The Mesoamerican or the Maya civilization, like many indigenous tribes, studied the movement of the sky, its influence on earth and how the planetary movements affected our moods, behavior patterns and personality traits.
They meticulously recorded the movement of Venus, Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Mars etc., to form astronomical recordings to be used by shamans and elder ones for divination and astrological purpose.
Dating back to at least the 5th century BCE, Mayan Calendar consists of several cycles or counts of different lengths based on astronomical observations. Since the Mayans spoke multiple languages, their Calendar had many variations like the 260-day count is known as Tzolkin, 365-day calendar known as Haab’, Calendar round for 52 Haab’ years or 18,980 days (the Calendar Round is still in use by many groups in the Guatemalan highlands), Long count was dated from September 6th 3114 BC to September 21st 2012.
With 365-day calendar or the Haab’ being the closest to the Gregorian calendar, we will be taking up the Haab’ calendar as a base for our further discussion. The 365 day cycle of the Haab (also called the Mayan “Vague Year”) was common to many Mesoamerican cultures, such as the Aztecs who called it their “Xiuhpohualli”.
“The Haab’ comprises eighteen months of twenty days each, plus an additional period of five days (“nameless days”) at the end of the year known as Wayeb’ (or Uayeb in 16th-century orthography).”1 Based on solar observation, each day is represented by a number-glyph combination, so there are 18 signs for each month and one extra for Wayeb’ or the nameless days.
Let’s take a look at the 19 Mayan astrology signs and characteristics of each one.
1) Ch’en: 2nd January to 21st January
Traits: You are a creative soul with natural affinity for lunar energy. You experience peaks of productivity at night, where you might see a surge in creative ideas. You can strengthen your relationship with lunar energies by bathing in the moonlight or wearing blue, black and silver that suit your sign.
2) Yax: 22nd January to 10th February
Traits: You are gentle, peaceful and a helpful individual and blessed with the ability to bring harmony in your surroundings. You are valued for your reasoning abilities and friendly attitude.
3) Sak’: 11th February to 2nd March
Traits: You are confident by nature and open to facing life’s challenges with grace. Early morning is the time when you experience heightened energy, so its best to wake up early, meditate to draw in that energy and develop inner awareness. Frog is your power animal, symbolising your love for water and flexibility.
4) Keh: March 3rd to March 22nd
Traits: A nature lover and a calm person, you find solace in pastoral destinations. Your power animal is deer and you also possess some of their qualities like being gentle and noble. You have the energy of fire and red is a power color for you. You can further harness these powers by meditating in the woods or in a natural setting.
5) Mak: March 23rd to April 11th
Traits: Mak is one of the most puzzling signs in the Mayan Calendar since its meaning is not clearly defined. If you belong to this sign you might be secretive in nature and disclose less about your personal life, until you know someone well enough. You love spending time around people but also feel the need to spend time alone to gather your thoughts and reflect on goals. Allow yourself this personal time away from others to develop your mystic powers and feel recharged.
6) K’ank’in: April 12th to May 1st
Traits: This sign represents the sun and the earth, so you could be a nature lover, a traveler and drawn towards solar energy. You feel a pull towards travel activities and desire to experience new places. Your power animal is a dog, so you possess qualities like loyalty and inner strength. Connect often with the energies of Earth as well as Sun either by sun bathing or Earthing.
Traits: You have an affinity for fire & water. Thunderstorms are empowering times for you as both fire and water are present in the forms of rain and lightning. Embrace these elements. A confident, honest and a truthful person, you do not hesitate to make your own way & speak up when needed. Owl is your power animal, you’re likely to have the ability to see what’s usually hidden to most, beyond illusion and deceit.
8) Pax: May 22nd to June 10th
Traits: With an innate ability to lead & inspire people around you, you are highly influenced by the Jaguar, an important animal in the Mayan culture. A great team leader, people come to you for advice & discussion about their issues. Use these leadership qualities to your advantage in both your professional and personal life.
9) K’ayab: June 11th to June 30th
Traits: An inquisitive soul, you are always seeking deeper spiritual meanings in events in your life. Turtle is your spirit animal, and have an affinity for the moon.
10) Kumk’u: July 1st to July 20th
Traits: You were born to survive in any situations, just like crocodiles, also your power animal, survived extinction in Mesozoic era when dinosaurs went extinct. Tap into this power of longevity & strength. You resist change, but when it occurs you take it in your stride and just get on with it.
11) Wayeb’: July 21st to July 25th
Traits: Lasting for merely five days, Wayeb’ days were considered to be unlucky because natural order was disharmonious & it was the time when other forces could access the earthly plane. Mayans did not do anything auspicious during this time. But being born in Wayeb’ is more of a blessing than a bane. It signifies you are a highly spiritual person & are connected to other realms with a power to transcend the earthly planes, if you want. Strengthen this connection by digging deep into your spiritual side.
12) Pop: July 26th to August 14th
Traits: Reflecting qualities of a jaguar, you are a born leader with a sensitive heart. You encourage people to accomplish their goals, guide them on the right path and still stay sensitive to how they feel in different situations. Since you are an Earth child, deepen your connection by doing grounding meditations.
13) Wo’: August 15th to September 3rd
Traits: A mystical soul, you are guided by your inner instincts especially in the night. The night empowers you just like those born in Ch’en sign. You also share similar animal totem, frog like Sac sign. You are swift and can switch consciousness levels quite easily.
14) Sip: September 4th to September 23rd
Traits: Deriving grace from deer and dominance from stag, you love the forest and open-air places. You are a confident person, but in case of trouble or imbalances in life, your instinctive reaction is to escape from the situation and only come back when you feel calm. Deepen your awareness by spending time in nature.
15) Sotz’: September 24th to October 13th
Traits: The bat and the fish are two animal totems belonging to this sign, and both move freely through air and water respectively. Air and water are also your elements. You are blessed with deep intuitive power, sensitivity and ability to foresee trouble and go deeper into the subconscious.
16) Sek: October 14th to November 2nd
Traits: This sign is connected to the earth and the sky. So its likely that you are attracted to everything above you like the planets, stars, constellations, or other realms. You are a practical person who can handle murky situations well and find an effective action plan.
17) Xul: November 3rd to November 22nd
Traits: People born in this sign have dog as their animal totem and exhibit qualities like loyal, dedicated, strong and loving. Mayans believed that dogs can guide people to the next life. Similarly, you too have the capacity to transcend the real and enter into your past lives and help those around to release fears of death.
18) Yaxk’in’: November 23rd to December 12th
Traits: You are connected to the Mayan Sun God, Ah Kin. You are a born healer who can heal others through words, activities & skill. Although you like to help others, you yourself can get morose in a negative situation with an inability to come out of it. Learn to trust your own decisions.
19) Mol: December 13th to January 1st
Traits: Mol sign is associated with the element of water, which makes rainfall a powerful time for you to draw the energy. As with the Pax and Pop signs, you share Jaguar as the power animal, who is considered as a symbol of strength, courage, and spiritual power. Just like the Jaguar, you have the ability and strength to emerge out of difficult situations and failures in life.