In the UK over the past year there has been a considerable amount of pageantry. In early June of 2022 a very special 4-day Platinum Jubilee celebration was held, with hundreds of parading soldiers, horses, and musicians, special performances, tributary events in Commonwealth countries, and exceptional exhibitions that highlighted aspects of Queen Elizabeth’s life and seven decade reign. Then, three months later, with the passing of Queen Elizabeth at age 96, the much more sombre pageantry associated with the national mourning period, and the declaration of a new king. And then, eight months after that, the grandeur of the coronation.
Within the midst of all of this, the Kimi trecena has figured prominently, as this was the trecena that brought the death and national period of mourning for the Queen, and was the very same trecena that brought the death and national period of mourning for her husband, Prince Philip, two Tzolk’in cycles earlier. During those periods there was a great sense of loss, as long-standing symbols of national unity and stability were suddenly gone, and things were in a state of flux. But, at the same time, those events were perfectly in tune with the nature of the Maya calendar energies that were in place at the time, as there is a strong “letting go” quality to this particular trecena.
Indeed, the very first first day of the Kimi trecena is represented by a skull, indicative of “returning to Source”, going back to “bare bones” foundations in order to regroup. The principal patron of this time frame was seen as the Conch-shell Lord known as Tecciztécatl, a proud and richly attired deity who somewhat reluctantly sacrificed himself to become the Moon. He is often shown accompanied by Tonatiuh, God of the Sun, so within this context we have the Moon and the Sun working together to bring light to the world. In Mesoamerican mythology this pairing is part of the creation story, so this trecena might be seen as a “regeneration” point, a starting point for regrouping or restructuring.
In ancient Mesoamerica the power and potency of One Kimi were such that a great festival often accompanied the arrival of this trecena, often beginning the evening before. Three cycles ago we saw this in Egypt when the mummies of many of Egypt’s royal ancestors (18 kings and 4 queens) were ceremoniously transferred in a spectacular “Golden parade” from Cairo’s old Egyptian Museum to the new one, starting at sundown the evening before. There was certainly a “bare bones” aspect to that ceremony, as well as a connection to “resurrection”, through the idea of these royal personages truly becoming “immortal” through that elaborate re-entombment.
Four cycles ago (in July, 2020) the death and memorial events associated with civil right activist and “Conscience of the United States Congress” John Lewis were the focus of much attention in the US, as John Lewis had been a leading figure, over many decades, in the fight for equal rights and social justice. At that time the first day of this trecena marked the 200th day since the first warning from China regarding Covid-19.
One cycle after that (at the time of the Golden Parade) Joe Biden was at the helm of the presidency and an aggressive vaccination program was underway. More than 56 million people in that country were fully vaccinated by then, and over 100 million partially vaccinated, so regrouping was definitely underway.
Currently, this trecena begins on Day 455 of the Russia-Ukraine war, and Ukrainian pilots have started to undergo training on F-16 fighter jets, provided by several EU countries, marking the start of a new phase in the conflict. Looking back at the Kimi trecena in February of 2014, we see that the very first day of this time frame was to be a day of mourning in Ukraine for victims who had been killed or wounded in severe anti-government clashes with riot police over the two days prior to the start of this trecena. However, this turned into another deadly day of fighting, with at least 75 people killed and hundreds more wounded in hours of fierce combat. Things unfolded quickly after that, as pro-Russian president Yanukovych was ousted, and a warrant for his arrest was issued (for all the people killed and injured during the combat). After a nationwide manhunt was launched to find him, he reappeared in Russia, where he gave a defiant speech. By the middle of the trecena a new interim government was being formed in Kiev, and Russia was proceeding with the takeover of Crimea.
Many times in the past we have seen this trecena associated with both natural disasters and major crises that have forced people into positions of profound loss (as when Puerto Rico suffered the full force of Hurricane Maria in 2017). Such losses have brought many to the point where the only option available was to “start again”, pushing them to build new foundations in order to “regenerate”. Such events generally force people to take a good hard look at many aspects of their lives – as happened one cycle ago in Iran when 22 year-old Mahsa Amini died in custody after being arrested by the “morality police” in Tehran who disapproved of the way she wore her hijab. Her death sparked massive anti-government protests and worldwide anti-Iranian protests over the following weeks. During this period many people have no choice but to reassess their values and priorities, and make hard decisions about changes (and often sacrifices) that may have to be made. Restructuring is often required on a various levels, including personal, local, national, and international, as well as on mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.
