The Aztec horoscope, it has his origin in the Mayan astrological calendar, since he considers the influence of the position of the stars at the moment when a person is born; especially doing emphasis on the position of the Sun and of the Moon.
Basing on this information the ancient Aztec priests usually calculated the destination of every individual of a way very similar to the native letters that we know of the modern horoscope represented to the Aztec horoscope in twelve signs that became incarnate in animals, vegetables or some type of object that are part of the sacred Aztec cosmogony. According to the Aztec horoscope, the year begins in February and this represents a complex system that consists for three calendars: the lot, the sacred one and the venusino, which in turn can simplify making it coincide of a way brought near in a combination these three mentioned Aztec calendars, together with the dates that they correspond to the modern calendar.
The Aztec calendar has a 260 days. The Aztec calendar is also called by name of Tonalpohualli. There is a division between the goddesses and the gods, that gives a special meaning to every single day of the Aztec calendar. There are 20 different glyphs of the Aztec signs that are ruled by a certain god or goddess that has influence over an individual’s behavior.
An Aztec horoscope has a 13 day cycle and there are 20 day signs to go with it which bring on a combination of 260 different days. The personality of each person is described by these Day Signs. What’s important is to remember that this is the earliest form of astrology created or figured out by the Mesoamericans. This system is tried and true for the millions for over a dozen centuries.
Each of twenty Aztec astrological signs is ruled by different god or goddess who in turn symbolizes the persona and the features of the individual born in this zodiac. The 20 Aztec star signs are as listed: Cuetzpalin, Manik, Coatl, Cimi, Cipactli, Ehecatl, Ben, Ocelotl, Cuauhtli, Calli, Tochtli, Atl, Cib, Ollin, Tecpatl, Itzcuintli, Ozomahtli, Malinalli, Xochitl and Cauac.
The 20 Aztec astrology signs are as follows:
Cipactli, Ehecatl, Calli, Cuetzpalin, Coatl, Cimi, Manik, Tochtli, Atl, Itzcuintli, Ozomahtli, Malinalli, Ben, Ocelotl, Cuauhtli, Cib, Ollin, Tecpatl, Cauac and Xochitl.
CROCODILE – This is a symbol of luck and good welfare. It is the beginning and end of all tasks. They are self-confident, self- reliant, and secure; as well as hard working and responsible, a good twosome that leads to success. Crocodiles are faithful to friends and never forgets a single detail. They are good observers and deeply analytical. The are very romantic and never commits to another person unless completely in love. He gives the best of himself to his better half. Crocodiles are always searching for a steady and lasting relationship. He is sensual and bends over backward to sexually please his partner. Generally, he’s healthy. It is good to give him free rein to whatever feelings lie in his heart. Crocodiles are compatible with House, Silex, Monkey, and Jaguar.
HOUSE – This is the symbol of maternity, and this is the reason why this person is materialistic. He likes to be home and is most entertained there. He is very concerned about his family’s financial and emotional well being, finding himself obliged to look after their protection and safety. He needs peace of mind and originality, as well as a job in which he can give free rein to his skills. He is emotionally intense, extroverted, and never holds either positive or negative feelings to himself. He loves intensely and never looks back when disappointed. Houses are also unstable and unpredictable people. They are gloomy by nature and that’s why they find solitude in shelter. They need to feel the love of those around them. For them, love is meaningless without a considerable dosage of romanticism. Their character changes dramatically when there’s a problem that needs a solution. House is compatible with Snake, Cane, Hare, Eagle, and House.
FLOWER – The symbol of game, and that’s why they’re never afraid to make decisions that might eventually change the course of their lives. Very sensitive, keen to the arts and lovers of pleasures and vices. He gets bored if he’s bound to perform humdrum or routine jobs with no incentive whatsoever. He has a powerful intuition that will save him a few problems and annoyances if he gets carries away with it. He’s very introverted; it’s hard for him to let his feelings out or own up to a problem. He has a ragged look despite the fact that the bottom of his heart is teeming with love and affection. He needs loving care. He is a fancy and original lover, and forces his partner to give him something different all the time, otherwise he gets bored and disappointed. He must try to keep his temper and plan his time better. Flower is compatible with Cane, Hare, Dog, Monkey, Jaguar, and Deer.
