Aztec and Maya Calendar
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The last day of the current xiuhmolpilli (bundle of 52 years) will be September 27, 2026.
In the tonalpohualli, the sacred Aztec calendar, this day (Thursday, February 4, 1507 in the Julian calendar) is:
The significance of this dayDay 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.
1-Cipactli is the first day of new tonalpohualli, or 260-day religious calendar. It is an excellent day for beginnings or celebrations like a singing feast (cuicuicaliztli). Today is even more special since it is also the first tonalpohualli of a new 52-year calendar round (xiuhmolipilli). It concludes the New Fire ceremony rituals.
The thirteen day period (trecena) that starts with day 1-Cipactli (Crocodile) is ruled by Tonacatecuhtli, Lord of Nurturance, the primordial god of creation and fertility. Cipactli is god of the land, the great earth monster, floating on the sea of stars. This is the first trecena of the sacred year. The 13 days of this trecena are governed by the primordial urge to create order out of chaos. The three means by which the Old Ones established order are still our most important treasures: speech, agriculture, and the family. The lineage of thought runs from seed to fruit to seed: these are good days to participate in the community; bad days for solitude.
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