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Aztec and Maya Calendar

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Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital was captured by Hernán Cortés on August 13, 1521 (day 1-Coatl). This date, as recorded by Fray Bernardino de Sahagún, provides an anchor for the correlation of the calendar.

Month: Day: Year:   

In the tonalpohualli, the sacred Aztec calendar, this day (Tuesday, September 16, 2014) is:




13-day period


solar year
Ocelotl (jaguar)Ocelotl (jaguar)Tochtli (rabbit)
1 - Ocelotl (jaguar)1 - Ocelotl (jaguar)2 - Tochtli (rabbit)


Lord of the Night


365-day calendar

Long Count:

(Mayan calendar)
Mictlantecuhtli6 - Tititl (XVII)

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

The significance of this day

Day Ocelotl (Jaguar) is governed by Tlazolteotl as its provider of tonalli (Shadow Soul) life energy. Ocelotl is a good day for doing battle. It signifies power, valor, and reckless abandon in the face of danger. This is a day of the Warriors of Tezcatlipoca, those who willingly sacrifice their lives to keep the flame of the Old Ones burning forever.

The thirteen day period (trecena) that starts with day 1-Ocelotl (Jaguar) is ruled by Quetzalcoatl. This trecena represents brilliance and clarity during a profound eclipse of the light. The principal influence of this time is the divine Whirlwind: to stand in its path calls down destruction; to stand in its eye calls down creation. These are good days to withdraw into the solitude of contemplation and self-discipline; bad days to traffic with those on another path. In the center of it all, the warrior strives to be the mirror rather than the reflection.

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