Illustrated by Angelika Bauer

Also known as:

Dawn, Night  – English
Aq’ab’al – K’iché
Akbal – Yucatecan
Blue Night - Dreamspell

The Mayan sacred calendar, the Chol’qi, is comprised of 20 Day Lords, glyphs, day signs, or archetypal energies. Dawn energy is that of twilight, the transition from dark to light, light to dark, the before and afterglow of the sun as it makes its journey through the sky and the underworld each day. It is sublime, loving and filled with good fortune. Some texts and Mayan traditions translate this as Night, the underworld of darkness and spirit of the dream state.

Visualize the icon of Dawn: Note several variations of the glyph. From left to right they are: Codex Madrid, Codex Dresden and two examples of Classic Maya epigraphy. The two forms on either side are the two sides to everything, duality. The pyramid in the center represents the transition from one to the next. The rounded shapes at the bottom are mountains, the trinity of mother, father and child. The dots indicate receptivity.

A Dawn day is a good day to: Dawn days are wonderful energy to support the prayers for hope, peace and harmony on the Earth. This energy provides a new dawning of ideas and ability to unravel the mysteries we encounter.  It is a good day to ask for stability in business and work.

The highest expression: A person born on a Dawn day is an early riser, fairly serene in temperament and quite loving. Dawn’s energy makes others feel enlivened, hopeful and secure. They are strong leaders, problem solvers and counselors. As lovers, they are impassioned and soulful. They love travel. 

A lower expression:  Dawn’s sensitivity can cause unpredicted power surges from outside forces that derail their usual good nature. This can throw them off balance and make them prone to despair, feelings of persecution and lead to thievery and lying.

Health:  Dawn’s positivity keeps them in good health with very few and temporary conditions such as sudden fevers or aches and pains. They will need to manage their energy especially as it relates to being too open-hearted.

Compatibility: Dawn energy comes from the West and is complimented by and soulfully connected with day signs from the same direction: Bird, Monkey, Rainstorm and Deer.  Those from the opposite direction, the East, will also resonate strongly with Dawn: Crocodile, Serpent, Offering, Reed and Knowledge.

Keywords used to meditate and trigger ancestral memory of the Nawal: duality, twilight, coupling, dream, harmony, equality

Visit our other pages to learn more about the meaning of the Mayan Cross components and the context in which they may be used.