There is no doubt that the 260-day Tzolk’in cycle that began last October will be remembered as a time of great turbulence and uncertainty. Fortunately, weather-wise, the beginning of this final 13-day period of that same cycle does not look as ominous as was the case on the last two appearances of One Lamat. Two cycles ago states of emergency were declared along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard as a “monster” blizzard called Jonas brought hurricane force winds that significantly affected 16 states. Then on the last appearance of this energy it was Hurricane Matthew that created havoc along the Eastern Seaboard, after hammering the Caribbean and other areas. Such events were not unusual for this energy zone as Lamat is often associated with hurricanes, whether it be as a daysign or a trecena. However, after the intense heatwave that hit so many regions last week some cooler weather or even rains would be a welcome relief for many. Nevertheless, along the southwestern coast of Mexico it will be “business as usual” for One Lamat as Tropical Storm Dora has just turned into a hurricane.As we have seen so many times before, Lamat is a “signaller” kind of energy, often a significant attention-getter that can herald prodigious change. The Lamat trecena opens with the Moon Goddess working in conjunction with the “divine” energy of Venus to usher in a time frame that generally calls for strong leadership in order to shed light on new possibilities.
One of the major patrons of this trecena was known to the Aztec as Xipe Tótec, the ancient Lord of Renewal and Liberation. The other was Xiuhtecuhtli, the Lord of Fire and Time – a deity connected with time related change, as in cycle endings. Both of these deities have stripes painted on their faces. Both of these entities are oriented around the idea of setting the stage for new beginnings.
The last appearance of this trecena coincided with the tense final few weeks just before the U.S. presidential election, with Round Two of the presidential debates coinciding with the first day of the trecena and Round Three coinciding with the decisive “knife-edged” 11th day of this period. At that time many high ranking Republicans were calling for Trump’s resignation, even as election day was rapidly approaching, and the world was eagerly looking forward to the conclusion of that hotly contested political battle so that the angst would dissipate and everyone could get back to business.
But – that was not to happen. It was at this point where we might have heeded the warnings provided by Lamat – the reminder that in many Mesoamerican cultures Lamat was seen as a Rabbit that can signal “warnings”, often related to leadership, the kind of warnings that can point towards what to expect in the forthcoming new cycle. At that time we were clearly being warned to “get ready” for the changes that were about to take place.
Indeed, in the past, this final trecena of the 260 day cycle has often been a “game-changer”. In the past it has signalled dramatic changes in leadership, as in the inauguration of Pope Francis I in St. Peter’s Square on One Lamat in 2013, and in David Cameron’s majority win in the U.K. elections in 2015, also on One Lamat. In 1918 it was One Lamat that saw the horrific assassination of Czar Nicholas and his family in Russia, and in 1953 this One Lamat energy coincided with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Similarly many people who have been born under the influence of this trecena have become strong leaders or “stars” in various fields, such as Wilbur Wright, a pivotal aviation pioneer; Nelson Mandela, a significant anti-apartheid revolutionary; and the legendary musicians David Bowie and Prince.
Forty years ago the sudden death of Elvis Presley, at age 42, on the second day of this trecena signalled a dramatic shift which many saw as the “day the music died” or the death of rock-n’ roll. Certainly it was an event that came as a great shock to a whole generation of his admirers. Elvis (a twin) was born on a 2 Lamat day in 1935, with his departure coinciding with 2 Muluk during this Lamat trecena.
In 1964 this was also the trecena that brought the arrival of the Beatles in the U.S. to make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and last October this trecena brought the announcement that Bob Dylan was to receive a Nobel Prize for literature, the first musician ever to receive this prize.
This is a time period that can require close attention, as changes can happen quickly under the influences in place. “Game-changing” events in the past that have coincided with this energy zone include the discovery of gold in California in 1848; the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, followed by the unconditional surrender of Japan at the end of World War II; the passage of the Civil Rights Act in the U.S. in 1957; the first major Greenpeace event, in 1975; the completion of the deconstruction of the Berlin Wall in 1990; the storming of Baghdad by U.S. forces in 2003; the approval of the sweeping Wall St. reform bill in the U.S. in 2010; and the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2014.
