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8 No’j 0 Nab’e Mam – The Seating of The New Mam

  • The Seating of the New Mam is the moment that the Wayeb has ended, when the period of retreat has finished and we can emerge from our “cave” back into the real world. In some communities, this would be celebrated with feasting and drinking, welcoming in the new grandfather who will guide us through the next revolution of the sun.

This year is governed by the Mam 8 No’j. In addition to 8 No’j carrying the energy of the day, it is also carrying the energy of this new year. The properties and benefits brought by the nawal 8 No’j are discussed in my post for the day of 8 No’j here. The energy of this day is a representative of the energy which we will be living with for the whole year. The general feeling of this year should be about the completion of a journey, and the choice of which direction to go next.

The new Mam may take a little while to settle in. This is usually the first 20 days. Whilst it is obvious that the “administration” has changed, it takes a little time for all the promises made in the campaign to be adhered to. Nothing in nature moves in a square wave, it is always a gentle transition more akin to a sine wave. This is the first light of dawn, the day is just beginning, but we are still experiencing a little of the cold of the night. It will not be until midday, the height of the cycle that we will experience the fullest expression of the energy of this year lord. We can expect that in around 140 days or so, 11 No’j (19th June 2020).

The last time we experienced No’j year was 2016, which was the year 4 No’j.  No’j years (along with E’ years) are usually seen as being benevolent years. They the years when we are able to use our minds to understand how to bring our plans and ideas into action. We may see a resonance from the last appearance of No’j, as the 4 could represent laying the foundations for the plan, the pilot program. Four years on, as we enter the year 8 No’j, we have refined our plan and are able to unveil it in its entirety.

On a grander scheme of things, the cycle of the year bearers repeats every 52 years. Of course, we do not relive exactly the same experiences, but we may see similarities with the last time this year bearer was in office. That was the year 1968, when Mam would have taken his seat on the Gregorian day 4th March. This gives us the opportunity to understand how to engage with the benefits of, and avoid the errors committed during, the previous incarnation of the Mam 8 No’j.  For some ideas on major events of 1968, please click here.

 

Old man possum – Aj Wuch – brings the Mam of No’j to carry the year. From the Dresden Codex

7 Ajmak 4 Wayeb – The Final Day of Wayeb

The fifth day of Wayeb completes these days of introspection and retreat. In some ways, whilst this is the day when we can see the dawn of the new year coming, it may also be the most difficult day. It is the day when we start the process to emerge from the chrysalis.

There may be a crystallisation of the process which has been taking place though the days of Wayeb. Here, its combination with the day 7 Ajmak. 7 Ajmak is not necessarily the easiest combination, but it can be rather wonderful if we can relax into it. Ajmak as the nawal of pardon and forgiveness, encourages us to accept ourselves and each other as sweet human beings, to love each other for all that we are. It is the scars that show we have chosen to live our lives, the stories which remind us that we don’t always get it right, and neither does anyone else! One of the keys to a happy existence is the acceptance of this, of our human fallibility. The number 7 highlights endings and choices, and in this combination could be seen as the ability to forgive and forget.

7 Ajmak  is the final forgiveness, the final redemption. It is a perfect day for drawing a line under events or circumstances and moving forwards into the new solar cycle free of burdens of guilt, or shame, or blame.  It gives us the ability to wipe our own slate, or that of others, clean. In this way we can understand that it is through forgiveness, acceptance, and a willingness to move on, that we can become the full sweetness of the humans that we are. In this way we will be able to manifest the wholeness of the plan we will be landing in the coming solar cycle.

Pawahtuun, also known as Mam and god N. Known as the god of the Wayeb and the number five. An old man that carries a conch shell, who was both a beloved creator and a trickster. From the Dresden Codex

6 Tz’ikin 3 Wayeb – The Fourth Day of Wayeb

The fourth day of introspection during the Wayeb is associated with definition, and in this solar cycle it is combined with the energy of a day which would suggest the working on your vision.

We have passed through the three previous days and identified where we are. This time has you helped to identify your strengths and your weaknesses, and asked of you to accept all this as a part of who you are.  Now with the experience, knowledge and understanding of yourself, it is time to start charting your course for the coming year of 8 No’j.

The energy of the day 6 Tz’ikin helps us to bring stability to our vision for the future. It helps us to bring the inspiration from the Heart of the Earth and the Heart of the Sky into that which will stabilise our vision. If you are looking to understand how to bring your plans into action, today is the day to receive the vision which guides you in the coming 8 No’j year, helping you to define your plan.

