The energy of the nawal Kame helps us to face the greatest challenges on our lives, sometimes even provoking us to do so. Facing these trials promotes our development, we have two options, we either tackle the issue or we avoid it. If we avoid it we are really just postponing the inevitable, it will come around again, perhaps next time we will have the strength or understanding to deal with it. Of course the other option is to take a breath, summon our courage and face the adversity head on, embracing that which frightens us and overcoming it. Doing so helps us to progress on more than just the physical level, this can provoke profound change. Today, we see this energy combined with the number 12, representing the bundling together of life’s experiences.
Facing our challenges will always be a noble exploit, but doing so without preparation would be foolhardy. The energy of 12 Kame allows us to reflect on all that we have learned through life and all we have been taught, to understand how these have helped us to transform ourselves. In this way we can enter the trials with confidence and understanding, knowing the way to overcome each obstacle in our path. This parallels the story of the hero twins, Junajpu and Xbalanque in the Popol Vuh. Their father, Jun Junajpu and uncle, Wucub Junajpu descended to the underworld, Xibalba, having been summoned by the Lords of Death. They were unprepared and failed the challenges set for them. Junajpu and Xbalanque, however, used their experience and understanding to overcome each challenge set for them, eventually evolving through their own sacrifice into a higher state of being.
Therefore, today is a day to gather the experience and understanding you have gained through life and apply them to the obstacles in your path. It is a day to go fearlessly, but wisely, into your challenges and transform yourself towards your higher state.
Kame relates to death, which often makes people nervous. However, this nawal is seen as an extremely positive day. Birth is the gateway into the mortal life, death the gateway into the eternal. In many shamanistic traditions, the initiate goes through several death experiences during training. This can be through the use of particular herbs, or sometimes through accident or illness. In these experiences the density of the mortal realm falls away and the greater understanding emerges. It can often be described as a spiritual transformation. In the Popul Vuh, the Mayan book of creation, the Hero Twins descend to the underworld, Xibalba, to confront the Lords of Death. They pass the many challenges set for them, but eventually end up being tricked by the Lord of Death. Instead of giving in, the Hero Twins choose to sacrifice themselves. They give instructions to a pair of seers to convince the Lords of Death to grind the Twins’ bones to dust and throw the dust in the river. Everything went according to plan and five days later the twins appeared as catfish in the river, then transformed into vagabond “magicians”. In this way we see a literal transformation from the crusader (Tijax) through death (Kame) to the higher self (Ix). This is the potential of the Kame day, to face ones fears and attain a higher perspective, to advance the journey of your soul. This is also a day to remember your ancestors and friends that have passed into the other realm, to remember what they taught you, and to thank them for their wisdom that helped you to grow.
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.