As always, Kimi represents a key genesis point for regeneration. As always, this is a time frame that tends to bring things “back to basics” so that restoration and renewal can be addressed. It is for this reason, as difficult as it may seem at times, that this trecena has often been associated with “luck” and even good fortune as it presents an opportunity to “pause and regroup”, to review one’s overall “state”, and even to clean out whatever is not wanted or needed in order to set up new foundations for what you want to rejuvenate or bring into your life.
In the US one of the biggest issues currently coinciding with this time frame is the potential breaching of the current debt ceiling, which could be “catastrophic” to both the U.S. and global economies. As the White House press release put it, “if the U.S. government were to default on its obligations—whether to creditors, contractors, or citizens—the economy would quickly shift into reverse . . . a protracted default would likely lead to severe damage to the economy, with job growth swinging from its current pace of robust gains to losses numbering in the millions”. On the eve of the start of this trecena debt ceiling talks are at a stalemate and uncertainty looms large. No one seems to know how the stalemate will end, or what the implications might be. What does seem certain, however, is that the Kimi trecena’s insistance on bringing things back to “bare bones foundations” will be an important factor over the next 13 days, which could involve considerable re-thinking, regrouping, and restructuring – and powering through the current uncertainties until new pathways start to open up. The debt ceiling deadline coincides with Maya date 9 Ix, a powerfully transformative energy that can have long-lasting effects.
Without doubt, the many events unfolding during this period will continue to be life changing for millions of people, in one way or another. But keep in mind that this trecena can sometimes shed light on amazing new possibilities, that could include completely new ways of knowing, as it did two cycles ago with the launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope that has already shed much new light on the nature of the universe. During this period many important “foundational” events will be taking place, such as the UNEP negotiations in Paris on the reduction of global plastic pollution, the continuation of World Health Assembly meetings, “Rise & Remember” events associated with racial justice and equality, and World Environment Day. Here are the energies that will come into play:
1 Kimi (May 24th) – the “initiation” of “death/return to Source” foundations (the point at which new life can be engendered), one cycle since Queen Elizabeth formally dismissed Prime Minister Boris Johnson and appointed Liz Truss as his successor, and one cycle since the celebrational event at the White House in honour of the signing into law and enactment of the historic Inflation Reduction Act in the US. That was the day when materials relating to foreign nations’ nuclear capabilities were found at Mar-a-Lago during an FBI search. This time it seems that the “return to foundations” is all about the US debt ceiling, as negotiations to raise that ceiling continue. If an agreement is not reached by June 1st, there would be grave financial consequences both in the U.S. and globally.
Currently this energy is marking three Calendar Rounds (3 x 52 years) since a federation of colonies in British North America joined together to create The Dominion of Canada in 1867.
It is also marking 13 cycles exactly since the start of Russia’s invasion and subsequent annexation of Crimea. That One Kimi day in early 2014 brought a significant escalation of violence in Kyiv as pro-Russian and opposition forces engaged in fierce combat, that involved police and security forces firing on crowds of protestors. The key events that unfolded over the following days essentially set the foundation for the crisis that is still playing out in Ukraine.
In addition this is the day when Florida governor DeSantis will announce his 2024 presidential bid via Twitter. This is also the one year anniversary of the Uvalde school shootings, in Texas, where 21 people (mostly young children) were killed.
This is the legendary Bob Dylan’s 82nd Gregorian birthday, and the 93rd Gregorian birthday of renowned naturalist/artist Robert Bateman who has devoted his life to raising awareness about the beauty and majesty of the natural world and the wonders of its inhabitants. It is also actor/activist Jane Fonda’s Maya birth energy.
Three cycles (780 days) ago Egypt transferred its pharonic mummies from the old museum in Cairo to its new Grand Museum in a “Golden Parade” that began the evening before.
2 Manik’ (May 25th) – a dynamic type of energy aligned with the idea of reciprocity, which can sometimes tilt towards “polarization”, marking three Gregorian years since the horrific death of George Floyd that triggered massive Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Minneapolis and elsewhere, as well as the push for police reforms and much greater accountability in law enforcement.
