Early November and the trees are shedding their leaves, stripping down to their “bare bones”. In many areas the chill is in the air. And now we have the Kimi trecena coming in, with its skeletal symbolism and its emphasis on “returning to source” for the purpose of regeneration.In many ways this is fitting right in with the colourful Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico, where the emphasis is on “laughing” at death. “You can’t fool me” is the name of the game as people participate in a wide range of activities associated with welcoming back the ancestors and celebrating their lives. Altars are decked out with bounty from the harvests. Bright orange marigolds, the Flor de Muerto (Flower of the Dead), pan de muerto (“bread of the dead”), and sugar skulls are prominent decorations. This is an event that is hundreds of years old, going back to Aztec traditions of honouring Mictecacihuatl, the “Lady of the Dead”, and Mictlantecuhtli, her co-regent of the underworld, who preside over festivals associated with the dead.
Unfortunately these festivities will not be possible this year in the many parts of California that are now battling catastrophic wildfires and their aftermath. With over 40 counties under an extreme red flag warning, and high winds fanning the flames, these areas are being brought to their “absolute foundations” by forces that can be merciless in their speed and ferocity. With revolving blackouts adding to the challenges, the stark realities of this situation are unnervingly in synch with forces that often have been traditionally associated with this trecena.
We can recall that three cycles ago, in the fall of 2017, the southeastern U.S. and several Caribbean islands were attempting to cope with the devastating effects of three strong hurricanes, at the same time as Mexico was dealing with the aftermath of both Hurricane Katia and an 8.1 earthquake. One cycle before that, in December of 2016, the survivors of Super Typhoon Nock-ten (the most intense tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines in 56 years) began this trecena by surveying the ruins of homes, villages, and livelihoods as they struggled to assess their losses. Indeed, some of history’s largest storms have taken place during this trecena, including the humungous Carrington solar superstorm event of 1859 that impacted Earth, and Superstorm Nuri that slammed into Alaska’s Aleutian Islands in 2014. This Superstorm not only changed the course of the jet stream but also created a massive polar vortex that brought freezing temperatures to Canada and the lower 48 states throughout the trecena, in the first big chill of that winter.
Currently there is one month remaining in this year’s official hurricane season, but hopefully the worst is over for this year. But in many places people are having to deal with the aftermath of intense political storms that have manifested in several countries as mass protest demonstrations over the past few weeks. Within the past few days more than a million people took to the streets of Santiago in Chile to call for President Piñera’s resignation, bringing this capital city to a standstill. Although he subsequently replaced eight cabinet members, his concessions have not yet eased public anger, and the protests are continuing.
Similarly, violent protests have been continuing in Iraq and Lebanon. On the last day of the last trecena (Oct. 31st) Lebanon’s President Aoun pledged to form a new government in which ministers would be chosen by expertise rather than political affiliation, following the resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri. So this will be the trecena during which a whole new structure will be put into place in Lebanon to address the grievances expressed by the people. Similarly, with Hong Kong plunging into a deep recession due to the intense street riots, a significant drop in consumer spending and tourism, and the US-China trade war, a huge amount of restructuring is needed there.During this particular period it seems “beyond coincidence” that there are so many events scheduled for this time frame that have some sort of “death and regeneration” aspect to them. This begins with two days associated with the Day of the Dead, followed by All Soul’s Day, and then a series of events such as 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Remembrance Day, the 50th anniversary of the November 1969 “March Against Death” demonstrations in Washington D.C., the on-going impeachment process in the US, and the situation in California that is forcing people to literally “assess the ashes” in order to work out how to restructure their lives. These are the kinds of things that will require people to think about death and regeneration in very profound ways, whether they be ceremonial (as in the Day of the Dead), personal (as in the restructuring of lives), or political.
But it is often these kinds of “return to basics” events that can trigger amazing new developments, often leading to the creation of new foundations for action, setting the framework for the process of restoration and renewal. Most certainly the energies of this “foundational” trecena were in play during the summer of 1919 when the Treaty of Versailles between Germany and the Allies was signed, after the conclusion of World War I. And a little over three years ago there was tremendous hope generated at the end of this Kimi trecena through the signing, by 175 nations, of the historic climate change accord. At that time UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called it “a moment in history . . . . a new covenant with the future”.
