthdays for members of the Beatles, I had a small laugh when I did McCartney. 3-Death turned out to be the birthday of the Beatle that was declared Dead, reducing the band down to 3 members. He wasn’t the one who eventually turned dead in reality, and that was lucky in a way. Luck is one of the benefits of being dead once in a while, and it is part of the CIMI symbolism.
Here’s the famous live Beatle Paul McCartney in an SNL interview with the late Chris Farley (11-Edznab):
4-MANIK: Steady, Healthy Stag
Born on this day: Prince Charles, Malcolm X, Bugsy Siegel, Sharon Corr (The Corrs Irish Band)
4-MANIK’s message and energy is the most balanced form of Medicine known in the Mayan culture. So, if you’re praying for someone’s health – this is the day for focusing your thoughts, prayers, and intentions.
Manik is the Deer, in other words – the Raam. It is the Spirit of the Forest, the one that doesn’t hesitate to claim his last stand, in a God-sent bush-fire, for example. The Raam shares symbolical grounds with the Father of Raam, a.k.a. Abraham (Hebrew).
Raam is also known as the Zodiac sign Aries. It reflects an age in history, dated around 2000 BC till 1 AD. The Age of Aries was replaced by the Age of Pisces around the 4th Night of the National Underworld; it is the age most scholars agree which is still in effect today. The next age in Light is Aquarius.
Are we there yet?
5-LAMAT: Busy Bunny-Stud
Born on this day: Salma Hayek, Paul Dano, Bobcat Goldthwait
In Day/Night calculations 5-Lamat adds up to the Deepening 4th Night of the Tzolkin. We are already in the 3rd consecutive Portal Day, and what’s called for right now is a Precise Star (5-Lamat).
When I’m out in the desert at night, looking for good shelter, all I need is One Precise Star. A single star from the multitude, which I’ll recognize immediately and navigate safely according to it to the nearest Oasis. It’s just a small star (5th stage Star, not yet 6 or 7), but it pinpoints my location and maps the way to more Abundance on this Southern Sunny trecena.
Here’s a wacky 5-Lamat I used to adore back in the 80’s:
6-MULUC: Perpetual Irrigation
Born on this day: Sam Elliot (The Stranger from Big Lebowski), Burning Spear (Reggae artist), Shaggy, Hugo Chavez, Al Capone, Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.
1-Muluc is the 17th and last Eastern trecena in the Tzolkin round and it represents the most Extreme form of Fluidity, when counting Eastern (Red) Trecenas: 1-Imix, 1-Ben, 1-Chicchan, 1-Caban and 1-Muluc. The way Muluc achieves fluidity is by employing the Archetypical Nature of (Unknown) Depth. Go throw a stone into a body of Muluc and see how fast the ripples die-down. This rapid return to normalcy doesn’t mean the stone’s gone. The stone now lies in unknown depths, next to the rest of the refuse.
The River Flows on (6-Muluc), in appreciation and thanksgiving (Offering). To imagine what this is like you can think about standing on a riverbank. When a strong River flows by you, it seems to be completely still and motionless.
Like the spokes on a wheel rotating in a certain RPM and appearing to be still, resonant with our frequency of Vision.
To my understanding, this is the conservative nature of 6-Muluc. It is an essential link between the gathering (Heavens 1 through 5) and the Reflection (7th Heaven), along with being the forerunner to the balanced phase of the Process.
Apropos being conservative and taking care of the Family, please note that so far in this trecena we’ve already had birthdays of 3 distinguished “family” members: Dutch Schultz, Bugsy Siegel, and Al Capone. These were the ones that were caught. There are other, legitimate govenment gangsters who have their birthdays during this period. Can the live ones be found and brought to justice yet?
7-OC: Purpose = Love
Born on this day: Mariah Carey, Charles Lloyd (Jazz), Golda Meir, Anwar Sadat
7-OC is a Time of the Heart; a Time to look back and be thankful for the abundant rains that came down during the tough Winter (1-Cimi through 13-Oc). They have provided everything needed to have a fruitful summer.
8-CHUEN: New Year’s Day
Born on this day: Johnny Marr, John Keats, Jesse Owens
A thing of beauty is a joy forever Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. - John Keats (8-Chuen), taken from Endymion (1818)
8-Chuen is located in the 2nd trecena of the Tzolkin Spring, and it is actually the Center of Gravity of the entire Tzolkin and Evolution process. 8-Chuen means Harmony which is much more subtle and deep than other Western 8’s (Like 8-Men or 8-Cauac), and even more so than all Southern 8’s put together (8-Lamat, 8-Ahau, etc.)
Having the new-year in the midst of Spring immediately resonates with the Jewish New-Year, which was originally celebrated in Passover (around the Spring Equinox), back when the Israelites were trekking the Sinai desert.
It must have made some sense 2000 years ago to celebrate the new year during spring. It still makes sense through a particular point of view, but so does celebrating it in autumn (the academic year, the Hebrew calendar) and mid-winter’s day (Christianity).
