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9 Kame 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 it is combined with the auspicious day of 9 Kame, the nawal of death and transformation combined with the number of life and the feminine. As we travel through the trecena of Tijax, purifying and healing, we can also see that the appearance of this energy at this time can be very profound. We can see it as transforming into new life, the final day of the old solar year, 9 Iq’, dying and being resurrected into the new solar year of 10 Kej. The process of emerging from the chrysalis may have entailed some uncomfortable transformations, and Wayeb has given us the time and space within which to go through them. Now it is time for the butterfly to emerge, for the phoenix to rise from the ashes, ready for the new solar year.

 

8 Kan 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 has some very profound meanings.

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 10 Kej.

The number 8 is associated with wholeness, it can be seen as the combination of the number 1 (birth, beginnings, potential) with the number 7 (death, endings, finality.) It can be seen as all things in perfect balance, the acceptance of darkness within the light and light within the darkness. As we see it here  associated with the nawal Kan, representing wisdom, power and teachers, it can be understood to be the bringing together of all aspects in order to bring about true wisdom. As the fourth day of Wayeb focusses on definition, a focus for today could be to define our wisdom by drawing on the wholeness of what we have learned from our teachers. This may include the harsh lessons as well as  inspiring ones, as true wisdom brings everything into balance. It is a perfect day to define what brings out our light and dark sides, and how we can integrate both to truly understand ourselves.

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

7 K’at 2 Wayeb – The Third Day of Wayeb

The third day of Wayeb focuses on acceptance. When we combine this with the day 7 K’at, we can understand that it can be about accepting that which we know needs to be released in order to move forwards.

There are several different and complimentary energies present today. We are travelling through the Tijax trecena in addition to being in Wayeb. The Tijax trecena is a purification, an opportunity to use our discernment combined with the sharp obsidian blade, to initiate the healing process through the cutting away of that which needs to leave us. However, the people, ideas and other attachments in our life can be very difficult to let go of, we may be emotionally attached to that which is no longer accessible to us, such as previous relationships. As we travel through the Wayeb, this day brings an excellent opportunity to accept that which needs to be cut away and released, that which were once blessings in our life which have now become burdens, the burdens which have caused us to go out of balance, to become sick or restrained. The healing can begin once we accept the need to release these attachments.

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6 Aq’ab’al 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 new concepts and the illumination of what has been in darkness. This is a day to identify the things within you that have been brought to light in the year 9 Iq’.

6 Aq’ab’al represents the stabilisation of new concepts, particularly those pertaining to family. As 9 Iq’ filled our lungs with the breath of life, what part of you was illuminated this year? The concepts that you have had, the dreams you have begun to turn into physical, stable reality, how did you breath life into them, and how did they change your life? Were you able to use them to bring greater stability to your family?

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

5 Iq’ 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 Maya 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 Tz’ipin Q’ij, the closing days, also known as 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. 5 Iq’ was the year bearer for 2017. 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. In some communities, 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 energies of 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 5 Iq’ suggests a review of the way you were able to work on our communication, and on our breath during the last 360 days, during the current year,          9 Iq’.  9 Iq’ could be seen as a year reflecting the breath of life, it could also be seen as the voice of the women. It certainly feels like in this time we are now able to breathe more freely having re-established our life breath. There have certainly been some very interesting changes and upsets to the establishment brought through the voices of women. On this first day of reflection, we could ask ourselves “where did I put my energy into change, and what areas still need some work?”

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

8 Imox 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 8 Imox. Days numbered 8 can be excellent for bringing what they are focussed on to wholeness, and here that is the dream. This, quite simply, is the day to focus on the crystallisation of the dream. Emergence from the cocoon is not without pain, but here we are ready to emerge, with our new dream. We have spent this time of reflection thinking, discerning, healing and choosing and now we are about to move forward, and take this dream into the new solar year of 9 Iq’, possibly also leaving behind some of the nightmares we had in 8 No’j.

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 Kawok 2 Wayeb – The Third Day of Wayeb

The third day of Wayeb focuses on acceptance. When we combine this with the day 6 Kawok, we can understand that it can be about what can, and what cannot, be healed within our family.

Kawok is a very feminine nawal, and is the patron of the healing women. In particular it is the day of the midwife, the rain who helps the new seed to grow. But the rain can also destroy, it can bring the floods which wash away that which can no longer move forward. It always strikes me how Kawok, the feminine essence of healing, the compassionate one, follows Tijax, the masculine aspect of healing. The surgeon may begin the process, but it is the compassionate aftercare which really completes it. As we travel through the Wayeb, this day brings an excellent opportunity to accept that which needs to be washed away in order to bring stability and growth, particularly around family matters. This in turn allows us to emerge into the energy of the new Mam 9 Iq’ revitalised, re-energised and reborn.

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5 Tijax 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 discernment, purification and healing work. This is a day to identify the things within you that can be cut away in the year 8 No’j as we move into the year 9 Iq’.

5 Tijax presents us with the opportunity to put our energy into our healing. As we move out of what has been a very challenging year for many, if not all, we are certainly in a healing phase. We may wish to go out and heal the division we may be observing in our world, but it is important that we first heal ourselves. This day of introspection gives us the opportunity to do just that. The number 5 implies that we have to put our own energy into it – no one else can do it for us – so this is an excellent day to retreat and do just that. It is through that kind of work that we can also recognise our true potential. Tijax gives us the eye of discernment, the ability to cut through and cut away the mundane which prevents us from seeing the divine. As you work on your inner healing, you may well recognise that perfection within you.

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

4 No’j 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. 4 No’j was the year bearer for 2016. 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 4 No’j suggests a review of the way you were able to draw on your knowledge in order to come up with solutions to physical problems during the previous 360 days of the year 8 No’j.  I see 4 No’j as the energy of putting our plans into action, and maybe during this 8 No’j year we were able to enact some plans, but also many fell through. On this first day of Wayeb, we can reflect on what we plans have chosen to let go of during the year 8 No’j.

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