After all the dazzle of the past 13 days, filled with many “world stage” events such as the Pope Francis tour, we now embark on our journey through the highly creative Chuwen trecena, which kicks off with a Total Lunar Eclipse in the early hours of the morning (depending on where you are) just as this energy is coming into play.
Occurring at the time of the Harvest Moon (a Supermoon at this time), this is the fourth Blood Moon of the tetrad series that began in April 15th, 2014, on 3 Ajaw, a Burner Day that translates as the “activation of enlightenment”. This eclipse of a particularly brilliant full moon is a very rare event, made even more intriguing through its alignment with the Maya energy known as One Chuwen, the Day of the Monkey – a force that sits at the very centre of the Maya Count of Days sequence that started 130 days ago on One Imix (“the initiation of birth”).
The metaphor for One Chuwen is a Monkey Deity sitting in the centre of a cosmic Tree of Life, weaving together time, at the beginning of the “Creation” sequence (when all things of heaven and earth were created). Tied in with this “creative monkey” idea is the whole idea of Artistry and Play.Amazingly, at this particular time this special day happens to coincide with the Chinese Monkey King festival, which is oriented around the famous tale of a multifaceted “superhero” Monkey King who attains immortality by defeating evil forces. This is also the final day of the Maya month known as Ch’en (a “portal” type of energy).
As we work our way through this trecena we are again offered an opportunity to become much more creative in our quests, as this is the energy sequence that magically created the winal (a 20-day cycle that is a fundamental part of the Tzolk’in). Note, however, that the God of Pulque serves as the principal patron of this trecena, so there is the potential for a certain amount of “reckless abandon” to unfold, since this deity is associated with the fermented sap of the maguey plant, which is the base of the highly intoxicating pulque. Perhaps this is a good thing as it seems that this world could use a good measure of “intoxicating creativity” at this point.
After the infusion of artistic joie de vivre at the beginning of this sequence, all the rest of the days reflect aspects of that same creative force, with Two Eb’ being the energy that was in place when the first “stairway” was created that descended from the heavens. In 2012 it was Two Eb’ that was in play when a coronal mass ejection hit Earth at about 1:30 a.m. after a massive solar tsunami erupted on the sun two days earlier. Two cycles ago two living popes presided over the historic, unprecedented saint-making ceremony for two former popes (John XXII and John Paul VIII) in Vatican City.
Three B’en through to Five Men (coinciding at this time with Sept. 30-Oct. 2) were seen as the days in the mythological creation sequence when many of the other things of the heavens, the seas, and the earth were made. Intriguingly, it was a Three B’en day in 1933 that brought forth the first inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the U.S., who was behind the “New Deal” policies that so greatly helped to pull that country out of the Great Depression.
The sixth day of this sequence is known as Six Kib’, the point where the “first light” came into being. This idea was illustrated vividly in October of 2010 during the rescue of the Chilean miners when a drill first broke through to the trapped miners in their underground chamber after they had been imprisoned by the earth for 66 days, signalling that rescue was very close at hand. Two cycles ago tens of thousands of people took part in a May Day parade and celebration in Moscow’s Red Square under this influence, the first time that this International Workers’ Day has been held in Russia since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Seven Kab’an was thought of as the day when honey was first created. Translating as “self-generating movement”, this is an Earth-oriented energy that often can be highly action-oriented, as seen when the Global Work Party – the “largest day of environmental activism in history” – unfolded on a Seven Kab’an day that aligned with 10/10/10. At that time 7,000 communities in 188 countries participated in campaigns to plant trees, collect rubbish, and rally against pollution.
Within this Chuwen trecena one of the most pivotal days is Ten Ajaw, a “Burner” day that often provides a strong energy boost. Arriving on Oct. 7th this time through, this force can translate as “foundational enlightenment”. The birth energy of Pope John Paul II, 10 Ajaw was the energy in place when the 33 Chilean miners were finally rescued in October of 2010, with the first miner coming to the surface just after midnight and the last miner bring pulled out 22 hours later, exactly spanning the day.