SNAKE – The symbol of fertility. These are people who believe in long-term planning as the key to future benefits. They’ve got a flair for those businesses that might render them big bucks. They’re not easily crushed. They are courageous people who fight with might, and who hardly ever give in, and who never wage a war they can’t win. They like occultism, and are close-knit to relatives and friends. They need to be the center of attention wherever they are and enjoy other people’s admiration. He’s seducing when he wants to be, especially when it comes to getting something he wants badly enough. He’s an unstable lover, never knowing exactly what he needs. Snake is compatible to Eagle, Dog, Snake, and Jaguar.
DEER – Brisk, fast thinking people full of optimism and joy. Nice and kind, talkative and peace lovers. They like having plenty of friends and have a strong gift of gab. However, it’s all on the surface because deep down inside they find it hard to trust anybody. They are efficient workers, and their ambition helps them to succeed in the workplace and carry out great personal deeds. They love being in direct contact with nature. They are shy lovers, therefore never give the best of themselves, nor enjoy a relationship to the utmost. When they fall in love, they never think their partners are in love, too, and this fear winds up throwing the relationship down the drain. Deer are highly sentimental and get hurt easily. Deer are compatible to Dog, Jaguar, Monkey, Flower, and Rabbit.
JAGUAR – The symbol of sun, kindness of heart, good health, perseverance, success and good fortune. They feel drawn by power and fame, and can’t stand making mistakes nor watching those around them bungling plans or ruining things. An excellent organizer, a perfect leader who never takes any chances unless he’s certain of his potential success. As brave people, they like to be admired for their valor. They are very sexual, but deeply involved from a romantic standpoint. They’re straightforward and jealous with their partners. They always need to know they’re in control. They can be over-demanding with themselves and, of course, with those around them. Jaguar is compatible with Crocodile, Cane, Hare, and Deer.
CANE – Cane symbolizes light and wisdom. They’re happy and intelligent people. These people need spirituality, art and happiness all the time. They’re upbeat and don’t care much about having material wealth; their sense of happiness is way beyond that. They’re extremely independent and are proud of it. They have a good gift of gab and money comes their way pretty easily. He is a better friend than lover, yet he’s got some charms and charisma of his own. They like surprises and enjoy presenting his friends and relatives with gifts and details. They can’t be bored and that’s why they’re always up to something. They are full of whimsical attitudes when it comes to love and he hardly gives his body and soul to his lover. He needs to be free, and has a will of his own to make decisions.
RABBIT – A sign related to the Moon, so they’ll never know what economic or financial hardships are all about. Hardworking people with a flair to know where the money is. They like luxuries, something that turns them into cocky spendthrifts. However, they know how to sock away for whatever might come in the future. Not a good boss, but an excellent advisor and collaborator. They are good businessman and shrewd diplomats. Kind, friendly and familiar as long as those around them feel the same way. They are full of energy and is always making plans for the future. They’re not very faithful when it comes to love. He likes changing partners and houses several times during his entire lifetime. He has a harmonic and romantic relationship with his partner whom he treats with delicacy. Yet he tends to get bored, little by little, and becomes unstable. He is more sensual than sexual, he’s a tireless perfectionist who fights with might to reach his goals. Rabbit is compatible with Deer, Snake, Jaguar, and Dog.
EAGLE – Closely related to the Sun, a star that gives them courage, good fortune and beauty. They like calling the shots and have power. They’re excellent bosses who take chances but know how to clinch a win. He is too impulsive and passionate and lets his instincts rule his reason. He’s full of energy and vitality and can’t stay put one single minute. Takes good care of his friends and is deeply hurt by betrayal. It takes plenty of time for Eagles to get over a heavy blow dealt by life. He’s impatient and intense when it comes to loving someone. Stability for those born under this sign hinges completely on how their love life fares. He’s too proud and a tad greedy. He should learn how to give in a little bit in life. Eagle is compatible with Snake, Dog, and Eagle.
MONKEY – Gleeful people who know how to radiate positive feelings and trustworthiness to others, He is original and creative, and his powerful imagination need to give free rein to his fantasies, otherwise boredom overtakes him and he feels frustrated. He’s an excellent friend and selfish in love; he doesn’t take demands from his partner and wants to have his cake and eat it, too. He gets sentimentally involved with his better half. He’s always got something new and different to offer. He needs communication with his partner and must feel he is being both supported and understood. He wastes money. Monkey is compatible with Crocodile, Deer, Rabbit, and Monkey.
