Illustrated by Angelika Bauer

Also known as:

Obsidian, Knife - English
Tijax – K’iché
Etz’Nab – Yucatecan
White Mirror - Dreamspell

The Mayan sacred calendar, the Chol’qi, is comprised of 20 Day Lords, glyphs, day signs, or archetypal energies. This is the force that has the power to cut negative aspects from the body, mind and spirit. This is the obsidian blade that is used for surgery as well as a mirror. It is also used in divination, to view the other world. The flint that is the divine spark of intelligence. This sign is known for being one of the tougher ones to be. However, if dealt with consciously, Flint can receive the gifts and blessings of soulful karmic cleansing and liberation. Flint energy is focused on perceiving and elminiating negativity.

Visualize the icon of Flint: Note several variations of the glyph. From left to right they are: Codex Madrid, Codex Dresden and two examples of Classic Maya epigraphy. The shape is the tip of the blade or the top of a temple, as seen from above. It is the crack in the mirror or the crack in reality that opens to transformation or another dimension.

A Flint day is a good day to:  find balance and purify actions, thoughts and deeds. Praying for health, for our enemies and abandon those  negative energies. This is a day to ask that we may not have problems or sudden accidents. During Mayan fire ceremony the Ajq’ijab often spray the participants with Florida water during this portion of prayer.

The highest expression: Flint’s possess an ease of public speaking, an ability to grow plants medicines and aid in the healing of people and animals. Honest and loyal, they are staunch contributors and practitioners of human love and Truth. They make great surgeons, both physical and psychic.

A lower expression:  Flint’s can be choleric, have a tendency to be violent, vengeful, resentful and angry. They need a spiritual practice.

Health:  Flint’s can suffer because of their bouts with anger, resentment, guilt and selfishness. They are prone to accidents, disease and sudden death but find purpose by helping others remove negative energies with the flash of a knife. They provide very wise  counsel.

Compatibility: The soul group of a Flint is influenced by the North where the color is white: Wind, Death/Transformer, Dog and Jaguar. The horizontal axis of Flint’s Mayan Cross is yellow, so they will have special resonance with those of that same direction, South: Net, Seed, Road, Wisdom and Sun. 

Keywords used to meditate and trigger ancestral memory of the Nawal: knife, blade, spark, sharp, cut, sacrifice, doctor

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