The Ajaw (Sun, Flower) trecena: April 28-May 10, 2023
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The UK’s glittering coronation week, Japan’s Golden Week, a large number of importance observances and noteworthy events, the Full Flower Moon, and the possibility of more spectacular auroras as the sun continues with its active coronal ejections – all under the auspices of the Sun/Flower trecena. And the timing couldn’t be better as this trecena has always been welcomed traditionally as a time for celebration.
Indeed, in the realm of the Classic Maya, the very first day, One Ajaw, was observed as a highly festive “day of flowers”, during which dancers, singers, song-writers, drummers, storytellers, artists, orators, feast makers, gift-givers, banner-bearers, and flower-bedecked revelers would have been fully engaged in welcoming in the auspicious and joyful One Ajaw (or “One Flower”), representative of the initiation of “Full Sun” or “Full Enlightenment”. It was seen as a day to extol the virtues of creativity in all its diverse forms.
The patron, or overseer, of this trecena was known as Old Coyote, the God of Dance, who was integrally connected to the arts, particularly music and dance. Although referred to as an “old, old” deity, he was often depicted as an exuberant partygoer, but was also revered for his worldly wisdom, astuteness, benevolence, and even shapeshifting abilities. Not doubt he will be particularly happy to see International Dance Day coming in on the second day of this period, this time through. He also provides a good reminder that often much can be accomplished through a little “fancy dancing”.
It is not unusual to see events associated with the arts taking place in the early days of this trecena, as happened two cycles ago with the grand ceremonial reopening of the 3,000 year old Avenue of Sphinxes in the city of Luxor, as Egypt set out to revive an ancient tradition. In an extravagant ceremony, beautifully attired singers, dancers, and musicians made their way down the ancient Sphinx-lined walkway, once named “The Path of God,” that connects the Temples of Karnak in the north with Luxor in the south.
One cycle before that (in March of 2021) millions of Americans were “dancing for joy” during this trecena as President Biden signed his Covid relief bill into law and people learned that they would be receiving Covid-19 stimulus relief cheques from the federal government, along with other benefits. During that period the US reached President Biden’s 100 million vaccinations goal and millions of others worldwide were celebrating as they received their first immunizations against the coronavirus. That was also the time frame that brought several important confirmations for Joe Biden’s cabinet, including that of Judge Merrick Garland as the US Attorney-General, and Deb Haaland as Joe Biden’s Interior Secretary, in an historic vote that made her the first Native American Cabinet secretary in US history.
The last time this trecena was in place (last August) President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, the landmark legislation designed to curb inflation, reduce healthcare costs, cut energy costs, and accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. It was a time for great celebration as this was the signature legislation of his first term in office.
On the “other” front, things are continuing to heat up with regard to the now-indicted “former guy”, with significant progress having been made with regard to many overlapping legal proceedings. Among other things, the E. Jean Carroll civil trial against the dumpster is still underway as this trecena opens, and Mike Pence has just testified before a federal grand jury with regard to the dumpster’s effort to subvert the 2020 election. In New York, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg (who has charged the dumpster with 34 felony counts) is seeking to stop the dumpster from misusing discovery evidence with regard to the criminal case against him. And in Georgia, Fani Willis, the DA for Fulton County who is overseeing the criminal investigation into how the dumpster and his allies tried to manipulate voting results in that state, is making preparations for her state’s forthcoming indictments, reportedly coming this summer. Likely there will be many more developments relating to these matters during this time frame.
In the past this Ajaw trecena has ushered in many events of great significance, including the establishment of a camp at Veracruz by Hernán Cortés and his men in 1519 as they were embarking on their conquest of the Aztec Empire; the adoption of the U.S. constitution in 1787; the discovery of gold in the Klondike, in 1896; the opening of Sun Records, that gave birth to Rock ‘n’ Roll, in 1950; the putting into operation of the first computer produced for commercial use, in 1951; the averting of the outbreak of WWIII during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962; and the massive March on the Pentagon demonstration in 1967 to protest the US involvement in the Vietnam war.
In 1815 Napoléon Bonaparte was defeated at the monumental Battle of Waterloo on the first day of this time frame, and, currently, the opening of this trecena marks precisely 4 Calendar Rounds since that day, bringing the exact energies of the day and month back into the same alignment.
Keep in mind that events related to the sun or “the bringing forth of light” often show up during this period, as we could see in 2017 when this solar-oriented trecena touched off “the greatest show in astronomy” during that summer. It was an event that signalled “a new era in astronomy”, when the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo) system detected simultaneously for the first time both light and the ripple of gravitational waves, thought to be from the collision of two neutron stars, as hundreds of astronomers on all seven continents began focusing their instruments on data collection about this distant event (in both space and time). This was seen as “a new Rosetta Stone for Astronomy”. The following year this trecena opened with the report that California would become the first state to mandate the use of solar energy in every new home.
