The Sacred Mayan Suns of the North
Aluna Joy Yaxkin
November 1994

With the coming of the winter we feel our bodies begin to slow down and we find ourselves looking for that quiet place inside where we refine and understand what we have experienced during the past year. The sacred Mayan suns that represent the north affect us in the same way the winter does. They turn us inward for inspiration and guidance and a quiet expansion that we do not even notice until spring.

The Mayan word for north is Xaman. It is pronounced "chaman" and clearly points out a linguistic connection with the native American word "Shaman." In Mayan Tradition many Shamans are born within the influence of the northern suns. Especially powerful is the sun of IX. Ones born with the influence of this sun are the Jaguar priest and their words are considered holy and absolute truth.

The five sacred suns of the North hold a common theme of inward refinement and the use of the mental facilities. They are Ik, Cimi, Oc Ix and Etznab and are represented by the color white. North can be a direction of cold and ice and symbolizes the turning inward of life. In some cases it can represent danger and difficulty. You may find on North days that you are wandering in the labyrinths of the mind. Considering it is a very mental direction you may struggle with your emotions while understanding with your mind. North's aloof nature can activate defensiveness and a general distance as you turn inward for refinement and understanding.

Understanding the Mayan Suns of the North
IK - eek� - Wind. - Ik lives by its instincts in the physical world. It defines itself by the body but is also quite connected with the breath of spirit. It thinks in terms of "I" rather than "we", and lives in individual consciousness. Ik says "What do I want, What do I need?". Ik is a good communicator, informer, and refines and transduces information into a more usable form. The chakra represented by Ik is the heart chakra. Its element is air and planet is Uranus. Ik is a Communicative and mental sun. Ik is agile, clever and multifaceted. It can be quite idealistic and even romantic. Ones born with the sun Ik can be fashion conscious and artistic. Issues that seem to effect Ik most are fears about responsibility, obligations, commitments and decision making. It will find solutions by getting an education. Ik says "feel the fear and do it anyway!" What are you afraid of? Understand the fear and move through it.

CIMI - k�ee mee - Death. - Cimi live in the realm of reason and mental activity. Cimi harmonizes and refines the influence of the north. In Mayan tradition it was said to be linked with death. Cimi is the opportunity to let go and remember spirit. The base energy of this sun transmits and is represented by the throat chakra. Its element is air, and the planet it is connected with is Mars. Cimi is security conscious and materialistic. It can be quite sacrificing and helpful especially in community matters as it has strong interests and concerns for the community and politics. The issues that face Cimi are having faith in the universe, and evolving past victimhood. Solutions can be found when Cimi gives meaning to life by making contributions to society. Have faith in your vision and begin to manifest them.

OC - oak� - Dog. - Oc lives in the mental world and works with reason. It can be quite community conscious and is linked to the energies of love and the heart. Oc is very loyal to friends and family. This sun refines information from spirit and formulates in a way to make accessible to others. It receives information though the crown chakra. Its element is air, and the planet it is connected with is Mercury. Oc is cooperative, consistent, loyal and helpful. A good team player and joiner, but also a good leader. It needs much variety in life. The issues that confront Oc are the challenge for emotional maturity and healing father related and authority issues. Solutions will come to Oc when it finds acceptance of leadership when it is needed. Heal the past and move toward your destiny.

IX - ee�sh - Wizard. - Ix lives in the realm of the emotions and can be physic. It is Globally conscious. It is linked to the energies of enchantment, timelessness and receptivity. Ix refines information from spirit, and expresses it in a more usable form and then transmits it. It is associated with the root chakra, and its element is air, and its planet is the asteroid belt. Ix is a sun that is definitely connected with the Orion conflicts and have issues to heal in this area. Ix can be secretive, sensitive and intelligent. It is concerned with religion and spirituality. It is quite aggressive but avoids direct confrontations. The issue that confronts Ix is the management of complex and entangled human relationships. It will find solutions when it develops counseling skills and learns to release relationships that do not feed it. Find the complex relationships in your life and re-evaluate them. Release the one that are not for your highest good.

