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Mayan Astrology

Mayan Astrology

Mayan astrology is a variation of Mesoamerican astrology, one of the most forward-thinking kinds of astrology of its time. The Mayan Calendar, or Tzolk'in, is comprised of 20 Day Signs and 13 Galactic Numbers, making a 260-day calendar "year."
 
A person is said to have a certain destiny and personality traits shaped by day sign under which they are born. The Maya information compiled here is from various sources, but exclusively from the highlands of Guatemala (Tedlock 1982, Guoron Ajquijay 2003, Patal, personal communication 2006, Stanzione 2006.) 
 
While the day names bear the characteristics, the number coefficient in front of any given day indicates whether an individual has weak, balanced, or strong amounts of those traits. 1-3 are weak, 5-7 are balanced and 9-13 are strong, sometimes extreme manifestations of the given day name. Thus, a person born on 2 Imix would show weak manifestations of Imix character, a 13 Imix has Imix traits in their most intense forms. 
 
The Aztec personality traits listed with each of the twenty days were recorded by Duran in the late 16th century. According to Duran, birthdays were "celebrated" very differently in the Aztec world. 
 
"They seized the individual whom they expected to hold a feast because of his birthday. Some took him by the feet, others by the head. They tossed him into the water and immersed him. When he came out of the water, he was bound and obliged to provide festivities for his day. If he did not do so in that year, he would not again be honored, because it was said (with a great deal of scorn and contempt) that he was still bound and there was no reason to celebrate his birthday any more. This feast was called Apantlazaliztli, which means "To Go Through the Water," and it is still in use today, and I have seen it observed in certain places. Once the day of the saint whose name a person bears arrives, he is cast into the water, just as was done in ancient times. In some places, however, the natives are becoming more like us." 
 
  • Crocodile
  • Wind
  • House
  • Lizard
  • Serpent
  • Death
  • Deer
  • Rabbit
  • Water
  • Dog
  • Monkey
  • Grass
  • Reed
  • Jaguar
  • Eagle
  • Vulture
  • Earth
  • Knife
  • Storm
  • Flower
 
1. Crocodile
 
The first Day Sign in Mayan astrology, Crocodile, symbolizes beginnings. As a Crocodile, your personality is clever, creative, assertive, and you are full of energy. You can also be aggressive, dominating, and sometimes selfish. You are one of the first people to initiate new projects, make changes, or take a stand. You can best use your skills through cooperative, altruistic efforts like charity work, family bonding, and team building. You have also have outstanding protective instincts, making you an ideal caretaker.
 
2. Wind
 
The second Day Sign, Wind, has a powerful life force. Mayan astrology considers you a smart, thoughtful, and communicative person, with great self-awareness and of your surroundings. You are also flexible, open, and idealistic. Yet you can also be indecisive and overthink things. You probably have a lot of interests, and possibly more than one occupation. You can master multiple fields of study. Try not to react to your surroundings or get wrapped up in your insecurities - you are more in control and accomplished than you often give yourself credit for.
 
3. House
 
You are House (or Night), the third Day Sign. Mayan astrology believes that you are often the one responsible for passing on traditions and keeping things in place. You are cautious and careful in your thoughts and actions, and you're also quite optimistic. You work hard to accomplish your goals and provide security for yourself and others. While your innovative ideas, patience, and strength are boundless, you sometimes doubt yourself too much. You need to be more flexible and open-minded for ideal happiness in life. Allow some changes to happen, as often they give way to beautiful transformations.
 
4. Lizard
 
The fourth Day Sign of Mayan astrology, you are Lizard (or Seed). You are a natural entertainer, full of passion, and you make a powerful impact on others. You need a great deal of personal freedom, and occasionally need some solitude. You have very high standards for yourself and strive to achieve your dreams through hard work. Although you are an independent person, your family and friends mean a lot to you. Your brave, confident personality makes you a champion of the people, taking a stand for what you believe in. You can also be a bit too passionate and it's hard for you to be pulled away from them. Channel your desires and impulses into artistic ventures.
 
