NAMES AND MEANINGS OF THE 20 LORDS OF TIME
Often-used resources on the Internet disappeared a couple of years ago. The project to recreate a version of my own has been on the workbench.
When Day Sign question came up, I saw Earth/CABAN, the leader of this trecena, as the perfect place to start. After making the choice, I remembered.
Mother Earth is the source of everything that Human Beings learn about life. Earth is the “legend” of an all-around experience of Life on course. Earth is where we begin from the pieces at hand that I can pull together.
The Names, Regions, Aspects, Meaning and Purpose of Earth/CABAN
Earth, Caban/Kaban (kuh ‘bahn), Northern/Contemporary, Yucatec
N’oj (N’oh), Classic, Southern, K’iche/Q’uiche (kee-chee)
Ollin (ahl in), Classic, Western, Aztec
Three traditions shared the same gods, known by the Names of their own language. The pronunciations are offer in English. I practiced one phrase of greeting in the language of the K’iche Maya before going to the Yucatan. My few words only drew blank stares. Their language is produced with the back of the throat.
My hunch is that the North adopted the Yucatek’s calendar first from a local culture that knew some Spanish, a Common Language.
All these different versions of the same story can be confusing when you find different answers for the same and different things. You have to pick one, and gather what you WILL recognize from the other two.
And, it’s always best to assume an error somewhere in calculation. There will always be a higher truth.
The glyphs of CABAN (and IMIX, for comparison)
Earth, Caban, N’oj is the Color Red that energizes and catches attention
Cycle of LIGHT: Red marks a day or the beginning of a cycle as “Light,” Time ordered for Divine Inspiration.
Looking closer at the Known elements of the Earth/CABAN glyph, and COMPARING it with other glyphs – you might see the LEGEND. Those same pieces of the CABAN symbol are also used on other glyphs. If you know what they mean on the CABAN glyph, they will help you understand/read all the glyphs.
The Elements of the Yucatec Glyph:
1) Straight line that curves at the end; symbolizes a thought of linear reason born from the East, human’s first light of consciousness
2) Curvy line is the thought in our imagination (the line turns to); thoughts go in circles, but trail off without an end
3) Circles that rise to the Light of Divine Discernment; leaping to a thought of possibility BEYOND human’s imagination
Now you can look at IMIX, the Primordial Mother of us all to see the nourishment she offers to our Heart and Mind, in a glyph that resembles a jar of milk, or the Mother’s breast. From her heart we learned to “take in life” to satisfy a feeling that was still beyond knowing – the hunger to know.
The Elements of the K’iche Glyph:
The glyph for N’oj says a Lot – as a SACRED NAME of KNOWING. We’re born blind. We can’t see the truth between one eye and the other. Truth is separated by a nose on our face. Knowing we can’t see, the wavy line of the nose knows that N’oj is the Truth we can see in our mind. It starts from the place we speak and ends up in the mind. The swath across the forehead resembles the head-covering of the Mayan priestess.
Look at another glyph you know, and see what else you KNOW by the symbols of CABAN included in the picture. The rest of the pieces are the Mystery you figure out for yourself. Because you know one, you’ll know another.
The Aztec Ollin:
Ollin simply means Movement on the Aztec calendar. The Ollin symbol in the center of the stone calendar marks 20 Places in Time for Knowing. When we know a Divine Meaning for One Time, we CAN know there’s a Divine Reason for All Time. Like the Equinox, One Light important enough to mark by building a pyramid, is Proof that Time is important and here’s the place to start. With 2 such Solar Events, we know Time with a beginning – in Time that are opposite from one another. We know the difference between Spring and Fall. Xolotl rules over day Ollin (movement) and over trecena 1-Cozcacuauhtli (vulture – Wisdom/CIB).
The Aztec tradition is a whole other story, illustrated in their own colors and directions. See AztecCalendar.com.
N’oj – the First Name was given by the K’iche. They turn their medicine wheel the other way. From the Light in the East they turn North to Wisdom. They represents the Truth that we were Born Knowing, before we ever enter the Unknown, and what we learn there will lead to the Divine Justice of Right Relationship. In the North, the Yucatec turn South to learn what they need to know from Relationships, then they enter the Unknown with a REASON to Know, to realize the Truth of Divine Wisdom in the North. Both ways are equal, opposite, and beautiful – one balancing the other as equal places to reach for the Truth of Time, when we apply them in context as North and South.
An interesting aspect of their language is that the words were created from the “sound of the thing” named. They would call a “duck” a “quack” by English dialect. It’s another way to hear something in the Sound. IMIX is the first Mother and IX is the Breath of her Spirit. “Eee shhh” is the sound the Mother makes back to the babies first cries. The Mayans became Masters by taking ALL the experiences of Mother Earth to Heart as holding Divine Knowledge with a Divine Meaning and Purpose for every pieces and ever part of it.
