Mayan astrology bears little relation to astrology as we know it. Whereas western astrology is based on the tropical zodiac, Mayan astrology is based on many things. Right down to the color socks your Dad was wearing when… we’re just kidding. Here’s a brief introduction to Mayan astrology and how it works.
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Mayan astrology doesn’t merely use observations of the movement of heavenly bodies in the sky, it is also based on time. So firstly, we’ll take a look at the Mayan calendar, or to be precise, calendars.
The Mayan Calendars
The Mayans recorded and calculated time and dates under several systems or cycles. The first is a period of 260 days. This cycle is called tzolk’in and forms the basis for the Mayan equivalent of our zodiac signs.
The next cycle is Haab’, which is made up of 18 x 20 days, plus an extra five days at the end, known as ‘the unlucky days’. This made up a year of 365 days. The Mayans ignored the extra quarter of a day, which we catch up with by having a Leap year.
The third cycle is the ‘Calendar Round’, which is the completion of 52 Haab’ years or 18,980
days. Then there is a ‘Long Count’ calendar which was deemed to have started August 11th, 3114 BC (Gregorian calendar). In addition to these, the Mayans also use the Lunar cycle and the Venus cycle.
Mayan Astrology Basics
Day or Core signs. These are calculated using the Tzolk’in, last 20 days, and are similar to our Sun signs. There are 18 Core signs, and each one is called a Uinal. The Maya believe that you choose your Uinal before you are born. They reveal a person’s personality traits and purpose in life.
The Trekana. Based on 20 groups of 13 days. The Trekana are considered by the Maya to be ‘Galactic tones’ as they have different vibrations. These signs go deeper into your personality and help you understand where you are in the ‘divine plan’. The western astrology equivalent would be your Moon sign.
It helps if you visualize the Tzolk’in and the Trekana cycles as two wheels, the first large with 20 cogs, the second small with 13 cogs. As the wheels turn, they lock into each other giving 260 possible combinations.
Tree of Life. The Maya believe that our galaxy is a tiny tree of life in a huge universe, as is our planet within our galaxy. Similarly, they see each person as a tree of life within the world. This view is similar to the Hermetic principle, “As above, so below.” Everything reflects everything in macro or microcosm. Your Tree of Life consists of a male and female sign, two directions and a core Day sign.
To discover your signs, you need to enter your birth date into a Mayan Astrology calculator. We recommend My Mayan Sign as you will receive a fairly detailed free Mayan Astrology report based on your date and approximate time of birth. Lunar Cafe has no affiliation with My Mayan Sign.
Mayan Astrology Signs, Meanings, and Interpretations
Because the Mayan astrological system is so complicated and your reading might be any of 260 combinations interlinked with your Tree of Life, we can only give a brief outline of the characteristics of each Core sign. Each sign has certain symbols and totems associated with it, so be sure to take note of yours. Images used under the CC-BY-SA license.
Ch’en: January 2nd to January 21st – Black Storm, Black Sky, Moon, One Flower, West. You have an affinity with the Moon and feel most comfortable at night time. Face west during meditation. Develop your intuitive and psychic talents.
Yax: January 22nd to February 10th – Green Storm, Venus, Two Flower, South.
Your ruling trait is a love of peace. You bring harmony and love to people around you. Meditate facing south.
Sac: February 11th to March 2nd – White Storm, Frog, Frog Constellation, Three Flower, North.
You are best in the morning. Make the most of this time and be open to inner wisdom. Face north during meditation. The leaping frog indicates that you are comfortable with change.
Keh: March 3rd to March 22nd – Red Storm, Trees, Deer, East.
You are happiest in nature. Spend as much time out of doors as you can. You are fiery and energetic. Sit facing east when you meditate.
Mak: March 23rd to April 11th – Enclosed, Cover, God of Number 3.
Yours is the mystery sign. You keep much of your personality hidden. You, among all people, need to be solitary to regain your equilibrium. The number three has deep significance for you. Meditate on its qualities.
