Mayan-Aztec Calendar


The Mayan calendar Madrid Codice

Here is an actual drawing from an ancient Mayan book, the Madrid Codice.

"You wanna take it out for a spin?"

When I first examined this Madrid Codex puzzle, it reminded me of being a child playing a board game called Chutes and Ladders, where one moves the game pieces forward or backward by rolls-of-a-dice, sometimes unexpectedly upwards by ladders or downwards by chutes, all while racing to be first to the top.

Here are The Keys to the layout
when to climb up and down a 13-level Maya temple stairways.

To begin, start at the blue circle and follow counter-clockwise.

Day #1 of the 260 is:  

1 imix  or  1 DRAGON


For the first 13-day Week-1 'movement' is from the blue circle at inner position Day #1, out to Day #13, so from the Inner world to the Outer world. Then the dots turn right and go-across the second 13-day Week-2 in the Outer World for 13 days. Then it turns left and inward, toward the Inner World for 13 days, and so-on.

The top horizontal 13-day row-of-dots that flows left across-the-top of the calendar is SEED k'an Week-12  and the candle flame in the top 'Heavens' inner drawing is pointing at Day #156, which is 8 Monkey chuwen and is called "Day Keepers Day."   Day Keepers Day is an all day long ceremonial festival honoring the new spiritual initiates/apprentice Day Keepers and their mentor spiritual-elder Day Keepers.

Breathing Living Light Waves Our Holy River flows. 


The calendar and map also outlines the Four-Season cycles the lower scene is time-of-access to the Underworld; the upper scene is time-of-access to the Heavens; and the right-and-left scenes both are time-of-access between both the Heavens and the Underworld.

For the Day # numbers for ceremonies at the top level of a Mayan temple:

1, 39, 40, 65, 66, 104, 105, 130, 131, 169, 170, 195, 196, 234, 235, 260

The Maya only used their 20 day signs on days 13 and 1 every 13 identify when the time shift "Zero Point" Doorways open every 13 days!

The Mayan calendar "breathes" an in-breath & out-breath, and "holding" the breath on the 'outer' weeks.

Note that the fetus spirit is shown entering the womb of a woman at around Day #90, which is signified in the right-side drawing.

Before a cup can be filled, its form must first be created.


MAYAN "DAY KEEPERS DAY" = 8 MONKEY chewenn - Day #151

The candle flame points to Mayan "Day Keepers Day" on the top row of dots marking SEED Week-12.

Mayan Day Keepers Day is celebrated in villages and towns with all-day festivals and ceremonies honoring newly initiated students who have learned to keep the correct 'count of days' on the Mayan calendar.  As the name implies, "Day Keepers" keep the count of the days.

When I first saw this Mayan calendar codex puzzle, it reminded me of being a child playing a board game called Chutes & Ladders, where one moves the game piece forward or backward by rolls of a dice, sometimes unexpectedly upwards by ladders or downwards by chutes, all while racing to be first to the top.

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Shadow Twin - Evening Star  returns to Western Sky October 2019

Many cultures around the world notice and record the rising and setting patterns of the brightest light in the evening and early morning skies the planet, named-in-English: "Venus." 

The Olmec and Maya cultures of Mexico and the Guatemala highlands in Central America, are the first to create a 260-day Venus-calendar, recognized today as the most accurate calendar in the world.

In Maya lore, Venus, the bright light traveling the sky, is the "Two-Brothers": the Feathered Serpent and his Shadow Twin brother.

The planet Venus rises in the East, in the early pre-dawn sky as the “Morning Star” or Feathered Serpent and is the third brightest- light in the sky after our Sun and Moon.

Venus shines-bright in the early morning pre-dawn eastern skies as the Morning Star for 236-days or approximately 8-months.

The Feathered Serpent days are days of of: peace, rebirth, rebuilding and common unity.

After 236-days as the Feathered Serpent/Morning Star Venus disappears from the skies for 90-days, slowly spinning away, farther and farther from Earth, hidden away from view behind the Sun.

