1 Night / AKBAL – Vision Quest: Day 1 of 13


1 Night / AKBAL

Greetings Kin,

The Next 13 Days…

We begin again. A new cycle of Transformation is led by the Spirit that speaks to us in our Dreams. The energies of this Tzolk’in round of 260-days are ramping up. The Night/AKBAL trecena will accelerate our Transformation through an evolution of Manifestation.

Night/AKBAL leads a journey through the Void, the Darkness of the Unknown that holds Unlimited Possibility. AKBAL brings the Light of Spirit to show the way. Night/AKBAL offers the courage to face an unknown future by Healing our Fear of the Dark.

The AKBAL glyph illustrates curtains drawn back to reveal the Light that is always shining. AKBAL connects the Vision of our Intellect with our Visions of Intuition and our Subconscious Dreams. The AKBAL glyph incorporates the familiar face of the Day Sign, Monkey/CHUEN. The affinity between Dog and Monkey, reveals itself again as the AKBAL trecena follows our Ascension from the Dog/OC trecena.

The guidance by Dog/OC and Monkey/CHUEN always go together as the two ways of being that are central to the Creator… Unconditional Love paired with the Power of Creation. The Monkey/CHUEN trecena transformed us by watching “Monkey Doing.”  The Night/AKBAL trecena can inspire us as “Monkey Dreaming.”

10th UINAL: The Night/AKBAL trecena resides in the 10th Uinal of Manifestation. The Power to Manifest our Dreams will be magnified by two 10’s – the 10th Tone in the 10th Uinal. The Night/AKBAL trecena offers a major manifestation of Spiritual Growth. The 10th Tone of Night/AKBAL is Road/EB, the Day Sign of Human and the Road of our Destiny. In the harvest cycle of transformation, the 10th uinal is the time of Blossoming. Our Beauty manifests the proof of Fruit to Come that will hold the Seeds of a new generation of Spirit.

PORTAL DAYS: Element of Ether The Night/AKBAL trecena includes 3 Portal Days that will thin the veil to other dimensions. These are magical days when we are capable to Experience our Spiritual Gifts. On 2 Seed/KAN an open channel will draw Truth to our Power of Creation. On 7 Offering/MULUC we will be Balanced in the Truth that our Power to Manifest is a Mutual Effort that is supported by Divine Agency. On 10 Road/EB a Portal will magnify Human’s Power to manifest our Dreams, on a day of two 10’s of manifestation. We are approaching a major milestone of Spirit and a Transformation to our Creative Power of Manifestation.


  • 6 Star/LAMAT – The Totem Rabbit will energize a Pattern of Movement that multiplies Abundance.
  • 7 Offering/MULUC – Will offer Peak Energy for an experience of Atonement.
  • 8 Dog/OC – Dog returns on the Holy Day, bearing the Divine Justice of Unconditional Love.
  • 9 Monkey/CHUEN – The Monkey will offer Deeper Insight to a Dream of Creation.

On 1 Night/AKBAL we begin a new 13-day cycle of creation. Night will lead us on a Journey to the Void, the Place where all Potential Lies. Night/AKBAL offers Light to our Divine Destiny and Life Purpose, revealing the deepest desires of our Unconscious Self. We begin a journey that will guide us to throw out every notion of our limitation. Over the course of the next 13-days, we will be guided to see how our dreams can really come true.

The K’iche Maya observe 9 B’aatz (9 Monkey/CHUEN), as the Day of the Mayan Priestess. It is a day of Initiation that honors the Divine Feminine energies of Discernment and Compassionate Love. Tone 9 is a day of Peak Experience.

Vision Quest: A Vigil of Light

I invite you to share a Vision Quest. A Vision Quest is a Dance of Spirit.  Like the Sacred Dance Ceremonies, a Vision Quest is a time set aside to live in the realm of Spirit. Through a Sacred Choice, we can separate ourselves from the material world to live wholly in the realm of Spirit.

The power of the Sacred Dance is in the personal silence, away from the ordinary concerns of daily living. These were traditionally days spent alone in the wilderness. We can create our own wilderness.

The Elders say you can change your life in 4 days of Sacred Ceremony. Over the next 12 days, we will spin 4 times through the colors of the 4 directions to arrive at the Ascension of AKBAL. The 13th Tone of this trecena is 13 Eagle/MEN, the Kin that lifts us to the Highest Vision of Spirit.

