resolve any ancestral debt.

13 Toj (21st May 2024)

13 TojThe day of payment and sacrifice joins with the number which represents the ancestors and the spirit world. This is a day to resolve any ancestral debt.

The energy of the nawal Toj can feel rather challenging. Payment and sacrifice are things we might choose to avoid if we could. However, these are the actions that keep us in balance, the things which keep us healthy and harmonious. Life is a continuous cycle of receiving and giving. However, sometimes we inadvertently allow this to fall out of balance. We take and we forget to give back. Toj days remind us to redress that balance, sometimes through sickness.

Today, this energy is combined with the strongest number 13, representing the ancestors and the spirit world. Today we have an opportunity to resolve any outstanding debts with our ancestors. This applies not only in this world but in the distant past. Perhaps there is a recent physical debt that needs payment. However, this may also involve a debt to your more distant ancestors. This is a day to say thank you to your lineage for what they have provided for you.

Sometimes our ancestors acted in a manner we would not choose today. They may have incurred debts which have been passed to the next generations to repay. This is a day to resolve any of these types of debt. Make amends for what your ancestors may have taken without payment.

Days carrying the number 13 are said to be when the spirit world is close and are good days for divination. This could also be a very good day for a divination to ask what is outstanding, and how to pay it off. This could apply to both your own personal debts and ancestral debts.


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Popol Jay

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The Nawal Toj

The nawal Toj represents offerings and payment. It is part of the name Tojil, a Mayan god who gave fire to the people. However, this was not a gift. Tojil asked in return for a sacrifice to be made. This is a day of payment and sacrifice, a day to resolve debts, both in the physical and spiritual realms. Toj is the nawal of the sacred fire where we make offerings to burn away karmic debts. In this way we restore balance, and we bring our accounts back to zero.

It is through selfless acts that we can access the divine protection that Toj carries. Naturally, these acts might involve a sacrifice of our time or energy to strengthen our community. We can choose to act or we can choose to ignore. However, ignoring an opportunity to make a payment on a Toj day might bring the removal of the protection. We should always make our payments with an open heart. However, thanks might not be quickly forthcoming, and may not come at all. Your sacrifice could be something as simple as picking up litter in your neighbourhood. It doesn’t have to be something elaborate.

The Number Thirteen

The number 13 is the final number. It represents the spirit world. It is said that on Samhain, 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. Both the positive and negative aspects of the day come through strongly. It is a very good day for activities such as divinations. Ceremonies on 13 days are best left to experienced Aj Q’ijab who understand how to work with that energy.

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