After that series of new beginnings over the past few days (with the beginning of the new cycle and the Maya New Year, and even the official start to spring) we come once again to the Ix trecena – the energy that was in place at the time of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. While, at first glance, that may not sound like good news, it does not necessarily mean that there will be another huge upset at this time. However, as this is the Ix (Jaguar) trecena, the emphasis does tend to be on change.
Indeed, this is a time frame that generally places emphasis on transformation – often significant. The change that is generated at this time can be quite personal, but can also be wide ranging, often pushed forward by individuals who are compelled to become “jaguar warriors” as they “go to battle” for particular causes. For this reason the transformations that can unfold at this time can be quite awesome. This warrior type of energy, often aligned with high magic and even mastery over things of an unseen nature, is generally associated with authority, rulership and things of the earth.
Often the very first day of this trecena can be a turning point that can be pivotal even in terms of the fate of nations, as seen during the French Revolution in the 18th century when some of the most significant events of that era took place under that “initiation of transformation” influence. This is a trecena during which many great shifts have occurred, as in the start of the Russian Revolution in 1917, the start of the London Blitz in 1940, the massive Tibetan uprising against Chinese aggression in Llasa that began under this influence in 1959, and the mass exodus from the city of Aleppo, Syria in July of 2012 when fierce fighting drove thousands of people to seek new lives elsewhere.
Five cycles ago (in 2014) this trecena saw the start of the coalition air strikes against terrorist groups in Syria, major climate change rallies and summit, and the historic Scottish referendum vote that resulted in Scotland remaining as part of the UK. And then came the disastrous U.S. election in 2016, with this trecena coinciding with the 4 day lead-up to the election, the election itself, and the many days of massive anti-Trump protest demonstrations that followed.
But again, the change pushed forward by this Jaguar-oriented energy frame is not always disastrous, as last summer it brought the swearing in of Ram Nath Kovind as the 14th President of India, a change in state seen as both historic and very positive, as India’s election itself was carried out in a dignified fashion, very unlike the U.S. election one cycle earlier that resulted in a huge plunge in global stock markets and people talking about the imminent collapse of the world order . . . as the French ambassador to Washington put it, “the end of an era, that of neoliberalism”.The crucial day during that time frame was 5 Etz’nab’, a “knife edge” type of force that holds the potential to bring things to a definitive conclusion, as in the official surrender of Japan at the end of World War II in 1945. On its appearance in November of 2016 this energy’s “knife edge” sliced an entire country in half as the U.S. began being referred to as “The Divided States” of America. Journalist Neal Gabler wrote that “America died on [election day], not with a bang or whimper, but at its own hand via electoral suicide.” And even though much has been learned about the scandals (and even treasonous actions) associated with that election, the edge of the knife on that day was so sharp and the damage so devastating, that the influence continues still. It was as if that knife rendered “a crack in Time itself”, as the poet Stephen Vincent Benét wrote, in his epic John Brown’s Body. In that work he describes a force that “will employ a hard and actual stone | To batter into bits an actual wall | and change the actual scheme of things”. And that is what can happen with these kinds of forces within this transformation-oriented time frame.
Indeed, in the past many significant events “fateful” to nations have occurred under this 5 Etz’nab’ influence, including the massive “Mobilization Peace” demonstrations in Washington, D.C in 1969 where hundreds of thousands protested against the Vietnam War, the attempted assassination of President Nixon in 1974, and the assassination of Lebanese cabinet minister (Minister of Industry) Pierre Gemayel in 2006.
So, as we work our way through this often highly eventful trecena once again it might be helpful to keep in mind that it is not unusual for major shifts from one state of being to another to occur during this time frame. Given the fact that many “echoes” of earlier events are already slated to reappear at this time (such as James Comey and his new book), it will be interesting to see if more monumental shifts manifest yet again during this period. Here are the energies that will be in play:
1 Ix (April 8th) – the initiation of the Jaguar’s power of transformation, precisely two cycles since the Paris Climate Change Agreement officially became international law. Seven cycles since Justin Trudeau won the leadership of Canada’s Federal Liberal party with 80% support. On that same day Nicolas Maduro won the Venezuelan presidential election, but with the plummeting of that nation’s economy there has been massive retaliation against his regime, including nation-wide strikes and the departure of more than a million people in the past two years.
2 Men (April 9th) – the “generation” of the Eagle’s “higher vision”, at the time of the opening of Austria’s annual Snowbombing music festival, called the leading music festival on snow, at the height of almost 8500 ft. Two cycles since some 200,000 protestors took to the streets of Seoul, Korea to demand the resignation of President Park Geun-hye over corruption within her government. Echoes of that situation returned just 3 days ago when she was found guilty of bribery and abuse of power and sentenced to 24 years in jail.
3 Kib’ (April 10th) – an activation energy often associated with the “restoration of order”, as was in place two days before the US election in 2016 when James Comey reported that there was nothing new or incriminating about Hillary Clinton’s emails (but by this time it was too late for damage control). At this current time Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the Senate judiciary and commerce committees in the U.S. with regard to the harvesting of personal information from more than 87 million unsuspecting Facebook users by Cambridge Analytical, the data collection agency that worked for Trump’s 2016 election campaign.
4 Kab’an (April 11th) – a “defining” energy associated with evolutionary movement, the powerful energy carved into the centre of the Aztec Sun Stone, coinciding at this time with the 50th anniversary of the day in 1968 when the Civil Rights Act went into effect. On this day Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the House energy and commerce committees. One cycle since Ram Nath Kovind took the oath of office as the 14th President of India (last July) after easily winning the election.
