Mayan Calendar : Wheels Within Wheels

To measure time accurately including periods of thousands and even millions of years the ancient Mayas used a series of several cycles or calendars like wheels within wheels. The current Long Count, a cycle of 13 Baktuns (about 5,125 years), leads to the Winter Solstice end date of 21st December Read more…

KIN : Sun, Day and Time Itself

Kin in Yucatec Maya means Sun, Day and time itself. Indeed this is how the Maya kept track of time counting each single travel of the sun into the underworld at night and rising at dawn. Kin is found in the Mayan Calendar name Tzolkin, a Yucatec term, invented in the beginning of the 20th century Read more…

Weaving the Thread of Time in the Mayan Calendar

Happy new Tzolkin round to all! Today 18 October 2015 is 8 Batz in the Tzolkin Sacred Mayan Calendar, the day which marks the Quiché Maya New Year. My previous post about 8 Batz a Tzolkin Calendar ago (260 days ago) has a profound resonance with today. Observing the choice of pictures which Read more…

Mayan Calendar Monkey in the Middle

On the 26th April 2014, the day 1 Chuen - 1 Batz - 1 Monkey in the Tzolkin Sacred Mayan Calendar we reach the middle of the current cycle. 130 days have gone by since the beginning of this Tzolkin cycle. It is a turning point which, this time round, occurs between two eclipses and also coincides Read more…

Let’s Consult The Mayan Calendar

Around 1st February, or Imbolc, one of the halfway points in the solar yearly cross between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, a new energy is starting to move within us. I wondered what was now stirring on a collective level, as everybody gets ready for their 2nd Springtime after the 2012 Read more…

First Winter Solstice After 2012

As we approach the 21st December 2013 - the first Winter Solstice after 2012 - we are preparing for the seed brought by this new cycle in the solar year. This definitely feels like a fresh start especially as the 260 day wheel of the Tzolkin - also known as the 'sacred Mayan Calendar' - turns Read more…

One Exact Tzolkin Calendar Cycle after 21st December 2012

On 3rd September 2013 at sunset we moved into the 13 day cycle of the 1 Caban in the Tzolkin Mayan Calendar. On the fourth day of the Caban cycle on 7th September 2013, we come to 4 Ahau, exactly 1 Tzolkin cycle or 260 days after after 21st December 2012. I felt this first echo of the Read more…

Happy Mayan New Year!

On 21st August 2013 at sunset we moved into the 13 day cycle of the Mayan sign Kan in the Tzolkin Mayan Calendar. It is in the 1 Kan cycle that the Quiché Mayan New Year happens on the 8th day 8 Batz/8 Chuen. This is 20 days after 1 Batz/1 Chuen the monkey which symbolises time and the calendars. Read more…

The 33 Vertebrae of the Tzolkin Mayan Calendar

On 8th August 2013 at Sunset we enter the thirteen day cycle of 1 Chuen, at the half way point of the 260 days period of the Tzolkin Sacred Mayan Calendar. Chuen, the Monkey, is the Mayan sign related to time and the calendars, particularly the Tzolkin calendar with its 33 main Read more…

Etznab and the Healing Process

On Friday 27 July 2013 at sunset we move into the 13 day cycle of the Mayan sign Etznab in the Tzolkin Mayan Calendar. As the flint or obsidian knife, Etznab refers to both wounding and healing. In Western Astrology Etznab can be associated with the planetoid Chiron. In Greek mythology Read more…

Descending and Ascending Serpent

On Saturday 13 July 2013 at sunset we enter the 13 day cycle of Chicchan or 'Serpent' in the Tzolkin Mayan Calendar. In Mayan culture the serpent is a very rich symbol which represents the sky 'chan' as well as the rising sun and the Ecliptic. In my previous article "Mayan Calendar Read more…

The Sacred Site of Palenque

As we enter the 13 day period of 1 EB/1 Road on 30th June 2013 at Sunset in the Tzolkin Sacred Mayan Calendar, let's travel to the sacred site of Palenque. Palenque is one of the most beautiful Mayan sites in the heart of the lush Chiapas jungle, enjoying many refreshing natural springs and Read more…

The Mayan Day-sign Cauac Thunder and Lightning

The new thirteen day cycle of 1 Cauac in the Mayan Calendar starts on 17th June 2013 at sunset.   Cauac is the storm, the tempest which brings a deep fertile transformation and a liberation. It is related to the Mayan rain god Chac who often carries weapons of lightning such as an Read more…

A Pioneering 1 Cimi

The day-sign 1 Cimi opens the next 13 days in the Mayan Calendar on 4th June 2013 at sunset. As we enter this cycle I remember Frederick Catherwood, the pioneering explorer of Mayaland, who was born on the day 1 Cimi. The Mayan sign Cimi is about death and ancestral knowledge as passed down Read more…

Moving boldly forward with 1 Ben

The Mayan Calendar day-sign Ben On 22nd May 2013 at sunset we move into the new thirteen day cycle of 1 Ben in the sacred Tzolkin Mayan Calendar . The Mayan day-sign Ben is the fresh green corn which symbolises youth and children's growth. Ben is associated with Hunahpu and Xbalanque, the two Read more…

Flowering Mayan cycle of 1 Ahau

The Mayan day-sign Ahau The new thirteen day cycle of 1 Ahau in the Mayan Calendar is on 9th May 2013 at sunset. As the solar consciousness, Ahau is the name the Maya gave to their shamen kings who aligned to the universal cosmic fire. The bright Mayan day-sign Ahau also represents flowers Read more…

Mayan Calendar Divination

Manik, the Mayan Sign of Divination With the recent turn of the Tzolkin Mayan Calendar wheel, we move into the thirteen day cycle of 1 Manik on 26th April 2013 at sunset. Manik being the sign of divination, let's consult the Maya Cards, consisting of the Mayan Calendar 13 Numbers and 20 Signs, for Read more…

The Jaguar Cycle

On 13th April 2013 at Sunset, in the Tzolkin Sacred Mayan Calendar, we move into the 'Jaguar Cycle', the 13 day period of 1 IX, pronounced ish in Mayan Yucatec language. In Mayan symbology, the jaguar is the sun in its nocturnal journey through the underworld. The jaguar's eyes are seen Read more…

The Equinox Springs into the 1 LAMAT cycle

We have just entered the 1 LAMAT cycle which closes the 260 days of the Tzolkin wheel in the Mayan Calendar. And on the second day of 2 MULUC, or 20th March 2013, comes the Spring Equinox! The LAMAT day-sign is associated with the rabbit and MULUC with water and rain. So this year, in this Read more…

Mayan Headdress with 1 MEN

On 5th March 2013 at local sunset, we are entering the cycle of 1 MEN in the Sacred Mayan Calendar. The Mayan day-sign MEN is associated with birds and the Eagle in particular. The ancient Maya placed much value upon bird feathers which they used as currency and in trade. Feathers Read more…