Friday, May 8, 2015

Astrology and Mayan Tzolkin for May 8th to May 20th 2015

This is the "Care and feeding of a New World Age" report for Gregorian date of May 8th 2015 for 1 – Lamat "la-maught" or Star or Rabbit or Venus in the Mayan Tzolkin calendar, with Mars moving into Gemini, the Taurus New Moon, and Mercury turning retrograde.

    May 8th is 1 – Lamat "la-maught" or Star or Rabbit or Venus which carries the themes of abundance, playfulness, fertility, growth, ripeness, physical pleasure and spiritual inspiration, artistry, creation, joy and humor. One Star is also known as One Rabbit or One Venus. The glyph for Star is the planet Venus which is associated with death and rebirth as Venus disappears as the evening star and then reappears as the morning star. Venus is the Morning Star after the inferior conjunction (I.C.) when it is in front of the Sun and cannot be seen due to its close proximity to the Sun which lasts about 8 days and before the superior conjunction (S.C.) when Venus transits behind the Sun and is not visible for about 50 days. Venus is the Evening Star after the S.C. and before the I.C. Both the Morning star and Evening star phases lasts approximately 260 days and of course 260 days is exactly the length of a Tzolkin round and 1 - Star is the final trecena of the 260 day round, so the next "Care and Feeding" will celebrate a new round with 1 - Imix or Crocodile on May 21st. I think it's interesting that modern Mayanologists have emphasized the Venus transit across the face of the sun in relation to Mayan cosmology, but the Dresden Codex which details precise knowledge of Venus' full cycle, makes no mention of the transit. This makes me wonder if this is a modern projection onto the Maya, because although the Venus transit which occurs twice every 243 years, during the I.C. is remarkable when viewed from the Earth, it is certainly a lesser energetic force compared to the S.C. when Venus is hidden behind the Sun and traveling in the same direction. After all, we westerners love pyrotechnics, but might have missed the boat regarding the actual energetic as it relates to the spiritual realm. This thirteen day period would be a time to be grateful for any abundance or harvest in our lives whether it be food or spiritual insight.

     Before I get into the daily energy for 1 – Lamat "la-maught, on the 8th all the planets appear to be moving forward from our vantage point on Earth, except Saturn and Pluto which appears to move retrograde or in reverse motion. Remember the themes of retrograde planets are the review the past, re-evaluate, reminisce and we can see these themes being played out. Saturn retrograde reviews our commitments, plans, what we do for work, and structures of our lives. This one is a little more complicated than most because Saturn begins its apparent reverse movement in Sagittarius, but eventually backs into the final degrees of Scorpio. Saturn retrograde is a task master that demands we take responsibility to review, our beliefs while in Sagittarius and our ethics while in Scorpio. When Pluto, the planet of transformation through a death and rebirth cycle, is retrograde, which is about reviewing the past, and releasing anything from the past that is a burden to our new path. Pluto in Capricorn is determined in exposing the darkness, destroying the old order, so that we can rise up like the Phoenix from the ashes to soar again. Capricorn is about large structures which includes banks, governments, corporations, and religions. Pluto is in Capricorn until 2023 where it is destroying and regenerating the structures that are the foundation of our societies represented by Capricorn. This is a time of a cosmic course correction for the entire planet. We cannot continue to harm Mother Earth for the economic gain of a few. It is the resistance to Pluto's lesson of letting go of the past, that brings tragedy and pain.

    The big change in the One Star trecena is Mercury changing directions, as it moves retrograde on the 18th and direct on June 11th, so the end of the month would be a good time to avoid signing contracts or other legal papers, making any major purchases, or even taking a new job. If you can postpone these types of activities the terms will be much clearer after Mercury is moving direct. That may seem impossible, so if you can avoid these activities a few days before and after Mercury changing directions on the 18th and June 11th, when the energy is at its most potent, would be beneficial. Mercury retrogrades force us to slow down and pay more attention to our lives by making us focus on the details of our daily experience. When looking at a retrograde cycle of any of the personal or inner planets, they provide information about a correction to our present course. During this report period we have Mercury traveling through the first stage of the retrograde process since 5/4. There are two important points to be aware of in looking at the cycle. We look at the point where the planet appears to move backwards and the point where it appears to move forward again. The first stage represents the shadow time between passing 4 degrees Gemini, the point where the planet will eventually begin moving forward again, and the point where the planet slows, stops, and begins moving in reverse, 13 degrees Gemini. During the first stage we receive information about needing to adjust our direction. The second stage is the retrograde phase and is a time to watch the events that occur related to the information received in the 1st stage. The 3rd stage begins when the planet is moving forward again until crossing the line where it originally turned retrograde. During the 3rd stage we move forward with a revision to our previous course. We entered into the 1st stage for Mercury on May 4th, so from then until the 18th, we receive information about an adjustment that needs to be made in our lives. Mercury is retrograde from 5/18 at 13 Gemini until 6/11 at 4 Gemini which will be the time when we will notice events that shift our thinking, and from June 11th to June 27th, we are in the 3rd stage where we implement the change in direction from the awareness gained through experiencing this process. 