5 Etz’nab’ (April 12th) – a “pin pointing” type of energy symbolized by “flint”. This is a “knife edge” type of force that can be quite dazzling and attention-getting, an energy that also contains the potential to bring things to a definitive conclusion, as in the official surrender of Japan at the end of World War II in 1945.
Seven cycles ago the city of Boston was completely shut down under this influence to allow for a massive manhunt for the Boston marathon bombers. And then, two cycles ago, the collective “Gasp” as people learned that Trump had “won” the U.S. presidential election. By now, “won” is a relative word as so much evidence has been gathered about the widespread tampering that took place with regard to this situation. With his campaign chairman (Manafort) under indictment on multiple charges, including conspiracy against the U.S., and other associates also being indicted, and considerable evidence of Russia interference having been obtained, the question of legitimacy regarding that “win” remains open to interpretation.
Indeed, it was precisely one cycle ago when a large scale raid took place on Manafort’s home, in what was described as a “shock and awe” moment in the Trump-Russia investigation, exactly in keeping with the nature of this energy. On that same day a nail-biting marathon debate took place in the U.S. Senate during which time the Senate rejected a proposal from Republicans to repeal Obamacare.
Given this pattern, it is entirely possible that this could be another “shock and awe” kind of day, especially given that this is the opening day for the Women in the World Summit in New York City.
6 Kawak (April 13th) – a “storm everywhere” force; an energy that often has more to do with the triggering of a “storm of compassion or emotion” than a weather related event. This was the energy in place two cycles ago when major anti-Trump rallies took place across the U.S. and in many other locations around the globe. Currently this is the opening day for the Eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, and the day of Songkran in Thailand – the Thai New Year water-throwing festival (representing purification and the washing away of bad luck), this year also marking the Year of the Dog, as in the Chinese calendar.7 Ajaw (April 14th) – “self generating” full sun, a traditional great Aztec feast day devoted to Xochipilli, the “Flower Prince”, the god of flowers, games, music, and dance. With the sun frequently symbolized as a four-petalled flower there is a strong solar aspect to this in conjunction with fertility and maize. This correlates at this time with the closing of the Women in the World Summit.
8 Imix (April 15th) – the “resurrection” of birth, this time in conjunction with the public holiday in North Korea called The Day of the Sun, an anniversary of the founder and first leader of North Korea, annually celebrated with a large military parade. James Comey’s first interview about his explosive book, on ABC (see 10 Ak’b’al below for the second one).
9 Ik’ (April 16th) – the “outward projection” of wind, breath, spirit, the calendrical daysign of Ehécatl/Quetzalcóatl, traditionally seen as being symbolic of spirit, breath, far-reaching communication, and things of a life-giving nature, but it is also an energy that can “blow” in any direction and bring change, as in tornadoes that have often manifested under this influence. Currently coming into place at the time of the New Moon, this energy coincides with The Boston Marathon and the opening of the 17th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, with the theme: “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories, and resources”.
10 Ak’b’al (April 17th) – a combination of the foundational energy of “Source” (the number 10) in conjunction with “darkness”, as in the Temple associated with deep esoteric mysteries. The Jaguar energy that runs through this trecena is very much a part of this force. At this time James Comey will be back in the news, appearing on Late Night with Stephen Colbert, in tandem with the release of his book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, yet another book providing insight into the corruption in Washington. This follows the release of David Frum’s Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic in mid January, and the release last month of Isikoff and Corn’s Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump that details Russia’s covert operation to influence the election (now a #1 New York Times bestseller). The timing for this is also intriguing from the perspective of Western astrology, as I had been reminded by an astrologer friend, since this is the day when Chiron, the Wounded Healer archetype, enters Aries, to begin a new cycle. And here comes James Comey again, two cycles after playing such a pivotal role with regard to the results of the 2016 election. Millions will be paying close attention to what he has to say at this time.11 K’an (April 18th) – an “inspirational” type of energy associated with youthful vitality, this time correlating with the start of the glorious five day Bloemencorso (bulbflower) festival in Holland. Click here for video.
12 Chikchan (April 19th) – “dedicated” lifeforce – a powerful force that represents a doubling of the intensity of the lifeforce-oriented Quetzalcóatl energy – a type of influence that can significantly draw people into action for a common cause. On this evening James Comey will be a guest on the Rachel Maddow show.
13 Kimi (April 20th) – “transformational death” (or “transformational foundations”) – a powerful “return to Source” type of force that can often pack a huge punch, as seen in the intense weather systems and even volcanoes that have occurred in the past under this influence. Precisely one cycle ago a grand jury was impaneled to hear evidence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign, evidence that has already lead to criminal indictments. This action was seen as the beginning of a whole new level of inquiry in this regard.
At this present time this is a National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence in Schools in the U.S., organized by the Network for Public Education, on the 19th anniversary of the high school shooting at Columbine. The Never Again movement also began on a Kimi day, in mid-February.
This day also marks the 500th anniversary of the day in 1518 when a group of Spaniards set out from Cuba heading for the lands of the Maya, in pursuit of the gold that was reported by earlier adventurers. The confirmation of that report led to the organization of much larger Spanish expedition, the consequences of which resulted in the Spanish conquest of Mesoamerica.
[Please note that the brief descriptions of the days provided above are only “thumbnail sketches”. Much greater detail can be found in Manual for the Soul: A Guide to the Energies of Life.]