Ometoetol occupies Omeyocan, the highest of the Aztecs' thirteen heavens, and the four heavens immediately below Omeyocan are a mystery about which no one knows very much. Below the five highest heavens is a region of strife and tempest, where Ometeotl breaks into his many facets or aspects.
Much has been written about the Upper-world in shamanic literature, but very little is known about the Aztec upper-world. When one thinks about the celestial realms, what comes to mind are ascended beings, spirit helpers in human form, evolved ancestors, and even birds. It is suppose to be a place of crystal cities and kingdoms from which we can gain a new perspective on life when we journey to them.
What I have set out to do is to travel up the Aztec Upper-world from beginning to end, which will climax with a meeting with Ometeotl, the dual-creator god and supreme master of the Aztec universe. I'm actually quite scared of taking on this task. The purpose of my journey is purely exploratory, but I hope to make some allies along the way. I have been down the region of the Aztec underworld and let me tell you will all honesty, it is a very scary place. But I hope this new voyage will be different and enlightening in its own way.
I have noticed many parallels between my own practice and that of Siberian shamans, who have a dualistic mythology based on black and white shamans. Black and white here does not designate good or evil, but to what powers you are aligned and called to. Either to subterranean descent or celestial ascent. In Siberian mythology, there are black khans or gods, and white khans. The white khans are supposed to be more detached from the human world whereas the black khans like to either interfere or help in our daily affairs, depending on their mood.
The Siberian white shaman has a ceremony where he journeys up to the upper-world on different flying animals, particularly a goose. He does this to take a sacrifice to the supreme god. At different levels, he switches animals then continues on until he finally arrives at Bai Ulgan's castle. Bai Ulgan gets mad at this but the shaman tells him his name and his purpose and offers him a drink. The shaman seduces the god through drink, like the trickster that he is. Then Bai Ulgan becomes jovial and joyous and gives him his blessing, tells him about weather and game conditions. and the shaman makes his way back.
This is very similar to my own proposed practice. But according to Aztec myth, there are particular animals that must be used or allied with on your journey to the upper-world. I will give you a list of these animals and their correspondences later. Each level has as its supreme ruler or guardian a particular Aztec god or power. Each god has his own specialty or attributes by which he acts on as nature god, however detached, on earth. Following is a list of the gods, their attributes, and their associated bird.
1. Xiuhtecuhtli, fire god, white hummingbird
2. Tlaltecuhtli, lord of earth, green hummingbird
3. Chalchiutlicue, water goddess, falcon
4. Tonatiuh, sun god, quail
5. Tlazolteotl, earth mother, eagle
6. Teoyaomiqui, warrior-death god, screech owl
7. Xochipilli, flower prince, butterfly
8. Tlaloc, rain god, striped eagle
9. Quetzalcoatl, god of learning, turkey cock
10. Tezcatlipoca, great god, horned owl
11. Mictlantecuhtli, death god, guacamaya
12. Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, lord of the house of the dawn, quetzal
13. Ometecuhtli, dual-creator god, parrot
Let me just advise you, though, that traditional Aztec shamans or nahuallis never shamanic journeyed. They would have visions through traditional drumming, dance, and hallucinogenic drugs. You may either ride on these winged spirit helpers above, or make them your allies or preferably shapeshift into them. Imagine being thirteen different flying animals in one journey. Seems like a dream to me. There are other attributes, like the time of day these gods are present and their correspondences with the Aztec sacred calendar in the tonalamatl, or book of days.
In the near future, I will post about my travels to the thirteen heavens and maybe i'll be able to extend this short guide so that other people interested in such journeys might find some help and inspiration. I hope this post serves as a primer to anyone interested in attaining Aztec wisdom. May the gods be with you always.
Yours in the struggle,