    I've discovered that Mercury retrogrades repeat every 79 years, so look for the reoccurrence of themes from 1936, 1857 and 1778. Let's see if those were interesting times. 1936 saw Radium E become the first radioactive element to be made synthetically, Emperor Hirohito orders the Japanese army to arrest 123 conspirators in Tokyo government offices; after The Imperial Way Faction engineers a failed coup against the Japanese government, The Hoover Dam is completed in the United States, Nazi Germany reoccupies the Rhineland in violation of the Treaty of Versailles, Richard Hauptmann, convicted of the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder in 1932, is executed by electrocution in New Jersey State Prison, tornadoes strike Tupelo, Mississippi, and  Gainesville, Georgia for the 4th and 5th deadliest tornados in U.S. history, The 1936–39 Arab revolt in Palestine against the British government and opposition to Jewish immigration begins, Italy annexes Ethiopia and Italian East Africa is formed from the Italian territories of Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Italian Somaliland, The first flight by the Irish airline Aer Lingus takes place, British luxury liner RMS Queen Mary leaves Southampton on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic, thousands die and high temperature records are set during a major heat wave in North America, Margaret Mitchell's epic historical romance Gone with the Wind is first published in the United States. The Spanish Civil War begins, the 1936 Summer Olympics open in Berlin, Germany, and mark the first live television coverage of a sports event in world history, in which  African-American athlete Jesse Owens wins the 100-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics, the first of the Moscow Trials begins in the Soviet Union, the start of Joseph Stalin's Great Purge in the Soviet Union, the Rome-Berlin Axis is formed, during the Great Depression Franklin D. Roosevelt is reelected to a second term, the first edition of Life magazine is published, the Anti-Comintern Pact is signed by Germany and Japan, Hitler mandates that all German boys aged 10 to 18 join the Hitler Youth paramilitary organization, King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom abdicates, and the rise of unions in the United States with strikes across the country.  

    1857 brought France and the United Kingdom to formally declare war on China in the Second Opium War, the largest slave auction in United States history, dubbed as 'The Weeping Time' with over a 2-day period, Pierce M. Butler sells 436 men, women, children, and infants, all of whom are kept in stalls meant for horses at a racetrack in Savannah, Georgia, for weeks beforehand, James Buchanan succeeds Franklin Pierce as President of the United States, in Dred Scott v. Sandford the Supreme Court of the United States rules that Blacks are not citizens and slaves cannot sue for freedom, driving the country further towards the American Civil War,  an earthquake in Tokyo, Japan, kills over 100,000, the End of the Anglo-Persian War, the Indian Rebellion of 1857 with the 3rd Light Cavalry of the British East India Company's army rebels against its British officers, thus beginning the rebellion and Indian combatants capture Delhi from the East India Company, followed by the Siege of Lucknow and the second massacre at Kanpur, and Delhi was later recaptured in 1857 by British forces, and the Panic of 1857 begins with speculation in U.S. railroad shares and collapse on August 24 of the New York City branch of the Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Company following widespread embezzlement trigger a financial crisis which will extend to Europe, in which New York banks close in October and do not reopen for two months. 1857 was the time period when Neptune was last in Pisces, as it is currently, which was a time of more compassion for the suffering of slaves in the United States, but also more opposition to that compassion. Which has made its way back into the conscious event field with the awareness of police shooting, strangulation, and death from spinal injuries of people of color without probable cause, yet white people can carry military types of weapons in public without incident. Also this seems to be being played out in the theme of Wealth Inequality, which if all your income only pays for survival needs then isn't that a form of enslavement? And of course here in the United States we have millionaire legislators, who are voting for corporate interests over their constituents' needs. We are certainly seeing an awakening in the protests regarding Racism and Climate Change. I was reading recently that the 1% is becoming fearful of America erupting in a way that is similar to the French Revolution. 

