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8 Deer / MANIK – Vigil of Light: Day 8 of 13


8 Deer / MANIK

Greetings Kin,

The Transformation phase of each trecena begins on the Peak Tone 8. A Divine Agency steps in with a Sacred Exchange for our investment in a Divine Intention. An Intention to grow in Consciousness of the Creator is our Highest Aspiration. The Creator intended for Human to Remember and Believe in our Connection. The Intervention by a Divine Agency is a Promise that is fulfilled through a Transformation of Higher Consciousness.

Tone 8 holds the Intention of Divine Justice. We will always receive more than we can give in a return. The exchange of Unconditional Love is multiplied to abundance so Human would experience the exchange as an act of Divinity, the Miracle of Knowing the Creator’s Love.

Deer/MANIK is the Day Sign of the Mayan priest and shaman. The Light we receive is given for us to share. This is the Choice the Creator dreamed we would make to fulfill our Divine Destiny. On Tone 8 our Justice is Faith transformed to Belief. In the comprehension of the Divinity of our Intention, by Human reason we would believe in the help that would be provided. Human could only accomplish such a High Intention with the help of Divine Intervention.

8 Deer/MANIK is observed by the K’iche Maya as a day of Initiation of the Mayan priest. Today we are given a gift of being Seen by the Creator. We are seen through the eyes of the Creator in a Holy Light. The Creator would share the Consciousness that we are worthy, even as Deer/MANIK reveals our Human limitations. Today we can experience the Gift of Grace.

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1 Deer / MANIK – Miracles of Light: Day 1 of 13


1 Deer / MANIK

Greetings Kin,

The Next 13-Days…

We begin a new trecena of “Light” that will Inspire a Dream to fulfill our Life’s Mission and Purpose. Deer/MANIK, also known as Hand, is a symbol of Human’s role as the Creator’s Divine Hand in the world.

The MANIK glyph illustrates the hand that grasps the Ether of Spirit between the forefinger and the thumb. The thumb reflects the strength of the Human Will, the digit of our Authority. The forefinger (the pointer) represents a discernment of Direction. The Circle is the “eye of the Deer” that Vigilantly Observes the 4 Directions.

By applying our Human Will and the Gift of Divine Discernment, we can be Connected to a Source of Divine Guidance. Our movement in the world can be directed by an Almighty Authority.

Deer/MANIK is the Day Sign that holds every Spiritual Tool. MANIK helps us to see our Human limitations so that a Spiritual Tool is created to meet every need. As a Day Sign of the West, MANIK will call our Consciousness to our Experience of the Unknown. The more we are willing to see our weakness, the more we will be blessed with Spiritual Tools.

Deer/MANIK’s most used tool is Vigilance. Deer stands silently in its own Truth, observing the landscape in all 4 directions. MANIK is said to uphold the Pillars of Consciousness in every direction of our life. Following the path of the Deer, we will learn many ways that we can Stand in our Own Truth, and uphold the Pillars of Divine Consciousness for the Whole.

There are 4 Global Burner Days in the 260-day round of the Tzolk’in, a burner for each of the Seasons. Burner Days represent a release of residual energies… a clearing and purification. The Mayan priest performed the Sacred Fires that would draw the community back together into Right Relationship. On the days leading up to a Burner Day, we can experience the stress of too much energy. 4 Dog/OC holds potential for a release on the Tone 4 of Stability. See the 13-day Trecena Guide for more information.

PORTAL DAYS: Element of Ether
Portal days thin the veil to Spiritual Dimensions and elevate our Awareness to our own Spiritual Gifts of Intuition and Knowing. 13 Storm/CAUAC is the one Portal Day in the Deer/MANIK trecena. The Lightning of CAUAC connects Heaven and Earth, Body and Soul. A Portal will magnify a connection to “Lightning Energy” at our Ascension to a Higher Purpose.

PEAK DAYS: Peak Experience, Peak Performance

  • 6 Road/EB – momentum for dynamic developments on the Road of our Destiny
  • 7 Reed/BEN – balancing the Light Above and the Light Below
  • 8 Jaguar/IX – a transformation through a new Awakening of our Spiritual Gifts
  • 9 Eagle/MEN – a transformation completed through a Spiritual Gift of Higher Vision

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7 Deer / MANIK – A New Dawn: Day 7 of 13


7 Deer / MANIK

Greetings Kin,


Tone 7 is the place of Balance at the top of the pyramid. We’ve completed our first climb of new Spiritual Growth. The effort of our Intention will be balanced Above and Below. This is a place of personal accounting that holds an Intention of Reflection.

Tone 7 represents the Principle of Correspondence, “As Above, So Below.” An effort of Spirit will be balanced in our Hearts and Minds.

CIMI helped to release us from our past and go with the flow of change. We can change our mind. We found a new pattern of movement. New habits lead to new choices and the only thing that matters is who we are now.

