Aztec and Maya Calendar
In the tonalpohualli, the sacred Aztec calendar, Saturday July 23, 2016 is:
(1 -) Itzcuintli (dog)
4 - Tecpatl (flint knife)
Lord of the Night
12 - Quecholli (XIV)
(Correlation: Alfonso Caso - Nicholson's veintena alignment [adjust])
The significance of this day
1-Itzcuintli is dedicated to the Tlalxictentica variant of Xiuhtecuhtli, Lord of the Year, the Fire God. This god is honored by offering precious gifts and burning them. This ceremony is called Nextlahualli (payment).
Day Itzcuintli (Dog) is governed by Mictlantecuhtli, God of Death, as its provider of tonalli (Shadow Soul) life energy. Itzcuintli is the guide for the dead, the spirit world's link with the living. Itzcuintli is a good day for funerals and wakes and remembering the dead. It is a good day for being trustworthy, a bad day for trusting others of questionable intent.
The thirteen day period (trecena) that starts with day 1-Itzcuintli (Dog) is ruled by Xipe Totec, Lord of Shedding, god of seedtime. These are 13 days of devotion, companionship, self-sacrifice and love. This trecena points to the eternal conflict that tears at every human being: suspended between two great communions, love and mysticism, each of us strives to survive being swallowed whole by either. On the one hand, the painful shedding of illusions, and on the other, the pleasurable creation of illusions. What ever your decision during this time, you will find favor and advancement. These are good days for commemorating the dead; bad days for clinging to the living.
Lance Armstrong was born on day 1-Itzcuintli.
The conqueror Hernán Cortés arrived on the eastern shores of the Aztec empire in the year 1-Acatl (1519). It had been predicted that on such a year Quetzalcoatl would return from the east to retake his rightful share of the throne. This belief probably weakend the defense of the Aztecs.