Mayan Composite Astrology for the Trecena of 1 Sun

By combining the day sign of a specific date, often called the Lord of the Day, with that of the trecena ruler, a composite day sign can provide further guidance on how to deal with the day’s energy. This is an advanced technique of New Paradigm Mayan Astrology.

The quatrefoil is a symbol for a flower, thus of Ajaw, the concept of beginning and end, and the four cardinal directions, among many others.

The quatrefoil, which may be the basis of the flower meaning on the nahual Sun, is one of several key symbols of ancient Mesoamerican cosmovision that have been virtually overlooked until now.

The Trecena of Sun

A Sun trecena can be unusually intense, as Sun illuminates and brings things into the light. This is true for any day ruled by Sun. However, the effect is even stronger during this trecena because Sun combined with any other nahual results in the other nahual. For example, Sun plus Snake leads to Snake as the double composite. This is useful from analyzing relationships as well as many other things. Sun is the only nahual whose composite with another nahual is the other nahual.

Another effect of double composites during a Sun trecena is that the nahuales are in their purest form throughout the 260 days of the Sacred Calendar, or tzolkin.

Triple Composite Day Signs

Due to this unique property of Sun, there is no need to create a triple composite that factors in your day sign. The triple day sign will have the same nahual as the double day sign; only the coefficient changes, unless a nahual is combined with 13 Sun, which adds up to the precise day sign of the other person or date.

The Trecena of Sun (Ajpu or Ahau)

This table shows the day sign of each day in the current trecena of Sun (Kej or Manik), which runs from October 12-24, 2014.

Date Day Sign Double Composite Day Sign
October 12 1 Sun 2 Sun
October 13 2 Crocodile 3 Crocodile
October 14 3 Wind 4 Wind
October 15 4 Night 5 Night
October 16 5 Net/Lizard 6 Net/Lizard
October 17 6 Snake 7 Snake
October 18 7 Death 8 Death
October 19 8 Deer 9 Deer
October 20 9 Seed/Rabbit 10 Seed/Rabbit
October 21 10 Water 11 Water
October 22 11 Dog 12 Dog
October 23 12 Monkey 13 Monkey
October 24 13 Road 1 Road

How to Interpret Double Composite Day Signs in Mayan Astrology

Look for your nahual in the third column. If a double composite that is your nahual occurs, pay close attention to that date. My previous posts on other trecenas provide more ways to interpret double and triple composite day signs.

Two dates stand out during this trecena. The first day, 1 Sun, combines with the trecena ruler, 1 Sun, leading to the double composite of 2 Sun. This might prove significant on a global basis, because according to the Grand Wayeb, the current Year Bearer is 2 Sun. So watch for major international events and incidents throughout this trecena.

Sun could shed light on what happened to North Korean Dictator for Life, Kim Jong Un, who has not been seen in more than a month. This possibility is underscored by another meaning of Sun, which is ruler and authority. And the current Year Bearer, 2 Sun, is a double composite.

11 Dog on October 22 might also see negative events, as 11 can mean chaos and Dog is often a troublesome nahual on its own. The preceding day’s sign, 10 Water, might also indicate problems.

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The Effects of the Trecena Ruler on the Lord of the Day

A growing number of people doing Mayan astrology now consider the trecena ruler’s influence an important factor when interpreting the energy of a day sign for a date within that trecena. The interpretation is commonly accomplished by applying the core meaning of the trecena ruler’s nahual to the day sign of a specific day.

The trecena ruler of Jaguar, or Ix, marks 13 days of focus on the spiritual side of life.

For example, today is the first day of the trecena of Jaguar (Ix). Jaguar, whose core meaning is inner strength, is the nahual most likely to achieve the highest realms of spirituality. The second day of a Jaguar trecena is 2 Eagle, a nahual that can mean flying high either on the physical plane (especially regarding money and business) or on the spiritual plane. Jaguar, as trecena ruler, tells us that on this day we should focus on spiritual ascent rather than asking Eagle for money and work. Apply this concept when considering the meaning of the following day signs in the trecena.

The Trecena of Jaguar (Ix)

September 16: 1 Jaguar
September 17: 2 Eagle
September 18: 3 Vulture
September 19: 4 Earth
September 20: 5 Knife
September 21: 6 Storm
September 22: 7 Sun
September 23: 8 Crocodile
September 24: 9 Wind
September 25: 10 Night
September 26: 11 Net/Rabbit
September 27: 12 Snake
September 28: 13 Death

(To see the meaning of these days signs, and those of the next trecena, Deer, see: Interactive Monthly Mayan Calendar.)

Correspondences between Your Day Signs and the Trecena

Another way to use the trecena is to look for correspondences between your Mayan astrological chart (either the Constellation or Cross of Life) and the day signs in the trecena. For example, if your main day sign is 9 Wind, then pay close attention on September 24, when you may receive a personal message or insight, or which might be a good day to schedule a related activity. Also look for your main day sign’s opposite nahual in the above list. (See my previous post to learn your opposite Mayan day sign, an important concept in New Paradigm Mayan Astrology.)

