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1-Chuen trecena daily digest: begins 28 September 2015

The pontiff went back West

 “I hope as a brother of this country to offer words of encouragement to those who are to guide the nation’s political future, in fidelity to its founding basis.”

– Pope Francis (9-Caban), 23 Sept. 2015 @ the White House

In his quote above, does his eminence (who by mere accident shares his Tzolkin birthday (9-Caban) with Walter White, Gustavo Frig, and Richard Dawkins) actually reveal a strong support of the US constitution?

Does fidelity to founding basics mean financial independence and the abolition of the central bank? Could be. Pope Francis did mention greed and unbridled capitalism as evils that requires immediate curbing.

Apropos, “Fidelity” is a masonic keyword, repeated thrice before closing a lodge.

He also referred to himself as a brother of the US, offering advice to its leaders. Well, besides being widely used among black Americans, ‘brother’ is the basic title of each person attending a masonic lodge. This brother then proceeds to give his advice (i.e., his orders) about staying loyal to ‘founding basis’ – most of which were penned into American law and consciousness by freemasons.

A brother of the faith. Whatever faith. Family is, after all, stronger than faith, and ‘brother’ is a word almost as loaded as ‘sister’.

Two days later he was the keynote speaker at the UN General Assembly. Masonic overtones continued to come up, most notably at the very closing of the speech, when he blessed the assembly thus:

“Upon all of you, and the peoples you represent, I invoke the blessing of the Most High, and all peace and prosperity. Thank you.”

– Pope Francis 25 Sept. 2015 @ the UN

‘the Most High’? I remember once I was really high, and that’s all I can remember about it. But ‘the Most High’ is someone obviously much more important and grandiose. It’s a politically correct and pluralist referral to God, which in fact is chanted in each masonic meeting.

“All glory to the Most High.”

But before his final blessings, Pope Francis shared many of his views and opinions about the global issues currently requiring attention. Climate change seemed to be pivotal among his international interests – an issue which was not raised when addressing the US, for some mysterious and maybe unimportant reason.

Is global warming a hot, positively trending project on the UN’s priority list? The pontiff said that earth itself has rights that must be respected, as if earth was another human being like you. All good and well, considerate and crucial.

What doesn’t make much sense is that only citizens have rights, which are graciously bestowed upon them by their elders and betters – the people who rule them. Who is the one so graciously bestowing rights upon the planet itself? Why, it’s the same crowd again.

What about aliens and disclosure? Could that finally melt all nationality and human identity with Land? How about global terrorism? Or a natural disaster?

Could it possibly be something that has nothing to do with de-population, brother?

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The biggest trick the devil ever pulled

Last time the Tzolkin was at the current juncture (13-Oc/1-Chuen) was 11 January 2015, which already feels like a decade ago. Why is that?

A while ago, my friend’s 10 year old boy flipped through my cellphone photo gallery in nimble-quick-finger-breakneck speed. It looked like he was watching a stop-motion animated movie of my life in the past few months.

The scenes switched from work-related photos, to family get-togethers, to cute ones of babies and children, back to some important work stuff, and then all of a sudden – the bare limbs of Summer.

… naturally, he was watching the movie backwards, beginning with today’s photos and going back in time.

It made me wonder about this fascination with documentation of experience fragments (also known as Instagram/Facebook photos, What’sApp ad infinitum).

Then IT made me feel guilty about doing all this wondering. Why am I not in the sacred HEre and NOw?

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Then it was time to go back home and load my Pantax with some new ASA 400 film, all ready to shoot some new grayscale negatives I can take back to my lab to develop.

What this soon-to-be teenager guy did with the emotional retainers that over-populate my cloud drive is that he used them as a time machine to quickly go back in time.

When history ends, it does so on a silent note. There is a gap, a hairline fracture in the everyday routine, something which only a few people can become aware of.

Then something new begins; something that finds no real use in history, let alone flash-drive memories.

THE EMPEROR IS ALWAYS NAKED

Extreme seriousness, displayed today in all newsrooms, eventually dissolves tomorrow into some bad joke – into a twist in the plot. As Michel Foucault (11-Imix, coming up) once said:

“The game is worthwhile insofar as we don’t know what will be the end.”

Because nobody knows what will be the end of anything, there is always a gap through which the unexpected can sneak in. New ideas, mindsets, solutions and philosophies are constantly bubbling under the surface, searching for this elusive gap, and for the right timing – simply because there is a gap.

New threads of reality are now being woven by the unknown artisan.

They are the threads of exposure.

Under the Hood

The previous trecena (1-Edznab) marks the end of the first Tzolkin semester and the current one (1-Chuen) marks the beginning of the second. In other words – the end of winter and beginning of spring. In the solar year, this is called the spring equinox, since the day and night are of the same length. This midpoint of balance exists also in the Tzolkin, since the count of days before 13-Oc and after 1-Chuen are also the same (130).

The Mirror of Reality (1-Edznab ) took me on a sharp and introspective voyage deep inside my mind and soul. To find my way out the other side I now employ the guidance and beauty of the artisan monkey Chuen, also known as the Weaver of Time.

1- Chuen is located around the dead-center of the Tzolking round. After inhaling there is an opening — a Gap. After exhaling there is another one. So it is in the 260-day round. Breathing is interacting with the world; the spaces between breath-pulses is interaction within.

This is consistent with the fact that artistic (Chuen) expression begins from within.

1-Chuen: Seed of imagination

Born on this day: Ronald Reagan (40th US president), Roland Orzabal (Tears for Fears), Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode), Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys), Winston Burdett

"No hidden catch, no strings attached. Just freelove." - Dave Gahan (1-chuen)

“No hidden catch, no strings attached. Just freelove.” – Dave Gahan (1-Chuen)

Being well aware of his/her own little imperfections and evils, the artist finds a sublime/sublimated way to harness maladjustment and flaw to create something new, beautiful, and meaningful with slender fingers – something that’s a little closer to perfection.

Both the artist and artisan (who are considered to be one and the same according to the Mayan philosophy) share this trait of truth-seeking. Some artists dedicate their talent to exposing and accentuating what’s wrong in their world. Their presented artwork is an original and fresh display of sanity and truth for everyone to digest, within works of prose, comedy and art.

The artist’s hallmark is an innate ability to rearrange existing materials and ideas in a unique and imaginary way, which actually creates a new reality. S/he takes ideas and perspectives, which were collected during 1-Edznab and before, and weaves them like fresh and colorful threads to create a new tapestry of existence. When existing threads are entwined with new ones – patterns that were never seen before begin to take shape.

1-Chuen is the right time to begin viewing the old and mundane through the curious eyes of a child, who cannot accept a fossilized definition of reality and needs to experiment. It is the perfect time to reinvent myself and redefine the meaning of innocence. To a child, most of reality is interesting and engaging. It seems that there are always new things to create out of the old, and novel experiences are waiting just around the corner.

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Here is Dave Gahan (1-Chuen), the lead singer of Depeche Mode, singing “Freelove”:

“If you’ve suffered enough

I can understand what you’re thinking of

I can see the pain that you’re frightened of…

Let go of complicated feelings

Then there’s no price to pay.”

