One of the things that the Kawak trecena (the one just completed) has a tendency to do is to bring into focus things that are in critical need of attention. Those issues can be hard to fathom, hard to comprehend, and even heart-wrenching, and the implications may be profound. But the realization of such issues can often result in forward motion as solutions to those issues are sought and actions towards resolution begin.
A classic example of this “realization followed by action” could be seen on the last occurrence of the Eb’ trecena, with so many people banding together to make known their objections to the results of the 2016 U.S. election and the subsequent inauguration. Indeed it was One Eb’, the very first day of this trecena, that brought forth the historic Women’s March on Washington D.C. where some 500,000 women and their allies rallied to protest the new presidency and stand in solidarity in support of equal rights and humanitarian principles. Reportedly 1000 more busloads of people arrived for this event than was there for the inauguration the day before. In addition, over 670 “anti-Trump” sister marches took place in other U.S. cities and around the world, with some five million people participating.Not only did this worldwide event provide the means for millions to register their objection to something perceived as both illegitimate and heinous, but it became the inspiration for a whole new era of resistance not only against the current presidency and its agenda but also against other human right issues.
And it wasn’t just the first day of this trecena that brought this kind of action. It carried on throughout the 13 day period, with other protests focusing on resisting and rejecting Trump’s climate denial, others protesting his rejection of Obamacare, and a worldwide backlash against his travel bans.
So this was the trecena that ushered in the first thirteen days of this new era, with the first day being an initiating energy associated with opening up a new “road”, a new flow of energy. Generally speaking Eb’ is a healing and “refreshment” type of energy, the type of energy that represents new life springing forth even though it may have seemed like something was dead or hopeless.
Traditionally this has been accompanied by celebration and feasting, making it a “heady” kind of time often aligned with both expectation and abundance. And as we saw last time, this was a turning point for many. Just when it seemed that all was lost, when hearts were sinking and hope seemed squashed, a huge surge of energy sprang forth in the form of resistance to tyranny, as people worldwide took the opportunity to make their feelings known and their voices heard as they stood up to the darkness and stared it down. For many this was the beginning of new opportunities; millions made the decision to join the resistance, to forge new pathways in the continuing effort to squelch the darkness and restore the light.
As seen, this is a trecena that often has been associated with strong generative powers, the kind of powers that can forge the new pathways and open up new possibilities. It is a time frame that can be unpredictable at times, with the traditional patrons of this trecena sometimes warning of discord that can be brought about through “excess”. Nevertheless, it offers hope and can often bring in a sense of renewed vitality. As this is an energy traditionally aligned with healing and revitalization it is possible that we may see many new initiatives being taken towards the raising of awareness and the resisting, repelling, and banishing of darkness. Over this thirteen-day period these are the energies that will assist with that process:
1 Eb’ (Oct. 8th) – the “initiation” of “animating vitality”, the refreshing stream-of-consciousness, “find your own path” type of force that influences this 13-day time frame, correlating this time with the Superior Conjunction of Mercury. One cycle since the massive Women’s March in Washington D.C. and in hundreds of other cities in the U.S. and around the world. At this time this marks the last day of the Chinese Mid-Autumn festival.
2 B’en (Oct. 9th) – a dynamic type of energy aligned with the “generation” of personal authority, this time in conjunction with Thanksgiving Day in Canada and Columbus Day in the US., a concept that is (finally) becoming more and more problematic as people re-assess its meaning. Celebrated as Native American Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day in a growing number of areas within the U.S. (as in Austin, Texas, which voted on Oct. 6th to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day) many Latin American countries celebrate this day as the Dia de la Raza [“day of the race”]. Some nations (such as Venezuela) celebrate it as the Dia de la Resistencia Indigena (Day of Indigenous Resistance) as a tribute to indigenous peoples’ resistance to European infiltration. In Spain this day is celebrated as a Hispanic Day or National Day.
Two B’en was the energy in place at the birth of Queen Elizabeth I in 1533.
