The deer was a very important figure in the Toltec tradition and is another representation of the Divinity. It is the main spiritual enticer that brings the seekers into the path of knowledge.
In this card, we see a spiritual seeker looking for a sacred vision. The deer is the one who will bring the vision. On the right upper corner we see the symbol of Venus, the planet representing Quetzalcoatl. The seeker is seated on a sacred mountain named Kuluwakan. The double heads of the mountain represent Ometeotl, the divine duality of everything that exists.
I now want to present here the story of the deer as it is told among the Wirrarika people (whom I call the surviving Toltec). It was told to me during the spiritual pilgrimages that I experienced with them over many years. The Wirrarika travel nearly 300 miles from the mountains where they live to their sacred places in the desert. My friend Tayau told me why:
Tamatz Kahullumary is the blue-deer, and he is the one we are searching for when we do our yearly pilgrimage into the sacred land of Humun-Kulluaby in the desert. It was Kahullumary who started the tradition of making pilgrimages to the sacred lands in the desert.
When the Kakayares (the Spirits) were organizing the world, humans didn’t know anything about pilgrimages, traditions, or looking for the Great Spirit. They just wanted to find food, eat, and survive. That was their only concern in life. But the Kakayares wanted the people to know about the spiritual forces among them. What was the point in having created humans and a world for them to live in if those humans knew nothing about the givers of their life?
The Kakayares tried to call the people’s attention in every possible way, but they wouldn’t respond. They were too busy looking for food. Storms, forest fires, earthquakes, and all kinds of blessings were sent to the people in order for them to realize their sacred bond with the Spirits, but the humans didn’t respond to these signs as the Kakayares wanted. Because of this, the Spirits called Kahullumary. He was a Kakayare who was the holder of the Book of Knowledge, the sacred book that contains all the knowledge in the world.
Kahullumary was assigned the task of attracting people to the path of knowledge. He was very smart and decided to trick the people by transforming himself into a blue deer. As a deer he showed himself to the people who were, of course, looking for food. When they saw him, they immediately wanted to hunt him because they imagined his meat would be good to eat.
But the blue deer was very fast and not easy to catch. As the people kept chasing him, he would run and run and run, taking them far away from the lands in which they lived. He kept running and the people kept chasing him, until they arrived in the desert, in the sacred land of Humun Kulluaby that we call the Blue Land (la tierra azul).
Then something extraordinary took place: as Kahullumary was running, in his footprints buttons of Hikuri (the sacred peyote) sprouted everywhere he went. The people could not catch him, for he was so fast. When the people reached exhaustion, they took a break to rest. They were hungrier than ever. In their despair, they looked around for anything to eat, and then they saw the Hikuri on the ground. Not knowing what it was, they ate it expecting it to be food. But instead they had dreams about the Spirits. They thought they were asleep but they were awake, dreaming. That is how, for the first time, they could see the blue deer not as food but as a teacher. They discovered Kahullumary’s sacred book and started to read it. In it they found the proper way to live and what our task in life is.
And this is how the whole pilgrimage tradition started, right there in the Blue Land that we also call The Paradise. That is why our pilgrimage is called, among other names, The Journey of Kahullumary. We still keep looking for him and seeking to read our own pages in that sacred book--that is what this whole tradition is about. . . .”
As we can see in the story of Tamatz Kahullumary, the blue deer, Masatl represents the quest for spiritual vision. Getting this card is a call for a vision that will show you what your task and path of heart will be from now on, or at least until the vision is fulfilled and another vision is needed.
Masatl suggests spiritual initiation and awakening to a higher state of awareness. It is an omen and a call. It is up to you to find out how and when you will respond to that call.
Meaning on the Quadrants
Masatl in the body quadrant means that it is time for you to prepare your body for your encounter with the Great Spirit. It is time for you to check your eating habits, to see how they are working for you and what changes you may be needing to make. It is also a time to make sure you are getting enough movement and exercise. These activities will be good not only for your body but for your spirit as well.
The best space for you to reconnect with your body is amidst nature. Do activities outdoors as much as you can but be especially careful when engaging in practices that are new for you. Also, remember that even short periods of working out, if frequent, will help you more than very intense sessions that are practiced with no continuity.