See Mayan Jaguar Days for 2020 below.
Ix (eesh) is Mayan for Jaguar
I was confused because I had no idea Black Jaguars existed in nature and thought maybe I was seeing a panther? When I asked “are you a panther?” I heard again quite clearly – “no Black Jaguar.”
The next day I happened to see on the news that a Black Jaguar was now living at the Phoenix Zoo. I almost never watched the news then or now so this was beyond random as if the universe was making sure I got the message! That is when I knew I had tapped into something beyond my conscious knowing.
Jaguar stayed in my awareness showing up in many ways over the years. In the early to mid-90’s I read Jaguar Woman by Lynn Andrews and hiked the Baboquivri Thomas Canyon trail in the late 90’s – an area where Jaguar were being sited by remote cameras. We saw the cameras but didn’t see jaguars. (see image of Baboquivri below)
In January of 2002 I did a sacred journey on the other side of Baboquivri backpacking and camping overnight with a good friend of mine. Before we began our journey a native woman told us it was tradition for the people of her tribe to make a pilgrimage up that mountain at some point in their life as a rite of passage or initiation.
Truly that overnight backpacking trip up Baboquivri was a powerful initiatory journey for me in ways I didn’t expect. Within a week or two after the trip I was set on a path that began a four year dismantling of my life as I knew it and provided me with insight about my childhood I couldn’t have imagined before. The dismantling was painful but on the other side of it all – my life became better than I could have imagined.
Later in 2002, I met a Jaguar Shaman in Peru that catalyzed additional changes in my life and the realization that I was dreaming and being dreamed by the land itself.
In 2008 I turned 52. The Mayan’s see the age 52 birthday as a return to the original Mayan Day Sign only on that birthday because of course the day sign recurs every 20 days. The age 52 return of the Mayan Day Sign at the birthday suggests a potent reset point and initiation for entering our elder wisdom years. I spent that birthday in high ceremony in Sedona. I also made my first trip to Prophecy Rock meeting a Hopi Elder who shared about his experience of Middle Earth where the Hopi emerged from into this world. (will share more another time)
In 2009 I hiked the Brown Canyon Jaguar trail as part of a powerful Venus Templar ceremonial weekend with many of my Priestess sisters from Tucson and beyond – one Priestess sister was from as far away as France. The visitors center had a stuffed jaguar in the lobby in honor of this place as a jaguar habitat.
In 2015, during a trip to the Tucson Zoo I saw two black jaguars. I had no idea they were there. At first I was sad to see them caged. I sat with them for a long time and they assured me they were serving their intended purpose – so not to worry.
Recently, Jaguars have been getting my attention via the post from a participant in our current Venus Alchemy ceremonial series celebrating the Relational Goddess on the World Stage for the first time in 155 years. Shortly after that the article link posted below about the return of the Jaguars (growing in population) mysteriously appeared from an unlikely source. Suddenly Jaguar was speaking to me again and I am listening.
If you would like to find out what your Mayan Calendar Day is – check out this link.
The Mayans see Jaguar medicine as being connected to the source of all Earth Magic. The spirit of the Jaguar was/is called upon by the Maya – to assist humanity’s spiritual and earthly journey with integrity and gratitude. According to the Mayan Calendar – Jaguar Days are especially useful for communing with – and give thanks to – nature.
Reported in 2018: News from Mexico indicating the wild jaguar population has grown by 20% in the past eight years (one whole Venus Cycle). Jaguar is the largest feline population in the Americas and is likely to continue growing since 14 Latin American countries signed an agreement in 2018 to implement a regional conservation program for the big cats through 2030.
Quote from Jaguar Woman by Lynn Andrews
I saw much of my own life. I was born a woman, and because of this I was shunted aside, consigned to the hollows and fringes of life, where so very many of my sisters continue to reside. Was it simply historical accident? I tried to see through the mirage of social barriers that cloud the eyes of women the world over. We don’t even recognize each other. It is as if for centuries we have moved like chromosomal mutations isolated from the gene pools of the originally sacred, our primal female nature Stolen from us, from the world pool, just as though it never existed.
~Posted by one of our Venus Alchemy Participants!
Something I forgot about but was reminded of in this Facebook Post to me when I shared about my Jaguar Experiences:
Janice Kay Simmons Out in the dragoons there is a big rock called Jaguar Rock and when you climb around to the inside of it you can see carvings up on the roof and you can feel the energy – it is 5 intersections of Crystal grids.
I am pretty sure I was at Jaguar Rock in the mid-90’s though I think it was called by a different name. I do remember going to a place where rocks leaned on each other and I saw the carvings on what could be called a roof of rock.
How a Border Wall could hurt Jaguar returning to Arizona and New Mexico Wherever they live, jaguars are more than just a curiosity. They are a sign of health for all things, because they are at the top of their food chain. Requiring big and relatively wild country, abundant prey and clean water, their very existence indicates a landscape’s continuing ecological integrity.
6 minute video featuring Jaguars in US and Mexico