SILEX – The symbol of sacrifice, endeavor, creativeness, and courage. He has a strong-willed personality and aims high at risky and extremely hard to do things. He needs jobs in which he’s bound to think and analyze plentifully, let alone giving free rein to his imagination. He is sacrifice-prone and hardworking, he can’t say no to friends even though his decision could be pitted against his principles. He’s a great lover. He’s always afraid of changes, transformation. He’s a hot lover giving out loving care and tenderness everywhere. He can be impetuous, yet authoritarian and rough sometimes. He must make a clean breast every now and then if he truly wants to feel better. Let your inner self break free from your heart. Silex is compatible with Crocodile, Cane, Eagle, and Dog.
DOG – The symbol of faithfulness and kindness. These features make him a person of great intuition, a good listener who’s always willing to give others his best. They usually think and analyze plentifully. Obsessed with perfection and bent on keeping his life as private as he can, he needs a peaceful and calm kind of job. They are very prudent people who hardly ever dive into unexplored waters. They can be cold-blooded and uncommitted as far as love is concerned because they are always fearful of getting hurt on they’re quest for the knight in shining armor. He is extremely selective and picky when it comes to sexual partners. He should refrain from airing his opinions and views in public. Dog is compatible with Rabbit, Eagle, Silex, and Deer.
Each of us reacts to the world around us in different ways. Our reactions are mostly unconscious; they represent what our deeper self needs. Our reactions both attract and repel us from things, people, and situations. What we like, what we like to do, and who we really are is shown by the 13-day week called the Trecena that we were born under. Each of these periods begins with the number 1 and the name of the day-sign that starts it. A number is attached to your position within the 13-day period that may be an important number for you.
You were born on the first day of the 13-day period beginning with 1-Monkey. Your day-sign and 13-day period sign are the same. You do indeed have a strong need to be in the limelight or gain the respect of the public. You are not unlike a politician and you may be well suited to activities like teaching, performance, and presentations of all kinds. You are a complicated person with a compulsive need for creative interaction with others. You are a quick learner and are interested in a variety of subjects. You know how to do many things, though not all of them well. Being creative is what you do best. In your speech, your presentation of yourself, your art, or through your children, you bring together the best of a variety of ideas. But you are impressive to others and know just how to get them interested in what you are doing. You like to be near, or at the top of the pecking order. You have great leadership instincts and aren’t shy about performing. Generosity, optimism, and understanding are some of your best traits. You want to be important — it is your way of knowing and feeling good about yourself. Monkey is a sign of the West, a direction symbolic of encounter and cooperation with others. Yours is a world of relationship and interaction with others. You need other people to give meaning to your life, and you give vitality and enjoyment to them. You are among the best of leaders because you so fully appreciate the needs of others. The Aztecs believed that a person born on the day 1-Monkey would entertain others and give them solace. Everyone would be his friend, none would hate him. If he were an artist, he would produce a great work of art.
What You Share With the Others of Your Birth Year
The Maya and Aztec astrologers recognized that each year produces a unique group of people. Each individual year in a 52-year cycle is linked with a number and a compass direction that has an astrological meaning. The delineation below says something about you in only a general sense. It describes the general traits that you share with others born in your year. You were born in the year called 2-West. It is in the West that the Sun leaves the sky and disappears beneath the earth. It is the point where day is changed into night but it is also the point where day and night merge. The implication here is that the West is a direction symbolic of both transition and merging, a point of balance between two worlds. In a general sense, those born during this year stride along boundaries, one foot in the past and one in the future, one foot that is their own, one that is part of another. The energy of the West is balancing energy. In a very general sense, relatedness is a challenge for you and all the others born this year. As a group you find it necessary to become skillful in handling relationships and dealing with other people in general. Diplomacy and counseling abilities are your strong point. Your ability to weigh alternatives will eventually lead you to good judgment and fair decisions, but if you take to long to think, you may be perceived as indecisive. The style of those born on this year is not so dramatic as it is sensitive to the needs of others and genuinely concerned with progress in the area of relationship — personal and collective.
The number 2 preceding the direction of your birth indicates that it is a responsive and reactive year. You take strong imprints from the world around you and you carry memories for many years.