2-Eb: Road less traveled

Born on this day: Ben Stiller, Stan Laurel, Steve Gadd, Mark Grace, Bob Fosse

Road less travelled

“I feel like a mile-high pastrami on rye, on the fly from the deli in the sky!” – Ben Stiller (2-Eb) as Alex the Lion in Madagascar

Originality is not a result of comparison; it is an extension of individual uniqueness. Unique talent begins taking form right after the tendency to compare myself to another (or to my past or future self) is overcome. When I begin to follow my own art and viewpoint, moment-by-moment, a new road is blazed, branching off from the one I traveled so far.

On 2-Eb I become aware of my separation from the well-trodden path, and there comes a longing to return to the familiarity and safe shores of whatever’s left behind. In addition, Eb’s humble nature teaches me that art can be found everywhere, even in a simple word.

I realize today that I cannot actually tread another’s road. It’s always been my way, even when it ran parallel to my ex-girlfriend’s way or anyone else’s. TV might convince me that a particular viewpoint I hold TODAY resonates with a couple of middle-aged commentators, who used to be generals. It might even resonate with the masses who are standing under a particularly-colored flag.

The artist’s way is a continuous nurture and celebration of the unique, the subjective, the beautiful.

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And now for some Steve Gadd (2-Eb) and Paul Simon (2-Edznab) counting the ways to get yourself free from old attachments:

“And then she kissed me, and I realized she probably was right…”

3-ben: Rhythmic Reed

Born on this day: José Mourinho, Joni Mitchell, Sarah Alexander, Pete Sampras, Erwin Schrödinger, Marina Sirtis (ST-TNG), Brendan Gleeson, Achinoam Nini, Jim Henson, Carl Benz

"Multiplicity is only apparent, in truth, there is only one mind." - Erwin Schrödinger (3-ben)

“Multiplicity is only apparent, in truth, there is only one mind.” – Erwin Schrödinger (3-ben)

The 3rd stage of the trecena can be referred to as the driving force behind the process. It takes the theme of stage 1 and challenges it (Ben-east vs. Chuen-west here) in all respects in order to create a background rhythm. 3-Ben provides rhythm to my artistic expression by applying a conduit of destiny between the physical and the spiritual.

The artist within is never content with past achievement and so s/he continuously channels his/her visions down to earth. In turn, these manifested works of art spark spiritual visions and experiences for the artist and the audience. Therefore, 3-Ben can be depicted as a dynamic triangle connecting the Artist, the Audience, and the Art.

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Here’s Joni Mitchell (3-Ben) singing the ballad of Amelia Earhart (10-Manik, 6 days ago):

“I’ve spent my whole life in clouds at icy altitude
And looking down on everything, I crashed into his arms.”

4-Ix: Define art

Born on this day: Viggo Mortensen, Mark King, Emilio Estevez, Paul Simonon (The Clash), Elia Kazan, Ivo Pogorelić

"He was an arch-manipulator of actors' feelings, and he was extraordinarily talented; perhaps we will never see his like again." - Marlon Brando (9-Cib) commenting on director Elia Kazan (4-ix)

“He was an arch-manipulator of actors’ feelings, and he was extraordinarily talented; perhaps we will never see his like again.” – Marlon Brando (9-Cib) commenting on director Elia Kazan (4-Ix)

In order to convey a coherent message, the urge for artistic expression must be applied within the boundaries of skill. The artist is not necessarily a virtuoso, but rather one who is aware of both his/her strengths and weaknesses. This is the message of 4-Ix. S/he is a master of the subtleties of skill required to turn meandering musings into art that is communicative both within and without.

What further defines the true artist and his/her work is the mystery and inexplicable nature of the Jaguar (Ix), which seems to affect me indirectly, unexpectedly, and profoundly. What is audible in a musical piece only scratches the surface, while the underlying composition and silence between notes eventually taps into and feeds the elusive unconscious.

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Here’s the song “Running in the family” sung by Mark King (4-Ix) on bass, shining among many other stars:

“And we all have our daddy’s eyes…”

King’s slap technique is phenomenal, especially when considering the fact that he’s singing on top of his playing. Bass guitarist usually don’t do that, since they must be very precise in their playing, to support the band from below.

5-Men: Eye-Power

Born on this day: Muammar Gaddafi, Moshe Dayan, US Civil War began, Xander Berkeley (Year One), Eckhart Tolle

"If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies." - Moshe Dayan (5-men), in an interview with Newsweek, 1977

“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” – Moshe Dayan (5-Men), in an interview with Newsweek, 1977

The 5th stage is when the cardinal direction of the trecena (in this case – west) reappears for the first time, and its purpose is guidance and empowerment of the process thus far. The eagle (Men) contributes to the overall artistic transformation process through the gift of vision and freedom.

Vision is the undefined message-in-the-making, which guides artistic expression throughout, from the first brushstroke to the final finishing touch. It begins with an idea that the artist just has to enclose within a vehicle and express to the world. During the course of artistic expression, and with continuous clarity of vision, this idea is refined and honed.

Besides vision, true art means expression that is unique and altogether free from existing convention. Emotional tethers such as fear of rejection can never inspire sincere expression.

Without the eagle’s eye there can be no such thing as creativity.

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OK, I ran out of musicians. Back with more music on 7-Caban…

Instead, here’s a voice from the underworld. Muammar Gaddafi (5-Men) gave this speech to the united nations back in 2009 on the Tzolkin date 2-Men. Get a glimpse of what he saw back then, and how it’s all still playing out on the global stage today:

6-Cib: Traditional Art

Born on this day: Oliver Stone, Neve Campbell, Tommy Lee Jones, Kenneth Branagh, James Earl Jones, Edward Bernays, Don Cornelius (Soul Train), Chad Wackerman

"I have weapons you would not dare use. Fear rules man... I will infest the spirit of man so that he uses his science and logic to destroy himself." - James Earl Jones (6-cib) voice-acting the red wizard Ommadon in Flight of Dragons, 1982

“I have weapons you would not dare use. Fear rules man… I will infest the spirit of man so that he uses his science and logic to destroy himself.” – James Earl Jones (6-Cib) voice-acting the red wizard Ommadon in Flight of Dragons, 1982

Wisdom is the deep and sacred repository of our ancestors that can be tapped only from within. At stage 6 the sun-sign of wisdom (Cib) provides much-needed inner strength, so that my personal creative process of reinventing myself continues to flow on.

The essence of Cib means being very aware of limits and staying pragmatic. 1-Chuen’s message of self expression doesn’t mean producing a masterpiece every single day – that’s a typical misconception of many aspiring young artists. Later down the line of maturity, the artist realizes s/he must create more and judge less, or at least – don’t allow judgement to interfere with his/her work. On this day, cib’s practicality dictates keeping it real and refraining from overdoing it.

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And now for some Shakespeare. Here’s Kenneth Branagh (6-Cib) playing Hamlet, along with Billy Crystal (6-Ik) as the gravedigger and Nicholas Farrell as Horatio. Indicative of the sun-sign cib, Branagh delivers a sensitive eulogy to his childhood friend – the court jester Yorick, and discusses the limits that death places upon kings and peasants alike:

7-Caban: Earth’s axis

Born on this day: Bill Evans, Richie Blackmore, Shaul Mofaz, Jeff Suppan, Davy Jones (The Monkees)

Caban is the incense of thought rising up to the heavens.

Caban is the incense of thought rising up to the heavens.

