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February 25, 2012

This Day in the Maya Calendar (Winter 2012)

Cholq'ij, the Maya sacred ceremonial calendar of 260 days—a cycle of 20 Day deities and 13 numbers—is the basis of the Maya spirituality that survives to this time, practiced daily among millions of Maya people, in thousands of communities. The interpretation of the days can vary from one Maya people to another. The interpretations given here are based on sustained conversations and participation over three decades with Maya Q'eqchi calendar priest Roderico Teni and daykeeping families in the area of Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, by Jose Barreiro (Taíno), head of NMAI’s Office of Latin America, and his wife, Katsi Cook (Mohawk).

For more background to this series, please see Jose's introduction, "Living in the Practice." For further insight into the role of the Day lords in everyday life, please see the Maya Journal. For the complete year so far, please see the Maya calendar archive. 

13 Aqbal  |  Monday, March 19, 2012 

Day deity AqbalCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 13 Aqbal. Aqbal is the Dawn, also the Bat; 13 is the highest potency. Aqbal is clarity, the separation of darkness and light as the Sun disperses the fog and obscurity of night. This is a good day to ask for a peaceful and happy daybreak, a day to find hidden and lost things or to wash away tears of sadness. On Aqbal, the sacred fire is recognized and appreciated. Aqbal is a good day to clean the ashes (renew the heart) of a fireplace and to present a new baby to el Mundo. Harvesting of corn can begin on this day. A potential bride or groom can be revealed on this day. 

People born on Aqbal relate in the present and are a special link between past and future. They are early risers, good workers, tranquil and kind, strong before an enemy, good researchers and finders of hidden things, often called, "the candle of the home." —Jose Barreiro

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents AqbalGlyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

12 Iq  |  Sunday, March 18, 2012

Day deity IqCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 12 Iq. Iq is Wind; 12 is high balance. Wind is powerful, violent, driven of itself, identity. A day of strong emotion, Iq is also a healing day. Good wind is nutritional for human minds; it is the mystic breath and vital inspiration of nature. This is a good day to appreciate all of Creation. 

The Day lord Iq is one of the four Yearbearers, or mams, a creator who helped finish the world and put breath (essence) in human beings. People born on Iq are inclined to spiritual ways and can impulsively tap into cosmic sources. On Iq, a breeze or wind splits against your face as a blessing and a cleansing to purge your head and body of illness. Respiratory ills are prayed over on this day. —J. B.

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents IqGlyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

11 Imox  |  Saturday, March 17, 2012

Day deity ImoxCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 11 Imox. Imox is lizard; 11 is high turbulence. Imox is the very force of gravity and a good day to pray for creativity and rain. Imox can open el Mundo for receiving cosmic messages. Known as a "crazy" day, Imox requires much concentration and control. A day of high male intelligence, also impatience and agitation, Imox can be difficult.  Grounded on its left side, left arm, this day is easily unbalanced and in need of clasping left and right hands. Imox can be good if held in the balance of the Heart of the Sky and Heart of the Earth; unattended, Imox can manifest imbalance, mental nervousness, and even death. People born on Imox are open and sincere but indecisive, in need of ceremony to set the positive to override the negative. —J. B.

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents Imox. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

10 Ajpu  |  Friday, March 16, 2012 

Day deity AjpuCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 10 Ajpu. Ajpu is Caracol, or Spiraled Shell; 10 is high balance. Ajpu is Sun, captain of Time, a day of personal strength and for good to triumph over evil. Ajpu begins the men's cycle and is a day to connect with the ancestors, who can reward and punish. Death is reachable and amenable; spirits can ask permission to enter el Mundo, the living world. Day of the warrior and blowgun hunter (cerbatanero), Ajpu is the strong blow of the dart that hits its target—a good day to pray for stealth or for a break in enemy lines. Ajpu cares for boys and guides men. Ajpu is also a good day to start building on a house, a good day to make prayers for women and for success in lactation.

The Hero Twin Jun Ajpu Ixbalanke defeated the Xibalbas and fooled them into accepting the offering of copal rather than a human heart. In near and remote ways, this character and episode from the book of the Maya ancients endure as backdrop to the day Ajpu. —J. B.

