4 Q’anil (22nd May 2016)

4 Q'anilA combination of elements today leads to an auspicious day to be working in your garden. Q’anil is augmented by the number 4 bringing stability to what you plant, additionally there is a lunar influence to consider.

Q’anil days are always good days to be working with the plant kingdom. Different numbers will give rise to different aspects of how to work, some days might be better for harvesting, some for planting. Today would seem to highlight planting, imagining the number four representing the four pillars being planted into the Earth to bring stability to the world. Likewise, whatever you “plant” today is blessed with the energy to come to a stable fruition, to ripen beautifully into a stable source of abundance.

One of my original intentions was to combine the energies from the Chol Q’ij with the principle of working with the lunar cycles. Today I would like to add that principle in. I draw on the book The Art of Timing by Johanna Paungger and Thomas Poppe, which explores the European use of lunar calendars to time everyday events.  Once again, it is a cycle of natural rhythms which can enhance our lives, and in particular make out lives easier and our use of our energy more efficient.

We are still in the influence of the full moon, although we have moved into the waning side. When the moon is in Sagittarius, planting fruit trees and tall growing vegetables, such as corn and beans, is particularly favoured. In fact, apart from planting lettuce, most activities in the garden are favourable.

Perhaps this shows a direct link between the European lunar calendar and the Chol Q’ij, but it would strongly suggest that today is an extremely fertile day to get your seeds into the Earth.


Nawal Q’anil represents the ripening of the seed, the crop coming to maturity. The K’iché word Q’an means yellow, and the -il suffix is rather like the English -ing. Q’anil represents the golden head of maize at its perfection of ripeness, ready to be picked. In the Mayan creation story, humans were fashioned from maize dough, we are Ixim Achi, the people of the corn. The maize in this part of the world has a 260 day growth season between planting (conception) and harvest (birth.) This connects maize with both the sacred calendar and with the period of human gestation.

It is in the fields and gardens that Q’anil’s light shines particularly brightly, it is the nawal of farmers, gardeners and herbalists. But just as it is at home around plants, Q’anil has the possibility to shine anywhere. Q’anil has talent, its beautiful golden light illuminates that which it comes into contact with, Q’anil people light up the room with their presence. Q’anil is about achieving full potential, and this relates to all of our activities. It does have an affinity to the arts, but in general is a day of bounty for all life projects.

However, when an energy is so fertile and prosperous, life can become too easy. Q’anil also appreciates the rewards of its talent – sometimes a little too much. Q’anil is prone to overindulge in the sensual, in particular with regards to intoxication.

The number 4 is very important within Mayan mythology. Four represents the cardinal points, the four colours of maize, the four carriers of the year, the two equinoxes and two solstices, as well as midnight, sunrise, midday and sunset. The number four is representative of the four first men, who raised the sky from the sea to create the world we live on. In Mayan myth it is four pillars that support the sky from the Earth. As you can imagine, four is a number which represents stability, a solar number. Even though it is still low, it is thought of as a beneficial number.