Like 7-Kan in the previous trecena, 7-Caban resonates closely with the overall frequency of the Tzolkin half-time break (7th uinal), and marks the final 4 introspection and reflection days of the current uinal.

Caban represents profound sensitivity – an integral component of art, facilitating the subtleties of its creation and the depth of its appreciation. At the 7th stage, this aspect provides purpose to the entire artistic process, and connects conception with manifestation.

In addition, 7-Caban reflects individual expression on a global scale. This means that truth and beauty expressed through art have no borders of land or language. It is simply a pristine reflection of human experience.

From the perspective of the entire Tzolkin round, now is the chance to survey this amazing scenery one last time; a sight which can never be repeated after beginning to come down and manifest. Everything is visible for the first (and last!) time – where I come from and where I am going.

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It’s oddly comforting to find the lead singer of a band called “The Monkees” born on the monkey trecena, don’t you think? The singer in this next one is actually the Monkees’ drummer Micky Dolenz (9-Ahau) and not Davy Jones (7-Caban), but I just had to select this next one:

“I’m a believer I couldn’t leave her if I try…”

8-Edznab: Mirror of Harmony

Born on this day: Angela Merkel, Suzanne Vega, George Harrison, Charley Boorman, Ayelet Zurer, Ephraim Kishon, Jorge Posada, Wesley Sneijder, Marcel Marceau

"Without freedom the human mind is prevented from unleashing its creative force." - Angela Merkel (8-edznab)

“Without freedom the human mind is prevented from unleashing its creative force.” – Angela Merkel (8-Edznab)

8-Edznab literally means infinite/harmonious reflections. Reality is a mirror, my internal world is a mirror, my art reflects my psyche, my relationships with other humans reflect to infinity. They all interrelate and synchronize to distill truth.

In Clint Eastwood’s movie Midnight in the garden of good and evil Kevin Spacey (10-Ben) said:”Truth, like art, is in the eye of the beholder.” Before the beholder comes along, truth and art abide side by side in the artist’s heart. S/he always knows when s/he’s faking it, or not going all the way in putting the whole truth across, or worse – trying to be someone else.

8-edznab establishes coherence and clarity within the smallest details and around the whole message.

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Here’s George Harrison (8-Edznab) learning the sitar with Ravi Shankar (8-Cauac):

9-Cauac: Almost rain

Born on this day: Muddy Waters, Ray Brown, Ted Turner, Laurie Anderson, Michael Richards, Kaká, Mike Dirnt (Green Day), Sarah Silverman

"Well my mother told my father just before I was born 'I got a boy child comin', gonna be, gonna be a rollin' stone" - Muddy Waters (9-cauac), Rollin' Stone 1950

“Well my mother told my father just before I was born ‘I got a boy child comin’, gonna be, gonna be a rollin’ stone” – Muddy Waters (9-Cauac), Rollin’ Stone 1950

9-Cauac is a gift of perspective, patience, and constant improvement. The artist’s heart never grows old. As long as their bodies can support them they’ll be engaged in the creative process, they’ll have something new to contribute. When they perfect a piece, or bow down before a cheering audience – there’s always something new to learn, some little piece of performance that they’d like to improve next time.

This is the essence of cauac, especially 9-Cauac in this particular trecena.

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10-Ahau: Illumination

Born on this day: Pope John Paul II (died 5-Ahau), Edmond de Rothschild, Graham Chapman, Asdrúbal Cabrera, James Van Allen, Annabella Sciorra (Sopranos), Tricky, Mike Patton (Faith no more), François Mitterrand, Viktor Schauberger

"Man is called to a fullness of life which far exceeds the dimensions of his earthly existence, because it consists in sh aring the very life of God." - Pope John Paul II (10-ahau), Encyclical Evangelium vitae

“Man is called to a fullness of life which far exceeds the dimensions of his earthly existence, because it consists in sharing the very life of God.” – Pope John Paul II (10-Ahau), Encyclical Evangelium vitae

This is the last day of the 7th uinal.

10-Ahau is the day the magical art of 1-Chuen manifests. It’s a day to take a step back and appreciate beauty. It’s a very real and physical kind of illumination, which serves to apply creativity to everyday concerns and needs.

In addition, 10-Ahau introduces lofty expectations on the day of manifestation. In other words, once a new creation is complete and available it can be criticized or praised.

Ahau types usually pay attention to the criticism…

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Here’s the late (but always on time) Graham Chapman (10-Ahau) trying to convey to the masses the one thing they can never digest:

“Look, you’ve got it all wrong. You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody! You’ve got to think for yourselves. You’re all individuals (Crowd: Yes, we’re all individuals). You’re all different (Yes, we are all different). You all have to work it out for yourselves… Don’t let anyone tell you what to do!“”

11-Imix: Upgraded beginning

Born on this day: Michel Foucault, Sarah McLachlan, Simon Le Bon, Joan Baez, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Manu Katché, Shirley Manson (Garbage), Roger Taylor (Queen), Eliot Ness

"What is true for writing and for a love relationship is true also for life. The game is worthwhile insofar as we don't know what will be the end." - Michel Foucault (11-Imix) interviewed in "Truth, Power, Self".

“What is true for writing and for a love relationship is true also for life. The game is worthwhile insofar as we don’t know what will be the end.” – Michel Foucault (11-Imix) interviewed in “Truth, Power, Self”.

11-Imix basically means back to school after enlightenment manifested. Imix accentuates the anti-climax theme of the 11th stage of resolution. It’s like an artist coming back home after attending the opening of his gallery showcase – to find a big empty canvas waiting on his easel.

Under the Hood

The 8th uinal begins today.

Everything you ever read about stage 8 (8-Edznab – see above, 8-Lamat, 8-Eb, etc.) is true for the 20 days of the 8th uinal beginning today. This is an aspect of the holographic nature of time and creation as a whole: whatever’s true for micro-time (day-level) is also true for macro-time (20-day uinal, 360-day tun, 7200-day katun, etc.). Likewise, an atom is a universe in itself.

Keywords for the meaning of the 8th stage (a.k.a. 4th Night): harmony, infinity (horizontal 8), balance, order from smallest details to the overall unity.

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And now for some Simon Le Bon (11-Imix) and Duran Duran live on stage:

12-Ik: Deep Idea

Born on this day: Sarah Jessica Parker, Al Pacino, Derek Jeter, Roger Federer, Liam Hewlett (Pridigy), Ron Perlman, Jon Polito

"You need people to interchange with, interface with, connect with. Together you’re going to make it, you’re going to do it together, you’re going to put it on, whatever it is." - Al Pacino (12-Ik) in Producing Off-Off-Broadway (2007)

“You need people to interchange with, interface with, connect with. Together you’re going to make it, you’re going to do it together, you’re going to put it on, whatever it is.” – Al Pacino (12-Ik) in Producing Off-Off-Broadway (2007)

The language of art is universal.

A good piece of music reflects truth beyond and before dissecting it into words of appreciation or critique, as does an inspiring sculpture or a good-tasted necklace. On 12-Ik a deep understanding dawns, which involves the wind’s lack of boundaries.

When my communication is artful, i.e., when my art is true in its form and content – there is no frontier on earth that can stop the global spreading of its truth. No language, no distortion, no subversion, no firewall – nothing.

