THE RED BLOOD CLAN

Photo reproduced by permission of Giovaux Communication/Phototake NYC

Photo reproduced by permission of Giovaux Communication/Phototake NYC

The Dreamspell is a modern interpretation on the ancient Mayan Calendar. Its meaning was developed/decoded by José Argüelles as an astrological divination system. Within the Dreamspell are 4 large categories of definition called Clans associated with consciousness or personality influences attributed to the influence of galactic forces on the individual. The four Clans: Yellow Fire, Red Blood, White Truth and Blue Sky.  Hierarchically lower than Clans on this scale of consciousness influences are Tribes, associated with Earth consciousness: Polar, Cardinal, Core, Signal and GatewayJosé Argüelles‘ explanations for these interpretations on the Mayan dogma are broad in scope and encourage individual creativity.  They don’t supply great detail or find distinctions to use as guidance.  Rather they encourage seekers to explore personal subjective truths within broader categories.  My blogs on this subject explore compiled research on the subject and channeled material.  That work was originally intended to make the Dreamspell more useful to me, but it may be helpful to other Dreamspell searchers.  I hope you find it valuable.  For my purposes, I’ve substituted “Chime Tribe” for Signal Tribe, and “Weaver Tribe” for Gateway Tribe. The new terms help me to better understand and remember the underlying principals. The subject of this blog entry, however is the Red Blood Clan.

As something springs forth into the universe, a dynamic covered in the Dreamspell by Yellow Fire, the next stage of change is for it to become refined. Red Blood Clan might be well defined by this next stage of progress. That which is raw doesn’t always immediately lend itself to usage. Yellow Fire is enamored of the raw, and will make very little adjustment to it on personal preference. Red Blood is both capable of receiving the raw, and working with it. This dynamic is interested in making that which is raw more palatable. Red Blood Clan is driven by the desire to refine and make things palatable. Whereas it might have been appropriate to think of Yellow Fire dynamics as 75% newness, and 25% emptiness, Red Blood dynamics is better considered to be 75% status quo, and 25% assimilation. In the previous statement, status quo is whatever the state of what Red Blood receives–so it could be the newness of Yellow Fire that it simply doesn’t assimilate.

Red Blood Clan is most suited to understanding the inherent potential of emptiness (described further in the Blue Sky Clan). Red Blood doesn’t consider it to be emptiness. Rather Red Blood understands that there’s space ready for everything being created. Red Blood is reverent about the past–well-suited to appreciation; adoration. Red Blood humans are among those who create religions, establish monasteries or build families. Red Blood people may or may not be painters, but they will likely love art galleries, owning art or encouraging and supporting artists. Certain habits and actions of those practicing natural science–identifying and assimilating unknown species of life, administering to new or little understood forms (ideas, theories, etc.)–are appropriate to Red Blood. If the reader already knows something of the White Truth Clan, its tendency to be scientific or explore chaotic terrains, then one shouldn’t assume that science is their exclusive province. Red Blood Clan exhibits the dynamic of weaving things together into strong, supportive and harmonic structures. Nor should one think that Red Blood’s appreciation for what is and what has been inures them to the glory of the new. Red Blood sees the potential of the new, particularly when it is fully assimilated and has its proper place in the scheme of things. The teeming potential contained in that which already exists is the province of Red Blood.

As soon as possible, Red Blood will try to assimilate the new, so that it limits any disruption to the beauty of what is. Red Blood is sensitive to and supportive of the status quo, so much so that it often receives the brunt of the force of the incoming new, and buffers everything else from its destructive power. Red Blood Clan often finds itself at the center of struggles and more often than not suffering at the expense of someone else’s fight. Nonetheless, Red Blood will heal more quickly than most from this type of injury, be it to the heart or the body, and then also be more ready to make peace with, and amongst those involved.

There is, however, injury from which Red Blood does not easily heal. It is in the concentrated and intended destruction of supportive frames that Red Blood is mortally wounded. When Red Blood has occasion to meet with destructiveness that’s either so total that the status quo can’t be recovered, or so insidious that current beauty and elegance of things drains away, leaving dead husks, then Red Blood must flee or die with it. Despite Red Blood’s power to receive and make a home for the force and power of Yellow Fire in general, Red Blood is critically weak in that it can only maintain support structures that have already gained harmony and balance, or fix parts of a largely whole structure. Red Blood must take part in a vital life force, or find itself dying of thirst. As emptiness was the opposite of Yellow Fire, to Red Blood chaos is the opposite dynamic—a lack of supportive order, love and beauty. Unlike Yellow Fire, though, which could react to emptiness in a productive way, Red Blood is eaten, dissipated, or dried up by chaos.

