Meditation for the Mayan New Year
The following is an Offering of Meditation as a way to Honor and Connect with the Day Signs that lead the Journey of the Tzolk’in Calendar. Traditions vary based on the region and the Mayan Priest who leads the ceremony, though all share in the tradition of a “Count of Days.”
The Mayan Fire Ceremony is a sacred passage facilitated by the Mayan Priests, so it is not appropriate for me to attempt to share an interpretation of the traditional Maya Fire Ceremony. So instead, I offer a personal ceremony that was born of Native American practice. However, you may observe the New Year with a Sacred Fire Ceremony of your own design, be it a candle or a bonfire. The most important aspect is to Ask that it be Received in the Spirit of a Divine Intention.
I would offer that any fire that is committed to a sacred ceremony is never left untended, but is given the respect as a living presence from its beginning to its end. In traditional ceremony the fire is tended by someone designated in the role as Fire Keeper, or by the Mayan Priest or Priestess leading the ceremony. In Native American practice the chanting of the 4 directions is a personal sacred ceremony in itself.
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MEDITATION: A Personal Offering
At a traditional gathering the facilitator would lead prayers with others joining in for the Count of Days. The chants for the 4 directions are a Native American tradition a way to connect with the energy of the 4 directions.
“Grandfathers, Grandmothers, Father Sky and Mother Earth, our hearts are filled with gratitude for the gifts you bring, that we may live our lives in a good way. We give thanks to the Great Spirit for the Breath of Spirit and Breath of Life and the gift of beauty of the Natural World.”
Honoring the Direction of the East…
“We Honor the direction of the East as the place where the Sun rises each day bringing the hope of a new beginning. We honor this Light as an inheritance from our Grandfathers and Grandmothers who have cared for Mother Earth. We acknowledge Light that is the Source of our Life, Inspiration, and Happiness. ”
CHANT TO THE EAST*
Ahhhhhhhh, Ahhhhhhhh, Ahhhhhhh, Ahhhhhhh
(These are expressed as a tone and extended by the breath, allowing for an experience oneness with the vibration.)
Honoring the Direction of the South… “We give thanks to the Grandfathers and Grandmothers of the South, the place of our relationships with the world and with each other. Through the wisdom of all who share the Earth as Mother, we are empowered to make our way in the world. We acknowledge the place of the South as our teacher and source of connectedness.”
CHANT TO THE SOUTH*
Ehhhhhhhhh, Ehhhhhhhh, Ehhhhhhhh, Ehhhhhhhh
Honoring the Direction of the West… “We give thanks to the Grandfathers and Grandmothers of the West that know that even though we walk in darkness, we need a little light. The West is the direction of our experience on Earth, the hard road of life. We acknowledge the direction of the West as the place where all potential lies to transform Darkness into Light.”
CHANT TO THE WEST*
Eeeeeeeee, Eeeeeeeee, Eeeeeeeee, Eeeeeeeeee
Honoring the Direction of the North… “We give honor and thanks to the Grandfathers and Grandmothers of the North, the direction of the Wisdom of the Old Ones. In the direction of the North, we are returned to our original innocence. We acknowledge the direction of the North as the place of the Old Ones and the ancient wisdom.”
CHANT TO NORTH*
Ohhhhhhhhh, Ohhhhhhhhh, Ohhhhhhhh, Ohhhhhhhhh
COUNT OF DAYS
NOTE: By calling all the names, you will call the birth signs of all Humans who live and who have gone before. Day Signs are listed in order of the Yucatec tradition with the Yucatec names. (Monkey is the first Day Sign called in the K’iche’ tradition as the Monkey is the Weaver of all Time.
As we celebrate the Human and the Beginning of a New Year…
WE WOULD HONOR THE DAY SIGNS OF THE TZOLK’IN who guide us on our daily journey in a good orderly direction to our intended destiny. We honor the Red, White, Blue, and Yellow colors of the Day Signs which reflect the Elements of Nature, Fire, Air, Water, and Earth.
We call Crocodile/IMIX: (ee-MEESH), remembering the RED Day Sign of the East, and the Element of Fire that initiates new birth and new beginnings, and connects us to the beginning of our creation.