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13-Akbal: The Story

Born on this day: Al Di Meola, Neil Simon, Michael Caine, Courtney Love, Diane Keaton, Lee Strasberg, Rabin assassination (born 12-Eb)

"If you can go through life without ever experiencing pain you probably haven't been born yet. And if you've gone through pain and think you know exactly why, you haven't examined all the options." - Neil Simon (13-Akbal) in The Play Goes On

“If you can go through life without ever experiencing pain you probably haven’t been born yet. And if you’ve gone through pain and think you know exactly why, you haven’t examined all the options.” – Neil Simon (13-Akbal) in The Play Goes On

13-Akbal means encapsulating the art lessons of the last fortnight within a fable, to be retold and reflected upon later down the road, especially on moonless nights, by the fire.

13-Akbal also provides the infrastructure upon which a creative future is built. It expands the artful method into perpetuation.

Art has its place and time, and must now dissolve into the next trecena – the seed of basic abundance. The next stop on the journey through time is the most balanced trecena of them all, during which the Tzolkin new year takes place.

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Here’s Al Di Meola (13-Akbal), at the tender age of 27, playing solo acoustic guitar in front of a whole lot of people. Around the 5:35 minute mark a dog walks across the stage while Al is playing. His reaction, and that of the crowd, makes me laugh every time. He does regroup quickly and continues his dazzling playing:

1-Eb trecena daily digest: begins August 20, 2015

Left without saying goodbye

All over the world and throughout history humans greeted each other when they met, and parted ceremoniously via some gesture (of the hand, most commonly). Some animals share the greeting ritual, in various modes of sensory communication, but do not say goodbye to each other before leaving. Why is that?

If a friend of mine comes over to my place for a dinner party, and leaves without announcement of some kind (let’s assume he didn’t have an unexpected emergency that pulled him away), I would probably be in a position to become rightly offended. Was it the food? Didn’t he like the company? Wasn’t he comfortable? Why didn’t he say goodbye? Is he some kind of animal?

Leaving without saying goodbye means that his experience at my house was negative. It could be negative to the point of dissolving our future relationship, in other words, he left unceremoniously because he doesn’t want a future with me anymore. So here is the crux: animals don’t live by any concept of future the way humans do. A dog meets another dog and greets it to establish the boundaries of this encounter in the now. When it’s time to leave it simply points its nose to some interesting direction and gets going. No offense taken.

For us humans many other meanings factor into the equation. A human is the kind of creature that lives a story, and each story has its proper form. Each story also comes to a conclusion eventually. When my story concludes I will leave, but not before saying goodbye (I hope).

A friendly goodbye with a smile is the last impression me and my friend leave each other within the depth of our subconscious. It is a promise for an equally happy get-together next time, sometime soon maybe, hopefully.

My story and script are being written while being acted out, live and improvised. Whatever wake I leave behind me is my own, personal Road of Life. Whichever direction I pick to point my compass towards, it would be the horizon my heart yearns for now.

Walking my path of life, never knowing whose path I might cross tomorrow.

“Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again.” – The tyler’s toast, Freemasonry

Humble Pathfinding

The purifying storm (1-Cauac) left debris of old habits and mindsets in its wake, so a new trail must now be blazed. This trail begins with 1-Eb, and develops over a 13-day journey through ever-developing aspects and intentions.

1-Eb: By the way

Under the hood

1-Eb is a southern trecena, since it begins with a southern sun-sign (Eb), and it has more southern sun-signs (4) than any other direction (3 of every other). The southern sun-signs in this trecena appear on the days 1, 5, 9, and 13, and they are contrasted by 3 northern signs on the days 3, 7, and 11. When drawing a line connecting the yellow (southern) signs in the above figure, a trapezoid is formed, which gives the trecena a stable southern base. If the contrasting white (northern) signs are connected a triangle is formed, with 7-Edznab at the apex.

Being a southern trecena, 1-Eb’s theme is abundance: plenty of Roads (1-Eb), plenty of Wisdom (5-Cib), plenty of Suns (9-Ahau) and plenty of Seeds (13-Kan).

The absent southern sun-sign is the sign of the Star (Lamat). This means that the plenty on offer in this period is more grounded and realistic.

1-Eb: On the Road again

Born on this day: Friedrich Nietzsche, Billie Holiday, Dr. John, Albert Pujols, Ban Ki-moon, Julius Erving, William Shakespeare (baptized 1-Eb), George R. R. Martin

On the Road again

“Many people are obstinate about the path once it is taken, few people about the destination.” – Friedrich Nietzsche (1-Eb), taken from ‘Human, All Too Human’ (1878) section IX

“Every day is a winding Road” sings Sheryl Crow (5-Kan), and this is the main message of 1-Eb. Every day a winding road is taken, while countless other roads are inevitably forsaken. The sun-sign Eb is called “the Road of Life” and it stands for abundance through humility, stewardship and simplicity. Another famous saying which applies to this day is “there is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path”.

This trecena accentuates the presumed conflict between trying to make everyone happy and dwelling on the compromises that result from such expectations. This is the day when I begin walking the path and knowing it.

When I surrender completely to Billie Holiday (1-Eb)’s voice, without any distractions whatsoever – it can make me cry every single time. This is especially true when listening to the following song, which is about the difference between knowing what time it is and having a good time with someone you love.

I didn’t know what time it was, then I met you
Oh, what a lovely time it was, how sublime it was too
I didn’t know what day it was, you held my hand
Warm like the month of May it was,
and I’ll say it was grand
Grand to be alive, to be young, to be mad
to be yours alone
Grand to see your face, feel your touch, hear your voice,
say I’m all your own
I didn’t know what year it was, life was no prize
I wanted love and here it was
shining out of your eyes
I’m wise
and I know what time it is now

2-Ben: Following and Leading

Born on this day: Julian Assange, Heather Graham, Cate Blanchett, Terry Gilliam, David Ben-Gurion (1st Israeli PM)

“If an expert says it can’t be done, get another expert.” – David Ben-Gurion (2-Ben)

The sun-sign Ben is translated as “Reed”. It is a conduit between heaven and earth. On 2-Ben the duality between these two extremes stands out.

When the journey is underway a fateful question arises: “Is this a road of sublime aspirations or of earthly needs?” This question is not easily resolved, since it arises from a preconception that previous roads I’ve taken led me either up to the spiritual or down to the material. However, on a broader scale, which cannot yet be fathomed so early in the journey – a road is simply a road, and while walking it it’s better not to be distracted by wondering where it might lead.

Ben is associated with leadership, but when coupled with the number 2 it could mean an iffy kind of leadership. It all depends on how 2-Ben is channeled. If the road’s direction is clear, 2-Ben is very decisive, no doubts nor hesitation. But if you’ve lost your sense of direction, it’s probably best just to go wherever the other guy’s going.

Interesting note: David Ben-Gurion declared Israel’s independence from the British mandate on the day 2-Akbal, which is one of his personal burner days.

