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The Directions of the Mayan Signs

SIGNS AND THE FOUR DIRECTIONS

Each one of the 20 daysigns of Tzolkin is located at one of the sacred four directions. The signs in the same direction have a strong potential to guide and empower each other. Western-Eastern signs help each other with their spiritual evolution and Northern-Southern constitute the other group. However, a Northern sign with a Western sign or a Southern sign with an Eastern sign will create polarity for each other and this will be an attractive situation which is good for partners.

The signs of the east are initiating and forceful. Those of the north are intellectual and critical. Signs of the west are cooperative and compromising. Signs of the south are emotional and reactive.

Here is a list of each of the directions and the signs.

EASTERN
Alligator
Earth
Reed
Water
Serpent

WESTERN
Monkey
Deer
Night
Storm
Eagle

NORTHERN
Death
Wind
Knife
Jaguar
Dog

SOUTHERN
Owl
Road
Rabbit
Seed
Light

Below is an explanation of the signs spiritual relationship to each other, in accordance with the directions. For each direction one colors are assigned by the Maya.

Red (Fire, Birthings, East)
Red to Red:
 Guide/Empower
Red to White:
 Support/Comfort
Red to Black:
 Challenge/Strengthen
Red to Yellow:
 Surprise/Mystery

White (Air, Mind, North)
White to White:
 Guide/Empower
White to Black:
 Surprise/Mystery
White to Yellow:
 Challenge/Strengthen
White to Red:
 Support/Comfort

Black (Water, Endings, West)
Black to Black:
 Guide/Empower
Black to Yellow:
 Support/Comfort
Black to Red:
 Challenge/Strengthen
Black to White:
 Surprise/Mystery

Yellow (Earth, Body, South)
Yellow
 to Yellow: Guide/Empower
Yellow to Red:
 Surprise/Mystery
Yellow to White:
 Challenge/Strengthen
Yellow to Black:
 Support/Comfort

 

The meaning of colors*

The colors are taken from nature.

Red

The idea, the path that lights the way, the sun, the blood, the fire, the force, it is the red corn. When we get up, as an anthropological attitude, we always look eastward at the sunrise, our first impulse is to see the sun.

Black

It is compared to the black corn, it means darkness, death, bad ideas, meaning the night and also it means the time rest ; it is used to regain/recover energy, that’s why it means hope, to recharge one’s batteries worn out during the day; it gives hope for those actions you were not able to fulfill during the day, for you finish them tomorrow, giving you a sense of continuity, no ending.
And in our body, black can be found in moles, in the black of our eyes, our black hair. One explanation is that a black candle goes out quicker than the others, due to its black paint, this being a natural phenomenon since black attracts more heat and burns out faster.

 White 
Compared with white corn, represents purity, the color of life, the color of semen, egg white, the seed, the air, the breath of life, the bones, the white of our eyes.

 Yellow 
Is Q’anil, maturity, being the core, the seed, wealth; illness, if the seed does not germinate it is sterility. One must make payment to the Q’anil for reproduction to happen. Yellow can be found in the skin, in the muscles.

 Green 
It’s the environment, plants, nature and that’s why one has to ask permission for everything that takes place. There are many values that we have lost resulting in what we are suffering now.

 Blue 
The atmosphere, the water, the air.

Taken from Saq’ Be’ website.