On the final day of this trecena last October, the last day of the 260-day cycle, there was a massive internet cyber attack involving the “weaponization” of internet-connected everyday devices, at which time access to many of the top internet sites such as Amazon, Twitter, Paypal, and Netflix was knocked out. It took eleven hours to fully restore service.
In keeping with the “signalling” aspects of this trecena this has also been the energy zone in which two significant signals from deep space have been detected – the Wow! Signal detected on One Lamat in 1977, and detection in 2015 of the signal spikes from HD164595, a 6.3 billion-year-old star in the constellation Hercules. The last time this Lamat trecena was in place The Astronomical Journal published a report that reveals that, based on info. obtained from Hubble over 20 years, there are thought to be a mind-boggling two trillion galaxies in the universe.Currently, as everyone is aware, much is in flux in terms of world leadership. In Washington attempts are being made to shove forward a revised health care bill that could leave millions of people without adequate coverage. The Russia probe and the investigation into Trump’s possible obstruction of justice, the lawsuits that have recently been filed against him, and his extraordinary inability to differentiate between truth and fabrication loom large, suggesting that many significant changes will be forthcoming during the next 260-day cycle. The intense on-going anti-government protests in Venezuela, the changes in leadership in Europe and elsewhere, and the on-going battles against terrorism all point towards many new developments in this regard over the next nine months. Here are the energies that are coming into being:
1 Lamat (June 26th) – the “initiation of leadership”, a heralding type of energy that can point towards change or new directions, this time coinciding with the 40th Gregorian anniversary of Elvis’s final concert (in Indianapolis, on Maya day 3 Etz’nab, in 1977. On the last appearance of One Lamat (in October last year) the second presidential debate took place, at a time when increasing numbers of Republicans were “stampeding away” from their candidate. Currently Tropical Storm Dora has just become a hurricane.
2 Muluk (June 27th) – the “dynamic shape-shifting” energy of water, this time in conjunction with Canadian Multiculturalism Day. The Maya Calendar energy in place 40 years ago at the time of Elvis’ death on Aug. 16th, 51 days after his last concert (He was born on 2 Lamat in 1935.) On the last appearance of this energy U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he would no longer defend Trump and would focus on maintaining the Republican congressional majority, at which time Trump “declared war” on Ryan and the GOP establishment.
3 Ok (June 28th) – a Burner Day representative of the “announcing (or activation) of fire” or (heart-fire). Nelson Mandela’s Maya birthday. Seven cycles since the announcement that CERN had discovered the Higgs-Boson particle.
4 Chuwen (June 29th) – a “defining” day associated with play (and sometimes mischief); a “time-weaver” type of energy that can be quite eventful. Beginning of a 4-day conference to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Roswell UFO incident (see below re 9 Kib’ and 13 Ajaw).
Ninety-nine cycles ago this was the energy that ushered David Jones (later known as David Bowie) into this realm, precisely one Calendar Round (ie. “New Fire”) after the birth of Eva Jessye, the first black woman to receive international distinction for her work with musical theatre. Currently this is the Calendar Round anniversary of the day in 1965 when Barry McGuire (born on 9 Lamat) began recording the protest song “Eve of Destruction”, which quickly became a #1 hit. There is MUCH about that song that, unfortunately, is still representative of today’s world:
. . . . Handfuls of Senators don’t pass legislation,
And marches alone can’t bring integration,
When human respect is disintegratin’,
This whole carazy world is just too frustratin’
And you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction . . . .
5 Eb’ (June 30th) – the “blessing” of restorative vitality, this time in conjunction with Asteroid Day. Click here for a live broadcast throughout this day.
