Xiuhcoátl, the Turquoise Serpent, or Fire Serpent.
Xiuhcoátl is the Nagual, the Spirit Animal of Xiuhtecuhtli, the Turquoise Lord, Teótl of Fire, Time, the Center, the Hearth, and Wisdom, Father to the Teótl and embodiment of wisdom. The Xiuhcoátl is also an atlatl wielded by Huitzilopochtli, the Sun at the Zenith, who personifies the victory of wisdom over ignorance.
The Turquoise Serpent is the dry season, as opposed to Quetzalcoátl, the Plumed Serpent, who is the wet season. Metaphorically, in the wet Mexican summer, Quetzalcoátl descends to the earth and covers it with his skin and plumage; all the earth is covered with his green feathers, and life blooms. In the dry Winter, Xiuhcoátl descends, and with his fiery skin covers the earth, and all the vegetation dries out and dies.
The serpent also represents the movement of time; its very body is shaped like the year-glyph, its body forming trapezoidal, year-glyph shapes, and its tail is the glyph itself. Thus, the serpent Xiuhcoátl is symbolic of day, fire, turquoise, the dry season, and wisdom.
In the photos, he appears at the top as the Spirit Animal of Xiuhtecuhtli; he circles the body of the Turquoise Lord, and from his flaming skin emerges calendar glyphs, representing time. In the detail, can be seen his curling snout and his year-glyph tail. The following two pictures are ancient Mexica stone carvings of Xiuhcoátl, and at the bottom, one of my paintings in which Huitzilopochtli, the Hummingbird on the Left, the Sun at its Zenith, holds Xiuhcoátl in his hand as a weapon with which to defeat his sister the moon, and, metaphorically, the triumph of wisdom over ignorance.
My paintings are available as limited edition prints in my Etsy store at this link.
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A devotional image of Xiuhtecuhtli, the Turquoise Lord, Teótl of fire, time, the center, the hearth, and wisdom; the unmoving point about which all the universe pivots. You can find a poster of this painting on my Etsy at this link!
The Tonalli Amaxtli is the first of the three main almanacs, which
relates to the three souls that inhabit the human body, as well as to
the three different levels of the cosmos. The Tonalli Amaxtli determines
the Tonalli of a given day; which is to say, its destiny. The Tonalli
is a sacred force which links all creation, and which imparts vigor,
strength, and growth to the cosmos. At the moment of conception, the
Teteo implant our Tonalli within our
skulls, spinning a bone awl so that the spark of life and vitality
ignites and links us to the universe. The day-sign determines the
Tonalli; the Sign and number together form the secret, spiritual name of
the individual born on that day.
Tonalli and the Human Body
In the human body, the Tonalli is the Shadow Soul, the soul which
inhabits the head and is related to the heavens. It is the receptacle of
thought, intuition, perception, and reasoning. The Tonalli soul is
capable of leaving our bodies; during dreams our Tonalli travels to the
spirit realm, and if it is lost there, as sometimes happens, the body
eventually sickens and dies.
Because the spiritual and the
physical cannot be divided from one another and are, in fact, simply two
aspects of the same thing, the Tonalli soul is expressed physically in
the body as growth; hair and nails are both physical manifestations of
The three souls which inhabit the body work in concert
to determine our personalities and our destinies; two or more souls
might determine the same quality, which explains our conflicting desires
Tonalli and the Cosmos
Tonalli transcends the body, and can take up residence in physical
things; all things are possessed of Tonalli, although those things that
move and possess warmth and vigor have the greatest Tonalli. Ritual
objects, precious stones, feathers, and tools also posses great stores
Furthermore, the Tonalli Amaxtli determines the
character of the day, quite apart from the personality and destiny of
the individual born on the day. Therefore, the Tonalli Amaxtli can be
used as part of the process by which one determines the appropriate day
to plan a wedding, begin a journey, or make offerings in the temple, for
While free will does exist, our Tonalli limits and
gives shape to our experience of existence. Within the constraints of
what our Tonalli determines, in combination with our other three souls,
we are free to create our lives and give shape to our world.