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5 Deer/MANIK (Hand) – Spirit Tools

5 Deer/MANIK (Hand), (Cherokee Deer Ahwu’sdi)

5 Deer/MANIK

5 Deer/MANIK

Galactic Tone 5: Empowerment. At the center of the cube we find Five. Five is an intelligent, organizing force which manages communications and materials, knowledge and application. Fives are natural networkers who gather what is needed. These persons can probe directly to the core of any situation making them excellent investigators.

Deer/MANIK (Hand): Deer are spirit tools. Silence itself is a spiritual experience for Deer. For Deer life is a pilgrimage. Deer are dominant persons who defend the people and will make sacrifices for others. The spirit of Deer upholds the pillars of the four directions. With the power inherent in the number four, Deer pushes away bad influences or negative energies. Skill and quality of work are very important to Deer. They are presented with tools for every task in life and it is with these that they are able to rise above limitations. Deer has a habit of keeping every tool it has ever used. This leads to clutter and indecision, loss and procrastination. When confronted with promises not kept, Deer becomes stubborn, manipulative and evasive.

Cherokee, Deer/Ahwu’sdi: Symbolized by Constellation Galagina, the Stag, known as Taurus, the Bull. It does not include the Pleiades and Hyades clusters which in Cherokee are viewed as separate. To feed, gatherers of food and supplies, they enjoy rituals, ceremonials, feasts, the souls of hospitality, sociability. Freedom versus security issues often inspire leadership and unique solutions.  Combined with artistic and inspiring energies in harmony with lunar cycles, they nourish the clans. Totem-Deer:  A priest or shaman, a powerful person in general, to overwhelm an individual with one’s personal power, divination; inclined to become a teacher, healer, guru, civic leader, or politician.  Ability to create harmonic resonance.

Visit the Tolkin Page for resources and additional insight on the trecena, Night/AKBAL.

Spirit Tools

On 5 Deer/MANIK we are empowered with new Spiritual Gifts – the tools needed at this time to help us move forward. Deer/MANIK is eager to help us out, drawing from every Spirit Tool it has ever used. Deer/MANIK has the vision to see our unlimited potential and to know exactly what is needed.

We are reminded by Deer that Silence is a powerful tool. Only in silence are we able to hear what Spirit would have us know. And in silence, we are also given the eyes to see and experience our creation in Spirit.  When we experience our dream with a deep sense of gratitude, we are opened to see how empowered we truly are as co-creators in the world.

As with any new tool, we may find ourselves establishing a new practice. We can be confident that while we may be learning something new, Deer offers us the gift of Spiritual protection, pushing away bad influences and negative energies.

To all my relations, may I live in gratitude for the many gifts I am offered from Spirit. Help me to remember that the stillness within is the place of my ultimate power where I may receive the Spirit Tools that Deer would choose especially for me.

in lak’ech, i am another you

Jaguar Woman, 9 Eagle/MEN


21 Days of Gratitude, Day 21 – A Gift of Understanding

12 Star/LAMAT (Cherokee, Rabbit/NOQUI’SEGWA)

12 Star/LAMAT

12 Star/LAMAT

Galactic Tone 12: Understanding. Twelve is a gift of great capacity of retrospection. It is the ability that allows Twelve to connect disassociated parts into a (new) functioning whole. The energy of Twelve is that which presents a new piece of understood information or accumulated experience to be applied.

Star/Rabbit/LAMAT: Star energy is multiplication of all things to abundance. Star has been associated with the fertility of rabbits for its ability to multiply. Each sun in the sky, Stars shine equally in all directions. This natural tendency of harmony and balance can become compulsion, motivating Star to be too agreeable and too generous.

Cherokee, Rabbit/NOQUI’SEGWA: Symbol-Venus, The Morning Star cycle of 260 days and Evening Star cycle of another 260 days, inspired the 13 numbers, 20 Day sign Sacred Calendar. Rabbit is the Trickster of Cherokee culture, matching the Coyote in other nations. The personification of Light and New Life, Sunrise, the sign of the Moon-Father of earth children, the Rabbit is fertility, be fruitful and multiply. Represents softness, gentleness and vulnerability.