After 90-days hidden behind the Sun, Venus is seen rising again after sunset in the West evening-sky.

There in the western skies Venus shines as the “Evening Star” or Shadow Twin for 250-days.

The Shadow Twin days are days of: ceremonial challenges and ceremonial conflict theater, or, if not dealt with in a high spiritual energy of integrity, real war and unexpected challenges and forced changes.

Venus as the Evening Star becomes brighter and brighter as it moves towards Earth, closer and closer on its nearest approach to Earth every 1.6-years.

Then, just as Venus is at its brightest right after sunset, it disappears for 8-days. In Maya lore, the Shadow Twin has died.

For 8-days Venus moves across the front face of the Sun, hidden by the glare of the Sun, and directly between the Sun and the Earth.  It’s at these moments, every ~19 months, when our nearest neighbor planet-Venus passes close-by to Earth.

After 8-days hidden, Venus reappears, reborn at dawn at the side of the Sun, at sunrise in the East dawn sky.

In its new-phase as the Morning-Star, the Feathered-Serpent is the brightest-light before dawn for the next 236-days.

The Morning Star/Feathered Serpent days of peace, rebirth, rebuilding and common unity return. The Tides of Time.

When Venus is approaching Earth as the Evening Star: the combined magnetic & gravitational forces of the Earth and Venus, as they move closer together, increases pressure and stress. 

For example: when two bar magnets, with the same positive-sides or negative-sides facing each other, are forced together this creates a strong RESISTANCE & ENERGY re-balancing, which precipitates the stronger force-fields energy & stress the closer the magnets are.

When Venus becomes the Morning Star: the combined magnetic & gravitational forces of the Earth and Venus: decrease, subside, move apart, and reduces overall pressure and stress.

These rising and setting patterns of the planet Venus are repeated on-average every 584.92-days, that's about every ~19-months

These Venus 'fly-by' patterns repeat exactly five-times every 8-years, during five different months of the year.

Let’s examine this 8-year pulse, this 8-year rhythm of Venus.

It is a VERY important rhythm.  Indeed, it is a hythm that connects to the musical scale, a truly sacred rhythm pattern that holds the key to understanding the musical encoding of time in our solar system.

If we could super speed-up time and watch the orbits of the planets around our Sun from high above our solar system, we would see that over every 8-year-cycle of time Venus exactly aligns between the Sun and the Earth 5-times, creating a spiraling 5-pointed star pattern around the Sun.


Cycle 1 - Ego Challenges Emerge when Conditions allow
Cycle 2 - Moralize, Create Positive "Do Something About It" Services
Cycle 3 - Reasonable Planning, Try Unconditional Love and Acceptance, Transfiguration Begins
Cycle 4 - Effortless Intentions Realized without Force by Power
Cycle 5 - Complete Enlightened Conclusion draws any resisting Negative in preparation for Next Cycle

A five-pointed star pattern is exactly the same kind of pattern design detected within the double-helix spiral blueprints of genetic DNA, in the cells of all living creatures on Earth. 

The organs of the body are spaced a certain distance from the brain, and in the same way the 'organs' of our solar system, the Planets, are spaced a certain distance from the Sun.

1922 began a 104-year Venus cycle of thirteen (13) 8-year cycles that completes in 2026.

In 1922 Venus rose on its first day as the "Morning Star" on Mayan calendar Day #20, the first appearance of the SUN ahau day sign on the 260-day calendar cycle. This only happens once every 104-years!

Have now included that in the YEARS 1901-2025 section, noted as: 1922 - V1... 1930 - V2... 1938 - V3... 1946 - V4... 1954 - V5... 1962 - V6... 1970 - V7... 1978 - V8... 1986 - V9... 1994 - V10... 2002 - V11... 2010 - V12... 2018 V13.

The current 8-year Venus cycle we are in, 2018-2026, has five (5) transit points.

The beginning point was October 24, 2018, and the next point is June 3, 2020.

