Ilustrated by Angelika Bauer

Also known as:

Tz’I’  - K’iché
Oc – Yucatecan
White Dog - Dreamspell

The Mayan sacred calendar, the Chol’qi, is comprised of 20 Day Lords, glyphs, day signs, or archetypal energies. The Dog is the law, the Authority, for humankind and the spirit world. It is the force behind justice, and its power is to oblige right action, thought and deed.  He is also a trickster, a little rascal, like the Native American coyote energy, who can teach us how to play but also how to get in trouble. 

Visualize the icon of the Dog: Note several variations of the glyph. From left to right they are: Codex Madrid, Codex Dresden and two examples of Classic Maya epigraphy. The glyph shows the face of a dog or an evolved brain, double-shaped to represent the complex awareness required to transcend duality. The face represents the senses which feed the brain. The staff used by indigenous authorities is also represented here.

A Dog day is a good day to: ask for help with legal problems and divine intervention for any kind of issue. Ceremonies that are offered on the day of Tz’I’ are done to mitigate any negative forces, use the spiritual authority for visions that will aid the understanding for the proper application of justice, ask forgiveness for any evil thoughts and misuse of resources from Mother Nature. 12 Tz’I’ is a good day for midwives to do their work.

The highest expression: Dog is that loving, faithful, playful friend of humans that has keen survival instincts. Life for a Dog is straightforward, simple and automatic. It is simultaneously carnal and spiritual. Dogs are decisive, sensitive, spontaneous and courageous. Their actions are predictable and their standards are high. They do not hesitate and know, totally and completely, how to be and what to do. Their counsel reflects their higher mind and positive intentions. They are good in community and make excellent leaders, advisors. judges and advocates.

:A lower expression: of Dog is hedonistic, overly sensitive and short-sighted. The downside of this energy reveals the disequilibrium that occurs when wisdom is overcome by sloth. They can find difficulty getting along with others with their “my way or the highway” attitude. Their selfish desires can make them flamboyant and manipulative. Carlos Barrios says that if they are born on an uneven day, they can be disliked by others. Their salvation comes through working with an Ajq’ij and perhaps becoming one.     

Health:  Dogs can easily become emotionally unstable, confused and insecure. Their illness is caused by insecurity and sexual inappropriateness.  Addiction is the worst enemy of his life and may take them to their grave. Healing involves a hard struggle but has the power to break the vicious circle.

Compatibility: Because Dog is a sign from the North the color is white and is compatible with other signs from that group: Wind, Death, Jaguar and Flint. There is also an attraction to those of the opposite direction, where the color is yellow: Net, Seed, Road, Wisdom and Sun

Keywords used to meditate and trigger ancestral memory of the Nawal:  Justice, law, order, loyalty, light, Truth, authority, desire, impulse, scent

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