Your Deepest and Darkest Motivations — the Night Lord
The ancient Mayan and Aztec astrologers used a 9-day cycle of gods and goddesses called the “Lords of the Night.” These deities symbolize the workings of your deepest and darkest self, parts of you that others may not know of or understand. They also symbolize the deepest forces behind your “will to exist.” You were born under the sixth Lord of the Night. Chalchihuitlicue (Chal-chi-WIT-lee-ku-ee), the Aztec goddess of water, springs, lakes, rivers, and birth itself is your ruling deity. She suggests that you are an emotionally deep person, difficult for others to understand. You feel strongly about many things, have strong attachments to the feminine side of life, and struggle with the role of parent.
Your deepest instincts push you towards a self-sufficient kind of lifestyle or career. You may be self-employed, or have had this kind of experience at some point in your life. This drive is behind many of your personality traits — you are controlled, traditional, organized, and markedly entrepreneurial. You have a strong desire to build something, a business or an empire, and you are a very hard worker. Your work is rarely something done alone, more often you deal directly with the public, perhaps as a consultant or counselor.
Capturing the attention of the world is one of your goals. It is almost as if you need the world to verify the reality of anything you accomplish. You are strongly motivated by fame and worldly success and you constantly hold yourself to high standards of performance, ones that you probably didn’t create on your own. Here is the secret to understanding your unconscious will — you are driven to success in the world because you are really striving to be accepted by others. Probably, as a youth, one of your parents was somewhat critical of you. This may have led you to feel that standards of behavior and accomplishment are what life was all about. The lack of a parent or parents can have the same effect. If one or both of your parents were rarely present, or perhaps completely unavailable, you may have used your childhood imagination to create a set of standards that you believed your lost parents would have held. In either case, you do need to succeed in the world and be recognized for it. Media publicity and public popularity is very important to you. It is as if this kind of success signals to you the approval of your parents.
Your drive for independence and approval are all part of your quest for self-worth. Self-worth is belief in yourself, belief that you are a worthy person with something to offer. Why are you driven by this quest? Probably because you have many deep fears about who you are. Your ambitions and achievements in the outer world are all a response to this deep inner need. Your fear is that you are nothing, so you work to make something of yourself. As you progress along your path your life becomes a learning experiment and you discover your strengths and weaknesses. You become sensitive to the rhythms and nuances of life and you may develop a special interest and respect for the feminine side of life. Your best friends or clients may be women, or, if you are female, you may find that simply being a woman is a conscious challenge. Overall, however, your intentions are good and others will recognize this and accept you.
Your Patterns of Relationship — The Phase of Venus
Maya and Aztec astrologers observed the phases of the planet Venus and correlated them with events on earth. Venus has four basic phases: morning star, evening star, and two conjunctions with the Sun. The phase of Venus you were born under symbolizes your relationship patterns — how you approach and become involved with others, both individuals and groups. You were born with Venus in its Evening Star phase. According to the Maya, this is a 250-day period when Venus is visible after the Sun sets. This phase follows the Superior Conjunction phase and precedes the Inferior Conjunction phase. For you, feelings and emotions arise after an action has been taken. In making judgments, which you do very well, you evaluate what has happened against the background of society’s rules and values. You instinctively understand the power, and perhaps the correctness, of the world as it is and has been. The values and morals of the past are important to you and your vision is one that has probably been strongly influenced by tradition. There is a sense of inevitable compromise in your life, possibly a reaction to your awareness of having been strongly imprinted by society, culture or your parents. One result of this may be seen in your stance towards the powers that be. It is possible that deep down you are troubled by your conditioning and how it causes you to evaluate and interpret the world in a certain way. But this is very subtle and most of you will only notice this pattern in a general way, far more obvious when viewed over the course of a lifetime. One positive manifestation of evening star Venus is that you may become, consciously or unconsciously, successful due to the fact that you personify certain family and traditional values. In extreme cases, you could become a hero, a person who represents what your society truly believes in. It is through participation with the traditions and cultural definitions of reality that you achieve emotional satisfaction and success in life.
Your Days of Peak Experience
From time to time we experience periods where our lives seem to be rushing forward — almost out of control. Sometimes we accomplish great things during these periods; sometimes we become stressed or fail at something. More often we find that our experience of life is more intense, and richer. The Maya astrologers discovered such a cycle: your “peak” dates in this cycle are listed below. You will probably find that your experience of life becomes more intense about five days before the peak date and then builds. Keywords displayed next to the dates are a suggestion of how to focus your energies.
