The posts that I am writing every day concern the days of the Chol Q’ij, the Mayan sacred or ritual calendar, which consists of 260 days. However, this is, of course, not the only calendar used by the Mayan people. One of the other calendars used is known as the Macewal Q’ij or Ordinary Days. This has been termed a civic or agricultural calendar, which may seem less grand than the sacred days, but without agriculture, the people would starve. There are ceremonies associated with certain days of the Macewal Q’ij, not least the arrival of the first day, the new Year Bearer. Kenneth Johnson wrote an excellent first hand account of his experience in Momostenango of the arrival of the new year bearer or Mam here
However, the new year is not here just yet, first we have to get through the Wayeb. These are the five days at the end of the 365 day count. They are thought of as a dangerous time, when the energy is confused to say the least. It is interesting to note that the final five days of the solar year are overseen by the previous incarnation of the same nawal. 1 Iq’ was the year bearer for 2013. If we imagine reality as a ship and the year bearer as the captain, it is as if the captain has died and been replaced by the ghost of the previous captain. Maybe this is why this time is thought of as being so unpredictable.
Wayeb is seen as a time of introspection, a time when we take stock of what has happened over the previous year. It is seen as a time when public ceremony is avoided, some people do not wash or comb their hair, they may not leave the house. It is a time when the days are unsupported and misfortune may occur.
The introspection of the first day of Wayeb is used to review the previous year. Its combination here with the day 1 Iq’ suggests a review of the changes and new directions you may have taken during the previous 360 days of the year 5 Iq’. This is a day to reflect on the year 5 Iq’, what you may have considered turbulence. the strength of the wind can come in and cause what we might see as upset, as it blows us in unexpected directions. It brings change by sweeping away that which can no longer resist its force. It might turn upside down the things which do not have a solid foundation. Yet, as it does so it provides opportunity for renewal, and this is something we can focus on with the nawal 1 Iq’ as the number 1 represents new beginnings and birth and Iq’ is the breath of life. This is a chance to review how the nawal Iq’ may have swept away the old, cleaned your altar, in order to breathe life into the new.