1-Caban Trecena Analysis: Universal Traveller

Just feel everywhere at home
Tomorrow is a brand new day
let's go somewhere else
Universal Traveler

The 1-Caban trecena is the first one out of the intensive 6th, 7th, and 8th uinals, where there are consecutive Portal and Core days. It begins at the closing chapters of the 8th uinal, and most of it takes Place in Time in the 9th uinal.

Caban is a special trecena this time around, since it resonates closely with the current year-bearer: 13-Caban.

Caban people are known to be extremely cerebral and logical, even to the point of poor judgment that’s based on logic alone. On this premise I would therefore like to continue the line of inquiry I began the last time the 1-Caban trecena took place, namely that it seems that the sun-signs align with the stages in a very logical and practical way.

So I’ll be exploring a logical/cerebral correspondence between sun-sign and stage number in the Caban trecena. The theme of this period is to understand how Nature (sun-sign) and Expression (stage) can be arranged on the Macro/Global level in order for the Earth itself to be balanced.

The Earth will become more balanced approximately 1 week into the following trecena, around the day 8-Caban, on the 1-Oc trecena.


The Big Picture coming into view - 9th uinal underway

1-Caban: One Earth

Born on this day: Ira Gershwin, J. D. Salinger, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Jay Leno, Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Seal, Jackie Gleason

One Earth

"When you've finished getting yourself ready in the morning, you must go get the planet ready." - The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Caban, along with the other three last sun-signs which conclude the uinal, are considered to be the most ripe and sophisticated aspects of Nature. Here are some of the common meanings of the Mayan word Caban:

  • Heartbeat
  • Earth
  • Earthquake
  • Incense

From further inquiry into the symbolism tied into this sun-sign it is evident that Caban has a lot to do with the planet itself, as a living and evolving organism with its own heartbeat. The Earth’s heartbeat is ancient, deep, and very low in frequency. What’s so special about Caban is that no matter where you are on Earth, above the atmosphere, deep underwater, downtown in the city or by the shore – you are constantly connected to this all-encompassing deep frequency.

This is the reason why it is said of Caban-types that they can succeed anywhere they find themselves on the planet. Their sensitivity to other people, and ability to provide sound and logical advice is valued everywhere.

The first step in examining the aforementioned thesis begins today with “One Earth”, which makes plenty of sense to the ones among us who haven’t yet visited a planet different to the One we call Home.

In the song “They all laughed” Ira (Israel) Gershwin (1-Caban) wrote:

"They all laughed at Christopher Columbus when he said the world was round
They all laughed when Edison recorded sound."

This reminds me something Arthur Schopenhauer (8-Akbal) once said. The most profound truths always go through 3 phases of revelation: ridicule, anger, and self-evident acceptance. In order to progress from one phase to the next the current trecena 1-Caban shows me the importance of viewing my growth and personal evolution logically and universally – in order to advance towards manifestation in the very next uinal.

2-Edznab: Polarized Mirror

Born on this day: Mark Knopfler, Paul Simon, Barry Bonds, Leon Trotsky, Barry Pepper, David Lynch, James Dean

Polarized Mirror

"There's so many different worlds, so many different suns. And we have just one world, but we live in different worlds." - Mark Knopfler (2-Edznab) in Brothers in Arms

Stage 2 goes well with the sun-sign Edznab (much like 7-Edznab); Edznab is the Mirror of Reality, and 2-Edznab is like looking in the rearview mirror of the taxi right after leaving home on a World tour.

So, continuing the thesis examination, 2-Edznab means that I face Reality the way I face a mirror of truth. It shows me what’s there and what’s only an illusion. Also, using another meaning of the word Edznab, a razor-sharp knife can be used to give life as well as to take it away. Both of these interpretations are consistent with the Duality inherent in 2-Edznab.

Here is the talented Englishman Mark Knopfler (2-Edznab) singing a song that really meant a lot to me back in grade school. There’s a tender kind of sacrifice and camaraderie in the thought that I might give my life for my country, or for my family, or for some truth bigger than myself. That idea used to make much more sense to me back in the 80’s and early 90’s. It’s different now on the inside.

