Thirteen Ajaw – The Ascension of the Sun

The sacred calendar of the Maya, the Tzolk’in, has 260 days. Each day is governed by the energy of one of the 20 Day Lords of the Sacred Maya Calendar, amplified by one of 13 tones emanating from our Galactic home. These two energetic elements, signified by number and glyph, interact to create 260 sacred days, each with it’s own unique character. In the Maya view of the universe, Thirteen is the number of Ascension, conferring the ability to rise to a higher level, to achieve a more divine perspective. The glyph, Ajaw, represents the Maya Day Lord who brings to earth the light energy of the Sun. Galactic tone 13 and Day Lord Ajaw, combine to produce 13 Ajaw  the day of the Ascension of the Sun.


According to Birgitte Rasine’s website, The Mayan Calendar Portal,,

“Light from the Sun is the ultimate source of all life. Light cannot be seen yet illuminates all else. Light gives all of itself and ask nothing in return, an ever-flowing source of inspiration and insight, truth and clarity, art and creativity.  It guides our spirit, infuses us with joy, and challenges us to take the highest path.  Like the values and truths it embodies, Light allows for no excuses, no weakness, no failures of character or ability.  While clouds on Earth and in our soul may dampen the strength, brilliance, and color of the light we see or feel, Light remains, always, the purest expression of itself and all that it illuminates…Light, embodies the highest potential of all life and illuminates the sacred journey of evolution”

DSC0035713 Ajaw is the Maya day (k’in) on which my son, Adam Stetson, left this world and ascended to a higher realm.

His transformation was the catalyst which precipitated  Crocodile Goes Out, so it seems appropriate for my first blog post to focus on Adam, without whose life and death, there would be no Crocodile Goes Out and no blog. He, too, challenged all those who crossed his path to take the high road and, like the light this day honors, he allowed no excuses.

I think Adam was born loving to learn.  I remember a teacher conference, when he was in third grade. Adam’s teacher was complaining about how she had to work so hard to make learning fun.  Adam looked puzzled and said,  “Why do you think you have to make learning fun? Learning is fun. It always makes me happy to learn something I didn’t know.”

Before Adam learned to read he badgered everyone he could into reading just one more story, or one more chapter, or one more book. Once he learned to read, books were his closest companions, especially a copy of The Little Red School Book, his guide to being a subversive student. For years he carried it in his back pocket.


Critical thinking came naturally to Adam but that book honed his skills. He never quit questioning authority (something his Dad hadn’t counted on when he gave him that book) and he encouraged everyone he met to question authority as well.  Being human, he didn’t always respond well when his authority was questioned…but that’s another story.

Given Adam’s love of learning, it’s not surprising that he preferred non-fiction to fiction. History, especially U.S. history, fascinated him. The bookshelf in his room was crammed with biographies: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Fredric Douglas, Abraham Lincoln. Like his historical heroes, he was a relentless critic of the status quo.

Adam took pleasure in being armed with the facts. He devoured encyclopedias but was wise enough not to believe everything he read. While Adam was intrigued by the ideas and events that precipitated revolution and social change, he was a true child of the Anti-Vietnam War Movement. Growing up in Chicago in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s, he witnessed bomb threats and sit-ins, hijackers and protestors.  When he was 10, all he wanted for Christmas was his own TV.  Not so he could watch cartoons, but so he could watch the Nixon Impeachment while he plowed his way through The Pentagon Papers!


Adam didn’t have much use for established religion. Making war in the name of God, any God, made no sense to him.  But, he was big on ethics and social responsibility. If there was a code he lived by, it came more from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy than from any other source. Friendship, loyalty, honesty and integrity, these were the qualities he valued most. Music, especially Blue Grass, good conversation and well-crafted beer, shared with friends old and new, these were the critical elements in Adam’s version of the good life.

Crocodile Goes Out, the book I wrote and Adam’s friend, Elizabeth

photoMcClellan, illustrated, is dedicated to Adam’s memory. I would like the book and this blog to serve as a means to keep Adam’s love of learning, books and critical thinking alive and flourishing.  Click Planting Seeds of Transformation to learn more about supporting language learning programs in the World of the Maya. Thank you, for your support and interest as we embark on this new adventure.