6 Toj – Creation to Realization for Cholq’ij New Year


Nawal TojTOJ is the Sacred Fire, it is the ceremonial fire that is lit to give thanks for our life and for everything that we have received throughout our existence, for what we consider good or bad. Everything is part of the actions and choices we have made, these have taken us to this moment of our evolution, to this magical experience of life! In the sequence of the conformation of Creation of this “reality”, Toj is purification. It is the seed of Q’anil which becomes the Sun, the new fire, the fire that transmutes, burns, regenerates and leaves the essence. The Toj is an act of consciousness,of rejoicement, of gratefulness. We don’t have to look at this day as the day of payment for the negative things we have done, whether consciously or not. Toj is the action of the ceremony, the candle we light, the prayer we pray. It’s energy is guided by gratefulness, to the encounter of our Spirit with the divine flame that connects us with the WHOLE. Toj is manifested in Tojil, Awilix, Jaqawitz, and Niq’aj Taq’aj, because it is the energy of the four B’alam’eb (Jaguar Semi-Gods). Each of the B’alam’eb made its Sacred Fire and each fire was different, later the fires were united, after each made his own fire. Tojil is the fire of B’alam K’itze’ and it represents Father Sun over the face of the Earth. Awilix is the fire of B’alam Aq’ab’, it is the fire of the earth and it is related to Q’aq’ Alom (magma), which is connected to the pure energy of Mother Earth. Jaqawitz is the fire of Majukutaj, this fire is connected to the air, to the space between the earth and the Sky, to everything that exists there. Niq’aj Taq’aj is the fire of Ik’i’ B’alam, which is the water that brings us rain. The fire forms shapes in the ceremony, it gives us signals, it is the one that shows us the path. It is through the Sacred Fire that the knowledge of the Wise Elders is revealed. Toj is the purifier of our existence, the one we must turn to to be prepared for this special moment we are living, these “Times of change, the arrival to a New Era of the Cycles of Creation.”

Carlos Barrios
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  • Vincent Casano

    I’ve really enjoyed the past 19 days of wisdom being shared. I would love to know how to pronounce the 20 nawalas and other names shared. Maybe a YouTube post of the twenty names and the alphabet said? Thank you for sharing the great tradition with us.

    • Adam Rubel

      Vincent – That is a great idea. I think we can work on a video that has the pronunciation for the 20 Ch’umilal, and maybe the 13 numbers and some of the other Kich’e or Rabinal language that appears on these texts. Thank you!

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