It’s becoming different on the outside, too.

3-Cauac: Activating Storm

Born on this day: Sting, John Lennon’s assassination, Imelda Staunton, Manly Palmer Hall

Activating Storm

"The gentle sigh turned to a howling, and the grey sky she angered to black" - Sting (3-Cauac)

A Rainstorm cannot be contained or controlled. It has total freedom to march wherever Purification is needed. This resonates with the activating and unhindered expression of Stage 3.

This, again, reinforces the examined thesis, since a rainstorm IS activating and expresses itself freely and according to its own rhythm. Therefore, stage 3 goes well with the essence of Cauac.

In the past few months I’ve been listening to many lectures by Manly Palmer Hall, the Canadian mystic, researcher, and Freemason. He was one of Jordan Maxwell’s greatest teachers, and he was a natural born teacher. This goes well with the sun-sign of the storm, which precedes enlightenment by just one day.

“The great materialistic progress which we have venerated for so long is on the verge of bankruptcy. We can no longer believe that we are born into this world to accumulate wealth and abandon ourselves to mortal pleasures.” – Manly Palmer Hall (3-Cauac)

4-Ahau: Stable Sun

Born on this day: Rabindranath Tagore, Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

Stable Sun

"If you shed tears when you miss the sun, you also miss the stars." - Rabindranath Tagore (4-Ahau)

Even more than other Ahau days, 4-Ahau is considered to be a pivotal day in the Tzolkin. It is the day in which the Sun begins to rise on the 5th Day of evolution.

4-Ahau means that various Limits to my abilities, resources, and measure of intention focus are illuminated and clearly visible. It means that my expectations from myself and others are grounded (by 1-Caban) and pragmatic.

4-Ahau is a good day to contemplate a possibility that the most sought-after state of mind – Enlightenment – is only the 4th stage out of 13. So, the ripe Flower Ahau serves as the basis and stabilizing factor (4) of evolution’s unfolding on the Global scale (Caban), and is developed further by 9 other rudimentary sun-signs.

Here are some more words of wisdom from Rabindranath Tagore (4-Ahau):

“The human soul is on its journey from the law to love, from discipline to liberation, from the moral plane to the spiritual.”

5-Imix: Invigorating Dinosaur

Born on this day: Nik Kershaw, Keith Jarrett, John Goodman, Milla Jovovich, Walt Disney

Invigorating Dinosaur

"We're not trying to entertain the critics ... I'll take my chances with the public." - Walt Disney (5-Imix)

The current trecena 1-Caban offers a special opportunity to tune into one of Nature’s most important, yet often forgotten lessons. The main message of the lesson is: “The moment of Enlightenment is closely followed by Step 1 on the Next Level.”

Right after a Lion cub makes its first kill, even though it might feel elated and superior for 1 day – it has no guarantees whatsoever regarding what will happen in tomorrow’s hunt. It might succeed, and it might also parish in the attempt – same as always. This is one of the Gifts mother Earth has equally bestowed on Lions, Hawks, Grizzlies, Daughters of Eve and Sons of Adam.

5-Imix begins the 5th Day/9th uinal of the Tzolkin, and empowers the Caban process of Evolution by reminding us that yesterday’s Enlightenment (Ahau) can serve as very strong infra-structure (4) to begin a new process (5th Day) of bringing about Global, as well as Personal – consciousness (Caban) back to Square One (Imix) of our next common phase.

Imix is the most rudimentary sun-sign in the uinal. It embodies the most Raw forms of energy, and it Includes ALL. It is the most physical and present aspects of creation; it is Mother Earth’s primordial-swamp-level glory, as depicted by the proverbial Sunrise. And when Imix heralds the beginning of the glorious Day 5 of Budding (5-Imix, Kin 161) it redoubles the emphasis on delicately balancing my focus (5) of consciousness between body/mind/spirit and practically everything else.