We can Create an Altar with Conscious Intention. We can dress the altar in Blue to remind us of AKBAL and the Element of Water that holds the Ether of Spirit. We could purify with sage, the candles and each item we place there. We can include a remembrance to Honor the Old Ones who shared this Sacred Wisdom. If something comes to mind to place there, listen to your own inspiration and follow through. Hold each item for a moment to think of what it means to you, or the help it would represent. Make a daily ritual of lighting a candle or burning sage and sweetgrass. Bay Leaf is another sacred aromatic that can be burned to purify energies and bring comfort.

The tradition of the prayer ties is making a physical representation of your prayers. A pinch of tobacco is held to make a prayer and tied in a small bundle to remain on the altar and offered to the fire at the end of the ceremony. The same thing can be done by noting prayers on a small piece of paper. Whatever you choose will be a prayer you can see and remember is shared with the Creator.

Each day will be a Dance. When you layout your clothes for the day, imagine them as your sacred dance clothes. You might add a color to remember the direction of the day. As you enter the world, be conscious as your feet connect with Mother Earth. Make each step a sacred exchange of Love. Make an Intention of silence. Be more intent on listening and devote some time each day to silence. You may choose to spend time at the altar, or maybe your way is a Nature Walk. Don’t worry about the times you forget. Instead, look deeper into the experience of your Unconscious Dance. Allow everything to Be.

Vision Quest is traditionally a time of fasting. We might choose to give something up in the activities or food that we ordinarily consume, or choose healthier living food. Corn is always meaningful to our experience of the Tzolk’in. The shaman prepared a drink made by “brewing” fresh sweet corn and water offered at mystery schools. This might be something that could be made ahead as a Sacred Offering to Self. Everything that we consume is Blessed as Sacred. With each meal, we Honor what is before us – that it came from Mother Earth, remembering and Blessing the hands that tended it, and all the hands that delivered it to the table. May we remember where it came from and that it was created solely for the Purpose of Being Honored Here Now on behalf of the Whole Crop and its Next Generation.

Keep a Vision Quest journal to make note of your thoughts and experiences. Vision Quest is a time when we can be approached by our Spirit Totem animal, in person, in vision, or as something we see in the clouds. Acknowledge the Spirit in Nature and share your Gratitude with Mother Earth. Keep these experiences to yourself for a time. We can never fully describe our deepest experiences without losing something in the translation. They can lose their Spiritual “steam” if we share them too soon. Instead, save them close to the heart and look even deeper into the experience. One inspiration is meant to lead to another. Make Divine Spirit your primary direction of communication.

Sacred Ceremony is a gift that is meant to be accessible to everyone. Every ceremony can be carried out wholly in Spirit. If you are not in a place where you can physically create an altar or burn sage, create an altar in Spirit. The water in the shower can be claimed as a purification of Descending Light.

Today’s forecast…

Tone 1 is the Beginning and a Day of receiving a Divine Inspiration. This is a day to be still and listen.  Tone 1 can be an unsettling day if you try to accomplish anything. Let your altar come together in a natural way. Begin the Creation in your imagination. The energy and intention is magnified by AKBAL’s ability to see into the depths of our soul. AKBAL connects the facilities of our Intellect and Intuition, creating mystical experiences and the consciousness of our own Spiritual Gifts. AKBAL elevates the Sound of the Voice of Spirit. Make note of your dreams, waking thoughts, and daydreams.

The Cherokee Hearth is the Sacred Fire. In the ceremony of the Dance, the Elders tended the fire through the night. It was a place to go for comfort. The Hearth is the Sacred Fire tended in Spirit where the counsel of Elders, the Ascended Ones, pray on our behalf. They are a Source of Divine Intervention. We can visit this fire in Spirit to connect with their Wisdom. They are always waiting there for us to call. The Fires of AKBAL will be Burning throughout the trecena.

Akbal resides in the West, the direction of our Unknown Experience and the place that touches our Emotions as the Element of Water, which holds the Ether of Spirit. This is a day to Honor and Allow our Feelings to express themselves. Our Feelings can be the Silent Prayer we offer to the Creator… our Tears, the Holy Water.

Our experience will become what we expect it to be. The Elders say to bring the very best offering of our Self that reflects what we expect to receive.  We can ask for the Protection of the Ascended Masters, Angels, or other Divine Beings who work for the Highest Good of All.