Keep in mind that Kimi represents a key genesis point for regeneration, and along these lines this trecena begins and ends with important “spirit-oriented” energies that can call for attention. Again, this is a time frame that can bring things “back to basics” so that restoration and renewal can be addressed. As always, this is an excellent time to “pause and regroup”, to review one’s overall “state”, to clean out whatever is not wanted or needed, and to set up new foundations for what you want to rejuvenate or bring into your life. During this time these are the energies that will come into play:
1 Kimi (Nov. 1st) – the “initiation” of “death/return to Source” foundations, coinciding at this time with All Saints’ Day and Dia de los Inocentes – the part of Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival that focuses on remembrances for the young who have died. The final day of the celebration is the next day.As much as marigolds are prominent at this time in Mexico, chrysanthemums are in profusion in Japan at this time, with this being the start of the Sapporo and Bunkyo Chrysanthemum Festivals.
Symbolic of the sun, these brilliant flowers are also representations of optimism, joy, and perfection, so these festivals are a good way to combat the “November blues”. And if that isn’t enough this day also brings the opening of the Miracle Garden in Dubai, a 72,000 sq. m display of over 50 million flowers of 120 varieties
In 2013 this was the energy in place when The Guardian began publishing its first exclusive based on Edward Snowden’s leaking of classified information from the US National Security Agency. Five years ago this was in place at the start of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with the lighting of a nine mile line of 8,000 helium filled balloons. Festivities for the 30th anniversary of this event take place a few days later this year, but also within this trecena (see 4 Muluk to 9 Ix, Nov. 4 – 10). One cycle exactly since the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of the highly controversial William Barr as Attorney-General.
2 Manik’ (Nov. 2nd) – a dynamic type of energy aligned with the idea of reciprocity, this time coinciding with Day of the Dead in Mexico and in many other areas, with many large parades and festivals held in many parts of the US and elsewhere, particularly throughout Latin American communities, including Guatemala.
This is also All Soul’s Day, the third component of the Christian observances of Allhollowtide (the “time to remember the dead”), that includes All Saints’ Eve (Hallowe’en), All Saints’ Day and All Soul’s Day.
In London this is the day of the opening of Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the Saatchi Gallery (to May 3rd).
3 Lamat (Nov. 3rd) – the “activation” of the “bright star” heralding energy, often aligned with leadership, as was in place in 2013 when The Guardian ran a huge title that alerted people to the documents that revealed how the US secretly collected private data from media sources (information leaked by Snowden). Currently this energy coincides with the end of Daylight Savings time.
4 Muluk (Nov. 4th) – a “defining” day associated with the shape-shifting energy of water, one of the 5 energies at the centre of the Aztec Sun Stone, marking the third Gregorian anniversary of the historic day in 2016 when the Paris Climate Change Agreement officially came into effect as an international law. This is the day when a new Speaker will be chosen for the UK House of Commons after John Bercow’s 10-year tenure as Speaker came to an end last week. This day brings the start to a week of festivities in Berlin to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (also see 9 Ix below).
5 Ok (Nov. 5th) – the “blessing of love”, also associated with fire, protection, guidance, and justice, coinciding with the UN’s World Tsunami Awareness Day, part of a campaign to invest in resilient infrastructures, early warning systems, and education to help alleviate tsunami risks. This is also Guy Fawkes day (and Bonfire Night) in the UK, in remembrance of the “Gunpowder Plot” of 1605 when Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Palace of Westminster during England’s state opening of Parliament. Currently this is the day when Roger Stone goes to trial based on charges of lying to Congress and obstructing justice with regard to his secret contacts with Wikileaks in 2016 prior to the US election. The trial is expected to last for several days.
Five cycles since the Canadian Supreme Court unanimously declared that the federal
government has constitutional responsibility for Métis and non-status Indians, thereby giving recognition to their rights (a landmark ruling that constitutionally protects the rights of Métis and non-status Indians).
Maya birth energy David Saint-Jacques, the Canadian astronaut and astrophysicist who recently completed several months aboard the ISS as a Flight Engineer.
6 Chuwen (Nov. 6th) – a “six directions” type of energy aligned with creativity and play, but sometimes associated with the unexpected, in place on the UN’s International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.
One cycle since the death of legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, just 8 days after his Maya birth energy.
7 Eb’ (Nov. 7th) – a “self-generating stream-of-consciousness” type of energy; a revitalizing force representative of the fertile “mid-point” in this trecena; sometimes a turning point towards the opening up of new possibilities. This is the day when former US national security adviser John Bolton is scheduled to testify as part of the impeachment inquiry. Maya birth energy of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.
Three cycles since Hurricane Maria reached Cat. 5 strength before bearing down on Puerto Rico. In the year 632 this would have been the energy in place at the time of the death of the prophet Mohammed – see Nov. 9th re the celebration of his birth.