6 B’en (July 1st) – representative of “personal authority everywhere”, this time coinciding with Canada’s 150th birthday at a time when the Moon + Jupiter are conjunct. This is also the 50th anniversary of the day when Chief Dan George gave a famous speech at the centennial birthday party for Canada at Empire Stadium, when he said:
In the long hundred years since the white man came, I have seen my freedom disappear like the salmon going mysteriously out to sea. The white man’s strange customs, which I do not understand, pressed down upon me until I could no longer breathe. When I fought to protect my land and my home, I was called a savage. When I neither understood nor welcomed this way of life, I was called lazy. When I tried to rule my people, I was stripped of my authority. O Canada, how can I celebrate with you this centenary, this hundred years? Shall I thank you for the reserves that are left me of my beautiful forests? For the canned fish of my rivers? For the loss of my pride and authority, even among my own people?
Four years later he was presented with the Order of Canada. The legacy of the kinds of concerns that Chief Dan George spoke of at that time can still be seen today as this Canada 150 celebration will be paralleled by an “Unsettling 150” National Day of Action by the Indigenous Movement that is working to raise awareness concerning issues spawned by colonialism, as they advocate in support of Indigenous self-determination over land, territories, and resources.
7 Ix (July 2nd) – a “self generating transformation” type of energy, as was in place in 2013 at the time of South Africa’s national memorial service for Nelson Mandela. The 80th Gregorian anniversary of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart.
8 Men (July 3rd) – a “resurrection” type of energy associated with the high vision of the Eagle, at the time of an additional statutory holiday for Canada Day. Three cycles ago this was the energy in place when a mysterious deep space signal was heard by SETI investigators.
9 Kib’ (July 4th) – an expansive, “restoration of order” type of energy, sometimes associated with making “adjustments”, often with long term implications, coinciding at this time with Independence Day in the U.S., on the 70th anniversary of the day when a UFO allegedly fell to the earth in New Mexico (on a 12 Lamat day in 1947)10 Kab’an (July 5th) – a foundational type of energy associated with the earth and evolutionary movement, as was in place last October when the Obama’s (with Michelle in a gorgeous gold gown, just perfect for this trecena) held their final state dinner in the White House.
11 Etz’nab’ (July 6th) – an “inspirational flint” type of force that can be quite dazzling and attention-getting. In 1325 this energy was in place at the time of the founding of Tenochtitlan, the axis of the Aztec empire. 100 years ago this was in place when the Military Revolutionary Committee of the first Soviet government came into power; in 1944 an attempt was made to assassinate Hitler under this influence (one of 3 such attempts that year).
In 1955 a young Elvis Presley gave his first professional performance under this influence in his hometown of Tupelo. During the summer of 2012 Venus achieved her greatest brilliance under this influence in conjunction with an “extreme” X1.4 solar eruption, and the last appearance of this energy coincided with the third and final presidential debate.12 Kawak (July 7th) – the “gathering storm” energy that can provide a final big PUSH toward enlightenment, coinciding at this time with Tanabata (the Star Festival) in Japan; the start of the G20 summit in Hamburg; and Ringo Starr’s 77th birthday. On this day seven Treaty Chiefs will lead the parade at the start of the Calgary Stampede. Maya birth energy of Gloria Steinem and Prince.
13 Ajaw (July 8th) – “transformational Full Sun”, a day often filled with high drama and great change – and sometimes even great light, at the conclusion of the Imix to Ajaw cycle, on the last day of the G20 summit in Hamburg. The day of the opening of the Carnaval del Sol, the largest Latin Carnaval in the Pacific Northwest, and the day of the main parade and festival for Pride in London, in and around Trafalgar Square. The 70th anniversary of the press release regarding the New Mexico UFO crash, that has been the cause of great speculation ever since.
Tzolk’in anniversary of the awarding of the contract for construction of the Space Shuttles Atlantis and Discovery in 1979. Nine cycles exactly since the “moment of transition” in Egypt in 2011 when hundreds of thousands waited for the president to step down. Two cycles since more than $13b was raised at the conference for Supporting Syria and the Region London 2016, attended by representatives of 70 nations to address the needs of the Syrian refugees.The amount pledged at that time was the largest ever raised for a humanitarian cause.
[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.]