5. Serpent
 
The fifth Day Sign, you are Serpent. You are empathic, compassionate, and also a force to be reckoned with when you have your sights set on a goal or are standing up for a cause. You tend to lose your temper easily if your emotions get the best of you and you can be overly dramatic, so it's good for you to try to stay grounded to avoid stress or relationship problems. Achieving balance brings out your best qualities and makes you most effective. Others can't help but be intrigued by you - they are as interested in you as you are in others.
 
6. Death
 
Death (or Transformer or Worldbridger), is the sixth Day Sign. You are open to ideas and willing to make sacrifices for the greater good. Practical, generous, and blessed with inner calm, you are a natural mediator and can excel in business. However, it's important that you take time out for yourself or you may become burned out and possibly resentful about your efforts for others. You are sensitive to endings of any kind, and it can be hard for you to accept losses. Use your selfless nature to better your community and in turn build contentment in your private and public life.
 
7. Deer
 
You are the seventh Day Sign of Mayan astrology, Deer. You like to wander and can be a tad eccentric, although you are innovative, have powerful instincts, and care tremendously about your loved ones. You crave solitude and need to experience all the simple, natural pleasures life has to offer. You are easily hurt by broken promises or undependable people. You do what you deem necessary, and aren't easily swayed by others' opinions. You stake your territory and except that others respect that. Those you let into your private world see your soft side. Your best personal outlet involves artistic pursuits.
 
8. Rabbit
 
You are Rabbit (or Star), the eighth Day Sign of Mayan astrology. You are playful, intelligent, and clever. You are lively both physically and mentally. Life is a game to be played, but you don't like interference unless it comes in the form of attention, admiration, and fun. Your competitive side needs constant stimulation and challenges for you to figure out. You can also be nervous and self-centered because occasionally you are insecure about what you are truly capable of. Be careful to maintain self-control, and use your energy to encourage greater possibilities for yourself and others.
 
9. Water
 
You're the ninth Day Sign, Water (or Offering). You're a natural leader with great emotional intelligence. Your imagination and strong principles are two of your best qualities. You give more than you hope to get in return. Your emotions run deep, though, and you can become obsessive and abuse your position of authority if provoked in a negative way. More often, though, your zest for life and compassion help you achieve amazing goals. Follow your unique visions to make your world a better place - you can probably see ways of doing so better than most.
 
10. Dog
 
Known as the most loyal and supportive of all signs, Dog is the tenth Day Sign of Mayan astrology. Most Dogs fall into leadership roles, are very dependable, and deliver consistent results. Working in teams is your preferred and most effective way of getting things done. Your best qualities are your courage and dedication to loved ones. One obstacle you face is maintaining a high level of emotional maturity, or your relationships may suffer. Let your heart be open and more trustworthy - you instinctively know who is on your side.
 
11. Monkey
 
Monkey, the eleventh Day Sign of Mayan astrology, is a shining star in the arts: drama, art, any performance-based activity. Your need to be social and entertain others - and get accolades for it -can cause some discord in your personal relationships, so balancing your personal interests and time with loved ones is crucial. Keep your witty, intellectual mind active and let your inquisitiveness guide you toward original, useful ideas. You may struggle at keeping focused, and patience is not your strong point. Engage in a few key interests and try to give yourself more time to complete projects, opening your mind to the big picture and not just the details.
 
12. Grass
 
You are Grass (or Road), the twelfth Day Sign of Mayan astrology. You are very adaptable, cooperative, and ready to lend a hand to those in need. However, expressing your feelings can be hard for you, so you tend to keep them inside. You may take a while to start working on a project or toward a goal, but once you get the ball rolling, you work hard to achieve it. You live life on your own schedule and terms. Some of your greatest strengths are your caring, nurturing personality and your ability to keep your emotions in check. Regular self-improvement is an important thing for you, and you're an expert problem-solver who others admire.
 
13. Reed
 
The thirteenth Day Sign of Mayan astrology, you are Reed. You are authoritative and determined. Once you set your mind on something, you make sure it happens. You are very wise, yet sometimes your over-confidence in your ideas can make you confrontational and difficult for others to get along with. You strive for peace and simplicity in your relationships, though. Problem-solving is one of your major focuses - you're a "fixer." Upholding morals and rules is also important to you, yet so is freedom. You feel others should live within their own comfort zone as long as they adhere to basic norms that promote overall harmony.
 
