The Trecena of Tzi: 13 Days of Authority

Today is 1 Tz’i. The next two weeks (or, technically, 13 days) will make up the trecena of T’zi. Learn more about how the Mayan calendar works here.

According to the Mayan cosmovision, these are days for examining our concepts of and beliefs around law and authority (both material and spiritual); fidelity; vengeance; order, accuracy and precision; and sexuality.

Tz’i energy reminds us to avoid ambition, pride, envy, lies, crime, ignorance and ingratitude. Tz’i’s animal totems are the dog, coyote and raccoon. Its direction is south and color yellow.

In The Serpent and the Jaguar: Living in Sacred Time, Birgitte Rasine writes that Tz’i  calls on us to “wake up, stand up, and claim the extraordinary power of our personal, spiritual, economic and political authority to start changing the way human society interacts with the planet and its life-sustaining resources.” During this time period, the Maya “pray that justice be granted to all people.”

This trecena is the time to reflect on the concepts of authority, justice, law and law enforcement. What do those things mean, to you as an individual and to us as a society?  Rasine advises: “Think about the authority that you exercise within your spheres of influence…” from family to work to community to media and more.

“Consider how established your authority is, its source and what it depends upon.”

This is likewise a good time to think about privilege, specifically white privilege. How much of our authority depends on our race, our ethnicity, our skin color? What media are we consuming? What narrative is that media trying to spin about black  and brown versus white and “blue” people (the police)? How can we see through the thin veil of spun stories and remember our innate goodness and equality? How can it be that the “justice” system is so biased and stilted, so very far from engendering equality?

Walk the fine line of humble authority without crossing over into arrogance or bossiness. Live the paradox of cultivating beginner’s heart-mind while honing your skills and knowledge in your areas of authority.

The Trecena of K’at: 13 Days of Fertility & Freedom.

“The telling and hearing of stories is a bonding ritual that breaks through illusions of separateness and activates a deep sense of our collective interdependence.” ~ Annette Simmons

We are living in the space between stories.

The old story of separation no longer holds water. Many have woken up to the fact that The System is rigged. We are exploring what freedom truly means and how to live from the heart and overcome old obstacles and fears that no longer serve.

We are beginning to glimpse the new paradigm, even though we are not completely living it yet. A new story is in the process of being written, collectively.

According to the Mayan cosmovision, the coming days are ideal for cooperation, community, networking, connections and remembering the truth of interdependence. These are the days to remember that everyone’s destiny is bound up together.

Learn more about how the Mayan calendar works here. In short, there are 20 day signs (nahuales) and 13 day tones. Each sign and number has unique significance. (Note: I use the terms and spellings in K’iche’ Maya. In the classical/Mexican system, most of the names and spellings are different.)

The Mayan day 1 K’at is today, Monday, June 27.

For the 13 days until July 9, we will be in the trecena ruled by K’at: the net. Its animal totem is the lizard. These days are superb for exploring our freedom and embodying our purpose.

In The Serpent and the Jaguar: Living in Sacred Time, Birgitte Rasine writes that K’at (or Kan, in the classical Mayan system) “represents the magic of germination and growth, in the form of new offspring, new crops, and the expansion of future generations.” She says the Maya “pray for abundance and express their intention to understand, to to seek to understand, their fellow human beings, events or situations” on these days.

This trecena is described as both sacred and dangerous, as K’at energy is creative, fertile, intense and potent. Rasine advises: “Respect the sanctity of your life, of your own talent, imagination, and capacity for creativity, fertility, abundance. Don’t belittle yourself of your abilities, but be realistic in terms of which talents you do indeed possess and where to best channel your creative energies.”

K’at is also associated with fire and the forces of nature.

Look to nature as a reminder to move at your own pace, be patient, and live in the present. Watch a dog joyfully jumping when reunited with his owner or a cat lazily napping in the sun. Contemplate a giant tree, its deep roots and strong branches remaining steadfast throughout its long lifetime.

We are human animals, and the more we can live in tune with our instincts and intuition, the better. Above all, remember that we are a part of nature, and nature is made up of the same stuff as us. Separation is an illusion.

“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” ~ Ann Landers

K’at days are a special time to remember the truth of interdependence. We are all part of the same web. It’s time to revise the Golden Rule; we mustn’t treat others as we wish to be treated, we must realize: there are no others.

The Trecena of Batz: 13 Days of Creative Expression & Insight

140808122043-01-selfie-monkey-0808-exlarge-169The Mayan solar day 1 B’atz’ is tomorrow, Tuesday, June 14.

{For an explanation of how the Mayan calendar works, read the full post here.}

From then until June 26, we are moving through the trecena ruled by B’atz’: the thread of life. Its animal totem is the monkey. These days are superb for expressing our creativity with lighthearted glee.

Dance. Sing. Paint. Write. Above all, play.

According to The Serpent and the Jaguar by Birgitte Rasine, on B’atz’ days, the Maya “express their intention to freely receive all that they have requested from the universe, and to be able to unravel or resolve any matter of issue, especially family problems.” These days are “extremely auspicious for all artistic works and endeavors; in fact, it is a powerful day to begin any project.”

Another aspect of B’atz’ has to do with looking at the cycles, habits and repeating patterns in our lives.

The thread of life refers to time. Ancient Mayan artifacts depicted the Goddess Ixchel weaving the cosmos on her backstrap loom. In fact, the elements of the loom, weaving procedures, designs and the weaver herself are all part of the Maya vision of birthing and the Cosmos.

By paying attention to the patterns in our lives, we can eventually get to the root of things and uproot unwanted or harmful habit-patterns. This, in turn, creates space for our natural creativity to flow and flourish.

This trecena is also a great time to let go of inferiority and superiority. No need to compare—just be you.

Here’s to embodying the delight, creativity and curiosity of the monkey and exploring the multitude of patterns we’ve woven into the colorful tapestry of our lives.

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.