Maya Count Of Days Horoscope

Maya Calendar Energies At Work In The World

Returning once again to the Vulture trecena, after a trecena that brought to light even more ethics issues related to the US Supreme Court, the trial of the US president’s son, a former president undergoing a probation interview and returning to the scene of a horrific crime, and horrendous attacks by Israeli forces on refugee enclaves in Gaza, we come to a time frame that tends to be oriented around fomenting “new thought” and shifting towards “new kinds of action” in order to find solutions.

Vulture, one of the key symbols associated with Kib’. Photo by Patrice Schoefolt, Pexels.

The Vulture symbolism associated with this period relates to the idea of vultures being revered for their resourcefulness and perceptive abilities, and for their connections to death and rebirth. Kib’ is often represented by a vulture that is tasked with “cleaning things up” after some kind of carnage. Traditionally there has been a strong emphasis on ingenuity, industriousness, practicality, and learning to “think differently” during this period. This can be a time when important transmutations take place, often triggered by dramatic events that demand change.

During this energy sequence there is often an emphasis on duality, sometimes involving paired events or paired ideas struggling to maintain equilibrium or overcome obstacles. Often there is a kind of “teetering” between two polarities, reflective of the “sun close to the earth” or “fire in the earth” kinds of forces associated with the patron energies of this period, energies that have been known to foment havoc for the purpose of transmutation, often as part of a push towards the birthing of a new type of order.

Adaptation of the K’ib (Vulture) trecena from the pre-Columbian Codex Borgia by artist Richard Balthazar (used with permission). The first day (One K’ib) is represented by the little head of a vulture at the lower left (within the border). The other days of this trecena proceed from there to the right, and then up towards the top, to the head of a rabbit (Lamat) at the upper right. The daysign numbers pertaining to this trecena (beginning with One K’ib) are not shown, but implied. The patron deity associated with this trecena is shown on the left in the larger image at the top. That is the canine deity Xólotl, in his guise as a deity of Twins and Conjoined Things. His twin is Quetzalcoatl, shown in serpentine form on the right. Xólotl is also wearning a conch pendant, often associated with Quetzalcoatl. The fact that the serpent is depicted as cut into five pieces may reflect the fact that this trecena is often associated with the often challenging process of transmutation. Click here for an overview of Richard’s various other versions of the same trecena.

Traditionally, the principal patron of this period was seen as the canine deity Xólotl, a god of twins and conjoined things, who protects and accompanies the sun on its journey through the Underworld at night.

In the past, one of the most vivid manifestations of this duality in action was the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 2001 when hit by two planes intent on wreaking havoc on the Western world. That world-shifting event during this trecena brought massive changes in terms of national and international security practices.

As we go through this period, that idea of “paired ideas struggling to maintain equilibrium” will be a major theme at this time, as many dualities in thought and action will be clearly seen. At this time Hunter Biden’s conviction on 3 charges of purchasing a gun while under the influence of addiction will be contrasted with Trump’s conviction on 34 felony counts for election interference – somewhat of an “apple-vs. orange” type of contrast? At the same time the Biden-Trump debate, scheduled for the latter part of this time frame, will bring differences between the two into sharp focus. The contrast between a seasoned leader working with a strong team of advisers to address both national and international issues, and a convicted, nacissistic, fraudster and felon, running on a platform of revenge, supported by snivelling sycophants, couldn’t be greater.

It is possible that a number of US Supreme Court rulings could come through during this period, which could potentially provoke much debate. The issue of “slavery vs freedom” will be highlighted on Juneteenth, as the larger issue of “left vs right” plays out in world politics, particularly as elections are looming in France and elsewhere. And, of course, the intense struggle that foments “fire in the earth” in the form of wars and intense aggression continues as world leaders struggle to find practical solutions to end the wars in Gaza, Ukraine, and elsewhere. Promisingly, with the Swiss peace conference on Ukraine having just concluded, progress is being made towards finding solutions to that long standing conflict.

But as much as this tension between opposing forces can be extraordinarily challenging, keep in mind that there is something about this Kib’ period that often brings forth significant shifts, generally towards the light, as reflected in the symbols associated with this period, one of which is “wax”, as in “candle” or “votive” (ie. light), symbolically seen as a piece of the sun that can help to restore hope and light the way. Another is that symbol of the Vulture, the high-flying bird that is often highly revered for its resourcefulness, intelligence, adaptability, and perceptive abilities, and for its ability to neutralize harmful substances, and “purify”. Keep in mind that vultures are known as nature’s “beautiful purifiers”, “cleansers”, and “composters”. A gathering of vultures is known as a “wake”, which reflects that connection to death and the preparation for rebirth.