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents AjpuGlyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

9 Kawoq  |  Thursday, March 15, 2012 

Day deity KawoqCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 9 Kawoq. Kawoq is Turtle, also Sky Serpent; 9 is gestation. Kawoq is a high woman day, a day of duality in all of nature, and a guardian of contentment. It is the day of woman–man, lightning and thunder, fecundity and imagination; a day of midwives and of prayer for unity within the home, strength within the family, renewed strength for convalescents, and the smoothing of all irritation. This is a good day to turn bad medicine back on itself. Kawoq attends to young women in pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and to full realization for all women; it is a day of their sash. Kawoq is also a good day to commemorate the Staff of Authority and for the men of the family and community to pray for the coffers (good fortune) of the women and for the protection of the home. Good midwives, writers, and architects are born on this day. —J. B.

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents Kawoq. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

8 Tijax  |  Wednesday, March 14, 2012 

Day deity TijaxCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 8 Tijax. Tijax is Fish, also Obsidian; 8 is a double balance. Tijax is a day of doctors, a good day to pray for surgeons and all medical practitioners. It is a day of sacrifice and liberation from suffering, a day of sharp, cutting objects—of knives and scalpels and scissors. Tijax is a safeguard for domestic animals against predators, a good day to pray for all animals that are sacrificed, both in ceremony and in everyday life. Tijax is a good day to use metal (a machete, scissors) to "open the sky" to solicit rain, solicit life, split black clouds. Gossip, calumny, and sorcery, on money and sexual matters, can be overcome on this day; on a high number day, disputes can turn public, and debilitating. Tijax is a good day for seasoned masters to fortify daykeeping trainees against ridicule by envious countrymen or by evangelicos. It is not a good day to plant. —J. B. 

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents Tijax. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

Noj  |  Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Day deity Noj

Corresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 7 Noj. Noj is Woodpecker; 7 is a pivotal number. Noj is a woman's highest intelligence. Maya knowledge and wisdom live in this day—good science to support positive deeds, good projects, good business, a good home. On Noj, good ideas are available through the intelligence connected to the movement of the earth. Boys born on this day have important female qualities and can be attentive to the knowledge of nature, which rules all. Girls born on this day can be clear leaders. Noj is a good day to hear advice and to make decisions; it is a good day to feed the mind, recognize curiosity, and strengthen memory. Noj is one of the four Yearbearers. —J. B.

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents Noj. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

6 Ajmac  |  Monday, March 12, 2012 

Day deity AjmacCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 6 Ajmac. Ajmac is Bee, also Vulture; 6 is a low number. On Ajmac ancestor spirits can detect and smooth the thread of time in our lives. Prudence, intelligence, ancient wisdom are in this day. Ajmac is a day to plead forgiveness for serious faults and to be judged. It is a day that demands moral rectitude, respect, and sincere analysis. Our faults (stains) must be faced and paid for on this day; humble requests for pity are encouraged. Ajmac is a propitious day for the women of a household to make peace with one another after conflict, to apologize for sharp words; it is a  good day to pray for smooth relationships and the renewal of agreements among women. Hard luck can face those born on Ajmac. —J. B. 

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents Ajmac. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

5 Tz'ikin  |  Sunday, March 11, 2012

Day deity Tz'ikin

Corresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 5 Tz'ikin. Tz'ikin is Bird, best represented by the Hummingbird, also the Quetzal and the Eagle; 5 is one hand. Tz'ikin carries the message between the Heart of Earth and the Heart of Sky. Cold, heat, light, air, cloud are its elements. Love, intuition, precognition are strong in those born on this day. Tz'ikin is a good day for humans to follow the birds to the corn, to find good material luck. It is a good day to ask for revelation and intelligence, for abundance, and for vision, a good day to ask for collaboration in projects and for personal freedom. On this day, women have the privilege to ask for their husbands and sons to triple the family money. —J. B.

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents Tz'ikin. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

4 I'x  |  Saturday, March 10, 2012 Day Deity I'x

Corresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 4 I'x. I'x is Jaguar; 4 is the foundational balance. I'x is woman's energy day. It is a day to connect with your own land and to pray for its original owners, to pray for and appreciate your house, to pray for the finances to buy and sustain land, to ask for fertility in humans and animals, to request vigor and strength for reproductive organs, particularly female. It is a good day for a woman to request strength in her husband's commitment to matrimonial stability. People born on I'x have a close relationship to el Mundo, and receive good access to precious metals. I'x is a good day to pray to the mountains in favor of the land, a good day for solitude and meditation. —J. B.

