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December 18, 2012

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Tzolkin Count of Days


Tzolkin Trecena Notes – 1 Earth (Caban)

Day 157 of the 260 Day Tzolkin
Gregorian Date: December 18, 2012
Year Bearer: 13 Caban (Earth)

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 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). According to Kenneth Johnson in Jaguar Wisdom, “its ideogram depicts a lock of hair, the hair of the young moon goddess, who is also corn mother, earth goddess, and creative spirit. Again we meet First Mother, that universal goddess of beginnings. Caban represents the creative spirit (the moon goddess or First Mother) that lies inherent in the earth itself; the vital force that manifests in the human body as teyolia, a soul substance centered in the heart, is believed to reside in the earth.”

Flint (Etznab)

© 2006 Judith Ann Griffith

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.”

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. In this Trecena, the crest falls on 6 Ik (Wind), 7 Akbal (Night) and 8 Kan (Lizard/Seed) which might suggest changing our patterns and planting new seeds of abundance. With Caban as the underlying energy, change comes by following the Tzolkin and balancing our heart’s rhythm with the earth’s rhythm. During this Caban Trecena, perform ritual and meditation to assist harmonization with the natural flow of the universe.

As we journey through each day of this Trecena:

Trecena Count 
Gregorian Date
1 Caban (Earth/Movement)
December 18, 2012
2 Etznab ( Flint )
December 19
3 Cauac (Storm) 
December 20
4 Ahau (Sun)
December 21
Imix (Crocodile)
December 22
Ik (Wind) 
December 23
7 Akbal (Night)
December 24
8 Kan (Lizard/Seed)
December 25
9 Chicchan (Serpent) 
December 26
10 Cimi (Transformation)
December 27
11 Manik (Deer)
December 28
12 Lamat (Rabbit)
December 29
13 Muluc (Water)
December 30

Utilize Caban energy and wisdom to change 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 communications.

4 Ahau

Great Cycle ends.

Sun, Light, Lord, Stability of the Four Directions, Flower, Spiritual Enlightenment, Ascension.

5 Imix

Birth of New Great Cycle.

Earth Mother, Crocodile, Abundance, Beginning, Star Energy, Waterlily, Flower of Life.


In Lak’ech (I am another you),
William and Viola
©2007 William and Viola Welsch



1) Matty's Journal has been updated -
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Several nights ago I had the opportunity to “sit in” on a meeting of the town elders who are in charge of planning the activities for the ending of the 13th bak’tun on Dec 21. Of course, the Maya themselves have never perceived this cyclic change as a “doomsday” scenario – that was merely the projection of the Western world’s Christian apocalyptic values onto a culture...with an entirely different world view. They have always seen it – and continue to see it – as merely another important nodal point in an endless series of cycles of cosmic time.

Momostenango has long been known for its stubborn resistance to 500 years of colonialism; here, many people continue to practice the Mayan Calendar as a spiritual path. One might imagine that they would therefore celebrate the changing of the cycles with ancient rituals, fire ceremonies, and so on. But this is not the case. Despite the fact that most of the current town leaders are traditionalists (costumbristas), there are also many Catholics and evangelical Christians who live here. Therefore, the celebrations are such as to be mutually inclusive, open to everyone regardless of their faith or beliefs and conducted in a spirit of welcome to all.

As I have already mentioned, there will be education sessions and discussions focusing on issues of ecology. The local Maya here see the preservation of the earth as the single most important issue confronting all of the planet’s citizens. There will also be events honoring the town’s history and sense of community. In that sense, one could say that the people of Momostenango are “thinking globally but acting locally.”

Of course, one can only attend so many events; a large part of our lives are spent at home. The elders of Momostenango are recommending these actions to their citizens for their private moments during the transitional days of Dec 20 and 21:

Turn off the computer.
Turn off the cell phone.
Turn off the television.
Experience the beauty of silence.



I seem to be the only foreigner passing the changing of the bak´tuns here in Momstenango, the so-called City of the Daykeepers. I have already posted statements from the town council which I learned while sitting in on one of their planning meetings for the changing of the bak´tuns. The following statment is being circulated throughout the town. It was written by the Momostecan elders specifically for their own people, but it has universal relevance.

Bak´tun 13
The Dawn of the Mayan People
This is an opportune time for the dawning of life, to ponder and evaluate before the Sacred Fire about our individual way of thinking and acting in the community.

Bak´tun 13
The Dawn of the Mayan People
This is a time to strengthen our own model of life, based in the equilibrium and harmony between the Mother Earth-Cosmos and all of the people of the community.

The new bak´tun is the dawning of all peoples, the beginning of another cycle based upon the harmony and equilibrium between the cosmos -- Mother Earth -- and all the people of the community, as in accordance with our Mayan cosmovisión.

That´s it for now.


3) New World Birth Video for 1 - Earth (Caban) by Scott Davis -
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Scott Davis

Join Scott Davis of New World Birth on the
"The Earth Needs Rebels Show"

on Free Thinking Voice Radio (UK), Critical Mass Radio (UK), and Orion Talk (USA), as he discusses the Mayan calendar on their December 21st 2012 live show at 2 pm EST and 7 pm GMT.
This will be a free fun event. After discussing the Mayan calendar, Scott will be doing some impromptu Human Design readings for some of the listeners in the live audience.

The following links are available if you wish to tune in:

4) 1-Caban trecena daily digest by Eagle Solomon -
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