The Myth of N’oj was that of a demi-god chosen to bring Divine Knowledge and Wisdom from Above to the Human Beings Below. The one best suited would need to be non-threatening for what Human would have to see, so the One that would be sent needed to take an unassuming form. One with Identity Consciousness can be the shape-shifter to see through the eyes of all living things, to assume their manner and live in their form to see their perspective. Many demi-gods submitted their applications. To everyone’s surprise, N’oj was the one chosen – never presenting himself, but watching from an assuming place in the shadows.
N’oj came down to teach the Human Beings about their Gift of Consciousness and Knowing, so they would have a chance to Life as who they are. Human beings were the Sages ready and eager to learn. Though, there came a time when the work was finished. When N’oj returned to the Up Above, he was promoted from a demi-god to a higher god, the Omnipotent Source for Divine Wisdom. (When you just know something. You don’t know how you know, because it couldn’t come from your own experience… remember, and Give Thanks to N’oj.)
The Light of Knowing who we are by the One that holds us and restores our Life within. The “identity imprint” and the “timbre” of Human’s Sound. The Yucatek define CABAN as a Day of “Knowing we Know who we are and everything we were created to be” – to See it, Acknowledge it, and Give Thanks for it. We KNOW life is leading to a Divine Future.
Earth/CABAN is a symbol of Movement that points to the perpetual movement of Mother Earth. The Ollin symbol points to 20 times on the calendar. CABAN emphasizes the Divine Feminine aspect of CABAN, as the end-all source for Divine Discernment and Compassionate Love. The highest meaning in the North is knowing there is One who knows how we feel. That’s the way we need to see the Truth, when we don’t learn the Wisdom until the end. In the South, they know, and play the note in Harmony.
The Element of Fire is the aspect of CABAN that burns like a fire within – like Earth. Turning the dreams we love around and shaking us up maniafests the Forces of Life and the Attraction to Light as electro-magnetic energy. The Truth within the Center of our Self, is moved by CABAN like a Passion To Be.
CABAN is a clarion call from within to LIVE and BE. All the great migrations on earth are started by Earth/CABAN, sensing the Whole of an Opportunity for a New Life that lies somewhere in the future. We only need a scent of the place, for our heart to open and we’re ready to take off.
CABAN is a Day to NEVER go along, and a Day to ALWAYS follow your heart, investing to the nth degree everything you have to give to the moment to seize the Day. Earth is a legend of Time on every scale, and we can use any cycle of Time to complete a creation using macro or micro time Above and Below. We can jump around the view that’s easies to see, and within a timeframe that’s reasonable for the immediate end we want to see.
To know the WHOLE story of CABAN is the learn the gods of every language and region. Another way is to turn to Mother Earth and love One thing about her, and learn it inside out to see the stories it can tell when we imagine, that’s who we are. Mother balances a lot of things. On a planetary scale, she balances this way and that so every one gets their equal share of the Light.
We CREATED a Divine Mother already that we can turn to. She did everything perfectly our way… all the things our Human Mother could never be.
CABAN is a day to Remember the Love of Mothers who balanced life and rarely get credit for all the things they do. They aren’t “housekeepers” but the ones who “build a home” where we know we belong. And, when it’s Time to come home, and the Way to Come home. Mother’s do go on, with all their details beyond the point of knowing.
Ian Xel Lungold’s description of Earth/CABAN
“A Good Day to thank Mother Earth for all her gifts.”
Earth/Caban: Keeper of the garden of Earth. Profound synchronistic connections to Earth’s natural cycles and energies provide power of creations and memories of ancient wisdom. Earth persons help dispel bad intentions, habits and ideas. This makes them very good counselors and masters of all arts. Studious and intelligent, Earth persons endeavor to bring a flow of natural order to all aspects of life. Being connected to the dynamic forces of nature, Earth persons need much liberty to facilitate their expression of migration or the sending of long distance communications such as the whales, elephants, birds and many other creatures. Sometimes Earth’s delicate sensitivities are upset resulting in quakes of emotion even the display of volcanic temper.
Cherokee Calendar Description
One original source, a Native American forum, is no longer available to give proper credit. The balance goes to Raven Hall, Cherokee Astrology: Animal Medicine in the Stars
Cherokee, Heron/GUWI’SGUWI: Sign of movement and perpetual motion, Heron is symbolized by Deneb, located in the Northern Cross beside the Milky Way. “The Northern Cross is the Tree of Life, Beside the Milky Way River & Perched atop is Guwi’ sguwi, the Cherokee Heron Spirit Bird, comparable to the Phoenix that rises from the ashes of the past.
THERE IS ALWAYS SO MUCH MORE TO N’OJ! LOOK THROUGH THE EYES OF NATURE TO SEE IT, HEAR IT, AND FEEL IT TO LIVE IT. START BY COUNTING THE BLESSINGS FROM MOTHER EARTH AND THE ONES YOU LOVE THE BEST.