The energy of the nawal No’j brings us ideas, thoughts and solutions to our problems. Today its combination with the number 5 suggests the need to really put some energy behind our ideas to bring them to fruition.
The concept of a straightforward plan evolving without too much input from ourselves is particularly unrealistic today. The energy that the number 5 brings to the day suggests that a real push will be necessary, with some hard work involved, to get your ideas into motion. It is true that the day may bring some solutions that you had not thought of before, but these solutions may not be quick or easy to employ. In fact, the quick answer may actually cause a problem. One of the qualities associated with the energy of the number 5 is rushing into situations without really thinking them through. Today this could signify that something within your plan needs a little more thought. The consequence of trying to rush your work may result in an unexpected obstruction to the application of your idea.
This is certainly a day to work on solving problems, but the long route to the solution may be the most beneficial. Taking shortcuts to save effort may result in challenges.
Today begins the 8th “month” of the Macehual Q’ij,that of Tz’ikin Q’ij, the bird days or bird sun. A while ago I posted an idea about the realignment of the solar calendar, to put its beginning at 13th August. You can read about it here. It can be seen as the time when the birds come in, and while I strongly feel that this may be the time when many migratory bird species are present here in Guatemala if we realigned the calendar (late December / early January). However, even in its present alignment we can see a natural occurrence here. We tend to have a break in the rains here in Guatemala called canicular. These are also referred to in other places as “the dog days of summer”. The reason for these references is because they begin with the heliacal rise of the star sirius. Here at 15 degrees north of the equator, Sirius has its heliacal rise (sun 8 degrees below the horizon, sirius 3 degrees above the horizon) on July 23rd, within the month of Tz’ikin Q’ij. According to the Lacandon, Sirius and Rigel are both woodpeckers (interesting for the day No’j too!) and so it could be see as the return of the birds. For us here, the break in the rains may also bring a great amount of bird activity, or at least perceived activity after the closed in time of the rains.
The nawal No’j is the nawal of thought, of intelligence and intellect. Within the count of days, there are two geniuses. B’atz is the creative genius, No’j the intellectual one. No’j is an energy of masculine, logical thought. No’j is the problem solver, it gives ideas and solutions which work in the real world. No’j gives a different way to understand situations, and through this ability comes innovation. It is thought, but also understanding and, indeed, knowing. As such, No’j is also a day associated with divination.
This energy is not necessarily social, it can lead to becoming absorbed into one’s work, lost in one’s thoughts. The influence of No’j can create ideas which may be very much ahead of their time. Do not be surprised if ideas you have on this day take a little time to catch on, the people you express the ideas to may need a little time to process, to see the genius within the idea.
No’j is also one of the classic year bearers, or year lords. As a year bearer it is thought to be one of the more beneficial and benign energies.
The Sacred Mayan calendar is often said to be a calendar of human life, and parts of it can be seen as a microcosm of the human body. The number five is one of these parts. It is representative of the hand with it’s five digits. It is with our hands that we work, and with what we earn for that work that we pay our debts. Five is also a number that relates to the sacred fire where we pay our debts with offerings and prayers. Five might be so busy working that it fails to remember what it is working for. It can also signify that what it is attached to becomes work, or is “hard work”.