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents I'x. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

3 Aj  |  Friday, March 9, 2012

Day deity Aj

Corresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 3 Aj. Aj is Cane Reed; 3 is the first rotor. Aj is a good day to ask for clarity of destiny. Aj begins the women's cycle, sentiments of family and home, the spinal cord. It is a day of resurgence and renewal, as in the reed and the corn, and of the triumph of good over evil, life over death. A day of happiness, the renewal of food, money, and the heart of life, Aj is life and receives life. People born on this day renew their communities; they are sickly as children and sturdy as adults; they are especially lucky. Good awakeners of their families and communities, they make good midwives. Aj is generally a good day to pray for protection of your life and protection of the newborn, a good day to pray for twins, a good day to pray for humanity.

In the Pop Vuh, sacred book of the Maya-Quiche, Jun Ajpu Ixbalanké planted a cane in his grandmother's home. The plant would blanch or renew, as he died and was resurrected in the fight of the Hero Twins with the Xibalbas, Death Lords of the Underworld. This story, central to Maya spirituality, is remembered in the oral tradition, independent of academic literature. —J. B.

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents Ajpu. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

2 Eh  |  Thursday, March 8, 2012

Day deity Eh

Corresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 2 Eh. Eh is Bobcat; it is the Path; it is the Tooth. 2 is foundational duality. Eh is a day that can orient individuals, and groups and communities, to their destiny. Eh is a day to ask for protection from dangers and obstructions during travels—specifically, that on your road the attention of thieves or highway police or border inspectors be deviated from your trajectory. Solitude is in Eh, light rain, kindness, alignment. People born on this day can be good counselors, spiritual guides with the gift of prayer to Ajaw (Creator) regarding the destiny of things. Also, good dentists are born on this day. Eh is one of the four pillars of the 20 days, a Yearbearer—a strong, especially sacred day. A prayer started in Batz can be carried by Eh through the full cycle of 20 days. —J. B. 

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents Eh. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

1 Batz  | Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Day deity Batz

Corresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 1 Batz. Batz is Monkey; 1 is fresh anew. Monkey braid, monkey fingers, monkey tail, Batz is the grasp of the hand of the monkey so tight and braided the fist will not let go, even in death. Batz is unity, a good day to tie things together, also a good day for beginnings—a good day for a marriage or to start a construction, a good day for initiation into the ways. For some Maya daykeepers, Batz begins the 20-day calendar cycle. People born on Batz are calm and self-confident; they make good spiritual guides and leaders, and good-hearted architects. 

Batz is the thread of Time that rolls out from under the earth, weaving life until cut, weaving Time into History. —J. B.

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents Batz. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

13 Tzi  |  Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Day deity Tzi

Corresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 13 Tzi. Tzi is the Canine, the guardian; 13 is the strongest number. Dog, Wolf, Coyote, Tzi can be snarly, terrifying the unprepared with his bark and his bite. Tzi people are zealous to guard the sacredness of ceremony, to identify and punish "intruders," those not disciplined to participate. Benevolent to friends and fierce to enemies, Tzi is steady to reward or punish. Tzi will punish those who disrespect the Days and the spirit of the family. This is a good day to ask for mystic insight for leaders, so they can seek and discover hidden things, so they can be just. Tzi has strong sexual energy, hard to restrain. When this energy is defined, people born on the Tzi make loyal friends, husbands, and wives. —J. B.

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents Tzi. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

12 Toj  |  Monday, March 5, 2012

Day deity Toj

Corresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 12 Toj. Toj is the mystic Fish; it is the tear of jade and drops of rain—water falling. Toj is a day of making even; 12 is the highest balance. Toj is a good day to pay your spiritual and financial debts, and to collect what you are owed. It is a day of evenness for a family—a good day for parents to pay the family's debt to el Mundo, good for the oldest son to appreciate the father and the father to appreciate the mountain. Illness can be deviated from the family by making a ceremonial offering on this day. —J. B.

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents Toj. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

11 Anil  |  Sunday, March 4, 2012

Day deity Anil

Corresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 11 Anil. Anil is the fertility in the seed; Anil is Rabbit. 11 is a high turbulent number. Anil is the four colors of corn—red, white, yellow, black—the seed of life that is the unity of the world. Anil is renewal after death, regeneration of the earth. Anil people are four-directions people and can be good travelers. This is a day of coming back, a day to generate and appreciate abundance, a day of declaring love to create a new relationship, a day to announce the wish to do business, a day of finding lost things, a day to ask for help in overcoming shyness. —J. B.