The following section is repeated for every individual Clan blog entry.  It is meant to draw together meanings from all four Clans, and to help understand one in relation to the others.

Of the 4 ClansBlue Sky and Yellow Fire represent the most destructive and simultaneously most creative capacities, whereas Red Blood and White Truth represent the most constructive, and receptive.

With Yellow Fire, we explored the notion of emptiness before the newness came into being. Blue Sky is more at home in this emptiness and doesn’t try to change it. Thus, Yellow Fire (which creates the new) and Blue Sky have the potential to be at odds. Red Blood understands that emptiness is actually full of something; specifically, all that has ever been or ever will be. Blue Sky also understands that emptiness is full of something; specifically, infinite possibility. Thus, Red Blood and Blue Sky have the potential of being harmonious with each other. However, Blue Sky appreciates the comparative cataclysm that is the new as an expression of infinite potential, while Red Blood prefers things to become quiescent and stable. Since Yellow Fire represents such possible cataclysmic newness, Blue Sky and Yellow Fire are just as likely to be natural allies as competitors, and Blue Sky and Red Blood are as likely to be at odds. The point here isn’t that the are or aren’t natural allies or bitter enemies, but rather why they are either. When Blue Sky meets Yellow Fire, they may either get along well, in which case it is because they share an appreciation for a momentous beginning, or they won’t, in which case it will be because they disagree on the value of emptiness. With Blue Sky meeting Red Blood, confluence will be because they appreciate the various forms of emptiness, whereas discord will be because they don’t feel the same way about chaos.

At this point, it’s useful to consider the newness of Yellow Fire in more detail, though it’s also important not to over-define it. The dynamic of newness defies prior description, except as an infinite potential to be. But what if we explore it from the perspectives associated with the metaphors used for the other clans/dynamics?

In describing the Clans, we introduced, in addition to newness, the ideas of emptiness, familiar patterns, chaos and potential. The trick is in helping you see how they define each other. We’ve essentially defined emptiness as a cross-over point–an overlap between familiar patterns, chaos and potential. So, when we describe the state before Yellow Fire introduces something new, we’re describing emptiness.

In more common terms, emptiness might be thought of as empty space, which scientists often tries to use to describe the soup of waves forms that are the basis or reality as we know it. Zero-Point energy is that underpinning of energy that appears to exist in every place and everything, but which science is only beginning to tap as a source. Wave forms = familiar patterns; Zero-Point Energy = potential. And all this swimming without apparent order: chaos. Chaos, from the point of view of Blue Sky, is merely that which exists but which is not yet known or understood.  There must therefore be pattern in chaos, just not one that can be observed. From the relative perspective of the familiar, then the chaotic state is a judgment; an opinion; a statement of preference.

When you put all this together, you’re left with reality defined as an expression of what is (what’s already understood) and what can be (what may already be but isn’t yet understood). Add to this the way time is said to be a dimension in which reality folds over itself, reality rubbing and tumbling over itself, past and future and even the idea of something new springing into being loses its meaning; its distinction. Everything already exists in one way or another; but some things go from unknown or unperceived to known or knowable; a change of form.

Yellow Fire and White Truth represent the dynamics of reality changing forms. Yellow Fire transforms the low rumble of possibility that’s natural to all reality into something identifiable, observable and dynamic. Even if we describe Yellow Fire as a changing of form, the dynamic, the experience is of newness, in that it still hasn’t been assimilated into harmonic structures. Its dynamic is singular, individual, and to some degree self-sustaining. It has to be, because it hasn’t yet been plugged in to sustaining structures. From the perspective of Red Blood and White Truth, then, Yellow Fire is raw and untamed. Its an active dynamic that lacks specificity and interrelations. It lacks the complexity necessary to interacting harmoniously with others. Its change that moves and eats the old, like Pacman eats the dots. White Truth also transforms the low rumble of possibility that’s natural to all reality into something identifiable and observable. The difference is that the product of the White Truth transformation isn’t dynamic. White Truth adjusts the fabric of the known to make place for the unknown, adding complexity and flexibility.  Its dynamic is multitudinous, universal, but also self-sustaining. It has to be, because it swims in the waters of chaos. White Truth is Yellow Fire in microcosm, and the raw power of Yellow Fire can disrupt White Truth. The tools and complexities of White Truth can create harmony for Yellow Fire, but only with a certain amount of distance and time from it; a buffer zone typically created by Red Blood and Blue Sky. Absent the buffer zone, direct contact between White Truth and Yellow Fire is disastrous to White TruthYellow Fire is the Pacman in that scenario, and White Truth, the dots.