Another representation of Pawahtuun, the god of the Wayeb, this time from the Paris Codex. From http://digital.library.northwestern.edu/codex/page6.html
Another representation of Pawahtuun, the god of the Wayeb, this time from the Paris Codex. From http://digital.library.northwestern.edu/codex/page6.html

5 Ix 2 Wayeb – The Third Day of Wayeb

The third day of Wayeb focuses on acceptance. When we combine this with the day 5 Ix, we can understand that it can be about what we have learned about the way we can work with Mother Earth, and her sacred spaces, during the year 7 E’.

The nawal Ix governs the altars and shrines, the ears of Mother Earth, and encourages us to ask her for what we need in life. She gladly provides, and all that she asks is that we love, protect and care for her, as we would our human mother. On this 5 day,  the day of work, we might ask, how has our work affected Mother Earth during this year 7 E’? Have we been working in her best interests, have we been putting our energy into helping her? On another level, Ix represents the magical being inside each one of us. Have we focussed enough of our energy on our connection with that magical part of us, the one connected with the sacred sites and temples? What choices of path have we made in the year 7 E’ that take us closer to those ideals?

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4 Aj 1 Wayeb – The Second Day of Wayeb

The second day of the Wayeb is said to represent recognition of yourself, during your introspective period. This is combined with the day representing harmony in the home and leadership in the community. This is a day to identify the things within you that can be left in the year 7 E’ as we move into the year 8 No’j.

4 Aj presents us with that which strengthens and stabilises our homes and communities. With the number 4 highlighting the material, physical world, perhaps today’s reflection will be on what you have done in the year 7 E’ to bring stability to your home or community. What choices have you made, what paths have ended, in order to achieve a greater degree of harmony in your home? Nawal E’ can represent all sorts of explorations, not just the physical travel, but the journey of relationship, exploration of mental realms and of course the spiritual path. 4 Aj is asking us how our decisions on which path to take have affected us and our family, and our community. How can we use them to form a stable foundation?

Pawahtuun, also known as Mam and god N. Known as the god of the Wayeb and the number five. An old man that carries a conch shell, who was both a beloved creator and a trickster. From the Dresden Codex

3 E’ 0 Wayeb – The First Day of Wayeb

The posts that I am writing every day concern the days of the Chol Q’ij, the Mayan sacred or ritual calendar, which consists of 260 days. However, this is, of course, not the only calendar used by the Mayan people. One of the other calendars used is known as the Macewal Q’ij or Ordinary Days. This has been termed a civic or agricultural calendar, which may seem less grand than the sacred days, but without agriculture, the people would starve. There are ceremonies associated with certain days of the Macewal Q’ij, not least the arrival of the first day, the new Year Bearer. Kenneth Johnson wrote an excellent first hand account of his experience in Momostenango of the arrival of the new year bearer or Mam here

However, the new year is not here just yet, first we have to get through the Wayeb. These are the five days at the end of the 365 day count. They are thought of as a dangerous time, when the energy is confused to say the least. It is interesting to note that the final five days of the solar year are overseen by the previous incarnation of the same nawal. 3 E’ was the year bearer for 2015. If we imagine reality as a ship and the year bearer as the captain, it is as if the captain has died and been replaced by the ghost of the previous captain. Maybe this is why this time is thought of as being so unpredictable.

Wayeb is seen as a time of introspection, a time when we take stock of what has happened over the previous year. It is seen as a time when public ceremony is avoided, some people do not wash or comb their hair, they may not leave the house. It is a time when the days are unsupported and misfortune may occur.

The introspection of the  first day of Wayeb is used to review the previous year. Its combination here with the day 3 E’ suggests a review of your home and inner path that you may have experienced during the previous 360 days of the year 7 E’.  It may be that during the year of 7 E’, certain paths have ended, and you may have chosen to engage with a new path. The day, 3 E’ is not the best day to travel on, and can represent external blockages , obstructions and bumps on the road. It is calling us to focus on the inner world, our inner journey. With the number three highlighting the home, this would seem an excellent day to retreat to your “cave”

On this first day of Wayeb, we can reflect on what we have chosen to let go of during the year 7E’.

Pawahtuun, also known as Mam and god N. Known as the god of the Wayeb and the number five. An old man that carries a conch shell, who was both a beloved creator and a trickster. From the Dresden Codex

Pawahtuun, also known as Mam and god N. Known as the god of the Wayeb and the number five. An old man that carries a conch shell, who was both a beloved creator and a trickster. From the Dresden Codex

New Video – Wayeb and the New Solar Cycle 8 No’j

As we go into the day 3 E’ we enter the final five days of the Mayan solar year, a period known as Wayeb. This is a period of introspection, of retreat, known for its unpredictable energies. Here I share some information about the Mayan solar year and the year bearers, as well as Wayeb.