See my Tzolkin Page for resources.

A Gift of Understanding

The 21 Days of Gratitude are now completed through the Tone of Understanding. One step after another became a journey, bringing us to a new horizon where we can look back to see how far we’ve really come. The world that existed for me 21 days ago shows little resemblance to the new Earth/Caban world that evolved through this trecena. Though, the destination may still not be in perfect focus, a WAY of getting there has become clear.

Star/LAMAT multiplies to abundance whatever we focus upon. The ’21 Days’ was inspired by our last visit to Star/LAMAT with the intention of multiplying gratitude. Residing in a place of deeper joy, we exist in the center of creation where all things are possible.

Tone 12 of Understanding is the last step before Tone 13 of Ascension. Now with ‘great capacity for retrospection’ we can see our process as a whole. We can see we are now capable of more than we imagined before. I know with greater conviction the empowerment that results, when I am willing to invest of myself to make it so.

To all my relations, thank you for the new light of understanding and for the Spirit Tool of gratitude that we may use so that our joy may be multiplied to abundance.

In lak’ech

Jaguar Woman/9 Eagle/MEN

21 Days of Gratitude, Day 20 – Deepest Gratitude

11 Deer/MANIK (Cherokee, Deer/Ahwu’sdi)

11 Deer/Hand/MANIK

11 Deer/Hand/MANIK

Galactic Tone 11: Resolution; 11 assists every new thing to find it’s place in the universe in the process of ‘fitting in.’ some modifications must occur. Eleven is the energy of dynamic actions facilitating change, simplification and improvement.

Deer/Hand/MANIK: Deer are spirit tools. Silence itself is a spiritual experience for Deer. For Deer life is a pilgrimage. Deer are dominant persons who defend the people and will make sacrifices for others. The spirit of Deer upholds the pillars of the four directions. With the power inherent in the number 4, Deer pushes away bad influences or negative energies. Skill and quality of work are very important to Deer. They are presented with tools for every task in life and it is with these that they are able to rise above liitations. Deer has a habit of keeping every tool it has ever used. This leads to clutter and indecision, loss and procrastination.

Cherokee, Deer/Ahwu’sdi: Totem-deer is a priest or shaman; ability to create harmonic resonance; they enjoy rituals, ceremonial feasts and are the souls of hospitality and sociability; combined with artistic and inspiring energies in harmony with lunar cycles, they nourish the clans.

See my Tzolkin Page for resources.

Deepest Gratitude

11 Deer/MANIK calls on us to reflect on our Spirit Tools. The Mayan Calendar is a very powerful Spirit Tool revealing the ‘sacred cycle of creation.’ The Tzolkin illustrates an evolutionary process that is advanced in cycles of 13 days. 20 cycles of 13 complete the 260-day Tzolkin round. The power of this tool is palpable only in the process of using it, as over time, its synchronicity reveals the evidence of our connection to the One and All.

20 Days ago, on 4 Deer/MANIK (October 14), the idea of ‘21 Days of Gratitude’ as Sacred ceremony was brought forward as a worthy Spirit Tool. The ceremony amounts to the process of simply holding/returning attention to gratitude over the course of 21 days… as a Sacred charge.

Without realizing it, you were also chosen as a Spirit Tool. Because of you, I found myself committed to a daily journal. And, because of you, I have committed more time to a daily spiritual practice than ever before in my life. 20 days later, I can’t begin to explain all the ways my world has been changed, through our connection.

As we arrive back at Deer/MANIK, the Galactic Tone 11 of Resolution makes clear the power of the Spirit Tools that were chosen, and encourages us to consider what Spirit Tools we may now carry forward.

