Written by Uros Muluk
Native Names: IX [ee'sh], BALAM
Common Mayan Usage: jaguar, heart
Qualities: integrity, heart-knowing, alignment with divine will, magician, shaman, jaguar, night seer, priest, torch bearer, magic
Symbol: jaguar, wisdom wand, all-seeing eye, peacock
Color: opalescence, iridescence
Shadow Wisdom: issues of integrity, personal power, control; will out of alignment with divine will; need for approval and recognition; mind out of alignment with heart-knowing
Shadow Transformation: Develop a clear connection with divine will and your Essence Self. Be transparent, innocently allowing magic to come through you rather than needing to create it. Open to heart-knowing and limitless possibilities.
Harmonic Wisdom: melody
Mudra: left hand cupped beneath the heart while the right hand held perpendicular with strength reaches straight above the head and then down again to the other hand, meeting at the heart, aligning with divine will
Meditation: “Magician’s dream-coat made into a spirit sail, come fly with me on the galactic sea. Flow on solar currents; you are always free!”
Affirmation: “Through heart-knowing, I am in natural alignment with divine will.”
Ix is the Magician, whose powers are activated by wisdom that emanates from the heart. Such wisdom is not the intellectual understanding known in Western culture; it is the wisdom that comes from an alignment of mind and heart. An open, trusting heart is a refined tool of perception. Allowing yourself to “not know” opens the door of the mind to a deeper understanding of the universe. Ix asks you to fully utilize this aligned mind to participate in magic.
Ix invites you to step into self-empowerment. Empowerment comes from self-acceptance, integrity, and commitment to your evolution. Self-empowerment is not to be found outside oneself. Anything outside that brings you empowerment also has a divine foundation within you. If you feel a need for the approval of others, look to self-empowerment. When you feel effectively engaged, doing what gives you joy, your energy naturally expands to include more of who you are, and magic flows synchronistically into your life. Claim your alignment with the highest wisdom. Call forth divine action in all that you do!
Ix is a tool of the light, a conduit for the work of Spirit. A wise magician is spontaneous and transparent, allowing magic to come in rather than trying to control it or make it happen. A magician dances the dance of love through offering gifts of freedom to others. This is real magic. Freed from the need to use power to manipulate or control, a magician uses wisdom to manifest liberation and love.
The harmonic wisdom of Ix is melody, the progression of single tones within a composition. Ix symbolizes the sacred journey of your individual life. As a harmonic magician, you are a novel yet universal container for the expression of the Divine. While you play the melody of your journey's spirit song, the Creator provides the harmony.
Melody is to music what story line is to story. Utilize the elements you have chosen for exploration in your life - your gifts, talents, abilities, motivations, circumstances, and the other characters in your play. Orchestrate the most interesting and growth-engendering story line from this combination of possibilities. Understand that you are the player and the played in the melody in your life.
One shadow of Ix can be seen in issues regarding integrity. Integrity comes from an intention to be honest and true to yourself and others. Having integrity means that you can be trusted to do what you say you will do. It also means that your actions are congruent with your feelings. Integrity comes from a deep connection with self. It is characterized by a willingness to speak your truth, to address your shadow issues honestly, and to complete issues with yourself and others.
Ix also reveals issues of control and personal power. Look into your life to see how these issues might be manifesting. Do you sometimes feel a need to hold on, to control, to have things your way? Is your personal will combined with a desire for recognition, approval, status, or fame? This society may have rewarded you for functioning from a place of personal power. Many people in this shadow seem calculating and controlling, using their minds without alliance to their hearts. The need for control arises when you feel insecure or no longer connected to that which creates meaning and satisfaction in your life.
Similarly, people who view power as something outside themselves may see magic as the art of controlling people and nature. This perception creates its own lessons. In this shadow, you may unconsciously bend or distort data. Some magicians may even feel justified in using their personal power to bolster their self-assurance or to manipulate others. In the darkest part of this shadow, manipulation is enacted for the sheer pleasure of power.
Everyone may be willful from time to time while learning how to align personal will with divine will. In this process, let your heart show you the way. Face your insecurities and step into who you truly are - a wise and powerful human being, a magician of living. As you open to divine will, you will naturally resolve issues of personal will and power.
Ix also offers you an opportunity to create allies out of your fears and insecurities. Perhaps you are carrying issues from past lifetimes - deep wounds that create present issues of pain, anger or betrayal. These experiences may be clouding your vision. In order to acquire clear sight, begin to interact with and integrate these shadow teachers. The foundation for this integration is creating an ally of fear and a loving acceptance of all aspects of yourself. This heals the underlying structure that supports ego and insecurity. It also quiets the mind and aligns it with the heart, taking you into a space of clarity and self-empowerment.
All above excerpts are taken from my most close-hearted spiritual guidebook, The Mayan Oracle – Return Path to the Stars by Ariel Spilsbury & Michael Bryner. Written in the true language of the One Heart, this is my most highly recommended book in the Universe to practice with!