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents Anil. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

10 Kiej  |  Saturday, March 3, 2012 

Day deity Kiej

Corresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 10 Kiej. Kiej is the Deer; 10 is a high even number. Kiej is the four directions; four hooves striking the earth at once; the quaternity of the cosmos linked to prayer, highest aviso to el Mundo. Kiej is the staff of authority; the keen energy of a chief to detect danger; the perception of the leader buck, his horns. Kiej is a good day to pray for mental and physical agility, a day of agile travelers and good communicators. It is a day also to ask for clarity before gossip and ill intentions. A major gift of nature, Kiej holds indefatigable energy. He is one of the four main carriers of Time. —J. B.

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents Kiej. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

9 Kame  |  Friday, March 2, 2012

Day deity Kame

Corresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 9 Kame. Kame is the Owl, and the recognition of Death; 9 is the strongest rotor. A day that recalls the night, tranquility, and silence, Kame is good to ask for the ancient and recent ancestors who have gone on, to thank them, and to remember them with purpose. It is an appropriate day to extend reconciliation, to feel and give forgiveness, to develop patience, to invoke against mortal illnesses, to access superior knowledge. Without fear, it is a good day to approach the spiritual dimension, "the enchantment." —J. B. 

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents KameGlyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

8 Kan  |  Thursday, March 1, 2012

Day deity Kan

Corresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 8 Kan. Kan is the Snake; 8 is double balance. Kan is the ancient origin—Gucumatz, Plumed Serpent. This is a day of impartial and strict justice, a day of definition and maturity, a day to offer respect and to thank the corn. Kan is a good day to pray that truth and justice manifest in the Heart of Sky and Heart of Earth. On Kan, matters of justice, judges, and courts can be cleared up. It is a good day to put aside jealousies and request equilibrium in life and in the family, a good day to ask for physical strength and patience, contemplate our spiritual evolution, and rekindle the internal fire. —J. B.  

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents KanGlyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

7 Kat  |  Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Day deity KatCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 7 Kat. Kat is Spider, also Web and Fire; 7 is a pivotal number. Kat is the network of the sacred fire, the family hearth—a good day to pray for your family fireplace, the spirit of the fire that belongs in the home, the one that calls other spirits to ceremony and speaks for them. Kat is the net that hauls in the fish and the net that holds the ears of corn. Today is a good day to help free prisoners from captivity or request vigor and power for the weak. On Kat, the unity of the people is paramount and knowledge is deepened. Kat can bring the fruition of things and the untangling of complications. —J. B.  

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents KatGlyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

6 Aqbal  | Tuesday, February 28, 2012 

Day deity AqbalCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 6 Aqbal. Aqbal is the Dawn, also Bat; 6 is a low number. Aqbal is clarity, separation of darkness and light as the Sun disperses the fog and obscurity of night. This is a good day to ask for a peaceful and happy daybreak, a day to find hidden and lost things or to wash away tears of sadness. On Aqbal, the sacred fire is recognized and appreciated—a good day to clean the ashes (renew the heart) of a fireplace and to present a new baby to el Mundo. A potential bride or groom can be revealed on this day. Harvesting corn can begin on this day. 

People born on Aqbal relate in the present and provide a special link between the past and future. They are early risers, good workers, tranquil and kind, strong before an enemy, good researchers and finders of hidden things, often called "the candle of the home." —J. B.  

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents AqbalGlyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

5 Iq  |  Monday, February 27, 2012

Day deity IqCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 5 Iq. Iq is Wind, also Moon; 5 is one hand. Wind is powerful, violent, driven of itself, identity. A day of strong emotion, Iq is also a healing day. Good wind is nutritional for human minds and is the mystic breath and vital inspiration of nature. Iq is a good day to appreciate all of Creation. 

The Day lord Iq is one of the four Yearbearers, or mams, a creator who helped finish the world and put breath (essence) in the human beings. People born on Iq are inclined to spiritual ways and can impulsively tap into cosmic sources. On Iq, a breeze or wind splits against your face as a blessing and a cleansing to purge your head and body of illness. Respiratory ills are prayed over on this day. —J. B. 