And this is the theme of the Kib’ trecena, with One Kib’, the first day of this period, representing the “initiation of the restoration of order”, marking the beginning of a time frame often oriented around the idea of “getting down to business” in order to resolve problems.

We could see this six cycles ago, in early 2020, when ingenuity and “quick thinking” were rapidly called into play during this period, and humungous numbers of people were required to make huge adjustments to their lives due to the rapid spread of Covid-19. Indeed, one of the first big actions was seen when the whole of Italy was quarantined to prevent the spread of the coronvirus, and thousands of flights were cancelled worldwide. That was when the World Health Organization formally declared a global pandemic and called for governments to take “urgent action”.

Immediately thereafter countries around the world began going into lockdown, some completely, and some only partially. It was the beginning of what the director of the US Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy termed a “coronavirus winter”, and people had to find new ways to deal with the practicalities of life as they retreated and hunkered down.

Indeed, many big changes have been made during this trecena in the past, and people with integrity have stepped forward, as could be seen on the first day of this trecena in 1987 when President Reagan challenged President Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. In 2009 this was the trecena in place when the U.S. and Russia mutually agreed to reduce nuclear arsenals, which set the course to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. In 1972 this was in place when the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam, and again in 2021 when the U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan. Two cycles ago global support for Ukraine intensified significantly as billions in military aid and equipment, such as tanks, were pledged to assist Ukraine, which helped them make progress in pushing back against Russia, even though the war continued. One cycle ago that early support turned into a unified commitment, becoming Europe’s top priority. And now concerted efforts are being made to bring as many countries as possible into that unification.

The Gaza situation continues to be highly problematic, with unfathomable suffering in that entire region, but, as always, this trecena holds great potential for illumination, pathfinding, and for the development of practical approaches towards finding solutions to even the most challenging of problems – all oriented around transmutation and, ultimately, greater stability and a “restoration of order”. Here are the energies that are coming into play:

One Kib’ (June 17th) – the “initiation” of the transmutation force that leads towards the restoration of order, coinciding with the first full day of the Muslim celebration of Eid Al-Adha (“the celebration of the sacrifice”) or Qurbani, which began the evening before. Supposedly Israeli forces will allow a limited daily “tactical pause” in Gaza along the main Salah al-Din road at this time, to allow for delivery of humanitarian aid. This is also one of the days-of-action against the Israeli government, that will be carried out by tens of thousands of Israelis who have been calling for a ceasefire.

In Canada this day brings the opening of the four-day Collision conference in Toronto, one of the world’s biggest high tech conferences, involving some of the largest companies in global technology, business, and entrepreneurship.

Collision runs from June 17-20

Over 40,000 people are expected to attend, and over 1,600 startups from 57 countries will take part in this “Olympics of Tech”, so this could be an important “jumping off” point for thousands of innovators and entrepreneurs. As AI will be highlighted prominently, it is expected that significant attention will be given to both positive and negative implications of this technology for future applications.

In the spring of 2010 this was the energy in place when The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law in the US by President Obama. Ten years later the first day of this trecena became the “turning point” day for Joe Biden when he won several state primaries, making it clear that he would become the Democrat’s presidential nominee for 2020.

Preposterously, four years prior to that the dumpster had proclaimed: “In my administration, I’m going to enforce all laws concerning the protection of classified information. No one will be above the law.” Now, as a convicted rapist and felon, having already been found guilty on 34 criminal counts, and awaiting trials pertaining to the stealth of classified documents and conspiring to overthrow the government, he is now awaiting sentencing. This day marks one 260-day cycle since the eve of the fraud trial relating to his business in New York, which continued on through this period and further, last October.

This is the 52nd Gregorian anniversary of the Watergate break-in that eventually led to President Nixon’s resignation. The Maya Calendar Round energy anniversary of this date was 13 days ago, marking the return of the exact day/month combination as was in place 52 years ago.

2 Kab’an (June 18th) – a “dynamic” type of energy related to the earth, or “earth movement”, and even movement of an “evolutionary” nature, as was in place in 1968 when Douglas C. Engelbart gave a 90-minute demonstration at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco that included the world’s first mouse and word processor – key to our huge transition into the now ubiquitous use of computer technologies. With the Collision conference well underway in Toronto by this time, one might ask if yet another “evolutionary jump” is about to take place that will take us into a new technological era – with all its implications. Holographic communication perhaps?

