As we continue to move through the trecena of Imox, we now see the first sign of life. Kan, representing the lightning in the blood, brings this life force to the new embryo. This can be thought of as a spark of life being received by the vessel. Now implanted in the womb, it is fully ready to be empowered. This process happens many times throughout our lives, empowering us, enlivening us and bringing us wisdom.
Today, the combination with the number 5 suggests that to capture that spark of life may require a little work. Perhaps this work can be thought of as the effort put into spinning a dynamo. The energy of the number 5 often focuses our attention on those around us more than ourselves. When it combines with the energy of Kan may be rather a blessing.
This could be seen as using your power to work for the good of all around you. This is one of the ultimate benevolent faces of Kan empowering others through sharing wisdom. However, it may be important to remember to keep some of this life force energy for yourself as 5’s can burn out. Perhaps, setting the boundaries on how much of your energy you can safely give away to others is part of the wisdom brought by the energy of this day. Allow the energy to flow through you, rather than from you, by connecting to the Heart of the Sky, Junrakan, at the beginning of the day.
The Nawal Kan
Kan is one of the more powerful nawales and it represents just that – power. It is connected to serpents, and serpent symbolism is very strong in Maya mythology. In the past, lightning was referred to as sky serpents, and what is seen in the outer world is reflected by the inner world. The power of Kan comes from something which is referred to as itz or coyopa, the lightning in the blood. This is the power which may also be known as Ki, Chi, Prana, kundalini or “the force”. It is life force energy. Kundalini is a sanskrit word actually meaning coiled, like a snake.
When working with any of these energies, training must be undertaken in order to understand how to use them. In its most positive aspect, the energy of Kan brings great wisdom; in its negative aspect, great destruction. A lack of understanding or control of this power can lead to undesirable consequences. The dark side of Kan can seduce with its power, and a very sexy power it is too, holding its prey in an almost hypnotic grip with its allure. It can become the ultimate ego trap.
However, it is also said that the feathered serpent Q’uq’umatz brought wisdom, through the sciences of astronomy and agriculture, to the ancient Maya. Here we see the positive aspect of Kan, where the ability to work with the body lightning brings great wisdom. People born on a Kan day can become some of the greatest healers or psychics. They can also become the darkest sorcerers and manipulators.
The Number Five
The Sacred Mayan calendar is said to be a calendar of human life. It can be seen as a microcosm of the human body. The number five is one of these parts. It is representative of the hand with its five digits. It is with our hands that we work, and with what we earn we pay our debts. Five is also a number that relates to the sacred fire where we pay our debts with offerings and prayers. Five might be so busy working that it fails to remember what it is working for. It can also signify that what it is attached to becomes work, or is “hard work”.