1 Crocodile/ee-MEESH, 2 Crocodile/ee-MEESH, 3 Crocodile/ee-MEESH, 4 Crocodile/ee-MEESH, 5 Crocodile/ee-MEESH, 6 Crocodile/ee-MEESH, 7 Crocodile/ee-MEESH, 8 Crocodile/ee-MEESH, 9 Crocodile/ee-MEESH, 10 Crocodile/ee-MEESH, 11 Crocodile/ee-MEESH, 12 Crocodile/ee-MEESH, 13 Crocodile/ee-MEESH
We call Wind/IK: (EEK), remembering the WHITE Day Sign of the North and the Element of Air that refines us. We remember Wind/IK as the Breath of Life and Breath of Spirit and the Voice of the Creator.
1 Wind/IK, 2 Wind/IK, 3 Wind/IK, 4 Wind/IK, 5 Wind/IK, 6 Wind/IK, 7 Wind/IK, 8 Wind/IK, 9 Wind/IK, 10 Wind/IK, 11 Wind/IK, 12 Wind/IK, 13 Wind/IK
We call Night/AKBAL (ahk-BAHL), remembering the BLUE/BLACK Day Sign of the West and the Element of Water that transforms us. We remember Night/AKBAL as the Day Sign that brings Light to the darkness.
1 Night/AKBAL, 2 Night/AKBAL, 3 Night/AKBAL, 4 Night/AKBAL, 5 Night/AKBAL, 6 Night/AKBAL, 7 Night/AKBAL, 8 Night/AKBAL, 9 Night/AKBAL, 10 Night/AKBAL, 11 Night/AKBAL, 12 Night/AKBAL, 13 Night/AKBAL
We call Seed/KAN (KAHN), remembering the Yellow Day Sign of the South and the Element of Earth that completes us. We remember Seed/KAN holds the magic of Life, Birth, and New Creation.
1 Seed/KAN, 2 Seed/KAN, 3 Seed/KAN, 4 Seed/KAN, 5 Seed/KAN, 6 Seed/KAN, 7 Seed/KAN, 8 Seed/KAN, 9 Seed/KAN, 10 Seed/KAN, 11 Seed/KAN, 12 Seed/KAN, 13 Seed/KAN
We call Serpent/CHICCHAN (chick-KAHN), remembering the RED Day Sign of the East, and the Element of Fire that initiates body and spirit with Lighting in the Blood.
1 Serpent/CHICCHAN, 2 Serpent/CHICCHAN, 3 Serpent/CHICCHAN, 4 Serpent/CHICCHAN, 5 Serpent/CHICCHAN, 6 Serpent/CHICCHAN, 7 Serpent/CHICCHAN, 8 Serpent/CHICCHAN, 9 Serpent/CHICCHAN, 10 Serpent/CHICCHAN, 11 Serpent/CHICCHAN, 12 Serpent/CHICCHAN, 13 Serpent/CHICCHAN
We call Transformer/CIMI: (KEE-mee), remembering the WHITE Day Sign of the North and the Element of Air that refines us. We remember Transformer/CIMI for help in leading us through change.
1 Transformer/CIMI, 2 Transformer/CIMI, 3 Transformer/CIMI, 4 Transformer/CIMI, 5 Transformer/CIMI, 6 Transformer/CIMI, 7 Transformer/CIMI, 8 Transformer/CIMI, 9 Transformer/CIMI, 10 Transformer/CIMI, 11 Transformer/CIMI, 12 Transformer/CIMI, 13 Transformer/CIMI
We call Deer/MANIK (man-EEK), remembering the BLUE/BLACK Day Sign of the West and the Element of Water that transforms us. We remember Deer/MANIK for the Spiritual Tools given to overcome our limitations.
1 Deer/MANIK, 2 Deer/MANIK, 3 Deer/MANIK, 4 Deer/MANIK, 5 Deer/MANIK, 6 Deer/MANIK, 7 Deer/MANIK, 8 Deer/MANIK, 9 Deer/MANIK, 10 Deer/MANIK, 11 Deer/MANIK, 12 Deer/MANIK, 13 Deer/MANIK
We call Star/LAMAT (lah-MAHT), remembering the Yellow Day Sign of the South and the Element of Earth that completes us. We remember Seed/KAN, the Rabbit holds power of multiplication, luck, and expansion.
