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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.

A positive Dreamspell contribution

When I first started following the Tzolkin I found a handful of superimposed interpretations, offered by José Argüelles in his Dreamspell system, which assisted me in getting into the unique rhythm of this 260-day cycle.

One interpretation/tool was portal days. The other was core days.

The third must be defining 1-Imix as the first day and 13-Ahau as the last.

That was back in 2010.

Since completely integrating the calendar into my everyday, back-burner/subconscious metronome, I’ve made the decision of following Kenneth Johnson’s lead to keep my entire work and research into the Tzolkin as authentic as I can possibly make it.

This is important to me mainly because there are highland Maya families and communities today living their lives on the other side of my planet, by a calendar that is their own cultural legacy. Any interpretations I might have of their calendar I can share freely with whomever is interested in knowing. But a clear line has to be maintained regarding where reports and evidence end and where opinion begins.

Right around the time Carl-Yohan Calleman’s Tun calendar turned the October 2011 corner, keeping the Tzolkin calendar ‘clean and real’ meant for me stripping it from Western interpretations, to the best of my abilities and judgement.

What does that mean? Well, for starters, taking a 5000-year-long (bak’tun) calendar’s end date and projecting the gospel of the book of Revelation on it is probably a good example of a miserable western influence and interpretation of the singularly-unique Mayan calendric system.

In appreciative retrospect, the 2012 hype was a fear-porn incentive for most people to remain irresponsible, in perpetual infancy and dependence, strung out on an authority fix, asleep and consuming. The meme had to be stripped.

But, it did bring the Mayan culture to the peeved attention of a great host of people from all around the world, which was all good and welcomed. That’s what it took.

José (10-Chuen), my pet Pascal lamb

Argüelles and his imaginative game board “Dreamspell” found himself playing the role of the usual suspect (and probably scape goat, too) in my book. Along with his very useful portal and core days. His great work must be, for a long time coming, recognized as inauthentic, destructive and untrue to the Mayan culture in general, and the Master Tzolkin specifically.

For starters, a misleading version of the Tzolkin count is included in the Dreamspell system, but the count itself is currently set 46 days ahead of the master Tzolkin (1-Caban in MT; 8-Akbal in DS). Secondly, the Dreamspell’s one significant day of the year is known as ‘the day outside of time’: the solar-cycle-based day we all know as July 25th. This makes the Dreamspell a heliocentric time meter, much like the Gregorian and other agriculture-based calendars, and a flawed one at that. It is no longer the cyclical, eternal Tzolkin.

What Argüelles , in his utter ignorance of basic math, has left out of the Dreamspell construct is of course the leap-year addition of February the 29th every four solar years. This accounts for the fact that in 2012, and again in this year, the Dreamspell calendar shows two consecutive days that have the same sun-sign and number (tone) combination in their Tzolkin reading.

This is a no-no as far as the basic mechanism of the calendar is concerned.

This has to be the one single mishap you should take on board as the tell-tale signature of amateur work, and misleading work to be sure. If there’s one good reason to let go of José’s new-age GMO Mayan soup, it is this one.

The Dreamspell is out of tune. It remains today the most important meme yet to be stripped.

A 260-bar music sheet

The way I understood José’s (still valuable) contribution was to look at the Tzolkin the way I look at a musical sheet for the first time. I personally begin at what I like to call ‘the legend’ of the score. This little map is always located across the top of the sheet, and on the top-left corner of the piece. It holds basic guidelines, like the meter, key, and scale.

Not the mention the title, which has a way of always meaning something.

Let’s say the piece is on a common 4/4 meter. So my next move is to go over the bars and add note and silence durations till I get to 4 per bar. It continues from there to other methods of getting the bearings and feel of the music, which is very individual for each musician.

The portal and core days in the Dreamspell Tzolkin represent what Argüelles  has superimposed over this music piece as a guide to its dynamics. Each portal day is like a new bar of music, which intensifies, reaches the core days, and then ‘exhales’ to a conclusion. This is actually a good way to look at this evolutionary process, but it is also artificial, linear rather than cyclical (as any Mayan calendar should be), and based on personal interpretations.

As a western student, it has been convenient for me to get a sense of the entire music of the Tzolkin by following the Dreamspell’s fairy tale. But soon after I began to understand and internalize the portal and core day rhythm I realized I have to leave them behind if I am to live by the Tzolkin in a more profound, authentic, and personal way.

The map and compass

ian_talk01

Ian Lungold – the one who had his Soul distributed among a multitude…

Ian Lungold used to mention the Tzolkin in some off-hand way during his presentations. As 3-Seed Paul told me recently, “Ian used to say ‘yeah, and there’s this Tzolkin calendar the Maya based everything on. It’s cool – check it out!’ and then go back to Calleman’s presentation.” It’s kind of ironic.

It’s high time to grow up and move away from the supports and illusory scaffolds that used to comfort us and tell us how to think and how to understand a deep and sophisticated native culture.

It’s up to just one person now. You guessed it.

By inspiration from José, Ian, Kenneth, Carl, and all my teachers, past and present, I thought up my own Tzolkin primer intro paragraph, and it goes:

The Tzolkin is a map of time I’m giving you. It can help you personally to know your own way around time, and probably to ‘manage’ it better. Now, whenever someone gives you a map you need to ask them at least the following two key questions, the answers to which should help you in deciding which destinations to focus on.

The first question is ‘where am I now on the map?’ and it’s the first step in navigation.

The second might be ‘where did I begin?’ or, ‘when did my instrument begin to play this musical piece?’ This is a deeper aspect of the place you find yourself today.