3-Ix: Cheshire Cat

Born on this day: Josef Stalin, Enrico Fermi, Iggy Pop, Ivy Lee, Andrew Jackson (7th US President), Billy Boyd (LOTR Pippin), Vivian Leigh, Hamid Karzai

Cheshire Cat

“Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” – Joseph Stalin (3-Ix) in an interview with H. G. Wells (1937)

The 3rd day of every trecena is a day of rhythmic action and communication, since it comes right after resolving the duality and indecision of the 2nd day. Ix is the Jaguar/shaman, and its energy is somewhat elusive, indirect, and feline in nature. Combined together, 3-Ix is like an inquisitive cat that wants to know everything and can’t stand still. The Jaguar’s element is nature, and it appreciates the scenic road, regardless of where it leads.

4-Men: Sufficient View

Born on this day: John F. Kennedy (35th US President), Woody Allen, Diego Maradona, Stephen Sondheim, Ron Carter, Shane MacGowan (The Pogues), Jamie Foxx

Sufficient View

“Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it.” – Woody Allen (4-Men) taken from A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982)

The sun-sign Men is the Eagle that soars high above the road and sees dead-ends and insurmountable barriers that cannot possibly be foreseen by its predecessor – the Jaguar – at ground level. The 4th stage of the journey is when boundaries are placed and the entire process is stabilized as a result. The eagle’s vision on this day helps to avoid taking the wrong turns on the Road, and teaches me that, although there are always countless roads to take, I must use vision to define and stabilize my overall destination, and as a result – maintain my freedom of movement.

Woody Allen and JFK were both born on the same Tzolkin day (4-Men). In the following stand-up show from 1965 some similarities can be drawn between their common fields of interest.

5-Cib: Path of Ancient Wisdom

Born on this day: Pablo Picasso, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Robert Redford, Dmitri Shostakovich, Chuck Norris, Alan Holdsworth, Michel Hazanavicius

“I hope that Live Earth ends global warming the same way the Live Aid ended world poverty.” – Chris Rock (5-Cib)

After getting the eagle’s-eye view of all the roads that should and shouldn’t be taken, at the 5th stage of the journey Wisdom (Cib) pinpoints the best route to take. Ultimately, only one Road is traversed, and on this day the silent introspection of Cib reveals the one true path which seems to lie right in front of me.

Cib emanates the deep and ancient presence of deceased ancestors. How wise they were about the road of life, the way of people, the greeting of a strange traveler, and the assistance rendered by the local community.

A farewell on equal and square terms is a wise and very ancient piece of advice.

6-Caban: Flowing Frequency

Born on this day: Alfred Hitchcock, Kelsey Grammer, Sydney Pollack, Arnold Schoenberg, Thora Birch, Steve McQueen, Joseph McCarthy

Flowing Frequency

“Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house.” – Alfred Hitchcock (6-Caban)

Caban stands for the deep and slow rhythms of earth itself, and on the 6th day of the trecena it provides confidence and flow. This is the day in which I take off my shoes and walk barefoot on the road. The soil relays the earth’s deep frequencies through my bare feet and reassures my that the one path that was chosen yesterday will lead me exactly to where I should be.

Elephants do the same as they collectively migrate in over thousands of miles to arrive at a dry basin just before an abundant flood rushes in.

To read more about Caban click here.

Note that in this trecena, stages 6 through 9, which represent the balanced phase of the process – are occupied by the last 4 sun-signs of the uinal (Caban, Edznab, Cauac, and Ahau). This means that the highest level of sophistication is called for in order to transition from planning the path to manifesting it.

Note also that Steve McQueen (6-Caban) was born the day before his karate master – Bruce Lee (7-Edznab), and Chuck Norris (5-Cib) was born a day before McQueen. Three martial arts actors, one path.

7-Edznab: Real Purpose

Born on this day: Goldie Hawn, Ralph Fiennes, William Butler Yates, Tre Cool (Green Day), Alan Wilder (former Depeche Mode), Mila Kunis (That 70’s Show), Bruce Lee

Real Purpose

“Truth has no path. Truth is living and, therefore, changing.” – Bruce Lee (7-Edznab)

Edznab is the Mirror of reality, and 7-Edznab is the only day in the Tzolkin when the Mirror meets the reflective number 7. This is a powerful day of stark reality right in your face. There is absolutely no room for deception or second guessing. Edznab is the knife that cuts through illusion, and when it appears on the midpoint and apex of the journey it reflects both the humble and hesitant beginning of the first step (1-Eb) and the abundant ascension that lies in promise at the end of the road (13-Kan).

It is the proverbial point of no return.

8-Cauac: Perpetually Wet

Born on this day: Lenny Kravitz, Christopher Lee, Ravi Shankar, Brian Molko (Placebo), Thomas Pynchon, Erin Burnett, Amy Goodman, WWI began (1914)

Perpetually Wet

“All investigations of Time, however sophisticated or abstract, have at their true base the human fear of mortality.” – Thomas Pynchon (8-Cauac) in Against the Day

The second half of any given trecena revolves around a process of manifestation. In the first half an energetic wave of change is gathered below the surface of existing reality (stage 1 through 5). It then reaches equilibrium around the crest (6 through 9), crosses the breaking-point of stage 10 (Manifestation), and finally resolves and completes the cycle (11 and 12), before the next wave begins to gather (13).

The 8th day of the trecena is the day in which the theme of the previous trecena reappears to balance the effects of the current one. The previous trecena was 1-Cauac, which is the blessing of the cleansing rainstorm. On 8-Cauac an activating and balancing change takes place, as a direct result of facing the stark reality of yesterday (7-Edznab).

In the context of this trecena, when the Road of Life (Eb) is chosen, and the point of no return (7) is crossed – a storm breaks out, and the old skin of the past is shed and washed away. The lesson of this day is that even when a true path is chosen, storms of change are always a possibility as I actually walk the path. It also shows that meticulous cleansing, which takes place at the everyday mundane level – invariably transforms the whole.

Next is Ravi Shankar (8-Cauac) at Monterey Pop (June 1967). Only in minute 07:00 do you actually see the man. Before that it’s faces of the audience (Jimi Hendrix among them). A colorful snapshot of the deep sixties.

9-Ahau: Aslan is on the Move

Born on this day: Steve Jobs, C.S. Lewis, Steve Miller, Randy Johnson, Dusty Baker, last luner landing (Apollo 17), Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), Evelyn Robert de Rothschild

Aslan is on the Move

“If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road” – C. S. Lewis (9-Ahau) in Mere Christianity

An Ahau day is the final day of the 20-day uinal, and it represents enlightenment and the realization of all potential. 9-Ahau is the day when the 5th uinal of the Tzolkin ends, which means that on this day the entire 260-day process of gestation completes its 20-day cycle of Empowerment (5), which began on 3-Imix.

9-Ahau is when the memory of my great ancestors guides me on the Path of Life and provides patience, perseverance, and peace of mind. Although it always seems that today is much more challenging than yesterday, on this day I am reminded that those who came before us also had to choose the one true path and to leave all other paths behind. Like me, they too walked the path to wherever it led.

On 9-Ahau this realization is an abundant source of comfort and insight, and it allows for enlightened completion and realization of the process thus far.

Here’s a memorable quote from someone who was born 9-Ahau:

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs in his address at Stanford University (2005)

10-Imix: Traversing the Mire

Born on this day: Janis Joplin, Woody Harrelson, Kobe Bryant, Bryant Gumbel, Tilda Swinton, Martin Gore (Depeche Mode), Vladimir Vysotsky, David Kelly (Waking Ned), Clémence Poésy, Jean Houston, Kenneth Johnson

Traversing the Mire

“Tomorrow never happens. It’s all the same fucking day, man.” – Janis Joplin (10-Imix)

The end of every road 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.