Here’s one of my favorite actors, John Goodman (5-Imix) interviewed by James Lipton (11-Men) Inside the Actor’s Studio:

6-Ik: Flowing Wind

Born on this day: Maxi Jazz, Sia Furler, Bob Geldof, L. Frank Baum, Dick Cheney

Flowing Wind

"Principle is OK up to a certain point, but principle doesn't do any good if you lose." - Dick Cheney (6-Ik) during the 1976 US presidential campaign

The message of the new Day which dawned yesterday must be spread all though the Earth. This is done by the primal power of the Wind (Ik). Wind is the power of dissemination which is established in the uinal 2 says before Seeds come into play – the seeds that are disseminated by the Wind.

Airborne seeds in Nature are the same as Spoken ideas and comments in a network meeting. You listen, you comment, you joke around and talk around the lunch table. You are sowing Seeds, using Wind.

6-Wind is a very gentle wind that never wishes to Rock any boat. It negotiates and responds through the Craft of Speech. 6-Ik is someone needing someone else for whatever reason.

Ik-people’s normal tone of voice is something other people like to listen to. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Like other Wind people, catching them them on a raving anger bout is a sight to see (refer to Al Pacino in a previous post to see the illustration of this aspect of Ik).

7-Akbal: Reflective Unknown

Born on this day: Joe Jackson (musician), Tom Lehrer

Reflective Unknown

"Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics, and the Catholics hate the Protestants, and the Hindus hate the Moslems, and everybody hates the Jews." - Tom Lehrer (7-Akbal)

The midpoint of the Earth (Caban) trecena is 7-Akbal (Night), and it can be visualized as the Day/Night longitude line, constantly dividing the Earth as it spins around its pole axis. There is always half of the Earth in Light, while the other half is in Night.

In the context of this trecena, 7-Akbal means that the purpose for the universal heartbeat is constructive. Every invisible pulse that reverberates around the globe is built on top of all previous pulses. This pertains to the sun-sign Akbal since it also means “house”, in the sense of a structure that is based on bricks built one on top of the other.

This trait is also evident in people born under the Akbal sun-sign. They are usually busy putting one brick on top of the other, so when you try suggesting something completely new, they sometimes find it hard to incorporate it into their elaborate structure.

In this sense, 7-Akbal is the midpoint of my global (Caban) journey. It is the furthest I can get from my house before I start coming back. It’s like going on top of the mountain and saying “Hey! I can see my house from here.”

Here’s a mellow song for all you lovers out there tonight:

“Could we be much closer if we try?
We can stay at home and stare into each other’s eyes
Maybe we could last an hour
Maybe then we’d see right through
Always something breaking us in two” – Joe Jackson (7-Akbal)

8-Kan: Harmonized Seed

Born on this day: Jim Morrison, Pat Metheny, Buckminster Fuller, Bill Cosby, Ashton Kutcher, Jonathan Adams (RHPS narrator)

Harmonized Seed

"We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living." - Buckminster Fuller (8-Kan) preaching abundance

On this logical voyage through 1-Caban the sign of basic abundance (Kan) is multiplied to infinity by the 8th stage. In order to begin the second leg of the trecena trip a global community – a network of souls are gathered today by the net known as Kan.

On a different plane, on 8-Kan the seed balances the Earth (Caban). Seeds that fall to Earth make the first step in finding their destiny as a plant in the making. They form a new harmony with the earth and create a new equilibrium with it. Places where there are no seeds on the ground are known as wilderness – a piece of mother Earth laying in wait.

Here’s an interview from 1974 with the eminent Dr. Fuller (8-Kan), which begins with a discussion on the evolution of human consciousness:

9-CHICCHAN: Completing a Life Cycle

Born on this day: Paul Giamatti, Clint Eastwood, Lily Tomlin, Apollo 13 mission launch, WWII began, Jim Corr (The Corrs)

Completing a Life Cycle

"I thought I might die. But then I thought, 'Other people have made it through these things before'." - Clint Eastwood (9-CHICCHAN) on surviving a plane crash in 1951

Finally! A portal day. It’s been a weird intermission since 12-Men, and the portal day appears on the next Eastern burner-day partner of Men – Chicchan.

