1-Cib Trecena Analysis: Sacred Summer

Prelude: Play in the Sunshine

13-Men was the last day of the Tzolkin spring, and 1-Cib is the first day of summer. It is the first day of the last 65 days in the current Tzolkin round. It is also the Tzolkin’s summer solstice.

I begin the Tzolkin summer by pondering the Holy Place that is mother Earth, as well as my own body – the best vehicle I can have, speeding through the material plain. Summer is when both body and Earth celebrate the fruits of the labor of the preceding arduous seasons. This 4th part of the cycle is represented by southern (yellow) sun-signs, and has to do with kicking back and taking it easy. This laid-back sensation has to do with manifesting results that seem to  independently unfold now, as I sit back and watch. Now gravity itself pulls the sheer weight of the previous 10 uinals of my intention and toil down to reality.

Cib is also called “Vulture”, an eater of carcasses and a purifier of karma. As the trecena kick-starting the fun of summer, 1-Cib is a suitable way to get a clean slate and draw a line between the karma that prevailed before and a fresh sequence of causality. Without this spiritually purifying period I would have stayed focused on my old debts, kept on working at the same job through the summer, and missed all the fun.


Buzzards make the best recyclers

Under the hood

1-Cib is the only trecena in the Tzolkin round that has the first 4 sun-signs of the uinal neatly adorning the crest of the trecena, populating stages 6 through 9. There is therefore a unique balance between the tenth uinal’s last 5 sun-signs initiating the trecena, and the first 8 of the eleventh uinal completing it.

Therefore, this trecena, which teaches me about the sanctity and holiness of Spirit, and begins with the complex and abstract aspects of the uinal – must get “turned around” by the most basic aspects of prehistory, early teachings and understandings.

So what am I doing here writing this blog? I’m reaching back through the mists of the past into a fascinating ancient culture, to bring some valuable early teachings and understandings back to the Now. You know, the lessons most needed today.

A pinch from grandpa’s old tobacco bag.

This is Cib. It is realizing that in order to get rid of twisted Karma that still, for some reason, interferes with achieving a better Now and tomorrow – I need to go even further back in time for possible solutions. Ancient understandings seem to predate the modern origin of division and confusion I experience today (what the Maya called ‘the error in time’), so I’m therefore tapping into a singular/unifying-kind of wisdom.

I’m talking about those precise answers Dad used to come up with, wearing a wrinkled brow.

Once upon a time…

… there was an elderly medieval Jesuit Monk, who looked a lot like Michael Douglas. He left his hermitage (Cib) after living there most of his adult life to travel the world (Caban) in search for truth (Edznab), spiritual purification (Cauac), Mastery and Enlightenment (Ahau).

Just when he thought he found them, he realized that his journey has only begun. By the side of the road he met an ancient, farseeing and eloquent oracle (7-Ik). His discourse with the oracle made him realize that he still has so much more to learn, since the unknown is infinite (8-Akbal). He sat down to meditate for the first time ever, and his moment of realization soon came as he physically experienced his awakened Kundalini (10-Chicchan), after which he was never the same again (11-Cimi).

Just so you’ll have an easier time visualizing the fallen Monk (1-Cib), here’s the man himself, after leaving his car stuck in gridlock and taking a walk on the wild side:


Since now is the time to honor the sanctity of the Human Spirit, I’d like to thank you guys for much inspiration: Mike Shore, Sharon Jorgenson, Brett, Scott Davis, Paul Bud, Kurt and the rest of the Saints of British Rock team, Karen Majorowski, Theresa Crabtree, Jeremy McGie, Blake Ford Hall the Pagan Examiner, and all the rest of you wonderful dreamers out there.

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1-Cib NewForm

Sacred introspection as Heaven Eleven settles in

1-Cib: Unified Sanctity

James Joyce, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jimmy Page, Damon Albarn, Emma Bunton (Spice Girl), Michael Douglas, Caroline Corr

Unified Sanctity

“Now, you had what it took to get into my office; the real question is whether you got what it takes to stay.” – Michael Douglas (1-Cib) as Gordon Gekko

1-Cib is the day I begin the summer festival of the Divine Spirit. What’s imminent in the spirit of this festival is the inward Wisdom which constantly informs me, through the Mists of Avalon, that the spirit that dwells in the Pineal gland, dwells also deep within the Smartphone which presumably pollutes it.

