nagualism

Its called nahualli in classical Nahuatl and nagualism in more modern practices. The concept of you having an animal that shares it’s soul with you. Sorcerers (brujas y brujos) can transform into the animal that shares their soul [nahualli]. They resemble the concept of a personal totem and shamanic magic.

To Mesoamericans and modern Natives of Mexico animals are really important in magic. In traditional Aztec thought everyone has a nahualli, animal that shares it’s soul with you. However, a good sorcerer can obtain more nahualli. Though it will never share it’s soul like the one you were born with. You can obtain other nahualli through ritual, by stealing someone else’s nahualli, or as a gift from the gods.

One sort of ritual to get another nahualli is to hunt, kill, and eat what animal you want. By eating the animal [or even a person] in magical thought was to “take it’s power” for yourself. [Think you are what you eat.] Life sustained on life, the cycle continues.

Animals are so important in magical thought amongst the people of Mexico that where you’re places on the social ladder would have to do with your nahualli. The frequently seen animals [mice, skunks, pigs, cows, rabbits, etc] by humans represent commoners. Regular folk that make up the majority. The uncommonly seen animals represent the middle class [coyotes, ocelotls etc]. The most powerful people on the social ladder [noble/ruling class] and the most powerful sorcerers are the infrequently, often times nocturnal, animals. [jaguar, owl, bear etc] The most powerful and elusive of all these animals being the jaguar who is held at the highest level amongst most people in ancient and modern Mexico. Anybody with the born nahualli of a jaguar is thought to be endowed with being a powerful sorcerer and skilled at magic naturally.

A “witch” is defined as a person, usually female, who only uses magic to harm. Most people use magic to cure, but also use witchcraft [harmful magic] and curing. These people are usually identified as curers and their practice is past done to apprentices.

Practices and beliefs have the beliefs of Catholicism mixed in with PreColombian beliefs of Natives, such as the Aztecs and Mayans. This happens in rural Mexico.

To Mesoamericans and modern Mexicans reality is an appearance.  Any sorcerer/witch/skilled magic user knows that there is layers of reality under this one. That’s why there is 9 layers of the underworld and 13 layers of the heavens. While the main cormos is consisted of earth, heaven, and the underworld. [Earth is middle, underworld below, and heaven above.] Most of magic in Mexico and pre-colombia Mexico used the practice called dream working. Where you use your dreams to manipulate reality, gather information, or cure someone and so forth. Rituals may take place in the waking world, while the rest takes place in the other one, the realm of dreams, where the sorcerer or curer can travel to the underworld if needed. Caves, mirrors, and water are thought to be portals in this otherworld. If one can’t travel to the underworld or otherworld in dreams, one would do a ritual in a cave or the cave’s entrance for example.

The appearance of reality, layers of realities with in reality, is perhaps a very important part of magical practice. Trickery and illusions in Mesoamerican magic is very much used and valued. The god of sorcerers himself, Tezcatlipoca, often used trickery, which included appearance based magic to get what he wanted. [His nahualli is also a jaguar] These types of things are a good skill to learn if one travels to the otherworld or underworld, as one would encounter demons and spirits with ulterior motives. Also, stealth is a skill to be acquired so that one would not be seen by beings that might harm one.

In theory one can influence reality through the otherworld. Like a ripple effect when you through a stone into water. In the dream world you can turn into your nahualli, become in tune with it, and use its skills. This is especially useful if you have a flying type nahualli, which can go into the heavens better and travel at a better speed.

Animism is a concept, that everything has a spirit. Even inanimate objects. This is useful in incantations where you state your intention and will. Its how you make objects yours and how you direct their energy, as well as purifying.

Amongst the otomi it is thought that you should do your best not to influence people too negatively, because you may attract the attention of a witch. That is you should blend in.


-Xoc

The Nagual

Werewolves, and other werecreatures, can be found all over the world and all throughout time. Countless cultures have their own unique werewolf tales and legends. Lets explore the ancient lore of South America, to a time when the nagual reigned; a being with many different manifestations.

In ancient Aztec lore, the nagual were originally the form that shape-shifting shamans assumed in order to perform various deeds. The name Nagual, which is derived from the Aztec Naualii, can also be applied to a person’s familiar spirit, or their totem spirit. To discover their Nagual, youths of Central America left their villages to spend the night in a secluded place away from their tribe. The animal that appeared to them in their dreams was their Nagual, their spirit guide.

Now, in Mexican folklore the Nagual is a bit different than those two above. They were once incredibly feared supernatural beings. Some of them have been described as a phantom standing about seven feet tall. The creature is covered with hair, has long arms, and has the feet and claws of a wolf. The face is also distinctly wolf-like, with pointed ears, a long snout, and sharp teeth. On top of its appearance, it also howls. While it has the general look of a wolf, it also has the ability to shape shift into the form of a snake, a puma, or a wild dog.

From shape-shifting shamans, to spirit guides, and eventually to monstrous beasts; which version of the Nagual is your favorite?

I revised my original post on brujeria/nahualli. Original post is here. Warning, long read.

