Tzolkin Trecena Notes – 1 Death/Transformation (Cimi) (Death/Transformation)

Day 66 of the 260 Day Tzolkin

Gregorian Date: November 13, 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 Cimi (Death/Transformation) – surrender, forgiveness, discipline, fortitude,
self-actualization, empowers staying in the moment. Every transformation offers us another
beginning - another step up the pyramid to our Soul’s True Destiny.


To the Maya, Cimi was a lucky day to be born on as it was celebrated as a day of transformation
rather than a day of death. In the Popul Vuh, the Hero Twins defeat the Lords of Death in a
ballgame which takes place in the Underworld. The Twins are ordered by the Lords of Death
to perform many tasks. They are tricked by the Lords and lose their lives, only to be reborn by transforming themselves. Thus the Maya celebrated this day as a lucky day of transformation
leading to wisdom.


In ancient times, Death was also referred to as the direction North, which symbolized the
Ancestors. Seeking wisdom and guidance from the Ancestors was at the heart of Mayan ritual
practice. According to Kenneth Johnson in Jaguar Wisdom, “In the day-sign Death, we become
one with those who went before us, and we partake of their wisdom. In the human body,
Death is associated with the crown chakra, the sacred center through which solar enlightenment
and ancestral wisdom may best enter into our own consciousness. Hence, this day-sign bestows
upon us the ancestral wisdom that guides us through all our transformations.”




Jaguar - Sun sign glyph
2006 Judith Ann Griffith


The energy of transformation on all levels, from the physical cellular level to the spiritual co-creative level, propels us to be aware of all possibilities in each moment of creation. We are now ready to exercise a choice:  to move into a vibration of listening to our intuition and allowing our ancestral wisdom to guide us, or to stay with old patterns of the ego and the rational mind. If we choose the
path of transformation, the old patterns no longer serving us are released and we are filled with light.


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. 6 Chuen (Monkey), the creative artisan, the keeper of ancient knowledge; 7 Eb (Road), the vital energy that moves us forward on the Road of Life; 8 Ben (Reed), listening to and
utilizing our inner power to fulfill our true destiny. This is a powerful time to seek wisdom from the
ancients and to allow intuition and heart be the guiding force in the transformational journey of life.


As we journey through each day of this Trecena (1 Cimi, 2 Manik, 3 Lamat, 4 Muluc, 5 Oc, 6 Chuen,
7 Eb, 8 Ben, 9 Ix, 10 Men, 11 Cib, 12 Caban, 13 Etznab), utilize the energy of Cimi to realign your
sense of destiny and to be grateful for all and the ability to see beyond all. Know in your heart
that each transformation brings you that much closer to unity.



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

In Lak’ech,

William and Viola

©2009 William and Viola Welsch