After the excitement of the last two trecenas, which included that awesome Supermoon display at the end of September, things may have been feeling a bit flat during the past few days. But as we get close to another cycle anniversary (near the end of the month) we return to the K’an trecena, aligned with the general idea of Germination, a time for preparation for yet another evolutionary push.
Still part of the traditional creation sequence that began 13 days ago, this K’an initiated time period tends to encompass some vigorous energies associated with the inception of new ideas or the forging of new directions. Suggestive of “anything is possible”, this time frame can often become a time of “testing”, as new possibilities 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 vigilant care and protection.
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, which can bring surprises. This happened at the beginning of this K’an trecena the last time it was in place (in late January) when the world learned of the loss of legendary Canadian figure skater Toller Cranston, who both entered and departed this world on K’an days. Toller often seemed to be the epitome of the deity who serves as the metaphor for this period – the creative young corn god who brings forth the bounties of the earth.Extraordinarily, Toller’s funeral took place on 8 Chuwen, the eighth day of this time frame, which is an extremely sacred day for Maya daykeepers.
On this trecena’s last appearance three major blizzards caught a tremendous number of people off guard in Eastern Canada and the U.S. Northeast, as many snowfall records were broken at that time. And at this time there are many areas that are prime candidates for “the unexpected”, including North American politics.
With the current scramble in Washington D.C. to find a replacement for the House Speaker, it is anyone’s guess as to what this trecena will bring forth in that department, or indeed for the Republican party in general. Without doubt many talk shows scheduled for the first day of this trecena will reveal the nature of this scramble.
Similarly it is anyone’s guess as to what the outcome will be for the Canadian federal election that takes place on the 9th day of this time frame, as there are no clear winners in that arena at this time.
So it would seem that there is a strong need for prudence and alertness during this period, in order to navigate successfully through a wide range of “unknowns”. This is a good time to put intuition into action. It is also a time when some 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 Sept. 28th). 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.
During this time frame one of the most important days for the Maya comes into place on Oct. 18th, on Eight Chuwen (aka 8 B’atz). 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 9 Eb’ energies that come in the following day, the day of the Canadian federal election. Given these auguries it is possible that this particular 9 Eb’ could be highly influential in terms of bringing forth a radical change of direction in Canadian politics.
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, there is a strong need at this time for vigilance and caution, as the implications of both thought and action could be very, very profound. During this time frame these are the energies that will come into play:
1 K’an (Oct. 11th) – an “initiating” energy associated with germination (or even the creation of new abundance)
2 Chikchan (Oct 12th) – “dynamic lifeforce”, this time in conjunction with Thanksgiving Day in Canada and the New Moon; also Columbus Day in the U.S. (celebrated as Native American Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day in some states as a counter to Columbus Day). In many Latin American countries this day is celebrated as the Dia de la Raza [“day of the race” (Hispanic people)], with some nations (such as Venezuela) celebrating 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 Hispanic Day or National Day.
3 Kimi (Oct. 13th) – the “activation of death” or the “activation of absolute foundations”, this time in conjunction with the beginning of the Islamic New Year, starting in the evening
4 Manik’ (Oct. 14th) – a “defining” energy associated with reciprocity and the energy of 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
5 Lamat (Oct. 15th) – a “blessing” type of energy associated with Venus, which can serve as a beacon or herald
6 Muluk (Oct. 16th) – the energy of the six directions in conjunction with the purifying or shape- shifting energy of water, this time in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, a massive civil rights rally that took place in Washington DC in 1995 [This anniversary was marked on Oct. 10th (end of the last trecena) by a huge “Justice or Else” rally in the same location.]
7 Ok (Oct. 17th) – 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. The beginning of the auspicious Maya 8 Batz’festival that gets into full swing the following day
8 Chuwen, aka 8 B’atz (Oct. 18th) a highly 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. (Click here for a description of 8 B’atz ceremony held in 2010)
9 Eb’ (Oct. 19th) – “outward projecting stream of consciousness”, or “outward projecting road”, a “pathfinding” energy in place at the time of the Canadian federal election
10 B’en (Oct. 20th ) – “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 (Oct. 21st) – “inspirational magic” in conjunction with the jaguar and the mysteries of the earth
12 Men (Oct. 22nd) – a “gathering together” type of energy associated with the high vision of the Eagle, this time in conjunction with the 20th National Day of Protest (across the US) against Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation
13 Kib’ (Oct. 23rd) – 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
[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.]