There are two very powerful and auspicious days that precede this year’s equinox and Solar Wave celebrations. We have been seeing increasingly powerful changes in sacred sites and equally powerful changes in the Earth in the last year, particularly in the last few months. These powerful days could very well trigger yet another leap in our evolution, consciousness, and awareness. At this point it goes without saying that we all feel the building pressure of the incoming light. We are waiting breathlessly for the other shoe to drop.
The first day arrives on February 6, 2010. This day is Wajshakib' B'atz (8 Thread). It is considered extremely sacred to the Kiche Maya people. The next 8 B'atz day will be in 260 days on October 24, 2010. The number 8 is about harmony . . . and it is thread which ties us altogether. It is a perfect day to accelerate balance in the world, and to help the global community realize that we are all brothers and sisters. You can read below what Rigoberto Itzep Chanchabac (Daykeeper-Ajkij Maya-Kiche) says about this sacred day.
The second auspicious day arrives on February 22, 2010 on 11 Keij. This is the Kiche Maya’s solar new year. Solar new year is considered the first day of a 365 day calendar that accounts for every single sunrise including leap year. Because this calendar counts leap years, new year dates change every four years. The number 11 unfortunately is a challenging one that can have many tests that will bring about a deeper understanding of one's self, life and our world. The day sign Kiej luckily comes with a great deal of balance and equilibrium. It will give us strength and help us be responsible for our own energy and/or creations. The next solar new year will be on February 22, 2011 on 2 E, and will be a year of balancing polarity. It will give us much-needed energy to realize our intents.
Barely a month after these two auspicious days comes one of the most powerful days of the year. This is the equinox and our ongoing solar wave celebrations. The equinox is when the Sun is balanced in all 4 directions, between North and South, and heaven and earth. It has been revered as a sacred day in all ancient cultures. The equinox is the rebirth of the Habb; one of many Mayan calendars. It is a day when WE can, as a global community, heal, shift, change, evolve, and awaken our world. We hope you gather your community together on this day to help bring back balance to the world, your country, state and local community. You can read below what Rigoberto Itzep Chanchabac (Daykeeper-Ajkij Maya-Kiche) says about this sacred day.
The Celebration of WAJSHIKIB BATZ' By Rigoberto Itzep Chanchabac (Daykeeper-Ajkij Maya-Kiche)
Wajshakib' B'atz (Eight Thread) is the most important holiday and festival in the K'iche Mayan ritual calendar. The 260 day ritual calendar (Tzolk'in) begins on the day Wajshakib' B'atz which means Eight Thread and is the holiest day in this cycle; it is the main date used to initiate new daykeepers. The new initiate is presented to the public for the first time on this date and given a Sacred Bundle, a hand-woven cloth bag containing red seeds and crystals called a Vara Sagrada; this Sacred Bundle symbolizes the new daykeeper's sacred mission and vocation, his or her spiritual power, ability and skill as a daykeeper/K'iche Maya spiritual guide. The red seeds in the cloth bag are used for divination readings; the apprentice daykeeper is taught an ancient system of divination based on the ritual calendar.
The initiation on the date Wajshakib' B'atz represents a union or marriage between the daykeeper's material form and his spiritual essence, between his physical existence and his spiritual mission in life. The initiates wear flower wreaths on their heads and flower necklaces to symbolize their marriage to their sacred spiritual mission and they also dance around the sacred ceremonial fire holding their Sacred Bundle as if they were dancing with a partner or new spouse. The Sacred Bundle is considered the first wife or first husband of the new initiate, their spiritual partner or spouse who comes first in their life.
The daysign B'atz means thread and represents the umbilical cord which is said to be composed of eight threads. The date Wajshakib' B'atz/Eight Thread has the energy and vibration of the daysign B'atz, Chuen in Yucatecan, and the number eight. B'atz is the first daysign in the order of the 20 daysigns in the K'iche Mayan ritual calendar.
Some commonly-held meanings of the daysign B'atz are: weaving, movement, process, development, evolution, human evolution and development, time, unity, solidarity, sense of family and community, the infinity of time, the cycles of nature, cycles of time, the weaving of history by time and through time, initiation, a new beginning, a new cycle, new life, pregnancy and human gestation. The number eight and the daysign B'atz both represent the weaving of life, the thread of life and of time which also symbolizes a human lifetime, the umbilical cord and the sacred energies of birth. Eight also represents the human being and the human chain. All numbers are sacred symbols. A couple has eight limbs and they create a new life together; the new being develops in the mother via the umbilical cord which contains eight divisions and brings the developing infant nutrients and oxygen. The 260 days of the K'iche ritual calendar represent nine moon cycles [9x29=261] which symbolize the nine months of human gestation.
Momostenango, has been a ceremonial center for over 1,000 years and is a Mecca of Mayan spirituality. The Mayan calendar is followed more closely there than in any other traditional Mayan community. Momostenango has many outdoor public altars and shrines at which Maya daykeepers, priests and community spiritual advisors do sacred ceremony; they are not only local people, but also many from other Mayan communities and tribes. Momostenango has been a place of pilgrimage for more than a thousand years. In addition to initiating and presenting new daykeepers on the date Wajshakib' B'atz, local and visiting Maya priests also do ceremonies for five days at five main public altars in the town, praying for their families, friends, colleagues, associates and the community as a whole.
The Time of the Equinox
According to our experiences of the MAYA COSMOVISION, the time of the Equinox is the time of the astral commemoration when "Jun Wukub Ajp IX Balam Kij" descends into the underworld after his son who has beaten the owners of the underworld. We know very well that for the world or spiritual universe, there was a big battle before the spiritual, material world could take form. It was necessary, this big fight between the light and darkness.
The Equinox is a signal that reminds us of that date for eternity, that moment, when the day has become longer than the night. We know the New Year has arrived and is a day of commemoration for the Haab. We call this day Nim Luj A Wasil Kij. It is the day our Grandfathers dreamed and expect to see the hero descend into the Underworld, in a shape like a pyramid, with his head decorated with many feathers, with all the colors of the rainbow. That was the beginning of the light. Since then our ancestors have built temples in the pyramid shape and this was the beginning of the tradition of temple building. But today, almost nobody knows about this historical event.
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