Currently this energy is coinciding with the observance of Kuan Kung’s birthday in Taiwan. Aka Guan Gong or Guan Yu, he was seen as a defender of the people, a kind of benefic warlord known as a great and righteous protector, able to deflect all negative energy. This is also Sir Paul McCartney’s 82nd Gregorian birthday.

It has now been one cycle since the start of the Trump Organization’s civil trial in New York last October, to settle questions related to the fraud case brought by New York attorney general, Letitia James. As the trial unfolded, overwhelming evidence was presented that exposed that company as being completely fraudulent.

This day also marks six Tzolk’in cycles precicely since the WHO declared a global pandemic in 2020 and called for governments to take “urgent action” against the coronavirus. As it happens, this is the release day for Dr. Anthony Fauci’s new book titled On Call, in which (among other things) he discusses his role in guiding millions through the Covid crisis, despite off-the-rails ranting by the dumpster.

3 Etz’nab’ (June 19th) – the “activation” of a sparkling, “knife-edged” type of energy that can dazzle, shock, and/or begin a separation process, marking six cycles exactly since “America shut down”, as theatres, museums, restaurants, entertainment venues, colleges and school districts across the US closed up; and many other events were cancelled or postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic.

The last time this was in place Kevin McCarthy was ousted as Speaker of the US House of Representatives, the first time in US history that a speaker was ousted by his own party. It was seen as a “complete meltdown” day for the Republican party, and the meltdown has continued ever since. On that same day Judge Arthur Engoron issued a gag order against the dumpster after he made derogatory remarks about a court clerk.

Juneteenth, image by Wepix on Freepik

Currently this is Juneteenth in the U.S., known as African American Emancipation Day, commemorating the day in 1865 when Union soldiers landed at Galveston with news that the U.S. civil war had ended and that slaves were free. It became a federal holiday in the U.S. in 2021. This is the final day of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, which ends at sundown.

4 Kawak (June 20th) – a “defining” type of energy aligned with “storm”, representative of the sun working together with the energy of intense rain, which can sometimes manifest as a “storm of compassion”. One of the five key energies located at the centre of the Aztec Sun Stone, this day is currently coinciding with Summer Solstice and the final day of the Muslim celebration of Eid Al-Adha.

This is World Refugee Day, an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe, millions of whom have been made homeless by those dreadful wars.

The evening brings forth Kupala Night in parts of Ukraine and western Slavic regions. This has traditionally been a night of dancing, tree decorating, bonfires, special foods, and other forms of celebration associated with the longest day and shortest night of the year. It is one of the biggest summer celebrational events in many European countries, symbolic of the birth of the summer sun (Kupalo), at which time “impure forces” are burned in ritual bonfires.

Kupala Night, Fortunetelling on the Wreaths (2009), by Simon Kozhin. Oil on panel, 85 x 150 cm (33.4 x 59 in). Private collection, Moscow

Water, fire, and herbs all play an important role in the rituals and celebrations at this time. This symbolic “birth” of the summer sun ties in with the ancient idea of fire having “fertilizing power” – an idea that can also be found in ancient Mesoamerica. It was thought that jumping over a bonfire would help to secure good fortune.

It has now been three cycles since the grand jury was impanelled in the Fulton County, Georgia case in 2022, pertaining to the dumpster’s (and his cronies) attempted meddling with the results of the 2020 U.S. election. Political machinations have been severely limiting the forward motion of that case as well as several others.

5 Ajaw (June 21st) – the “blessing of enlightenment”, a “full sun” day, coinciding at this time with the Full Strawberry Moon (aka the Green Corn Moon, the Birth Moon, and the Honey Moon), said to be associated with luck, love, and prosperity. This is coming in just  after the Summer Solstice, and is coinciding with several very special days including –

  • Prince William’s 42nd birthday.
  • World Peace and Prayer Day (Honoring Sacred Sites)
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, the 27th anniversary of the national celebration of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis culture and heritage. This year’s theme is qatᶿɛnxegəs (qats-sun-wheegus), which means to unite or come together.
  • the UN’s 10th International Day of Yoga, with this year’s theme being “Yoga for women’s empowerment”
  • National Take Your Dog to Work Day, celebrated in many countries since 1999

This is also World Music Day, celebrated by more than 120 countries, inspired by the Fête de la Musique annual music festival in France. This is a major platform to highlight music in all its diversity, and to help musicians showcase their talents. Since 5 Ajaw (5 Flower to the Aztec) was associated with a deity known as Five Flower (Macuil Xochitl in Nahuatl), a patron of games, music, and pleasure, this is perfect timing for World Music Day.

