Illustraton by Angelika Bauer

Also known as:

Horse, Four Corners - English

Kej – K’iché
Manik' – Yucatecan
Blue Hand – Dreamspell

The Mayan sacred calendar, the Chol’qi, is comprised of 20 Day Lords, glyphs, day signs, or archetypal energies. Deer is a strong, stable, regal energy for the Maya. Deer symbolizes the four directions and represents the four-legged kingdom. Deer stands for the four colors of humanity and the four levels of being: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. This is also the energy that binds the articles in the sagrada vara (sacred bundle), the man and the family.
Visualize the icon of the Deer: Note several variations of the glyph. From left to right they are: Codex Madrid, Codex Dresden and two examples of Classic Maya epigraphy. This is the symbol of the human hand, showing the thumb. This indicates the uniqueness and potential of humankind. 
A Deer day is a good day to: Initiate Mayan daykeepers and shamans. It is a day to ask for healing, protection, gestation and that all be harmonious. On Wajxaqib Kej, the Maya commemorate the dead, thanking the ancestors for all that they have bestowed, including possessions and especially for spirituality.
The highest expression: Deer possess leadership qualities and make excellent role models for those with less discipline or moral fiber. They are articulate, intelligent, agile and aware and are good protectors, making them great advocates, counselors and partners in either marriage or business.  They stand for all that is harmonious and good, and help others see and aspire to that. They have a clear grasp of what to stand for and how to stand for it.
A lower expression:  Deer can suffer from the frustration of no one living up to their standards. They do well defending others but not themselves. If the peacefulness they display to the outer world is not truly embodied within, they will become angry, demanding and vicious.
Health:  Deer have strength and endurance, but must insure that they are aligned internally with what they portray externally in order not to fall ill and become weak. 
Compatibility: Deer soul mates are found among the day signs that are made with the same stuff, the direction West: Dawn, Bird, Monkey, Rainstorm. Those that are made from the energy of the opposite direction, the East, also especially resonate and compliment Deer: Crocodile, Serpent, Offering, Reed and Knowledge. 
Keywords used to meditate and trigger ancestral memory of the Nawal: king, dominant, potential, hand, power, accomplish
Visit our other pages to learn more about the meaning of the Mayan Cross components and the context in which they may be used.