When a newborn enters the world, the first few days must be rather confusing. As I have mentioned, it could be said that we have just entered a new cycle of the Chol Q’ij.
Whether we take this to be the full new 260-day count, or the new trecena is unimportant. The outcome is more or less the same.
With 1 Imox, we had the seed of the new dream. It was pure potential without direction. Then 2 Iq’ breathed life into the potential, the first moment of creation through the word. In 3 Aq’ab’al, we see the results of the energies of the previous two days. This could be a new concept. However, there are too many uncertainties to be sure of the outcome. In these early moments, things are still hidden in the darkness.
A possible phrase to associate with this day could be “false dawn”. You may think you can see the first light of the sun, but it may turn out to be the light of Venus. (I have seen the light of Venus bright enough to cast a shadow!) This is a day when things might not quite be what they seem. If you are waiting to start something, it is not quite the time. You might be ready to go, only to be confronted by an unexpected challenge. Proceed with caution, or wait for a more conducive day.
On a more positive note, the 3 could represent the home. In order to direct your energy in the most constructive way. Planning a new project around your home may be a beneficial way to spend the day.
The Nawal Aq’ab’al
The word aq’ab is translated as dark. The suffix -al changes the meaning slightly, alluding transtition and the dawning of the day. It is the time between darkness and light, night and day. Probably our best way to translate it would be as twilight. Birth is the beginning of the mortal journey. Aq’ab’al is just the beginning of the day and of things which are not yet fully formed.
In Santiago Atitlan one day, a friend explained to me the different parts of a weaving on a backstrap loom. Aq’ab’al is the warp (the vertical threads), B’atz is the weft (the horizontal threads) which creates the whole cloth. The newly woven cloth is Kawok. In order for the weaver to create, first she has an idea in her head or a dream. She sets out the dream on her loom by setting up the warp. The design has passed from being just an idea, to the beginnings of a woven reality. Thus, concept requires creative input before it becomes whole. Aq’ab’al can also represent conception. The fertilised egg is far from ready to be born, but has passed from the dream or spirit world into the physical.
Aq’ab’al days are great days for the start of new things, particularly new relationships – Aq’ab’al has a strong affinity with marriage. Also it is a perfect day for starting new projects. It is the time to bring them into the world of light from the world of dreams and ideas.
The Number Three
There are various myths about the creation which link with the number 3. One is that at the time of creation, three stone jumped out of the fireplace and formed the new world. These three stones are called the hearthstones, and are still seen in many Maya homes today, on the fire supporting the tortilla griddle. From an astronomical point of view, the stones are the stars Alnitak, Saiph and Rigel in the constellation we call Orion, and the Smoky Fireplace is the Great Orion Nebula (M42)
The number 3 is still in the low end of the range of numbers. It does not have much energy yet, and it is also an odd number. It can represent the home, relating to the three hearthstones laid by the creators, and this is probably a good focus for a 3 day. However, it is possibly the most troublesome of the numbers to deal with, it lacks stability and represents challenges and obstructions. The number three brings up internal/external dilemma. The lack of stability in the physical, external world that it brings suggests that the more appropriate action is to look to the internal world, both of the home and of yourself.