1 Manik (October 5)

1 Manik (October 5): Manik is one of the most powerful days in the sacred Calendar, and it inaugurates of the most powerful trecena cycles of them all. The animal associated with Manik is the deer – not a gentle Bambi, but a powerful Lord of the Forest. Welcome in the new trecena by praying for harmony among one and all. This extends to the natural world around us as well as to other human beings; one gains great power and energy if one is able to spend this day in nature or in the wilderness. Among traditionalist Maya, 1 Manik is a day upon which apprentice shamans are introduced to the Earth Mother by their teachers, and a day upon shamans pray in order to establish a connection between unborn children in their mothers’ wombs and the ancestral spirits who will someday guide them.