This Five Ajaw energy, aligned with the sun, often manifests as “enlightenment breaking through” in some way, but it can also bring forth a great deal of heat.

This is the Maya birth energy of Dr. Peter Bryce, the Canadian public health physician who brought attention to the mistreatment of indigenous children in Indian residential schools during the early 20th century.

6 Imix (June 22nd) – an “everywhere” type of energy associated with “birth”, which can sometimes foment chaos as some new order of being is manifested, now marking eight cycles exactly since huge migrant caravans began trekking north from Central America towards the U.S. border in 2018. This was also the energy in place at the time of the terrorist attack on, and demolition of, the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001. Currently this is the final day of World Unity Week.

7 Ik’ (June 23rd) – “self-generating” wind/breath/spirit, coinciding at this time with Supreme Court Justice Thomas’s 76th birthday. He is currently under a great deal of scrutiny as information has come out pertaining to his acceptance of luxury vacations funded by a wealthy Republican donor, over many years. This has prompted calls for stricter regulations to deal with ethics issues pertaining to members of the Supreme Court itself.

In the U.S., this day marks five cycles exactly since early December, 2020 when then-US Attorney-General Barr said that there was no evidence of fraud in the 2020 election, a statement that preceded his resignation and the concoction of the BIG Lie on the part of the dumpster and his allies that led to the Jan. 6th insurrection and its aftermath. At that time Georgia’s voting systems implementation manager angrily admonished Republicans for spreading these lies, and specifically called upon the dumpster to “stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence”. This eventually led to the impanelling of that Georgia grand jury to investigate these issues, and the eventual indictments that followed.

This day is also marking one full 260-day cycle since the Hamas attack on Israel last October 7th, when about 1,200 people were killed and 251 hostages taken, triggering the Gaza-Israeli war. Since then some 38,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza as a result of Israeli attacks. It is thought that some 77 hostages still remain in Gaza, along with over 40 bodies that have not been returned.

8 Ak’b’al (June 24th) – a “resurrection” type of energy associated with “temple” or “house”, “darkness”, and deep esoteric mysteries, as was in place six cycles ago when Dr. Michael Osterholm (Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy, and author of Deadliest Enemy) said (in March of 2020) that that was the first day of a “coronavirus winter”. At that time he warned that it was a situation that could last for months – a significant underestimate!

This is the second anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s highly controversial overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision from 1973, with the June 2022 decision precipitating a major crisis in terms of abortion rights and access to health care for women. It’s also the 74th anniversary of the US-ROK (South Korea) Alliance, which was signed the day before North Korea’s invasion of the south in 1950. It has now been one cycle exactly since Israel formally declared war on Gaza on what became the deadliest day for Israel since the 1973 war.

Currently this is the start of National Insect Week in the UK and Europe. The issue of declining insects across the planet will likely be given considerable attention.

In Peru, this is the day of Inti Raymi, the Inca Festival of the Sun that takes place in Cusco, when a great ceremony will be held to honour the Sun God and Pachamama (Mother Earth).

In addition this is International Fairy Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in Quebec, the Fête Nationale du Québec; and the 43rd anniversary of the purported appearance of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje (Bosnia-Hercegovina) to six children in 1981. It is also rock drummer Mick Fleetwood’s 77th Gregorian birthday, and by-election day in Toronto.

9 K’an (June 25th) – representative of “outwardly-projecting” longevity in association with Germination, marking one cycle since Israel ordered a “complete seige” of Gaza, closing off food, fuel, water, and electricity supplies, as European leaders pledged support for Israel, condemned Hamas, and halted Palestinian aid.

10 Chikchan (June 26th) – a Burner Day associated with “Foundational Lifeforce, Liberation, and Higher Consciousness” that is often quite intense, currently coinciding with the “Day Zero” disaster in Mexico City, the predicted day for the Cutzalmala water system to drop to such an historic low that it may no longer be able to provide sufficient water for the population. If this happens, dramatic action will be needed in order to import water into the city.

