“Where am I?”
“Where am I going?”
“What is my purpose?”
These are three of the most important questions we can ever ask of ourselves. With divination highlighted by the number 13, today is a day to ask these questions about your path. They may be asked in meditation, to divination devices such as Tz’ite seeds, cards or I Ching straws/coins, or guides both physical or etheric. The next question would of course be “are you ready to hear the answer?” If you are prepared to listen, this could truly be a day of illumination.
The strength of this day lends itself to asking for divine guidance on your journeys, both your life path and your physical journeys. If you are guided by a higher force, you will never be let down, if you stay on the path you should not encounter problems.
Even if you do not have the opportunity to ask the questions of your path, keep your eyes and ears open today. Be aware of what is going on around you, you may get some clues as to which direction to take, which journey will benefit you the most.
Lunar EclipseAs if this powerful day of the spiritual path was not enough of a grand finale for the trecena of Ajpu, here in the Americas we will almost all experience a lunar eclipse as we move between the day 13 E’ and the day 1 Aj. Here in Guatemala, this penumbral lunar eclipse will begin around 9pm, maximum will be 10.30pm and the eclipse finished a few minutes before midnight. Eclipses were very significant to the Maya, the picture below is from the eclipse tables of the Dresden codex, where calculations show when eclipses (both lunar and solar) will take place. In general, most references to eclipses, either lunar or solar, tend to be rather negative in nature. They are seen as a war in the heavens. During solar eclipses, the moon is so angry with the sun that she bites him. During lunar eclipses, it is often either an ant or a jaguar who is said to have bitten the moon. While some people may have a fear around the lunar eclipse, others may watch the eclipse in a bowl of water.
We also see that the goddess Ix K’ik has her name translated as both Blood Woman and Blood Moon. It would be rather churlish to assume that there is no connection between her and lunar eclipses. She is the mother of the hero twins, and as such perhaps an even more fitting guardian over the end of the Junajpu trecena. The hero has been conceived and on this day, is given the sacred path by the mother. What better time than ever to contemplate the sacred journey to your inner hero?
Nawal E’ represents the journey of discovery, the life path in both its physical and spiritual aspects. E’ is the explorer, it craves novelty. It inspires travel to understand different cultures and ways of life, it is a seeker of experience. It can be a thrill seeker, and sometimes will take risks to understand what it is examining. Whilst it gains experience and understanding through physical travel, E’ also drives us to explore our inner world, helping us to understand our own minds and hearts, and those of others. E’ sometimes creates a restlessness, the desire to find new things within the world means that E’ finds it difficult to sit still.
E’ can sometimes cause us to explore simply for the sake of exploration, we seek the new experience because it is there. This can give rise to a lack of direction, aimless wandering. However, even in its wanderings E’ is discovering. It may not know exactly where it is going, but it will when it gets there. In it’s best aspect, E’ seeks out knowledge and experience in order to form an understanding which brings wisdom. E’ enjoys sharing the wisdom gained with its peers, for the enrichment of the community.
E’ is another of the classic carriers of the year, or year lords. It is said that E’ years tend to be some of the more gentle and favourable years. E’ is seen as a good natured nawal. E’ days are considered to be good days on which to travel and explore, whether that be externally or internally. It is a day to find or remember your path, a day to ask for your path to be cleared of obstructions, and a day to ask for guidance and protection on your path.
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 carried out by the most experienced Aj Q’ij who understand how to work with that strength of energy.