The ancient truths about the limits of human morality and conduct (personified by Cib) permeate through all of Nature – whether it be wild nature or what I decide to set apart as human nature. The divisions that are obviously evident to man are arbitrary concepts nonetheless, set haphazardly by a particular mindset and consciousness. In reality there is no such division. I’m just this kind of creature who cannot help dividing reality into words and values in order to bestow it with meaning and operate within it.

This is the reason why we’ll continue to abuse the planet long after coercing everyone to buy a hybrid car and have two compost tanks in their back yard. It is a challenge of consciousness, not another mindless market choice. This is also why Terence McKenna (3-Edznab, day after tomorrow) once said:

"The moral life does not consist of wheat grass diet,
or affirmation, or any of that. The moral life is -
unless you're at Esalen - you should clothe the naked,
you should feed the hungry, comfort the afflicted, bury the dead,
and there are a couple others - obvious - things to be done."

I’m useless, but not for long!

To kick-start the sacred monkey’s journey through duality, here’s Damon Albarn (1-Cib) and the Gorillaz over some great CGI animation:

There's a monkey in the jungle
watching a paper trail
caught up in a conflict
between his brain and his tail…
Get the cool
Get the cool shoeshine

2-CABAN: Dilemma of the Heart

Thomas Jefferson (3rd US President), Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Anne Robinson (The Weakest Link UK), Amy Adams

Dilemma of the Heart

“Delay is preferable to error.” – Thomas Jefferson (2-CABAN) in his letter to Washington (3-Muluc)

The first portal day of this trecena (2-CABAN) is also the last portal day of the uinal of manifestation (10th).

A portal day is like having an exclamation mark on a day (which is the reason I decided to designate it using ALL CAPS). If I take the time to reflect upon events experienced on a portal day I’m bound to find extra spice in whatever the world throws at me, and especially more volume to however I react to it (whether internalizing or externalizing my reaction). Try it!

So the first exclamation mark of this trecena comes right after taking the first step. What’s emphasized on 2-CABAN is the universality of the ancient moralities and wisdom that Cib personifies. Being the second stage, the exclamation mark is coupled with a question mark (Universal Wisdom!?) Therefore a decision must be made: I’ll either universalize my ethics by tuning into the elders, or stay locally confused and confusing.

From the new Muppets movie

Here’s Amy Adams (2-CABAN) having a disco “Me Party” and celebrating personal sustainability along with Miss Piggy (who I posit was born 9-Chicchan).

3-Edznab: Scattered Reflections

John Mahoney, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Enrique Iglesias, Jack DeJohnette, Napoleon Bonaparte, Keanu Reeves, Terence McKenna, Dana Carvey

Scattered Reflections

“From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.” – Napoleon Bonaparte (3-Edznab) speaking to his troops in Egypt

Stage 3 is the first stage in which the trecena’s 4 axis/theme days (Cib, Ahau, Kan, and Lamat) are objected to and criticized. Here stands the Mirror of Reality (Edznab), revealing current truths right in the face of our esteemed, serious Jesuit monk.

The scattered reflections of everything that’s true and real right now on earth points to a glaring deficiency in unified wisdom (no Cib). In other words – everyone seems to be still sleeping soundly, dwelling on known evils, and dreaming about  how things will work themselves out eventually. This is how old karma is allowed to persist, and the location of responsibility remains externalized.

3-Edznab means exposing false beliefs wherever they may be, and regardless of where this exposure might lead. This is the only way to universalize ethics and truly accept the proverbial Other (with all his ‘misguided’ ideas).

You can run, you can hide, but

Here’s Enrique Iglesias (3-Edznab) in a particularly racy bit of pop-culture, taking off his shirt for a blonde.

4-Cauac: Stormy Foundations

Prince William (Duke of Cambridge), Jack Black, Brad Pitt, Jason Priestley, Nathaniel Hawthorne, George Steinbrenner, Joe Frazier

Stormy Foundations

“Self-improvement is masturbation. Now, self-destruction…” – Brad Pitt (4-Cauac) as Tyler Durden

Here’s the chosen one (Jack Black, 4-Cauac) thinking twice about having other people externalize responsibility on his account by making him King:

"I'm not the chosen one. I though I was, but I'm not. Sorry...
Maybe we can all be chosen ones?"

That’s what 4-Cauac had to say before thunder struck again and the rainstorm came back in the closing scenes of “Year One”. After that the people had a Queen and the party moved to Egypt.

This very quote by Black really echos with Graham Chapman (10-Ahau)’s Brian in Monty Python’s Life of Brian – see 1-Chuen. Playing the messiah, he addressed the masses and said “You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody! You have to work it out for yourselves.” But that was back in 1979, and it was also a different kind of comedy, so Brian’s crowd insisted on him leading them, while Black’s crowd let him get the girl and ride out.

