Get ready for some fireworks, or some kind of razzle-dazzle, as this seems to be a specialty of the Etz’nab’ trecena. Another way of looking at it would be to “expect the unexpected”. And as we can see on the news, the first day (One Etz’nab) will not disappoint as the early hours are bringing in a Super Flower Blood Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse, with the moon being fully in Earth’s shadow.
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The timing for this is particularly interesting since this eclipse is ushering in One Etz’nab’, aka One Flint, which is the energy associated with the face in the centre of the Piedra del Sol, the Aztec Sun Stone. Although it is the calendrical glyphs on this spectacular carving that receive the most attention, the face in the middle is thought to be that of the solar deity known as Huitzilopochtli, with the calendrical name of One Flint. Renowned Mayanist David Stuart has also interpreted this face as possibly being that of the Aztec emperor Moteuczoma II in the guise of Huitzilopochtli, as if the emperor has assumed the identify of the sun god. In any case, symbols associated with “flint” (the essence of Etz’nab’) can be seen in his flint-knife tongue, in the xiuhuitzolli (“pointed turquoise”) diadem above his forehead, and in the One Flint hieroglyph on the right side of the diadem’s triangle. More V-shapes representing the rays of the sun fan out around the overall circular design.
So if we look at this One Flint eclipse metaphorically, it will be as if Earth itself is functioning like a flint-knife, separating the moon from the light of the sun. And as rare as this alignment might seem, this is not the only time that this kind of thing has happened during this trecena, as at least four Blood Moon eclipses have taken place during this trecena over the past eight years. So this seems to be the “eclipse trecena”, which fits in well with this symbolism, with Etz’nab’ generally depicted as a knife, and often associated with the idea of “knife-edged” duality or even “sudden separation”. There is often a “shock and awe” aspect to it, as things can manifest quickly and dramatically under this influence.
The last time this trecena came in (last September) it brought rare “Fire and Snow” conditions to the Denver region, that involved a record high quickly morphing into a record low, which was absolutely in keeping with the patrons of this particular trecena, with one oriented around “the heat of the sun” and the other oriented around cold and darkness.
Traditionally aligned with the theme of “sacrifice and separation”, this is a trecena during which duality can often come into play, with Etz’nab’ (Flint) serving as the “knife-edge” between two opposing forces. This can play out in many different ways, even to the point of “severing” realities, thereby triggering massive change – as happened two cycles ago when, on the ninth day of this time frame, on the last day of December 2019, the World Health Organization alerted the world about several pneumonia cases that were, in fact, Covid-19 cases. That was the first official announcement about the coronavirus. So when we reach that day (9 Kimi, now in early June) we will be revisiting the energy that really signalled the beginning of the pandemic, and the start of the adjustment to living in this alternative reality.
After that announcement it took just over one 260-day cycle for the global number of Covid-19 cases to reach over 28 million and the global number of deaths due to Covid-19 to reach over 900,000. Currently India alone has close to 28 million cases, with the global number well over 168 million. Even Mount Everest has reported at least 100 cases. The good news is that numbers are trending downwards in many countries. Nevertheless, with hundreds of thousands of new cases and thousands of new deaths still being reported on a daily basis, this war is far from over. During this time frame the duality of this trecena’s energies will likely manifest in the form of some people thinking and acting like “it’s over” while others will be continuing to deal with the horrors of the pandemic raging on. This could evolve into yet another take on the question of “what is real?” with one side holding up a mirror to the other – “reflective” of the mirror as another one of Etz’nab’s symbols.
During this period it is not unusual to see such things as military coups (as happened in Sudan three cycles ago) and even assassinations, as when Mahatma Ghandi was killed on the first day of this trecena in 1948 and when General Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s top military commander, was assassinated two cycles ago by a US drone strike ordered by the dumpster, which seriously escalated the long-simmering confrontation between Iran and the US. In addition, this was the trecena that was in place at the time of the horrific terrorist attack on journalists and cartoonists at the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in 2015, and when some 2000 pilgrims were killed in a stampede in Mina, on the outskirts of Mecca, in the worst disaster at the Hajj in decades.