Background – The Nature of Maya/Aztec astrology
Like the civilizations of China, India and the Ancient Near East, the early American civilizations developed astrology, a logic of the sky. Archaeological evidence of Native American astrology points to origins as far back as 600 BC, and perhaps even earlier. Unlike the astrology’s of the Old World, the astrology of ancient Mesoamerica (Mexico and parts of Central America) developed in isolation and was not influenced by other traditions. Its very nature therefore is very different from the astrological traditions Westerners are more familiar with.
All of the Mesoamerican civilizations, Olmec, Toltec, Maya, Zapotec and Aztec, used essentially the same astrology. Although the names of symbols varied, the concepts remained the same. Because the Aztecs were the predominant civilization at the time of the Spanish Conquest, we have chosen to use their symbol names in this modern reconstruction of the Mesoamerican astrological tradition. At the core of Mesoamerican astrology are the 20 day-signs. Like the 12 signs of the Western Zodiac, these are signs descriptive of both personality and possibility. In other words, the signs can be used to describe a person, or they can describe an event. In the Western 12-sign zodiac, the signs are sections of space spread across the sky along the path of the Sun, Moon, and planets. The Maya/Aztec day-signs are very different. They are based on time and are actually names of days. Each sign lasts only one day, until it comes up again twenty days later. Like our 7-day week, which is astrological and named for the planets, the Maya and Aztecs used a 20-day week for astrological purposes.
There is no presently known reason why the Maya and Aztecs used only 20 signs. Perhaps they had discovered an important biorhythm or cycle. But besides the 20-days, they also used a 13-day cycle (or sign) and these intertwined with each other. While the days of the 20-day cycle each have a name, the days of the 13-day cycle are numbered from 1 to 13. If you start both cycles together, the first day of the 20-day cycle coinciding with the first day of the 13-day cycle, it will take exactly 260 days for all possible combinations of day and number to occur. This period, 260 days, is the length of the sacred Mesoamerican astrological calendar that this program is based on.
The 20 day-signs each have a name and a symbol. The names of these with a brief meaning are listed below.
Alligator (east) – protective and dominating.
Wind (north) – agile, clever and multifaceted.
House (west) – deep, thoughtful and conservative.
Lizard (south) – active, dynamic and sexual.
Serpent (east) – powerful and charismatic.
Death (north) – sacrificing and helpful.
Deer (west) – cooperative and nomadic.
Rabbit (south) – clever and playful.
Water (east) – emotional and imaginative.
Dog (north) – loyal and helpful.
Monkey (west) – clever and demonstrative.
Grass (south) – careful and useful.
Reed (east) – knowledgeable and crusading.
Ocelot (north) – intelligent and secretive.
Eagle (west) – free and independent.
Vulture (south) – authoritative and wise.
Earthquake (east) – intellectual but practical.
Knife (north) – self-sufficient but romantic.
Rain (west) – helpful and healing.
Flower (south) – loving and artistic.
You may have noticed that each of the signs is connected to a particular direction. The signs of the east are initiating and forceful. Those of the north are intellectual and critical. Signs of the west are cooperative and compromising. Signs of the south are emotional and reactive.
The day-sign a person was born under is the named day that occurred on their birthday. It delineates their most obvious personality characteristics and traits. A person is also born during one of twenty 13-day periods, periods that begin with a day-sign linked to the number 1. The 13-day period delineates their more subtle, possibly subconscious, personality qualities. It shows their deeper instincts and yearnings. The combination of day-sign and 13-day period yields a quite complete personality description, perhaps as good or even better than does the Western 12-sign zodiac. It should be said that these two signs represent only a partial reconstruction of what was once a more complex system. The rest, including signs ruling the year and the hour of birth, have been lost or completely recovered and made workable.
Because the day-signs signify general meanings and themes as well as personality configurations, they were used by the Aztecs for divinations. Like the I-Ching, a random drawing of beans or stones would allow a reader to find one of the 260 sign/number combinations and thus an answer to a question. Even today, the 260-day astrological calendar is used by Native American day keepers in remote parts of Guatemala and Mexico. The divination section of this program utilizes computer technology to randomly select the sign/number combinations that may yield insights into a question asked.
Because the Maya and Aztecs did not have a developed writing system, and because most of their astrological knowledge was destroyed by the Spanish friars, little was known about this great product of theirs, and other Mesoamerican, cultures. The delineations used in this program were arrived at after several years of historical investigation, deep thought, and trial and error experimentation. Long lists of persons famous or known to the author, yet born under the same day-sign, were compared with each other. Eventually, this process led to some key concepts about each of the signs and the results, in the form of personality descriptions, are found in this program. The meanings for the signs when used in divinations were extrapolated from this information also. hope you find Maya/Aztec astrology to be not only interesting and fun, but helpful and a source of insight into your life.