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents IqGlyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

4 Imox  |  Sunday, February 26, 2012 

Day deity ImoxCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 4 Imox. Imox is Lizard; 4 is the foundational balance. Imox is the very force of gravity and a good day to pray for creativity and rain. Imox can open el Mundo to receiving cosmic messages. Known as a "crazy" day, Imox requires much concentration and control. A day of high, male intelligence, also impatience and agitation, Imox can be difficult. Grounded on its left side, left arm, this day is easily unbalanced and in need of clasping left and right hands. Imox can be good if held in the balance of the Heart of Sky and Heart of Earth. Unattended, Imox can manifest imbalance, mental nervousness, and even death. People born on Imox are open and sincere, but indecisive, in need of ceremony to set the positive to override the negative. —J. B.  

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents ImoxGlyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

3 Ajpu  |  Saturday, February 25, 2012

Day deity AjpuCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 3 Ajpu. Ajpu is Caracol, or Spiraled Shell; 3 is a good rotor. Ajpu is Sun, captain of Time, a day of personal strength, a day for good to triumph over evil. Ajpu begins the men's cycle and is a day to connect with the ancestors, who can reward and punish. Death is reachable and amenable; spirits can ask permission to enter el Mundo, the living world. Day of the warrior and blowgun hunter (cerbatanero), Ajpu is the strong blow of the dart that hits target—a good day to pray for stealth, or for a break in enemy lines. Ajpu cares for boys and guides men. Ajpu is also a good day to start building on a house and to make prayers for women and for success in lactation.

The Hero Twin Jun Ajpu Ixbalanke defeated the Xibalbas and fooled them into accepting the offering of copal rather than a human heart. In near and remote ways, this character and episode from the book of the Maya ancients endure as backdrop to the day Ajpu. —J. B.  

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents AjpuGlyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

2 Kawoq  |  Friday, February 24, 2012

Day deity KawoqCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 2 Kawoq. Kawoq is Turtle, also Sky Serpent; 2 is fundamental duality. Kawoq is a high woman day, a day of duality in all of nature, and a guardian of contentment. It is the day of woman–man, lightning and thunder, fecundity and imagination; of prayer for unity within the home, strength within the family, renewed strength for convalescents, and the smoothing of all irritation. Kawoq is also a good day to turn bad medicine back on itself. A day of midwives, Kawoq attends to young women in pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and to full realization for all women; it is a day of their sash. Kawoq is also a good day to commemorate the Staff of Authority and for the men of the family and community to pray for the coffers (good fortune) of the women and for the protection of home. Good midwives, writers, and architects are born on this day. —J. B.

Today's Maya calendar glyph represents Kawoq. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County.

1 Tijax  |  Thursday, February 23, 2012

Day deity TijaxCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 1 Tijax. Tijax is Fish, also Obsidian; 1 is the freshest number. Tijax is a day of doctors, good to pray for surgeons and all medical practitioners. It is also a day of sacrifice and liberation from suffering, and a day of sharp, cutting objects—of knives and scalpels and scissors. Tijax is a safeguard for domestic animals against predators; a good day to pray for all animals that are sacrificed, both in ceremony and in everyday life. Tijax is a good day to use metal (machetes, scissors) to "open the sky" to solicit rain, solicit life, split black clouds. Gossip, calumny, and sorcery, on money or sexual matters, can be overcome on this day; on a high number day, disputes can turn public and debilitating. Tijax is a good day for seasoned masters to fortify daykeeping trainees against ridicule by envious countrymen or by evangelicos. It is not a good day to plant. —J. B.

This day's Maya calendar glyph represents Tijax. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County.

13 Noj  |  Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Day deity NojCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 13 Noj. Noj is Woodpecker; 13 is the strongest number. Noj is a woman's highest intelligence. Maya knowledge and wisdom live in this day—good science to support positive deeds, good projects, good business, a good home. On Noj, good ideas are available through the intelligence connected to the movement of the earth. Boys born on this day have important female qualities and can be attentive to the knowledge of nature, which rules all. Girls born on this day can be clear leaders. Noj is a good day to hear advice and to make decisions; it is a good day to feed the mind, recognize curiosity, and strengthen memory. Noj is one of the four Yearbearers. —J. B.

This day's Maya calendar glyph represents Noj. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

12 Ajmac  |  Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Day deity AjmacCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 12 Ajmac. Ajmac is Bee, also Vulture; 12 is high balance. On Ajmac ancestor spirits can detect and smooth the thread of time in our lives. Prudence, intelligence, ancient wisdom are in this day. Ajmac is a day to plead forgiveness for serious faults and to be judged. It is a day that demands moral rectitude, respect, and sincere analysis. Our faults (stains) must be faced and paid for on this day; humble requests for pity are encouraged. Ajmac is a propitious day for the women of a household to make peace with one another after conflict, to apologize for sharp words; it is a good day to pray for smooth relationships and the renewal of agreements among women. Hard luck can face those born on Ajmac. —J. B.

