Illustration by Angelika Bauer

Also known as:  

Corn, Sacred Fire, Altar - English

Aaj – K’iché
Ben – Yucatecan
Red Skywalker – Dreamspell

The Mayan sacred calendar, the Chol’qi, is comprised of 20 Day Lords, glyphs, day signs, or, as is often thought, archetypal energies. So secure, nurturing, warm and disarming is this energy, that it’s presence feels just like that of the typical Mayan when they flash you their big grin and connect the light in their eyes with yours. 
Visualize the icon of Reed: Note several variations of the glyph. From left to right they are: Codex Madrid, Codex Dresden and two examples of Classic Maya epigraphy. The vertical lines at the top symbolize the nourishment coming from the sun down to the vertical lines at the bottom, which represent the reeds or cane plants. The horizontal line is the altar and the cross woven lines depict the reed mat, used for kneeling in front of the altar.  
A Reed day is a good day to: Aj is the protector of life and a time to give thanks for the fate of each one of us. It is a day to help the twins (Popul Vuh reference) and to ask not to destroy humanity.

Wajxaqib 'Aj ceremonies are held to demand protection of newborns and adults (if not already done).

Reed mats at Maximon's altar -  by Evan Taylor
The highest expression: The warmth and security of hearth, home and family is the spirit of Reed persons. Their stability makes people feel comfortable, grounded and trusted. This stabilizing force sets the tone for collaboration and reconciliation in relationships and among communities. Their discourse is well researched and thought out. Mayan altars are found in nature, not in buildings, unless the building is a dwelling. Reeds therefore hold deep appreciation for the sanctity of the natural world.  
A lower expression:  A dysfunctional Reed may find the family too dependent and themselves an over-worked care-taker causing depression.  Reed’s can require too much understanding and have difficult intimate relationships because of their overly principled nature. 
Health:  As a child, Reeds may be sick, especially with bone diseases. If they become highly emotional as adults, their physical and mental health could suffer.
Compatibility: Reed is a sign governed by the energy of the East where the color is red, so they are compatible with other like red signs: Knowledge, Crocodile, Serpent and Offering are in Road’s soul group. The opposite sign comes from the West with it’s color is blue/black/purple also resonate with Reed persons: Monkey, Bird, Rainstorm, Dawn, Deer.
Keywords used to meditate and trigger ancestral memory of the Nawal: corn, cane, planting, pets, children, home, family, wealth, altar, spine
Visit our other pages to learn more about the meaning of the Mayan Cross components and the context in which they may be used.