HAPPY MAYAN NEW YEAR – 13 CABAN
Gregorian February 22, 2012
This is the first day of the Haab – the 365-day solar or agricultural calendar of the Maya. This first
or special day is called the Year Bearer or the “Mam” and carries the energies of one of four Tzolkin
THE YEAR BEARERS
4 Nahuatl spirits who take turns carrying the solar years on their backs and impart their energies.
The Year Bearers represent the four directions or four corners of the Earth itself. They give the Earth its form – 4 pillars supporting and holding the Earth in balance.
These five groups of 4 Tzolkin day signs are:
Group 1: Imix, Cimi, Chuen, Cib
Group 2: Caban, Ik, Manik, Eb
Group 3: Ben, Etznab, Akbal, Lamat
Group 4: Muluc, Ix, Cauac, Kan
Group 5: Chicchan, Oc, Men, Ahau
The Groups have been used as Year Bearers by different Mesoamerican cultures at different times in history. The contemporary Maya use Group 2 Year Bearers or Year Lords and thus, 13 Caban is the Year Bearer for the new Haab year. This Year Bearer, 13 Caban, will carry the burden of time upon its back; and the corresponding energy (quality and characteristics) of the day-sign will influence the entire Haab year.
This New Year brings celebration for the transfer of time/energy
to 13 Caban.
© 2006 Judith Ann Griffith
13 Caban (Earth/Movement)
Inspiration, Intelligent Thoughts, Natural Manner and Habits
Synchronizing Our Hearts with Earth’s Rhythm
To the ancient Maya, the day sign Caban literally meant “earth” and represented the vital force within the earth itself (earth rhythm) and also within the human body (heart rhythm).
Caban also represented the movement or motion of the earth as in the form of an earthquake or the surge of heart blood or chi as in the human body. Some Mayan daykeepers refer to Caban as Incense, as it rises to heaven so should intelligent human thoughts.
To Carlos Barrios in The Book of Destiny, “this glyph symbolizes learning. The drawing in the middle represents the brain, and the circles are degrees of increasing human spiritual betterment…. It is the energy that governs the mind, knowledge and memory…. It is the interaction between expansion and the infinite, on the one hand, and on the other, the rigid concept of reality, the limitations imposed on humans. It symbolizes the movement of earth and sky. It is the power of thoughts and ideas, the brain, development and earthquakes.”
Culmination of Spiritual Enlightenment
All numbers 1 through 13 are Number Gods and sacred to the Maya. The number 13 is also very magical and lucky. It represents the 13 cycles of the moon, the 13 skies or heavens, the week of 13 days (Trecena), 13 joints in the body, and according to Ian Lungold, 13 intentions of Creation itself; an Ascension to the next level which propels us to try something new.
Caban energy and wisdom is present to facilitate changes in our patterns and habits, our mode of living, our way of thinking. Live from the heart and let your thoughts rise to heaven. Become stewards of this beautiful Earth and all the life she holds – balance is the key – maintaining a balance between technology and nature can only be accomplished if we evolve to replace feelings of greed, hate, and righteousness with compassion, love and humility in our daily patterns and habits. During this Caban year, follow the Tzolkin and perform ritual and meditation to assist harmonization with the natural flow of the universe.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY 13 CABAN!
William and Viola
©2007 William and Viola Welsch