11 K’at (18th April 2018)

11 K'atAs the energy of the number 11 has strength without direction, and the nawal K’at seeks to bind, this could prove to be a rather hectic day. You might even end up feeling like you have tied yourself up in a knot.

The animal associated with the nawal K’at is the spider, she who sits within her woven net. If caught in spider’s web, one must consider carefully the course of action. Erratic movement trying to escape the web may lead to becoming even more entangled, or attract the attention of the spider, even if it seems the correct move to make. This could be a representation of today, think carefully about your direction before making your moves, as there may be many possibilities in front of you. Think through the consequences of each possibility, and ensure that you do not become to bound to something which ultimately holds you back.

It may be difficult to work out what you need to carry with you on your journey, there are so many possibilities, and each one may have its own sense of importance. Maybe it is OK to carry these for a while, but make sure you understand when to lighten the load a little. A lack of sense of direction may lead to becoming overburdened, using a little discernment could see you lightening your load.

It is possible that today you can pull together many seemingly different ideas, and that these ideas will lead to an abundant master plan. Be prepared to do some editing at a later date, to cut away the excess before setting out on the journey.

Blood Moon, mother of the Hero Twins being sent away from Xibalba after becoming pregnant. She goes to see Ixmucane, Mother of Jun Junajpu and Wucub Junajpu and is set a challenge to fill a net with corn. which she achieves and is taken in as family. She is seen here holding the K'at glyph in her hands. From The Dresden Codex.
Blood Moon, mother of the Hero Twins being sent away from Xibalba after becoming pregnant. She goes to see Ixmucane, Mother of Jun Junajpu and Wucub Junajpu and is set a challenge to fill a net with corn. which she achieves and is taken in as family. She is seen here holding the K’at glyph in her hands. From The Dresden Codex.

K’at signifies a net and represents gathering together or bundling. Here, in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, to this day many crops are harvested and carried in nets – oranges, lemons, avocados to name but a few. Through this we see one of the positive meanings of this nawal, that of abundance and harvest. K’at is a great day to draw things together, whether this means gathering in your crops, collecting ideas and opinions for your projects, or inviting people to a social event. It is a day of prosperity and the bounty which comes from the Earth, a day of gardeners, but also of merchants.

However, K’at also has its more challenging side. An abundant crop will fill the net, but it will also slow you down. K’at is also the nawal of prisons and burdens, as the net which gathers, can also ensnare us. When candles are purchased for the fire ceremonies, they come in bundles held together by little strings. When the nawal K’at is addressed during the fire ceremony, these strings are put in to the fire,  with offerings, to ask K’at to help us release ourselves from our burdens, from the ties which bind us.  These ties can also be seen as excessive attachment to material things.

The number 11 is a high and odd number. This gives it some rather challenging properties, although it can come good in the end. Imagine you visit Ireland and are transfixed by the green of the hills, then you go to Morocco and are awed by the red of the buildings, then you go to the Caribbean and are moved by the turquoise sea. You return home and paint a beautiful picture using those colours. When you were in Ireland you didn’t know you were going to paint that masterpiece, you may not have even known why you were there.  This is how 11 works. You are sure you need to be doing something, but unsure why. You are collecting experience through many wanderings

“Heaven Scent” Natural Soaps

While much of my time is taken up with my studies and practices within Maya spirituality, there is more to my work here. This particular aspect harks back to my original training in chemistry. I have enjoyed experimenting since I was very young, and still the fascination is there. My desire to know just what I am putting in and on my body led me to decide to take some control over the situation by making some of my own formulations. I decided to start with something used on a very regular basis – soap.

I make my soap from scratch. I looked into the properties of oils within the soap making practice, and aligned them to what I would want out of a soap. I wanted it to be gentle on the skin, first and foremost, nourishing and moisturising, to have a creamy foam, yet also to have a hardness to it which would ensure that the soap would last, that it wouldn’t just turn to sludge after its first use as some of the other home made soaps I had tried would do. It also had to be reasonably economical of course.

So, I had a search around and found a program that I could use to create formulations and calculate my ingredients, most importantly to ensure that the correct amount of sodium hydroxide (lye) is used! After a few batches I settled on a formulation which seemed to meet the specification I was looking for. I blend olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, cacao butter, beeswax and castor oil together. This blend gives me a thorough, yet gently cleansing soap which foams well and moisturises.

To this base I then add pure essential oils.  In my current line-up I have:

Cedarwood and Patchouli

Frankincense and Myrrh

Bergamot, Geranium and Ylang Ylang

Rosemary

Orange

Lavender

Bergamot

Eucalptus

My soaps can be found for sale in the following places:

San Marcos la Laguna – Nectar, Palo Santo

San Juan la Laguna – Xunah Kaab

San Pedro la Laguna – Salud Para Vida

Panajachel: Sandra’s Supermarket

And, of course, you can come and buy directly from me here too, and The Four Pillars in San Pablo la Laguna