8 Tijax ~ Today’s Ch’umil & Countdown to Maya New Year


Nawal TijaxTijax is the power of the thunder and the lightning represented by the obsidian stone which is black and transparent, sharp but fragile. It is also the obsidian double-edged knife which represents the negative in the positive and the positive in the negative; it is the strength and power of the warrior. Number 8 symbolizes the complete energies of the material world. The energies of this day provide you with the power to cut off any material blockages and negative energies.

During the Creation of the Universe 8 Tijax planted its hands and feet firmly and nailed them to the ground. 

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.

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