The role of the chosen one was also taken up by Keanu Reeves (3-Edznab, yesterday) in the Matrix trilogy. Instead of relinquishing his role like Black, Reeves decided to be the chosen one all the way through to martyrdom. This course of action is consistent with Reeve’s sun-sign (Edznab, the sacrificial knife), which embodies ultimate sacrifice in the name of truth.

In most ancient traditions, the messiah personifies the sun – shining and bringing forth Life, and freeing it from darkness. But, all messiahs and suns eventually decline, descend to the underworld by way of the West, and go blind.

Now, consider the fact that the current Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) was also born 4-Cauac. Could he be that chosen one who finally chooses abdicating the crown to the people rather than being just another famous martyr/shaheed?

5-Ahau: One Empowering Sun

Max Weber, William Shatner, Bruce Springsteen, S. N. Goenka, Jennifer Beals

One Empowering Sun

“The Truth is the Truth.” – Max Weber’s (5-Ahau) last words on this planet

It is important to emphasize 5-Ahau since it sets the Hour of Sunrise on the 6th Day of the Tzolkin. It is the final kin of the uinal of Manifestation, the last watches of the night. It is therefore a particularly Real and present sunrise, one that heralds the period of resolution and adjustment (11).

Going back to our Jesuit, 5-Ahau is the only kind of enlightenment he can achieve, based on his point of origin and previous beliefs (1-Cib). In order to proceed with his personal evolution’s flow, he must begin a new process with 6-Imix just to balance off his previous understandings. And he’s not even halfway through his journey…

So 5-Ahau is a very precise and young kind of illumination. It’s also quite masculine, resolute, and wise beyond its years – like the Boss Springsteen (5-Ahau).

One eyed Wonder

Here’s one hot Jennifer Beals (5-Ahau) in her role as a thesaurus, along with David Proval (13-Caban) as her jealous husband and Tim Roth (5-Chuen) as Ted the innocent bellboy.

By the way, this film (Tarantino’s Four Rooms) also featured the Itanlian-Greek bombshell Valeria Golino (3-Edznab, two days ago).

6-Imix: Flowing Marsh

Louis Farrakhan, September Eleventh, Larry Mullen, Jr. (U2), Tal Friedman

Flowing Marsh

“Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th.” – George W. Bush (13-Chicchan) speaking to the US general assembly on 1-Imix (10 Nov 2001).

Yeah, right. Let us.

6-Imix marks the beginning of the 11th uinal/6th DAY/Heaven 11, which in the Tzolkin lasts for exactly 20 solar days. This is the period in which the newly manifested consciousness finds its place among everything else that’s already been manifested.

In other words, the uinal beginning today is like the day after I finished draft 1 of my book, or the morning after the spaceship prototype I’ve been working on the past few years has completed its maiden voyage successfully. It is the time when I realize my work is not quite done yet. The book needs editing and content-integrity, while my spaceship, although it took off and landed brilliantly – doesn’t even have a bathroom installed yet.

So, even though it took me many years to reach yesterday’s success, today it feels like there’s still so much to do. After seeing the fruit of centuries of R&D finally manifested in reality, my conscious focus makes an about turn as I suddenly see beautiful imperfections I wasn’t able to imagine during 3 fourths of the Tzolkin, leading up to Heaven 10.

6-Imix is a celebration of beginning a new process of perfection – this time with much more manifestation to work with, and also many more days to go in the current process. It’s a good balance between known and unknown.

Flashes of Pompeii

At this point I’d like to introduce a wacky stage and screen artist/comedian who has a great hobby – playing and singing in a rock band (hey, that’s my hobby too!). His name is Tal Freidman, and everyone knows him in Israel. He was born 6-Imix, and in the next clip he sings a song that is best known to be sung by 9-Imix (Robert Plant).

When Imix goes crazy – everyone else is mesmerized.

So now you'd better stop and rebuild all your ruins,
For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing.
- Led Zeppelin, Immigrant Song

Note: Tal took liberty to change some of the lyrics. For example, instead of “We are your overlords” he chose to say “You”. Good for him!

7-Ik: Purposeful Parley

Lou Gehrig, Richard Møller Nielsen, Yossi Benayoun, Snoop Dogg, John C. Reilly

Purposeful Parley

“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” – Lou Gehrig (7-Ik) saying goodbye at Yankee Stadium on July 4th, 1939 (2-Cimi).

The last time I wrote about 1-Cib I stated that the basic message of 7-Ik, the Purposeful Parley is: Disseminate that which is Essential.

