4 Ajpu (1st September 2018)

4 AjpuThe world may have been turning for many millions of years, but our cycles of creation and destruction happen repeatedly during this time. Yesterday one era was swept away, today a new era is stabilised.

The Maya calendars work in cycles which range from short to very long. The short cycles may be 13 days or 20 days. The longer ones 260 days,  52 years, 260 years, or even much longer. Each small cycle is a fractal of the larger ones, over the 20 days of the sacred calendar we can see the whole of story creation and the evolution of human consciousness. One of the longer cycles is the 13 Baktun era. The start of one of these is recorded at Quirigua on Stella C, as 4 Ajpu 8 Cumku, which is generally thought to equate to August 11th 3114 BCE. This is said to be a creation day for the era in which we live and each 4 Ajpu day marks a day when we re-create. If we took the 4 as representing the Sun and Ajpu translated as Lord, this is the day of the Solar Lord, Kinich Ajaw.

Whilst the world may be physically present, Ajpu brings the divine aspect into it, it brings the colours to the planet. The day 4 Ajpu is when that soul is anchored into the physical, it brings divinity to our surroundings. As the number 4 is particularly connected with the Sun, it can also be seen as bringing the light back into the world again.

Today is a day when leadership may be stabilised into the physical world, after a period of destruction or loss. It is what was conceived through the ancestors on the day 13 Aq’ab’al. It is a time when we may start to see the new light returning to the world, the beginning of a new era, particularly for the next 260 days. It gives us the opportunity to explore this new aspect of creation, to see it with new eyes and look for the holiness we might be able to find within it. It has been stabilised into the physical world, and when we are able to see it around us, we become able to see it within us.

Kinich Ahau, the solar deity, lord of space and time. From the Dresden Codex.
Kinich Ahau, the solar deity, lord of space and time. 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. 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.

The number 4 is very important within Mayan mythology. Four represents the cardinal points, the four colours of maize, the four carriers of the year, the two equinoxes and two solstices, as well as midnight, sunrise, midday and sunset. The number four is representative of the four first men, who raised the sky from the sea to create the world we live on. In Mayan myth it is four pillars that support the sky from the Earth. As you can imagine, four is a number which represents stability, a solar number. Even though it is still low, it is thought of as a beneficial number.

4 thoughts on “4 Ajpu (1st September 2018)”

  1. Thanks for this Mark. Trying to get my head around the scale…the 13 Baktun era started 5,132 years ago. What’s the total length and when do we begin the next one? How many 4 Ajpu re-creation days are there in this time?

  2. Hello Amanda. This is a very big subject to open up. As far as I see it, life and existence is a continuous process of creation. This takes place in all sorts of scales of time, from the hour, to the day, to the month, to the year. Within these cycles different aspects have their own cycles. A 260 day cycle will roughly be the cycle of gestation from first missed menses to birth, for example. 73 of those cycles takes us from birth to eldership, 13 days before our 52nd Gregorian birthday. All cycles of development and evolution.

    A cycle started 13th August 3114BC. That cycle was 13 Baktun and about 6 tun ago. 1 Baktun is 20 Katun. 1 Katun is 20 Tun. 1 Tun is 360 days. So, 1 Katun is 7200 days (19.71 Gregorian Years) and 1 Baktun is 144000 days (about 394.25 gregorian years)

    1 Katun could be seen as the time of 1 generation, especially here with 20 being a common age to have children. This would make a Baktun 20 generations, something which would see evolution on a societal level. By the time you go through 13 Baktun, 5125.26 Gregorian years, you are then looking at evolution as a species, 260 generations.

    in 1 tun, there will be 1.38 4 Ajpu days. Each 4 Ajpu day gives each of us to evolve on our own level, to take another step forward.
    in 1 katun, there will be 27.69 4 Ajpu days.
    in 1 Baktun, there will be 553.84 4 Ajpu days.
    in 13 Baktun, there will be 7200 4 Ajpu days!

    There is some deliberation as to whether the Baktun cycle completes after 13 rounds, or after 20 rounds. Most of the long count cycles run from 0-19 rather than 0-13. So with this in mind, we either entered a new cycle of 13 Baktun on 21/12/2012, on the day 4 Ajpu 3 Kankin, which will then either extend to 4 Ajpu (?????) in the year 2407, or it would be 4 Ajpu (?????) depending on if we are counting to 20, or starting to count to 13 again. Either way we started a new Baktun on 21/12/2012.

  3. Thanks for such a detailed answer Mark. I’ll be a while getting my head round all that. I guess the only way is to live it. Next question would be, what is the next cycle once the sequence of Baktuns is completed? ….I should probably buy a book! or search for an apprenticeship with a Mayan day keeper! x
    Do you ever come to Europe? I’m developing a low key retreat/teaching centre in SW France. Maybe you could plan a short course there for next year? x

  4. Hello Amanda, the next cycle is simply another Baktun, either seen as Baktun 14 or Baktun 1 of the fifth sun. It is said in done circles the the 5125 years represent one age of the sun, and 2012 was the end of the fourth age of the sun. This then takes us into the fifth age of the sun, which will complete a larger count of approximately 26000 years or one cycle of precession of the equinoxes.
    I do come to Europe from time to time and certainly an event in France could be a wonderful thing to do.

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