Born on this day: Tom Jones (singer), David Cameron, Aaron Eckhart, Wilford Brimley, Carrie Fisher
“I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.” – Carrie Fisher (3-Chicchan), Postcards from the Edge (1987)
1-Akbal (began 22 April 2017): Context
1-Akbal is like planting a seed and not knowing what would grow of it.
It represents the basic assumption that, on this plane of existence I’m called to constantly face the fear of the unknown within and without – and Learn! After unraveling a great mystery and coming out the other side it is time to enter another dark, scary and unknown cave and learn more.
This period in Time calls for a fair amount of courage and inner integrity. Akbal is the most basic form of transformation, since it means going back to the dark womb of creation, realizing its boundless potential, and emerging wiser at dawn to teach and inspire the Waking Ones.
under the hood
The 1-Akbal trecena spans most of the 10th uinal, which is the 20-day period in the Tzolkin round set aside for manifestation. Whatever I focused on since 1-Imix finally takes form in physical reality during this period.
This doesn’t mean that manifestation in general takes place only now and again – remember that each trecena has a 10th day of “localized” manifestation, and each longer/shorter period of time shares this milestone as well.
So, manifestation on the Tzolkin round scale takes place under the powerful and subtle influence of Akbal – the proverbial unknown. Ironic, isn’t it? The way things pan out in actuality cannot be foreseen during the extended period of incubation and preparation.
For 9 uinals my intentions fermented below the surface, feeding on imagination, memories, wishes, thoughts, prayers, and fears. During 1-Akbal these intentions emerge from the void out to the light, as I begin to actually get what I asked for. However, because it cannot be foreseen in all its beautiful details until it manifests – it is unknown.
This is why it makes sense to me that the 10th stage of each cycle of Mayan time is ruled by the Mayan god of destruction. The chrysalis of imagination and expectation is destroyed and cast aside like a child’s old T-shirt. 9 out of 13 days, the world outside the cocoon cannot be even remotely fathomed while I’m still growing within it.
A play of shadows, cast on mommy’s tummy.
Now’s the time to expect the unexpected; to assume responsibility for seeds sown long ago and far away.
After overcoming initial fear, and giving up the known-zone, the dramatic Serpent Chicchan, representing the spark of physical life on the material plain, provides enthusiasm (much needed at this early stage), invigorates, and puts the entire process in motion.
It is said that Man’s divine essence manifests in constant yearning, learning, and striving to solve the unknown. 3-Chicchan is actually this timeless itch to constantly “scratch” at new adventures, to learn, to unravel a mystery, and perhaps glimpse eternal youth.
In some cases, popularly called ‘extreme’ nowadays (which is a serpent hallmark), hard scratching cause unhealed scabs to come off and leave pain where it was so recently inflected.
In other, more ‘balanced’ and constructive cases, the physical itch is met with a silent reluctance to scratch. Attention shifts to trusting the body to do its own healing without my nervous interruptions. The itch remains unscratched and instead of become pain it becomes something else.
Which is how natural cycles are allowed to take place and complete, old skin is allowed to fall off, and the injured skin is made anew.
3-Chicchan is the stage in the journey when I say “hey, this is not that bad. I can make it!” It’s essential fuel and a gathering of courage that’s going to serve me well later on, when I’m less naïve…
Here’s an account of the final days of the most recently deceased Carrie Fisher (born 3-Chicchan), from Wiki:
On December 23, 2016, after finishing the European leg of her book tour, Fisher was on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She suffered a medical emergency around fifteen minutes before the plane landed. A passenger seated near Fisher reported that she had stopped breathing; another passenger performed CPR on Fisher until paramedics arrived at the scene… After Fisher was taken by ambulance to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, she was placed on a ventilator.
Following four days in intensive care at UCLA Medical Center, Fisher died on December 27, 2016, at 8:55 a.m. (PST) [2-Manik]; she was 60 years old. Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, confirmed her mother’s death in a statement to the press. News of Fisher’s death spread quickly online where fans from around the world responded with tributes and condolences. Many of her costars and directors from Star Wars and other works also shared their thoughts on Fisher’s death.
Carrie passed away on December 27, 2016. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds (4-Cib), died the very next day.
Here’s Johnny Carson (5-Seed, K’at) interviewing Carrie Fisher for the 1st time: