Sparkle, bling, “shock and awe”, and the cold sharp flint edge that holds the power to divide and separate – these are some of Etznab’s most overt characteristics. Often associated with events of a highly consequential (or even “sizzling”) nature Etz’nab’ is the ‘vehicle” for the next 13 days.
Two “awesome” celestial events that coincide with this time frame include the planet Venus’s current dazzling display of brilliancy in the night sky, and – towards the end of the trecena – an annular solar eclipse, the second eclipse for February. With Venus’s greatest sparkle happening in tandem with the second day of the trecena she will be in attendance at a particularly intense time in the U.S., as a general strike against the Trump presidency has been called for that day, one day after the “Day Without Immigrants” nationwide strike. Many different interest groups will be represented during these strikes, including legal organizations who are deeply concerned that even the federal justice system is under attack by the chaos and authoritarianism emanating from the White House.Two days before the start of this current trecena a massive demonstration called “A Day Without Latinos, Immigrants, and Refugees” took place in Milwaukee, during which 120 businesses closed to show their support. The report on this event was sub-titled “If it starts in Milwaukee, it will spread to other counties.” On that same day it became known that Trump campaign aides had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence agents during the election – a situation that has thrown Washington into even more of an upheaval than it already was. Given the multilayered issues that are surfacing with regard to all this, it seems that the General Strike will be well timed as the Maya Calendar energy that will be in place at the time of the strike is a powerful catalyzation day called Kawak (storm), completely aligned with the task at hand.
As it happens this is a particularly apropos trecena for this type of action as this is an energy frame that is highly aligned with decisiveness, the separation of “right” from “wrong”, “good” from “bad”, “sick” from “healthy”, and other such opposites. The knife edge metaphor in play at this time is representative of the bringing into focus of such dualities and the “knife-edge” split between two opposing forces. Actions often take place during this time frame that relate to the cutting away of whatever no longer “works” in order to promote healing. This is even reflected in the nature of the patron energies, with one representing the warmth of the sun and the other representing the coldness of the Underworld. Etz’nab’ is an energy that can cut through or cut away issues and provide the “spark” that can initiate new forms of thought or action. Given that mental health professionals have diagnosed the current U.S. president as having a condition termed “malignant narcissism”, along with personality characteristics that can pose a serious threat to world peace, AND that the case for impeachment gets stronger every day, this trecena has its work cut out for it.
It is quite incredible that all this is taking place precisely one cycle since Hillary Clinton was confirmed as the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, at which time the momentum appeared to be firmly in her favour.On the last appearance of this trecena, at the time that Hillary reached what was termed “an historic milestone”, the huge Valley fire in California became the focus of much concern as hundreds of firefighters were battling that blaze. And now it is the fire in the hearts of U.S. citizens that will be at the forefront, as resistance groups nationwide plan joint demonstrations at different times during this trecena to emphasize their objections to what has been going on in Washington D.C.
Historically this trecena has had a tendency to present situations that require people to face their dilemmas and make important decisions. Often those decisions have to be instantaneous, as in 2010 when Haiti was struck by a devastating 7.0 earthquake, and again in 2012 when this trecena forced tens of thousands of people on the U.S. east coast to face the daunting task of rebuilding homes, lives, and communities after the onslaught of Superstorm Sandy.At the present time in Northern California yet another crisis is unfolding due to erosion near a spillway at the massive Oroville Dam. Fear of a catastrophic collapse from the buildup behind the dam from heavy rains prompted a hasty evacuation of nearly 200,000 people from nearby towns near the end of this past trecena. While residents have been allowed to return to their homes after some shoring up of the spillway, the forthcoming storms will continue to keep many on edge as work continues on repairs.
Very often the events that have taken place during this time frame have been either dazzling or just plain shocking, as was the case three cycles ago when the horrific terrorist attack on journalists and cartoonists took place at the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, prompting hundreds of thousands of people in cities worldwide to take to the streets to stand in solidarity against the attack. “Je Suis Charlie” became a rallying cry of defiance.
Adding to the mix this time through will be a doubling of the numerical forces as the numbers associated with the daysigns are mirrored by the numbers related to the month, with the first day being 1 Etz’nab’ 1 K’ayab’, the second day being 2 Kawak 2 K’ayab’, the third day being 3 Ajaw 3 K’ayab’, and so on. This suggests that the nature of these numbers (ie. the energy connected with the numbers) will likely reinforce the impact of the numerical forces involved, with those forces getting stronger and stronger as the energies build up over the 13 days. By the time of the annular solar eclipse on Feb. 26th the energy will be 11 + 11, representative of a doubling of “change” in association with “leadership” – “fingers crossed” that this will be bring the kind of change that millions are looking for. Overall, it is looking like this highly attention-getting time frame will be particularly intense and consequential. But as it does hold great potential to physically or metaphorically “cut away” that which is no longer working or needed, many new possibilities could be presented. As we dive into it these are the energies that are coming into play:
1 Etz’nab’ 1 K’ayab’ (Feb. 16th) – the “initiation” of Flint, a sparkling “shock and awe” type of energy that can dazzle and/or divide and separate, at a time when Jupiter is at aphelion, the furthest point from the sun.
This was the Maya calendar energy in place at the time of the “Phoenix Lights” UFO event 20 years ago when hundreds of people over about a 300 mi. range witnessed points of light in a massive “V” formation over Phoenix, Arizona. Whatever that was it has never been adequately explained.