To all my relations, YOU. Thank YOU in lak’ech from the place of my DEEPEST GRATITUDE. 11 Deer/MANIK calls me to Honor ‘your presence’ as I find our shared connection as being among the most powerful Spirit Tools of all.

In lake’ch, I am another you

Jaguar Woman/9 Eagle/MEN
mo sah thi wey ney

21 Days of Gratitude, Day 19 – New Vision

10 Transformer/CIMI (Cherokee, Twins Takato’ka)

10 Transformer/CIMI

10 Transformer/CIMI

Galactic Tone 10: Manifestation; what were once intentions or ideas, hopes or fears become physically present with the energy of 10. What is focused upon with attention and intention becomes real. Ten is a powerful energy that carries a great responsibility.

Transformer/CIMI: Cycle of life, death, and rebirth; abundance in all life choices; dissolution of polarities to create great wealth

Cherokee, Twins Takato’ka: Female Sun and Male Moon whose union keeps the world going round in perpetuity is the first order. Cherokee myth has the Morning Star heralding the Sun, Venus, also being the Evening Star as representing the Twins. The energy brings major changes all throughout life, riding the tsunamis of earthquake and upheaval, making their own waves wherever they go. They undergo powerful transformations, alternating like a flashing neon sign. The challeng is to master Balance while experiencing Chaos leading to re-birth and abundance through infinity.

See my Tzolkin Page for resources.

New Vision

We reach Galactic Tone 10, the Tone of Manifestation, and Transformer/Cimi reveals to us how we’ve been changed into something new. We are looking at the world through new eyes and in a new place of being. We can’t go back to seeing things the same way we did before. Cimi helps us to find the new balance.

On Galactic Tone 10, the peak energies of the 13-day trecena begin to subside. We can go inward to review what we’ve experienced. We are guided to consider the new lessons, where they may lead us, and how they may alter the course of our intentions.

We may be exhilarated at the new perspective that has been revealed. At the same time, we may be discouraged by the light that’s been shed on our ‘before’… as, new knowledge may have made clear the places within us that could use some fixing.

This is the moment when we can both look back at who we were and forward to see what we may become, but have yet to see exactly how the changes will play out. The transformation is completed as we apply our new knowledge. Like children, we are ‘just learning to walk’ – in a new way.

To all my relations, I am grateful for new eyes, new vision, and the new abundance it brings. Give me the courage to be the new creation that, in this moment, is known by only me.

in lak’ech – i am another you

Jaguar Woman, 9 Eagle/MEN

21 Days of Gratitude, Day 18 – Spirit that Transforms

9 Serpent/CHICCHAN (Cherokee, Serpent Do’tsi)

Chicchan, Feathered Serpent, Kukulkan or QuetzalcoatlGalactic Tone 9: Patience; getting a better perspective of the bigger picture. With energy of 9, plans or patterns begin to come to completion. 9 requires patience and perseverance found in the bigger picture.

Serpent/CHICCHAN: Movement and the creation of time; sensual and dramatic, this sun sign embodies intense instinctual wisdom and creates a connection from Earth bound to heavenly aspirations. By sincere service to others, Serpent opens and expands its heart. Serpents are very adaptable, even fluid, until trapped in a corner, and then they explode. Chicchan symbolizes the transformation of time, transcendence, and individual evolution, and represents those predestined for spiritual vocations.

Cherokee Serpent/DO’TSI: Symbol is Constellation Serpens. (The brightest star in Serpens is Unukalhai or Cor Serpentis “Serpent’s Heart”.) Serpent people are Sky people who come to earth periodically as Educators. As above-So below, on Earth the Serpent is the roots of the tree of knowledge. Serpent power is vital energy, the moving force, the instinct and desire for creativity, the trigger that sets off the action. It lights the fuse that magnifies and explodes the life force itself.

See my Tzolkin Page for resources.

