1 N’oj (10th July 2016)

1 N'ojNew worlds need new solutions and this is very much the essence of both today and the the thirteen day period (trecena) that we move into today. It is a time of inspiration, which may come from sudden events.

We are starting the new trecena today, but we are still within the influential period of the Maya cross of 8 B’atz. In two days time, we move into the future sign of 3 Kawok, and the next day of 4 Ajpu can represent the beginning of a new world. Whilst this recreation brings great opportunity for reinvention and resetting, it can also bring challenges to our accepted world view. Sometimes this may be precipitated by an event, and here N’oj acts in both its aspects.

N’oj is sometimes associated with earthquakes, also sometimes with lightning. Both of these are energetic events which arrive without warning. They are sudden and sometimes decisive. They might call for quick action, a swift resolution to the effects of the event. This also comes through N’oj, the nawal of the brain and the problem solver, bringing us the inspiration to solve problems and think on our feet.

We see it here connected with the number 1, representing the new beginnings, the seed of something new. The energy of this combination may bring the new solutions to the issues we face in the new world. It may also bring about a whole new way of thinking, a new and sudden revelation which allows us to begin to see a situation from a different perspective where the answer is clearer. This is just the first formation of an idea, although possibly more than a concept, it will need time and careful nurturing to develop. We begin to see a clear solution to the problem through new inspiration.

A depiction of the Earth Lord, the patron of the day Caban (N'oj). He makes a sacrifice of his own blood so that the maize, sustenance of the people, will sprout. Representative of fertility and abundance through the cycle of life, death and resurrection. From the Dresden Codex.
A depiction of the Earth Lord, the patron of the day Caban (N’oj). He makes a sacrifice of his own blood so that the maize, sustenance of the people, will sprout. Representative of fertility and abundance through the cycle of life, death and resurrection. From the Dresden Codex.

Within the Macewal Q’ij, today marks the beginning of a new month as we travel through the solar year. Today is the first day of Tz’ikin Q’ij, literally bird day, but translated as the season of birds. We are still around the peak growing time of the year, but the energy has started to descend back to the Earth as the Sun gradually begins its journey back towards the winter solstice. It is still high in the sky, but the days just start to begin to get shorter, and the time to harvest what we planted in the ascending cycle is beginning.


Macewal Q'ij 2The nawal N’oj is the nawal of thought, of intelligence and intellect. Within the count of days, there are two geniuses. B’atz is the creative genius, N’oj the intellectual one. N’oj is an energy of masculine, logical thought. N’oj is the problem solver, it gives ideas and solutions which work in the real world. N’oj gives a different way to understand situations, and through this ability comes innovation. It is thought, but also understanding and, indeed, knowing. As such, N’oj is also a day associated with divination.

This energy is not necessarily social, it can lead to becoming absorbed into one’s work, lost in one’s thoughts. The influence of N’oj can create ideas which may be very much ahead of their time. Do not be surprised if ideas you have on this day take a little time to catch on, the people you express the ideas to may need a little time to process, to see the genius within the idea.

N’oj is also one of the classic year bearers, or year lords. As a year bearer it is thought to be one of the more beneficial and benign energies. This year, 2016,  is the year 4 N’oj.

The number 1 is representative of the seed, of unity. It represents birth and beginnings. It is a low and odd number, which usually represents something challenging. However, the seed can grow into a mighty tree, it is full of potential. It just needs the correct nutrients and conditions to germinate and develop, just as sometimes we need encouragement to develop our ideas.