13 Jaguar / IX – Ascension of Ek’ Balam: Day 13


Minisa Crumbo Halsey – “13 Moons”, oil on canvas

Minisa Crumbo, Dawnwoman, shares her Breath of Spirit in her book Spirit Talk: a count of days that was the encouragement to write a journal. Minisa holds the Inheritance of Marcellus “Bear Heart” Williams, the Uncle who raised her up on the traditional path of the shaman. The rich accounting of the way he was taught is written in “The Wind is my Mother.” Minisa also draws on the Wisdom of the Sacred Pottawatomie tradition of her heritage, holding the Wisdom of the Sacred words of the Pottawatomie passed to her from Donald Perrot, Member and Elder of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Connect to Minisa through Dawn Woman’s Blog

Thank you, Minisa, for preserving the Sacred Wisdom for us.


13 Jaguar / IX

Greetings Kin,

On Tone 13  we Ascend to a Higher Consciousness. The Wind/IK trecena held the power to change the landscape of our lives. Wind/IK holds the power to disseminate our Seeds of Intention.

13 is the number of theurgy, the promise of answered prayers lifted to the Creator through our Rituals and Sacred Ceremony. Our Sacred Ceremonies are a physical movement dedicated to Spirit, a Private Communion between our Self and the Creator. Tone 13 offers the energy to Feel this Divine Connection.

Jaguar/IX is the Day Sign of Spirit, the shape-shifter that can cross the dimensions of Time and Space. The Elders said the Jaguar leads its journey to the East, the direction of the Sunrise, New Beginnings, and Divine Inspiration. The Jaguar hears the beating of the Mother’s Heart and shares all its Heightened Senses, and the Earth Magic of Gratitude. The Jaguar lives close to Mother Earth, and experiences the Truth that She is the Source of Every Blessing.

13 Jaguar/IX holds the potential for a Spiritual Experience, counting all the things we Love to Mother Earth.

Jaguar/IX leads us on a journey to the Sacred Altar. I counted on the Jaguar’s footprints to manifest a Dream at Ek’ Balam, claiming the Gift was shared Equally among the Whole. There were so many obstacles, yet each were accepted along the path of the footprints I was following.

Dance arbor from the Center of Peace in Tennessee (Entrance from the East); lineage of Joseph Rael, Beautiful Painted Arrow

Ek’ Balam, the ruins of the Black Jaguar were a full-circle of manifesting a blessing that began 16 years ago. It started on Minisa’s ranch in Oklahoma in September of 2002. I was invited to Dance the Sun/Moon, the Vision of Joseph Rael, Beautiful Painted Arrow. It was a 4 year commitment. During the night of my first dance, a Black Jaguar/Panther entered the dance arbor circle from the Southeast to the Center Pole, circled it and exited out the Northwest.

Our center pole was constructed with a Buffalo skull at the top, stuffed with sage, and large prayer ties flying the colors of the 4 directions, surrounded by the woods. Our covering was drawn from tarps. Opposite the entrance was the Sacred Fire that burned through the Night. Inside to the left, was the Drum that called us to dance. This is where we lived and danced for 4 days. The only sound we made was through a turkey bone whistle and through our feet to Mother Earth.

Dancers were sleeping around the parameter. Only the Fire Keepers saw the Jaguar’s full path. The dancer in the Northwest held very still as she opened eyes to see it crossing near her feet. I was sleeping in the Southwest and never saw it, though that was when the Black Jaguar became my totem.

The completion of the 4 years of dances is an Initiation. Minisa gifted me with an Eagle Feather. 4 x 4 years later I completed 4 rounds of journaling the Tzolk’in. My solo journey to Ek’ Balam was an Initiation by the Black Jaguar.

Taken by Claudia, Copyright 2018

Ek’ Balam is known as a place that offers an Illumination of Darkness. It’s told that if you enter unconsciously, you will only see the ruins. But you will Know the “Star Jaguar” if you come with Sacred Intention. I saw an Illumination of Darkness all around, and Knew that because I saw it, it was part of me too.

I felt the presence of the Jaguar following MY footprints. I came with the Highest Intentions I could hold, praying they were High Enough to create a Blessing to reach you. I nearly fell from the blast of heat getting out of the car. We weren’t using AC. It was a Force of Heat. I felt the Jaguar behind me like hot breath, after choosing not to photograph the Iguana that was in transition. The creature was so beautiful, and only laying so close because it couldn’t move. I knew it as my my Jaguar test.