For many in the UK at this time, this trecena begins with excitement building up for royal watchers, as preparations are underway for the resplendent coronation that will take place on the ninth day of this period. As per the custom, out will come the 260-year old fairy tale gold coach, the gorgeous Windsor Greys bedecked in glamorous red and gold trappings, and thousands of regally attired guards, troops, and horsemen. As with other royal pageants, it will be a glittering gold-tinted affair, coming in at this time on a Venus/Star day just after the Full Flower Moon. With many other celebrational events, such as Vesak, Cinco de Mayo, and Japan’s Golden Week all taking place around this time there will be lots of singing, dancing, artistry, and outright merry-making taking place on many fronts during this period, “right on schedule”. Here are the energies that are coming into play:
1 Ajaw (April 28th) – the “initiation of Full Sun/Enlightenment”, the traditional Maya celebrational “day of flowers”. Through its association with Venus as the Morning Star, One Ajaw was referred to as the Sacred Day of Venus, an important “marker” day in the Classical Long Count calendar. Indeed, at this time, Venus is at its highest elevation in the evening sky.
In the US, this is Arbor Day, when people often get together to plant trees. In Washington DC this is the start of “party weekend” in connection with the glitzy annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, which will be held the following day. One of the events being held at this time is the “Creative Coalition Right to Bear Arts Gala”. Tim Daly, on behalf of the Creative Coalition, has “called for the right to maintain an imaginative and expressive population, being necessary to the security of a free State.”
We are calling for the Right to Bear Arts™. The Arts are the universal language of our humanity. The Arts are the universal language of our humanity. Writers, musicians, actors, poets, all artists: it has never been more important to connect to our population so that we can confront the difficult issues that face us. Tim Daly, President of The Creative Coalition.
Globally, this is International Workers’ Memorial Day, oriented around raising awareness regarding hazards in workplaces, with the emphasis at this time being “to make health and safety at work a fundamental principle and right”. This is an International Day of Mourning, when global tributes are dedicated to workers who have died, or were injured, or were made ill in connection with their workplace. This Day of Mourning is observed in some 100 countries around the world, and flags are flown at half-mast. It is recognized as International Workers’ Memorial Day by the International Labour Organization and the International Trade Union Confederation.
Given that this Memorial Day is coinciding with One Ajaw at this time, which was observed, traditionally, as a celebrational “day of flowers”, this might be a good time to honour workers through the creative arts – to place emphasis on “Enlightenment” through music, poetry, storytelling, and other art forms to remember those who have been lost or injured, and to “shine light” on conditions that still need to be improved.
And, as noted above, this day marks precisely 4 Calendar Rounds since the One Ajaw 8 Wo day in 1815 when Napoléon Bonaparte was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo, which marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars. A good time to celebrate the fact that brutal dictators DO get defeated, eventually.
2 Imix (April 29th) – a dynamic “balancing” type of energy often aligned with “world-making”, coinciding at this time with World Healing Day (the last Saturday in April), which includes an amalgamation of events such as World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, World Yoga Day, World Reiki Day, World Art Day, and World Music Healing Day – events that will be taking place in cities in over 80 nations in order to promote global health and healing.
In addition this is World Wish Day (Hope Without Limits), International Astronomy Day, World Veterinary Day, and International Dance Day, an observance of the 296th Gregorian birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, the 18th century French dancemaster and reformer of dance who is seen as the creator of the ballet d’action, a precursor to modern ballet.
This day marks one cycle exactly since Democrats in the US House of Representatives passed the monumental Inflation Reduction Act – the sweeping $740bn tax, healthcare, and climate change legislation that lowered healthcare costs for millions of Americans and provides for significant climate change action. This is President Biden’s Maya birth energy, now marking three cycles exactly (780 days) since the US House of Representatives voted to pass the revised, and highly consequential, Covid-19 relief bill. This evening he will be in attendance at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, being held for the second time since the start of the pandemic.
On the other side of the continent, famed country singer Willie Nelson willl be celebrating his 90th birthday and six decade career with an all-star two-day celebrational concert at the Hollywood Bowl. And for those interested in combat sports and arts, the four-day World Medieval Combat Tournament begins on this day, at Castillo de Belmonte in Cuenca, Spain.
3 Ik’ (April 30th) – the “activation of Wind/Breath/Spirit”, on the 48th Gregorian anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. In Northern Europe and Scandinavia this evening is celebrated as Walpurgis Night, or “Night of the Wirches”, with the lighting of bonfires and singing of folk songs to mark the arrival of spring.