Other things of a “shocking” nature that have taken place during this trecena in years past have included the devastating 7.0 earthquake that flattened Haiti in 2010, Superstorm Sandy on the east coast of the US that caused $70 billion in damage in 2012, and the horrific fire in 2019 that consumed the roof and spire of the famed Notre Dame de Paris cathedral.
In 2014 the Ukrainian government began mobilizing its military for “large scale anti-terrorist operations” during this period after a day of violence in eastern Ukraine when government buildings in several cities were seized by heavily armed, masked pro-Russian activists. And then, five years later, as 2019 drew to a close, a “full and comprehensive” ceasefire between Russia and eastern Ukraine came into effect, echoing other instances in world history where particular trecenas have seen the beginnings and endings of specific conflicts. This can also be seen with regard to the hostilities between Gaza and Israel, as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to go to Israel in 2012 to participate in Gaza peace negotiations after several days of intense fighting between Israel and Gaza, and now, 12 cycles later, Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in the Middle East doing the same thing – speaking with Palestinian, Israeli, and Egyptian leaders about how to maintain peace in that region.
Just over 200 years ago this was the trecena in place at the time of Napoléon Bonaparte’s downfall in 1814. After he and his army had been driven back to France the Etz’nab’ trecena became a key time frame for his abdication and exile, beginning with One Etz’nab, with the French Senate passing a resolution to depose him. Towards the end of the trecena Napoléon was required to sign The Treaty of Fontainebleau that ended his rule as Emperor of France.
In the US this particular trecena has brought forth many massive anti-Trump strikes and protest demonstrations, starting in early 2017, with themes such as the “National Day of Action to Push Back Against Assaults on Democratic Principles”; the nationwide “Not My President’s Day” protest marches; the huge “Day Without Latinos, Immigrants, and Refugees” demonstrations; the Refuse Fascism protests, and Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Within the context of such events many stark contrasts in “realities” have come into view, and as a result the divisions in that country have been exposed as never before.
Currently this trecena is coming into place right after the announcement that District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Manhattan’s top prosecutor, has convened a special grand jury to consider potential charges in the Trump Organization probe. This grand jury is expected to decide whether to indict the dumpster and his associates should prosecutors present criminal charges in this regard. This special grand jury is set to sit for three days a week for six months. During this period the nature of “truth”, morality, and justice will play out intensely and Michael Cohen will likely continue to be a key witness. It was just one cycle ago when Cohen released his book titled Disloyal, a Memoir, in which he described his “insider’s view” of the dumpster as “a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man” and a “master manipulator” with the mentality of a “mob boss”.
So it seems that, once again, sparks will be flying in multiple directions during this trecena. It might sound a little ominous, but keep in mind that as much as Flint, the essence of Etz’nab’, was used to make weapons and other objects that can cut, spark, and astonish with their brilliance, there is also a protective aspect to this energy as well. While Flint may often be associated with lightning and “sparks”, lightning storms can also bring life-giving rain, and ritual objects made from materials such as chert or obsidian (both associated with flint) were often used to protect sacred spaces.
This is an energy zone that can bring into sharp focus things that may be pressing for attention, including issues that may require quick decisions to be made. It can often draw attention to the need to separate “right” from “wrong”, “good” from “bad”, and “sick” from “healthy”. It is often a time when unresolved issues from the past may resurface in order to be re-evaluated and dealt with. So this would be an opportune time for reassessment, a great time to cut away whatever no longer “works” or make adjustments that could lead to new forms of thought or action – a favorable time to “clean house” (both physically and metaphorically) in preparation for the “creation” energies that will follow in the next trecena.
Keep in mind that this is a “be prepared for anything” kind of time frame that is often highly consequential. It is likely that some intense “shifting” will take place during this period, in preparation for the forthcoming creation sequence that will begin in early June. Here are the energies that will be in play:
One Etz’nab’ (May 26th) – the “initiation” of Flint, a sparkling, attention-getting “shock and awe” type of energy that can dazzle and/or divide and separate, coinciding at this time with a rare Super Blood Flower Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse.