This beginning phase is like wandering around in the wilderness. We know we're going somewhere important but we're just going thru the woods trying to find our way out.

June 3, 2020, marks the end of this wilderness phase and suddenly there is a huge unexpected shift of consciousness and events that suddenly puts everything in focus to keep us on the positive path.

Just like the Mayan calendar is sectioned into five (5) 52-day cycles, so too this Venus 8-year cycle has the same fractal nature.

Fear not. We are safe. Be patient.

For finally we arrive at our 'destination,' the "Zero Point" time shift zone at the end of 2025 in Mayan year 13 that completes in January 2026 when a new 13-year cycle begins, and a new 260-day cycle begins on January 23, 2026.

The Mayan calendar needs to be adjusted every so often to keep it aligned with the risings and settings of the planet Venus.

Jose Arguelles talked about it but I have never seen anyone adjusting his calendar dates ever. And I have not seen online ONE date calculator that gets the Mayan dates right going back before 1995. I believe my date charts from 1901-2026 are proven to be accurate. I can't rely on "magical thinking" because these are "facts" of astronomy cycles of Venus.

It is true that the 'error' or adjustment works out to be about 5 days every 52 years but again have never seen anywhere anyone adjusting.

My facts are correct and I can prove it.

Venus is seen as the "Evening Star" during its 263-day  journey thru the evening western skies, after which it disappears from view for 8 days.

The period-of-orbit of Venus around our Sun is 224.65 days and the period-of orbit of the Earth around the Sun is 365.25 days.

So the 260-day cycle is actually a tiny bit less-than a full 260-days...exactly 259.8-days, because of that "extra" .65 of a day each year. And the "extra" .256 of a day that Earth has creates the extra day over four years.

A combination of these factors is why the day Venus rises as the Morning Star every 8-years, on Mayan calendar day LORD Ajaw (or Ahau) needs to be adjusted BACKWARD a day earlier occasionally, and why the Mayan "New Year" arrives a day earlier every so often, from the adjustment made to the rising and setting of Venus, because of the periods of orbit of Venus and Earth around the Sun.

The first sighting of Venus rising on the specific Mayan calendar day SUN ahau every eight years determines the correct Maya calendar day of adjustment, if necessary, to keep the calendar accurate.

Like both the Gregorian and Julian calendars the Mayan calendar must also be adjusted, a day-backwards sometimes, one day must be subtracted, about every ten years or so, if necessary.

Because of the orbit length of the Venus year, 224.7-days, those "partially missing" days every year of 0.3-days begin to add up.

The Venus-Sun 'inferior conjunction' alignments occur 3-days earlier every 10-years.  So even with the 2 extra leap year added in every 8-years an additional day must be subtracted to keep the Mayan calendar aligned to the rising of Venus on SUN ahau days.


Year   Venus Days     

1          0.3

2           0.6

3           0.9

4           1.2 

5            1.5 

6            1.8 

7             2.1  

8              2.4 

9              2.7

10             3.0

This then raises challenging questions, such as: How can we subtract one extra day? Where does that Mayan day go?  And, WHEN does the adjustment take place, if needed?

We must realize that the 260-day calendar is really tracking an invisible subtle ‘energy-field’ that the planets are always moving thru. And since the planets do not have exact circular orbital patterns, the orbits are oval egg-shaped, their orbital revolutions we observe mathematically have variations that do not overtly appear at first as simple Earth-time calculation formulas and so we have to adjust our Sun-based calendars to compensate.

The total Mayan calendar 'energy field' is actually slightly less-than 260-days in duration.  So little-by-little every day, every month and every year the Mayan calendar slowly slips backwards, so that, for example, the Mayan "New Year Day" happens now in mid-January.

Every 8 years, the day Venus disappears is ALWAYS on Mayan day Eb' or HUMAN, the 12th Mayan daysign on the 20-day mayan Month.  For those 8 days Venus is then moving between the Sun and the Earth and can not be seen.