Sixty-two years ago as of May this was the Maya energy in place when President John F. Kennedy presented, before a special joint session of Congress, his call to achieve a moon landing. Currently this marks three cycles since President Biden signed the historic $1.9tn coronavirus relief bill into law early in 2021.
4 Ak’b’al (May 1st) – a “defining” day associated with night, darkness, dreaming, and the subconscious. Sometimes referred to as “House”, this is also associated with earth-oriented mystery, secrecy, abundance, and even sorcery. This marks the 78th Gregorian anniversary of the day in 1945 when the German surrender in Italy came into effect.
Beltane, an ancient Celtic festival, is still celebrated in some areas at this time, in conjunction with May Day, signifying the beginning of summer. This fits well with today’s Global Love Day, a celebration of unconditional love and compassion, still so greatly needed at this time.
This is also International Workers’ Day, known in many countries as Labour Day, which has been celebrated on May 1st since 1886, when hundreds of thousands of American trade union workers took to the streets to demand the universal adoption of the 8 hr. work day. In addition, a four-day celebration associated with World Press Freedom begins at this time, with events taking place around the world.
Currently this is National Physicians’ Day in Canada, a good day to give thanks for the extraordinary work being done across the country by health care professionals. This is the first day of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week.
Additionally this is the start of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the US, Jewish American Heritage Month, Older Americans Month, and Mental Health Awareness Month.
5 K’an (May 2nd) – a “blessing” type of energy associated with youthful vitality and prosperity, that, without caution, can also vere towards “recklessness”. At this time this energy coincides with International Harry Potter Day, the 25th Gregorian anniversary of the fictitional Battle of Hogwarts when Harry defeated the Dark Lord and the Order of the Phoenix claimed victory.
This marks precisely 4 Calendar Rounds since the 5 K’an 12 Wo summer solstice day in 1815 when Napoléon Bonaparte abdicated for the second time, before being shipped off into his final exile a few months later.
6 Chikchan (May 3rd) – “Lifeforce Everywhere” – a structuring type of energy associated with Lifeforce, the Arts, and Higher Knowledge, coinciding at this time with World Press Freedom Day, with this year’s theme being “Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of expression as a driver for all other human rights”. This will include a special 30th anniversary event at UN headquarters in New York.
This is the start of Japan’s Golden Week, which includes four national holidays within seven days. This day is Shōwa Day, which honors the birthday of Emperor Shōwa, the reigning emperor from 1926 to 1989. Shō means “shining” or “bright”, and wa means “peace”, signifying the “enlightened peace” that citizens receive.
The last time this was in place (last summer) President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, the signature legislation of his first term in office. That was the day when the US Dept of Education announced that it will cancel nearly $4 billion worth of federal student loans for 208,000 borrowers.
7 Kimi (May 4th) – “self-generating death” or “self-generating foundations”, a “return to Source” type of force that can draw attention to “absolute foundations”, on this National Day of Prayer in the US. Many refer to this as “Star Wars Day” (“May the Fourth be With You”).
This is World Password Day, the UN’s offical International Anti-Bullying Day, and International Firefighter’s Day, a day to reflect on the dedication given by firefighters to the protection of life and property and to remember the ultimate sacrifices that many have made in the interest of helping and protecting others. In Taiwan this day is celebrated as the birthday of the God of Medicine – Baosheng Dadi.
This marks two cycles since the publication of David Cay Johnston’s meticulously researched The Big Cheat – which shed light on years of eye-popping financial misdeeds (aka “fleecing” and “lifelong grifting”, as the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author put it) by the dumpster and his family.
In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivered The Gettysburg Address under this 7 Kimi influence, with this speech being given at the dedication of a cemetary for the more than 7500 men who died in the Battle of Gettysburg. That battle is now seen as a critical civil war turning point as that was when southern forces began their retreat. This particular address was seen as a point of resolve, that those who died “shall not have died in vain”, that there would be “a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”. It was a point of light in the midst of a great darkness, and yet the battle to preserve that freedom still rages on. This also provides a reminder of what this trecena is about – a chance to “return to light”, to “enlighten”.
8 Manik’ (May 5th) – the Day of the Lord Deer in Maya tradition, a “resurrection” type of energy aligned with sacrifice and reciprocity, which could be seen as a “doubly harmonious” type of influence, representative of a doubling of solar energy. There is a strong “fire/heat” aspect to this energy, tying in with the mythological link to the ancestral lineage of the Quiché Maya. In that legend this was seen as the day in the Tzolk’in when one of the ancestral forefathers left the people a “bundle of flames” as a reminder of his continuing presence.
Lots going on at this time of the time of Full Flower Moon, at the peak of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower, on the eve of the coronation of King Charles III in the UK. It is highly unlikely that he would be aware that his parents, Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, were married under this influence in late November in 1947.