On this day the George Floyd Global Memorial foundation will host their third Annual Rise & Remember celebration at various locations in Minneapolis, over three days, which will focus on education, empowerment, and healing associated with the pursuit of racial justice and equality. Events will include a conference, a candlelight vigil, a gala, and a festival.
It seems that Richard Branson wants to celebrate this 62nd Gregorian anniversary of the memorable day in 1961 when, before a special joint session of Congress, President Kennedy presented his call to achieve a moon landing, as this is the potential launch day for Virgin Galactic’s Unity 25 SpaceShipTwo. This would be its fifth-ever spaceflight and the first since July 2021 when Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and three other passengers were on board. This is also the Maya birth energy of Nichelle Nichols, the actor who played Lt. Uhura in the original Star Trek series, who died last year.
Currently this is National Missing Children’s Day, to acknowledge the many children who go missing each year, and National Tap Dance Day, which celebrates the art of tap dancing.
3 Lamat (May 26th) – the “activation” of the “bright star” heralding energy often associated with leadership, particularly in a “signalling capacity”, now marking one cycle exactly since the passing of Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle, at age 96, and the declaration of Charles III as the new regent. This is a Venus-related energy, with Venus now appearing very brightly after sunset in the western skies.
This marks fours cycles since the summer of 2020 when a global team of astrophysicists released the largest ever 3D map of the universe, marking the culmination of 20 years of cosmology surveys with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS).
In addition, this is marking 13 cycles since the Ukrainian parliament voted to dismiss the pro-Russian then-president Yanukovych, in the midst of major clashes in the streets in Ukraine cities, and several Lenin statues were toppled in Western Ukraine.
4 Muluk (May 27th) – a “defining” day associated with the shape-shifting energy of water, one of the 5 energies at the centre of the Aztec Sun Stone, coinciding at this time with the start of National Reconciliation Week in Australia, which will emphasize the need for greater understanding and support for the shared histories, cultures, and achievements of the inhabitants of Australia, with this year’s theme being “Be a Voice for Generations”. This marks two years since the announcement of the discovery of the graves of at least 215 indigenous children at the former Kamloops Indian residential school.
In 1994 this was the energy in place at the signing of the Budapest Memorandum by the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, that prohibited these countries from threatening or using military force or economic coercion against Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan – in return for an agreement that these countries would give up their nuclear weapons. Whatever happened to that?
5 Ok (May 28th) – the “blessing of love”, also associated with fire, protection, guidance, and justice, marking one cycle since the formal ceremonies and proclamations of Charles as the new King. Currently this is the day of the run-off election in Turkey, as people once again must choose between Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been in power for more than 20 years, and Kemal Kilicdaroglu, whose Nation Alliance advocates often form heart shapes with their hands to show their support. This will likely be the deciding day in that contest.
This is the Maya birth energy of Uğur Şahin, the CEO and one of the founders of BioNTech, the company that developed the Pfizer vaccine against Covid.
At this point it has been four cycles since 48 senators introduced legislation in the US to restore the Voting Rights Act after it was gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013. But Republicans have refused to take up the bill in the Senate.
6 Chuwen (May 29th) – a “six directions” type of energy aligned with creativity and play, but sometimes associated with the unexpected, marking three Tzolk’in cycles exactly since the death of Prince Philip in the UK. One cycle ago (last September) this was the energy in place when Queen Elizabeth’s coffin was driven from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh.
Currently this is Memorial Day in the US, the day of New York’s “Half Sun on the grid” Manhattanhenge, the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, and the start of the second round of UNEP negotiations in Paris on the development of an international legally binding instrument that will significantly help to reduce global plastic pollution.
As of this day it has been two cycles since the launch of the new James Webb Space Telescope, which ushered in a new era of astronomy, as this telescope has a field of view 15 times wider than that of the Hubble Space Telescope, and is capable of detecting faint infrared light from very early galaxies.
7 Eb’ (May 30th) – a “self-generating stream-of-consciousness” type of energy; a revitalizing force located in this fertile “mid-point” in this trecena, at the time of New York’s full sun Manhattanhenge; sometimes a turning point towards the opening up of new possibilities. This marks one cycle since Queen Elizabeth’s coffin rested in state in St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh where a service of prayer and reflection for the life of the Queen was conducted.
