51 Jaguar (Integrity/Impeccability)

Since the death of Skygod, the god-like being who had come from the stars and led the Mays to prosperity and a golden era of spiritual understanding, his teachings of love, integrity, impeccability and the power of a compassionate heart had been perverted. The distortion of his Jaguar teachings had degenerated to where the priest were sacrificing human beings, follishly cutting out the victims’ hearts to reclaim the power of the golden days of the empire. Forgotten was the authentic power of the honorable and loving heart in Skygod’s teachings.

[NOTE: Mesoamerican spirituality has been misunderstood by our sensibilities. Claiming a person’s heart was a tradition handed down for a millennia in this continent and was a great honor. There is a deep understanding of sacrifice that we miss here. The heart did not come from a victim, but from someone who was taught over 50 years of their role and what they were doing for their people. This perpetuates a twisted view of a spirituality involving death that has been lost not just to the race that colonized this continent, but the First Nation that are the guardians of our land. This should be fixed.]

The great Jaguar Spirit who was Skygod’s totem, roamed the dreams of the Maya, looking for any dishonourable behavior. Misdeeds and abuses of power had diminished the spirit of the Maya and needed to be sacrificed for the survival of the people. The priests who had abused the authority and power bestowed on them quaked in fear, knowing that the day of reckoning had come. Jaguar brought justice by stalking their dreams and devouring their flagrantly dishonourabble and greedy misdeeds.

Jaguar Medicine is integrity and immpecaability. Its mission is to devour the unclean aspects of human behavior. Jaguar teaches us the penalties of inappropriate behavior and offers the rewards of good medicine to those who stand in their personal integrity and walk through life in an impeccable manner.

If Jaguar is roaming your dream/reality today, the primal roar may be rewarding you for maintaining your integrity in some situation when you could have easily misused your authority. You may have been unwilling to pass judgment on another, or to be self serving. Were you especially kind to someone or do a good deed that was unexpected? If so, allow the recognition to fill you with feelings of well-being and continue to serve with compassion and openhearted integrity.

Do not falter in your resolve to be your personal best at all times. Maintain your dignity, devotion and compassion, holding to forthrightness and honesty, no matter what the contrary influences. Do not feed any self-important need to be an “enlightened one,” treating others in a self-righreous manner. Jaguar medicine teaches you that personal integrity allows for mistakes, embraces forgiveness, and humbly makes self-directed corrections, allowing a rebalanced spirit to triumph once again.


If Jaguar is hanging upside-down from the tree limb today, you may have created an enlightenment trap for yourself. Has the misuse of authority kept you from walking your path with impecaability? Have you betrayed your personal integrity to accommodate others? Are you engaged in some activity that lessens your potential? If so, call your spirit or energy back. Integrity requires a forgiving and open heart. Compassion and mercy are also needed. Self blame or pointing fingers at others only shows your own lack of integrity.

In the contrary, Jaguar always warns you to correct any need to control others, and abuses of influence, any form of manipulation, moralistic judgments, dishonestry, hidden agendas, envy, greed, or victim-like jealousy that may be affecting yourlife. If you have slipped allowing a temporary lapse in impeccability to compromise your integrity, you need to rectify your misdeeds. Jaguar reminds us, “Become impeccable, use integrity and you will thive!”

Sams Jamie & Carson Medicine Cards 1999 . New York St. Martins Press. (241-242)

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