As discussed above in ‘Under the Hood’, the absolute midpoint of the trecena is 7th Heaven/Stage/4th Day. But, it is not the center of evolution, nor its Center of Gravity. It is simply the dual divide-point of the current process. The midpoint of Nature and Evolution is “Left of center” in a manner of speech. It is Infinity (8), and the center of the Universe – the Heart. Therefore, in the Uinal, Oc is the 10th sign and Chuen is 11th i.e., center +1.
8th Heaven/Stage/4th Night is considered to be the balancing point of the Universal process. It is the mid-point between Stage 1 of the current trecena and Stage 1 of the next one. This is why the 8th stage is included in the progressive set of Burner Days (3, 8, 13).
9-EB: Endless Roads
Born on this day: Gary Peacock, Matisyahu, Speach (Arrested Development), Robert Downey Jr., Henry Goodman (British Theatre), Uriel Solomon
The Road Map means “You’re Already there” – Matisyahu
How nice it is to get a Road Map the day after the New Year has began!
If 8-Chuen was Passover Eve, 9-Eb is Passover itself. It is the day in which Law was given to the Israelites. It is notable to state at this point that I find many harmonic points between the culture of the People of Canaan and the Mayan culture. At least when it comes to marking transition points, both Tribes mark the Spring Equinox as the New Year, and both mark the beginning of tomorrow right after the Sun has set.
My mom Uriel was born 9-Eb, and she was (naturally) one of the first Eb-people I looked up. Eb is such a subtle and mysterious sun-sign to the Western student, so it needs to be examined closely. Before retiring my mom was a social worker. Society was always at the center of her interests, and local politics too. At one time she was listed in a party that ran for municipal office. She really helped me in outlining the humble, but powerful energy of the Road. She’ll be 85 this summer. Thanks, mom!
10-BEN: Ripe Corn
Born on this day: Plácido Domingo, Salman Rushdie, Sigmund Freud, Carl Gustav Jung, Joe Zawinul, Kevin Spacey, Mel Gibson, VE day WWII, James K. Polk (11th US president), Louis Mountbatten
How freakish is it that Freud and Jung are one and the same as far as the Tzolkin goes? And Salman Rushdie too? Boy, talk about some heavy-thinkers there. Just one glance at the list of distinguished gentlemen (couldn’t find famous ladies, sorry) who were born on 10-Ben, and you might begin to grasp what exactly is Manifested Destiny.
Abundance has manifested today and I have a Reed, a conduit: to elevate all my work and action in this dimension into Dreamland to bring Science Fiction and Fantasy from Dreamland down to Earth.
Destiny on the 10th Stage means that the conduit between Heaven and Earth has become a reality (Jacob’s Ladder). The leaders/Ladders born under the Ben sign (Like Obama, Ben-Gurion, Sarkozy, FDR, Menachem Begin) are well-known for their charisma, oratory skills, Dogma-with-impunity kind of preaching, authority, and amazing ability to sway the masses.
11-IX: Beneficial Magic
Born on this day: Chris Cornell, Bernard Sumner, Black Francis, Amelia Earhart disappeared, Moshe Sharett (2nd Israeli PM)
[Check back later for more details, please]
Bernard Sumner (11-IX) got together with genius guitarist Johnny Marr (8-CHUEN) to form the band Electronic back in the late 80’s. Here they both are in a music video which begins with a lizard (Kan):
12-MEN: Understand Vision
Born on this day: Busta Rhymes, Michael Jordan, Donald Rumsfeld, Adam Sandler, Peter Coyote, Susan Sarandon, Cary Grant, Leslie Nielsen
Last of the 10-consecutive Portal Day dash. Next one will be in the 1-Chicchan trecena of the next Tzolkin.
With regards to today’s sun-sign (Eagle-Vision) it is interesting to note that the 1-Men trecena manifests on 10-Kan. So there is a subtle and intimate connection between the sun-signs Kan and Men. This connection also exists between other sun-signs which are 12/10 signs apart.
So, stage 12 is associated with Depth of Understanding, and Vision is bestowed by the Eagle.
It is said that Men-people find fortune and luck in all their dealings. So, on the Seed trecena of basic abundance, at the very last stage of the journey, the Eagle hovers over the Earth and understands how Seeds become Tree-trunks (Ben), and then with the Magic of the Jungle’s Spirit (Ix) flowers blossom on the tree, and in turn get impregnated by Vision (Men) and ripen to be fruits of Wisdom (Cib), which bear a Gazillion new seeds.
13-Cib: Transcending Sanctity
Born on this day: Fergie (Black Eyed Peas), Rip Torn
Back to normalcy with the Holiest and Heaviest day of the Abundance festival just concluded.
The fruit (stage 13) of the seed (1-Kan) is sacred as the legacy of all our mutual ancestors combined. On 13-Cib this ancient, undying energy is the essence that carries abundance into the future.
EPILOGUE: True Faith
Since I didn’t write much for 11-IX, I’d like to show you some more of Bernard Sumner – this time Live singing on stage with his old band New Order. The lyrics are dynamite.
When I was a very small boy very small boys talk to me Now that we've grown up together they're afraid of what they see (they're all taking drugs with me) That's the price that we all pay our valued destiny comes to nothing I can't tell you where we're going I guess there's just no way of knowing. - Bernard Sumner (11-Ix), True Faith by New Order