5 N’oj – 1st April 2016

5 N'ojIt has now been 40 days since the beginning of the new Mayan solar year, so hopefully you are beginning to get your ideas into action. Today is a day to put your energy into developing  these plans and ideas.

It is said that maize planted in the first two months of the solar year Nab’e Mam or Rukub Mam will not grow tall, it reaches old age prematurely and does not bear a particularly good harvest. Today we begin the month Likin Ka, the time of the soft earth, when the first rains are due to come, and the time to plant the new crop has arrived. With the correct timing we can be sure that our crop will grow well, it will be strong and vital.

We can see this in combination with the nawal N’oj, only rather than the kernels of the maize, we are talking about our ideas and plans. Where 5 N’oj is concerned, with the 5 representing work (our energy, our effort), it is now time to start putting our effort into our plans. Yes, of course things should always flow with grace and ease, but even a perpetual motion machine needs a little push to set it going. If the 5 was to suggest “hard work” or obstructions it could be seen in combination with N’oj about overcoming obstructions through logical thought, although this may again take effort.

With all the positive signs of the energy of today, it is time to set your plans in motion, to put in that little extra effort. Your hard work should be rewarded as your plans come to a full and fruitful harvest later in the year.

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.

An additional mention should be made today of the start of the Archaeological new solar year, the Ha’ab. Today is the day 0 Pop in the Ha’ab count which is also used in Mexico by those who follow Mayan calendar systems. It is exactly 40 day behind the Macewal Q’ij used here in most of the Guatemalan highlands. So, I would like to wish our Mexican and archaeologist friends a prosperous new solar year, 5 N’oj.

Old Man Possum draws four streaks in the sky - this relates to the old man (Mam) that brings one of four nawales to carry the year - Kej, E', N'oj or Iq'. Significant of the time of the coming sun, the new day, the new solar year.
Old Man Possum draws four streaks in the sky – this relates to the old man (Mam) that brings one of four nawales to carry the year – Kej, E’, N’oj or Iq’. Significant of the time of the coming sun, the new day, the new solar year.

The 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 Sacred Mayan calendar is often said to be a calendar of human life, and parts of it can be seen as a microcosm of the human body. The number five is one of these parts. It is representative of the hand with it’s five digits. It is with our hands that we work, and with what we earn for that work that we pay our debts. Five is also a number that relates to the sacred fire where we pay our debts with offerings and prayers. Five might be so busy working that it fails to remember what it is working for. It can also signify that what it is attached to becomes work, or is “hard work”.

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