Celebrated throughout Guatemala, 8 Deer is one of the four major ceremonial days of the Ki’che’ Maya in Momostenango. Thousands of Maya gather here for 8 Deer
It is the day of the Aj Q’ij, spiritual guide or day keeper. On 8 Deer, the Maya priests tell the names of his or her potential students and asks permission for them to become day keepers. (This can also be done on 1 Deer.) They are initiated on the following 8 Monkey (B’atz/Chuen), though in Momos the nahual Monkey means Thread, as in the thread of life or path of destiny.
Deer, with four powerful legs, symbolizes the four cardinal directions, support and balance. A masculine sign, it is associated with money and business. But due to the ceremonial nature of 8 Deer, it is better to conduct business, especially when starting something new, on the next day, 9 Seed.
Colors to use in a ceremony for Kej’ are black or dark blue. For information on how to perform a personal Mayan ceremony, see Mayan Ceremonies.
The next 8 Deer is on May 17, 2013.