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Today’s Topic: Etznab
To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle…the Dalai Lama
Today is 4 Etznab, according to the Tzolk’in, one of the Mayan calendar cycles of which there are many. I am wearing White to be in vibrational alignment or harmony with the day’s energies. As I mentioned several days ago in As Colorful as the Mayan Calendar, I usually wear two colors to work with the energetics of the day, but it happens that today both the “ruler” and the “blocker” are the same color, white.
There is a ton of information on the internet regarding the Mayan Calendar. Some sites that elaborate on the mathematics of the calendar are–for the non-rocket scientist–downright intimidating. I appreciate the level of sophistication poured into these websites but in terms of one’s practical application in day to day life, knowing the math is not as important as living the Principals encoded within the glyphs. In fact, I suggest that even if you were totally “off” in terms of wearing colors or following the dates– taking up a habit related to the Mayan days could be very valuable. If you were pursuing your habit with a sincere ethical orientation–making an effort to learn about the glyphs in order to improve your ethics and general spiritual evolution–any “error” would be offset by your positive orientation.
Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha once suggested that we daily draw the day’s glyph in order to acquaint ourselves with them. Also, you can get a book about them or check out sites on the Internet to learn their traditional meanings. If you work with them in a consistent manner, as time goes by, you will have intuitive thoughts about them.
Etznab is not the “beginning” of this calendrical “week” or cycle of 20 days. But as I was inspired to begin with today, so be it. In fact, it is the third to last glyph of the cycle.
For some reason, Etznab has always been close to the top of my favorites. Perhaps it is the symmetry that appeals to me or the classic pattern that so often appears in Native American designs. Or perhaps it is the warrior in me, for it represents spiritual warriorship.
Etznab is traditionally associated with the knife, the obsidian sacrificial blade. A list of qualities given in The Mayan Oracle by Ariel Spilsbury and Michael Bryner are “timelessness, discrimination, clarity, hall of mirrors, spiritual warriorship, sword of truth, facing the shadow, integration of paradox.”
The symmetry of the Etznab’s design portrays the mirroring quality. Self-reflection is indicated and facing the shadowy aspects of your personality. This may require gerding yourself with the Sword of Truth as a Spiritual Warrior, in a manner of speaking, in order to achieve true clarity, to discriminate where you are in denial or self-deception.
You see how this simple list can supply endless food for spiritual activity, and it would make no difference which day of your life you did it? Yet again, to amplify the effect, it makes sense to take the focus indicated by the Mayan day. You can look at the day’s events, phenomena, challenges and such with an Etznab-ish orientation. Take indications from Etznab to meet both adversity and gifts…. conquer your “lower” self….cultivate the powers of your inner spiritual warrior, your powers of self-reflection, etc.
Yes. The Mayan calendar offers the powerful gift of understanding and enriching the unfolding of your reality. And you don’t need to be a rocket scientist. We simply need to appreciate that we live in a wonderfully harmonic universe and join in the dance. The Mayan “days” can assist us to be who we simply are. As Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha might say, “I am simple, like uncarved wood, running water, a butterfly in the wind.” Kind of a paradox, eh?
Simply a Spring Frog, spiritual warrior,
Elizabeth/ Du’Tsu/Spring Frog