Deer/MANIK holds the Meaning and Purpose of our Transformation. Deer is the Day sign of the Mayan priest or shaman, the one who serves the Community. The Mayan priest is not a “preacher,” but one who leads the Sacred Ceremonies.

The glyph illustrates the Hand, another name for MANIK. The forefinger and thumb are grasping a Spark that completes a circuit to Divine Consciousness. Sacred Ceremonies and Rituals connect us to the Divine. They mark the Time and Place of our Consciousness of the Creator. Through this connection we are able to Draw all the strength we need through Divine Intervention.

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13 Deer / MANIK – Ascension: Day 13


13 Deer / MANIK

Greetings Kin,

Tone 13 is the Day of Ascension from the Eagle/MEN trecena. From a Higher Perspective we could see our Human suffering as the result of our unconsciousness. Through Eagle’s eyes we could see small things from a great distance. Looking into the future, we saw small accomplishments in their right size. From the ground, we could only see their influence in the “now.”

We Ascend with a Higher Consciousness that each small step led by Spirit is a “Miracle.”

Deer/MANIK holds Power and Authority through a Divine Connection. The glyph illustrates the Hand (another name for MANIK) that grasps a thread of Ether between the forefinger and the thumb. The forefinger represents Human intention, and the thumb, our Human authority.

The Sacred Right of Choice was offered to Human as the authority of our own Free Will. In a Human Intention to sacrifice our Authority to Divine Will, we we make a way to Know the Meaning and Purpose the Creator Intends for us. Our Human sacrifice of authority gives our permission to Be Reborn as we were Intended to Be.

The Two Sides of our Self are reconciled through a Divine Relationship. We become Human operating under a Higher Authority, grasping the Power that transcends our Human Nature.

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6 Deer / MANIK – Mission of Spirit: Day 6 of 13


Greetings Kin,

Tone 6 is the first day of Peak Energy in this cycle of Spiritual Growth. The energy of Tone 6 facilitates dynamic developments. Compared to a great athlete, Tone 6 draws upon all its practice, strength, and talent to generate the momentum of forward movement.

MANIK is also known as Hand. The glyph illustrates a Human Hand with the thumb and forefinger grasping an Element of Ether to complete a circuit of Divine Energy.

Deer/MANIK is Day Sign of the Mayan Priest, and the bringer of Spiritual Tools. Deer is said to keep every Spiritual Tool it has ever used. Deer presents the Spiritual Tool to overcome our limitation. Deer is the Spiritual Leader and Divine Authority that draws God’s Hand of Divine Intervention in the Human affairs of the world.

Deer’s first and most important Spiritual Tool is Vigilance. Deer/MANIK dedicates itself to watching over the Whole. MANIK holds the Authority to serve others on behalf of the Creator.

THE HAAB NEW YEAR: 6 Deer/MANIK, Galactic Week 1 Wind/IK
The Haab calendar is referred to as the “vague year” 365-day calendar. The Haab reflects the planetary cycle, the influences of the world around us. We’ve completed a Year that was Search for Truth under the Galactic Week of Flint, the Day Sign that reveals Truth that was hidden. The former Year Bearer, 5 Wind/IK guided the world toward a new Empowerment of Spirit. We begin a new year holding Power of Truth, and Higher Consciousness of our Spiritual Gifts to Discern for our Self. A Year led by 6 Deer/MANIK will shift our Awareness toward being of Divine Service to One Another. Together we will be Transformed by wielding the Sword of Truth under the Authority of a Supreme Creator. We will become the Agents of the Creator’s Divine Justice, extending the Blessing of Unconditional Love.

The 12th Uinal The 12th Uinal of the Tzolk’in holds a Higher Intention of Understanding. The Wind/IK trecena resides in this 20-day cycle that Transforms our Comprehension of Truth for the Ascension of this 260-day Tzolk’in round. The 260-days represent a Full Harvest Cycle of Human Transformation. We are approaching the Ascension to a New “I Am.”

The 260 days are related to the gestation cycle of Corn, as the Maya saw Corn as the symbol of The People. It also relates to the two cycles of Venus. 12 is the “fruit bearing” energy of the harvest cycle. The Seed of Each Harvest represents a Higher Initiation of Consciousness.

We are in a Higher State of Being today than we were yesterday, while we are in a Lower State of Being than who we will be tomorrow. They each have a Divine Purpose. Without our Lower Self, we can’t experience our Higher Self. MANIK can harmonize our Higher and Lower self through a Shared Meaning and Purpose.

Through our Connection to the Creator we can Know that both our Lower and Higher Self are Loved Unconditionally. As an Agent of God, we must Love One Another and Love both sides of our Self. As an Agent that serves a Higher Authority, we must carry out the Intention of Harmony and Equity. We must be impartial in our effort of Love.

Deer/MANIK has a Special Spiritual Gift of Harmonic Resonance. Deer holds a Power of Being. Vigilant in its Consciousness of Spirit, Deer Resonates in the Vibration of Pure Love. Deer’s Love generates a magnetic attraction that is capable to draw Lower Frequencies into sympathy.