    1778 saw the American Revolution continue with the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce signed by the United States and France, signaling official French recognition of the new republic, with the Battle of Monmouth, the Wyoming Massacre,  Louis XVI of France declaring war on the Kingdom of Great Britain with the First Battle of Ushant: British and French fleets fight to a standoff. The French invasion of Dominica captures the British fort there before the latter is aware that France has entered the war in the Franco-American alliance. Also in 1778 brought the Captain James Cook, with ships HMS Resolution and HMS Discovery, explores and maps the Pacific Northwest coast of North America from Cape Foulweather (Oregon) to the Bering Strait. In the Hawaiian Islands, Captain James Cook becomes the first European to land on Maui. and the Continental Congress passes the first budget of the United States. In 1778 the Continental Army becomes a more organized fighting unit. Interestingly tactics that we look at as carried out by patriots early in the war, would now be acts of terrorism from our modern viewpoint, such as attaching a time bomb to the hull of the HMS Eagle or placing cannons on Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston Harbor. These are themes of the Trickster archetype, to use cleverness and covert actions rather than attempt to battle a more powerful adversary on its own terms. Clearly we are looking at cycles within cycles, the players have changed roles, but the themes of a decaying empire collapsing under its own weight, with individuals employing tactics of cleverness over direct confrontation, the oppressive power of fascist governments, economic decline increasing the chasm between the elite and the struggling throngs, and the growing compassion for those left without a voice are the fabric of our times.

    If you look at the house of your astrological chart that contains 4 to 13 degrees of Gemini, you can find the theme where you will experience revisions, reviews and rethinking of the characteristics represented by that house. For me it is the twelfth house of secrets, sorrows and self-undoing, the House of Karma, so I expect this cycle to provide new information about completions to prepare for new beginnings. No matter where the Mercury retrograde occurs in your chart, this often leads to changing choices, goals, and directions. In the world look for the themes of completion through intellectual review of the past particularly related to communications about topics like intelligence, adaptability, responsiveness, short distance travel, curiosity, fickleness, and duality when Mercury moves through Gemini where it's in the sign of its rulership. All the Mercury retrogrades in 2015 will be in air signs: Aquarius, Gemini, and finally Libra.

    As we began the trecena Mercury slows down and turns retrograde at 13 degrees Gemini on the 18th. When a planet slows down to a stop from our perspective here on earth, that planet is considered to be at the peak of its power and Mercury being at the peak of its power reminds me that the Greek god Hermes, who the Romans renamed to Mercury, was also the trickster god. He was the messenger of the Gods and if you weren't on his good side you might not get your message or it might be altered to mean something different than was intended. In mythology the trickster is a god, goddess, woman, man, animal or spirit that creates mischief by playing tricks and acting outside of the accepted rules of their community. I do want share this quote from Joseph Campbell "Almost all non-literate mythology has a trickster-hero of some kind. . . . And there’s a very special property in the trickster: he always breaks in, just as the unconscious does, to trip up the rational situation. He’s both a fool and someone who’s beyond the system. And the trickster represents all those possibilities of life that your mind hasn’t decided it wants to deal with. The mind structures a lifestyle, and the fool or trickster represents another whole range of possibilities. He doesn’t respect the values that you’ve set up for yourself, and smashes them. . . . The fool is the breakthrough of the absolute into the field of controlled social orders." And that is a great description for Mercury retrograde. It also contains a formula for confronting a much more powerful foe. Being cunning over fighting on their terms.

     Ok let's look at the daily vibrational energy for this trecena.
May 8th is 1 – Lamat "la-maught" or Star or Rabbit or Venus: unity experienced through being grateful for abundant relationships in the Mayan Tzolkin calendar, while the Capricorn Moon harmonizes with Neptune, merges with Pluto, finds support from the Sun, and is challenged by Uranus, which shifts from being very sensitive to the moods of others, to having more intense moods rising to the surface from deep in our psyches, followed by having a sense of harmony within ourselves and supports any type of group activity and relationships with the opposite sex, and finally people are likely to act hasty and jump to conclusions.  

