13 Aq’ab’al – Today’s Nawal and Maya Creation


Nawal Aq'ab'alAq’ab’al represents the dusk and dawn; it is the first ray of light in the darkness, a renewing force. Number 13 symbolizes the magic of being able to change and create. The revitalizing strength of the energies of this day offer you the opportunity to break from your routine and breath new airs. This is the last day of the B’atz’ trecena (thirteen days), light a candle to thank B’atz’ for all the stories you have woven with its threads during this thirteen days.

During the Creation of the Universe 13 Aq’ab’al drank water, moistened the soil and modeled the body of the man.

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 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.

Denise Barrios

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