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Learn Your Nawal (Mayan Day Sign) with Tata Pedro Cruz of the Tzutujil Mayan Tradition

  • Sacred Arts Research Foundation 107 Green Street, G55 Brooklyn, NY, 11222 United States (map)
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In this workshop with renowned Mayan elder Tata Pedro Cruz, participants will study the 20 nawales (Mayan day signs) of the sacred Mayan calendar called the Tzolk’in and learn their own personal nawal and its meaning in their lives. Each nawal is associated with an energy, an animal, an intention and various deeper meanings. By understanding one's own nawal, each participant will be given insight in their own nature.

For the Mayan people, the nawales are a set of twenty energies that guide humanity through time. Each day the sun rises and a new nawal takes charge. By studying the nawal of each day, our lives are filled with deeper meaning. Through this daily practice, for example, one might understand the best days to ask for forgiveness, create new business partnerships, plant seeds, and much more.

In the Tzolk’in, the central wheel in the complex system of Mayan calendars, the 20-day cycle repeats 13 times to create a 260 day cycle. The Tzolk’in is filled with sacred numerology, as the period of 260 days is equivalent to the human gestation period, the 20 nawales are akin to the 20 fingers and toes of the human body, and the 13 tones are akin to the 13 major joints of the body (ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists and neck). Additionally, for each year in the Ha'ab (the 365 day calendar) a new nawal reigns. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the system of the 20 nawales and initiate yourself into daily Mayan wisdom.


Presenter Bio:

TATA PEDRO CRUZ is one of the few surviving members of the Mayan Council of the Elders of Tz’utujil, which is a branch of the Maya Qui-che. “Tata Pedro,” as he is most affectionately known, is a traditional Mayan Ajq’ij and Day Keeper, and one of the principal authorities of the Council of Mayan Elders of Lake Atitlan in Guatamala. He received the title “Heart of the Lake Atitlan” K’U’XYA by his fellow Mayan Council of Elders and Tz’utujil people. Tata Pedro recognizes the interconnectedness of all people, the expanding consciousness of the planet, and the urgent need to unify our spiritual, cultural, and ethnic wisdom for the benefit of the planet and humanity. Tata Pedro is a globally recognized elder in the Mayan tradition and has traveled far and wide sharing knowledge, ceremonies, and practices. He is the interpreter of dreams for his community and a leader of the preservation and education of Mayan day keeping and fire ceremonies.