The Sacred Mayan Suns of the East
Aluna Joy Yaxkin
October 1994

In the sacred calendar of the Maya, the Tzolk'in, there lives 20 glyphs, or as I call them suns. These suns define our reality. They define our creative intentions that we place into action. As discussed last month the numbers are the spirit of the sacred calendar. The 20 suns are the body or the measure of the sacred calendar. The 20 suns and the 13 sacred numbers work together to merge spirit and form into the reality we experience on a daily basis. The traditional Mayas refer to these 20 sun, as the Gods of the calendar, the Gods of time.

Within the 20 suns of the sacred Mayan calendar there are four groups of 5 suns each that hold directional positions. These are the suns of the East, the suns of the North, the suns of the West and the Suns of the South. Each of these directions also have a corresponding color. East is represented by the color red. North is represented by the color white. West is represented by the color blue. South is represented by the color yellow.

Within the directions, these 5 suns hold a common theme or intention. The 4 directions evolve the creative pulse of life in a cyclic fashion beginning with the initiating, pulsing force of the East. East creates the intention and gives it life and pluses forward to the North. Then in flows inward with the energy and intention of the North. When North internalizes the intention then it releases it to the West. West integrates, transforms the information into a refined, polished idea or creative intention. West merges with the collected information it has received from the North. Then we move into the direction of South with ascension, fruitfulness and mature power. South completes the picture. It is the last stroke of the painters brush. The intention is fulfilled.

Within the four directions, we experience this evolutionary force of ascending cycling directions every four days on planet earth. These four directions cycle over and over again building upon one another, using the completed prior cycle for the foundation for the next cycle. These directions are alive with life force and intention and are the initiating force behind our creations.

Understanding the Suns of the East
The Mayan word for east is "Likin". East is represented by the color red. In Mayan it is called "Chau" The suns of the east are represented by the Suns IMIX, CHICCHAN, MULUC, BEN and CABAN. East is where the sun rises. It is the direction of "coming to power" or the "birth", the renewal of life. These Eastern days can be very powerful. It is a good time to start projects or at least begin to create them in your dream time. In the suns of the east, issues such as struggling with personal problems or concerns with the establishment of self arise. Let us look at these five suns in detail.

IMIX - ee�meesh - The Dragon. Imix lives by instinct in the physical world. Imix initiates and births new creations. It contributes by being an informer, and does well transmitting information. Imix in ruled by the throat chakra, and is the power behind it's informing nature. Imix is a water Sun and is always dealing with a lot of feelings. It is ruled by Neptune. Imix can be energetic, creative, protective and dominating in a parental way. It is by nature a sensitive and private sun. Imix is always challenged to become free from feelings of rejection.

CHICCHAN - cheek� chan - The Serpent. Chicchan lives by instinct. Things always work out for this sun but it is not quite sure why. Chicchan like all other suns of the east initiates or births ideas or creation. Chicchan remembers and receives knowledge, and is ruled by the crown chakra. Chicchan is a water Sun that is strong willed, extremist, powerful and charismatic. It has a very penetrating almost harsh energy. Chicchan has strong emotions and feelings that affect others powerfully. Chicchan is ruled by the asteroid belt. This sun is always challenged to experience powerful transformations in a conscious way. Also on Chicchan days be kind to yourself, accept changes in your life as part of the learning process. On these days it is good to trust your instinctual hits. Truth and trust are good key words for the Serpent to remember.

MULUC - moo� look - The Moon. Muluc lives by reason or the mind. It can be quite a mental Sun. It as all other easterly suns initiates and births, but also formulates and transmits the creative pulse. Muluc is ruled by the root chakra and is a water Sun. This makes it a very emotional, imaginative and even psychic. Muluc can be romantic and fantasy prone. It tends to be dominating by the projection of strong feelings. Muluc is ruled by Mercury. Muluc is challenged to control the self and take responsibility for what is has started. Being consistent, persistent and intelligently responsive are good qualities to work with on Muluc days.

BEN - ben - Pillars of light. Ben lives by the emotions, and can be physic. It initiates and births ideas and intentions as do all sun of the east. Ben is very expressive and receives wisdom. Ben is ruled by the solar plexus and is a water Sun as are all the east suns. Ben is ruled by Mars. It is popular, knowledgeable, accomplished and competent. It is a fighter for principles, a crusader. Ben loves to take on challenges but is always challenged to curb its opinionated nature, to loosen up its rigid attitudes. Ben smoothes out its fighting nature when a deep knowledge of human nature is understood and good social skills are developed.

CABAN - ca ban� - Earth. Caban lives in the spiritual realms. It is centered in the heart. It also initiates and births ideas but this sun also self-regulates, needing very little from the outside world. It has the ability to transduce information from the cosmos into a more accessible form. Caban is centered in the heart chakra and is the last water sun in the sacred calendar. Caban is ruled by Uranus. Caban is very mentally active, rationalizing, clever and practical. It is usually liberal and progressive and often controversial. Caban has strong convictions once it has anchored ideas. Caban's challenge is to hold one's life together according to a plan and to become more flexible and patient.

Solar Initiation - Meditation Empowering the initiating pulse of the East
A Meditation for the Dawning

It is not by chance that in every new day, the first perfect and pure energy we receive from the sun comes from the east. The East in the Mayan calendar represents an initiating force. On Earth the rising sun also represents the beginning, or initiation of our day, and gives us the necessary information and energy to continue our creative process called life. In order to fully anchor into our being, the powerful initiating pulse of creator we receive at dawn, it is beneficial to receive it as the Mayas do. The Mayan Priests rise before dawn and make ready for the first rays to hit them. When they do they write down the things they received from the sun. In a sense they talk with the sun. Now you can too! It is easy. Believe you can and be open to receive the subtle energy and light as it comes in. Here are a few suggestions that I find valuable. But please do what is in your heart to do, for each of us does things a little differently and perfectly so.

Rise before dawn and place yourself in a position so that you will be able to see the rising sun. Begin to resonate with the cosmos and realize the energy of the now fading stars. Say good-by in your heart to the stars and thank them for their sustaining energy while you were regenerating and dreaming. As the sun breaks through let the sun see you, let it recognize you and you recognize the sun. In a sense say hello to the sun. Feel the pulse of life force flow through your body. Pull the light of the sun into every cell of your body. Feel its activating force within you. Here is a prayer to use at dawn. This prayer was inspired by Hunbatz Men, a Mayan elder and some of my own personal experience.

With the first rays of the Sun I greet you, Father Sun.
Because with your light I begin to awaken and contemplate life.
I continue to understand myself because of your light.
For I am a piece of you, a piece of the Sun.
This is why at dawn I surrender to you, so that you may know me and protect me.
I understand that the orientation of my spirit is with you.
I am initiated into action by your first rays with sustaining energy that
assists me in carrying out my life in harmony with the cosmos.
It is you, Father Sun, that reveals my path to me so I may fulfill my solar destiny.
Thank you Father Sun, the source of my life, for your energy.
Because of you, I do not lose myself, but walk in balance with all life.
Father Sun, for you this day, I will walk in truth.
Father Sun, for you this day, I will walk in love.
Father Sun, for you this day, I will walk in peace.
As in you, so in me.

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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