The 9th is 2 – Muluc "moo-luke" or Offering: duality experienced through appreciating creation, with the first of three Mercury square Neptune which can confuse communication but also favors creative and spiritual activities. Watch out for exaggeration and boasting, and some will cross over into outright lying. Mercury is also communication, and in aspect to Neptune for a day or so we have potential for confusion about the details of mundane daily events but a wonderful potential to connect with spiritual realms through being in nature, meditating, and engaging in inner work. Overall it's best to carefully formulate exactly what you wish to communicate, because if it could be misunderstood, it probably will. Daydreaming is to be expected under this influence. Not a great day for negotiations or signing contracts as these activities will not be clear under the Neptunian fog. Also on the 9th the Moon finds support from Mars and harmonizes with Saturn which moves from feeling a little more confident than usual with the ability to assert ourselves in a positive manner, to later wanting to be alone in our thoughts and feelings.

May 10th is 3 – Oc "awk" or Dog: taking action through enjoying family and friends, while the Aquarius Moon finds support from Mercury and is opposed by Jupiter which shifts from feeling in touch with our emotions and expressing them to others, to later folks expressing feelings of generosity.

The 11th is 4 - Chuen "shoe-in" or Monkey: stability through creating something new, while Mars enters Gemini which brings an intellectual quality to sexual attraction, where affairs begin in the mind before they become reality. A mental adventure that eventually leads to physical passion. Aggression likewise will have an intellectual quality and maybe scene as more covert forms like manipulation and passive aggression than overt violence. Also on the 11th the Sun sextiles Chiron illuminating old wounds to release what has been stuck or unconscious to allow healing. Also on the 11th the last quarter Moon is stimulated by Uranus, and challenged by the Sun and Mars which moves from pleasant yet restless energy that desires emotional excitement, followed by encountering challenges to our daily routines, and finally the potential for people to be irritable and have needless disputes.

May 12th is 5 - Eb "eb" or Road: empowerment through serving your community, while the Pisces Moon is challenged by Saturn and Mercury, supported by Venus, and Merges with Neptune which shifts from people feeling lonely or isolated, to later enjoying pleasant feelings and social interactions, followed by feelings of empathy for those around us, including the possibility of clairvoyance and telepathic experiences for those of us who are sensitive by nature, and finally our moods influencing our ability to think rationally.

The 13th is 6 - Ben "ben" or Reed or Corn: being in the flow through maintaining the home, with the Moon in Pisces in harmony with Pluto and the Sun which influences folks to have deep emotions finding their way to the surface and felt on a profound level, followed by feeling balance between our inner and outer worlds.

May 14th is 7 - Ix "eesh" or Jaguar: reflection through enjoying nature, while the Aries Moon harmonizes with Mars and Mercury, is supported by Saturn, and challenged by Venus which moves from having the desire to work independently from others, to having a sober realistic view of life, then later pleasant energy for being with the others we want to know better, and finally lots of chatting with friends, neighbors, coworkers and being social with others.

The 15th is 8 - Men "men" or Eagle: balance through seeing from a higher perspective, with Mars opposing Saturn which prompts us to take responsibility for our actions which will emerge as a new beginning on the Taurus New Moon on May 18th. Mars in a tense relationship with Saturn can be cruel, as people will hold in their anger after being wronged, rather than express that the other has wounded them in some way, it's best to relax and avoid situations and people that produce meaningless tension in our lives. Also on the 15th the Moon in Aries finds support from Jupiter, is challenged by Pluto and merges with Uranus which begins with people having a pleasant sense of wellbeing, followed by having the compulsion to act in ways that may not be good for us in the long run, and finally people feeling impulsive and acting rashly, with moods changing quickly and unexpectedly.

May 16th is 9 - Cib "keeb" or Wisdom: patience experienced through introspection, meditation and forgiveness, while Venus trines Neptune. Venus finding support from her higher octave planet Neptune is pleasant, romantic, creative, but not necessarily good for getting things done. This is a supportive relationship between the planet of romantic love and her higher octave the planet of unconditional love. This might be a time when we experience universal love through our personal relationships. I think this will be excellent energy for practices and studies that raise consciousness like yoga, mysticism, spiritualism, and occult metaphysics as a way to ground other worldly energy in the here and now. This is also very creative and imaginative energy, that seeks and appreciates beauty. Exposure to art, music, or poetry could help renew our consciousness during the pleasant dreamy fog of this transit. This is excellent for any type of creativity that must be conceived mentally prior to being brought into physical form. For the more highly evolved this is experienced as great compassion and tenderness, as this transit induces selflessness and spiritual love. This is a good day to indulge in daydreams and fantasies. Also on the 16th the Taurus Moon harmonizes with Neptune and Venus which brings greater sensitivity to others' emotions with possible psychic impressions for those who are open, followed by having pleasant energy to be with friends and loved ones.