Spirit that Transforms

Serpent/Chicchan is described as one of the most powerful daysigns in the Tzolk’in and is “associated with the mystical Feathered Serpent, Kukulkan or Quetzalcoatl as the Aztecs called this deity.” (Mayan Calendar Portal) Chicchan presents us with an opportunity to be transformed through Spirit.

The transformative energy of Chicchan is likened to the quickening of “Kundalini Energy,”  also referred to as “The Serpentine Fire.” The symbol of intertwined snakes is representative of spiraling energy making its way up the spine and  resembles the double-helix DNA molecule of all living organisms.

Galactic Tone 9 encourages us to see something through. We may be impatient due to a limited perspective.  “The way things should be” can prevent us from seeing transformation already in motion.

If we are willing to see things in a new light, we may experience a profound awakening. If we are ground in to closed thinking, we may suffer the lost opportunity. Under the 13-day trecena, Earth/Caban we are creating a new world. That requires new thinking. We can be opened through our willingness to throw aside preconceived notions.

Serpent/CHICCHAN embodies deep, instinctual wisdom and intelligence, and can teach us how to be fluid and flexible. The new inspiration that will result is the catalyst for a longed-for Spiritual transformation.

To all my relations, I stand steadfast in faith that my prayers are heard and responded to.

The evidence may not be seen (yet), but felt within.

in lak’ech – i am another you
Jaguar Woman, 9 Eagle/MEN

Happy Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico on the days of November 1 and 2. Though it coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s and All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient tradition of honoring their deceased loved ones.

Altars are decorated with candles, flowers, photos and other items that represent the interests and life of the deceased, along with offerings of food, drink, and bread. The belief is that the gates of heaven open on midnight of October 31st and the spirits of the children are allowed to return for 24 hours to reunite with their families. On the second day, November 2nd, the spirits of the adults arrive to enjoy the festivities prepared for them.

Day of the Dead Altar

Day of the Dead Altar

Observing the holiday with friends in Puerto Penasco, MX, students built altars as a school open house project. Blazing candles throughout the school would never have flown in the USA. 🙂  The students loved sharing stories about the meanings behind their displays. I was curious to see bottles of tequilla and some kind of silver hooks on one altar, which turned out to be cock-fighting spurs of an uncle, who I was told also liked tequilla.

It was their tradition to have a party at the cemetary on November 2nd, where  folding chairs, coolers, picnic food and boombox music was the backdrop for sharing old stories and memories of the deceased.

The tradition has spread to parts of the US. I was first introduced to the tradition by celebrations held in Tucson, AZ. I created my own Day of the Dead altar and found it to be an awesome experience. It was as if I were hosting an open house for my deceased loved ones, as their presence was felt coming and going over the course of the holiday.

The door of Spirit is open to acknowledge and send love to your deceased loved ones.

21 Days of Gratitude, Day 16 – Darkness Brings the Light

7 Night/Akbal (Cherokee, Hearth / O’ya)

7 Night/AKBAL

7 Night/AKBAL

Galactic Tone 7: Reflective; 7 stands as the mirror to divide light and dark and reflect all that is and is not. 7 is associated with the source of creation and the flow of divine will. 7 establishes the purpose to current and future goals.

Night/AKBAL: Bringers of the Dawn, the dreamers who bring the new sun to clarity 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. 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: 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.

Darkness Brings the Light

7 Night/Akbal exists to reveal the mystery of Spirit “where nothing yet exists, but all potential dwells.” To receive Akbal’s blessing we must be willing to travel into the void to know our own darkness. Akbal gives us the courage to look within, where our greatest blessings may arise from seeing those parts of ourselves we prefer to avoid, deny, or keep hidden.

Under the 13-day trecena of Earth/Caban we are being lead to create a new world. Days 7, 8, 9 represent the peak energies of this trecena. What you are meant to see may be revealed as a ‘peak experience’.

The place for healing is here. Dive deep into the void and embrace what you may learn from the sticking points and stubborn places that resist the changes necessary to create your new world.  Surround in light whatever darkness you discover and love it for the new understanding it brings.

