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 Water Lily Creature

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 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.


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.

The key to the accuracy of the Maya calendar is that its based upon the exact rising and setting-dates of the planet-Venus, as was recorded within the ancient Mayan painted-paper sacred books; for Venus orbit creates a five-pointed star pattern orbit around our Sun.

Mayan astronomers recorded the exact Mayan dates Venus appears-and-disappears in the sky over 8-year cycles of time.  Many pages of calculations for Venus are matched with the  Mayan daysign Ajaw or Ahau (LORD or SUN) as documented in the Mayan records. 

The Mayan daysign representing the planet Venus are drawn next to the Mayan calendar day: Ajaw or LORD.

So, Mayan calendar accuracy Rule #1 is: Every 8-years the first sighting of Venus rising in the eastern dawn sky occurs on Mayan day: Ajaw LORD.


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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 CREATURE and the last daysign LORD.
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
CREATURE and LORD at mid-day
is the most powerful SOUTH GATE-keeper LORD
at the peak of mid-day, Light, growth and 'Summer'.
-- the major Alpha & Omega point --

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

< Go counter-clockwise to the-left <

The LORD gives birth to All Creation 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 DREAM (death).

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 REED with kundalini rising.

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

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

Once again at the top mid-day 'Summer' South GATE-keeper is the LORD
to re-birth All Creation CREATUREs.

From CREATURE to LORD, 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 FLINT 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 FLINT 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. Just like I changed a few of the daysign names, for myself,

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 DREAM world of sleep.

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 LORD 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'  DREAM kimi down-under the West GATE, and then rising-up thru the North-East REED ben GATE-way towards the East; and soaring-thru the East GATE with-the EAGLE men at sunrise and the GUARDIAN kib'  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.