Tzolkin Trecena Notes – 1 Serpent (Chicchan)

Day 105 of the 260 Day Tzolkin

December 22, 2009


Trecenas are thirteen-day periods in the Tzolkin. Each Trecena starts with the Number 1, but with
a different Day Glyph. As a wave of the Thirteen Heavens, the underlying energy is governed by
the First Day Glyph of the Trecena and influences all thirteen successive Day Glyphs. Being aware
of the predominant energy of the First Day of the Trecena, we can align our intentions with that
energy and allow our goals to manifest.


This Trecena starts with 1 Chicchan (Serpent/Snake) – celestial life force, bringer of rain, sensual, passionate, primal knowledge of duality, heart expansion through service to others.


To the Ancient Maya, Chicchan or Serpent/Snake was the bringer of rain, symbolized by the Snake
Dance or Rain Dance performed by many native cultures such as the Hopi in the Desert Southwest
and the Toltec in
Mexico . In Maya legend, there were four Chicchans, Sky Serpents, who encircled
the world and were responsible for guarding the four quarters of the world. When they spoke,
thunder was heard which was followed by lightning and rain. The image of a snake combined
with a lightning bolt is found in ancient Anasazi petroglyphs representing lightning not only in
the sky but also lightning in the body. This corresponds to the Maya concept of “blood lightning”
and the Hindu concept of “kundalini” energy running up the spine. Thus, Serpent Energy is a
symbol of the life force that flows in the body and in the sky.


Chicchan or Serpent energy connects our primal reptilian core to our spiritual aspirations. When
we feel this energy, we are energized to connect and live in two realities, the material 3-D reality (everyday mundane) and the spiritual magical reality where all things are possible.  Today, this
seems to be very pertinent as we find ourselves living between two paradigms, the old and the
new. The old being the material 3-D reality and the new being the next level of awareness that
merges ethereal energies with the material plane.



Storm - Sun sign glyph
2006 Judith Ann Griffith


Another representation of the Trecena is that of a creative wave beginning at 1 and ending at 13, with the numbers 6, 7 and 8 representing the crest of the wave. The crest could be interpreted as a strong influential energy, although the underlying influence on the Trecena would still rest in the beginning. This Trecena crests on 6 Oc (Dog), courage and faith which guides us on our spiritual journey; 7 Chuen (Monkey), artistic excellence which we strive for on our spiritual path; and 8 Eb (Road), our spiritual destiny or road of life.


As we journey through each day of this Trecena: 


December 22, 2009     1 Chicchan (Serpent)

December 23, 2009     2 Cimi (Death/Transformation)

December 24, 2009     3 Manik (Deer)

December 25, 2009     4 Lamat (Rabbit)

December 26, 2009     5 Muluc (Water)

December 27, 2009     6 Oc (Dog)

December 28, 2009     7 Chuen (Monkey)

December 29, 2009     8 Eb (Road)

December 30, 2009     9 Ben (Reed)

December 31, 2009     10 Ix (Jaguar)

January 1, 2010            11 Men (Eagle)

January 2, 2010           12 Cib (Vulture)

January 3, 2010           13 Caban (Earth)

Utilize the energy of Serpent to connect your core with your spiritual aspirations or destiny. Go with the flow, have faith in your destiny, gratitude in your heart, love in your actions and allow your intuition to guide you.



***For a list of all 20 Mayan Sun Signs - click here ***

In Lak’ech,

William and Viola

©2009 William and Viola Welsch