8 B’en (Nov. 8th) – the “resurrection” of personal authority, coinciding at this time with the the 500th anniversary of the day when Hernán Cortés and his Spanish conquistadores arrived at Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) after reaching the Yucatan several months earlier. It took them less than two years to seize the capital with their advanced weaponry and defeat the Aztecs in 1521.
In 1971 this was the energy in place when the first excerpt from the 7000 page collection of the Pentagon Papers relating to presidential wrongdoing was published. In 2009 this was the energy in place when the first proton beams were circlulated in the Large Hadron Collider after it was initially shut down soon after its launch.
9 Ix (Nov. 9th) – an “outwardly projecting” type of energy often associated with deep mysteries; 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. This is the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and three cycles precisely since Puerto Rico took the full force of Cat. 4 Hurricane Maria. The evening brings the start of Mawlid al-Nabi, the observance of the birthday of the prophet Muhammad in the Muslim calendar.
10 Men (Nov. 10th) – “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, coinciding at this time with the full day (until sunset) of Mawlid al-Nabi and the public parade associated with the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito of Japan, which was postponed due to the damage inflicted by Typhoon Hagibis. This is also UNESCO’s World Science Day for Peace and Development, with this year’s theme being “Open science, leaving no one behind”. This will be Remembrance Sunday in the UK and elsewhere.
11 Kib’ (Nov. 11th) – 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, coinciding at this time with the day when Mercury passes directly in front of the sun, appearing as a small black dot making a leisurely transit across the sun’s face, an event that will not recur until 2032.This is Remembrance Day (the 101st after WWI) in Canada/Veterans’ Day in the U.S One of the stunning ways in which such commemorations are marked in the UK is through the extraordinary poppy exhibits that have been put on display over the past few years, one of which is called “Wave and Weeping Window”, that features cascades of poppies representing the blood that flowed during war.
It is also Singles Day in China, generally celebrated through games, entertainment, and shopping, now seen as the world’s biggest shopping holiday.
In the US this day comes in just before the 50th anniversary of the second Vietnam Moratorium and Mobilization rallies, some of the largest protest demonstrations in US history, with events being coodinated by groups such as the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee.
Opening day for the Second Paris Peace Forum, which will showcase about 100 creative governance projects from around the world.
Maya birth energy of animal rights advocate, Senator, and Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker, as well as that of the great singer/songwriter/record producer and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Smokey Robinson, commonly referred to as “The Soul of Motown”. In 2016 Smokey was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for his lifetime contributions to popular music.
12 Kab’an (Nov. 12th) – a “dedication” type of energy associated with movement. Aligned specifically with “Earth movement”, this is often a powerful energy associated with moving new ideas forward, coinciding with the Full Beaver Moon (aka the Frost Moon), as this is when beavers begin to take shelter in their lodges and stock up for the long winter ahead – good advice. This is an important day worldwide for the Sikh community as this is the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Jayanti, the first Sikh Guru and the founder of Sikhism. It is also the Maya birth energy of Viola Desmond, the Black Nova Scotian businesswoman who challenged racial segregation in 1946, helping to start the modern civil rights movement in Canada. She is the first Canadian woman to be featured on a $10 Cdn bill.
Four cycles since 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. It also made the case that Trump was the favored candidate of Putin, but he was elected anyway.
Five cycles since the death of super rock star Prince in the spring of 2016.
13 Etz’nab’ (Nov. 13th) – “transformational flint”, a “heavy-duty” (and often “dazzling”) force for change, coinciding currently with the 50th anniversary of the November 1969 “March Against Death” demonstrations in Washington D.C., when more than 46,000 people, each carrying a placard with the name of an American soldier killed in the Vietnam war, walked in single file past the White House and deposited the placards in coffins, in a demonstration that took two days to complete, prior to a larger rally immediately thereafter to protest against the continuing war.
Twenty years after that, in December 1989, this was the energy in place when the US invaded Panama. Currently this is the final day of the Second Paris Peace Forum, and the fourth Gregorian anniversary of the dreadful terrorist attacks on civilians at various locations in Paris.
Five cycles since the signing, in 2016, of the historic global accord to fight climate change (the Paris Climate Change Agreement). Maya calendar anniversary of the day in 1861 when Abraham Lincoln appointed General McClellan to lead the Union Army forces, at the start of the U.S. Civil War. Three cycles since Angela Merkel won her fourth term in Germany’s federal election.
[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.]