Know Your Nawal: Mayan Day Signs & Meanings.

nawalesFor the past several months, I’ve been studying Mayan Cosmovision—specifically the sacred Mayan calendar with its system of 13 tones and 20 nawales (often spelled ‘nahuales’), or day signs.

I’ve had the pleasure of participating in three Mayan ceremonies within the past six months. These are traditional fire ceremonies in which a shaman opens a portal to commune in prayer with the spirits and offerings are made to the fire and the 20 gods that rule the 20 day signs.

Each day has both a number and a sign. There are 260 unique number/sign combinations in all. Yesterday was 11 Deer, today is 12 Seed and tomorrow will be 13 Water. Then a ne w20-day cycle begins on Friday with 1 Dog.

The number and sign that occurred on the day of your birth are your personal day sign. Discover your Mayan birth sign is by using this site. The birth sign has two parts: a galactic tone, which is a number from one to 13, and a Nawal, which is a day-sign that is typically associated with an animal or natural element. There are 20 Nawales in all. I myself am a 6 Deer.

Click here to read the full article, including my interpretations of the Mayan astrological system.

Published by yogafreedom

Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a yoga teacher and freelance writer, editor and translator, as well as the creator of Yoga Freedom. She is a 30-something gringa Gemini in Guatemala where she lives with her family. Michelle learned yoga from a book at age 12 and found zen in California at 23. A native of Austin, Texas, she enjoys reading, writing, hiking, swimming and lounging in hammocks.

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