Going back to Eastwood’s quote above, 9-CHICCHAN in a sense is a near-death experience. It’s true that this sun-sign is always immediately followed by Cimi (death), but on 9-CHICCHAN this nearness is highlighted by the divine 9th stage . Life is what drives the planet towards manifestation. It synthesizes whatever’s already manifested and produces a new drama every day.

On 9-CHICCHAN I utilize my vital resources to complete all cycles of action.

Being lucky to be alive can also be understood by pondering the fact that World War II broke out on 9-CHICCHAN, when the Nazis invaded Poland on September 1st 1939. School is joined.

10-Cimi: Change is Now

Born on this day: Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Navarro

Change is Now

"For all the things you're losing you might as well resign yourself to try and make a change" - Adam Duritz (10-Cimi) pondering change in I wish I was a girl

On 10-Cimi the world is transformed (terra-formed). The change is apparent, and what made it appear is an accumulated result of all the undercurrents of past phases around Caban – the planet’s heart.

I’ve read this week that, at least in Israel, the mass demonstrations and public tent-pitching that took place last summer (the local occupy movement) is going to be repeated and redoubled this coming summer. And this time, it might even start earlier. It might even coincide with 10-Cimi. Who knows?

It appears that when adding up the numbers that currently make up the cost of living and housing, and comparing them to last year’s numbers – everything has gone up in price, despite all the many thousands of citizens who took to the streets last summer in protest of the outrageous prices.

This year’s occupy movements will fly right in the face of all the old-school control freaks and media pundits who perpetuate conflict and divide. Because the inevitable change cannot be denied anymore the inner spiritual backbone of Cimi is needed to smooth over the transition.

11-Manik: Resolve and Heal

Born on this day: Charlie Daniels, Burt Reynolds

Resolve and Heal

"Onwards and upwards!" the medicine shaman leads the tribe away from the grave of past dogmas

In every trecena there is an intimate link between stages 1 and 11. The former begins the process while the latter resolves it. The two sun-signs that appear on those stages are always opposite members of the same burner-day quadruplet. Here we have 1-Caban resolved by 11-Manik.

After the manifested change 10-Cimi, 11-Manik provides the tools and skills for perfecting the change; for integrating the newborn consciousness of the young with the older, established consciousness of past cycles of evolution.

In addition, Manik has an inert driving force that propels it constantly onward – what’s next to learn? what new experience has in store?

12-LAMAT: Deep Space 12

Born on this day: Jonathan Groff (Taking Woodstock), James Cameron

Deep Space 12

"Everything is backwards now, like out there is the the real world and this is the dream." - James Cameron (12-LAMAT) commenting on his Avatar

The second portal day of this trecena takes place today.

So far, we’ve been exploring the logical connections that exist between sun-sign and stage on the 1-Caban trecena. 12-LAMAT is another fine example of this theses. It basically means “in order to understand something, attain the star’s superior perspective”.

It also means that, as the 1-Caban trecena comes to a close I realize and understand that the Earth is a star in itself. It is one of many, i.e., “E Pluribus Unum” (this Latin phrase appears on the back of a 1 dollar bill).

13-Muluc: Ascend and Serve

Born on this day: Beyoncé Knowles, Christina Aguilera, Donnie Dacus, Gulf of Tonkin 1964 incident

Ascend and Serve

"I thrive on creativity. So in the long run I want to be an all around entertainer." - Christina Aguilera (13-Muluc) Offering her talent in every way to ascend

So the Gulf of Tonkin incident took place on 13-Muluc (water). Right.

From the apparently slowest flowing Eastern sun-sign (Caban) we arrive today at the most dynamic of them (Muluc), and come full circle on the global tour of the planet.

13-Muluc means that the planet can constantly ascend to higher and higher levels of evolution through a determined intention of sincere service to another, and by an offering of individual skill and talent.

This communal and reciprocal principle has been gaining a lot of ground in recent times across the world. It is the link to the next lesson in the tzolkin round – a lesson of Love and Loyalty: 1-Oc.

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