The previous day (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. 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.

11-Ik: Pathless Spirit

Born on this day: Krishnamurti, Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Tammy Wynette, Andrea Corr (The Corrs), Brad Wilk (RATM), Lisa Ling, William Randolph Hearst

Pathless Spirit

“I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect.” – Krishnamurti (11-Ik) dissolving the Order of the Star in the East in 1929.

11-Ik is a gentle breeze which refines the newly manifested path and perfects it. Ik is the essence of intellect which distinguishes between one thing and the other and enables me 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.

12-Akbal: Last Night

 Born on this day: Chevy Chase, George Carlin, Jeff Beck, Tom Morello (RATM), 2008 Tsunami, Dock Ellis, Evan Longoria

Last Night

“It’s called the American Dream, ’cause you have to be asleep to believe it.” – George Carlin (12-Akbal)

12-Akbal is a day of profound understanding that, no matter how well-travelled and planned a Road may be – the way I experience and walk it always remains unknown. I come to realize that during the previous days of planning, walking, and charting the Road it was always intuition that guided me. The destination doesn’t wait at the end of the Road, it is formulated step-by-step by the bravery of the traveler, who walks the unknown path into the Night, and emerges at dawn to inspire future adventurers.

George Carlin (12-Akbal) was brave in his own special way. Here he is reminding us about the things that make us the same.

13-Kan: From Seed to Seeds

Born on this day: Jean-Paul Gaultier, Michel Petrucciani, Marty Feldman, Alfred Dreyfus, Dean Martin, Gilbert Gottfried

From Seed to Seeds

“Hookers have to deliver on their promise, unlike politicians.” – Marty Feldman (13-Kan)

Stage 13 represents the duality between the current process and the consequent one. As a metaphor, stage 13 can be equated with an ace on the blackjack table, which can either be valued as 11 or 1, depending on its surroundings. It’s completely present or altogether absent.

In the growth process, stage 13 is called “Fruition”, and the fruit holds within it the seeds of the next process of evolution. Since the sun-sign Kan means seed (among other meanings), 13-Kan is the only day in the Tzolkin when the concept of seeding and future growth is present in both the sun-sign (nature) and number (expression).

In the context of this trecena, 13-Kan shows that once the true Road of Life is manifested and perfected, countless other roads can be charted and traveled. One seed makes many seeds, and one road leads to many roads.

When this concept is realized the stage is set for life’s drama to unfold, as the serpent 1-Chicchan begins.

1-Ben trecena daily digest, begins 12 July 2015

1-Ben: Can we fix it?

This trecena’s theme is the mysterious sun-sign known as Ben in Yucatec and Aj in K’iche. Well, “mysterious” should be taken with a caveat. I mostly refer to “mysterious to us left-hemisphere dwellers”. I’m sure the complete sense of “Ben” is crystal clear in Momostenango. Well, maybe not immediately upon touchdown, but after a week or two there.

Ben (or “Reed”) is not as readily accessible to everyone as, say the serpent or eagle or any other animal sun-sign. I can relate to the essence of Ix by thinking of any kind of cat. But how can I relate with a reed or corn-stalk? Flora is alien to (western) human experience when compared to fauna. So I had to get some anchors.

I found three keywords which helped me in putting together a possible meaning. They are: Leadership, Family, and Destiny.

Carlos Barrios adds “authority, the home, do everything as we like… creating possibilities… Aj is our internal alter”, among with many other depictions.

No less than 8 US presidents were born on this trecena. More leaders in many other fields are born on a Ben day,  mostly in trecenas other than 1-Ben.

8 out of 44 means 18.1818…%. There are 20 sun-signs, so there’s an expected mean distribution of 5%. Big difference between 5 and 18+ per cent.

If I add the leaders that were born on a Ben day I get 2 more US presidents, a French PM, a Syrian one, 2 Israeli PMs, a Queen mother, the godfather of an elite Banking family, and Julian Assange.

Sounds familiar?

Our concept of time

When does a new child begin life’s journey? Is it at the moment of birth? of conception? Is it after puberty? or a couple of days after his/her parents first met?

When viewing time as a linear progression of units, it becomes terribly important to agree on a suitable answer to the above query. So most people will say that the moment of birth is the beginning, and the government bureau-cats will have a piece of flimsy reality with which to fill out their forms in hospitals, and file them next to the morgue expiry forms.

To counter the linear perception of time, Ken Johnson stresses that according to the Mayan concept of time there’s no exact moment (for example, 00:00) when one day nawal is replaced by the following one. When the sun sets the nawal of the following day already begins to assert its energy, while the nawal that governed the current day wanes.

So like everything else in nature, days and nights have their unique, flowing dance of energies, which intensifies whenever they mix and switch governance (of day and night/winter and summer). Spring, after all, is known as “The Quickening”, and fall is exactly what it means – a slowing down, a time to stop and take stock, gather gravity in preparation for winter – the standstill.

There are no clear cuts in the natural world. Clear cuts can only be found in the human world of words and dotted lines. They are arbitrarily set by my dualistic, calculating mind (one of my favorite tools!)

According to the Mayan concept of time, when the child is born other members of the family are born with him/her. This means that the mother and father (roles) are born with the child, along with sisters, brothers, grandparents, etc. This is most obvious with the first child (there were no parents before it came), but is also true about any other child joining earth.

At the time of birth something also dies. When a couple gets married the bachelors die, and when the pet is adopted the loner dies.

1-Ben: Leadership and the Family

Born on this day: Stephen Baxter, Brian O’Leary, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Davies, Richard E. Byrd, Michael Moore, Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leadership and the Family

1-Ben: The Stone of Destiny

Leadership, since it is the sun-sign that follows The Road (Eb, human sun-sign), in the sense that after the road is mapped a leader must walk in front of the community.

Leadership, also, since the staff or Reed is a sign of authority (much like the Olympian torch, and Roman fasces). It is the tool in the hands of the guide, or the elder. It is the staff of Moses, which can turn into a serpent (13-Chicchan) when the need arises.

A good leader instructs and bridges differences by giving the kind of advice that can run goosebumps up and down my spine. Regretfully, nowadays I seldom experience this when confronted with those who call themselves our leaders. It’s mostly PR and appearances, distractions and guilt-flinging.

This doesn’t mean I’m not blessed with good leaders in my inner circle. Listening to my mother can sometimes cause me goosebumps. Although she wasn’t born on a Ben day or trecena, and doesn’t have Ben in her Mayan cross – her seniority has bestowed upon her the energy of Ben.

(She was born 9-Eb, BTW, the day before 10-Ben)

2-Ix: Lunar Shaman

Born on this day: Shakira, Cliff Richard, Mike Rutherford (Genesis), Harvey Keitel, Carlos Slim, Richard Nixon (37th US President), Mitt Romney

Lunar Shaman

“The spiraling pace of change allows us to contemplate, within our own lifetime, advances that once would have taken centuries.” – Richard Nixon (2-Ix) on his first inaugural address 1969

The way I see it, the number 2 is associated with the moon and the lunar cycles. First of all, the moon comes second to the Sun. Secondly, it receives its light from the Sun, so it’s a reflective device (like your computer screen).