K’ank’in: April 12th to May 1st – Earth, Dog, Yellow, Underworld, Yellow Sun.
Sun and earth lover, you are at home outdoors when the sun is shining. You are friendly, sociable and loyal. If you have the opportunity, visit some caves and spend time meditating there.
Muwan: May 2nd to May 21st – Owl, Moan Bird, God of Rain and Clouds, Fire.
You have a high affinity for water and fire; therefore, you are powerful when storms are raging. We don’t encourage you to go out in storms, but know that it’s a good time for you to receive wisdom, so open your heart and mind to your favorite elements and feel the force.
Pax: May 22nd to June 10th – Planting Time, Puma, Steam, Arrow, Drum.
You have great personal strength and the ability to be a leader. You are straightforward and steady. You are also very grounded and in tune with the earth. Use gardening as an active meditation.
Kayab: June 11th to June 30th – Turtle, Moon Goddess, One God.
You are a spiritual adventurer. Allow your curiosity free rein. Analyze everyday events for deeper meanings. Meditate by moonlight.
Kumk’u: July 1st to July 20th – Grain, Crocodile, Conch over Maize, Two Lord, Dark, Itzamnas gods of rain and plants.
You have the ability to perceive things from two (or more) sides. This means that you are an excellent mediator. Share your wisdom, but do not rush into difficult situations. Wait until you are called upon. Meditate in a plant-filled room.
Wayeb: July 21st to July 25th – Unlucky Days, The Earth God, Specter, the five Missing Days.
These five days are the Samhain equivalent of the Mayan year. You were born between the veils of the past and the present. There is a strong sense of other-worldliness about you. Cultivate your natural clairvoyance and ESP.
Pop: July 26th to August 14th – Jaguar, Chief, Leader, Soft Earth.
You are a natural leader. Use your abilities to guide others. You are grounded and connected to the earth, so walking in woodland is very restorative for your soul. Do it as often as you can.
Wo: August 15th to September 3rd – Black Sky, Black Jaguar, Black Storm, Night time, Frog, Two Soft Earth.
You share similar qualities with Ch’en and Sac. You prefer the hours after sundown and before dawn. Focus on the time between sleep and waking – that’s when you will receive messages from your subconscious.
Sip: September 4th to September 23rd – Red Conjunction, Red Sky, Red Storm, Deer, Stag.
Your elements are fire and air. Cultivate the gracefulness of a deer. Meditate at sunset and wear something red. Spend time walking in woodland and feel the soft energy envelop you.
Sotz: September 24th to October 13th – Bat, Fish, Two Moss, Beginning of Winter.
Your totem animal, the bat, endows you with sensitivity and intuition. Your second totem animal, the fish, represents your affinity with water, and, therefore, emotions. Rely on your internal guidance to make decisions and to offer empathy to others. You need to withdraw now and then to recharge your batteries.
Sec: October 14th to November 2nd – Sky and Earth.
You are connected to the earth and the sky. You can see the big picture while keeping firmly rooted in reality. This is a good combination in all walks of life. Use your talents to develop a business idea.
Xul: November 3rd to November 22nd – Dog with suntail, Bird Days, Dog God.
Your totem, the dog, means you are straightforward, plain speaking and loyal. You can counsel others with your sensible approach to life and death. Consider working with the elderly.
Yaxk’in: November 23rd to December 12th – New Sun, Sun God, Red Clouds, Green.
You may experience doubt, but your connection to the Sun God means that you have healing skills. Overcome your inner doubts by following your heart and developing those skills. Wear green often.
Mol: December 13th to January 1st – Water, Clouds Gather, Jaguar, Gathering.
You are connected to rain and weather patterns. Explore meteorological sciences – you may find that you have an affinity with them. Your jaguar totem keeps you grounded and also makes you a good leader.
We hope you enjoyed this short introduction to Mayan astrology. Here are some links for you to explore further.