The Trecena of Noj: 13 Days of Earth Wisdom & Ideas

Last Thursday, the Maya here in the western highlands of Guatemala celebrated Wajshakib Batz, 8 B’atz, which is the beginning of the new two hundred sixty day cycle. So, we are only just beginning. Again.

On Sunday, I interpreted a Mayan Fire Ceremony for a small group, alongside the spiritual guide, Thomas and he also brought his wife, Yolanda, for the first time ever to a ceremony at this particular location, after having worked there for 7 years.

It was a beautiful day-count ceremony, although the group was a bit reserved and tame. Blessings, gratitude, intention setting, letting go, calling in. The day was 11 Ix {Jaguar}, and afterward there were five personal readings with Thomas, which I also translated. Almost all of them teared up at some point during their readings, and all our hearts had been touched.

It felt like a poignant, full-circle morning for both Thomas and myself, as we had both been away from this center for many moons and were at long last coming back together in the role of guide and interpreter once again, with the intention of planting the seed for a prosperous and abundant season ahead.

So, just six days into the new cycle, we begin a new mini-cycle of 13 days. “Mayan weeks” are 13-day cycles called trecenas. From tomorrow, August 29, until September 10, 2018 we’ll be moving through the trecena ruled by the nahual known as Noj [pronounced “Noh”].

According to the Mayan Calendar Portal, “Caban, or No’j in K’iche’ Maya, represents intelligence, ideas, wisdom, knowledge, patience and memory.” This is the day sign of education, training and intelligence. Its spirit animals are the woodpecker and the gazelle. These next two weeks are a time for introspection, reflection and cultivation of knowledge and authentic wisdom, a time to give thanks to both Mother Earth’s and our own natural intelligence.

According to The Serpent and the Jaguar by Birgitte Rasine, on N’oj days, “the Maya ask for wisdom, for talent, and for the capacity to think positive, innovative or productive thoughts or ideas.  It is also a good day to ask for creativity in all of our endeavors and intelligence to address all of our challenges and resolve all of our issues.”

Mind over matter. Free your mind. Meditate.

These 13 days are about working with the innate intelligence mind, cultivating creativity and asking for clarity and understanding.

What is past belongs there; what is present is in your hands.  But it is only through your decisions in the present time that your future is defined: every action, every decision, every plan or project you undertake will have some impact on your life or perhaps those of others in the near- or long-term future. This is why the present is all-important; indeed, it is the only fleeting bit of time of which we have any active experience. – Birgitte Rasine

And this is why so many ancients and sages will tell you, live in the one moment, the ever-present, and think not of the past or future. For they are both already there, in that one eternal, flowing moment.

Here’s to intelligence, the power, presence and protection of nature, and cultivating wisdom with the intention of inner growth, from a place of mindfulness.

Where is your mind?

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 Tijax: 13 Days of Truth & Healing

“Truth makes all things beautiful.” ~ Edward Counsel

I live in the heart of the Mayan highlands in Guatemala.

The more I study the Mayan Calendar, the more astonished I am by the power and precision this ancient system of incredible intricacy that offers everyday wisdom even in our ultra-modern time.

The Maya view time as both linear and cyclical. Intricate mathematics are woven into their calendar systems that stretch into infinity.

“Mayan weeks”—13-day cycles called trecenas.

From June 1 to 13, 2016 we are moving through the trecena ruled by Tijax.

Tijax is the obsidian knife, and its animal totem is the wolf. Obsidian is sharp yet fragile, and it cuts through to the core, shearing away deception, negative energies and illness. This is the day sign (nahual) of suffering and sudden death, both literal and figurative. It can be a challenging, double-edged day, and also a day that brings much truth to light and enables great healing.

According to The Serpent and the Jaguar by Birgitte Rasine, on Tijax days, the Maya “pray for safety from all harm and resolution of all conflict.” She urges us to “use these days to end harmful relationships, find balance, meditate and see through to the core of things.”

Does the truth hurt or shall it set us free? Could it be both?

Under what circumstances does love or truth hurt?

How shall the truth set us free?

“Like the sharp edge of an obsidian knife, truth can indeed cause pain to those not ready or willing to embrace it, but when utilized with wisdom, integrity and honor, the initial pain will give way to strength, character, and confidence—and great personal freedom. Truth heals.” ~ Birgitte Rasine

These 13 days spanning the first half of June are about recognizing who we truly are and what is our personal truth.

I got the word “truth” tattooed on my inner right wrist in Tibetan script 7 years ago. Yet my truth then was a whole lot different than my truth is today. What remains? What is the essence of truth?

What is truth? What is my truth? How is it different from your truth? How is it different from what my truth will be next week, or when I’m 55?

Truth is relative. Truth is also absolute. Truth is liberating. Truth is being able to express ourselves freely and openly—to live our lives—with integrity.

“You can be standing right in front of the truth and not necessarily see it, and people only get it when they’re ready to get it.” ~ George Harrison

Truth is that we are all animals—living, breathing, thinking, feeling beings on the planet—us, and the trees and the horses and the fish in the seas.

Truth is that love is pulsing through all veins, all leaves, all cells, all communities.

Truth is that all we have is this moment, these raindrops, this little kid snuggling up next to me, this cup of tea, this precious moment, right here and right now.

“‘Tis strange—but true; for truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction.” ~ Lord Byron

Here’s to truth, the power and protection of obsidian, and cutting away anything that is not true, necessary and good with the intention of healing, from a place of love.

What is your truth?