According to the trecena diagram (way up there^) 7-Ik embodies the spirits that blow atop the summit. It is what’s communicated at the midpoint of the current process of evolution. When I get the view of both beginning and end I think and talk about the journey’s purpose. To see the purpose I focus on the essential understandings I carried with me up the hill to the top (1-6), and compare it with the essential landmarks I can now see ahead of me (8-13).

So 7-Ik is a balanced duality, communicating between essential past lessons and essential future aspirations.

ALS beats AVG

When Gehrig (7-Ik) realized what’s ahead of him (2 years of pain, closely followed by death), and compared it with what he’s leaving behind – he was wise enough to be crystal clear about what seems purposeful for him to communicate before signing off (he died 12-Chicchan).

8-AKBAL: Endless Night

David Gilmour, Celine Dion, Arthur Schopenhauer, Liv Tyler, Beverly D’Angelo

Endless Night

“The time is gone, the song is over. I thought I’d something more to say.” – David Gilmour (8-AKBAL) singing Time from the Dark Side of the Moon

Portal day!

By now, the Jesuit on his journey has left his past behind. After hearing the farseeing oracle yesterday and scanning the new horizon he realized he can’t climb down the way he came. There’s so much truth to seek outside the hermitage he knew all his life. This doesn’t mean he’s decided that everything he learned was false. Rather, his newly acquired understandings would not be possible under any other circumstances, nor over any other background and life story. One depends on the other.

He therefore seeks the best way to begin his descent down the otherside. This is 8-Akbal. It reminds him of 1-Akbal – the last new beginning that led to the current process (1-Cib).

All western sun-signs have something to do with learning and teaching, since they embody various forms of transformation. Akbal is the most basic form of this aspect. It has to do with the way wisdom and knowledge are constructed – one insight/lesson on top of the other (rather than one replacing the other).

You live, you learn

Do you remember the first time you got intimate with someone you’re in love with? Akbal is the unique comfort which only darkness can provide.

The groping darkness which nourishes new discovery can never be altogether reconciled or vanquished. It sharpens my senses, and serves as the mental and spiritual “vacuum” which prompts me to really listen and be receptive.

9-Kan: Potentially Abundant

Leonard Nimoy, Henry Kissinger, Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh), Oklahoma City bombing, Waco siege began

Potentially Abundant

“Live long and prosper!” – Leonard Nimoy (9-Kan) as Spock

9-Kan offers unique, reciprocal insights – both into the nature of the Seed sun-sign as well as the 9th stage/heaven.

All seeds represent one form or another of Potential. When a plant reaches fruition, it produces a multitude of seeds. Each seed can become a slightly different variation of its sires and siblings. Only a fraction of this multitude eventually takes root and becomes new plants during natural courses. However, each seed is a unique plant in potential, and every spermcell – a goddess.

In the same way in which Kan represents the Nature of potential, stage 9 of the trecena is an Expression of potential. It takes place when the process is on the brink of realization. Potential is expressed when action ceases; when gravity is allowed to operate.

Ian Lungold wrote in his codex that stage 9 is “The completion of cycles of action”. So 9-Kan means that 8 days after the summer begins the last thing on my list of actions is social networking and extra focus on the tribe’s potential fruits. That’s it. It’s kick-back time from now on.

The summer sun does everything else.

Strange Consequences

Osho is widely known as the millionaire guru from California who had orgies in his ashrams. That’s gossip. The truth of the matter is that if you were born 9-Kan people are bound to gossip about you. And, to aggravate this – you’re probably phenomenal in the sack, especially if you’re a guy.

“Instead of “God”, “F**k” has become the most important word in our language. Even if Friedrich Nietzsche (1-Eb) comes back he will be surprised. And he will try to resuscitate somehow the dead God back, because this is stupid!” – Osho (9-Kan)

10-Chicchan: Responsible Living

Eddie Gomez, Tony La Russa, Ulysses S. Grant, John Dillinger, Will Ferrell, Lily Allen

Responsible Living

“You’re supposed to care, but you never make me scream.” – Lily Allen (10-Chicchan)

10-Chicchan is the junction in the Jesuit’s journey when the beauty of ancient (let’s say) pagan spirituality dawns on him through an uplifting experience involving mind and body. As mentioned before, his ecstatic revelation does not altogether replace the faith and knowledge he established before, but rather builds upon everything else and expands his perspective.

