According to Mayan cosmovision, a spirit world exists alongside the material world. Twenty spirits called nahuales from that world exert a powerful influence on people and events in this world. Called Lords of the Day, the nahuales determine each day’s energy –- its potential, the sort of things that work best on that date. A person’s nahual is the key element of a Mayan day sign.
The nahual is preceded by a number from 1 to 13, which tells the intensity of the nahual’s energy. A person whose Mayan day sign is 7 Eagle will usually exhibit stronger Eagle characteristics than a 2 Eagle.
Cosmic Meanings and Personality Traits of the 20 Nahuales
These are the key meanings and traits of the nahuales. Mayan names are in (Ki’che’/Yucatecan). For more in-depth information, see The M
Cosmic Meaning: Turbulence and instability, nurturing, new foundations.
Personality traits: Emotional, nurturing, creative, sensitive; cunning, devious.
Cosmic Meaning: Breath of life, creativity.
Personality traits: Sociable, imaginative; impulsive, fickle.
Cosmic Meaning: Looking within to find answers.
Personality traits: Charming, intelligent; using words to hurt people.
Cosmic Meaning: Gathering and collecting, piecing things together.
Problem solvers, artistic; promiscuity, problems with debts.
(This nahual is also called Lizard.)
Cosmic Meaning: Truth, justice, wisdom.
Intense, intuitive; short-tempered, manipulative.
Cosmic Meaning: Transformation, change.
Personality traits: Patient, intuitive; lying, vengeful.
Cosmic Meaning: Balance, support.
Personality traits: Independent, tenacious; demanding, selfish.
Cosmic Meaning: Planting a seed, from flowers to ideas to friendships.
Personality traits: Friendly, sensitive; drug and alcohol addiction, selfish. (This nahual is also called Rabbit.)
Cosmic Meaning: To pay, give offerings, make sacrifices.
Personality traits: Imaginative, emotional; possessive, enjoys taking risks.
Cosmic Meaning: Guidance, counsel, authority.
Personality traits: Loyal, sensual; mean, sexually depraved.
Cosmic Meaning: Creativity.
Personality traits: Active, cheerful, likes to be center of attention; arrogant, insensitive, tricky.
Cosmic Meaning: Travel, destiny.
Personality traits: Practical, organized, industrious; restless, insecure.
Cosmic Meaning: Harvest, success.
Personality traits: Lucky, good with money; inflexible, stubborn.
Cosmic Meaning: Feminine energy, all things related to earth.
Personality traits: Brave, strong, intelligent; immoral, arrogant.
Cosmic Meaning: Flying high, ambition, vision.
Personality traits: Aggressive, friendly, good at business; overly ambitious, irresponsible.
Cosmic Meaning: Taking it easy, patience.
Personality traits: Introspective, cautious; jealousy, envy.
(This nahual is also called Owl.)
Cosmic Meaning: Thought, ideas, logic.
Personality traits: Creative, analytical, inquisitive.
Cosmic Meaning: Suffering and loss, healing.
Active, intelligent; emotional unstable, violent.
Cosmic Meaning: Trouble, strong woman, domestic life.
Personality traits: Affectionate, family-oriented; bad temper, drug and alcohol abuse.
Cosmic Meaning: Illumination, growth.
Personality traits: Enthusiastic, amiable, brave; short-tempered.
The Thirteen Numbers
People with higher numbers are more intensely influenced by their nahual than others. This also applies to personality traits. So a 7 Eagle will be more aggressive than a 2 Eagle. The Ki’che Maya of Momostenango, Guatemala, say that the odd numbers are feminine energy; the even numbers, masculine.
The ancient Maya associated each number with a god. Some Maya today say each number has a unique meaning, but they do not agree on all of them. For example, some feel that 5 and 7 can bring challenges, others say 6 is the problematic number. These are the numbers for which there is a general consensus.
1: Unity, beginnings
2: Duality, relationships
8: Best-balanced number
9: The Divine Feminine
11: Strife, challenges, the unexpected
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