As we learn to love even our shadow, our darkness is transformed into light. From our courageous journey within we are  empowered from the source where all potential lies to remember that miracles are possible.

To all my relations, thank you for the ways unseen that you are ever-present, helping to guide me through the darkness and into the light.

in lak’ech – I am another yourself.

21 Days of Gratitude, Day 15 – Breathe Love

6 Wind/IK (Cherokee, Whirlwind Agalu’ga)

Galactic Tone 6: Six is responsiveness and the art of negotiation. It is the movement of volume through space that creates time. This energy in action is like the art of dance or a great athlete in motion. Six facilitates dynamic developments in all aspects of life.

Wind/IK: Breath of Spirit, breath of life. Wind embodies the power of dissemination and planting of good seeds or ideas. Those born unto IK are dreamers and planners with powerful imaginations, spreading the word of inspiration as carried by the wind. Cherokee, Whirlwind Agalu’ga: The Cherokee symbol of the whirlwind is a double spiral helix in rising smoke and related to the direction of the North. In Cherokee, the constellations are represented by 12 birds (dancers) and the 13th bird is the Whirlwind, the lead dancer.

Breath Love

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6 Wind/IK

6 Wind/IK as Air, is among the primary elements required for human survival. Our earthly lives begin with our first breath.

From the in-breath we draw our life and inspiration from source. The out-breath is the dissemination of ‘who we are’ to the world around us. How we use our voice/breath in the world always reflects the condition of our heart, whether or not that is our conscious intent.

Galactic Tone 6 calls upon our desire to be in right relationship with the world. IK exists that we may be breathed by Spirit of the highest frequency, so that the out-breath may embody harmony and love.

Breath is a healing force. Acknowledge IK with humility and gratitude and direct Wind/IK through your breath into those places in the Body, Soul and Spirit that desire to be healed. Use your out-breath and your voice to extend healing and love to the world around you.

Be breathed by Love.

Breathe love.

21 Days of Gratitude, Day 14 – Nourishing Spirit

5 Crocodile/IMIX (Cherokee, Turtle, Dak’si)

Galactic Tone 5: Empowerment; Center of the cube, intelligent, organizing force managing communications and materials, knowledge and application. Number 5 symbolizes the fifth element (Saq’Be’)

Crocodile/IMIX: Crocodile energy represents the primordial spirit who lives primarily in water but from which land-based life forms evolved. The Yucatecan Tzol’kin calendar begins with this nawal.  Crocodile holds the secrets of the underworld and helps us translate them to the material world. Crocodile represents the left side, unseen and occult forces. Crocodile has the opportunity to meld the differences from opposing sides to create peace and balance between the heart of the heaven and heart of the earth beneath the World Tree. (Mayan Cross); Cherokee, Turtle/Dak’si is the creative focus of relationships between two, loneliness, dawn, awakening, birth.

Nourishing Spirit

Arbol del Tule, Oaxaca, Mexico – Tree of Life*

5 Crocodile/IMIX stirs our memory with the ancient wisdom that we are born of Spirit into matter. Elemental forces support our soul’s evolution. The first four elements are Earth, Water, Fire and Air. We are empowered through the fifth element – the Element of Spirit, the ether, or space as defined by Ayurveda tradition. Spirit is the binding force that connects us all.

These are the 5 basic elements of alchemy. Alchemy was thought to be a scientific pursuit with the objective of transforming base metals into gold. Though the real pursuit, veiled to escape religious scrutiny, was to discover the means for Spirit to transcend from Matter… the evolution of the Soul. Crocodile, asks us to remember that our true identity is that of Spirit existing in a material body.

We are drawn to offer a blessing and hold in gratitude all that nourishes our Spirit. Stand ready to receive a Spirit blessing. so that you may create peace and balance between the heart of the heaven and heart of the earth, extending love to all beneath the one World Tree.