This is a part of the “Living the Sacred Calendar” presentation I made on 13 Toj (12th February 2020) at Samsara’s Garden, San Marcos la Laguna.

New Video – The Trecena of Tz’i (13th – 25th February 2020)

The Trecena of Tz’i is a time of renewal of faith, a time to bring new justice to our world, a time to trust our guidance and more than anything, a time to embrace the unconditional love within each one of us. This time it is particularly interesting as we have the wayeb, and new solar year in the middle of this trecena.

Recorded at “Living the Sacred Mayan Calendar” in Samsara’s Garden, San Marcos la Laguna on 13 Toj (12th February 2020)

7 E’ 0 Nab’e Mam – The Seating of The New Mam

The Seating of the New Mam is the moment that the Wayeb has ended, when the period of retreat has finished and we can emerge from our “cave” back into the real world. In some communities, this would be celebrated with feasting and drinking, welcoming in the new grandfather who will guide us through the next revolution of the sun.

This year is governed by the Mam 7 E’. In addition to 7 E’ carrying the energy of the day, it is also carrying the energy of this new year. The properties and benefits brought by the nawal 7 E’ are discussed in my post for the day of 7 E’ here. The energy of this day is a representative of the energy which we will be living with for the whole year. The general feeling of this year should be about the completion of a journey, and the choice of which direction to go next.

The new Mam may take a little while to settle in. This is usually the first 20 days. Whilst it is obvious that the “administration” has changed, it takes a little time for all the promises made in the campaign to be adhered to. Nothing in nature moves in a square wave, it is always a gentle transition more akin to a sine wave. This is the first light of dawn, the day is just beginning, but we are still experiencing a little of the cold of the night. It will not be until midday, the height of the cycle that we will experience the fullest expression of the energy of this year lord. We can expect that in around 182 days or so, 7 Ix (21st August 2019).


The last time we experienced an E’ year was 2015, which was the year 3 E’. E’ years are usually seen as being benevolent years. They the years when we might make new discoveries, journey to new places, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. They bring an energy of curiosity, of change, and sometimes a boldness to step out into the unknown, as it is there where novelty awaits us.

Its combination here with the number 7 suggests endings. This year may very well represent the end of the road for some things. We have taken our learning process as far as we could, now we have reached our destination, the top of the pyramid. From that vantage point we can see the new opportunities for learning open to us. It will be up to us to choose which path we now wish to take. This may be a year when many options are laid out in front of us, and it will be essential that we make a choice. There is a  danger that stagnation will arise from indecision, although with all the options available it may be difficult to select one path. This is a great year to finish the study of a subject and begin a new one. The journey of the heart through relationships may also find itself coming to some kind of conclusion. Life and time can be seen as a spiral, and here we have come to a point where we have completed a revolution of that spiral and it is time to begin a new one.

On a grander scheme of things, the cycle of the year bearers repeats every 52 years. Of course, we do not relive exactly the same experiences, but we may see similarities with the last time this year bearer was in office. That was the year 1967, when Mam would have taken his seat on the Gregorian day 5th March. This gives us the opportunity to understand how to engage with the benefits of, and avoid the errors committed during, the previous incarnation of the Mam 7 E’.  For some ideas on major events of 1967, please click here.

6 B’atz 4 Wayeb – The Fifth Day of Wayeb

The fifth day of Wayeb completes these days of introspection and retreat. In some ways, whilst this is the day when we can see the dawn of the new year coming, it may also be the most difficult day. It is the day when we start the process to emerge from the chrysalis.

There may be a crystallisation of the process which has been taking place though the days of Wayeb. Here, its combination with the day 6 B’atz, a highly fortunate and creative energy, it suggests that we are able to take the threads which we have received in the previous cycle, and weave then into something stable and divinely inspired to take forward into the next. While the Mam 6 Kej may have brought some harsh lessons, it has refined us and brought out the beauty. The reality we have woven has been inspired by Heaven and Earth, and now that the cycle has ended we can see the true beauty of the weaving we have created.

Pawahtuun, also known as Mam and god N. Known as the god of the Wayeb and the number five. An old man that carries a conch shell, who was both a beloved creator and a trickster. From the Dresden Codex