As this energy is strongly connected with the Aztec solar deity known as Huitzilopochtli, depicted in the centre of the huge Aztec Calendar stone, this suggests a strong solar/lunar “pairing”, which might have some interesting consequences. As it happens this is coming in 10 cycles less 2 days after the Blood Moon Eclipse of 2014, and 4 cycles less 6 days since the Blood Moon Eclipse of 2018, the longest lunar eclipse of the century, at 103 min. Eight cycles ago (in 2015) a Blood Moon Eclipse also took place on the last day of this trecena.
On this day Tropical Cyclone Yaas is expected to make landfall somewhere is northeastern India.
This is also Vesak Day (Buddha Day) in India, Tibet, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other south and southeast Asian regions – a major Buddhist festival oriented around the celebration not only of the birth and death of Buddha, but also of his attainment of enlightenment (nirvana).
One cycle since the publication of Michael Cohen’s book titled Disloyal, a Memoir, the story of someone who witnessed firsthand what went on in the dumpster’s world for over a decade. A book called Proof of Corruption: Bribery, Impeachment, and Pandemic in the Age of Trump by New York Times best selling author Seth Abramson was also published at that time.
In 1814 this was the energy in place when the French Senate passed a resolution to depose Napoléon Bonaparte. In 1948 the was the energy in place when Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated.
In early 2017 (six cycles ago) this energy coincided with the massive “Day Without Immigrants” strike by foreign-born residents of the U.S., at which time hundreds of businesses and services were shut down as protestors took to the streets in a widespread strike that highlighted the contributions of immigrants. On that same day the dumpster held a press conference that was seen by many as an unhinged “marathon rant” – a common occurrence during his term in “office”.
2 Kawak (May 27th) – “dynamic storm, catalyzation”, often manifested as the “generation of a storm, or a storm of compassion” – a highly cause-oriented energy often fueled by strong emotion or great passion, coinciding at this time with Red Nose Day in the US, with its mission to end child poverty.
This was the energy in place seven cycles ago, exactly (in June of 2016), when Hillary Clinton emphatically warned that electing the “dangerously incoherent” dumpster would be an historic mistake, as she warned about what that might trigger. Precisely one cycle after that warning, on 2 Kawak in February of 2017, people were already acknowledging the truth of her warning through a nationwide General Strike/ National Day of Action in the U.S. at the same time as The Washington Post unveiled their new slogan: “Democracy Dies in Darkness”. Four cycles ago (summer of 2018) this energy brought a warning from the head of the IMF to a meeting of G20 leaders that the tariffs that the dumpster was imposing on various countries would harm the global economy. No doubt even Hillary could not have predicted the tremendous loss of life that would ensue from the dumpster’s “playing down” of his knowledge (two cycles ago) that the coronavirus was “highly contagious, airborne, and deadly”. It took one more cycle for him to admit that, by which time almost 200,000 people had died in the US. When Joe Biden heard about this he called it “A life and death betrayal of the American people”. Carl Bernstein referred to this as the “ultimate felony” – a felony that has now ballooned to some 600,000 deaths in the US, but (according to the WHO and others) likely much higher.
3 Ajaw (May 28th) – the “Activation of Enlightenment” – an important Burner Day oriented around the idea of “announcing the fire”, in place as Mercury conjuncts Venus on the western horizon after sunset. This is the first of four Ajaw related “Burner Days” that run from here until July 27th, so whatever is “in the works” would be “announced” around this time.
Traditionally this is a point where clarity can suddenly break through on important issues, with Ajaw’s “full sun” illuminating things that previously may have been hidden. (There are 20 days between each of these Burner “stations” – the next one will be in the next trecena.) This marks 10 cycles (2600 days) exactly since that Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014.
In 2013 this energy brought a rare Grand Sextile aka “Star of David, Star Tetrahedron, Six-pointed Star, Merkaba” astrological alignment of Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Pluto, Neptune, and the Moon all at exact 60 degree angles to each other.
As of this day it has been three Calendar Rounds (3 x 52 years) exactly since the founding of the US Secret Service on 3 Ajaw 18 Sip in 1852. Apparently, on the day when he was assassinated, President Abraham Lincoln had signed legislation to create the Secret Service.
In 1814 this was the energy in place when Napoléon abdicated the throne. In 1944 an attempt was made to assassinate Hitler under this influence.