Arbol del Tule in Oaxaca, Mexico is believed by the Maya to be the original World Tree – the Tree of Life. The Montezuma Cypress is estimated to be over 1600 years old with a circumference of 42.0 m (137.8 ft).

21 Days of Gratitude, Day 13 – Creating a New World

4 Sun/Ahau (Cherokee: Flower Gun’tsi)


Earth/CABAN Trecena: Explore Mayan Majix | Mayan Calendar Portal

Council Fire

Council Fire

Galactic Tone 4: Stability; the cube is most stable of all forms and establishes volume by definition of height, length, depth and breadth; 4 directions establish orientation. The energy of 4 sets the parameters, which establish the freedoms and barriers needed to create a game, work, or relationship.
Sun/Ahau: Day of the Ancestors and connection to their guidance. The divine face of the sun, lord, musician, singer, dancer, and marksman. ~Mayan Majix
Cherokee: Flower/Gun’tsi  – Symbol of the Sun, the place of abode of the Great Spirit.

Creating  a New World

4 Sun/Ahau is the day revered by the Maya as the day on which the Mayan world was born. 4 Ahau was the prophetic date used for speculation about December 21, 2012 (a 4 Ahau date) as the end of time… though, it is considered instead by the Maya as the beginning of a new cycle.

Ahau opens the connection to the Ancestors and offers the highest energy for spiritual growth on this earth walk. Through the language of light, the sun creates and nourishes, and channels information from the Ancestors to ignite our consciousness.

4 Ahau gives us the opportunity to be reborn into a new world once again. Given the “Sacred Right of Choice” we CHOOSE the world we live in. What would we choose to leave behind?

We can live in a world where we withhold no forgiveness. We can live in a world where understanding means that when we experience differences, the first effort is given toward seeing things from the other’s perspective instead of defending our own. We can lay down that which prevents us from experiencing our greatest happiness, whether it is an old (or new) resentment, a childhood wound, fears of unworthiness, fear of loss, bad habits, or perceptions of separation – ANYTHING can be healed and returned to purity.

4 Ahau is Global Burner Day – a day upon which the Mayans held ceremonial fires for purification and to call in the Ancestors. We can use the element of Fire to acknowledge this day, offering all that which we would desire to release from the past, and welcoming in the unlimited potential of a brand new world. A world centered in unconditional love is the place of the highest joy possible.

Peace on Earth is an inside job. Bring your cares to the fire, release them to the past, and create your new world.

21 Days of Gratitude, Day 12 – Alignment with Purpose

3 Storm/CAUAC (Cherokee, Redbird Totsu’hwa)

Galactic Tone 3: Movement and communication which becomes vibration; establishing a point of agreement between any Point A and Point B

Storm/CAUAC: Day of blessing of rain, giver of all life and lightning, a gift of nitrogen to Mother Earth and ozone to Father Sky; feeling of unity, security and warmth experienced in the home while tempest of trouble rages in the world outside. Storms exist to experience the ecstasy of freedom with great capacity to learn and teach. Cherokee, Redbird Totsu’hwa: Symbol Alcyone, of the Pleiades constellation Taurus; the Central Sun of the Universe, heart of heaven; symbol of nurturing, the lightening nurtures and energizes.

Alignment with Purpose

3 Storm/CAUAC brings the movement of dynamic developments and change, clearing away what no longer serves. As Storm/CAUAC draws us to the comfort and security of home, we are also drawn to realize what is central to our lives. Here we can see what changes are necessary to support our soul’s purpose.

What am I holding onto that prevents me from walking fully into my own integrity? Storms are capable to change the entire landscape of our lives and sometimes in dramatic ways. Though we may not always understand the changes as they occur, the reasons will be clear in hindsight.

Cauac brings the energetic of ‘lightening in the blood’ to align our heart and Spirit with our Soul’s Purpose. Accept these important changes with enthusiasm, knowing that they bring a desired blessing and the answer to a prayer.