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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 (Monday, December 10, 2012) is:




13-day period


solar year
Atl (water)Cuetzpalin (lizard)Calli (house)
6 - Atl (water)1 - Cuetzpalin (lizard)1 - Calli (house)


Lord of the Night


365-day calendar

Long Count:

(Mayan calendar)
Mictlantecuhtli6 - Tozoztontli (III)

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

The significance of this day

Day Atl (Water) is governed by Xiuhtecuhtli, God of Fire, as its provider of tonalli (Shadow Soul) life energy. Atl is a day for purification by subjecting oneself to the ordeal of conflict. It is a good day for battle, a bad day for rest. Water brings out the scorpion, who must sting its enemies or else sting itself. Atl is the day of the holy war, which is always a battle with one's own enemies within.

The thirteen day period (trecena) that starts with day 1-Cuetzpalin (Lizard) is ruled by Itzlacoliuhqui. The 13 days of this trecena are governed by the meting out of irrational rewards and punishments. These are 13 days of confusion, a time when the noble and ignoble have equal chance to be raised up or thrown down. The warrior must be like the lizard, who is not hurt from a high fall but, instead, immediately climbs back to its perch. These are good days to keep out of sight; bad days to attract attention.

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