Why the Mayan Calendar?

Why the Mayan (Cholqi’ji/Tzolkin) Calendar?
Did you know that we use and live by a calendar created in the 1500’s referred to as the Gregorian calendar, created by Pope Gregory? The intention of the Gregorian calendar was to follow agricultural timelines and tax the people for food and products. Thus, making this calendar’s purpose intently focused upon money. It also loosely follows the revolution of the Earth around the Sun….sort of, but not exactly.

So why do we still follow a calendar created by a Pope in the 1500’s? Seems odd to me! Yet, when you observe the capitalistic nature present around the globe it seems fitting. The availability of endless products promotes the cycle of buying, consuming, throwing away, and starting over again. Somehow this Gregorian calendar stuck promoting certain holidays, taxes, and the overwhelming ideal that money is power and success. When you consider the very real potential for calendars to steer our consciousness and the rhythms we adhere to, you can’t help but become a bit curious about the intentionality of the one we have been following for so long.

Let’s ponder this notion for a moment. The vast majority of people adhere to the systems attached to the day of the week and month whether it be via their work schedule, holidays accepted, etc. Ultimately people are ruled by this illusionary cycle set in place to feed the almighty dollar and buy and waste things we don’t need. I could stay with this tangent, but it proves unsatisfying when I would rather stop and smell the roses.

What do you consider most important in life? Perhaps you would answer: people, relationships, living in harmony, the environment, health, etc. If this is true for you I might encourage the possibility of living in a way that honors and creates space to acknowledge these aspects of our existence. With the big picture in mind, this makes me feel gratitude for the Earth; the shelter it affords us, the food it provides, the medicines/herbs it offers, and the experiences it creates. In that respect, what may it be like to honor the Earth and our relational experience, not to mention the even larger picture of extending awareness to the Sun, planets, and Universe. I know…we are getting deep here

Yet, what if there was a calendar that did just that? A calendar that took the cycles of all living things into account, one that acknowledged these simple, ever present principles of living.

Well folks, we are in luck! You see, for over 5,000 years the Mayans have had such a calendar, known as the Cholqi’ji or Tzolkin depending on which part of Central America you’re in.

This calendar provides an ongoing 260-day cycle versus the 365-day cycle we adhere to now. The reasoning behind this is based upon extensive observations and calculations made by the Maya in understanding the biological nature of human beings and our connection with the rhythms of the Earth and the Cosmos. How was this possible? It was through years of astronomical, sociological, and ecological observation of human nature along with accounts of divine guidance that developed the very roots of this calendar.

Now, I know…couldn’t anybody create a calendar and cite years of observation as their basis? Yes, that is true. So, for inquiring minds, here is a bit more on the specifics of those observations.

Some interesting facts that pertain to the intricacies of the calendar are undeniable. For instance, the 13 vibrations in the Mayan week represent the 13 major joints/articulations in the body. Similarly, the 20 Nawales or Day Signs represent the 20 digits on the human body (10 fingers, 10 toes.) In accordance with this, the 260-day cycle coincides with the 260 different types of cells in the human body, not to mention the full gestational period of humans. How is that for biological awareness and assimilation in calendar form?

If we take it a step further, we consider the energy medicine derived from the awareness that these cycles are held somewhere in the body. With this knowledge, one can identify areas of disharmony in their body and consult the calendar in seeking healing and balance. The wisdom of returning to balance is, in essence, held in the archetypal energy of each Day Sign/Nawal. The information each Day Sign/Nawal holds also illuminates the influences present each day. For instance, there are certain days where I know the energy of the day is more or less in favor of making financial decisions, being playful, reflecting, planting/harvesting, starting something new, etc. I can choose to work with the energetic momentum of the day or experience the challenges in working against it.

The more presence you put into this calendar’s wisdom and into your life, the more you may start to encounter the synchronicities between your experiences and the energy of the day. In placing attention upon the Cholqi’ji calendar, magnification of this interwoven reality begins to clarify the tapestry of ones’ life. As each day unfolds, the energy of the Nawal/Day Sign along with the vibration of the day combine to illuminate the inner and outer landscapes so poetically, drawing forth the essence of time.

I, for one, am ready for us all to tune in and on to ourselves and one another! Time to love our Earth and Universe with all our hearts and souls as if they were our one true love!

My ultimate point is that calendars hold the potential to direct consciousness, so let’s live in time with ourselves and this Earth we are so fortunate to have. It is never too late to live for the people and principles YOU love while letting go of systems created without your intentions and evolution in mind. The Mayan Calendar creates the opportunity to live in peaceful and harmonic cycles, for this is our true nature.

Maltiox (thank you in Kiche Maya)