To all my relations, may we begin again with a Heart Opened by Unconditional Love. May we retreat from the Mind of Reason to explore an experience of Spirit to find the Truth we will Feel, Sense, and Know. Existing in the 10th Uinal of manifestation, this is time to claim the Gift we will receive. May we offer our Gratitude in Advance for the Spiritual Gifts of this cycle of Transformation. May we draw close to the Fire of Spirit as the Light that is always shining in the Darkness. May we create a world of Spiritual Experience. May we allow ourselves to Dream that everything is possible.

in lak’ech, I am another you

Debra, Jaguar Woman/9 Eagle/MEN

NOTE: My posts will be short throughout this trecena. My intention will be to offer the basic energy of the day for you to discover the meaning in your own experience. I’ll also share any inspiration that is directly related to the Dance of our Vision Quest. The Trecena Guide offers additional information about the daily aspects, and summary of what they mean. And there posts from previous rounds can be found by searching on the Kin using the English version (ie. “8 Dog”).

VISION QUEST CEREMONY: Suggestions for daily ritual and discernment.
(Page found under Daykeeper Resources menu.)


I’m sharing a the “21-Days of Gratitude” as a perpetual Personal Ceremony through the next journey to 8 Monkey/CHUEN Maya New Year.  Today is the 21st day started on 11 Jaguar/IX. Today on 5 Jaguar/IX gifts us with an Empowerment of Gratitude.

Since Jaguar/IX is the Day Sign of Gratitude, it seems right and good to begin and end every 21 days on Jaguar/IX. So, today will be both Day 21 of one ceremony, and also Day 1 of the next.  (Our next 21-Days of Gratitude begins 5 Jaguar/IX (Kin 174) and ends on 12 Jaguar/IX (Kin 194), a day of Understanding the Magic of Gratitude.

21-Days of Gratitude: Day 10

I’m grateful for the Indigenous Elders who preserved the Wisdom of Spirit and shared their Sacred Ceremonies. I’m grateful for an opportunity to share, and pray that they be presented in an Honorable, Good, and Worthy way.


Visit the 13-Day Trecena Guide for daily aspects and events of the Night/AKBAL trecena.


1 Night/AKBAL (Cherokee, Hearth/O’YA  O’UO)

Galactic Tone 1: Galactic Tone 1: Unity. One is the beginning of all things, the first, the whole and the all in one. One’s are assertive and self-guided and give a good push to whatever project they are associated with. One persons work bestt when meeting a challenge. Do not expect One-persons to be attentive to details or to put the finishing touches on things.

Night/Akbal: Bringers of the Dawn. Dreamers who bring the new sun to clarify and illuminate the road of life. Thus the insecurities and doubts born of darkness of the sub-conscious mind are dispelled. These persons travel the Void. a place where nothing yet exists but all potential dwells, the womb of creation. From this void, Night persons bring forth new solutions and artistic inspiration. Night’s voyages of dreams build confidence and happiness with a sense of well being. If night does not bravely journey into the void they may find themselves wandering the darkness of self doubt and insecurity.

Cherokee, Hearth/O’YA  O’UO: Hearth’s symbol of the triangle of Orion. The Hearth is the Torchbearer who holds the light and warmth throughout the night.  Belief is so strong that the surrounding elements become entrained to their rhythm and all resistance falls away. With respect and honor of intuition combined with knowledge this energy creates the magic of the center in this dimension. AKBAL-Night-Totem-OWL, Guardian of the Night Sun. Energies for the opening of mystic secrets, see through the masks of deception, trickery.  High ability of discernment.  Portals open to other worlds and dimensions for your learning and spiritual growth.  Magical abilities are possible.

[Text in italics was the primary source of inspiration for my journal. These are the sources that started my journey and they are the reference for interpretation each day. By providing the original text, I hope to offer a way to see what inspired my thoughts and by including all the aspects – allow for something more to inspire you. Mayan descriptions are those written by Ian Lungold. Cherokee descriptions came from multiple sources. Links to sources and other resources of study are offered on the Daykeeper Resources Page. Debra]

How is your Spiritual path today?

I love to hear from you. If you have a question about the Vision Quest I am here to answer. As I make my own Vision Quest I will imagine us Dancing together and remember you in my prayers.