Thirdly… well, maybe anything beyond 2 is already something other than lunar.

Manly P. Hall (3-Cauac, 1-Caban trecena) once said in one of his lectures: “Pressure can cause an individual to say ‘the end justify the means.’ The moment he has done so – the madness of the moon is upon him.” In other words, he’s a lunatic.

So the moon is reflective, and it wields dominion over the jaguar’s time of prowl. It is little surprise, then, that one of the richest men alive (Carlos Slim) was born 2-Ix, and so did “Tricky” Dick Nixon.

2-Ix comes right after the seed of leadership and dreams which is 1-Ben. It can be thought of as a very shrewd and respectful feline; prone to flattery and high-life, perhaps.

3-Men: Omni-Vision

Born on this day: Matt Stone, Michael Stipe, Peter Lorre

Omni-Vision

“You’ve got it all, you’ve got it sized. Like a Friday fashion show teenager cruising in the corner, trying to look like you don’t try…” – Michael Stipe (3-Men) from Imitation of Life

The second keyword is “Family”, and here I’ll make a small aside for some background (Under the hood).

The sun-sign Ben is one quarter of a burner quadruplet which also includes Edznab, Akbal, and Lamat. Each quadruplet has a theme which binds its four members together. The quadruplet in question has to do with Dreams, Reality, and whatever’s in-between. Why? well, there’s the Night (Akbal) and the Star (Lamat), the mirror (Edznab) and driving it all – destiny’s conduit a.k.a. Jacob’s Ladder (Ben).

The family is where I find myself when the Night falls and the Stars come out. Under the same roof, the family takes the Night’s journey of dreams, where the Reed and the Mirror are predominant. I have dinner with my wife and talk about what came to pass and what’s looming ahead. We discuss our dreams and our daily reality. We take part in working out the minute aspects of each other’s destiny.

To clarify, “Family” is anything YOU decide it is, with or without blood, and regardless of gender or any other denomination.

Family means something very, very specific in human experience. This is where 3-Men comes in. The true engine (Activating 3) behind leadership is vision without boundaries. It is the vision and undying drive which is worth sweating out all the small details of daily life.

4-Cib: Four Mothers

Born on this day: Kenny Kirkland, Lisa Lopez, Brian Austin Green, Hal Holbrook, Ali Akbar Khan

Temple of the NEW and S

4-Cib is the community center/shrine which completes the familial cycle

The infrastructure below the current 1-Ben process is finalized today. Beginning tomorrow constructive focus begins to shape reality, based on these roots. It is of little wonder the number 4 embodies completeness and definition.

The question arising today is: What do I define as being sacred to me?

To further define the question, keep the word “Family” in mind while pondering. The family was always considered sacred in all communities. It is my home and its sanctity. It is the wisdom I bestow to my dependents and offspring.

4-Aj’ maj today resonates with 1-Aj on a sound level. It shares the same prefix “Aj” which Barbara related to “Sri” in the Vedic context.

In Hebrew, “Aj”/”Ach” means brother. You know, like Freemasons and G.I.s call each other…

Gone-too-soon brother

Kenny Kirkland (4-Cib) was a talented and successful jazz pianist who passed away 16 years ago at the premature age of 43. In the next clip he plays one of the best piano solos I’ve heard (begins 04:28).

5-Caban: Global Center of Gravity

Born on this day: Byron Katie, Fernando Torres, Robert Smith (The Cure), Demi Moore, Michael J. Fox, Nikos Kazantzakis, Michael Collins

Global Center of Gravity

“Jimi Hendrix changed my life. Each generation influences the following one and as a consequence brings it back to the past.” – Robert Smith (5-Caban) venerating Hendrix (9-Lamat, previous trecena)

The day after wisdom is firmly defined (4-Cib) it’s time to blaze new tracks using the global mind/heartbeat Caban.

5-Caban’s slogan might be:

“You live, you learn” – Alanis Morrisette (13-Caban)

As long as I’m breathing, eating, sleeping, communicating, expressing myself – I’m learning.

And where is the place I go to “do everything as [I] like”, as Carlos Barrios puts it? I go back to Mother earth. I go back home to get my heart synchronized with whoever I hug there. I can be myself and put some focus on the destiny I share with those under my roof.

We all learn from each other all the time.

If I have to go global and specify where can that homey place be on Google Maps, I’ll say this place is wherever I travel with my family on the home planet. This can be many places, even the ones I travel to alone to meditate and remember my family.

This is why I’m into house-swapping.

6-Edznab: Tradition is Real

Born on this day: Kimberley Ann Deal (Pixies), Zachary Taylor (12th US President), James A. Garfield (20th, same) , Benicio del Toro, Lisa Kudrow, Nicolas Godin (Air), Jim Abrahams

“The chief duty of government is to keep the peace and stand out of the sunshine of the people.” – James A. Garfield (6-Edznab)

Yesterday was 5-Caban, and since Caban relates to a global heartbeat and to the planet itself, it’s a good time to focus on the universal.

Whatever I find sacred in my personal life has a global counterpart – some kind of “value” which is observed in any and all communities and families around the globe.

When pondering my own personal values I realized I cannot use “family” as a word for value, but rather rephrase to a value within what I call family. Something like giving respect to elders and leaders, giving due attention to children, or thinking about stocking the fridge and pantry (maintenance of abundance in the home).

Edznab [Tijax] is a mirror or reality and truth. I look at a polished mirror and nothing remains concealed. Today’s energy can reveal those places where reality contradicts attitudes and perceptions.

For example, I can go along with my day thinking I look dreadful just because I feel so. When I go to the bathroom I know for sure whether I’m right/wrong about this perception. Looking in the mirror has that quality of changing (and even destroying) whatever misconception came before it.

When coupled with the number 6, Edznab becomes a reliable reflector. It demands the kind of truth that can be appreciated anywhere.

dead presidents’ Wisdom

We’ll go over two of the names above, and begin with the one who is currently least known. Zachary Taylor came from the Whigs party of the mid-19th century. The Whigs basically supported the supremacy of Congress over the presidency and favored a program of modernization and economic protectionism.

Economic Protectionism, by the way, is called Anti-Globalization
nowadays.

James Garfied, called a Republican in the parlance of the times, was the 20th man in the white house. He got to call the shots for a mere 6 months, right up to the point where he got his two .44 mm shots by a ‘deranged assassin’. That happened on the Tzolkin day 8-Ahau (2 days following his birthday).

James Garfield was the second US president to be assassinated (after
Lincoln).
Zachary Tylor was the second US president to die in office.

7-Cauac: Cloudy Horizon

Born on this day: James Buchanan (15th US president), Jerry Seinfeld, Kurt Cobain, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Robert Altman, Mario Savio

Cloudy Horizon

“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous. Here we are now, entertain us! I feel stupid and contagious. Here we are now, entertain us! A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido.” – Kurt Cobain (7-Cauac)

Cauac (Rainstorm) shares traits with the current trecena theme of Ben. It appears on the North/feminine Mayan cross of Aj/Ben. Cauac is considered to be a homey sign, and people born under this sign tend to appreciate the comforts of home and family. This is the flip-side of the stormy nature of Cauac, who knows how stormy it can be outside the family and home settings.