Then later, 8 days after disappearing, Venus reappears again in the pre-dawn eastern sky just before sunrise as the super bright "Morning Star".  And this day every 8 years is ALWAYS Mayan day Ahau or SUN, the 20th daysign on the 20-day mayan Month.


These two daysigns, Eb' HUMAN and Ahau SUN, are always found in the Venus-cycle charts, in all four of the known ancient Mayan books or codices.

Here is the ideal 8-Year pattern as recorded in the Mayan "Madrid Codex":   

Mayan Symbol      Venus - Rises or Sets  (Star Pattern Cycles: 1 – 5)

SUN                      *Rises as Morning Star (1)          

WARRIOR               Sets as Morning Star

WORLDBRIDGER   Rises as Evening Star

WARRIOR                Sets as Evening Star


SEED                     *Rises as Morning Star (2)

SUN                          Sets as Morning Star

DOG                          Rises as Evening Star

SUN                           Sets as Evening Star


STAR                       *Rises as Morning Star (3)

SEED                         Sets as Morning Star

WIZARD                     Rises as Evening Star

SEED                          Sets as Evening Star


HUMAN                    *Rises as Morning Star (4)

STAR                           Sets as Morning Star

MIRROR                      Rises as Evening Star

STAR                           Sets as Evening Star


WARRIOR               *Rises as Morning Star (5)

 HUMAN                       Sets as Morning Star

WIND                          Rises as Evening Star

HUMAN                       Sets as Evening Star


*Note: All Mayan dates on this webite are the exact proven accurate calendar of the Guatemala highlands Maya count-of-days. For the calendar of the Yucatan lowlands Maya count-of-days, used by the-late DR. JOSÉ ARGÙELLES, is miscounted by 57 days, as of 2020. For the Yucatan lowlands Maya count-of-days miscount began hundreds of years ago and is misaligned with the rising and setting cycles of the planet Venus. This split can be traced back into the 1500's with the arrival of the "divide & conquer" Spanish army in 1519.

The Aztec Calendar Stone

The Aztec Calendar Stone is a commissioned artwork and its layout is significant because it represents a complete model and artistic rendering of the Aztec version of the 260-day calendar with Aztec calendar symbols, as of 1494 AD, two-years after Columbus arrived in the "New World."

To view the actual Aztec Calendar Stone click-here

Below is a picture of a small clay reproduction.

The Key LEGEND-BOX of the Aztec Calendar Stone is the very top square.

The 13 circles rise-up from and return to Source,  with the 13th Aztec daysign Corn Plant acatl in the middle.


Below is the Aztec Calendar Stone layout, with the 20-Mayan daysign Names.


At the top of this drawing, of the Aztec calendar inner circle with the 20 Mayan daysign Names, is the South "gate" above the first daysign DRAGON and the last daysign SUN.

On the Aztec Calendar Stone the South 'gate' is a triangular-shaped 'gate,' above the first daysign CROCODILE and the last daysign FLOWER, and is 'pointing' to the 4-sided square LEGEND KEY box with 13 tiny circles, along with the 13th Aztec daysign REED acatl.

Every 13 days, one rises-up into the world, expands, flowers, and re-turns to Source.

1 = Rebirth/Expand   5 = Stabilize    7 = Mid-point    9 = Contract    13 =Complete/Rebirth

For 'The Breath of Time' is inhale expand & exhale contract

The Arc of Time. At the beginning an "oomph" to rise, flower, then re-turn to Source.


On the Aztec Calendar Stone (diagram) the highest point (in the sky) above the daysign names DRAGON and SUN at mid-day is the most powerful SOUTH GATE-keeper SUN at the peak of mid-day, Light, growth and 'Summer'.
-- the major Alpha & Omega point --

The first daysign DRAGON and last daysign SUN are joined at the top of the circle of life, the 20 daysign inner circle.

< Go counter-clockwise to the-left <

The SUN Lord gives birth to All Creation DRAGON creatures

Descending down to the left is the smaller triangular 'GATE-way' of the South-West above NIGHT 'pointing' up..