This day's Maya calendar glyph represents Ajmac. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

11 Tz'ikin  |  Monday, February 20, 2012 

Day deity Tz'ikinCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 11 Tz'ikin. Tz'ikin is Bird, best represented by the Hummingbird, also the Quetzal and the Eagle; 11 is a high turbulent number. Tz'ikin carries the message between the Heart of Earth and the Heart of Sky. Cold, heat, light, air, cloud are its elements. Love, intuition, precognition are strong in those born on this day. Tz'ikin is a good day for humans to follow the birds to the corn, to find good material luck. Tz'ikin is a good day to ask for revelation and intelligence, for abundance, and for vision, a good day to ask for collaboration in projects and for personal freedom. On this day, women have the privilege to ask for their husbands and sons to triple the family money. —J. B.

This day's Maya calendar glyph represents Tz'ikin. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

10 I'x  |  Sunday, February 19, 2012 

Day Deity I'xCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 10 I'x. I'x is Jaguar. 10 is a high even number. I'x is woman's energy day. It is a day to connect with your own land and to pray for its original owners, to pray for and appreciate your house, to pray for the finances to buy and sustain land, to ask for fertility in humans and animals, to request vigor and strength for reproductive organs, particularly female. It is a good day for a woman to request strength in her husband's commitment to matrimonial stability. People born on I'x have a close relationship to el Mundo, and receive good access to precious metals. I'x is a good day to pray to the mountains in favor of the land, a good day for solitude and meditation. —J. B.

This day's Maya calendar glyph represents I'x. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County.

9 Aj  |  Saturday, February 18, 2012 

Day deity AjCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 9 Aj. Aj is Cane Reed; 9 is triple rotor, also gestation. Aj is a good day to ask for clarity of destiny. Aj begins the women's cycle, sentiments of family and home, the spinal cord. It is a day of resurgence and renewal, as in the reed and the corn, and of the triumph of good over evil, life over death. A day of happiness, the renewal of food, money, and the heart of life, Aj is life and receives life. People born on this day renew their communities; they are sickly as children and sturdy as adults; they are especially lucky. Good awakeners of their families and communities, they make good midwives. Aj is generally a good day to pray for protection of your life and protection of the newborn, a good day to pray for twins, a good day to pray for humanity.

In the Pop Vuh, sacred book of the Maya-Quiche, Jun Ajpu Ixbalanké planted a cane in his grandmother's home. The plant would wither or renew, as he died and was resurrected in the fight of the Hero Twins with the Xibalbas, Death Lords of the Underworld. This story, central to Maya spirituality, is remembered in the oral tradition, independent of academic literature. —J. B.

This day's Maya calendar glyph represents Aj. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County.

8 Eh  |  Friday, February 17, 2012 

Day deity EhCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 8 Eh. Eh is Bobcat; it is the Path; it is the Tooth. 8 is double balance. Eh is a day that can orient individuals—and groups and communities—to their destiny. Eh is the day to ask for protection from dangers and obstructions during travels— specifically, that on your road the attention of thieves or highway police or border inspectors be deviated from your trajectory. Solitude is in Eh, light rain, kindness, alignment. People born on this day can be good counselors, spiritual guides with the gift of prayer to Ajaw (Creator) regarding the destiny of things. Also, good dentists are born on this day. Eh is one of the four pillars of the 20 days, a Yearbearer—a strong, especially sacred day. A prayer started in Batz can be carried by Eh through the full cycle of 20 days. —J. B.

This day's Maya calendar glyph represents Eh. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

7 Batz  |  Thursday, February 16, 2012 

Day deity BatzCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 7 Batz. Batz is Monkey; 7 is a strong, pivotal number. Monkey braid, monkey fingers, monkey tail, Batz is the grasp of the monkey's hand so tight and braided the fist will not let go, even in death. Batz is the best day for beginnings; for some Maya daykeepers, Batz begins the 20-day calendar. Batz is unity, a good day to tie new things together, to start a marriage or a construction, a good day for initiation into the ways. Batz is the thread of Time that rolls out from under the earth, weaving life until cut, weaving Time into History. People born on Batz are calm and self-confident; they make good spiritual guides and leaders, and good-hearted architects. —J. B.