This is the 78th Gregorian anniversary of the surrender in 1945 of German forces in NW Germany, Bavaria, Denmark and the Netherlands, ending WWII in those regions. It is also Vesak Day (Buddha Day) in India, Tibet, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other south and southeast Asian regions – a major Buddhist festival oriented around the celebration not only of the birth and death of Buddha, but also of his attainment of enlightenment (nirvana). In Japan this is Children’s Day, the final day of Japan’s Golden Week, and in Mexico this is Cinco de Mayo, a holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861 – 1867). In this U.S. this is National Astronaut Day, and in Canada this is “Red Dress Day”, the National Day of Awareness and Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit people (MMIWG2S).
9 Lamat (May 6th) – an “outwardly projecting” type of energy associated with Venus and the idea of leadership, coinciding at this time with the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
More than 850 community and charity representatives have been invited to the coronation, to mingle with the royals, heads of state, politicians, peers and diplomats at Westminster Abbey. Buckingham Palace has announced that more than 450 recipients of the British Empire Medal (BEM) will attend in recognition of the contributions made by volunteers and community champions across the country. Among them is Max Woosey, a 13-year-old schoolboy who has raised more than £600,000 for North Devon hospice through camping out in his garden for the past three years, after starting his fundraising during the first Covid lockdown. Many of those chosen to attend were instrumental in providing services and support to their local communities during the lockdowns.
This is the 78th Gregorian anniversary of the beginning of the Liberation of Paris in 1944. It is also World Labyrinth Day.
10 Muluk (May 7th) – “foundational water”, often a powerful “shape-shifting” force, coinciding with the 78th Gregorian anniversary of the final signing of the unconditional documents of surrender of the German forces to the Allies in Reims, ending World War II in 1945. This also marks the completion of nine cycles (9 x 260 days) since the CIA revealed their conclusion that Russia had intervened to help the dumpster win the 2016 election. This is the final day of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week.
11 Ok (May 8th) – “inspirational love (or guidance)” – an “extinguishing” Burner Day
representative of heart, love, fire, and passion, on a special bank holiday in the UK. This is the 78th Gregorian anniversary of VE Day, when joyous celebrations marked the end of WWII, including the end of the Battle of the Atlantic, Canada’s longest military engagement.
In the US this is the start of Teacher Appreciation week, and National Student Nurses Day; in Canada, it’s the start of the Canadian Nursing Association’s National Nursing Week (to May 14th).
This is the Maya birth energy of Terry Fox, the young Canadian who sparked a movement, beginning in 1980, to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Over $850 million have been raised to date by his Foundation.
12 Chuwen (May 9th) – “dedicated” play; a “timeweaver” type of energy than can have a kind of “anything is possible” aspect to it, coinciding at this time with Europe Day, the 73rd Gregorian anniversary of the day in 1950 when French foreign minister Robert Schuman presented his proposal for the creation of an organized Europe. This was known as the “Schuman Declaration”, the precursor to the European Union.
This was the energy in place 5 long cycles ago (in 2019) when retired US Navy Admiral William McRaven, former head of Special Operations Command (the group that oversaw the 2011 raid in which bin Laden was killed), delivered a fierce criticism of the dumpster in an opinion in the New York Times titled “Our Republic is Under Attack From the President”, in which he warned that the dumpster’s policies were a stain on the US and its values. His statement included this: “A good leader sets the example for others to follow. A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself.” “Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities. Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage, and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.”
Fortunately the tide has been turning, with all the accomplishments of the Biden administration, and the world has been able to see – in stark contrast to the former administration – what a good leader can do, and what can be accomplished.
This “normally” would have been the day when “Victory Day” parades commemorating the surrender of Nazi Germany after World War II would take place in Moscow and many other parts of Russia, but reportedly some of these have been cancelled this year. Given the staggering number of Russian fatalities and overall casualties (including those wounded or missing) in the Ukraine war, and the fact that the war continues to grind on, these is not much to celebrate. Admiral McRaven’s words could well apply in this regard as well, as there is no evidence that Russia’s leadership is doing anything to make the welfare of others any kind of priority.
13 Eb’ (May 10th) – “transformational vitality”; a powerful stream-of-consciousness type of energy reflective of the intense vibrancy at the end of this “sun-oriented” time frame, a vitality that can sometimes “let loose”, often with intense weather systems.
This is the Maya birth energy of Karl Marx, the German philosopher, political theorist, and socialist revolutionary who wrote the highly influential “Communist Manifesto”, and whose ideas have had a profound impact on world politics and intellectual thought.
The last time this energy was in place (last summer) the US announced a further $2.98bn in aid for Ukraine.
[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.]