14. Jaguar
 
You are Jaguar (or Ocelot or Wizard), the fourteenth Day Sign of Mayan astrology. Your interpersonal and intuitive skills are very sharp, and deep involvement with other people is very important to you. You are quite spiritual and strive to fulfill a higher purpose. You can also be quite mysterious, refraining from any blatantly open disclosures, making you a trustworthy confidant. You can be strategic and competitive to the point of seeming manipulative. Be wary of letting toxic people into your life, and put your energy into positive interactions with those who truly deserve your attention. Be conscious to let others speak, and be open to their ideas.
 
15. Eagle
 
The fifteenth Day Sign of Mayan astrology, you are Eagle. You love your personal freedom and want to explore different places, ideas, and people. You don't miss a single detail and tend to be a perfectionist. You are gifted with acute precision and patience - two qualities many signs struggle with. However, you keep a safe distance from others, so you may appear aloof and quite introverted. You lean toward technical fields like science, or mentally stimulating, philosophical studies. Beware of being overly stubborn and critical - a more laid-back, open mind will serve you and your relationships well.
 
16. Vulture
 
Vulture (or Wisdom or Warrior) is the sixteenth Day Sign of Mayan astrology - your sign! You represent luck in beginning new things, and are very self-aware and concerned about your status in the world. You place a high value on life experiences, wanting to learn as much as possible from the triumphs and challenges they offer. You can appear a bit jaded and ruthless to others, but that is because you see things as they are and thus tend to be cynical. You dislike being judged, and if you feel under scrutiny your self-esteem takes a blow. You're this way because you actually are an expert (most of the time), and give solid advice. As serious as you are about life, you know how to find the humor in most situations, too.
 
17. Earth
 
Earth (or Earthquake), the seventeenth Day Sign of Mayan astrology, is your sign. Earth natives are very thoughtful, clever, and philosophical. They are well-controlled and good at moderating potentially harmful behaviors and attitudes. You are or have the potential to be very well-educated, and your brain is always lit up with bright new ideas. Where you need some work is taking into account the emotional, imaginative part of life. Not everything has to make practical sense, and failing to accept this can lead to stress and confusion. You also don't want to come across as condescending to others. That said, you know how to have a good laugh, you're well-liked, and a progressive leader.
 
18. Knife
 
You are the eighteenth Day Sign of Mayan astrology - the Knife (or Flint or Mirror). You reflect on reality, and are very logical, considerate, and selfless. You're also prone to troubles in your relationships because of your need to apply logic to everything. You have a good head on your shoulders and can discern the cold hard facts from dramatized emotions... the issue is how you react to the unpredictable nature of things. You love to work with your hands and also having intimate conversations. You can be a bit of a workaholic when you're really engrossed in a subject. You want to win others over, and this can result in internalizing your feelings. Make sure you express them more often.
 
19. Storm
 
You are Storm (or Rain), the nineteenth Day Sign of Mayan astrology. You have a soothing, nurturing nature and are believed to have healing powers. You like to be on the go or fully engaged in an activity or you get restless. You likely have a lot of friends and love being in social settings. You also need your "me" time to do as you please. You learn as well as you can teach, and you will never lose your childlike curiosity. You believe in higher powers and are intrigued by religious or spiritual ideology. Neat and orderly, beware of going overboard to keep everything protected, clean, and organized - sometimes you just need to go with the flow.
 
20. Flower
 
The final Day Sign is Flower (or Sun). You epitomize beauty and ideals. You can get your head lost in the clouds, dreaming about what could be and how you can make life better for all. You're the type of person others want to know, both platonically and romantically. People have high expectations of you because you hold great power. Focus on providing love and compassion to others, and don't give into pressure to be perfect. If you hold too strongly to your "best case scenarios" you will often find yourself disappointed or disappointing others. Live in the moment and worry less about the future - you are naturally giving a lot to the world as you are.