1 B’atz’ – Today’s Ch’umil: From Creation to Realization


Nawal B'atz'According to the Maya, the world was created in one Mayan month (twenty days). The process of creation begins on Jun (1) B’atz and ends on the day Wuqub’ (7) Tz’i’, completing the first twenty days of the Cholq’ij (Calendar of Life). After this final day of creation, the day Wajxaqib’ (8) B’atz’ arrives, which is considered the Cholq’ij New Year. When Maya people celebrate the Cholq’ij new year, they are celebrating that the creation of the world has been fulfilled, and the beginning of a new cycle of 260 days.

B’atz’ symbolizes the thread with which we weave the story of our life; the way we evolve as human beings. Number 1 represents the beginning and unity. The energies of this day offer you the possibility of reinventing yourself in this new cycle. This is the first day of the B’atz’ trecena (thirteen days) and it is also the first day of Maya creation.

The book of the Chilam B’alam of Chumayel explains the creation of the universe. It tells that the world was created in one Maya month (20 days). The process of creation begins on the day 1 B’atz’ and ends in a day 7 Tz’i’, when the first 20 days are completed. After the last day of creation -7 Tz’i’- comes the day 8 B’atz’ (Cholq’ij Maya New Year). When Maya people celebrate their new year, they celebrate that the creation of the world has been fulfilled. The Chilam B’alam of Chumayel says: “…Anciently when the world had not awakened, the month was born and it started to walk on its own… the name of the day was also born… The day 1 B’atz’ used its own divinity to crate the sky and the earth.”

Trecena Prayer from Don Pedro Ixchop

Maya Elder Pedro IxchopOh Ajaw, Heart of Sky and Heart of Mother Earth, you are my life, you are the thread of life of every being. Over the face of Mother Earth you are the thread of love, the thread of my happiness and my joy, the thread of my faith and of my solitude. You are my thread of destiny, the thread of my path, and the thread of life of my sons and daughters. You are the thread of my Chak Patan, you are the thread of my law, you are the thread of my Choq’, you are the thread of the veins in my heart, of my internal organs and the tissues of my body. You are the thread of my joyfulness and the thread of my marriage. You are the thread of my freedom and my work. You are the thread of my job and business activities that help me satisfy my needs, Ajaw. Oh Ajaw, don’t allow the golden chain of my business to break, because only you can maintain the sales and prosperity of my business. I will commit my work to you, Heart of the Sky and Heart of Mother Earth. I will tie myself to your spirit Ajaw, and I ask you to untie me from the hands of my enemies forever, Ajaw Heart of the Sky and Heart of Mother Earth. I tie myself to your spirit so that I can develop my intelligence and succeed in my daily activities. I accept you Healing Heart of the Sky, for you are the one who heals and rejuvenates the threads that hold my body. I am you follower Ajaw. I make you offerings through the scent of this Ceremony, which has the scent of the ocote, of the candles, of the floral water, of the pom, of the Tzam Xik’ay, of the Rijche’, and of incense, Ajaw Heart of the Sky and Heart of Mother Earth. As your follower, Ajaw, I know I have the blessing of your Spirit. Maltiox, Maltiox, Maltiox, and four times Maltiox.

Ajaw Supreme Being, Great Father
Chak Patan Spiritual and social work
Choq’ Quartz Stone
Ocote Resinous pine-wood Pom a type of incense
Tzam Xik’ay a type of incense
Rijche’ a type of incense
Maltiox Thank you

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  • Eliszabeth Cardarelli

    During the last couple of years I have allowed falseness to crumble, as I envisioned and dreamed a new career, a new life, one of authenticity and renewal. I had a very difficult time in many ways with obstacles on the physical and relational levels. Even though raised in a painful family, the adversity gave me courage and strength to never forget and always remember my true purpose, to love myself first. I was unknowingly letting my energy wane by protecting others who were hurting me. I did not realize at first that they could not determine my value. Only I could break the ties that bound me to the patterns that prevented me from thriving. It is remarkable what we can endure when our eyes are on the prize of wholesomeness and wholeness. I did not have to explain my actions to anyone but the Creator, and then I was also able to divulge my gratitude to my mentor whose responses over time held space for my happiness. I was born on Batz and the synchronicity of being able to clarify the essence and meaning of who I am at this time is reflected generously in today’s explanation of the new beginning and the thread. The timing is uncanny, as I just received a wave of validation and support from the Universe. Surely, I have been following the golden thread all these years, and it is rather wonderful to be a person who loves wearing, working with and weaving beauty with the threads of fiber, in art, fashion and language. All this I do using my own divinity which helps me heal from all lower vibrational interludes. For the rest of my life I will be kind to myself, have compassion for the path I am on and allow happiness to be a significant part of my days. Meaning is found within, and now I have stopped seeking for it in others. I show up and bring the meaning of my life with me wherever I go. With gratitude and joy, Eliszabeth

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