However, there is certainly another side that can be seen with both of these days and, of course, I will deal with 12 Tijax first. The energy of the nawal Tijax does have a reputation for its warlike nature, although I personally have rarely seen that expressed. What I have experienced, is a desire for refinement. Whilst there might be a degree of what some people might consider to be ruthlessness, Tijax just knows where and how to make cuts. It is not afraid to make the cut that which others shy away from, and does so to bring truth, beauty or harmony into the world.
The number 12 can represent all of our life experience. If we think about our experience being our autobiography, so we can understand that today can involve editing out the stories which are no longer relevant. It is a great day to release those experiences which hold you back from being your truest expression. It is a day to use all the experience you have gathered on your journey as a guide as to what to save and what to release. When you cut away the excess baggage you are able to move more freely on your journey. Experiences in our lives mould us into who we are, but we cannot move further if we don’t break free of the mould. We don’t have to regret our past, but we don’t have to live in it either. It is a day to heal these experiences, to cut ourselves free and allow the divine to emerge. This may, however, involve some rather deep cuts of the blade. This is a day to use your life experience to cut through injustice, lies and disharmony in order to bring healing to your world.
Solstice Ceremony Livestream Event
Over the last few months I have been less active with ceremony than usual. It is more challenging to get hold of supplies right now, but this week I received a strong intuition to make this ceremony. I would like to use this platform to help the people here in the villages. Participation in this ceremony is free of charge, but if you would like to make a donation, I would ask that you consider making a donation to one of these two projects, run by personal friends of mine, who are helping the people of San Pablo la Laguna and San Marcos la Laguna.
I have managed to sort out my audio and video settings to ensure that the whole ceremony can be seen and heard correctly by those of you who wish to join me. The solstice occurs on 12 Tijax this year, around 3.45pm Guatemala time. It’s a strong day for healing and to cut away the things which cause illness. Of course with the current world situation, this is a great day to use our collective life experience, signified by the number 12, to bring about healing. Additionally, this solstice will be followed by a solar eclipse, about 9 hours later, and then by the day 1 Ajpu, so what can we determine from this? Well, the solstice, the peak of the solar energy in the Northern hemisphere, occurs during the 20 day period of 7 Ajpu, the death of the old sun. It is closely followed by the symbolic death of the sun as it is blacked out by the new moon during the eclipse. That occurs on the day 13 Kawok, which could be seen as the midwife who assists the birth from the spirit world, but also the healing that comes from the ancestors. The following day is 1 Ajpu, the birth of the new sun. So this could truly seen as a time of healing to bring back the light, and bring a new light, to the world. It can also be seen as the end of one spiritual quest in order to give birth to a new direction, which appears on 1 Ajpu. The solstice ceremony could be used to illuminate that which needs to be released from your life in order to go through the birth process into the new quest.
The ceremony will take around 2 hours, as I call in the directions, my teachers, ceremonial sites and the essences of the 20 nawales. I will petition each one for assistance in this time. For the second time I have felt a desire to share this over a live stream, to include those friends from around the world who have participated in ceremony here in my garden. I will do what I can to make this happen, but please be patient as it will be connected over a 4G cell phone hotspot connection. I will do my best to position the camera and microphone so that you can fully connect with the sounds and sights of the ceremony and the fire. Perhaps you can even make your own fire at home and make your offerings to your fire as we journey through the nawales.
The event link is here, it will be streamed through my Four Pillars Facebook page as a Facebook Live event. I will try to stream directly through the event page, but it may just be through my Facebook live page. The event will begin at 2.30pm Guatemala time. https://www.facebook.com/events/574551793487352/
Please be aware that for those of you here in Guatemala, this is an online event only, in line with the current government rules we cannot allow people to be here in person.
The nawal Tijax is often thought of as an obsidian blade or knife. How the blade is used depends on the intention of the person wielding it. It can be wielded by a warrior or by a surgeon. These would seem like opposite ends of the spectrum, but where Tijax is concerned the aim is the same – healing.
Tijax is the nawal of the holy warrior. In the Mayan book of creation , the Popol Vuh, the first act of the hero twins was a mission given to them by the Heart of the Sky to rid the world of the false gods Seven Macaw, Zipacna and Earthquake. This is their quest, their crusade, and is represented by Tijax. They then sacrifice themselves in the underworld (Kame) and are resurrected with magical abilities (Ix). By destroying the false gods, the twins brought balance to the world, and helped mankind, they brought healing to the world. They cut out that which caused disease, exactly as a surgeon would do.
Tijax is celebrated as a day of healers, particularly what could be seen as the masculine aspect of healing. It is a day of crusading, of standing up for what is right. It has a tenacity to it, it is sometimes belligerent, it will not be stopped in its quest. It is the healer who refuses to give up on finding a cure. Tijax gives powers of discernment and refinement. Just as the surgeons scalpel cuts away disease and the warriors blade dispatches the evil, the sculptors chisel creates beauty by remodelling the base material. It is a day of alchemy, both internal and external, turning the ordinary into the divine.
The number 12 is the penultimate number. In some ways it can be seen as the last Earthly number, the number 13 representing the spirit world. We travelled through the mortal world with 1 through 6, then the other world with 7 through 12. In this way 12 can be seen as a point of bringing all of the experiences into one bundle for presentation to the spirit world as we step into 13. As such, the number 12 brings a wealth of experience into one place, it is rather like writing an autobiography. It is totality, all that is, brought together.