Whilst the nawal Kej is better known as that of the spiritual leader, the day 13 Aj may have some similar reflections. Today the benevolent leader, represented by Aj, is charged with the energy of the spirit world, exemplified by the 13th day of the trecena. This is a day that the backbone is charged!
May the Heart of the Sky be in my heart,
May my heart be in the Heart of the Earth,
May the Heart of the Earth be in my heart,
May my heart be in the Heart of the Sky,
You have the ability to stand up straight and tall, and should you need a dose of bravery for a task, today is the day. If your spinal column is the lightning rod, today is the day that the lightning strikes. Of course, in order for this to not cause harm, the lightning rod needs to be well connected to the Earth. This is a day to ensure that you are well grounded in order to use this powerful energy beneficially. Providing you have your your roots firmly planted and your head held high, you can bring vast sustenance to your home, your family and your community. The energy of the spirit world works in harmony with the betterment of the physical world today. Fortune favours the brave, but remember that the true leader puts the best interests of their community first.
The nawal Aj is related to many things which generally revolve around leadership on an earthly level. It is sometimes known as the cornstalk, sometimes the staff of life. It represents the spinal column within the body, that which allows us to stand tall, proud and brave. As the cornstalk, it has its roots in the Earth, and its head in the sky. As we are the people of maize, if we wish to lead in a just manner, we should cultivate our connection with the Heart of the Sky and the Heart of the Earth.
This is a picture of the carving at the top of one of my favourite Mayan temples, the Temple of the Foliated Cross on the site of Palenque (Bàakʼ) in Chiapas, Mexico. At the top of the tablet you see a bird, which represents the Heart of the Sky, the face with the large rectangular (crossed) eyes at the base of the cross represents the Heart of the Earth. The foliated cross is a stylised maize plant with the heads of humans emerging. This is Aj bringing life to the world. It is the central pillar, that which supports life. It is represented by the staffs carried by the elders of Mayan communities to this day.
Aj is an authority, it is gentle, yet noble. It works quietly for the community it leads. It does not seek the limelight. This is a day that seeks sustenance for its people, that keeps everything in its rightful place. It is a day where we ask for the courage and bravery to stand up straight and tall, to do the right thing.
The number 13 is the final number. It represents the spirit world. It is said that on Halloween, the veil between the worlds is the thinnest. However within the sacred calendar, this thinning happens every 13 days. This connection with the spirit world creates a powerful day, where both the positive and negative aspects of the nawal it is attached to come through strongly. It is a very good day for activities such as divinations, however, ceremonies on 13 days are generally only carried out by the most experienced Aj Q’ij who understand how to work with that strength of energy.