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Aztec and Maya Calendar

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The Aztec, Maya and most other mesoamerican people used the same 260-day calendar with an identical correlation. So the Aztec date 1-Cipactli corresponds to 1-Imix for the Maya, etcetera.

Month: Day: Year:   

In the tonalpohualli, the sacred Aztec calendar, this day (Saturday, December 20, 2014) is:




13-day period


solar year
Atl (water)Coatl (snake)Acatl (reed)
5 - Atl (water)1 - Coatl (snake)3 - Acatl (reed)


Lord of the Night


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Long Count:

(Mayan calendar)
Xiuhtecuhtli16 - Tozoztontli (III)

(Correlation: Alfonso Caso - Nicholson's veintena alignment [adjust] )

The significance of this day

Day Atl (Water) is governed by Xiuhtecuhtli, God of Fire, as its provider of tonalli (Shadow Soul) life energy. Atl is a day for purification by subjecting oneself to the ordeal of conflict. It is a good day for battle, a bad day for rest. Water brings out the scorpion, who must sting its enemies or else sting itself. Atl is the day of the holy war, which is always a battle with one's own enemies within.

The thirteen day period (trecena) that starts with day 1-Coatl (Snake) is ruled by Xiuhtecuhtli, Lord of the Year, the ancient god of fire who stands at the center. The 13 days of this trecena are governed by the forces that have created a power vacuum in the situation. The throne is empty and the rightful heir must struggle with all the pretenders who would claim it. These are 13 days of conflict, intrigues and unexpected developments. The throne will fall to the one who has laid the groundwork, built the alliances and is favored by the timing of events beyond any one person's control. This time will come again: those who are not prepared should bide their time; those who hold the throne should beware. These are good days to act out of strength, bad days to rely on the strength of others.

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