7 Ajpu 3 Wayeb – The Fourth Day of Wayeb

The fourth day of introspection during the Wayeb is associated with definition, and in this solar cycle it is combined with the energy of a day which has some very profound meanings.

We have passed through the three previous days and identified where we are. This time has you helped to identify your strengths and your weaknesses, and asked of you to accept all this as a part of who you are.  Now with the experience, knowledge and understanding of yourself, it is time to start charting your course for the coming year of 9 Iq’.

In the Popol Vuh, it is Jun (1) Junajpu and Wucub (7) Junajpu who are the first pair of twins to descend into Xibalba, the underworld. As they are beings who are only accustomed to the solar world, the land of light, they are easily tricked and sacrificed by the Lords Kame. The head of Jun Junajpu goes on to impregnate the maiden Ix K’ik, who gives birth to the hero twins. This new set of twins, composed of equal parts darkness and light, defeat the Lords Kame, rescue the head of Jun (1) Junajpu and bring the light back to the world. However, there is a deeper meaning that can be seen in this. The number 1 represents birth, the new and beginnings, novelty. The number 7 represents endings, the old and death. Junajpu is related to the sun, and Maya civilisations were counted in Suns. For example, 13th August 3114 BC was the beginning of the age of the fourth sun (or civilisation), and 21st December 2012 was the beginning of the fifth sun, the new civilisation. However, Wucub (7) Junajpu was not resurrected, he remained in the underworld and was not heard from again.

Thus, 7 Ajpu represents the old sun, old world, the old civilisation, and here we find it in a very auspicious moment. As we combine it with the fourth day of Wayeb, it gives us an opportunity to define what we want to leave behind in the old civilisation and what we want to take forward. As we move into the year of the life breath, 9 Iq’, how can we define what it is that we want to apply that life breath to?

Another representation of Pawahtuun, the god of the Wayeb, this time from the Paris Codex. From http://digital.library.northwestern.edu/codex/page6.html

7 Ajpu (17th February 2021)

7 AjpuLearning to see the good in all things is a great idea, but sometimes it can become a distraction. This may be something that needs to be addressed today.

In the Popol Vuh, there are two sets of heroes that travel into the underworld. The second set, the hero twins of Junajpu and Xbalanque have victory over the Lords Kame, the Lords of Xibalba, through their cleverness, cunning and sacrifice. The first pair, however, fail at the first challenges. Possibly the reason for this is that they are the “lords of light” and they fail to understand the concept of deception. It is within this first pair that we find this day, the first pair being Jun Junajpu (1 Ajpu) and 7 Junajpu (7 Ajpu). These can be seen as being the new sun and the old sun. This could very much relate to one age dying, the old sun descends into the underworld and is never seen again. Jun Junajpu, however, goes on to magically impregnate Ix K’ik (Blood Woman or Blood Moon) and she then ascends to the surface to give birth to the hero twins. The hero twins then follow in the footsteps of their father and uncle, but being half underworld from their mother’s side, they defeat the Lords Kame and bring their father’s head back to the world, the new sun Jun Junajpu (1 Ajpu) rises and the new era begins. The day 7 Ajpu suggests the end of a time, the end of an era. The old light of the world has reached the end of its time, and a new era is in the making.

When standing on top of the pyramid, you can see all around you, although maybe not the detail. The divinity of Ajpu combined with energy of the 7 may lead to the ability  to really see the holiness all around you, or at least it may appear to be. This may lead to a slightly plastic reality, and certainly to the “rose tinted glasses.” Yes, everything is a part of oneness, but sometimes on close examination, it would not be something that you would choose to include in your reality.

The lesson of 7 is to make decisions and its other aspect is that of death and finality. Every time we make a decision it results in the death of the other possibilities that existed at the point in time when we made the decision. With your feet firmly planted on the ground, examine carefully what you hold holy, and make the choice as to whether to keep it in your reality or not. Correct identification can lead to the pinnacle of divinity, an illusion may lead to an uncomfortable fall. Today is the day to make decisions about where your divine path lays.

Itzamna, patron of the day Ajpu, emerges from the mouth of the serpent, from the Dresden Codex
Itzamna, patron of the day Ajpu, emerges from the mouth of the serpent, from the Dresden Codex

Nawal Ajpu is once again a nawal with a multitude of meanings and translations. In the Yucatec language it is known as Ahau, in Kiche is is also known as Junajpu. These are in turn variously translated into English as lord, hunter, blow gunner, flower and sun. Each one of the translations has it’s merits, and represents an aspect of this auspicious nawal.

Within the ancient Mayan society, the royals were not just political leaders of their particular city-states, they were priest-kings and priest-queens. They served as the conduit to the divine, deriving their wisdom for guiding their people through their connection with the Heart of the Earth and the Heart of the Sky. This wisdom enriched both the ruling dynasty and their people, as they would be working in harmony with the gods. Thus the ruler of the city was also the physical embodiment of the divine, and it is to this that Ajpu is so closely related. Likewise it represents our potential, the state of divinity to which we may aspire.

Ajpu represents the holiness in life, the divinity in the physical world, and our search for it. It is that moment when you look closely at a flower to see the beautiful detail, the moment when you see the magnificence of the landscape you live within, the beauty in your child’s eyes or in your partner. It is the random act of kindness that restores our faith in humanity. It is the search for the underlying meaning in all situations, understanding that each person is a part of the whole. Whether we like it or not, and however we judge it, we are all a part of creation. Our every action, and every action of others gives us the opportunity to explore ourselves and our reaction, whether we are attracted or repelled by the action of others. However, sometimes Ajpu can lead us to become immersed in the other world, to lose sight of reality, it is important to remember to stay in touch with the Heart of the Earth as we reach to the Heart of the Sky.

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The sequence of numbers as they appear with each appearance of a nawal. Here we see that the sequence begins with 1 and ends with 7, giving 7 as a number of finality.

The number seven is the mid-point of the range of numbers. It is known as a number of death and endings, which would seem strange as it is only half way through. It is another representation of the change of state of the soul, showing half of the journey (1-6) in the mortal world and half (8-13) in the otherworld.

The numbers of the days set out as a pyramid.
The numbers of the days as they appear through the trecena. Here they can also be set out as a pyramid, reaching the peak is also the end of a journey.

If we imagine the numbers 1 through 13 as a pyramid, the number seven would be at the top. Seven is the number of balance, it gives the ability to weigh up situations and see all points of view. While this may be very noble, it may lead to indecision.

The numbers of the days set out as a pyramid.