School’s out, summer’s here, and the life-fomenting Chikchan trecena is clicking into gear. Within the 260 day Tzolk’in cycle the beginning of this trecena marks the start of the third 52-day period, a time often associated with both justice and “awakening”.
And it seems that much is in the works at this time that ties right in with this, much is poised to unfold along the lines of this trecena’s traditional emphasis on emergence, liberation, and the triumph of lifeforce over death – with one of the most contentious issues being that of the separation of immigrant children from their families as they sought asylum in the southern U.S. As there is now a timeline in place that requires officials to reunite these children by given dates it remains to be seen whether or not this will be done, and under what conditions. After the massive “Families Belong Together” rallies at the end of June and into early July, and the efforts being made by so many non-government organizations, the battlelines have certainly been drawn.
As this is a trecena that has been known to strongly energize and push people into action, great passion and intensity, and even bravery, often comes into play at this time, in keeping with Chikchan’s lifeforce-oriented nature. Certainly those are the forces that are being called forth at this time as rescuers work to develop and carry out a complex operation to retrieve the 12 boys and their leader who are trapped deep within a long, convoluted, cave system in Thailand.
An operation that involves intricate underwater maneuvres requiring great skill, dexterity, courage, and multi-level cooperation to put into action, this situation is made all the more challenging by the fact that monsoon rains are already beginning. With the decision to continue with this operation rather have the boys wait in the cave for months, the forces of this lifeforce-oriented time frame are going to have their work cut out for them as this rescue unfolds. It is almost eerie that such a crisis is underway at this particular time as an apt visual metaphor for this time frame would be a long, watery, serpentine form, which is exactly what this cave system looks like.
During the last appearance of this trecena people in many parts of the southern U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean were struggling with the aftermath of the intense hurricanes that had pounded their way through that whole area just prior to this trecena, and massive relief efforts were underway. This included the initiation of significant fundraising campaigns to help with cleanup and restorations. One such effort took the form of the One America Appeal concert to raise funds for hurricane relief, which was held on One Chikchan at that time. In attendance at this concert were five living presidents (Obama, Carter, the 2 Bushes, and Clinton), who were warmly thanked by Lady Gaga for their donations to this appeal and their role in getting it organized. She donated $1 million to this effort herself, as part of over $41 million that was raised overall by this campaign.
Aligned with justice, freedom, higher knowledge, cyclical renewal, and even the triumph of lifeforce over death, the forces associated with this trecena can be highly transformative. This is the energy of the great Plumed Serpent – an energy so vibrant and inspirational that it was the focal point for all that was sacred in Mesoamerica prior to the 16th century Spanish intrusion.
Because of this it is not unusual for this trecena to provide support and vitality towards dealing with issues that began to appear in the lead-up towards this shift-point. This energy period carries a force that can bring forth strong life-oriented surges that often help to counterbalance the injustices that seem to abound these days.
Two cycles ago this trecena saw U.S. officials begin deportation raids on undocumented immigrants in the U.S., which terrified thousands of people as families were split apart with no warning. But this was followed almost immediately with massive protests such as the enormous “Day Without Latinos” demonstrations. Currently, with so many children still separated from their families under the “Zero Tolerance” policy, and so many people growing extremely impatient with the lack of action on the part of the government to remediate this, there will likely be another strong, strong push to rectify this horrific situation. During this time the push towards liberation and awakening can be profound, particularly in circumstances that scream for justice, fairness, and equality.
In 1776 that push towards a new state of being that often ties in with this force was significantly in evidence when the U.S. Declaration of Independence was adopted on the ninth day of this trecena, and again in 1960 when John F. Kennedy delivered his acceptance speech on the first day of this time frame after narrowly winning the presidential election. In that speech an echo of this energy push could be heard in Kennedy’s pledge to devote himself “to the cause of freedom around the world”.
This idea of freedom and the opening up of new possibilities seems to be a common theme during this sequence. Often infusing people with a strong sense of “mission”, this energy sequence has often fomented world-shifting actions, as when Hernan Cortés and his conquistadores accepted the surrender of the Aztecs at Tenochtitlan on the first day of this trecena in 1521, after defeating them in a fierce battle.
Currently we have an important energy return involving a day plus month realignment that harkens back to two Calendar Rounds ago (104 years). This was the exact energy in place when Germany invaded Belgium and Britain declared war against Germany at the beginning of World War I. Then four years later this energy also brought that war to an end, precisely six Tzolk’in cycles after it began. We are also paralleling exactly the energies that were in place in the early days of the U.S. Civil War, three Calendar Rounds ago (3 x 52 years).
Of great significance to the planet, six cycles ago (in 2014) the beginning of this trecena coincided with the release of a 2610 page report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the perils of climate change and the dire need to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The report emphasized the risks to the planet on multiple levels from destruction of the ecosystem to species extinction to the threats to food production, and led to the development of the historic Climate Change Accord which was signed by 196 nations in April of 2016. This critically important work continues, despite the withdrawal of the U.S. from the accord.
Fortunately, the darkness that has gripped the world and caused great setbacks in the U.S. and elsewhere WILL eventually be stamped out by the light, with this trecena poised to push strongly towards that end. Once again it might be helpful to reflect upon the words of Eliot Cohen, in his insightful “A Clarifying Moment in American History” from January 2017, where he highlighted the many reasons why Trump will ultimately fail, as he provided the reminder that even Abraham Lincoln saw the story of the U.S. as a perpetual story of “a rebirth of freedom”. At that time former State Department counselor Cohen advised Americans to “steel themselves” for the fight against the current administration and hold their representatives to account. And as the pushback against that darkness continues more and more of those representatives have either dropped out or been “found out”, as the push towards liberation continues.
Now, with the Chikchan trecena back in place it is, once again, an opportune time to step up, to continue the call for justice and dignity and fairness and honour, and to continue pushing mightily against the darkness that is on the verge of crumbling, so that lifeforce and liberation can once again triumph. As always, this is a time (energy-wise) when major shifts from one state of being into another have traditionally been possible, opening up the potential to release blockages and find freedom.
Keep in mind that it is the Feathered Serpent’s ability to lift off the ground and fly – its ability to be a portal between Earth and the Heavens that can help us to think and act differently, that can help us to “reach for the sky”. As always during this Chikchan trecena the Plumed Serpent’s Lifeforce energy will be working with each of the thirteen days as various events unfold. Here are the energies that will come into play:
1 Chikchan (July 8th) – the “initiation” of Lifeforce/Higher Wisdom at the start of the third 52-day period within the 260-day cycle, an intense and highly influential position within the overall cycle, coinciding at this time with second New Fire anniversary (52 years x2) of the 1 Chikchan 19 Sek energy that was in place when Germany declared war on France in 1914. On that day Switzerland declared its neutrality and mobilized its defense forces.
In Thailand, in terms of the cave rescue, this has been termed “D-Day”, as 13 foreign divers and five Thai navy seals begin the daunting task of bringing the boys out of the cave. Torrential rains are expected at any moment but the rescue is pushing forward. Heavy weather with strong winds, including potential tornadoes, is also anticipated for the southern U.S., while southern California once again battles with widespread wildfires.
2 Kimi (July 9th) – a dynamic type of energy aligned with the “return to source” which often manifests as a push-pull type of force that can shake things up and set new foundations for action (as was in place at both the beginning and end of World War I). Although the official commemoration of the 100th Gregorian anniversary of the end of World War 1 will not take place until November, there is a a very creative campaign in place at this present time called There But Not There, which provides assistance to veterans through the purchase of soldier silhouettes. These silhouettes are now appearing in many different places in various countries.
As this is the second New Fire anniversary of the day when Germany invaded Belgium in 1914, with the United Kingdom’s Declaration of war on Germany happening on that same day, it is entirely possible that something of great significance could again unfold at this time. The issue of the selection of a new Supreme Court judge in the U.S. is a likely candidate, as the selection of that individual and the timing for that to take effect holds the potential to add even more fuel to the dissent than already exists. It might also have something to do with the escalating tariff wars between the U.S. and other countries.
3 Manik’ (July 10th) – the “activation” of reciprocity, symbolized by a deer that “embodies” the sun on Earth, a kind of harmonizing, “hands-on” type of energy connected with the natural world, coinciding with the deadline date for reuniting immigrant children under the age of 5 with their famililies. This is also “Don’t Step on a Bee Day”, and Senator John McCain’s Maya birth energy.
4 Lamat (July 11th) – a “defining” energy associated with Venus (the sun and Venus working together), often serving as a beacon or herald, coincidng at this time with opening of the 29th NATO summit in Brussels and with World Population Day, with this year’s theme being Greening the Blue . Click here for worldometers that show the rising population. Click here for an Interactive Map.
One cycle exactly since President Xi Kinping of China was declared “all powerful”, after a new body of political thought carrying his name was added to the Communist party’s constitution, thereby raising his power to the level of Mao and potentially extending his leadership indefinitely. At that time he pledged to lead China into “a new era” of international power and influence. Currently this is the day of the expected second Manhattanhenge.5 Muluk (July 12th) – a “precision” (or “blessing”) type of energy associated with the shape-shifting energy of water, at the time of the New Moon; opening day for the World Bodypainting Festival.
Three cycles ago (in 2016) this was the energy in place at the opening of the first World Humanitarian Summit (in Istanbul) to address the global crisis of more than 130 million people needing humanitarian help. More than 9000 participants representing 180 member states were
involved in the summit during which time more than 3500 commitments to action were generated.
6 Ok (July 13th) – a “shine the light in the darkness, everywhere” type of force at a time of a partial Solar Eclipse. The Maya Calendar birth energy of Shepard Fairey, the talented artist and social activist who has created a wide range of powerful political posters, including the iconic “Hope” portrait of Barack Obama and the “resistance” ones that were so prominent during the Women’s March in January of 2017. No doubt many of his posters will be seen in the streets of London on this day when Trump is scheduled to visit the UK. Those will be joined by an enormous “Trump nappy-wearing infant” balloon that will fly over Westminster from Parliament Square to protest his visit. It is expected that hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, representing a variety of organizations, will be participating in a massive “Together Against Trump” rally both in London and across the country at this time.
7 Chuwen (July 14th) –“self-generating play”, a highly creative “time weaving” (and sometimes trick playing) type of energy that can sometimes conjure up things of an unusual nature; this energy is in play as Scotland’s creative demonstrations against Trump will involve a “carnival of resistance” involving stalls, talks, music and games such as “Toss the welly at Trump”.
In France nationwide celebrations will take place for Bastille Day [commemorating the critical turning point in the French Revolution of 1789, when the Bastille (where many dissidents were imprisoned) was stormed – a significant event that led to the overthrow of the monarchy]. This day marks the second anniversary of the day when 86 people were killed and 434 were injured in a terrorist attack on a promenade in Nice. Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury.
8 Eb’ (July 15th) – the “resurrection” of the pathfinding energy of vitality, associated with the “dew of life”; a day which the Maya traditionally devoted to the Celebration of Personal Life, as was in place in 1994 when Nelson Mandela won the election to become the first democratically elected State President of South Africa. At this time this is the last day of the Calgary Stampede, and last day of the FIFA World Cup. Conjunction of the Moon and Venus.
9 B’en (July 16th) – the “outward projection” of “personal authority” (or “immortal personal authority”), three cycles since President Obama made his historic visit to Hiroshima, the first visit to that city by a U.S. president since the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. At that time the world applauded as he called for a “world without nuclear weapons”.
Unfortunately the world’s axis seems to have flipped on its head since then, as this time this is the day of Trump’s summit with Putin in Helsinki, just 13 days after the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released their report wherein they concurred with the earlier reports by the CIA, NSA, and FBI that revealed how Russia had worked to sow discord, undermine democratic institutions, and interfere in U.S. elections, and that this influence campaign was approved by President Putin. This report also concurred with the earlier conclusion that Moscow was seeking to denigrate Secretary Clinton. And now there is a tête-à-tête in Helsinki, with everything carrying on “as usual”???? What next – will the White House soon be flying the Russian flag???
Significantly, this is also the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Czar Nicholas and his family on the night of July 16th-17th,, 1918. All in all, this seems to be a major “pay attention” kind of day on the world stage.
10 Ix (July 17th) – a “source” based energy associated with the jaguar and the mysteries of the earth; one cycle exactly since the Russia scandal in the U.S. officially because a LEGAL case, with indictments involving issues such as money laundering and “conspiracy against the U.S.” handed out against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, as well as against Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos. (The first Manafort trial begins in a week.)
One of the days when the popular Yamaboko Junko (grand parade) takes place in Kyoto with its massive Gion Matsuri floats.
11 Men (July 18th) – “inspirational Eagle” – a Burner Day that can bring about change or a new form of Higher Vision, correlating at this time with Nelson Mandela International Day, on what would have been his 100th birthday.
12 Kib’ (July 19th) – a “gathering together” type of energy, associated with the ability to “survey”, clean things up, and ultimately restore order; opening day for Comic-Con 2018 in San Diego, the longest continuously-run comic and popular arts convention in the U.S. Also the opening day of the 4-day Blue Dot Festival at Jodrell Bank in the U.K., described as “an intergalactic festival of music, science, arts, culture, and the exploration of space”, where over 200 astronomers and astrophysicists are sharing information about the cosmos and its workings. One of its most important messages: “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us.” (Carl Sagan)
Maya birth energy of French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron was the leading force behind the creation of the new Republic on the Move! party that swept the French parliamentary elections last year. An adamant protector of the Paris Climate accord, he has called on “all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and responsible citizens” who are disappointed with the leadership in the U.S. to come to France where they would find a welcoming “second homeland”.
13 Kab’an (July 20th) – transformational movement (or earth movement), a powerful force that can bring either heavy weather conditions, or significant “movement” of an evolutionary nature, coinciding at this time with 49th anniversary of the first moon landing, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon.
Four cycles since astrophysicists were able to detect and observe the warping of space-time, seen as the beginning of gravitational wave astronomy.
[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.]