In our journey through life we receive a great deal of support and Toj days give us the opportunity to make a contribution, to give rather than take. Toj days help us to remember to bring balance to our lives by paying back our debts, whether they are physical or energetic. The number 12 can be seen as representing a life review, looking back over your life, and in its combination with Toj, perhaps identifying moments where you may have received assistance and forgotten to give sufficient thanks for it.
Whilst making a large and elaborate ceremony is a wonderful experience, sometimes just a thank you for a long forgotten act is payment enough to redress the balance. It is a day to seek out unpaid debts in life and settle the score releasing yourself and the other party from any energetic burden.
Lunar (and solar) eclipses were both recorded and calculated as evidenced by documents like the Dresden Codex. They were generally seen as challenging times where the sun and the moon were fighting. Either the the moon was taking a bite out of the sun or vice versa. Sometimes a lunar eclipse would be attributed to the moon being attacked by either a jaguar or ants. Loud noises, for instance banging on pots and pans, are made to this day to drive away the monsters attacking the moon.
It is also interesting to note that the mother of the hero twins, Ix K’ik is often known as Blood Moon, possibly suggesting the conception of a new era (represented by the hero twins) occurring on a lunar eclipse.
Symbolically a lunar eclipse could be as an attack on the feminine, and here combined with the day 12 Toj would suggest that it is vital to make a little sacrifice to protect the feminine today, especially in the areas over which the eclipse takes place, North and Central America.
The nawal Toj represents offerings and payment. It is part of the name Tojil, a Mayan god who gave fire to the people, although this was not a free gift. Tojil asked in return for sacrifice to be made. This is a day of payment and sacrifice, a day to resolve debts, both in the physical and spiritual realms. Toj is the nawal of the sacred fire, and it is to the fire that we make offerings in order to burn away what would commonly be known as karmic debts. In this way we restore balance, we bring our accounts back to zero.
Toj carries with it a form of divine protection, which is enhanced through selfless acts. These acts might involve a sacrifice of our time or energy in order to strengthen our community. We can choose to act or we can choose to ignore, but be aware – ignoring an opportunity to make a payment on a Toj day might bring a ill fortune, the removal of the protection. Payment should be made with an open heart, thanks might not be quickly forthcoming, and may not come at all. Your sacrifice could be something as simple as picking up litter in your neighbourhood, it doesn’t have to be something elaborate.
The number 12 is the penultimate number. In some ways it can be seen as the last Earthly number, the number 13 representing the spirit world. We travelled through the mortal world with 1 through 6, then the other world with 7 through 12. In this way 12 can be seen as a point of bringing all of the experiences into one bundle for presentation to the spirit world as we step into 13. As such, the number 12 brings a wealth of experience into one place, it is rather like writing an autobiography. It is totality, all that is, brought together.