It seems that there is always something big to grab our attention as this trecena clicks into gear, something consequential that often sizzles or dazzles.
On the last appearance of this trecena it was the huge Valley fire in California that was the focus of much concern as over 1000 structures had been destroyed by this point and hundreds of firefighters were battling the blaze. This time, as this trecena gets underway, the impact of the fire situation in Northern Alberta will become more widely known as the thousands of evacuees from the enormous Fort MacMurray wildfire that consumed some 2400 structures in early May begin their return to that area to begin piecing their lives back together.
On its last occurrence the beginning of this trecena coincided with the 75th anniversary of the “Battle of Britain Day”, and the end of the Jade Helm military exercises in the U.S., the subject of much speculation.This time the beginning of this trecena marks the start of the two month US hosted RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) Exercise, near Hawaii, the world’s largest international maritime naval drill exercise, which generally includes some dazzling displays of naval power. This is also the energy that was in place 950 years ago when the Battle of Hastings turned the tide in Britain (Gregorian date was Oct. 14th). Commemorations of this event are taking place at many UK locales this year. And as this trecena opens Iraqi forces and their allies are engaged in a fierce battle to reclaim the city of Fallujah, having freed several thousand people over the past few days. Hopefully this trecena will bring rescue and freedom for the 50,000 who remain trapped.
This day also brings the the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world’s longest and deepest traffic tunnel, which will transport passengers from Zurich to Milan in 2 hrs. 50 min.
As we proceed through this trecena we find that this time there is a rare lineup of numbers as those associated with the Gregorian dates precisely match both the Maya days and the related Maya months, as in June 1st corresponding to 1 Etz’nab’ 1 Sotz’, June 2nd being 2 Kawak 2 Sotz’, and so on, which will likely reinforce the impact of the numerical forces involved.
Traditionally oriented around the general idea of “sacrifice and separation”, this 13-day time frame was thought of as being under the patronage of two deities who seem to have opposing agendas. One of these is the Sun God (known as Tonatiuh to the Aztec), who represents the life-giving, restorative warmth of the sun, while the other is Mictlantecuhtli, who represents the coldness of the Underworld. The tug-of-war between these forces comes into play at this time, with the Sun God wanting to bring forth that spark of life and warmth at the same time as the “Death” God wants to have his way. For the Maya the Underworld, realm of the Death God, was seen as a foundational realm – the place of “new beginnings”. No doubt these forces will be strongly in play in places such as the Mediterranean where new waves of refugees are risking their lives on overcrowded boats as they seek to escape North Africa. It will be a challenging time in Fort MacMurray as well as residents return to assess the extent of the damage caused by one of Alberta’s largest wildfires and begin the process of rebuilding.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 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. Very often the events that have taken place during this time frame have been either dazzling or just plain shocking, as was the case two 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.
By the mid point of this trecena things will be getting even “flashier” in the U.S. as several more primaries take place, including the huge California primary. Given the divisive nature of the political race underway in that country at this time, and the turmoil that it is engendering, the two deities who preside over this time frame will likely have a field day in the context of these events. It is anyone’s guess as to what the outcome will be but it is likely that some decisive events will take place.
So as we embark on this highly attention-getting time frame we would do well to keep in mind that this is a knife-edged type of influence that has the potential to physically or metaphorically “cut away” that which is no longer working or needed. With this time frame being the “trigger” that can open up major (or even bold) new directions, these are the energies that will come into play:
1 Etz’nab’ (June 1st) – the “initiation” of Flint – a sparkling “shock and awe” type of energy that can dazzle and/or divide and separate, this time marking the energy that was in place 950 years ago at the time of the game-changing Battle of Hastings in 1066, and coinciding with the start of the RIMPAC naval exercises in the Pacific, the Opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel (Zurich to Milan), and the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. It was under this influence 450 years ago that the celebrated mystic Nostradamus predicted his own death.
2 Kawak (June 2nd) – “dynamic storm”, often manifested as the “generation of a storm of compassion”. An energy that often triggers strong emotions, as things are brought up, examined, and released, this time in conjunction with the 450th anniversary of the death of Nostradamus.
3 Ajaw (June 3rd) – 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 (June 4th) – 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’ (June 5th) – the “blessing” of wind/breath, and 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 the UN’s World Environment Day. Three cycles since the announcement of the Kepler telescope’s discovery (in a galaxy 459 light-years from Earth) of Kepler 186f , the first planet with a radius similar to Earth to be discovered in the habitable zone of another star.
6 Ak’b’al (June 6th) – a “structuring” type of energy associated with “home and/or sanctuary”, an energy that could also translate as “darkness everywhere”, at the time of the Superior Solar Conjunction of Venus, when it is at its most distant point from Earth, as it passes across the far side of the sun, making it unobservable for several weeks. In 2003 this was the energy in place when the Eastern Interconnect Power Grid suffered a massive power blackout. At this time this is the day when doctor-assisted suicide ruling takes effect in Canada. Maya birth energy of Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto, whose ashes are on board the New Horizons space probe that has now left the solar system. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Maya birthday.
7 K’an (June 7th) – “self-generating germination” or even “self generating opulence”, situated at the pivotal middle point in this “knife edged” trecena; this time on the day of the California Primary with its 546 delegates up for grabs, and 5 other primaries. Seven Mars cycles since June 26th, 2001, the day when the Mars photo was taken, the one used in the last blog. Had he not left us much too soon, this would have been Prince’s 58th birthday.
8 Chikchan (June 8th) – the “resurrection of Lifeforce”, this time in conjunction with World Oceans Day
9 Kimi (June 9th) – the “outward projection of death/new foundations”. In 2010 this was the energy in place when Haiti was struck by a 7.0 earthquake. At this time it coincides with the first of two funerals for boxing superstar Muhammad Ali.
10 Manik’ (June 10th) – the bare-bones/ foundational energy of “source” combined with that of the sun-carrying Deer; an energy often aligned with reciprocity – this time at the time of the huge planned procession and funeral for Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Kentucky. The 80th anniversary of the publication of Gone with the Wind . Two cycles since the Charlie Hebdo incident (called “the darkest day in the history of the French press”) that triggered worldwide solidarity against this type of terrorism. In London on this current 10 Manik’ a national Thanksgiving service to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday will be held to kick off a weekend of celebration. This will also be Prince Philip’s 95th birthday.11 Lamat (June 11th) – 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, or when women received the right to vote and hold elected office in Manitoba in 1916. Last September 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 biodoversity loss.
This time this energy will preside over “Trooping the Colour”, the Queen’s official birthday parade (for her 90th), at a time when the Moon + Jupiter are conjunct. As it was a One Lamat day in 1953 when Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was held, this is an interesting “upping” of the Lamat energy from one to eleven.12 Muluk (June 12th) – a “pulling together” or “grouping together” type of energy associated with water, a good time for people to find ways to be adaptable, to “put heads together” to search for new pathways or find new solutions to problems, this time coinciding with a gigantic street party in London (including a luncheon for 10,000 people on the Mall) in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday. Three Calendar Rounds since the Great Meteor of 1860. 13 Ok (June 13th) – 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.
Last September this energy coincided with a Supermoon/Perigee Moon . This time it will be in place for St. Anthony’s Feast Day, in honour of a popular Catholic saint sometimes known as the Wonder-worker, the patron saint for the recovery of lost things. Celebrations in his honour will be held in many places worldwide on this day.
[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.]