The sunset 'Fall' WEST GATE-keeper is the SERPENT, and after sunset WORLDBRIDGER.

The North-West GATE-way is 'pointing' down from the STAR.

The 'Winter' rest 'pointing' down mid-night NORTH GATE-keeper is the DOG, and with MONKE begins to rise again.

Rising spring 'pointing' down under the North-East GATEway is the SKYWALKERwith kundalini rising.

The sunrise full 'Spring' EAST GATE-keeper is the EAGLE, with WARRIOR gardian angel rising up.

The morning South-East GATEway rises above the thunder MIRROR to Light the fire.

Once again at the top mid-day 'Summer' South GATE-keeper is the SUN Lord to re-birth All Creation DRAGON creatures.

From DRAGON creatures to SUN Lords, every 20 days.

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The best reference book on the Aztec Calendar Stone  is the Aztec Calendar Handbook.

THE definitive book on the Aztec Calendar Stone is the Aztec Calendar Handbook

This excellent reference book is co-authored by Richard Graeber and the-late DR. RANDALL C. JIMENEZ, and is one of the "official" guidebooks at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, Mexico, where the actual 12-ton Aztec Calendar Stone is on-display.

Their research into the history of the region-and-cultures is phenominal. I recommend buying this book for your personal reference library.

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Richard Graeber has spoken with me dozens-of-times over the years. Together we laughed, pondered, debated and solved some of the riddles-and-questions about the various differences between the 260-day Aztec-and-Mayan calendars, and then-some.

One of our 'debates' about the 20 daysigns had-to-do-with those 8 trianglular-shaped 'compass-points' directional 'gateways'.

For example: The 8th Mayan daysign STAR lamat is at 'North-West' GATE-way and the 18th Mayan daysign MIRROR etz'nab' is at the 'South-East' GATE-way'. I felt the Aztec had them reversed direction-wise. So I said to him many times: maybe it was intentionally reversed to hide the truth, that it didn't make-sense that West-turns-to-South, or that East-turns-to-North; that that goes-against many Native American teachings of the Medicine Wheel or Medicine Hoop, as to the turning: East to South to Westto North, like the seasons..

I had been uneasy about this-issue since 1995.  So, November 2011, I decided that I would do what I felt was correct for me.

So, I now designate STAR lamat as the North-West GATE-way into the NORTH days and MIRROR etz'nab' the South East GATE-way into the SOUTH days.

The result is what you see on my-version of the Aztec calendar layout.

If it doesn't work for you, don't use it.

To me it just mades-more-sense, these Gateway 'adjustments"; they now feel better-and-stronger to me, esp. for storytelling purposes..

One of the biggest questions for me has been: Why is the Aztec "Skull" daysign kimi' (death?) on the 6th day of the 20-day count rather than symbollically 'later' in the 20-day count?, since death is the last transistion.

To me it makes-more-sense to have the Skull in the West, after 'sunset', that 'descends' to the North.

One of the universal themes in spiritual mythology and religion symbolism is the setting-of-the-sun in the WEST symbolizing 'death' or the-descent-of-the-Sun into the earth, and/or into the WORLDBRIDGER dreamtime of sleep/mini-death transition.

It just all falls-into-place with the directions and the daily sun cycle, with the west-north-east directional-flow. 

On the Aztec Calendar Stone, but using Mayan names, the SUN ajaw daysign day 20 sits at the highest place on the-inner-circle, "in the sky" at mid-day when the sun is at its height, at its strongest power.

So, then it starts to set, descending  towards the West at NIGHT ak'bal, with the SERPENT chikchan and 'the Skull'  WORLDBRIDGER dreamer kimi down-under the West GATE, and then rising-up thru the North-East SKYWALKER b'en GATE-way towards the East; and soaring-thru the East GATE with-the EAGLE men at sunrise and the WARRIOR kib'  gaurdian angels rising up.

The Aztec Calendar Stone is a wonderful and beautiful commissioned artwork that shows the spirit pathway, on its forever journey around the Circle of Life.