Nahualli & Aztec witchcraft

A “Witch” is usually defined as a person, usually female, who only uses magick to harm in the older Mexican traditions. Amongst the Otomi people, for example, it is thought that you should do your best not to influence people too negatively or in any negative manner. This is because you may attract the attention of a Witch, who could be offended. You are to blend in with everyone, so to speak. Although this attitude is changing in modern times. Brujeria [Spanish for Witchcraft.] is being more embraced. (It may be the influence of more modern traditions such as Wicca.) Most people use magick to cure, but also use Witchcraft and curing practices. These people are usually identified as “curers” [curandero] and their practice is passed down to apprentices. It’s lineage based a majority of the time, similar to Gardernarian Wicca.

They are more common all over Central America now. Their practices may differ from area to area.(Not too dramatically though.) They’re usually found in more rural areas where Catholicism did not quite take the hold that it did in bigger cities. (Their beliefs are less “Christianized” than ones in cities.) They tend to be more superstitious in these types of areas, maybe because of isolation. Practices and beliefs have the added the traditions of Catholicism mixed in with Pre-Colombian beliefs of Natives, such as the Aztecs and Mayans. This happens mostly in rural Mexico. The Aztec religion technically, still “lives” because of these practices.

Many times Brujas or Brujos are employed for the magickal prowess. (Brujas is the feminine term for Witch, while Brujo is the masculine term.) They can be employed for curses and curing. However, curing is the most common request of magickal practices there. The curandero will do anything from removing the evil eye, to cleansings, to healing ailments, and giving out herbal remedies. (When scientifically tested, it was found that traditional Aztec medicine was up to 60% effective in treating patients, which was a high rate for people without modern technology.) They might even remove curses cast by enemies or perform exorcisms.

Modern Aztecs still honor the old spirits that dwell in those places. (Animal spirits, earth spirits, spirits of the air, etc.) The curandero or Bruja can act as though they are a shaman at times, that is a part-time magick user and part-time priest. (This is pretty close to how people used to be in the old ways, before civilization.) Their prayers also honor the earth, heavens, and underworld. They usually build their altars with the representation of these layers. (Animism is a concept, that everything has a spirit. Even inanimate objects. This is useful in incantations where you state your intention and will. Its how you make objects yours and how you direct their energy, as well as purifying. Animism is inherent in all Mesoamerican beliefs. Even the modern ones are still popular like this.)

To Mesoamericans and modern Mexicans reality is an appearance. Any sorcerer/Witch/skilled magick user knows that there is layers of reality under this one. That’s why there is 9 layers of the underworld and 13 layers of the heavens. While the main cosmos is consisted of earth, heaven, and the underworld. [Earth is middle, underworld below, and heaven above.] Most of magick in Mexico and Pre-Colombia Mexico used the practice called dream working. Where you use your dreams to manipulate reality, gather information, or cure someone and so forth.

The appearance of reality, layers of realities with in reality, is perhaps a very important part of magickal practice. Trickery and illusions in Mesoamerican magick is very much used and valued. The god of sorcerers himself, Tezcatlipoca, also known as San Simon or Maximon to modern Natives, often used trickery, which included appearance based magick to get what he wanted. [His nahualli is also a legendary jaguar.] These types of things are a good skill to learn if one travels to the otherworld or underworld, as one would encounter demons and spirits with ulterior motives. Also, stealth is a skill to be acquired so that one would not be seen by beings that might harm one.

Rituals may take place in the waking world, while the rest takes place in the other one, the realm of dreams, where the sorcerer or curer can travel to the underworld if needed. Caves, mirrors, and water are thought to be portals in this otherworld. (Any reflective surfaces count or places underground.) If one can’t travel to the underworld or otherworld in dreams, one would do a ritual in a cave or the cave’s entrance for example.

To ancient Mesoamericans and modern Natives of Mexico animals are really important in magick. In traditional Aztec thought everyone has a nahualli, animal that shares it’s soul with you. However, a good sorcerer can obtain more nahualli. Though it will never share it’s soul like the one you were born with. You can obtain other nahualli through ritual, by stealing someone else’s nahualli, or as a gift from the gods. (This is very similar to the modern belief of personal totem animals, and it has a modern name; nagual or nagualism.) One sort of ritual to get another nahualli is to hunt, kill, and eat what animal you want. By eating the animal [or even a person] in magickal thought was to “take it’s power” for yourself. [Think you are what you eat.] Life sustained on life, the cycle continues.

Animals are so important in magickal thought amongst the people of Mexico that where you’re places on the social ladder would have to do with your nahualli. The frequently seen animals [Mice, skunks, pigs, cows, rabbits, etc] by humans represent commoners. Regular folk that make up the majority. The uncommonly seen animals represent the “middle class”.[Coyotes, ocelotls etc].

The most powerful people on the social ladder [noble/ruling class] and the most powerful sorcerers are the infrequently, often times nocturnal, animals. [Jaguar, owl, bear etc] The most powerful and elusive of all these animals being the jaguar who is held at the highest level amongst most people in ancient and modern Mexico. Anybody with the born nahualli of a jaguar is thought to be endowed with being a powerful sorcerer and skilled at magick naturally.