This day's Maya calendar glyph represents Batz. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County.

6 Tzi  |  Wednesday, February 15, 2012 

Day deity TziCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 6 Tzi. Tzi is the Canine, the guardian. 6 is an early number. Dog, Wolf, Coyote, Tzi can be snarly and can terrify the unprepared with his bark and his bite. Tzi people are zealous to guard the sacredness of ceremony, to identify and punish "intruders," those not disciplined to participate. Benevolent to friends and fierce to enemies, Tzi is steady to reward or punish. Tzi will punish those who disrespect the Days and the spirit of the family. This is a good day to ask for mystic insight for leaders, so they can seek and discover hidden things, so they can be just. Tzi has strong sexual energy, hard to restrain. When this energy is defined, people born on Tzi make loyal friends, husbands, and wives. —J.B. 

This day's Maya calendar glyph represents Tzi. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

5 Toj  |  Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Day deity TojCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 5 Toj. Toj is the mystic Fish; it is the tear of jade and drops of rain, water falling. Toj is a day of making even; 5 is one hand. Toj is a good day to pay your spiritual and financial debts, and to collect what you are owed. It is a day of evenness for a family, a good day for parents to pay the family's debt to el Mundo, good for the oldest son to appreciate the father and the father to appreciate the mountain. Illness can be deviated from the family by making a ceremonial offering on this day. —J. B.

This day's Maya calendar glyph represents Toj. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County.

4 Anil  |  Monday, February 13, 2012 

Day deity AnilCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 4 Anil. Anil is the fertility in the seed; Anil is Rabbit. 4 is a sacred number and powerful balance. Anil is the four colors of corn—red, white, yellow, black—the seed of life that is the unity of the world. Anil is renewal after death, regeneration of the earth. Anil people are four-directions people and can be good travelers. This is a day of coming back, a day to generate and appreciate abundance, a day of declaring love to create a new relationship, a day to announce the wish to do business, a day of finding lost things, a day to ask for help in overcoming shyness. —J. B.

This day's Maya calendar glyph represents Anil. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

3 Kiej  |  Sunday, February 12, 2012 

Day deity KiejCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 3 Kiej. Kiej is the Deer; 3 is a rotor. Kiej is the four directions, four hoofs striking the earth at once, the quaternity of the cosmos linked to prayer, highest

aviso to el Mundo. Kiej is the staff of authority, keen energy of a chief to detect danger, perception of the leader buck, his horns. Kiej is a good day to pray for mental and physical agility, a day of agile travelers and good communicators. It is a day also to ask for clarity before gossip and ill intentions. A major gift of nature, Kiej holds indefatigable energy. He is one of the four Yearbearers. —J. B.

This day's Maya calendar glyph represents Kiej. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

2 Kame  |  Saturday, February 11, 2012 

Day deity KameCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 2 Kame. Kame is the Owl, and the recognition of death; 2 is the foundational balance on the rotation of 13 energies that attach to the days. A day that recalls the night, tranquility, silence, Kame is good to thank and ask for the ancient and recent ancestors who have gone on, and to remember them with purpose. It is an appropriate day to extend reconciliation, to feel and give forgiveness, to develop patience, to invoke against mortal illnesses, to access superior knowledge; without fear, it is a good day to approach the spiritual dimension, "the enchantment." —J. B.

This day's Maya calendar glyph represents Kame. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 

1 Kan  |  Friday, February 10, 2012 

Day deity KanCorresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 1 Kan. Kan is the Snake; 1 is the freshest number. Kan is the ancient origin—Cucumatz, Plumed Serpent. Kan is the day of impartial and strict justice, a day of definition and maturity, and a good day to offer respect and to thank the corn. Kan is a good day to pray that truth and justice manifest in the Heart of the Sky and Heart of the Earth. On Kan, matters of justice, judges and courts can be cleared up. It is a good day to put aside jealousies and request equilibrium in life and in the family. It is a day to ask for physical strength and patience, to contemplate one's spiritual evolution, and to rekindle the internal fire. —J. B.

This day's Maya calendar glyph represents Kan. Glyphs representing the Day lords appear throughout Maya County. 


 

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I can't imagine how much time and energy you put into these translations. They seem incredibly difficult.

Enjoyable and interesting reads. I always find it fascinating how other people and civilizations think (thought) and functioned!

Joe

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