25 thoughts on “1 Night / AKBAL – Vision Quest: Day 1 of 13

  1. Many thanks to Martha who brought to my attention that today is the Day of Epiphany. January 6, is observed as a church festival in commemoration the Gift of Spirit to Human:
    WIKIPEDIA – Epiphany (/ɪˈpɪfəni/ i-PIFF-ə-nee), also Theophany,[1] Little Christmas, or Three Kings’ Day,[2] is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally (but not solely) the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, and thus Jesus’ physical manifestation to the Gentiles.[3][4] in lak’ech, Debra

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  2. Dear Debra: I would like to show my appreciation for sharing your daily journal. It has been mine for the last six months, first thing I read when I wake up sometimes in the middle of the night, around 2am. I would like to make a contribution, although could not do it through pay pall. I live in Honduras and I could send you a check by mail. If you ever go to Guatemala, Honduras or Miami I would love to meet you. My best wishes for this coming year, Lorena

    Sent from my iPad


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    • Dear Lorena – Your kind thoughts of appreciation and intention are payment enough. My heart goes out to the places you are. Let me be the one giving something back to you. I would love to meet you some day. Thank you for being here with me. love and blessings, in lak’ech, Debra


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  4. Greetings! Happy to read you once more! Yes, Christmas happened this time on the beginning of a trecena and Epiphany too. Chrismas : 1-Oc and Epiphany : 1-Akbal. Amazing isn’t it? The Magi from the East followed the Shepherd’s Star (Venus) to reach Bethlehem in Palestine to offer their presents to the Infant Jesus, the Savior of the World. Venus, the morning star or the evening star, is the little light in the darkness dissipating at dawn or darkness falling at dusk, This planet is a bit like Akbal, a small light in darkness, the little glimmer of hope.

    Happy new (gregorian) year 2018 to you and all your loved ones.

    Philippe /1-Imix (from France).

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    • Greetings Philippe – The synchronicity of the calendar always amazes me with hope. Thanks for your explanation of Venus/AKBAL. IMIX is such an active mental sign. You must be full of wild ideas, born on 1 IMIX. Wishing the same joy in the new year back to you and yours, in lak’ech, Debra


      • Sure! I often feel like my brain is boiling. But being born with the nagual Imix is not always easy to live with. And between extravagance and madness, the path is sometimes narrow. Fortunately, I learned with age to better master this unbridled creativity and my passions. But I also paid a high price for some of my mistakes. It’s the course of life. Perhaps thanks to the ancient wisdom of the Maya, my mind has found serenity and my ideas are clearer. I wish you a nice afternoon. Here, the sun has just set.

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      • I had a big push of 13 IMIX energy. I could hardly think straight, and making notes of ideas as fast as I could get them down. Wishing you pleasant AKBAL dreams… with us all trecena! in lak’ech, Debra


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  6. Greetings Debra
    I’d like to recontact you about this nahual “Akbal”. I found a French document called the Tzolkin calendar, compilation of texts and informations on the Mayan Majix site in French version and I am unable to find its English version on mayanmajix.com. So here I am obliged to do a little translation. No problem, so I work my English. But in this document, the names of the Nahuals are in Maya Q’iche, the language of the Mayas of the highlands of Guatemala. Thus, the name “Akbal” appears as “Aq’ab’al”. Here is the text:
    “Aq’ab’al is the dawn. Aq’ab’al is sunrise and sunset. It is dawn when the sun comes to the west to shade the horizon, tinting red. There comes to dawn the sun behind volcanoes and mountains, splendid rays! Aq’ab’al is also Aqab or Xokaqab at twilight, when the sun is hiding in the west, the horizon is also tinged with red. In the conduct of days, interpreting all this, he speaks of hope, solutions and youth. The sun illuminates the whole world, reaches the depths of the sea.
    So is the eye of Ajau, he sees us all, nothing is hidden for Him. Father orders all beauty who is on earth is not only for me, but also for all who live on this planet. The Father is where He wills and as the light, illuminates all that is hidden. In front of Ajau’s eyes nothing is obscured.
    The day of Aq’ab’al, you have to do the most transparent things possible, everything is in you, according to what you think. If you think you are making the good, your mind will be enlightened and your life clear as transparent waters, without tasks, without laziness, without hatred, without pride.

    Aq’ab’al is the symbol of daybreak, the signal that everything is clear, and that the sunlight is near for a new day, a new era, a new eternal life that will exist at the blessed surface of the earth. Aq’ab’al is a renewing force and the symbol of the first rays of the Sun that appear radiant on the horizon, causing the darkness and the darkness of the night to flee. But there is always a little light in the night and a little shade in the day, it is the duality of this sign. Aq’ab’al means the darkest of the night and the first ray of light.

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