Meanwhile, this is the opening day for the Carnavale Veracruz, marking its 100th anniversary. Seen as the largest carnival in Mexico, this celebration features parades, special events, lots of dancing, and (on this first day), the “Burning of Bad Humor” in the Zócalo. In the UK this is the opening of the 5-day Glastonbury Festival, with its extensive lineup of performers.

Note that 10 Chikchan is a kind of “seesaw” force that represents a balancing between Death (10) and Life (Chikchan), so the choices made at this time can be highly consequential. This was the energy in place six cycles ago when the dumpster in the White House told journalist Bob Woodward that his first instinct regarding the coronavirus was to “always play it down”. But after that millions of people in the US became infected, and well over a million in that country alone lost their lives to it.

11 Kimi (June 27th) – a “change-related” type of energy associated with death/new foundations, coinciding with the first presidential debate of 2024, unless the dumpster decides to drop out, as some have predicted.

In 1922 this was in place at the time of the proclamation of the British mandate in Palestine, at a ceremony in Jerusalem. This triggered a situation in which more than 3 million Palestinians were made homeless and more than 100,000 were killed by British, American, and Israeli soldiers to make room for Jewish settlers, in contravention of international law. And now Israel is trying to pulverize Gaza and starve the war-torn survivors by cutting off access to international aid. Why have world “leaders”, over the decades, allowed such atrocities to happen?

At this point it has been 12 Tzolk’in cycles (12 x 260) since 196 nations involved in the COP21 (Climate Change Conference) in Paris, in 2015, voted to approve an historic global accord to fight climate change, signalling an end to the fossil fuel era, as they committed for the first time to a universal agreement that has the goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions and limiting temperature rises. As we all know, politics, the pandemic, and wars have all played havoc with that goal.

Degas, "Dancers in Blue". Public Domain

Degas- Dancers in Blue

Way back in 1874 this was the energy in place when the first exhibit of impressionist art was held, in Paris, as Monet, Renoir, Degas, and other artists put together their own exhibit, to free themsleves from older “official” restraints. To celebrate the 150th
anniversary of that exhibit the Musée d’Orsay in Paris is currently presenting some 130 works in an “Inventing Impressionism” exhibition to bring “a fresh eye to bear on this key date”, with this show running through to July 14th.

Currently this is Canadian Multiculturalism Day which provides opportunities to honour and celebrate cultural diversity in Canada.

12 Manik’ (June 28th) – a “gathering together” type of energy associated with reciprocity, coinciding at this time with with the 105th Gregorian anniversary of the day in 1919 when the peace document known as The Treaty of Versailles was signed by Germany, officially ending World War I. Presidential elections take place in Iran on this day.

In the spring of 1968 this was the energy in place when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his memorable “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech the day before his assassination.

13 Lamat (June 29th) – “transformational star”, an intense and often highly consequential “heralding” type of force, coinciding at this time with Armed Forces Day in the UK, and the Catholic Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul.

This was the energy in place at the end of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, when the last remaining U.S. combat soldiers left Vietnam in 1973, and near the end of Kabul evacuations in 2021, when US forces airlifted some 19,000 people out of Kabul over a 24 hour period. It was also in place in 1968 at the time of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Five cycles ago (in 2020) this was in place when the sun released a huge CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) that hurled plasma and magnetic fields towards Earth, causing an increase in auroras about 3 days later. That was when it was announced that Solar Cycle 25, due to peak in 2025, could be one of the strongest on record – and so far it seems to be heading in that direction.

Three cycles ago (in 2022) this was in place when a federal grand jury subpoena demanded that the dumpster turn over to the government all documents with classified markings that might still be at Mar-a-Lago. Now, 780 days later, that classified documents case is still moving forward at a snail’s pace. It was originally scheduled to start on May 20th but the dumpster-appointed judge appears to be delaying the start of the trial until after the election. Nevertheless, some hearings in that matter are due to take place next month.

The last time this was in place (last October) Israel warned 1.1m people in northern Gaza (including Gaza City) to relocate to the south within the following 24 hours, as hundreds of thousands of Israeli soldiers amassed on the border ahead of an expected ground offensive into the densely populated enclave. They were also enforcing a total blockade of fuel, food, and water. Shortly thereafter Israeli airstrikes attacked convoys of Palestinian evacuees heading south, and even now are attacking the very regions that they had previously referred to as being “safe”. WHEN and how will this unfathomable situation come to an end?? Hopefully, by this time, there will be some sort of “signal” that will finally bring answers to that question that has loomed over the whole of the past 260-day cycle.


[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.]

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