The Maya Kin: Ancient Astrology

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Many ancient societies had some form of religion based on the natural cycle of life. Worship of the sun, the moon, the stars, trees and the earth are just some of the common themes of ancient beliefs. The Maya are one example of this. Their culture was immersed in a complex cosmic structure that dictated the guidelines of behavior, attitudes and daily activities.

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The Mayan Kin

The calendar was the center of Mayan life, based on a continuous and uninterrupted account from day zero, which was called "kin" in the Mayan language. According to studies, the Maya people placed day zero on 13 August, 3114 BC of the western Gregorian calendar.

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Galactic Day

For the Maya, life was linked with the harmony of the universe and they dedicated themselves to the study of the surrounding universe, achieving twenty types of calendar. They considered that the solar system revolved around the central sun called Alcione (shining star), whose cycle took 26,000 years or a galactic day, which in turn was divided into four parts: Sunrise, full sun, sunset and dusk.

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The Cycles and Vibrations of the Solar Seals

The Maya considered it necessary to further divide the galactic lifecycle into smaller cycles. There was the solar year, known as "Habb." This was a period of 18 months of 20 days plus one month, known as "uayeb," of five days. There was also the lunar year, known as "1 uayeb," of 13 moons of 28 days. The "Tzolkin" was a 260-day sacred and agricultural calendar. It consisted of 13 tones or vibrations combined with 20 solar seals.

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The Tzolkin or the Sacred Time

The Maya kin is a combination of a solar seal and a galactic tone, with 260 possible combinations represented in the sacred account or Maya Tzolkin, which represents time. Each combination symbolizes a unique energy of its kind. The representation of a day, a week, a moon, a year, an era or a lifetime can be symbolized with a kin.

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Energy Tones and Creative Processes

Galactic tones together with solar seals comprised the Tzolkin (whose real name is unknown). There are 13 energy tones related to creative processes on a small and large scale. It is the way in which time, movement and space was structured by the Maya. The "count of days" is the name given to the Maya version of the sacred cycle of 260 days, consisting of 20 trecenas (13-day periods) or 13 veintenas (20-day periods). The Tzolkin is a calendar of three dimensions because it is based on the Sun (seals), Moon (tones) and the Sirius star.

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The Spiral Movement

The Wavespell is integral to Maya cosmology and symbolizes movement in all its forms, as well as forming time itself. It is structured with 13 tones that form a spiral (time), which denotes the cyclical rise in ever higher levels. Each tone is marked by 13 of the 20 seals. This prompts 20 "waves" of 13 tones, representing all kins of the Tzolkin: 13 x 20 = 260. The Wavespell was used (and is still used) to plan individual and groups projects.

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The Path Our Lives Take

To give practical meaning to the Maya kin, it can be seen to represent the birthday that describes the path that people will follow in their lives. For this reason it is called destiny kin. It sums up behavioral characteristics, strengths and weaknesses and even motivations. Calculating and interpreting the kin gives you an idea of the path important events in your life can take.

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