At this present time this energy coincides with the “Day Without Immigrants” strike by foreign-born residents of the U.S. Eighty years ago this was the energy in place when San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge opened to pedestrian traffic (in May of 1937). One cycle since the opening of the amazing Gotthard Base Tunnel (Zurich to Milan), the longest railway tunnel in the world.2 Kawak 2 K’ayab’ (Feb. 17th) – “dynamic storm, catalyzation”, often manifested as the “generation of a storm of compassion” – a highly cause-oriented energy often fueled by strong emotion or great passion, which will be certainly displayed widely on this day in the U.S. as this is the day scheduled for the F17 National General Strike – at a time when Venus is at her greatest brilliancy. Maya birth energy of Ella Baker, the civil rights and human rights activist whose career spanned over five decades. The energy that was in place eighty years ago when San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge opened to automobiles (in May of 1937). Opening day of the Festival du Voyageur (Western Canada’s largest winter festival) in Winnipeg, which includes an international snow sculpture symposium.
3 Ajaw 3 K’ayab’ (Feb. 18th) – the “activation of Enlightenment” – an important Burner Day oriented around the idea of “announcing the fire”, traditionally this is a point where clarity can suddenly break through, with Ajaw’s “full sun” illuminating things that previously may have been hidden.
4 Imix 4 K’ayab’ (Feb. 19th) – representative of the sun working with the waters of creation to bring something new into being, this is a “defining” type of energy associated with “birth” (ie. a “whole new world” or a “whole new way of thinking”).
5 Ik’ 5 K’ayab’ (Feb. 20th) – the “blessing” of wind/breath/spirit – an energy that could enhance communication and perhaps even assist with bringing clarity or the idea of “hope” with regard to critical issues or events, this time in conjunction with “Not My President’s Day” protest marches nationwide across the U.S.; Louis Riel Day in Manitoba; and Family Day in several provinces of Canada (Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Sask).
This is not only the Maya birth energy of the great African-American educator/activist Booker T. Washington but is also the 122nd anniversary of the death of the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass, which certainly puts Borowitz’s humorous New Yorker report into perspective.
6 Ak’b’al 6 K’ayab’(Feb. 21st) – a “structuring” type of energy associated with “home and/or sanctuary”, an energy that could also translate as “darkness everywhere”, as was in place in 2003 when the Eastern Interconnect Power Grid suffered a massive power blackout. At the present time this coincides with International Mother Language Day and Alan Rickman’s Gregorian birthday (he would have been 71 this year).
7 K’an 7 K’ayab’(Feb. 22nd) – “self-generating germination”, situated at the pivotal middle point in this “knife edged” trecena. This is a New Fire anniversary of the energy that was in place on “Bloody Sunday” in 1965 when 600 civil rights marchers (voting rights activists) attempted to leave Selma but were stopped and attacked.
This is also Pink T-Shirt Day, oriented around bringing an end to bullying, and the day of the opening of the fourth World Ocean Summit being held this time in Bali, Indonesia, with this year’s focus being how to finance a sustainable ocean economy. No doubt the recent beaching of hundreds of pilot whales in New Zealand will be part of the discussion.
8 Chikchan 8 K’ayab’ (Feb. 23rd) – the “resurrection of Lifeforce”, at a time when UN-sponsored Syrian peace talks are scheduled to resume in Geneva. This is also the New Fire anniversary of the day when the first U.S. combat troops arrived in Vietnam in early March of 1965, to defend the American air base at Da Nang..
9 Kimi 9 K’ayab’ (Feb. 24th) – the “outward projection of death/new foundations”, this time coinciding with the opening of Carnival in Rio de Janiero. In 2010 this was the energy in place when Haiti was struck by a devastating 7.0 earthquake. On its last appearance it coincided with the first of two funerals for boxing superstar Muhammad Ali.
10 Manik’ 10 K’ayab’ (Feb. 25th) – the bare-bones foundational energy of “source” combined with that of the sun-carrying Deer, coinciding at this time with ProtectPressFreedom Day in Canada – a Day of Action – and nationwide rallies across the U.S. against Republican changes to healthcare. Three cycles since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris (called “the darkest day in the history of the French press”) that triggered worldwide solidarity against this type of terrorism.
11 Lamat 11 K’ayab’ (Feb. 26th) – a “bright light” kind of energy that often heralds something new; this force can sometimes bring a sudden shift, as when Napoléon renounced his throne two hundred years ago and tried to poison himself, and when women received the right to vote and hold elected office in Manitoba in 1916. Two cycles ago this energy coincided with the launch of the UN’s sustainable development agenda called “The 2030 Agenda” which was seen as “the new universal agenda for humanity” aimed at bringing an end to world poverty and biodiversity loss. Currently this energy coincides with the 89th Academy Awards, a New Moon, and an Annular Solar Eclipse.
12 Muluk 12 K’ayab’ (Feb. 27th) – a “pulling together” or “grouping together” type of energy associated with water, a good time for people to find ways to be adaptable and to “put heads together” to search for new pathways or find new solutions to problems. In Canada this coincides with National Cupcake Day, a special fund-raising day for SPCAs and humane societies – a great time to bake, donate, and fund-raise in support of animals in need.13 Ok 13 K’ayab’ (Feb. 28th) – associated with “transformational love” or “transformational fire”, this is an energy that holds the potential to be a real “scorcher”. This energy can manifest as the final big push away from “sacrifice and separation” towards greater freedom, creativity, and integration, as seen in the Treaty of Paris that ended the American Revolution in 1783. At this time this energy coincides with Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the last day of the Carnevale de Venice. It is also the day when Trump addresses the Joint Session of Congress in the U.S. so Washington D.C. will surely be the focus for this day’s “most intense heat”.
[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.]