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Aztec and Maya Calendar

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Aztecs named a newborn child after its day (tonalli) of birth. The elemental forces ruling over that day strongly characterize a person and its destiny.

Month: Day: Year:   

In the tonalpohualli, the sacred Aztec calendar, this day (Saturday, May 30, 2015) is:




13-day period


solar year
Itzcuintli (dog)Cipactli (crocodile)Acatl (reed)
10 - Itzcuintli (dog)1 - Cipactli (crocodile)3 - Acatl (reed)


Lord of the Night


365-day calendar

Long Count:

(Mayan calendar)
Xiuhtecuhtli17 - Ochpaniztli (XI)

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

The significance of this day

Day Itzcuintli (Dog) is governed by Mictlantecuhtli, God of Death, as its provider of tonalli (Shadow Soul) life energy. Itzcuintli is the guide for the dead, the spirit world's link with the living. Itzcuintli is a good day for funerals and wakes and remembering the dead. It is a good day for being trustworthy, a bad day for trusting others of questionable intent.

The thirteen day period (trecena) that starts with day 1-Cipactli (Crocodile) is ruled by Tonacatecuhtli, Lord of Nurturance, the primordial god of creation and fertility. Cipactli is god of the land, the great earth monster, floating on the sea of stars. This is the first trecena of the sacred year. The 13 days of this trecena are governed by the primordial urge to create order out of chaos. The three means by which the Old Ones established order are still our most important treasures: speech, agriculture, and the family. The lineage of thought runs from seed to fruit to seed: these are good days to participate in the community; bad days for solitude.

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