The Year of Birth – The Maya and Aztecs believed that the year of birth could be read astrologically and that the astrological qualities of any given year were dependent on two factors. First is a cycle of 4 years. In this cycle each succeeding year is associated with one of the four directions in the order east, north, west, and south. The directions are similar to the elements (fire, air, earth, and water) in Western astrology. The Aztec delineations for the years are as follows.
East: creative/mental — fertile/abundant
North: violent weather — barren/dry/cold
West: wild/losses/illness — cloudy/evil
South: good business/health — variable
A second factor is a cycle of 52 years. In this longer period, 13 repetitions of the basic 4-year cycle are counted. As each year arrives, it is identified with a number and a direction. Four cycles of 13 years each make up the 52-year calendar round or Xiuhmolpilli.
Not all ancient Mexican cultures applied the cycle of years the same way. There was a lack of consensus about which year was linked to which number. The Aztecs used Reed (east), Knife (north), House (west), and Rabbit (south). The Classic Maya used Caban (east), Ik (north), Manik (west), and Eb (south), which correlate with Earthquake, Wind, Deer, and Grass. During Postclassic times the pattern was changed. The Classic pattern is used by the Quiche Maya who have kept the astrological traditions alive in Guatamala. The author believes that the year correlation established by the Classic Maya and continued by the Quiche Maya works.
Four and eight-year cycles have been found in nature by cycle researchers, a strong suggestion that there may be a real material basis to the cycling of the years. It is also interesting to note that the Olympics and United States presidential elections are held in the same year, years that are ruled by the east, according to the Quiche. Further, the Chinese cycle of 12 years correlates with this pattern if you look at it as three groupings of a 4-year cycle.
The Lords of the Night – One component of Maya astrology was a 9-day cycle that ran alongside the cycle of the day-signs. These 9 days were said to be ruled by the Lords of the Night, one for each day. The names of the Maya gods are barely known, but the Aztecs have left a complete list. The Lords of the Night are not a calendar per se, but a kind of symbolic cycle. The Maya linked the Lords to the Long Count. We know that on August 11, -3113 the ninth Lord was ruler. Start in from this date we run a 9-day cycle along with the day-signs which allows the program to find the ruling Lord of the Night for any date. The 260-days of the tzolkin do not mesh perfectly with the 9-day cycle and it takes 9 cycles of 260 (2,340 days or 6.4 years) before the same combination occurs again. Much less is known about how the Aztecs used the cycle. It appears that they ran the 9-day cycle against the 260 days and had the last two Lords ruling the last of the 260 days. In this manner the cycle would start again at the same place. In Maya/Aztec Astra-Report we have chosen to follow Maya usage. Some writers have suggested that the Lords of the Night are actually a division of the nighttime hours. Like the planetary hours of Western astrology, the night was divided into 9ths with the 5th Lord’s rule centered around midnight. In this line of reasoning the day was divided into 13 hours.
