The Mayan sign Ik and the Ceiba Tree

On 20th February 2013 at sunset, we are now coming to the 13 day cycle of IK in the sacred Mayan Calendar. IK is translated as air, wind or breath. This Mayan day-sign is thus closely linked to trees, our reserves of oxygen on this planet.

The tropical regions of Mayaland offer a wealth of exuberant plants and trees. The Ceiba Tree or ‘Yaxche’ is central to Mayan daily life and cosmology.

Ceiba Tree, Tikal

Ceiba Tree, Tikal

In Mayan language Yaxche means ‘first/green/giant tree’. Its esoteric name is Imix, the first day-sign preceding Ik in the Tzolkin calendar. Its breast-like fruits, humanity’s first food, are synonymous with abundance and point to the symbiotic relationship between trees and man who comes later in creation. After 7 years the ceiba fruit pods or ‘pochote’ produce a silky fibre.

As the tallest tree in Mayaland, reaching up to 100 feet high, the ceiba tree symbolises the world axis linking the underworld at its roots, with the celestial realms above.

Found at the centre of Mayan villages the ceiba is the protective guardian of their living space, its four main branches marking the four sacred directions.
Along the same lines Maya cosmology describes the red ceiba in the East, the white in the North, the black in the West, the yellow in the South and the green tree in the centre.

The majestic ceiba is believed to be the host of many gods and supernatural forces. The dead ascend to the sky through its trunk and branches.

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