In that Choice of Honoring Life and Spirit, I KNEW the Iguana was Conscious of my Love. All living things hold Consciousness, even the amoeba holds a lower consciousness of response. The Black Jaguar at Ek’ Balam raised my belief that ALL living things Know Love. This experience gathered together all my Communion with Mother Earth over the 4th round that ended in August. Through this round I’d engaged with birds, plants, and the Whole of Earth’s Beauty, beginning to Believe that somehow, we were all Conscious of each other.

LR – Me and Tammy, photo taken by Claudia

My Gift from Ek’ Balam came from a Serpent – the Iguana who knew he was Seen and Acknowledged. My tangible feeling of Communion with Mother Earth was magnified 4 x 4. My Truth is that ALL living things hold Consciousness of Love. A Divine Creator wouldn’t deny us that dynamic relationship with all that is.

After I finished my 4th Sun/Moon dance, I migrated to the Pacific Northwest. It was a decision of fear and powerlessness. The PNW became a place of darkness, rain, poor vision, and fear of movement. I was trapped here and had just lost best friends Darlene and Theresa in 2008 and 2010. It was a lonely planet until I began the journal.

Claudia (7 Storm/CAUAC) arrived near Tulum ahead of me on October 23rd. An avid snorkeler, she was diving into Mother Earth every day. While I was still in the Northwest, we shared the Intention to create a ley line of Lightning Cauac between us. Minisa, 1 Wind/IK, attended with us in Spirit sharing the Breath of her Prayers from Oklahoma on October 31st as we Prayed in Ek’ Balam. At Ek’ Balam was a gathering among Eagle/MEN, Sun/AHAU, Wisdom/CIB, Storm/CAUAC, and Jaguar/IX, and Wind/IK was the Breath of Spirit. Each one was there for a very Divine Purpose.

Steve and Gary were the shoulders that were there to leaned on. Tammy connected all those close to Ian for their sharing of gifts to the altar. Claudia was the unbridled Lightning of Being, and I was focusing my Eagle Vision on the dream in my imagination, of this Time and Place, suggested by Minisa before I ever looked at the Mayan calendar to see Ian’s birthday.

Light shining across the Altar for Ian Xel Lungold from the Northwest to the Southeast.

The people of Guatemala are so dear and kind. I left with Intention to Bless the housekeeping staff as I had been Blessed, and my last spoken words as I arrived at the airport was a request for Forgiveness. The shuttle driver on departure was silent only asking for a destination, so different than Poulo who’d taught me Spanish on the way to the hotel. I wondered how many people here have been touched by families my own country has torn apart.

I spent the 20 minute ride trying to put a phrase together in Spanish. “Por favor, lo siento de hombres y senoras de USA muy loco.” It was the best I could come up with. I held the driver’s hand as I spoke my broken Spanish with sincerity. His smile was good enough.

Claudia and Me, Roses given by Tammy, Steve, Karen and Gary for the altar, Can you see Heat? It didn’t seem to bother Cauac.

I traveled home on 1 Wind/IK, Minisa’s Mayan birthday. So many Signs and Wonders come together looking at these things more closely. The Day I left Cancun marked 1111 daily calendar journals, since the beginning of my first round. There is so much more to see.

The Pacific Northwest never looked so good at 60 degrees and raining.  I don’t know if this will be my final destination, but I know I am no longer trapped here.  I can see I was making the Jaguar’s footprints full circle. I traveled from the Northwest to the Southeast, circling the Center Pole in Oklahoma on the way, then returning from the Southeast to the Northwest.

The Time and Place of Ian’s altar is eternal. I visited many times before and after in my imagination. We don’t See what’s happened until after it’s all over. That will be the Meaning and Purpose of our Winter dreams. The New Seed of our Self will be resurrected from dormancy back to Life in the Dawn of a New Awakening.

They say you should never ask for Patience, lest your Patience be tested. I asked for Forgiveness. What have you been asked to Forgive? All we have to do is Choose to ask the Creator to make it So in our Heart. We can start by looking at what is right in front of us, the Beauty of Mother Earth in every direction, a Living World that Knows our Love. How could we ever claim injustice when we are Conscious of this?

Placing Ian Lungold’s altar. LR Gary, Karen Me, Tammy, Steve (Clauda’s taking the picture.)

We were Forgiven and given the Mission to Forgive. While the changing landscape projects its chaos, we can Believe it is the Sign that precedes a Major Life Change, one that our Human eyes can See and Claim. The “T” on the Wind/IK glyph is a symbol of the Tree of Life. Our sap is moving to the roots of our Tree.