The Cycle of Venus – Of the planets visible to the ancient sky watchers of Mesoamerica, Venus was the most important. Due to its alternations from morning to evening star it was believed to be a symbol of certain profound dualities in nature and in man. Because the orbit of Venus lies between the Earth and the Sun, it never strays too far from the Sun and can only be seen close to the times of sunrise and sunset, depending on which part of its cycle it is in. From the perspective of an observer, it takes Venus 584 days on average to complete one cycle of morning and evening star. This figure meshes with the solar year of 365 days and the 260-day astrological calendar precisely every 104 years. The start of its cycle was its first appearance as a morning star, an event called by astronomers its heliacal rising. According to the Dresden Codex, an ancient Maya manuscript that is one of the most authoritative sources on Maya astronomy and astrology, the cycle of Venus began when its rays first appeared in the twilight of dawn. This event usually occurs several days after the Inferior Conjunction of Venus with the Sun. The Inferior Conjunction is so-named because Venus, the lesser body, passes in front of the Sun, the greater body. In this conjunction, Venus, which disappears in rays of the Sun for over a week during this time, comes closest to the Earth. The Maya allocated exactly 8 days for this phase of the Venus cycle. After its heliacal rising, the second phase of the Venus cycle, its phase as a morning star, commenced. The Maya allocated 236 days to this period. As Venus ends its time as a morning star, it once again disappears into the rays of the Sun. As it moves to conjoin the Sun again, it does so at its greatest distance from Earth. The conjunction in this part of its cycle is called the Superior Conjunction, because here Venus passes behind the Sun. The Maya allocated 90 days for this third phase of the cycle, a phase where Venus is not visible. After it re-emerges from behind the rays of the Sun, Venus begins its phase as an evening star, a phase for which the Maya allocated 250 days. These four phases of the Venus cycle, 8 days, 236 days, 90 days and 250 days add up to 584 days, the full cycle of Venus. The duration of these phases is a symbolic approximation of the astronomical facts, which actually vary somewhat from cycle to cycle. The Maya and Aztecs believed that the cycle of Venus depicted the experiences of the god Quetzalcoatl in his descent to Earth. The first rising of Venus as a morning star symbolized his arrival on Earth. During the morning star phase Quetzalcoatl was overcome by desire and lust and committed sins; he pushed against the boundaries of society. During the disappearance of Venus at Superior Conjunction, a warlike athletic duel with the Sun took place and during the evening star phase, Quetzalcoatl, now fully sober, walked the Earth until his sacrificial death during the Inferior Conjunction. He was then reborn as the new Venus and the cycle began again. This report calculates the phase that Venus was in at your birth according to the figures used and recorded by the ancient Maya. For each phase, the program offers a brief interpretation of the possible significance of Venus, symbol of both impulsive personal desire and collective social values, in your life.
Maya/Aztec Predictive Techniques – In ancient times, the 260-day astrological calendar was subdivided into four ritual periods or “seasons.” Centered on the days 4-Serpent, 4-Dog, 4-Eagle and 4-Flower were what were known as the “burner” periods, or times when the “burner” would flare up. These divisions were spaced 65 days apart (260 divided by 4 = 65). In this context the 260-day calendar was used in a collective manner (as in mundane astrology) and perhaps these were times when certain kinds of extremes were experienced by the community. Rituals involving fires were staged with the intention of preventing or healing communal crises. Interestingly, these dates often fall within a few days of newsworthy crises that occur in today’s world. In the modern world where the individual comes first, experience has shown that dividing the 260-day cycle into fourths beginning from one’s birthday reveals “critical” points that mark shifts or changes in personal matters. In many cases rather extreme events do occur precisely on one of the critical days, in others the effects occur a few days earlier. In some cases the effects are more subtle or psychological in nature. In understanding these critical dates it is helpful to view them from two perspectives, cycle and direction. From your birthday, every 260 days represents one completed cycle in life. If this cycle of 260 days is divided by 4, or quartered, four sets, or “seasons,” of 65 days is the result. Using the symbolism of the Sun/Moon cycle as a model, the occurrence of the birth day-sign is like the New Moon, the beginning of the cycle and a time of personal centering and new, barely conscious, beginnings. 65 days later corresponds (symbolically) to the first quarter, a time of crisis that demands action and adjustment. The midpoint of the cycle, 130 days, corresponds to the Full Moon, a time of separation or perspective. 195 days from the start of the cycle compares with the third quarter, a time of crisis requiring conscious choice. The second perspective on the critical days is to recognize that each of the four dates in the cycle corresponds to one of the four directions. These are listed below.
East: Alligator, Serpent, Water, Reed, Earthquake. These are points that emphasize the need to be creative, to do something new and to move forward.
North: Wind, Death, Dog, Ocelot, Knife. These are points that may indicate crisis and the need to protect oneself from negative energy. The mind is under pressure during these times.
West: House, Deer, Monkey, Eagle, Rain. These are points of encounter with others, times of sharing and loss of ego. Relationships are important now.
South: Lizard, Rabbit, Grass, Vulture, Flower. These are points of strong feelings and emotional extremes. These may also be times of accomplishment and activity in the outside world.
Combining cycle symbolism with directional symbolism gives deeper insight into the patterns of the critical days. For example, if a sign of the north coincides with one of the quarters, a stressful time might be expected. If a sign of the west coincides with the opposition, important developments in relationships may be a prominent theme. A keyword has been given for each of the combinations that may suggest the direction in which the energies and trends are heading around that time. Experience has also shown that the effects of the critical days often become apparent several days before the exact day computed in this report.