Also note the coefficients of each day sign during the trecena. If your main day sign is 12 (any nahual), then September 27, which is 12 Snake, may prove to be a significant time.

Mayan Composite Astrology and the Trecena Ruler

The influence of the trecena ruler on the days within its trecena can also be interpreted with a tool from New Paradigm Astrology, composite nahuales. I will explain how this works in my next post.

For more on the trecena ruler and trecenas in general, see:

  • Mayan Astrology Readings
  • The Mayan Calendar Users Guide
  • Your Opposite Nahual
  • The Concept of Opposite Nahuales in the Tzolkin

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    The Circle of Jade Nahuales

    For a personal ceremony, I usually arrange a set of 20 jade amulets with glyphs of the nahuales in a circle around me and place the candles of the four directions outside them. The day was Toj/Muluc, or Water, so I put that amulet directly behind the red candle on the eastern side of the circle.

    For some reason, I wondered if the glyph on the opposite side of Toj was Noj, which is Earth. After all, water and earth are opposite in nature. Yet when I looked around, I saw the glyph for Cauac, which is Storm. Cauac is also a water-related nahual, and both are associated with women. So rather than having opposite meanings, the opposite nahuales had something in common.

    The difference? Toj is a passive water sign, while Cauac is a strong and active one. I decided to further investigate the concept of opposite nahuales.

    Opposites in the Structure of the Tzolkin

    First I looked for other instances of opposite nahuales in the structure of the Tzolkin and other Mesoamerican time cycles. And found several. The four Year Bearers (whichever nahuales you consider correct) are opposites. Ik (Wind) and E’ (Road) two of the traditional Year Bearers, are on opposite sides of the circle of 20 nahuales. This is also true for the other conventionally accepted Year Bearers, Noj (Earth) and Kej’ (Deer).

    The four nahuales that mark the burner day cycle, which divides the 260-day cycle into four sub-cycles, are also opposites: Ajpu (Sun) and T’zi (Dog), and Kan (Snake) and Tzi’kin (Eagle). Curiously, these four nahuales are the current Year Bearers, which were introduced on March 6, 2014, according to the Gran Wayeb system.

    So there turned out to be a solid basis for the concept of opposite nahuales in the very structure of the Tzolkin. Next I examined each pair of opposites, which are easily discovered by counting 11 forward or backward in the circle, with the starting nahual as the first (as is done when calculating a Mayan Tree of Life or Constellation chart). The number 11 itself seemed significant. The numbers 7 and 9 are employed when doing such charts. 11 would naturally continue the progression.

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    Figure 1: The Opposite Nahuales of the Tzolkin

    Figure 1 above and Table 1 below present all ten sets of opposite nahuales, using their names in English. It begins with Crocodile, the glyph at the top of Figure 1, and cycles counter-clockwise through the nahuales depicted hieroglyphically in this circle.

    Some make more sense than others, but they all felt right. The most striking was Tijax (Knife) and Q’anil (Seed/Rabbit). The glyphs of these nahuales are almost identical, and represent the quincunx, among the most ancient of all symbols in the Mesoamerican sacred calendar.

    • Crocodile – Monkey
    • Wind – Road
    • Night – Corn
    • Net/Lizard – Jaguar
    • Snake – Eagle
    • Death – Vulture/Owl
    • Deer – Earth
    • Seed/Rabbit – Knife
    • Water – Storm
    • Dog – Sun

    Table 1: The Opposite Nahuales

    Before reading further, stop and examine each set of opposites and see what you find.

    I said stop! Okay, now proceed.

    Time’s up.

    Did you notice that the Eagle and Snake are the symbols from the legend about the founding of Tenochtitlan, and recall that the Eagle and Snake are natural enemies? Or that Dog and Sun share a core meaning of authority, which leads to sub meanings of counsel and guidance? How about Death and Vulture/Owl, both related to the ancestors and the spirit world? Aspects of certain other opposite nahuales, such as Night and Corn, are not as obvious as these examples. But a blend of common sense and intuition led me to conclude that each set of opposites is related, though not always in the same way.

    How to Apply the Concept of Opposite Nahuales

    My next question was “What, if anything, does this mean, and how to interpret and apply this knowledge?” I’ll reveal the answers and offer more discoveries and insights, and how I arrived at them in my next post on the opposite nahuales.

    Until then, review the table and illustration of opposite nahuales and, instead of approaching these questions strictly with logic or with intuition alone, try to “think with your heart and feel with your brain.” Use both common sense and intuition simultaneously. Blending dualistic concepts such as these into one is a key element in the new paradigm.

    I would appreciate your comments and questions about this topic, for some of you are certain to see things that I have overlooked.

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