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In the Mayan Long Count, the most recent (13th) b'ak'tun (144.000 day cycle) started on the winter solstice of 2012 (December 21, 2012).

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In the tonalpohualli, the sacred Aztec calendar, this day (Saturday, October 25, 2014) is:




13-day period


solar year
Acatl (reed)Acatl (reed)Tochtli (rabbit)
1 - Acatl (reed)1 - Acatl (reed)2 - Tochtli (rabbit)


Lord of the Night


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Long Count:

(Mayan calendar)
Tepeyollotl5 - Nenmontemi (-)

(Correlation: Alfonso Caso - Nicholson's veintena alignment [adjust] )

The significance of this day

Day Acatl (Reed) is governed by Tezcatlipoca as its provider of tonalli (Shadow Soul) life energy. Acatl is the scepter of authority which is, paradoxically, hollow. It is a day when the arrows of fate fall from the sky like lightningbolts. A good day to seek justice, a bad day to act against others.

1-Acatl is the name day of Quetzalcoatl.
This is the last of the nemontemi (five unlucky days) days at the end of a xihuitl. These days are extra dangerous because they are at the end of a calendar round of 52 years (xiuhmolpilli or bundle). All fires are to be extinguished. No public events are organized. A New Fire ceremony will be held in the night after the fifth day to make sure the sun will rise again in a new xihuitl.

The thirteen day period (trecena) that starts with day 1-Acatl (Reed) is ruled by Chalchihuitlicue, goddess of lakes, rivers and seas, goddess of horizontal waters. This trecena signifies the transitory nature of all that we may gain in life: it is a reminder to view success and failure, gain and loss, as matters of fate and not as matters of personal worth. The elementals do not reward nor punishment our efforts but, rather, construct the maze within which we might perfect our hearts. The 13 days of this trecena reveal our hearts to us, based on whether we have decided to live within the house of shadows or to seek the secret of happiness elsewhere. These are good days to travel to new places; bad days to hide in fear.

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