In India this is the start of the auspicious Ganga Dussehra festival, a highly auspicious day in the Hindu religion. It is believed that one can get salvation from sins or achieve Moksha (liberation) at this time by taking a dip in the Ganges River, which is seen as the incarnation of the Goddess Ganga.
This is the final day of the 76th World Health Assembly being held in Geneva, where member states have been looking at public health issues of global importance, including making amendments to international health regulations, and strengthening pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response.
This marks five cycles since a judge in New York ordered the dumpster to pay $2 million in damages for misusing his charitable foundation, referred to as “a shocking pattern of illegality”. Since then he has been indicted and found guilty in other cases, and ordered to pay millions more, with other trials already scheduled and many other highly significant investigations still unfolding.
8 B’en (May 31st) – the “resurrection” of personal authority, as was in place in 2014 on the day when formal approval was given to the new interim government in Ukraine, at the same time as dozens of armed pro-Russians seized the Crimea regional parliament, as Russian fighter jets were engaged in massive war games near the border.
One cycle ago this energy coincided with Queen Elizabeth’s “last flight” as her coffin was flown from Edinburgh to London by the Royal Air Force. It was then driven to Buckingham Palace, where her coffin rested in state before being taken to Westminster. Four cycles ago, in the US, this energy brought the first of several commemorative events pertaining to the life and death of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis.
Currently this is National Senior Health and Fitness Day, in support of helping seniors to stay fit and healthy. It is also Clint Eastwood’s 93rd Gregorian birthday.
This marks one Calendar Round (52 years) since the 8 B’en 1 Sotz’ day in 1971 when the New York Times published an excerpt from the “top secret” Pentagon Papers, the 7,000 page history of the U.S role in Indochina from WWII to 1968, that revealed presidential wrongdoings regarding the Vietnam War.
9 Ix (June 1st) – an often consequential, “outwardly projecting”, type of energy often associated with deep mysteries and transformation – as was in place one cycle ago when Queen Elizabeth’s coffin was borne on a gun carriage from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in London for her Lying-in-State, with King Charles leading the procession. After a short service inside Westminster Hall, conducted by the archbishop of Canterbury, the lying in state began, with hundreds of thousands of people filing past the coffin to pay their respects over the final five days of the trecena.
Four cycles ago Congressman John Lewis made his “Final Crossing” of the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge under this same influence, in a processional ceremony that preceded his Lying-in-State at the Alabama State Capital. This is the Maya birth energy of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, the “absolute monarch” who is one of the world’s wealthiest royals, and now the world’s longest-reigning monarch, gaining this title after the death of Queen Elizabeth. His 77nd Gregorian birthday will be in July.
Currently this is deadline date for raising the debt ceiling in the US, before the U.S. begins to default on its debts, triggering (what has been called) “economic chaos” in the US and “a global financial crisis”. As this is the official start of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, the first hurricane could become more along the lines of a financial disaster than a severe weather event.
This marks eight cycles precisely since Puerto Rico took the full force of Cat. 4 Hurricane Maria in 2017. Called “the storm of the century”, it delivered a devastating blow that killed over 3000 people, shattered homes and infrastructure, and completely destroyed Puerto Rico’s power grid.
Currently this is the beginning of National Indigenous History Month in Canada, the start of LGBT Pride Month, and Children’s Day in China. It is also English rock musician Ronnie Wood’s 76th Gregorian birthday, one day before what would have been the 82nd birthday of drummer Charlie Watts, his Rolling Stones’ band-mate.
Two cycles ago, in December 2021, the pandemic was in a particularly aggressive state, with over 300,000 new cases of coronavirus per day being registered in the U.S. This trend continued over the following few days, sometimes reaching over 500,000 new cases per day. At that time the US had registered over 54 million cases, but then climbed to over 96 million over the following cycle.
Events that take place under this energy influence can have long range consequences, as when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Immigration and Nationality Act under this influence in 1965.
