KIN : Sun, Day and Time Itself

Wild orchid, Mexico

Wild orchid, Mexico

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 and inspired by the Quiché Maya word ch’ol k’ij which means ‘ordering of days’.

Below are many examples relating to solar cycles and the Kin four-petal Sun day glyph with the four sacred directions.

Temple Panel Uxmal

Temple Panel Uxmal

Kin 4 Petal Glyph Panel Detail Uxmal

Kin 4 Petal Glyph Panel Detail Uxmal

Also note that our website logo is a variant of the Kin colour glyph!

Each Maya Kin starts at sunset when you can feel the energies changing as they bring the next qualities in our daily experiences. So when you observe the days or calculate a Maya natal sign, don’t forget to use the next day after the local sunset (see Decoder).

For more details consult our Mayan Calendar Books.

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