Illustration by Angelika Bauer

Also known as:

B’atz’ – K’iché

    Chuen – Yucatecan

         Blue Monkey - Dreamspell

The Mayan sacred calendar, the Chol’qi, is comprised of 20 Day Lords, glyphs, day signs, or archetypal energies. Monkey is the first one called in during the Count of Days in Guatemalan Mayan fire ceremonies because he signifies the beginning of time. The new year of the sacred calendar is called Wajxaqib ‘B’atz and is the date of disclosure and formation of human beings. It is celebrated on 8.B’atz because 8 is the most stable and powerful number for ceremony. Daykeepers are initiated on this day, required to fulfill all of the prayer and petition requirements several times in various sacred locations.

Visualize the icon of the Monkey: Note several variations of the glyph. From left to right they are: Codex Madrid, Codex Dresden and two examples of Classic Maya epigraphy. The round form at the top is time rolled up. The cone may be seen as the birth canal symbolizing the sacred time involved in the human gestation process of 260 days. The two forms on either side symbolize the interplay that Monkey weaves between time, masculine/heaven and feminine/earth consciousness.   
For people born on the day of the Monkey, this energy becomes the strongest frequency in your energetic signature. Monkeys are found all over Mesoamerica and their energy is well-known. Howler monkeys awaken each day about 4 AM, roaring the pronouncement of the new day on the horizon and staking their territory for eating food that day.   
A person with the sign of Monkey has the potential to serve an incredibly important role as the weaver of time, the carrier of consciousness that helps souls connect with each other throughout time and space. Monkey symbolizes continuity with the past and future with the present. Monkey guides one’s awareness of the common thread that connects all of us, and especially within our families, ancestors and soul groups.  This is the energy that is found in the veins and arteries of the human body and the threads woven into beautiful fabric. It signifies the oldest sibling.

A Monkey day is a good day to: pray for all mankind, protection for artists, to ask for crops, planting, starting a job or a project of a lifetime. This is a day to successfully undertake any activity or project and for the union of one man and one woman in marriage, or ask for a boyfriend/girlfriend.

The highest expression:  Monkey energy is often experienced through the artistic or business pursuits. Monkey’s typically are creative, intelligent, fun, self-starting and productive. They have the capability to help others appreciate the profound gift of life and make good defenders. Monkeys are delighted in the process of life, organized and can “connects the dots” of the time/space continuum. They have the potential to be masterful in the arts. A good choice for a Monkey would be to cultivate their artistic talent but go to business school so they can make money doing what they love. Monkey’s love a good joke and enjoy being a trickster. Monkey’s love the high-life.
Typically, Monkey is found up in the forest canopy, flailing from the branches of the trees playfully, without fear. However, if someone encroaches on his/her territory their lower mind takes over. Watch out, because their fear may translate to anger and their voice becomes threatening and mean.

A lower expression: of Monkey is seen as  unfocused and so mired in their monkey-mind that manifesting their life dreams becomes unlikely. They may have difficulty solving their own problems, demand too much attention, get sneaky and cause their own suffering. Their inherently strong personalities may overshadow their gifts and make others feel inferior.

Health:  Typically Monkey’s have good health but can become sick when their distraction causes careless about lifestyle choices. Monkey’s need to prioritize personal integrity and focus on eating well.

Compatibility: Because Monkey is a sign from the West which is blue/black/purple in color, other signs with this energy are part of the Monkey’s soul group: Dawn, Deer, Bird and Family. Red signs such as Crocodile, Serpent, Offering, Reed and Knowledge, are from the opposite direction and may also be compatible with Monkey.

Keywords used to meditate and trigger ancestral memory of the Nawal: weaver, thread, start, beginning and end, art, celebration, project, Earth’s magnetic lines, umbilicus, grid of light bodies connecting, inner child.

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