10 Men (June 2nd) – “foundational higher vision” – a Burner Day aligned with “taking the fire” in conjunction with the “high vision” of the Eagle, a strong energy that has the potential to open up far-reaching possibilities, marking three cycles exactly since Ukraine announced that Russia had moved 80,000 troops to the border. In 2014 this was the energy in place when Russia executed a de facto military takeover of Crimea after the Russian parliament authorized Putin to intervene militarily “to protect Russian interests”. Called a “bloodless coup”, it was seen as a “counter-revolution within a revolution” that was welcomed and cheered on by pro-Russian Crimeans. At that time pro-Russian demonstrations broke out in several Ukraine cities, with the Russian tricolour flag being raised in many areas.
Currently this marks four cycles since the first of two days for John Lewis’s Lying-in-State at the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. in July of 2020, and one cycle since the first full day of Queen Elizabeth’s Lying-in-State in Westminster Hall last Sept.
This energy not only marks the 70th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, but also marks one year since the start of a special four-day Jubilee bank holiday weekend in the UK, with the Trooping the Colour military parade taking place in London to mark the Queen’s official birthday. More than 1,400 parading soldiers, Queen Elizabeth’s personal guards with some 240 horses, and 400 musicians took part. Platinum Jubilee beacons were lit in more than 1,500 locations across the UK, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories. During that time special performances were staged, and special exhibitions highlighted aspects of the Queen’s life and reign.
Currently this is the 9th National Gun Violence Awareness Day in the US, dedicated to honouring the lives of Americans affected by gun violence, and the start of Wear Orange Weekend.
11 Kib’ (June 3rd) – an energy that can be either change-oriented or “inspirational” (or both), often aligned with Kib’s orientation around shedding a kind of “first light” on things, towards the restoration of order, or finding practical approaches to problem solving. This is coinciding at this
time with 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 was the energy in place in early March of 2014 when Ukraine mobilized for war and two Crimean army bases were surrounded by Russian soldiers.
12 Kab’an (June 4th) – a “dedication” type of energy associated with movement, particularly “Earth movement” – often a powerful energy associated with moving new ideas forward, coinciding at this time with Canadian Armed Forces Day.
In early March of 2014 this was the energy in place at the time of what was referred to as “the biggest crisis” of the 21st century when Russia issued an ultimatum to Ukraine to surrender Crimean military zones and “recognize the new Crimean authorities” by 3 a.m. the following morning. Three years (4 cycles) later, in early 2017, U.S. intelligence agencies released the report that described Russia’s sophisticated cybercampaign that was directed towards discrediting Secretary Clinton and undermining the U.S. democratic process during the 2016 election campaign.
13 Etz’nab’ (June 5th) – “transformational flint”, a “heavy-duty, knife-edged” (and often “dazzling”) force for change that coincided one cycle ago with the final day of Queen Elizabeth’s Lying-in-State, as dignitaries arrived in London for the Queen’s state funeral the following day. This marks precisely 17 cycles since the spectacular wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in 2011, watched by over a million people on the streets of London and an estimated 2 billion via the media.
Currently this is the UN’s World Environment Day, an important day for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment. This year Côte d’Ivoire is hosting this event, in
partnership with the Netherlands, with the theme being “Beat Plastic Pollution”, to highlight how plastic pollution is a growing threat to all ecosystems. (Click here for a recent report). Ten cycles ago, in 2016, this was in place at the signing, by 175 nations at that time, of the historic global accord to fight climate change (the Paris Climate Change Agreement).
In early March of 2014 this was the energy in place when, in a live address on Russian television, Putin insisted that Russia would not go to war with the Ukrainian people. But that was also a day when Russia test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Five cycles later (five cycles ago), in mid-November of 2019, this energy was in place when public hearings began for the impeachment process related to how the dumpster had threatened to withhold aid for Ukraine if they weren’t forthcoming with “political dirt” that might be used against Biden. That was when lawmakers still had a chance to bring an end to the “reign of terror”, but too few had the courage to do what should have been done.
This is not only civil rights icon and long-serving Congressman John Lewis’s Maya birth energy, but it also marks six cycles since the introduction of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act (aka H.R.4) on Feb. 26, 2019, which was designed to restore and strengthen parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Although passed by the US House of Representatives, this bill has yet to be passed by the Senate.
Amazingly, this energy was again in place on the day of John Lewis’s final Celebration of Life in July of 2020, when a private ceremony was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary in Atlanta, with eulogies given by former presidents Bush, Clinton, and Obama. The ceremony was followed by John Lewis’s internment.
[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.]