To White Truth, then Blue Sky and Yellow Fire have certain similarities. Blue Sky represents peaceful chaos, which White Truth seeks to disrupt by assimilation. Yellow Fire represents raw, untamed influx of identity, which White Truth seeks to distill by assimilation. White Truth is better suited to assimilating Blue Sky’s reality, and thus looks to hold its distance from Yellow Fire through Red Blood. But, in a way, White Truth seeks to eat away at both of these dynamics, Blue Sky and Yellow Fire.  What White Truth excretes goes to Red Blood.

To Red BloodWhite Truth and Yellow Fire are similar in that they both excrete toward it. Red Blood receives the vast new from Yellow Fire and the minutiae of truth from White Truth.  This makes Red Blood naturally receptive—reality flows into Red Blood like rivers into the ocean—but causes its dynamic to also be resistive, to control the influx—Red Blood builds damns, canals and irrigation to keep from flooding. Blue Sky, contrarily is eaten away at by both White Truth and Yellow FireWhite Truth transforms its homey chaos into truth and Yellow Fire manifests its infinite potential into something more static. Blue Sky is therefore naturally expansive—reality flows out from Blue Sky like rain from clouds, pushing outward into White Truth and Yellow Fire.  It is this dynamic that emphasizes how Blue Sky represents potential, the bubbling of reality into something new, rather than down into history (which would be the antithetical Red Blood dynamic). Blue Sky is not passively in love with chaos, it is actively pushing things into new being—chaos as an intermediary step to evolution.

At the center of the galaxy is an area that’s so massive that nothing appears to emit from it; all movement is into its center. The stars that make up the obvious form in the galaxy contrarily are almost entirely radiative, pushing themselves outward into the void. In between, in what is generally termed “interstellar space” is a region with much activity that is mostly deemed to be a subtle balance of the two dynamics, involution and expression. The galactic message is thus writ large and small, and human dynamism is a microcosm of these possibilities. Interpreting the Clans usefully will involve assigning life situations and issues in terms of these metaphors.

If you were, let’s say, a human Yellow Fire Clan member, then it would be useful to consider how what you perceive and deal with in your life seems to be relatively empty of whatever you value or delight in, and how particularly well suited you are to bring some of these things into that emptiness. It’s of little use to decry the emptiness when you, yourself are intended to be its solution. So, if you’re a Yellow Fire and you’re depressed over what isn’t the way you want it to be, it should be helpful to receive the Yellow Fire advice that potential exists all around you and wants only your power to ignite into something new. In relationships with others, it’s important to know that not everyone will be comfortable with the changes, and that social responsibility demands that you find accord in place and company before setting fire to things. In particular, understand and respect the safe distance that members of the White Truth Clan may need to keep from you for their own comfort. Additionally, if you can stomach helping your Red Blood acquaintances get used to your new ideas and projects, and allow for plenty of versatility for your Blue Sky acquaintances, you may find that there is much support and even assistance available to you.

With Red Blood, we explored the differentiation between the bubbling that is the baseline of reality, and represents everything known, understood and comforting, versus the bubbling that is the baseline of reality that is unknown, unrelated and comparatively chaotic. As Yellow Fire was to Blue Sky when reality was emptiness or form, White Truth is to Blue Sky when reality is chaos and the familiar. While Blue Sky appreciates the chaos unaltered, White Truth is moved to make of it that which can be understood and used. It would be appropriate to suppose that White Truth is the spontaneous generation of truth and pattern from chaos, the Yellow Fire of chaos.

Red Blood appreciates the ripples on the pond that have resulted from a past event, but shies away from turbulence of unknown origin or intent, and is awakened to action when the ripples of the past begin to subside or disappear, creating augmented reminiscence. White Truth, contrarily, appreciates pattern and synchronicity, shies away from undifferentiated wholeness (Yellow Fire), is awakened to interest and action by the unknown, and creates as a result of its action, that which can be known. Blue Sky appreciates all the ripples just as they are, without requiring understanding of them, but avoids the sedentary and static. Blue Sky unlike the other three Clans isn’t called into action by anything, but rather represents a default state of action, a kind of always boiling, a mixture of stasis and change. It’s avoidance of static structures, however, make it appear to be called toward undeclared, undifferentiated, unmanifest areas. When something eats away at it, like White Truth or Yellow Fire, it glides away like oil on water.

As we explore further sub-divisions in concepts like the tribes, keep in mind two things: one is that they clans are cosmic principles as defined by your galaxy and refracted by your sun—they apply to everything including humans, and should be used as broad descriptors of situation and experience; and two is that the dynamics are meant to be used to identify what actions are appropriate, harmonious, healthy and socially acceptable—you are being guided by these descriptions to understand your own nature as well as the reception that you’re receiving by reality.

© Copyright I Qi You, June, 2008. All rights reserved.

 

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