Then you should be all set to GO!, unless you wish to know more about the map and terrain from the one who is handing it to you. Perhaps you’ll need some more time to prepare for the journey (which you’ve always been on).

On your path of establishing your own repoire with this map, keep in mind that whatever destination you set, at any given time you’ll be moving either towards it or away from it, since time is cyclic. You’ll recognize the same issues and patterns coming back to you at regular intervals.

Remember that your own personal history is the very ground you find yourself standing on today. It cannot be simply set aside as ‘the past’ if you are to understand anything, let alone yourself and your time. This is because time is a pyramid, built one floor over the previous one. In this respect another imagery can be a that time is the wake of a ship (which is also a triangle), beginning from the prow of your now, and expanding back behind you.

Remember also that you can never be exactly at the same place in Time when the cycle repeats itself and you arrive at the same day again. For time is a spiraling pyramid of evolution. And as an integral part of it, you, like nature itself, meet similar challenges at ever-increasing levels of complexity and demand.

1-Cib Trecena daily digest: Begins 2 December 2015

It’s definitely different now.

I remember when we had to spell out the most obvious of life’s facts to an imbalanced crowd of sleepwalking people. They didn’t seem to understand the first thing about, well, all of the most important things.

Now it seems more customers are looking up beyond the billboards. Reality is being perturbed, turned into a psycadelic weirdness of snuff TV and viral fragments of uploaded home videos, none over 2 minutes long. This disturbance assists in identifying cognitive dissonances of truths that no longer hold. My understanding of reality is in a rapid process of development and evolution. What seemed to be different is that people now obviously can tell opinion from experience.

Imagination, as Einstein (11-Ahau) maybe said, is more important than knowledge. But that’s a point of origin requiring further development. Knowledge that can be communicated is only one part of what knowledge is. For example, muscle memory and physical brain connections facilitate playing a musical instument, or dancing. Imagination is indeed more important than the kind of ‘knowledge’ we acquire at school and mainstream academia (the trade schools). These are the miles and miles of words we all ingest during the fall semester so we can spew them out at mid-terms, on demand.

But on another level, there is knowledge which is superior to the gifts which imagination can bestow. This kind might be better referred to as wisdom, and the results of direct experience. In this domain, imagination which is uncontrolled can become a burden upon the mind and psyche. For example, when I imagine a false and disinformative conspiracy theory to be true, I’m actually a slave to a kind of imagination which disempowers and is often addictive.

The directness of experiencing now cannot be chatted away by mental abstractions.

And to those who strive to silence me I give thanks, since I often need to be reminded of the paramount importance of inner peace and silence. I keep doing this and doing that all through the day, while the sun shines. Then, much later, when my ‘doings’ are done, I get into my pyjamas and finally surrender to those who would silence and pacify me.

Mom and Dad

UNDER THE HOOD

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 (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.

CIB

Buzzards make the best recyclers

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.

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 – 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 comes up with, wearing a wrinkled brow.

ONCE UPON A TIME…

… there was an elderly medieval Jesuit monk, who looked a lot like Michael or Kirk Douglas. He left his hermitage (1-Cib) after living there most of his adult life to travel the world (2-Caban) in search for truth (3-Edznab), spiritual purification (4-Cauac), Mastery and Enlightenment (5-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).

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, Didier Drogba

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 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 spoken/written within a limited language. 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."

2-Caban

DILEMMA OF THE HEART

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

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

What’s emphasized on 2-Caban is the universality of the ancient moralities and wisdom that Cib personifies. A decision must be made: I’ll either universalize my ethics by tuning into the elders, or stay locally confused and confusing.

3-Edznab

SCATTERED REFLECTIONS

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

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).

4-Cauac

STORMY FOUNDATIONS

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

Stormy Foundations

“I’m not the chosen one. I thought I was, but I’m not. Sorry… Maybe we can all be chosen ones?” – (Jack Black, 4-Cauac in “Year One”)

This 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 Brian?

“I shall release Bwayan!” – Michael Palin (12-Manik, next week) as the Roman governor of Jerusalem, Life of Brian.

5-Ahau

ONE EMPOWERING SUN

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

One Empowering Sun

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

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).

Under the hood

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).

6-Imix

FLOWING MARSH

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

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 might have taken 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 trecena. It’s a good balance between known and unknown.

7-Ik

PURPOSEFUL PARLEY

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

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).

In a previous post 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.

8-Akbal

ENDLESS NIGHT

David Gilmour, Celine Dion, Arthur Schopenhauer, Liv Tyler, Beverly D’Angelo, Morten Harket, Rafael Correa, Rick Moranis, John Pilger

“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

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 previous trecena which led to this one.

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 were 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. By natural courses, only a fraction of this multitude eventually takes root and becomes new plants. However, each seed is a unique plant in potential, and every sperm cell – 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.

10-Chicchan

RESPONSIBLE LIVING

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

“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, direct 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 all consequent days leading up to stage 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.

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 inevitable result of yesterday’s destruction. This anti-climax kind of 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.

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 (since 1-Muluc is the 17th trecena) he understands something essential: what it really means 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 might be over, but a new one begins right away. Therefore to journey is eternal.

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

13-Lamat

STARFRUIT

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

TBD

“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? God bless’em all, especially the dead ones.

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, rock star, or shooting guard.

In contemporary sports, this phenomena is called “retiring a number”, and the ceremony includes raising the retired player’s jersey up to the heavens (which sometimes means 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 (or up at) us mortals are the modern version of Cib. It is how we venerate, continue to love and respect our ancestors, and they guide us in return.