In this trecena, the serpent (Chicchan) embodies the inevitable destruction of 1-Cib and everything leading up from it to stage 10. However, it is important to keep in mind that this form of destruction does not mean starting from scratch again, at least not in every respect. It simply means a kind of “switch” in mindset, typical to manifestation.

10-Chicchan: Responsible Living means realizing the sacred potential power of life by uniting Body and Mind. This is powerful stuff. It’s not just the mind or just the body anymore. This is unified sanctity materializing as an experience that cannot be denied. It must now be recognized with responsibility.

Brits doing America

Like all (presumably) above-average acts out of the UK, Lily Allen (10-Chicchan) also had her “go”, trying to win Americans over with country music… Quite kinky, though!

11-Cimi: Refined Change

Kate Pierson (B-52’s)

Refined Change

“And we know that we’re alive, if we weren’t sure before. I reach for you by my side and – SOAR!” – Kate Pierson (11-Cimi) in Revolution Earth

11-Cimi is a subtle psychic connection with my ancient ancestors, who assist and guide me during the transition into a renewed and sanctified way of life – the consequent result of yesterday’s destruction. This day also resounds with the 11th uinal in which it takes place, along with 11-Cauac further down the road.

The luck of the sun-sign Cimi is just what I need right now, resolving 1-Cib and reconciling past and present lessons in the school of Life.

What’s the use of gettin’ if you’re ain’t sharin’?

What can I say? Kate Pierson (11-Cimi), Fred Schneider (1-Cimi) and the B-52’s:

Isn’t she to DIE for? She looks like Medusa to me in this clip…

Well, here it is.

12-Manik: Deep-Forest Remedy

Michael Palin, Pedro Martínez, Alicia Keys, Vin Diesel, 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), Adam K. Horovitz (Ad-Rock)

Deep-Forest Remedy

“I seek the Grail.” – Michael Palin (12-Manik) on a typical Manik pilgrimage

As the aging Jesuit gets ready for Round 17 of Existence he understands something essential: what it really mean to be a human on earth, asking questions and going on dangerous adventures.

When a Muslim makes his pilgrimage to Mecca he understands right at the beginning that he’s about to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey, after which he’ll never be the same again. After walking the path, reaching Mecca and participating in rituals, on 12-Manik he’s back home already, or at least in his familiar surroundings again. This location in consciousness allows him to understand that his journey is eternal.

At any given moment I am constantly moving towards Destination and moving away from another. Even when I’m at one destination (or at Home) the motion persists internally.

A-Ha! If I didn’t pay, why are you arguing?

Here’s Michael Palin (12-Manik) who’s always been one of my favorite Pythons, along with Cleese (13-Imix, coming up!) and Chapman. I’ve mentioned Chapman (10-Ahau) before, who plays the abuser in this skit.

13-Lamat: Starfruit

Lionel Messi, George Orwell, Martin Luther King’s Assassination, Milton William Cooper


“Either we all live in a decent world, or nobody does.” – George Orwell (13-Lamat)

Isn’t it amazing that Bill Cooper shares his Tzolkin birthday with George Orwell? And having Dr. King’s assassination under the same conspiracy-theory energy?

It is said that ancient heroes of old, like Achilles and Sinbad “Reached the Stars”. In other words, their devout fan-base got together and connected stars in the dark sky to form constellations which they named after their heroes. These were in turn passed down generations, and the heroes’ names were immortalized. This honor was reserved for true “All-Stars”, not just any other mortal King, President, or Prime Minister.

In contemporary sports, this phenomena is called “retiring a number”, and the ceremony includes raising the hero’s jersey up to the heavens (just under the stadium’s domed roof).

In the Tzolkin round this phenomena is called 13-Lamat.

13-Lamat is the Ultimate Star of infinite multiplication and the kind of luminary which can ultimately establish Universal Harmony.

BTW, regarding sports, Orwell once said: “Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play.” Tell that to Bill Cooper.

Final Note

Gehrig and the rest of the all-star heroes looking down on us mortals are the modern version of Cib. It is how we venerate our ancestors, and they guide us in return.

2 responses to “1-Cib Trecena Analysis: Sacred Summer

  1. Hi eagle, I have enjoyed your blog since I first started getting mayanmajix newsletters. A friend of mine says he learned about mayan soul groups from you–that these are simply the signs of your burner days. I was wondering if you ever had a post which included all the soul groups? I am really interested in these… My email is included.

    • Hey Steve,

      Thanks for your message! I appreciate it.
      I haven’t posted a summary of the burner day sets (I call them quads), but I have plenty of research material in my drawers on that topic.
      Are you Mike’s brother or relative?
      I’ll drop you a line via email, too.


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