1 Star/LAMAT, 2 Star/LAMAT, 3 Star/LAMAT, 4 Star/LAMAT, 5 Star/LAMAT, 6 Star/LAMAT, 7 Star/LAMAT, 8 Star/LAMAT, 9 Star/LAMAT, 10 Star/LAMAT, 11 Star/LAMAT, 12 Star/LAMAT, 13 Star/LAMAT
We call Offering/MULUC (moo-LOOK) , remembering the RED Day Sign of the East, and the Element of Fire that initiates us as Holy Water and teaches us to honor our emotions.
1 Offering/MULUC, 2 Offering/MULUC, 3 Offering/MULUC, 4 Offering/MULUC, 5 Offering/MULUC, 6 Offering/MULUC, 7 Offering/MULUC, 8 Offering/MULUC, 9 Offering/MULUC, 10 Offering/MULUC, 11 Offering/MULUC, 12 Offering/MULUC, 13 Offering/MULUC
We call Dog/OC (AHK), remembering the WHITE Day Sign of the North and the Element of Air that refines us. We remember Dog/OC as our loyal companion and giver of unconditional love.
1 Dog/OC, 2 Dog/OC, 3 Dog/OC, 4 Dog/OC, 5 Dog/OC, 6 Dog/OC, 7 Dog/OC, 8 Dog/OC, 9 Dog/OC, 10 Dog/OC, 11 Dog/OC, 12 Dog/OC, 13 Dog/OC
We call Monkey/CHUEN (choo-IN), remembering the BLUE/BLACK Day Sign of the West and the Element of Water that transforms us. We remember Monkey/CHUEN as the Master of All Arts, who teaches us to weave beauty into the tapestry of our lives.
1 Monkey/CHUEN, 2 Monkey/CHUEN, 3 Monkey/CHUEN, 4 Monkey/CHUEN, 5 Monkey/CHUEN, 6 Monkey/CHUEN, 7 Monkey/CHUEN, 8 Monkey/CHUEN, 9 Monkey/CHUEN, 10 Monkey/CHUEN, 11 Monkey/CHUEN, 12 Monkey/CHUEN, 13 Monkey/CHUEN
We call Road/EB (EB), remembering the Yellow Day Sign of the South and the Element of Earth that completes us. We remember Road/EB as the Day Sign that guides us on the road to our destiny.
1 Road/EB, 2 Road/EB, 3 Road/EB, 4 Road/EB, 5 Road/EB, 6 Road/EB, 7 Road/EB, 8 Road/EB, 9 Road/EB, 10 Road/EB, 11 Road/EB, 12 Road/EB, 13 Road/EB
We call Reed/BEN (BEN), remembering the RED Day Sign of the East, and the Element of Fire that initiates us and makes a way for our communion with God.
1 Reed/BEN, 2 Reed/BEN, 3 Reed/BEN, 4 Reed/BEN, 5 Reed/BEN, 6 Reed/BEN, 7 Reed/BEN, 8 Reed/BEN, 9 Reed/BEN, 10 Reed/BEN, 11 Reed/BEN, 12 Reed/BEN, 13 Reed/BEN
We call Jaguar/IX (EESH), remembering the WHITE Day Sign of the North and the Element of Air that refines us. We remember Jaguar/IX as the Spirit that guards our prayers in the sacred sites around the world.
1 Jaguar/IX, 2 Jaguar/IX, 3 Jaguar/IX, 4 Jaguar/IX, 5 Jaguar/IX, 6 Jaguar/IX, 7 Jaguar/IX, 8 Jaguar/IX, 9 Jaguar/IX, 10 Jaguar/IX, 11 Jaguar/IX, 12 Jaguar/IX, 13 Jaguar/IX
We call Eagle/MEN (MEN), remembering the BLUE/BLACK Day Sign of the West and the Element of Water that transforms us. We remember Eagle/MEN as intermediary who carries us to the heavenly realm.
1 Eagle/MEN, 2 Eagle/MEN, 3 Eagle/MEN, 4 Eagle/MEN, 5 Eagle/MEN, 6 Eagle/MEN, 7 Eagle/MEN, 8 Eagle/MEN, 9 Eagle/MEN, 10 Eagle/MEN, 11 Eagle/MEN, 12 Eagle/MEN, 13 Eagle/MEN
We call Wisdom/CIB (KEEB), remembering the Yellow Day Sign of the South and the Element of Earth that completes us. We remember Wisdom/CIB as the Day Sign of the Old Ones an the Wisdom of the Ancestors.
