The Grand #Wayeb and the New Year Bearers of the Maya: Eagle, Sun, Snake and Dog

The Grand Wayeb system is a Ki’che’ Maya method used in ancient times to adjust the 365-day solar calendar, called the haab by the Maya, for leap year; to determine the date of the 52-year #CalendarRound; and to know when to change from one of the five sets of Year Bearers to the next. The Year Bearer exerts a strong influence on global or national events and may even affect individuals born during its rule.

The five sets of Year Bearers according to the Grand Wayeb system of Ki'che' Maya in Guatemala.

Meet the New #YearBearers of the Haab

The Grand Wayeb was lost long ago, so scholars and most contemporary Maya 0have continued to recycle the last known Year Bearers: Wind, Road, Earth and Deer. Since the Grand Wayeb was reverse-engineered by Ki’che Maya in Guatemala and made public in 2003, the Grand Wayeb has gradually become accepted by the more open-minded members of the Mayan astrology community.

Yet it remains controversial and even denied outright by some Maya elders. (The above table provides the dates of the five sets of Year Bearers as they appear in the first English-language book to discuss the Grand Wayeb, Mayan Calendar Users Guide by Shay Addams.)

According to the Grand Wayeb, the ancients changed the set of Year Bearers at the outset of each 52-year Calendar Round. And this occurred on March 6, 2013, when 1 Eagle assumed the throne. The next three years are governed by 2 Sun, 3 Snake and 4 Dog, followed by 5 Eagle, 6 Sun, 7 Snake and 8 Dog, etc. and so on until 2065 and the next calendar round commences.

The Grand Wayeb and New Paradigm Mayan Astrology

Proponents of new paradigm Mayan astrology, aware that even today’s Maya disagree on the current Year Bearer, accept the Grand Wayeb as the most reasonable and intuitive way to make this determination. This does not make it a “belief,” only the most productive perspective on the subject.

When calculating a Mayan astrological chart, one may either use the Grand Wayeb’s Year Bearer, the old one that is obviously off by who knows how many hundreds of years, or no Year Bearer at all. Unless the individual for whom the chart is done happens to be directly involved on the global stage, I prefer the last option – no Year Bearer.

When doing political astrology (based on the Mayan 260-day calendar) for current world events such as the 2012 presidential election in the United States, I experiment with all three options and track the results to see which was most accurate).

This approach fits in with that of the ancient day keepers when creating a chart for a member of royalty: they would incorporate numerous factors, such as the trecena ruler, the position of Venus, the Lord of the Night and the Year Bearer. Selecting the most appropriate date for an event, especially a major one such as military action or the seating of a king or queen would require factoring in the influence of the Year Bearer.

Ultimately, the decision as to which Year Bearer to use when they are required is up to the individual day keeper. For details on the Grand Wayeb and the New Year Bearers of the current Calendar Round, see Grand Wayeb Year Bearers.

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