My Birthday, My Nahual

November 5, 2022

So, I turn 31 today. I know, I’m getting old lol. I don’t feel old though. I actually just feel really grateful that I’ve made it this far. I’ve learned a lot in this past year about myself, this journey that I’m on, and what might be next.

I’ve made it a point to make learning my number one priority during my time here in Guatemala and even more so this past year. I’ve improved my art, my spanish speaking ability, my practice as a business, even my attention to taking better care of myself physically (who would have thought drawing all day could be physically taxing.)

One of the things I learned through my Spanish teacher (besides Spanish) is my Mayan Nahual. The word Nahual (Nah- wall) is similar to the word I named my comic after, Nahualli which means sorcerer in Nahuatl (notice the “t” in that word) which is Language spoken by the Mexica ie. Aztecs. But everyone has a Nahual and it’s kind of like a zodiac sign in that it’s based on the day you were born but everyday gets a different Nahual.

The Aztec calendar and many of the other parts of the Aztec culture comes from the Mayan culture. Kind of like Greek and Roman in that the Romans came before the Greeks and the Roman gods; Jupiter, Neptune, Mars had Greek counterparts, Zeus, Poseidon, Ares.

The Mayan and Aztecs have a lot of things like this. Kukulkan, the feathered serpent god of the Mayan is called Quetzalcoatl for the Aztecs/Mexica… Tlaloc and Cha’ak etc.

That is all to say, being in Guatemala with the rich Mayan culture here has been a cool way to learn about these kinds of things.

When my teacher looked up my Nahual, she told me a bunch about what correlates to this Nahual. Like how the color red and black are related to this Nahual. She noticed that I wore a lot of red and black and guess what, my favorite color is red and there’s a whole story about that from when I was a baby.

This Nahual is focused around Duality: Night and day, hot and cold, sun and moon. For this reason, this Nahual suggests that my energy is highest at dawn and dusk when night and day meet in the sky. The bat is the main animal (Nawal) related to this Nahual but also the Macaw and the eagle in the Aztec calendar which is cool because I’ve always identified as an early bird and my fraternal name in my fraternity is Aguila (eagle). Also the image above was a sign of the my nahual that we came upon randomly during our hike up Chikabal. Is it a sign... yes, it's literally a sign, but like a meta sign from the universe... I don't know


Here’s some snippets from a book my teacher had and a link to some websites that will calculate your own Nahual.

Mayan Sign Calculator | Find Out Your Mayan Sign | MyMayanSign

Your Day Sign Cimi (Yucatan) / Kame (Kiche) Personality: Security-conscious, materialistic, self-sacrificing, and helpful. Curious about the community and politics. You might be uncomfortable or even a little scared by the name of this sign. However, let me ease you by being direct. For the Mayas, the Death sign is one of the most fortunate.

Aztec and Maya Calendar

In the tonalpohualli, the sacred Aztec calendar, Tuesday November 5, 1991 is: (Correlation: Alfonso Caso - Nicholson's veintena alignment [adjust]) Day Calli (House, known as Akbal in Maya) is governed by Tepeyollotl, Heart of the Mountain, as its provider of tonalli (Shadow Soul) life energy.

I think a big part of life is not only continuously learning about how the world works and how I fit into that working but also to continuously learn about myself and being comfortable with who that is. Maybe a Nahual is one way to do that.

Anyway, hope you have a great weekend!

Thanks for reading!

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