1 Wisdom/CIB, 2 Wisdom/CIB, 3 Wisdom/CIB, 4 Wisdom/CIB, 5 Wisdom/CIB, 6 Wisdom/CIB, 7 Wisdom/CIB, 8 Wisdom/CIB, 9 Wisdom/CIB, 10 Wisdom/CIB, 11 Wisdom/CIB, 12 Wisdom/CIB, 13 Wisdom/CIB
We call Earth/CABAN (kah-BAHN), remembering the RED Day Sign of the East, and the Element of Fire that initiates us with the power of the Earth and the forces of nature.
1 Earth/CABAN, 2 Earth/CABAN, 3 Earth/CABAN, 4 Earth/CABAN, 5 Earth/CABAN, 6 Earth/CABAN, 7 Earth/CABAN, 8 Earth/CABAN, 9 Earth/CABAN, 10 Earth/CABAN, 11 Earth/CABAN, 12 Earth/CABAN, 13 Earth/CABAN
We call Flint/ETZNAB (etz-NAHB), remembering the WHITE Day Sign of the North and the Element of Air that refines us. We remember Flint as the obsidian mirror that returns a clear reflection and the Flint knife that cuts away what no longer serves.
1 Flint/ETZNAB, 2 Flint/ETZNAB, 3 Flint/ETZNAB, 4 Flint/ETZNAB, 5 Flint/ETZNAB, 6 Flint/ETZNAB, 7 Flint/ETZNAB, 8 Flint/ETZNAB, 9 Flint/ETZNAB, 10 Flint/ETZNAB, 11 Flint/ETZNAB, 12 Flint/ETZNAB, 13 Flint/ETZNAB
We call Storm/CAUAC (kah-wok), remembering the BLUE/BLACK Day Sign of the West and the Element of Water that transforms us. We remember Storm/CAUAC as the nourishment of rain and the unbridled energy of life force, and the safety we are provided within.
1 Storm/CAUCAC, 2 Storm/CAUAC, 3 Storm/CAUAC, 4 Storm/CAUAC, 5 Storm/CAUAC, 6 Storm/CAUAC, 7 Storm/CAUAC, 8 Storm/CAUAC, 9 Storm/CAUAC, 10 Storm/CAUAC, 11 Storm/CAUAC, 12 Storm/CAUAC, 13 Storm/CAUAC
We call Sun/AHAU (ah-HOW), remembering the Yellow Day Sign of the South and the Element of Earth that completes us. We remember Sun/AHAU as the Master of the Tzolk’in, and the representation of Light and Illumination.
1 Sun/AHAU, 2 Sun/AHAU, 3 Sun/AHAU, 4 Sun/AHAU, 5 Sun/AHAU, 6 Sun/AHAU, 7 Sun/AHAU, 8 Sun/AHAU, 9 Sun/AHAU, 10 Sun/AHAU, 11 Sun/AHAU, 12 Sun/AHAU, 13 Sun/AHAU
TO ALL MY RELATIONS… May we offer our humble gratitude for the Wisdom preserved by our ancestors so we might live our lives in a good way, receiving the fullness of the gifts that were intended by our Creator. As we walk into a new beginning, we acknowledge those who walk beside us to guide our way. We ask for a blessing on their behalf. May we be initiated in the renewal of a sacred commitment to follow a path of beauty.
NOTE: The 260 Divining Beans
A bundle of 260 divining beans is presented to the new priest or priestess during his or her initiation. In the Highlands of Guatemala they are collected from the Palo de Pito tree, which produces a bright red bean. In the northern hemisphere, the beans of the mescal tree are used. (Both beans are highly toxic, though the medicine men of ancient tradition ingested small amounts as a means of entering a sacred vision. Over time, the tradition turned to the peyote cactus because of the beans potential deadly effects! Alternatively, one might create their bundle from seeds, crystals or beans… each of the “beans” given their own name as one of the 260 Day Signs. This is something that can be done during the calling of the names to provide a physical representation of the Day Signs to keep in your possession as part of your medicine bundle.