Maya New Year or 8 Chuen – Time To Manifest Your Dreams
Today is the 27th of March 2012 and also the first day of the 260 day Tzolkin count, the most sacred calendar system of the Maya people. Contrary to popular perception the Tzolkin does not begin on 1-Imox (Yucatatec Mayan Imix), as the historically unbroken Tzolkin count of the Quiche Maya peoples of the Guatemalan highlands actually starts on 8-Batz (Yucatec Mayan Chuen).
This is a day that is associated with weaving and fabric. Just as we weave a fabric from threads, so to is the body woven of flesh in the womb in its sacred creative matrix, and temporal reality too is like a great cloth woven of all our many threads. The start of a Tzolkin is a time for using the law of attraction principle, thanking the universe for the many things we have and know are coming too us. This can be anything from happiness to money as one prefers. It is especially powerful energetically if we are seeking to weave a tighter family unit and improve the way we relate to our loved ones.
In spiritual ceremony the Maya would use this day for rituals aimed at the Heart of the Heavens and the Heart of the Earth, asking for assistance with life, love, family, money and especially balance to family life in all aspects. My suggestion would be to do the same.
8-Batz is also a day for initiation, especially any initiation involving a shamanic tradition. It may not be possible for you to find an authentic way to do this, at least not today, but you can still perform a ritual of your own making or perhaps visit a healer to receive an energetic boost or cleansing so as to start the new 260 day cycle at optimal vibration within yourself.
Daniella and I were fortunate enough to attend a traditional plant medicine healing ceremony today, actually we were unaware it was 8-Batz today. Our lives are rather like that, we just know to do something and then find out why later. Actually I started my day with a cleansing shower using a blessed soap, followed by Kundalini Yoga, Sacred Oil Chakra alignment and then Reiki healing (kindly directed by Daniella). In the afternoon we went for a ritual cleansing with one of the local native Indian herbalist healing ladies that we work with as there had been some negative vibes aimed at us that we wanted to clear. The session involves being whipped with bunches of different special herbs and flowers which can absorb through direct transfer all of the negative energies of the participant (some shaman use animals for this), followed by all over body rubbing with a variety of stinging nettle and an egg (ouch) and then blessed alcohol being blown from the healers mouth onto your body. Its probably fair to say its not as pleasant as a Reiki session but it is a more intensive cleaning of the energy body, a different aim one might say.
I must admit to being quite pleasantly surprised to later discover it was 8-Batz Tzolkin new year and that we had accidentally been working with the exact flavour of that energy. It is good to see we are keeping in tune. That said from today we will both be very much consciously working with each days energy of the Tzolkin until 21/12/2012. Just to be clear though, the next 8-Batz actually falls on 12/12/12, so we are talking about the last full traditional count, not the last 260 days until 21-12-2012. It is however extremely interesting that from 12/12/12 until 21/12/12 is exactly 9 days, a number of great importance to all cultures, especially relevant to the Mayan 2012 prophecy that 9 underworld gods will return at the end of the Long Count, each being associated with a day.
What the first 9 days of the next Tzolkin, or final 9 days of the Bak'tun, will bring is indeed a tantalising thought.
Just as an aside here, my upcoming book is titled '2012 Rising – The Last Tzolkin' and covers much of what we can expect to occur during the next 9 months, and what the climax will be, how 2013 is shaping up, and much, much more. If your interested in keeping an eye on the release of this book or wish to have me notify you as soon as it is available please bookmark the url for the book section here on this website.
By Bruce Fenton