3 Ix (Oct. 10th) –the “activation” of transformation, this time coinciding with World Mental Health Day and Party Foundation Day in North Korea, the celebration of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea in 1945, an annual public holiday that includes mass events including military parades. Some analysts speculate that this regime may conduct a new test of a long range missile at this time. One cycle since the US National Day of Climate Action during which students from over 50 universities participated in nationwide demonstrations to demand that their institutions resist and reject Trump’s climate denial by divesting from the fossil fuel industry and reinvesting in solutions to the climate crisis.
4 Men (Oct. 11th)– a “defining” energy related to the “high vision” of the Eagle; a double solar “Burner Day” associated with “running with the fire”, an energy that can sometimes bring a great deal of “firepower”, in place at the time of the UN’s International Day of the girl and the start of the 2 day World Summit AI in Amsterdam. The third New Fire anniversary of the day when Julia Ward Howe wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
5 Kib’ (Oct. 12th) – a “blessing” or “precision” type of energy associated with the “Vulture’s” high-flying ability to survey and its ability to “clean things up”, this time coinciding with World Sight Day
6 Kab’an (Oct. 13th) – a “movement (or earth movement)” type of energy combined with the “all directions” force of the number six, coinciding at this time with the 100th anniversary of the 6th and final appearance of the Virgin to three children at Fatima in 1917, which took place in front of 70,000 people; included the “Miracle of the Sun” during which the sun appeared to go through an unusual zigzag movement; many were cured of afflications at that time. Global Giving was founded under this energy influence in 2002.
7 Etz’nab’ (Oct. 14th) –“self-generating flint” – an energy that sparked major solar flares in 2005; also representative of the “knife-edge” of discrimination as was in place on the Global Day of Action in 2007 that involved anti-war demonstrations in cities across the U.S. and in many other countries. Five cycles ago 53 international delegates met in the Hague to discuss the reduction and security of nuclear supplies (particularly against terrorism) under this influence. This day marks the 40th anniversary of the release of David Bowie’s Heroes album.
8 Kawak (Oct. 15th) – “resurrecting storm”, sometimes associated with strong weather and other upheavals, as when Austria-Hungary declared war against Serbia under this influence in 1914, triggering the beginning of World War I.
9 Ajaw (Oct. 16th) – an “outwardly projecting”, double-fire type of force associated with the full sun, correlating at this time with the 55th anniversary of the start of the Cuban missile crisis (in 1962), just 3 weeks after North Korea’s foreign minister told the UN General Assembly that Trump’s comments constituted a Declaration of War against North Korea; seen as the “closest we’ve come to a nuclear crisis” since the Cuban missile crisis
10 Imix (Oct. 17th) – a “source” based energy aligned with birth, as Mercury and Venus appear near a thin waning crescent moon
11 Ik’ (Oct. 18th) – “inspirational” wind/breath spirit; the energy that was in place on January 1, 2000 when millions of people celebrated the coming new millennium. Currently this energy coincides with the convening of a five-year congress in Beijing, involving 2300 delegates and presided over by President Xi Jinping.12 Ak’b’al (Oct. 19th) a “gathering together” type of energy associated with darkness, coinciding at this time with Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights associated with the lifting of spiritual darkness. This is a time when festival lanterns and lights are set out to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of happiness, prosperity, and good fortune into homes and other buildings. In 2004 it was 12 Ak’b’al that triggered the 9.1 earthquake that ripped apart the ocean floor off the coast of Sumatra and sent a humungous wall of water crashing into 14 countries in Southeast Asia – a tremendously “unpredictable” but highly consequential event. By “coincidence”, currently this is the day of the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. It is also the day when the house-sized asteroid 2012 TC4 will zoom past Earth at a distance of about 44,000 km (27,300 miles).
13 K’an (Oct. 20th) – transformational “generative vitality”; a powerfully exuberant force that can instigate a great deal of action on many fronts, as in 1992 when a massive fire broke out at Windsor Castle, damaging or destroying over 100 rooms and many priceless treasures, and in October of 2012 when Hurricane Sandy churned off the coast of Florida en route to the New York/New Jersey coast. Currently this coincides with the 2nd day of Diwali, (Kukur Tihar dedicated to dogs).
[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.]