Category Archives: Culture by Tzolkin

10-Chicchan: Responsible living (14 May 2017)

Born 10-Chicchan: Eddie Gomez, Tony La Russa, Ulysses S. Grant (18th US president), John Dillinger, Will Ferrell, Lily Allen, Scott Pelley, José Argüelles, Dean Norris (Breaking Bad)

Responsible Living

“Hey, baby. I got him. Dead to rights… Yeah. I got him in handcuffs as we speak… I gotta go. It may be awhile before I get home. I love you.” Hank Schrader (Dean Norris, 10-Chicchan)’s last words to his wife Marie (Betsy Brandt, 11-Ben)

In this trecena, the serpent (Chicchan) embodies the inevitable destruction of 1-Cib and all consequent days leading up to day 9. However, it is important to keep in mind that this form of destruction does not mean starting from scratch again, at least not in most respects. 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 NOW that cannot be denied.

It must now be recognized with responsibility.

No way Jose

When Jose Argüelles (born 10-Chicchan by GMT master Tzolkin) started peddling his own personal version of the Tzolkin called ‘Dreamspell’ (sold literally in a box) he made a decision to have the Dreamspell count be about 50 days ahead of the master Tzolkin count. His own birthday on the Dreamspell is 10-Chuen.

Assuming the obvious fact that he looked up his and his wife Miriam’s birthdays in their concocted count, I still wonder why he picked to change nawals from being a serpent to being a monkey?

Was it because he saw himself first and foremost as an artist/artisan?

Was it because Chuen is known as a typical daykeeper nawal?

Was it stemming from his talent for show business and extravagance?

I’ll never know. From my own direct experience I do know, however, that acquiring a cursory understanding of an ancient culture, and immediately rushing to the keyboard to tell the world about it – can lead anyone into some wield and misguided mind-jobs.

Like aboriginal walkabouts in the Australian desert, mirages are part and parcel of the deal. Every time.

From the little Argüelles had keened from living among the Maya in the 80’s, I think it’s safe to say he went far-far beyond the words he heard from the actual elders. Being ultimately a serpent, Argüelles must have had a gift for the dramatic. He also probably was the kind of person who, when requesting something be done, exhumed the kind of vibe that made other people feel happy to simply oblige.

Much like Osho (9-Kan, yesterday), Argüelles had all the hallmarks of a 90’s new-age guru.

My gratitude, Jose. You made a multitude notice Guatemala. Misguided means are easily forgiven in my book.

Ian was just a tad more… Ahau-ish about it 😉

UNDER THE HOOD: the 1-Cib trecena

With 1-Imix as the beginning of autumn, 13-Men is 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 260-day cycle is represented by southern (typically yellow) sun-signs which appear more than other cardinal directions during this period. It 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.

THE TURNAROUND

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 (Cib, Caban, Edznab, Cauac, and Ahau), and the first 8 of the eleventh uinal completing it.

Therefore, this trecena, which teaches me about the sanctity and holiness of both spirit and matter, begins with the complex and abstract aspects of the uinal, and is “turned around” by the most basic aspects of prehistory, raw reality, early teachings and understandings.

9-Chuen: Macro-art (30 April 2017)

Born on this day: Serena Williams, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dustin Hoffman, Austin Nichols

Macro-Art

“The plight of the actor, even if he’s a star, is the plight of the women’s movement. They’re saying the same thing to us: get into bed, give me a good time, then give me something to eat, go get the laundry, be a good girl.” – Dustin Hoffman (9-Chuen)

Remember the biggest jigsaw puzzle you’ve ever completed.

The final piece of a puzzle remains a mystery, right untill the very last stages. Any piece I find can prove to be the final one, until I connect it. Once it’s connected it becomes part of the reality which assists me to complete more of the puzzle.

In other words, I connect some sky pieces and come up to where the house and trees are. Then I can begin on those pieces.

Problem is, in real life I get all the pieces, but I can’t find the game’s package and cover, where the complete image is shown.

All I stumble across are other peoples’ game packages, or more precisely – the ones they are hoping to put together.

This is exactly when today’s day-sign and stage both come very handy. Chuen is a new beginning, a rearrangement of existing materials, like the artist does. Chuen is the day-lord that might tell me: “first, connect two pieces that fit each other, pick up another piece, then repeat”.

9-Chuen is about a patient way of art. It requires a deep devotion to the craft and its intricacies. It’s the kind of devotion that makes actors change their daily routines completely to gain weight, for months on end, just for that perfect scene.

THE CONSUMMATE ARTIST

And now for some Dustin Hoffman (9-Chuen), in tribute to Laurence Olivier (10-Men), Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton (11-Men):

Chuen-types are born for the limelight. They can be anyone they want to be, and convince you every single time. Some prominent Chuen examples from the silver screen are: Ford (2), Connery (4), Roth (5), Jacobi (7), Hoffman (9), De Niro (12) and Irons (13). All these stand out in their versatility, professionalism, and magical touch.

(And I didn’t even have to mention their first names.)

3-Chicchan: Rhythmic serpent (24 April 2017)

Born on this day: Tom Jones (singer), David Cameron, Aaron Eckhart, Wilford Brimley, Carrie Fisher

Rhythmic Serpent

“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.

3-Chicchan symbology

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…

Warrior Princess

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: