Justice, Freedom, Awakening – the Lifeforce-oriented Chikchan trecena has returned!
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The last time this trecena made its appearance, it brought forth the fearsome Category 4 Hurricane Laura, the most powerful August hurricane in the Gulf since Katrina (15 years earlier), triggering the evacuation of more than half a million people near the Texas-Louisiana state line, and shutting down much of the Gulf area’s oil and natural gas production as nearly 300 platforms were evacuated.
It was a fast moving storm that made a catastrophic strike that knocked out power to over 900,000 homes and businesses in Texas and Louisiana, killed at least 14 people, downed trees and power lines, ripped off roofs, flattened buildings, and left Lake Charles looking like a pile of debris. An estimated 8,000 homes were destroyed across 2 states. This was a situation that developed exactly 11 cycles after the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012. And while this was happening the powerful Typhoon Bavi grazed by Seoul, South Korea before making landfall in North Korea.
As represented by these kinds of events, this is often a period of great intensity, highly aligned with Lifeforce pushing forward, at an important shift-point within the overall 260-day period. The emphasis during this timeframe tends to be on actions aligned with justice, emergence, liberation, and “awakening”. But it is not just natural forces like hurricanes that tend to be activated during this period, as this energy frame that has been known to strongly energize and push people into action.
Great passion, and even bravery, often comes into play at this time, as played out dramatically four cycles ago (in 2018) when rescuers carried out a complex and highly dramatic operation to retrieve twelve boys and their leader who were trapped deep within a long, convoluted, serpentine cave system in Thailand. The rescue involved intricate underwater maneuvres that required great skill, dexterity, courage, and multi-level cooperation.
So what might be expect this time? For one thing it might require great skill, dexterity, courage, and multi-level cooperation to navigate the health, judicial, cultural, humanitarian, and political waters, as there is a great deal up-in-the-air on all counts at this time.
As this trecena opens with over 161 million reported cases of Covid-19 globally, with countries such as India, Brazil, France, Turkey, and Argentina still recording extremely high numbers of new cases, there is still a great deal that needs to be done to bring those numbers down and to increase the efficacy of vaccination programs. The issue of vaccine hesitancy and non-adherence to safety measures is a related problem in many areas.
In the Middle East tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians exploded during the last few days of the last trecena to the point where it is now looking like outright war, as hundreds of rockets have been lighting up the skies over Gaza and over cities such as Tel Aviv. Dozens have already been killed as Israeli strikes have destroyed two apartment towers in Gaza and the retaliatory strikes into Israel are actions that look a great deal like the 50 day war that was waged in that region in 2014.
In Washington DC the gloves are now off after Liz Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in the House, was ousted from her position after she refused to back the dumpster’s election fraud lies. Cheney is now being hailed as a “hero” for speaking out against the hypocricy of the GOP and not blindly following her GOP colleagues down that path of lies. Instead she has vowed to hold to the rule of law and speak the truth about the shameful behavior of the GOP that, through their actions over the past few months and years, is now generally seen as the “POT, the party of T (the dumpster)”, and no longer recognizable as the traditional Republican party. She has vowed to do everything she can to ensure the former “president” never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office. Many see this as a significant turning point that clearly separates those who support the lies and those who support the truth. As Stephen Colbert put it: “Now, the only GOP purity test is loyalty to Mayor McTreason.”
In many ways the push towards Justice and Freedom that has just been demonstrated by Liz Cheney (whose Maya birth energy is within this trecena) will be very much on display during this overall time frame, as it has always been in the past. As history has shown, the very first day can often shed light on the direction that will be taken by this force, as happened 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 President Kennedy pledged to devote himself “to the cause of freedom around the world”. In 1776 this was the energy in place at the time of the push towards a new state of being that resulted in the adoption of the U.S. Declaration of Independence on that ninth day of this trecena. In 2012 this same trecena brought a resounding victory for President Obama during that year’s presidential elections.
Ten cycles ago (in the spring of 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. This critical report emphasized the risks to the planet on multiple levels and led to the development of the historic Climate Change Accord which was signed by 196 nations in April of 2016. The world’s youth has continued pushing for greater action ever since then, as seen in the massive Global Climate Strike three cycles ago.
One day of particular importance during this period is 9 B’en, coming in on May 21st. This particular day (associated with “personal authority”) will mark four cycles since the hair-raising “day of infamy” in 2018 when the dumpster met 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. During this meeting Putin basically agreed with the report and blatantly admitted to directing his officials to help Trump win the 2016 election. The fact that the dumpter did nothing in response triggered a torrent of scathing rebukes, as in Sen. John McCain’s assessment that the dumpster’s role in that meeting was “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory . . . No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.” Former CIA Director John O. Brennan called it “nothing short of treasonous”.
Two cycles after that infamous meeting, on a 9 B’en Maya day in December of 2019, Trump was formally impeached by the US House of Representatives (the first impeachment), on two articles – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – the third US president ever to be impeached. Right after the impeachment the dumpster sent a rambling “unhinged” letter to Senators, most of whom lacked the fortitude – the guts – to confirm the impeachment and remove him from office. Liz Cheney was one of those who DID support impeachment, and she has been persecuted ever since. However, CNN’s Gloria Borger notes that, through the latest action against her, Cheney has now been given “a megaphone”, as the GOP continues (in Rachel Maddow’s words), to tear itself apart “over its inability to cope with the results of the 2020 election”, and its inability to even acknowledge the severity of the dumpster’s role in terms of the January 6th insurrection attempt. As Gloria stated: “What Cheney did was nothing short of definitional – both in terms of history and of the Republican Party, or what’s left of it. She drew a neon line in the sand, calling for the truth about the 2020 election and saying that a party that calls itself conservative and doesn’t accept that truth is, well, not legitimate. In fact, it’s a fraud.” Gloria underscored that this is shaping up to be a political civil war that is going to be fought with the fervor of a religious crusade. In those battles, those who worship false idols tend to lose.”
So once again the battle for justice and truth and accountability is heating up just as this Lifeforce, justice-oriented, trecena returns. But this is not just Liz Cheney’s battle, as there is a strong movement afoot by former Republicans, and those who still DO believe in truth and accountability, to form another political party. Indeed, over the past few years many former Republican lawmakers have joined the ranks of those who are ready to do this. We have yet to see if that will come into being.
As always, this trecena marks a pivotal point within the overall 260 day Tzolk’in cycle. It is the beginning of an often transformative time frame oriented around justice, freedom, higher knowledge, cyclical renewal, and world-shifting actions. For those who are already engaged in the battle for freedom and justice, this energy frame should provide much needed assistance. For those not yet involved, this is the time to step up and become involved in the much needed call for equality and justice and integrity and LIGHT, since the darkness that has been trying to drain the lifeforce out of people for much too long keeps trying to hang on.
Keep in mind that this is the energy of the Plumed Serpent a significant force that, traditionally, is oriented around “reaching for the sky”, towards Life and Light and Liberation. It can help people to think and act differently, as they work to break free of oppression and darkness so that they can eventually emerge triumphant into a new realm of possibilities. Remember that the “Lord of Fire and Time” is one of the key patrons associated with this period. As always, there is much at stake at this time and actions (and decisions) MATTER. More than ever it is essential to maintain a strong commitment to Light and Life in the global effort to the vanquish the imposing darkness that has had a chokehold on Life, Liberty, and Justice for far too long. Here are the energies that will come into play:
1 Chikchan (May 13th, 2021) – 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 the full day of Eid al-Fitr (the festival of “the feast that breaks the fast”), marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and Ascension Day in the Christian liturgical calendar, in observance of the “ascension of Jesus” 40 days after his resurrection (observed in Eastern traditions on June 10th). In Catholic traditions this is feast day of Our Lady of Fatima. As China is getting ready to land its Zhurong rover on Mars (part of its Tianwen-1 mission), it is possible that this landing could also take place at this time.
Five hundred years ago this was the Maya Calendar energy in place when the Aztecs surrendered to the Spaniards, sealing the fate and future direction of Mexico.
In 1960 this was the energy in place when John F. Kennedy’s delivered his victory speech after narrowly winning the Presidential election the day before, something that The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert might like to know as this day is his 57th birthday.
This day marks precisely ten cycles since the release, in 2014, of the 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.
Currently at this time Senate Democrats in the US are working on the issue of how to pass their expansive and hugely important election and ethics bill. At this point it has been two cycles exactly since Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against the dumpster – abuse of power (by putting his own personal interests above the interests and security of the US) and obstruction of Congress. Those two articles, in the words of the eminent Harvard Law professor and constitutional expert Laurence Tribe, charged DJT with “massive crimes against the Constitution and against the American people”, as they laid out the most serious abuses of power ever alleged against a sitting president. Precisely five cycles before that Paul Manafort became T’s campaign chairman and chief strategist under this same key influence. Although Manafort was since charged with felonies and imprisoned, he was pardoned late last December by the dumpster. Despite all that (and so much more) DJT’s impeachment was not confirmed by the GOP-stacked Senate and the abuse of power not only continued, but eventually led to his “incitement of insurrection”, for which he was again impeached by the US House of Representatives, earlier this year.
2 Kimi (May 14th) – 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). Two cycles ago this energy saw considerable “pushing and pulling” in Washington as the two-day House Judiciary debates began on articles of impeachment against the dumpster. This is the Maya birth energy of Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, one of the key US Congressmen involved in those proceedings, who is now the Senate Majority Leader. His first bill achieved as Senate leader was the Covid relief bill, one of the most important bills ever passed, and a fulfillment of the Democrats’ promise that “help is on the way”.
A greatly scaled down Republican National Convention took place under this influence last August, and was basically over after the dumpster’s nomination. Campaign events, organized by the re-election campaign and not the RNC, were held in Washington D.C. over the next 3 days, with no evidence of any kind of party platform, but was rather a “show” to “reassert support” for the same disastrous administration, even as the pandemic was ramping up and safety guidelines were being ignored by the White House.
This is the 73rd anniversary of the day in 1948 when the British Mandate expired in Israel and the new Jewish state was established. Although this is celebrated on April 14th, no doubt this anniversary will be prominently noted at this time as intense fighting has again broken out between Israelis and Palestinians.
3 Manik’ (May 15th) – 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 at this time with International Conscientious Objector Day, marked around the world, and associated with raising awareness of those who refuse to participate in armed conflict for moral or religious reasons. With the escalation of hostilities between Gaza and Israel, this is something that definitely deserves attention, particularly since this is the 73rd Gregorian anniversary of Nakba (“Catastrophe”) Day, marking the explusion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes when their land was expropriated by the Israeli government after the declaration of the state of Israel in Palestine in 1948. Many fled to Gaza where they have been “under seige”, under Israeli blockade – and now, again, under fire – a situation made even worst by the Covid-19 crisis and the sparce supplies available to them for medical care.
This is also International Astronomy Day, and, in the US, National Armed Forces Day. This was to be the day for Kyoto’s “Imperial” Aoi Matsuri (“Hollyhock” Festival), one of the biggest festivals in Japan, but it has been cancelled due to the pandemic. This also marks the official start of the eastern Pacific Ocean’s hurricane season. However, if seems to have started early this year and there have already been several major storms.
One cycle ago (last August) a huge “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” Commitment March was held under this influence, calling for police reform, criminal justice reform, and racial equality. Marchers called on the US Senate to pass a voting rights bill named after the late civil rights icon John Lewis, and police reform legislation named after George Floyd, legislation that has already been passed by the House of Representatives. This is what Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and his caucus are currently fighting for.
In 1913 a massive Woman’s Suffrage parade was held under this same 3 Manik’ influence.
Currently this energy marks two cycles (520 days) since “a new viral outbreak” (later called Covid-19) was first detected in China in early December of 2019, but not broadcast in China until mid January, several weeks later.
4 Lamat (May 16th) – a “defining” energy associated with Venus (representing the sun and Venus working together), often serving as a beacon or herald, in place at this time on the UN’s International Day of Living Together in Peace, a special day that the UN designates as a means of “mobilizing the efforts of the international community to promote peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding and solidarity” with the aim of upholding the desire “to live and act together, united in differences and diversity, in order to build a sustainable world of peace, solidarity and harmony”. Given the situation in the Middle East and all the conflicts elsewhere, this special day ties in well with 4 Lamat, as this is an important “signaller” energy that can draw attention to important concerns and “herald” directions for action. This seemed to be what happened in China five cycles ago (in 2017) when President Xi Jinping was declared “all powerful”, after a new body of political thought carrying his name was added to the Communist party’s constitution.
And speaking of “signalling” – this is the Maya birth energy of Dr. Li Wenliang, the doctor in Wuhan who issued the first warning to colleagues that there were 7 confirmed cases of coronavirus, despite the fact that Chinese officials were trying to downplay it.
5 Muluk (May 17th) – a “precision” (or “blessing”) type of energy associated with the shape-shifting energy of water, coinciding with 2021’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB): a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities, with this year’s global focus being “Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!” This event is celebrated in more than 130 countries.
As of this day in the UK, indoor drinks and meals will be allowed for groups of up to six or two households, and cinemas, galleries, sports events, and much of the accommodation sector will reopen. With more than two-thirds of UK adults having had a first dose and a third now fully vaccinated, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that hugging will be allowed as of this day. In New York the city’s subway system will return to its 24-hour service, for the first time since May of 2020.
6 Ok (May 18th) – a “shine the light in the darkness, everywhere” type of force, coinciding with International Museum Day, with this year’s theme being “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”.
7 Chuwen (May 19th) –“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
It has been three cycles since the election in Ukraine when Volodymyr Zelensky won and went on to become the new president. (Zelensky was born on an 8 Chuwen day and was a comedian prior to going into politics). Considerable attention was placed on Zelensky during the impeachment process in the US in December of 2019, several months after he assumed office.
8 Eb’ (May 20th) – 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, coinciding at this time with Global Accessibility Awareness Day , associated with spreading awareness about how to make technologies more available to people with disabilities. This is also the UN’s World Bee Day, which is oriented around raising awareness of the importance of protecting bees and other pollinators, of the threats they face and of their contribution to sustainable development. The goal is to strengthen measures to protect bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries.
In China this day is like a second Valentine’s Day since the Mandarin pronounciation for 5.20 (“five-two-zero”) sounds like “I Love You”. This is also Cher’s 75th Gregorian birthday.
This is the Maya birth energy of both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican leader Liz Cheney, who (up until the end of the last trecena) was the House Republican Conference Chair.
Even though these two powerful women are almost polar opposites in terms of their political ideologies, they are both fiercely devoted to truth and to the US Constitution, the rule of law. They have both vowed to do everything possible to ensure the former “president” never again sets foot in the Oval Office.
This day marks one Gregorian year since the WHO reported that in the previous 24 hours there had been 106,000 coronavirus cases reported globally – the most in a single day since the outbreak began, but India alone topped this on April 6th, 2021. When this current trecena began the global number of cases had reached over 161 million.
9 B’en (May 21st) – the “outward projection” of “personal authority” (or “long lasting personal authority”), on the 16th annual Endangered Species Day and UNESCO’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
This is the 50th Gregorian anniversary of the release of Marvin Gaye’s classic “What’s Going On” Album which was so highly influential to the music of the 1970’s.
This is also the 102nd Gregorian anniversary of the day in 1919 when the US House of Representatives passed the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote.
This is former President Barack Obama’s Maya birth energy as well as the birth energy of the U.S. (the Declaration of Independence was adopted on a 9 B’en day in 1776). As of this point it has been seven cycles since President Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima, the first visit to that city by a U.S. president since the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945.
By dramatic contrast, it has been five cycles since the hair-raising “day of infamy” during the summer of 2018 when the dumpster met with Putin in Helsinki and basically threw U.S. intelligence agencies “under a bus” by siding with Putin rather than honouring the work done by by US defence organizations. It has been two cycles exactly since the dumpster was formally impeached (for the first time) by the US House of Representatives.
10 Ix (May 22nd) – a “source” based energy associated with the jaguar and the mysteries of the earth, coinciding at this time with the UN’s International Day for Biological Diversity, with this year’s theme being “We’re part of the solution #ForNature”
11 Men (May 23rd) – “inspirational Eagle” – a Burner Day that can bring about change or a new form of Higher Vision
12 Kib’ (May 24th) – a “gathering together” type of energy, associated with the ability to “survey”, clean things up, and ultimately restore order, coinciding at this time with Victoria Day in Canada, celebrated as the official birthday of the Queen of Canada. Currently this is the legendary Bob Dylan’s 80th Gregorian birthday, and renowned naturalist/artist Robert Bateman’s 91st Gregorian birthday.
This marks two cycles (260 days x 2) since the first cluster of patients with “pneumonia of an unknown cause” was first identified in China in December of 2019.
13 Kab’an (May 25th) – transformational movement (or earth movement), a powerful force that can bring either heavy weather conditions, or significant “movement” of an evolutionary nature. This is the 60th Gregorian anniversary of the memorable day in 1961 when President JFK presented, before a special joint session of Congress, his call to achieve a moon landing,
This marks one year since the horrific death of George Floyd that triggered massive Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Minneapolis and elsewhere, as well as the push for police reforms and much greater accountability in law enforcement. This also marks 3 Calendar Rounds (3 x 52 tears) since the founding of the Salvation Army in 1865.
This is the Maya birth energy of Chloé Zhao, the Chinese filmmaker who, among many other awards, won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, for Nomadland, a film about “homeless” nomads in the U.S.
[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.]