In deep mythology the day known as Twelve Ik’ (which coincides with Oct. 9th at this time) was seen as the day in which the breath of life was created. This is a “collecting together” type of force associated with Wind, Breath, and Spirit, which can be strongly aligned with communication. In 1893 the first major display of AC lighting took place at the World Exposition in Chicago under this influence.
Oct. 10th, the final day of this trecena, will be Thirteen Ak’bal (“transformational temple or house”). In the Maya creation legend this was the energy in the Maya Calendar that brought forth the creation of the first human. This can be a very high-powered force, a force that has brought severe weather conditions on its appearance over the past few years. It is also the energy that was in place when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in the U.S. in 1862.
Overall, this Chuwen trecena can challenge individuals to think differently, to try out new ideas, and to push forward into new, and even unorthodox, directions. It’s a time when even “miracles” are possible as the “Monkey-God” plays with time and opens the door to new possibilities. During this time frame these are the energies that come into play:
1 Chuwen (Sept. 28th) – Blood Moon/Harvest Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse on the Day of the Monkey, an “initiating” day associated with high creativity and the beginning of an important new time sequence, at the time when China’s President Xi Jinping will address the UN General Assembly. One cycle since the March for Liberty and Freedom of Expression in Paris in defiance of the horrific attack against Charlie Hebdo journalists and cartoonists. Final day of the Maya month known as Ch’en (a “portal” type of energy).
2 Eb’ (Sept. 29th) – “dynamic animating vitality”, in Maya mythology the energy that was in place when the first “stairway” was created that descended from the heavens. This time this energy coincides with World Heart Day and with Michelmas – the Feast of St. Michael and all the angels. This was the Maya energy in place at the time of two significant royal weddings: Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981, and Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in 1986.
3 B’en (Sept. 30th) – the “activation” of personal authority, as in the inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. This time occurring in conjunction with Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun (a Cazimi).
4 Ix (Oct. 1st) – a “defining” energy associated with the jaguar and the mysteries of the earth; one cycle since Charlie Hebdo published one million copies, instead of the usual 60,000. On this day Julie Andrews celebrates her 80th birthday.
5 Men (Oct. 2nd) – a “blessing” type of energy associated with the Eagle’s “higher vision”, this time in conjunction with World Farm Animals Day and the release of a documentary on Malala Yousafzai titled “He Named Me Malala”
6 Kib’ (Oct. 3rd) – an “everywhere” type of energy associated with the “restoration of order”; the energy that brought in the “first light” during the creation sequence. At this time this coincides with the 30th anniversary of Atlantis’ first flight in 1985.
7 Kab’an (Oct. 4th) – “self-generating movement”, an energy that, in the past, has generated a lot of Earth-oriented action and movement, this time coinciding with World Animal Day and the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, a time for many Blessing of the Animals events. (Note: World Animal Day was initiated in 1931 at a convention of ecologists to highlight the plight of endangered species, and since then has been observed annually as a tribute day for all animals)
8 Etz’nab’ (Oct. 5th) – the “resurrection of flint” – a knife-edged energy that can often be quite divisive or decisive, as in the Tiananmen Square standoff (and tragedy) in China in 19899 Kawak (Oct. 6th) – “outward projecting storm”; a possibility for significant weather events or for situations requiring great compassion; at this time in conjunction with the 20 year anniversary of the announcement of the discovery of the first exoplanet
10 Ajaw (Oct. 7th) – “foundational enlightenment” – an important Burner Day aligned with “taking the fire” in conjunction with Ajaw’s “full sun” energy (birth energy of Pope John Paul 11)
11 Imix (Oct. 8th) – “inspirational new birth” (realm of all potential)
12 Ik’ (Oct. 9th) – a “collecting together” type of force associated with wind, breath, and spirit; an excellent type of energy for conferencing or “putting heads together” to develop or share ideas. Tenth anniversary of the start of Muggle Quiddich in the U.S.
13 Ak’bal (Oct. 10th) – as the last day of this “creation sequence” trecena, this is a transformational energy aligned with deep esoteric mysteries. Associated with the “temple or house”, this is a powerful earth-oriented energy that sometimes can have profound personal implications as reflected in the Emancipation Proclamation that was signed under this influence in 1862; this energy often brings forth severe weather conditions
[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.]