working to release your burdens

5 K’at (17th January 2024)

5 K'atWorking to release your burdens and bringing in your harvest would be good points of focus today. However, the task might turn out to be more challenging than it seemed.


That does not mean that the outcome will be negative. There is a suggestion here that your hard work will be paid off. Nevertheless, on another day the abundance you receive might come to you more easily. This is a day to work on bringing together all the threads, ideas and plans into one place.

K’at also allows us to assess what will be useful to keep in our net for our journey, and what is no longer required. It may be that an emotional attachment to something that you once held dear may be preventing you from progressing. K’at may highlight what you are ready to release. It helps you sort through what you carry, ensuring that you pack correctly for your journey.

Sometimes we can cut our ties in one go and release ourselves, other times it needs more effort. Today might not release all of your burdens simultaneously. However, putting your energy in to the process of releasing yourself from attachments will certainly help your progress.

The Nawal K’at

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K’at signifies a net and represents gathering together or bundling. In the Western Highlands of Guatemala, to this day many crops are harvested and carried in nets – oranges, lemons, avocados to name but a few. Through this we see one of the positive meanings of this nawal, that of abundance and harvest. K’at is a great day to draw things together. This could mean gathering your harvest, collecting ideas for your projects, or inviting people to a social event. It is a day of prosperity and the bounty which comes from the Earth, a day of gardeners and merchants.

However, K’at also has its more challenging side. An abundant crop will fill the net, but it will also slow you down. K’at is also the nawal of prisons and burdens, as the net which gathers, can also ensnare us. When candles are purchased for the fire ceremonies, they come in bundles held together by little strings. When the nawal K’at is addressed during the fire ceremony, these strings are put in to the fire,  with offerings, to ask K’at to help us release ourselves from our burdens, from the ties which bind us.  These ties can also be seen as excessive attachment to material things.

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”.


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