As we approach the conclusion of the third Tzolk’in cycle since December 2012 (the start of this new Great Cycle of time), we return to the K’an trecena, aligned with the general idea of Germination. This tends to be a robust energy sequence associated with the inception of new ideas or the forging of new directions, suggestive of an “anything is possible” type of time frame, but it can also be a time of “testing”, as new potentialities begin to take shape and the process of nurturing new endeavors begins.A metaphor would be a new plant just beginning to sprout. It needs light and air and nutrients, and room to grow. It holds within itself the potential to become strong and robust, but at this stage it still requires a lot of care and protection, as could be seen throughout this trecena two cycles ago when major international discussions concerning Syria were taking place.
As the patron energy associated with this time frame was seen as a blindfolded sacrificial deity who is sometimes accompanied by another god associated with fate, there is a sense of unpredictability during this time, or at least a need for prudence and alertness, in order to navigate successfully through a wide range of “unknowns”. This is a good time to put intuition into action towards the anticipation of implications or outcomes of any thoughts, plans, or actions. It is also a time when various sacrifices may be required to make room for growth and new life – which might take the form of an abandonment of old ideas in favour of something newer and fresher.
The first few days of this K’an trecena are an extension of the creation sequence that began on One Chuwen (on Jan. 11th). Based on past events that have taken place on One K’an, there is the suggestion that during this time a number of influential energies that are embryonic to major world developments can come into play. This idea of attempting to “germinate” or set the foundations for new ideas can be seen in many key past events that have taken place during this trecena, as when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his prophetic speech about being a “drum major for peace” in 1968. It was this K’an trecena that saw Napoléon Bonaparte declared Emperor of France (in 1804) and Hitler assume dictatorial powers (in 1933). During this trecena Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was elected as Pope John Paul II (in 1978) and Mikhail Gorbachev was elected as Secretary General of the Soviet Communist Party (in 1985). On the first day of this trecena in 2008, Barack Obama gave his historic acceptance speech at Mile High Stadium as the Democratic candidate for the U.S. presidency, sixty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was ordained to the Ministry, under the same energy influence.
This time this trecena seems to be honouring Sir Winston Churchill – the extraordinary leader who inspired his people to “fight on”, no matter what, during the second world war. And now, at a time when the world so desperately needs direction, we are reminded of the achievements of this remarkable man, who always had such a strong sense of purpose and destiny. As this trecena opens, the boat called the Havengore, that carried Churchill’s coffin down the Thames at the time of his state funeral in 1965, will carry some of his descendents back to the Palace of Westminster where a commemorative wreath will be laid to mark the 50th anniversary of his death. This will be the start of a week-long series of events that will conclude at the centre point of the trecena, which will coincide with the 50th anniversary of that highly memorable event that brought representatives from some 110 countries to pay honour to the “soul of a nation” at the time of the largest state funeral in history as of that date.
During this time frame one of the most important days for the Maya comes into place on Jan. 31st, on Eight Chuwen (aka 8 Batz’). The most important festival day for Quiché Maya daykeepers, this sacred day is oriented around the renewal of calendar traditions and the initiation of new daykeepers. Eight Chuwen represents a kind of “resurrection” of the type of solar energy that can “weave together” past and future to help the “new entity” gain a foothold on the road of life, with that “road” being represented by the following day, known as 9 Eb’. In 2012 it seemed particularly significant that the 8 Batz’ festival took place just nine days before the end of the Great Cycle. With this energy immediately following the commemorative events for Churchill, perhaps this will help to infuse people with a new sense of possibilities that can be nurtured through the next cycle.
So as we connect once again with the K’an trecena energy sequence, again we will be germinating (or “planting the seeds”) for what is to follow. Given the nature of the energies at play, and the emphasis on working with “the unseen” or the unknown at this time, this is always an excellent time to be vigilant, cautious, and very, very conscious of the implications of both thought and action. During this time frame these are the energies that will come into play:
1 K’an (Jan. 24th) – an “initiating” energy associated with germination (or even the creation of new abundance), this time in conjunction with commemoration ceremonies relating to the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill (on the 70th anniversary of the death of his father Randolph in 1895)2 Chikchan (Jan. 25th) – “dynamic lifeforce”, this time in conjunction with Robbie Burns’ Day and the 10th anniversary of the death of Rosa Parks, the celebrated civil rights activist who resisted bus segregation in the mid 1950’s
3 Kimi (Jan. 26th) – the “activation of death” or the “activation of absolute foundations”, this time in conjunction with Australia Day. On this day there will be a full regimental funeral for David Matthew Wynn, the RCMP Constable who was shot and killed at an Alberta casino last week. Attending the funeral will be fellow officers from police and military forces across North America. This will likely be a difficult day on the eastern seaboard as well, as the forecast is for that area to be hit by a massive, “historic” blizzard, at the same time as a mountain-size asteroid will make a close by-pass of Earth.Three Kimi is the birth energy of Petra Nemcová, the Czech model and philanthropist who survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and then became the founder of the Happy Hearts Fund that had since built or rebuilt 107 schools in nine countries.
4 Manik’ (Jan. 27th) – a “defining” energy associated with reciprocity; the energy of the deer – a kind of harmonizing energy connected with the natural world; in combination with the solar energy of the number four this is a “double sun” type of force, at this point in conjunction with Mercury entering the combust zone with the sun
5 Lamat (Jan. 28th) – a “blessing” type of energy associated with Venus, which can serve as a beacon or herald
6 Muluk (Jan. 29th) – the energy of the six directions in conjunction with the purifying or shape- shifting energy of water
7 Ok (Jan. 30th) – translating as “self-generating” love, guidance, and/or loyalty, there is a suggestion in the ancient Chilam Balam that this was the day when “the word of God” was created. At this time this energy marks the 50th anniversary of the grand state funeral for Sir Winston Churchill; on this day Mercury is “in the heart of” the Sun (Cazimi) at the beginning of the auspicious Maya 8 Batz’festival that gets into full swing the following day. Also the beginning of the Quebec Winter Carnival.
8 Chuwen, aka 8 Batz’ (Jan. 31st) a hightly auspicious day for the Maya, as this is the time when Quiché Maya daykeepers celebrate the renewal of their sacred calendar traditions and initiate new Daykeepers. Maya Calendar anniversary of the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, Winston Churchill’s grandparents.
9 Eb’ (Feb. 1st) – “outward projecting stream of consciousness”, or “outward projecting road”, a “pathfinding” energy, this time in conjunction with Superbowl Sunday
10 B’en (Feb. 2nd) – “foundational personal authority”; symbolic of the full authority of maize, this is the strong “pillar” energy representative of strength, inner power, and self determination; the birth energy of Nostradamus, the 16th century seer whose predictions helped to fuel speculations about the “end times”11 Ix (Feb. 3rd) – “inspirational magic” in association with the jaguar and the mysteries of the earth, this time in conjunction with the Full Moon and Mercury’s departure from the combust zone with the sun
12 Men (Feb. 4th) – a “gathering together” type of energy associated with the high vision of the Eagle; the Gregorian anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks in 1913, and one of the days celebrated as Rosa Parks Day (the other is Dec. 1st, associated with the day in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on the bus)
13 Kib’ (Feb. 5th) – a transformation-oriented energy aligned with the ability to “fly high”, survey, and ultimately restore order, as reflected by the launch of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory under this energy influence in 2010; at this time in 2015 this energy coincides with the opening of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan
[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.]