Illustrated by Angelika Bauer

Also known as:

Earth, Incense, Thought, Third-eye - English

N’oj – K’iché   
Caban – Yucatecan
Red Earth - Dreamspell

The Mayan sacred calendar, the Chol’qi, is comprised of 20 Day Lords, glyphs, day signs, or archetypal energies. N’oj is the energy of the insight that comes from knowledge that has been synthesized by the Earth to deepen the meaning. This is a visceral way of knowing. When the Nawal N’oj is called in during the fire ceremony, all the participants are given some little bits of copal, a special offering of incense made from the sap of the copal tree. Holding this in their fist at the forehead, participants are asked to infuse the offering with their negative thoughts before throwing it into the fire for purification and transformation. 

Visualize the icon of Knowledge: Note several variations of the glyph. From left to right they are: Codex Madrid, Codex Dresden and two examples of Classic Maya epigraphy. The wiggly line(s) indicate the human brain that is evolving to a higher state, evidenced by the gradual ascending circles.

A Knowledge day is a good day to: Ask the experts (Nawales) for knowledge, clarity, in terms of body signs, mental nourishment and improved ancestral memories. In Mayan fire ceremony, participants are given copal incense beads which they hold up to their third eye and capture all the negative thoughts that plague the mind. Then, after infusing the offering with what needs to be released, they feed the fire with the copal offering, creating a beautiful aroma n the smoke.

The highest expression: A Knowledge person makes a great steward of our natural resources, especially the Earth and water. Their intelligence makes them great scientists and director level responsibility. They are idealists, self-confident and work well with community causes and  concern for the elderly and children.
A lower expression:  They can be extremely delicate emotionally, and their tendency towards self-sufficiency can become self-important.
Health:  If not mindful of your thoughts, you can become overwhelmed with sadness and fear. Knowledge people get sick, perhaps  chronically ill,  when their thoughts deviate from the greater good.

Compatibility: Like all Mayan day signs, Knowledge people have a strong connection with those that are made of the same stuff, in this case those signs who are influenced by the Eastern direction and the color red: Crocodile, Serpent, Offering and Reed. Knowledge will also find those from the opposite direction, from the West where the color is blue/black/purple in their soul group: Dawn, Deer, Monkey, Bird and Rainstorm.

Keywords used to meditate and trigger ancestral memory of the Nawal: Earth, clarity, meditation, incense, logic, pensive

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