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The last New Fire ceremony rituals (performed at the end of a 52-year calendar round or xiuhmolpilli) under Aztec reign were probably held from January 23 to February 4, 1507.

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In the tonalpohualli, the sacred Aztec calendar, this day (Sunday, April 21, 2013) is:




13-day period


solar year
Cipactli (crocodile)Ocelotl (jaguar)Calli (house)
8 - Cipactli (crocodile)1 - Ocelotl (jaguar)1 - Calli (house)


Lord of the Night


365-day calendar

Long Count:

(Mayan calendar)
Piltzintecuhtli18 - Tlaxochimaco (IX)

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

The significance of this day

Day Cipactli (Crocodile) is governed by Tonacatecuhtli, Lord of Nurturance, as its provider of tonalli (Shadow Soul) life energy. Cipactli is an auspicious day, signifying advancement and honor. It depicts energy and work, rewards and recognition. A good day for beginnings.

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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