Illustrated by Angelik Bauer
Also known as:
Offering – English
Toj – K’iché
Muluc – Yucatecan
Red Moon - Dreamspell
The Mayan sacred calendar, the Chol’qi, is comprised of 20 Day Lords, glyphs, day signs, or archetypal energies. This is the energy of atonement, sacrifice, and making payment to the universal forces for all of the gifts we have received in life. To the Maya and many cultures, the most potent of all offerings is blood as it emphasizes our earnestness and sincerity; but for their fire ceremony and personal rituals, the Maya use various offerings depending on the day and the intention.
Visualize the icon of Offering: Note several variations of the glyph. From left to right they are: Codex Madrid, Codex Dresden and two examples of Classic Maya epigraphy. The circle in the center is a drop of water. Surrounding that is another circle, showing the ripple effect of one drop into a bigger body of water.
An Offering day is a good day to: acknowledge the cause and effect relationship between our rituals, prayers and the outcome. It is a day to ask for protection of those who even though they may communicate with the Creator still experience accidental death. We make payment on this day and ask that we be free of negativity.
The highest expression: Offering people want nothing more than to be everyone’s friend and have enormous capacity to support and counsel those afflicted with problems. They are virtuous, sensitive, caring and willing to fight for whatever cause triggers their passion. Their actions earn the respect of others.
A lower expression: Offering can try so hard fighting other’s causes that they eventually deplete their own power. They can become unfocused and flighty, turning people off with their harangue about negative issues. In the end, they may be alone with the karmic burden that they carry.
Health: Offering needs to take special care of their physical well-being, as their constitution is weak and the causes that they fight, often unwinnable, may wear them to exhaustion and disease.
Compatibility: Offering’s soul mates come from the same energy, the East: Crocodile, Serpent, Reed and Knowledge. Those born under the influence of the opposite direction, West, also complement and find resonance with Offering: Dawn, Deer, Monkey, Bird and Rainstorm.
Keywords used to meditate and trigger ancestral memory of the Nawal: blood, water, payment, debt, needy
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