Illustrated by Angelika Bauer

Also known as:

Blow Gun Hunter - English 
Ajpu – K’iché
Ahau – Yucatecan
Yellow Sun - Dreamspell

The Mayan sacred calendar, the Chol’qi, is comprised of 20 Day Lords, glyphs, day signs, or archetypal energies. It’s party time! This is the day when we dance and sing, beseeching our prayers to the Maker and Modeler, the ancestors and the Great Father Sun. We ask to understand their wisdom and remember ourselves at the soul level. A Sun day is intense, to be sure, but fearless. We should note that December 21, 2012 is a stable version of Ajpu, a 4.Ajpu day on Chol’qi.  This is the day for a king to born, and Mayan midwifery used herbs and the calendars to help this process along.

Visualize the icon of the Sun: Note several variations of the glyph. From left to right they are: Codex Madrid, Codex Dresden and two examples of Classic Maya epigraphy. This is the face of the hunter in the K’iché in the Popul Vuh. His eyes and nose are above his bearded mouth, lips rounded to shoot the blow gun.

A Sun day is a good day to: On this day we may capture natural and divine messages and meet the solar powered intensity with our petitions to ask for milk, pray for the cure of diseases and children.  The power of this day may protect us and our leaders from the seven deadly sins: ambition, crime, envy, ignorance, ingratitude, lies and pride. Ceremonies held on Ajpu should be strong and forceful like the sun, so evil, disease, slander be resolved in a good way. It is also a good day to drive away bad people and enemies.

The highest expression: This hunter is valiant, overcoming all obstacles, just as the Popul Vuh’s hero twins Jun Ajpu and Ixb’alamke manage to do in the underworld. Sun’s strength, tenacity and accurate aim make them become great role models, teachers, artists and magicians.    


Native - by Tom Heflin


A lower expression: The strength of this energy can backfire, causing revenge, anger and frustration. It may also attract obstacles extreme in nature.

Health:  Sun persons typically have strong constitutions and immune systems, but, as with any other Mayan day sign, if one is not in alignment with their soul’s calling, sickness will occur.

Compatibility: Sun person’s are compatible with those made of the same stuff, namely from the South where the color is yellow. On your team are: Net, Seed, Road and Wisdom. Those from the opposite direction, the North where the color is white are also special to you: Wind, Death/Transformer, Dog, Jaguar and Flint.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Keywords used to meditate and trigger ancestral memory of the Nawal: Hunt, brilliance, battle, transformation, sun, rays, light

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