The priest or shaman of Maya tradition held a Silent Position of Authority in the Community. The Priest made the scheduled Offerings at the Altars on behalf of the Whole, and performed Sacred Ceremony to maintain Harmony in the Community. The Maya priests are Wisdom Keepers, Healers, and Fire Tenders. They maintain a Divine Communion with the Above on Behalf of the Below.

6 Deer/MANIK guides us to a Rhythm and Flow of Movement that sustains our own Grasp of a Divine Connection. A position of Divine Authority requires our Humility. Our best service is offered behind the scenes, fortifying our own Divine Connection.

Source: BBC, Nature & Wildlife

As an Agent of Divine Authority, Deer must be impeccable in its integrity. With Power comes the potential for corruption. Deer is Vigilant to push away negative thoughts and influences. We engage Divine Power through Vigilant Consciousness. In a position of Divine Authority, more is asked than just having Good Intentions. We must be led by Divine Intentions.

Like MANIK watches over the Community, so are we watched over by a Divine Authority. Standing on that Truth, alone, can set us free.

To all my relations, may we use our Spiritual Gifts to Stand for what we Believe. May we Draw Strength by living each day as a Sacred Event – a day that can make a difference. May we Know that in our Human limitations, we will be given the Power to Overcome them. May we move forward with Purpose and a Commitment to Remember for each other. 

in lak’ech, i am another you

Debra, Jaguar Woman, 9 Eagle/MEN


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.  The “21 days” begin and end on Jaguar/IX.

21-Days of Gratitude: Day 14

I’m grateful that the Unconditional Love and Justice of a Divine Creator is a Promise we can stand on.


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


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

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.

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.

[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]

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12 Deer / MANIK – Application of Our Spiritual Nature: Day 12 of 13


12 Deer / MANIK

Greetings Kin,

The Intention of Tone 12 is Understanding. Today is the dawning of a new Truth that moves from the head to the heart. Understanding is the final step toward a new Ascension of Consciousness. Truth by truth we are transformed by a continuing correspondence that raises our Faith to a Belief.

Wisdom/CIB has given us the Truth of our Spiritual Gifts. They were given to perform a Divine Service. From our Human Nature we assessed a worldly purpose. In our Lower State we are just conscious enough to know the gifts actually exist. From our Human Nature, we imagine how it could serve our personal interest. We wonder if these gifts could help us win the lottery (ie. if you’re psychic, then you can give me the numbers).

Our Human ego has everything backwards. We weren’t meant to look at the world to decide how we would apply them. We would keep them ready to use for the Creator as we would be Divinely Inspired to do. We turn the “magic of Light” into “dark magic” seeking only a return of personal interest. We we are willing to “take” from an advantage, willing to sacrifice Spirit for the world, there is something in our circumstances that hasn’t been Forgiven.

Deer/MANIK is the Day Sign of the Mayan priest. The priest in the culture of the Maya wasn’t a “religious” leader, but the leader who organized the coming together of community and learned the ways passed down for holding Ritual and Sacred Ceremony. The priest’s fundamental role was not to provide discernment, but to help connect others to a Divine Source of Power and Discernment.

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5 Deer / MANIK – Vision Quest: Day 5 of 13

The invitation and introduction is offered on the journal post for 1 Night/AKBAL. Suggestions for daily practice are offered on the Vision Quest Ceremony page.


5 Deer / MANIK

Greetings Kin,

Tone 5 brings the Power to Fuel a Spiritual Climb. The first 6 days of the trecena facilitate our process of Spiritual Growth. Our increasing Consciousness is guided by the Choice of our Intention and our Passion to make it so.

Tone 5 resides at the “center of the cube.” Within our Center is the “intelligent, organizing force” that manages knowledge, communication, materials and application. At the center of the cube we conceive our ways of movement that correspond with our Divine Inspiration.

Deer/MANIK is the sign of the Mayan Priest, and the Giver of Spiritual Tools. The glyph represents a Hand (another name for MANIK) that reaches up on behalf of the Whole to grasp a current of Divine Power. Deer/MANIK encourages us to grasp our Truth of Spirit to complete the circuit of Divine Power.

Deer is said to keep every Spiritual Tool its ever used. It’s most-used tools are to stand silently in its own Truth, and Vigilance to survey the landscape in all of the 4 directions. As a Day Sign of the West, Deer relates to the “hard road of life” and our experience of facing the unknown. Representing the Element of Water, Deer touches our Emotions through which we are Empowered by Spirit.

Deer/MANIK is one that guides and protects the Whole. Through the direct connection to Spirit, Deer holds a position of Divine Authority. Deer/MANIK is called on to live in its highest integrity. The gift of Divine Authority wields a power that is not its own, but the empowerment to carry out the Intentions of the Creator. We engage our power when we do what the Creator would do.

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