Born on this day: Krishnamurti, Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Tammy Wynette, Andrea Corr (The Corrs), Brad Wilk (RATM), Lisa Ling, William Randolph Hearst
Yesterday was 10-Imix, which was an interesting mix of a raw beginning (of the uinal) and a mature completion (stage 10 of the trecena).
The end of every road (Eb) is the beginning of the next. Imix (the crocodile) is the first sun-sign, since everything begins and ends in the womb of creation – the primordial swamp that is the crocodile’s domain.
Day before yesterday (Ahau) is also called “the master”, and in this respect, every master eventually becomes a novice of the next higher level of evolution.
Therefore, 10-Imix means that the one true road manifests when I find myself back on square one. But this is scarcely a regression, since the journey itself has transformed me and the world around the paths I travelled. Equipped with the nurturing instincts of Imix, and the responsibility that stage 10 invokes – it is now time to go “back to school” to guide and show my fellow companions how the Road of Life can be chosen and travelled.
Today is 11-Ik – a gentle breeze refining the newly manifested path and perfecting it. Ik is the essence of intellect which distinguishes between one thing and the other, and is at the root of my abilities to communicate with my fellow travelers.
Coupled with the wind, the energy of stage 11 can be described as a wise teacher who doesn’t try to change his pupil’s nature, but instead makes subtle corrections and upgrades, so that s/he may better fit whatever’s already manifested without fundamentally changing his/her essence.
Happy Tzolkin birthday, Ken!
Yesterday, 10-Imix, was Kenneth Johnson’s Tzolkin return. Right next to Ian Lungold (12-Ahau), and like many other Mayan calendar enthusiasts, Kenneth and his books have been one of my primary sources of everything both Mayan and authentic. The last seven years of my diving into the Mayan calendar and culture would have been much more confused and misled had it not been for Ken’s insights, approach and clarity.
So many among us, who claim to be experiencing the Mayan calendar, are still (to this day, for some reason) following Arguelles’s 1990’s boardgame “Dreamspell”. If you visit many of the Mayan locations in central America you would still be offered to learn about the Dreamspell calendar as a subterfuge to the Master Tzolkin, and to all other ligitimate and authentic calender systems on offer in central America.
This is where Johnson offers the sobering and balancing approach of getting the lore as it is, with a minimum of personal biases and abstractions, and from the living people who’ve been actually practicing and following these traditions.
I’ve heard from someone that Imix types make the best teachers, and this is certainly the case with Johnson. The other good teacher types I would add are Cauac, Chicchan, and Caban, but all in different ways.