The last time this strong solar force was in place (last September) nearly 100 deadly wildfires were raging all down the US West Coast, forcing the evacuation of some half a million people in Oregon. The sky in San Francisco was bright orange, blocking the sun and making the city seem like night time. Several small towns in both Washington and Oregon were destroyed. That was the day when the World Wildlife Fund reported that wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds in less than 50 years, representing a “catastrophic decline”, with humans destroying nature at a rate never seen before. Wildlife is “in freefall”, said Tanya Steele, the chief executive at the WWF “as we burn forests, over-fish our seas and destroy wild areas . . . We are wrecking our world – the one place we call home – risking our health, security and survival here on Earth. Now nature is sending us a desperate SOS and time is running out.”
4 Imix (May 29th) – 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”), coinciding at this time with New York’s “Half Sun on the grid” Manhattanhenge, and the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.
It has been four cycles since the night in 2018 when Michael Cohen “went to war with Trump” – when Cohen’s secret recording of a 2016 conversation between him and the dumpster was aired on CNN. Since then Michael Cohen has been a major ally for those pursuing criminal investigations associated with the dumpster’s business dealings. Cohen once described his job as a lawyer in that organization as “lying for Mr. Trump”.
5 Ik’ (May 30th) – 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 is the Maya birth energy of Captain Sir Thomas Moore, who was knighted for raising over £32 million for the NHS Charities Together in the UK in the lead-up to his 100th birthday.
This marks six cycles (1560 days) since the nationwide “Not My President’s Day” protest marches across the U.S. in 2017 just after the inauguration. It has been three cycles since the “huge moment” in the Russia investigation when Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested last year by British police in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after asylum was withdrawn, after he had taken refuge there for 7 years. He was charged with conspiracy to hack into a Pentagon computer, a nexus point for much of the action related to Russian interference in the 2016 election. He is still in custody in the UK.
6 Ak’b’al (May 31st) – a “structuring” type of energy sometimes associated with “home and/or sanctuary”, but also “the darkness before dawn”, coinciding at this time with Memorial Day in the US, on the 100th Gregorian anniversary of the horrific Tulsa race massacre, seen as one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history, which took place on an Etz’nab’ day and the day after, in 1921.
This begins the first of five days where, as part of reconcilation efforts, teachers and their school communities across BC will wear orange, hold ceremonies, and fly flags at half mast in remembrance of the indigenous children who suffered so terribly during the dreadful decades associated with residential schools. Many communities are in mourning at this time after the discovery of the remains of 215 children who died while attending just one of those horrific institutions.
At this point it has been precisely two Calendar Rounds (3 x 52 years) since the first 14,000 US soldiers began arriving at the port of St Nazaire in France in June of 1917 to join the Allied forces in fighting against Germany during World War I.
This is Clint Eastwood’s 91st Gregorian birthday
7 K’an (June 1st) – “self-generating germination”, situated at the pivotal middle point in this “knife edged” trecena, coinciding with the official start of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. The last time this energy was in place (last September) there were five cyclones churning in the Atlantic basin under this influence, and fierce wildfires were burning along the Pacific coast, in California, Oregon, and Washington.
Currently this is Children’s Day in China, the beginning of Pride Month, and the start of National Indigenous History Month in Canada. This is English rock musician Ronnie Wood’s 74th Gregorian birthday, one day before the 80th birthday of drummer Charlie Watts, his Rolling Stones’ band-mate.
At this point it has been seven cycles since Hillary Clinton became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, in 2016, a day seen as an historic milestone for women. Currently this day also marks the first anniversary of the infamous day when peaceful protesters were forcefully cleared from Lafayette Square in Washington as the dumpster staged a revulsive photo op in front of a church, an incident that was widely condemned.
8 Chikchan (June 2st) – the “resurrection of Lifeforce” , often associated with hurricanes, coinciding at this time with the 68th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.
This marks one year since Blackout Tuesday on June 2, 2020, the “day of reflection and meaningful action” when the music industry suspended normal business in order to “reconnect with community”, to “provoke accountability and change” in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and all those who had been suffering from racial discrimination.