In addition, Cauac, much like Ix on stage 2 and Kan on stage 12 of this trecena – embodies potential and a gathering of energy before release. It is therefore fitting for Cauac to appear on the 7th stage of this trecena, since it is on this day that Destiny reaches its highest potential and gains purpose, as a cleansing and educating force within HOME.

Another aspect of Cauac is a special gift for teaching and learning. This goes well with the description of 5-Caban and “you live, you learn”.

8-Ahau: Infinite Light

Born on this day: Alan Dershowitz, Warren Beatty, Toni Collette, Vincent van Gogh, Douglas Adams, Norah Jones

Infinite Light

“If the Universe came to an end every time there was some uncertainty about what had happened in it, it would never have got beyond the first picosecond. And many of course don’t.” – Douglas Adams (8-Ahau) from Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987)

Destiny. A word with much gravity and a touch of romanticism. Is there really a destination that I can single out and abbreviate as being my destiny? The thing with destinations is that once you arrive at one of them you get a view good enough to recognize the next one. So how can there be a destiny in the sense of an ultimate destination, some life-long goal that can be actually realized and materialized? And if there is one, in what way do I continue living without destiny beyond its achievment?

There can’t be such a thing as a future destiny, unless I define death itself as a destiny, followed by nothing. Instead of looking to the future in search of it, I think destiny is everything that has already happened, along with whatever’s transpiring now. So in other words destiny is made up of my karmic accumulation of the past, over which I have no control, and the now moment, for which I have total responsibility.

… and 8-Ahau says: “perfection cannot be realized tomorrow, nor remembered as past glory. It abides now and always, beckoning me to discover it.”

9-Imix: Begin from Zoom-Out

Born on this day: Robert Plant, Johann Sebastian Bach, Aretha Franklin, John Noble, Richard O’Brien, Glenn Close, Ron Silver

Begin from Zoom-Out

“With a bit of a mind-flip you’re into the Time slip. And nothing can ever be the same. You’re spaced-out on sensation, like you’re under sedation” – Richard O’Brien (9-Imix) Rocky Horror Show

The 4th uinal begins today with 9-Imix. The 9th stage, when all cycles of action come to completion, gets a primordial jolt back to the basic aspect of nurturing and initiation (Imix).

So far I’ve been outlining the elusive meaning of the sun-sign Ben using the keywords: leadership, family, and destiny. 9-Imix is the day when these concepts coalesce and integrate to complete the cycles of action, a split second before manifestation (stage 10).

Leadership, since Imix is the first day sign of the uinal, and it contains all the raw materials required to journey through 20 days and arrive at Ahau.

However, being the first and the most raw is just a good start, and this is where family comes in. A good parent is a good leader, and vice versa. Another angle shows that a good leader is usually also good at being led, and the same applies for parents being good children.

“But what does ‘good’ mean?” asked a trendy post-modernist at the back.

Whatever’s best in line with my destiny.

Imix is the cosmic female parent, who lies at the very root of family. She nourishes and protects her offspring emphatically. She follows obediently and leads impartially. Her destiny is strong and radiant.

The pelvic thrust

Riff Raff (9-Imix), Magenta (11-Cib), Columbia (5-Men), Brad (10-Lamat), Janet (12-Men), and the occasional narrator (8-Kan) warping time:

10-Ik: Palpable Change

Born on this day: Lou Piniella, Tom Selleck, Richard Dean Anderson, James Hetfield (Metallica), Egberto Gismonti, Boy George, Billie Joe Armstrong, Beth Gibbons, L. Ron Hubbard, George Lucas, Christopher Cousins (Breaking Bad)

Palpable Change

“The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them.” – Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (10-Ik)

What began in the stalk of the Reed manifests today on the breath of the boundless Wind. The ideals and morals that established Leadership and Family during the first stages, the same ones that make the Reed rigid (the proverbial Backbone) all get blown away and diluted today by the complications of language and meaning.

This is what Mr. Hubbard was talking about when he uttered the above quote, at least the way I see it.

The wind bends the flexible Reeds and breaks the rest.

11-Akbal: Commander-in-Chief

Born on this day: Pelé, Danny Kaye, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Jay Kay (Jamiroquai), Kai Eckhardt, Jack London, Henry James, Chester A. Arthur (21st US president), Herbert Hoover (31st US president), Abraham Lincoln (16th US president), Andy Serkis, Oliver Platt, Crispin Glover (George McFly), Kevin Costner, Vinnie Jones

Commander-in-chief

“I am your density.” – George McFly (11-Akbal) to the Future Lorraine McFly (9-Lamat)

To have 3 US presidents born on one day, and to have so many of them on the same trecena (wait, there’s more to come) – is a very curious finding, to say the least.

However, it is merely a finding. Everything else that is currently spiraling around my mind is speculation and theory, extracted through everyday discourse and elusive fashions.

11-Akbal is to creatively step into the unknown. Instead of speculations and maybes and starting from scratch, it stands for consistency and structure that arises from whatever’s already manifested.

12-Kan: Deep Harvest

Born on this day: Pope Benedict XVI (265th Pope), Nomar Garciaparra, Charles Mingus, James Doohan, Pia Zadora, Werner von Siemens, Omar Bradley

“Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.” – Charlie Mingus (12-Kan)

The next-to-last stage 12 is like the next-to-final scene of a good suspense movie. It is when all the pieces fall into place, and all loose ends are somehow tied or otherwise dealt with. It concludes when it’s obvious that the only thing left in the movie is to watch some kind of final goodbye, with a hint regarding what happens next.

The moment of understanding for the Reed, that instant when everything falls into place – is when it produces a Seed. The Seed is tomorrow’s potential. It is the offspring that allows the leader of Destiny to depart, knowing that even if his own destiny hasn’t been completely realized within his Time, the seeds of a new destiny have already been sown.

Kan is a sign of gathering potential that has no time boundaries. Something like indefinite storage. After all, a seed can remain buried in the desert for many years, awaiting the ever-possible flood from the old mountains.

13-Chicchan: Winter’s Terror

Born on this day: Heath Ledger, Sylvester Stallone, Jodie Foster, Mark Wahlberg, George W. Bush (43rd US president), Osama bin Laden

Winter's Terror

“I cannot believe in God when there is no scientific evidence for the existence of a supreme being and creator.” – Jodie Foster (13-Chicchan) As quoted in the Calgary Sun (2007), and sounding a lot like Dr. Eleanor Arroway

The United States declared independence on the Tzolkin date 9-Ben (1-Chicchan trecena). So, today these two related sun-signs (Serpent and Reed) meet again, but in reverse.

To find that Bush and Bin-Laden shared the same Tzolkin birthday really got my attention a few years ago. Bush is the 8th US president to have his birthday on this trecena. I wonder if this record will be beaten. His father, BTW, Bush senior, was born the very next day in the Tzolkin – 1-Cimi. In other words – close, but no cigar.

The sun-sign Ben seems to have a lot in common with the United States. Heck, even Obama was born on 9-Ben!

… and what’s this hang-up I have with presidents and politicians, anyway? Time to get off the authority trip. Time for a change.

So the last day of the Tzolkin Fall is 13-Chicchan, which is a divine flavor of fluidity, with an unreal scent for drama – directly contrasting our point of origin (1-Ben, the unitary steel pipe).

… and Moses remained on mount Nebo, and watched his flock cross the Jordan into the promised land.