We can choose our most beautiful moments and experiences, and from our Center see the chaos on the outside of our Circle of Creation. We only need to focus on our Future.

This is a day to celebrate all our experiences of Spirit. Our Greatest Miracles are still waiting to be Created. The Supreme Creator spoke the world into Creation, with the Intention of Peace, Harmony, and Divine Justice. That’s the only Truth we need to Know. The Higher our Consciousness is transformed to Know this One Truth, the more we will Know we’re not alone, but surrounded and immersed in a River of Unconditional Love that will carry us back to the One.

Gary, Karen, Claudia, Steve, Tammy

We are nearing an End and a New Beginning. We can fertilize our soil with Earth Magic, and wait in the silence to be planted again in the Spring. We will Know the Light again when we rise from the Dreams we imagine in the Winter. No Time or Place is any more special than another, because our feet are all Standing on the Holy Ground of Mother Earth.

To all my relations, may we count all the Blessings of Mother Earth. Even our experiences of suffering while we are here, helps us know Joy and Compassionate Love we can Pay Back and Pay Forward. May we remember that our Darkness of the Unknown is the place of ALL possibility. We will remember our Self as Someone New when we Ascend this Tzolk’in round, to the Dawn of a New Awakening. May we speak sounds of Love, singing, whispering, our Sacred Breath to Mother Earth. Listen for the Wind and remember to Breathe and be Breathed by the Creator.

Thank you to all who were part of the experience, in person and in Spirit from your own Sacred Site of Holy Ground.

in lak’ech, I am another you

Debra, Jaguar Woman, 9 Eagle/MEN


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


13 Jaguar/IX (Cherokee, Panther/SAHO’NI)

Galactic Tone 13: Ascension. Thirteen assists us to go to the next higher step, propels us to try something new or to try again. Thirteen energy takes us over the next mountain just to see what is there. Thirteen carries the last success to the newest effort. Thirteen is a number associated with the Ascended Masters, creation, expansion, and manifestation.

Jaguar/IX: Born with a deep love of the Mother Earth, Jaguar or shaman is directly tied to the source of all Earth magic. They possess great power of intellect and strength or character through integrity. Jaguar energy is feminine in nature and is the ruling spirit of jungles, plains, and mountains. The spirit of Jaguar inhabits the Mayan temples and is called on to assist in spiritual as well as in material ways. Jaguar is also the god/goddess of gratefulness. Patience born of strength and skill can turn to pounce of quick decision and action. Both bold and stealth, Jaguars do not often attack directly and communications from them usually contain some mystery. In the absence of integrity, Jaguars power corrupts becoming a search for wealth and fame.

Cherokee, Panther/SAHO’NI: Panther is symbolized by comets, meteors, shooting stars, fireballs, and magicians.  Meteors appearing around the middle of November are Heralds of the Coming of the Light, the Cherokee New Year. Panther is the Shadow of the Sphinx, Herald of the Dawn, guardian of the night when the sun is traveling through the underworld. Panthers have unlimited imaginations, visualizations, and are spellbinding speakers. The Totem Jaguar is the guardian of the portals to other dimensions; shamanic abilities will open; multi-dimensional magic; healer, leader, way shower energy when used for spiritual growth.  Abuse would be for using this power for control or negative purposes; must find a powerful balance.

[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?

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5 thoughts on “13 Jaguar / IX – Ascension of Ek’ Balam: Day 13

  1. as beautiful as the Jaguar and Mama Gaia, I am touched by you all. my forgiveness is total, I am indeed blessed to be here and to take part in the sacred ceremony of life on Planet E. muchisima gracias to you, Ian, Minisa…and all the Wisdom Keepers and Sharers of such. AHO ~e

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  2. Thank you for sharing this profound journey, Debra, Jaguar Woman. I have been with you in spirit all the way. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for me to physicially go and the consideration of this and the conversation that opened up between us was very rich, deepening and clarifying. It looks as though you had just the right people with you on the journey. As I read your encounter with Jaguar, my kitty, Catness stealthily and gently climbed up to my lap and is now snoozing away peacefully on my lap. She is my daily companion as I daily open your journal entry for the day and create my ever running glyphs and daily line of a string of poetry capturing the essence of the Trecenas and Uinals inspired by your writings. I am about to record the whole string of prayer poetry for this ending day of the Trecena Ik as I take in the glyphs. Then I’ll play it and dance to it. I am another you. In Lak’ech

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