It also marks two cycles since late December of 2019 when Dr. Li Wenliang issued the first warning to colleagues that there were 7 confirmed cases of coronavirus in his hospital in Wuhan.
This was the Maya energy that was in place at the beginning of the push by the Canadian Forces to liberate the Western Netherlands in 1945, near the end of World War II.
9 Kimi (June 3rd) – the “outward projection of death/new foundations” – a critical marker point, as it has now been two cycles exactly since New Year’s Eve in 2019 when China alerted the WHO about several pneumonia cases that were, in fact, Covid-19 cases. That was the first official announcement about the coronavirus. By one cycle later (mid-September last year) the global number of cases had reached 30 million and the US had recorded some 200,000 deaths. By the time we reach this day, two cycles since that first announcement, the global number of cases will be well over 170 million, with over 600,000 deaths in the US. Some organizations are saying that the actual number of cases and deaths may actually triple (or more) these reported numbers. The good news is that in many areas the daily case numbers and recorded deaths have begun trending downwards, so hopefully that will continue as vaccination programs continue.
Twelve cycles ago, in November of 2012, this was the energy in place when hundreds of thousands of people took part in demonstrations worldwide to protest against the Israel-Gaza conflict that had erupted several days earlier. On that day Israel intensified its assault against Gaza by launching hundreds of airstrikes against Hamas locations, with Hamas firing back with its own rocket attacks. Sound familiar? What will it take to end this madness?
10 Manik’ (June 4th) – the bare-bones/ foundational energy of “source” combined with that of the sun-carrying Deer, symbolic of reciprocity but also sacrifice, as was in place in January of 2015 at the time of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris on what was called “the darkest day in the history of the French press”.
In 1814 this was the day when officials from the Austrian Empire, Russia, and Prussia got together to sign The Treaty of Fontainebleau that stripped Napoléon of his powers as ruler of the French Empire.
Currently this is the 7th National Gun Violence Awareness Day in the US, aka Wear Orange Day, dedicated to honouring the lives of Americans affected by gun violence.
This is also the 102nd Gregorian anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote.
11 Lamat (June 5th) – a “bright light” kind of energy that often heralds something new, or some kind of significant change, as happened one cycle ago with the death of the legendary US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the most admired, respected, and influential women in the US. This quickly turned into “the crisis of the Supreme Court” as politicians wrangled over who would replace her.
Currently this is the UN’s World Environment Day, with this year’s theme being “Ecosystem Restoration”, which brings the launch of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. This marks eight cycles since 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. But that was in 2015 and, given the massive climate related events that have taken place since then, the clock is ticking more loudly every day.
12 Muluk (June 6th) – 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; generally a very intense energy that can create situations where people have no choice but to work together to find solutions. This is Armed Forces Day in Canada, the 77th Gregorian anniversary of D-Day, when allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy during World War II in the largest land, sea, and air operation ever undertaken.
This is the day of Mexico’s legislative elections when some 500 people will be elected to sit in Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies.
Two cycles ago General Qasem Soleimani, the top Iranian commander and senior Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were assassinated in Baghdad by a US drone strike ordered by the dumpster, an event that seriously escalated the long- simmering confrontation between the US and Iran and created that administrations’ biggest foreign policy crisis.
13 Ok (June 7th) – associated with “transformational love” or “transformational fire”, this is an energy that holds the potential to be a real “scorcher”, marking 13 cycles since a massive solar flare erupted from the sun, one of the strongest ever recorded, and 10 cycles since the peak of a powerful X1.3-class solar flare (that erupted the night before), which triggered temporary communications blackouts at the time of a Mercury Superior Conjunction.
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.
This marks 12 cycles since the 13 Ok day in November of 2012 when a ceasefire was brokered between Hamas and Israel after 8 days of intense fighting (the fiercest in 4 years), during which 162 Palestinians and 5 Israelis were killed. As part of the agreement Egypt was designated to play a key peacekeeping role, which it has been doing ever since, including with regard to the current ceasefire.
Four cycles ago, in the summer of 2018, Apple hit a record high under this influence, becoming the world’s first public company to be worth $1 trillion.
[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.]