In theory one can influence reality through the otherworld. Like a ripple effect when you through a stone into water. In the dream world you can turn into your nahualli, become in tune with it, and use its skills. This is especially useful if you have a flying type nahualli or totem, which can go into the heavens better and travel at a better speed.

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Word of the Day: nagual

n. Among certain indigenous peoples of Mexico and surrounding countries: a guardian spirit in animal form, believed to accompany and guide an individual through life; an animal form believed to be assumed by a human through magical or supernatural means

Image: “Nagual” by Giggette. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

“You are Life passing through your body, passing through your mind, passing through your soul. Once you find that out, not with the logic, not with the intellect, but because you can feel that Life — you find out that you are the force that makes the flowers open and close, that makes the hummingbird fly from flower to flower. You find out that you are in every tree, you are in every animal, vegetable, and rock. You are that force that moves the wind and breathes through your body. The whole universe is a living being that is moved by that force, and that is what you are. You are Life.”

― Don Miguel Ruiz
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Doroteo Juarez used to drink a lot of mescal. One evening he saw a giant nagual in shape of dragon. The nagual asked for a drink, and Doroteo got so frightened that he promised to the Virgin of Guadalupe to stop drinking if she chase the nagual away. The nagual disappeared like smoke in the air. The Doroteo’s wife thanks the Virgin because her husband doesn’t drink anymore and his life is happier now.

Intent/Will

For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect. (AL I:44)

Kk so I’m reading art of dreaming again and the part where Don Juan explains to Carlos what intent and intending is, fucking awesome!

“sorcerers intend anything they set themselves to intend, simply by intending it.” - Art of Dreaming

When explaining the concept Don Juan tells Castaneda that you shouldn’t try to force yourself into accomplishing your intent, not to approach intent like normal people do.

Instead, he tells him, you must become convinced that your intent is being accomplished. This will arise a feeling in the body, a knowing in your whole self, every cell in you must feel like the intent is being accomplished. Then the only thing left is to retain that feeling while accomplishing your intent (Will).

What this does is communicate our intent to our energy body, and in a silent way to the unconscious. If we begin to stress over the intent, worry about it, or think obsessively about it then these things will arise a different feeling in our body and give a different message to the energy body.

We must simply intend, feel it as deeply as we can, and DO while in that holistic state of conviction that your intent is being accomplished.

This is more or less the same as doing your Will without the lust of result.

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Life has been quite crazy those past weeks , some parts of my body decided to strike together and don’t let me move until I rest (twisted my knees , burned my right foot while walking barefoot on an ember, hurt my back while jumping from a catamaran, get sick and finally hurt my eyes because of too much screen and contact lens)

Didn’t had my glasses there , so I tried to draw but it’s really ridiculous when you have to be at 3cm of your page to see what you’re drawing (yeah, i’m really a mole without glasses!). But I din’t forget the Inktober challenge, got some there and other are coming, and when i’ll get back my legs and my glasses, I’d back like terminator to finish this damn Inktober, I swear!

And ther we have the TANIWhA a Maori monster said to protect cave and some tribes who decided to have a pact with him, the JABBERWOCKY from a lewis’s caroll’s poem, and the NAGUAL , a shaman in the precolombian tribes who was said to have the power to turn into an animal (often a jaguar or a coyote)

Portugal, The Man  All my people

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Today is the day Five House, whose Tonal is ruled by Tepeyollotl, the Heart of the Mountain, the holy jaguar who is the Nagual or Spirit Animal of Tezcatlipoca, Teótl of chaos and destruction. Tepeyollotl is the Teótl of earthquakes, echos, jaguars, and jaguar warriors. He is a representative of the night and its mysterious forces. He is of the female principle, counterpart to the Eagle who represents the male. He is darkness, chaos, death and creation, and the generative forces of the female force. He resides in the mountain, which is to say, Tlalocan, the paradise of Tlaloc, where souls go to dwell before being reincarnated on the earth; he is therefore the guardian of the Storehouse of Souls. He is the sound of the drum; the drum, played in ceremony, is his voice carrying our intentions and prayers to the realm of the spirit.

Here, he is represented in three manifestations. He appears as the holy jaguar, whose coat is adorned with flint knives and stars; stars for he is the night, knives for he is the warrior who gives his life in sacrifice. He appears in the guise of a man, with long braids falling from his temple, and two tufts of hair on his head. His mouth is spotted with a jaguars skin, and he plays a conch, as a lord of ceremonial music; this represents his frightening roar. And finally, he appears as Our Lord Tezcatlipoca, wearing the skin of a jaguar. Or perhaps, it is the jaguar himself, from whose open mouth Tezcatlipoca peers. In all manifestations he wears about his neck the White Ring of Tezcatlipoca, and his foot is often replaced with the smoking mirror with which Tezcatlipoca peers into our hearts. The final image comes from the Codex Borbonicus; the others are from my own version of the Tonalamatl.

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