ETZNAB - ets� nab - Mirror - Etznab lives in the realm of the spiritual world and operates with universal heart. This sun live from the expanded perspective of universal consciousness. It is linked with the energies of reflection, endlessness and order. It refines spirit as do all north suns do but here in the energy of Etznab it self-regulates, needing little help form the outside world to manifest its visions. This sun can figure things out for itself. Its base energy is receiving, and is linked with the solar plexus, its element is air and its planet is Neptune. Etznab is practical, mechanically inclined and well coordinated. It can be very social, but struggles in close relationships. It is compromising and self-sacrificing, but suppresses the anger it feels when the compromise is not in its best interest. The issues that confront Etznab is self-interest versus self-sacrificing. It will find solutions to this paradox when it develops cooperation skills and learns to share with others in a way where everybody wins.

Northern Solar Meditation - Empowering the Essence of the North
Activating the Refinement of Spirit in the Winter Months

Do you remember how you felt the first day of spring when you went outside and smelled the fresh spring air and stretched the winter out of your body? Remember how you felt different, changed??? During the winter months we internalize, evolve and refine ourselves, but we rarely catch the changes until that first spring day. As we move into the winter months it feels appropriate to purposefully activate this internalizing intention so to get the most out of our winter metamorphis. We find ourselves refining and evaluating all the information and input we have collected over the past year. Winter is a challenging time that encourages us to look at ourselves. It is a time to go inward and understand the deeper meanings of our destiny, to dissolve limitation in our spirit and to become clear in purpose to create space in which work from in the coming spring. It is time to re-anchor and unify the essence of your divinity with the cosmos and the creator.

To activate the refining energy of the north here is a simple meditation you may feel drawn to follow. Sit in the path of the sun shining in a window. Since it is difficult to face North and the sun simultaneously, (unless you live in south America) I find it useful to face the sun with the pictures of all five northern Mayan suns in front of me. Try this on north days. Check the calendar provided for north suns in the month of November.

Below is a prayer/affrimation/meditaion I received last winter that really helped affirm my divinity, released me from many limiting situations at the time and ones still remaining from the past and helped protect me from negative projections I was receiving. Though this prayer was personal to a situation I was being challenged with, spirit called me to share it at this time for the use of those reading this article. We are now called to live in our total integrity and become natural humans of the cosmos. It is time to let go of the past and become our authentic selves by using the refining energy of the north.

Within the confines of this room is a universe
and in the limitations of this physical body is the answer.
These walls cannot limit me nor will my physical body,
this town, this state, this country, or this small planet.
For I am in the cosmos and the cosmos is in me.
Knowledge is revealed to me and I will remember
no matter where I am, or who I am.
In the face of the limiting projections I am no longer afraid.
For now I see, amount is relative.
The size of my world does not matter.
It is not the walls that bind that keeps me from the truth.
It is the quality of intention the desire of my spirit.

Aluna Joy Yaxk'in . . . A Star Messenger - Earth Oracle - Soul Reader - Sacred Site Junkie was literally born awake and in the company of her guides, the Star Elders. Today she has evolved into an author, spiritual life coach, sacred site guide, alternative historian, ordained minister and modern mystic. In the Inca world, Aluna is considered a Qawaq (cow-wak), a clairvoyant or seer of living energy. Aluna acts as a spiritual archaeologist using her clairvoyant / clairsentient gifts to excavate current messages from the masters of ancient, enlightened cultures to uncover what affect this has on humanity and the collective consciousness. She is well known for her down to earth, accepting attitude that makes each one feel like they have come home. She inspires and encourages others to recognize and accept their own authentic divinity and connection to the Creator. "Our groups are family, and each one is a teacher and also a student. We work together as a team to unravel the sacred mysteries of life." Aluna coined the term "sacred site junkie" because she is one herself. After her first trip to Tulum, Mexico, her life changed dramatically, and she was sent on an entirely different path in life. Since this time, her work has been influenced by uncountable shamanic experiences in sacred sites of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Peru, Bolivia, Egypt, Greece, England, Australia and New Zealand. Aluna has been leading groups in the Maya world since 1986, the Inca world since 1996, and the Egyptian world since 2008, and the mystical world of Avalon (England and Scotland) since 2007. Aluna offers Star Elder Sessions, formulates Sacred Site Essences and a free newsletter. She is the author of "Mayan Astrology" and her articles have been published worldwide. Website: Facebook: YouTube:

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