There seems to have become a trend that westerners want to hold cacao ceremonies, but few have learned about its true purpose and the symbolic details the way the Mayan Indians do it. I’m very grateful to have participated among 200 others yesterday through Zoom with a pair from Guatemala; W’ukub K’at Saq’ik and Kajib’ Tzik’in Chuj, who taught us about their traditions.
The purpose of the Cacao ceremony, or “Chinimital del Ka’kaw” as it’s called in Spanish, is to connect with the energies of creation through the honoring of the natural elements and hold a dialogue with the same. To always be aware of that the Sun and Mother Earth is what brings us life. The one yesterday was only a sneak peak, referred to as a Kotzij’. The real Cacao ceremonies can last for several days.
You start by ensuring that you have cleansed yourself and passed on any emotional charge to a tree. Then you attune a respectful and grateful approach to Mother Earth as sacred, by acknowledging how our ancestors lay buried beneath us (much like in Hawaii!) and therefor do this barefoot. Kneel and ask for permission to enter.
Then greet the four corners with their symbols:
Turn to the East for honoring the Sun and the element of Fire. It stands for light and red is its color.
Turn to the West for honoring the Earth and the element of Earth. It stands for darkness, our body and black is its color.
Turn to the North for honoring the Wind and the element of Air. It stands for mind and yellow is its color.
Turn to the South for honoring the Water and the element of Water. It stands for cleansing, our emotions and white is its color.
We do this with our prepared table in front of us in a place that we’ve designed it for. It’s not an altar, but a table for dialogue. You can use incense to help prepare. And rocks are here to help us recharge ourselves directly with Mother Earth’s energy.
The Cacao is farmed according to tradition to ensure that it is kept in its rightful place of the biodiversity and eco-system, and holds a feminine quality used here to reconnect us to humanity, to the center and heart for us to live in symbiosis with Mother Earth (Pachamama). It’s therefor also a time to do a conflict resolution when the day is right. Each day holds its own energy and goes in 20 day cycles. Now that we have passed 2012, the Mayans believe it’s good to share some more of their knowledge.
To learn more about this and other ways of Mayan traditions, click here. And hopefully this too can become shown at Telluselle Living Center in the future.