This Spring we lost my mother-in-law Martha and our beloved cat Dottie just thirteen short days apart. The same number of days in a Mayan Trecena.
I was comforted by the fact that Martha passed first and that she was there to greet her grand kitty on the other side. They would have each other.
The Mayan sacred calendar is 260 days long and is comprised of twenty thirteen day periods called Trecenas. Today is the last day of the Tjax Trecena that began on May 26th.
According to Mayan Astrology, each day consists of a number between 1 and 13 combined with one of 20 nawales. Today’s combination is 13 Tz’i.
On thirteen days it is said that this world and the spirit world are closest together. Thirteen is also the number most associated with our ancestors. The totem animal of the nawal Tz’i is the dog and it embodies the qualities of guidance, faith and loyalty. It is a day when we can expect to feel the guidance and loyalty of our ancestors.
I am reminded of Martha today. Not just because she has crossed over, but also because she carried the nawal of Tjax with the number 13 and she loved her fur babies. Today feels like the perfect day to connect with her.
My husband and I felt called to create an alter to her with her ashes and some of her favorite things in front of our fireplace. We light a candle every day, play music she enjoyed and thank her for living the life that she lived. It has been an incredibly healthy and profound way for us both to grieve her passing.
I would invite you all to connect with your own ancestors in any way that is meaningful to you today. You are likely to hear the whispers of their soul with more clarity than ever before.
I used to wish I knew you BEFORE
Before you couldn’t remember
Some how, you always remembered MY name
Even though you didn’t know me before you couldn’t remember
Now I know that I have always known you
You live inside my beloved
Every caring gesture, every joyful exclaim
It’s YOU smiling at me through him
I know that you are at peace and finally free
I know that you will always be with us
Know that you are loved and remembered sweet Martha