The 17th is 10 - Caban "kah-ban" or Earth: manifestation through gratitude for Mother Earth, with the Moon in Taurus challenged by Jupiter and supported by Pluto which moves from benevolent and generous feelings for those in our immediate environment, to Pluto bringing out intense emotions and stimulating sensitivity, which also favors sexual relationships.

May 18th is 11 – Etznab "etz-nob" or Flint: resolution through being introspective, with the Taurus New Moon as it merges with the Sun and Mars, is opposed by Saturn, and challenged by Neptune, which influences the new moon with some feeling lonely and isolated, followed by experiencing irritable moods and critical communications, and finally daydreams and fantasies feeling more important than reality. Taurus is a fixed earth sign which brings grounding energy that want to find stability. New Moons bring the opportunity to set an intension for manifestation on the following full moon. Look to the house of your astrology chart that contains 26 degrees 56 minutes, almost 27 degrees, Taurus to consider what area of your life is being activated by this new moon. For me that would be my twelfth house of secrets, sorrows, and self undoing, but is also the most mystical of all the houses and is linked to psychic powers, so I would set an intension related to using this energy. The new moon in Taurus is about security, practical concerns, money, land, real estate, and our physical bodies. Also on the 18th Mercury turns retrograde at 13 degrees Gemini. Even folks who don't follow astrology are aware of Mercury's retrograde effect on communication, technology and travel. This begins a time that shifts our review of information below the surface, with a focus on Mercury’s sign of rulership Gemini which is very fast energy that will speed up communications and interest in a wider variety of topics for the rest of the month, through June and into July. From the 18th to June 11th would be a good time to avoid signing contracts or other legal papers, making any major purchases, or even taking a new job. If you can postpone these types of activities the terms will be much clearer after Mercury is moving direct. The retrograde cycle provides information about a change or correction in our cosmic course. In the context of the retrograde cycle I think of Mercury retracing it's steps back in Gemini to gather information that will be needed to support the tasks and projects that move forward during the peak numerological five month of June when Mercury is direct. Being flexible will be key to adapting to the ever shifting information of Mercury in Gemini. Those with a high need for control will be especially challenged. This will be an interesting day as the Taurus New Moon seeks stability and retrograde Mercury in Gemini needs flexibility. It reminds me of bamboo that is stable because its flexible. 

The 19th is 12 - Cauac "cow-ack" or Storm: understanding through recognizing the gifts in adversity, with the Gemini Moon merging with Mercury, and harmonizing with Jupiter and Uranus, which begins with positive energy for integrating our thoughts and moods, then later feeling in the flow and having a sense of wholeness, and finally having pleasant yet restless feelings craving emotional excitement to do something outside the daily routine.

May 20th is 13 - Ahau "ah-how" or Sun: movement to the next stage through honoring the wisdom and memory of our ancestors, while Moon in Gemini makes no angles and is void of course until moving into Cancer, which does not favor major decisions or purchases, but is good to use for resting to assimilate this latest round of energy and experiences.

    So no matter what energies are affecting you during this 1 Star trecena, take some time to be in the flow of the planet by being in nature, watching a sunrise or sunset, communing with the stars, being conscious of the moment through introspection, meditation or being with someone you love. Every day is a blessing no matter what dramas beckon to distract us. We are all giving the performance of a life time on this world stage, just take some time to observe the play as well as act your part. Remember you are a spiritual being having a human experience.

    Thank you for checking out New World Birth. The next segment of "Care and feeding of a New World Age" will be on May 21st for 1 – Imix "e-meesh" or Crocodile, with the Sun moving into Gemini, and the Sagittarius Full Moon. You can check us out on Facebook, YouTube and the Mayan Majix website. I encourage you to share this information as videos or text as widely as you choose. As always I invite you to contact me at if you have any questions or wish to schedule a reading. I am providing readings and wish to make this service available to the greatest amount of folks, so I’ve created three options with three levels of compensation. If you've been thinking about getting a reading, please contact me, as I would like to provide you a reading during these uncertain times. You will need to be able to either call me in Maine in the U.S.A. or connect with Skype to receive your reading. We are also accepting donations to keep these reports freely available. As always I am blessed that you've taken the time to connect with my passion for these ancient mysteries and their application to our journey during this incarnation. The light in me honors the light in you… Namaste – In Lak’ech - <3

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