The Mesoamerican or the Maya civilization, like many indigenous tribes, studied the movement of the sky, its influence on earth and how the planetary movements affected our moods, behavior patterns and personality traits.
They meticulously recorded the movement of Venus, Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Mars etc., to form astronomical recordings to be used by shamans and elder ones for divination and astrological purpose.
With the Mayan calendar, it consisted of 18 months of 20 days, instead of our usual 12 of 28-31 days. This is called the Haab, which is followed by 5 days called the Uayeb however; the day count still adds up to 365.
You might ask, “What about star signs?” which is actually a very valid question. With 20 days for each 18 months, that must alter a lot, right? Well, yes, it does!
Below are the different months. Even though they are listed from top left to bottom right, this is where it gets a little bit different. The sign which hits the start of January is Ch’en, which you will notice is the first symbol on the third row.
You will find many of these calendars that are spelt different and that tends to happen, most likely due to their different languages.
These symbols are rather interesting, aren’t they? Diverse and creative, just like the Mayans themselves. These symbols and signs are fun to learn about, especially when you can discover more about yourself and how you can draw strength when it’s needed.
Below, we have listed each sign and the dates they fall under. Have a look and see which one you are and what it could mean for your personality.
1) Ch’en: 2nd January to 21st January
As the first one of the bunch, Ch’en represents the night time, which means, funnily enough, that these people are night owls. If you are born under this sign, you might experience peaks of productivity around 9pm until 4am, where you suddenly get lots of creative ideas that spark an excitement within you. It is said that everything to do with the night is a good symbol for you. Whether that’s nocturnal animals, semi precious stones such as the moonstone or the night’s sky, you can draw energy from this. Perhaps consider wearing dark blues, blacks and silvers to suit your sign and boost imagination and ideas for projects.
2) Yax: 22nd January to 10th February
The Yax is indeed a lovely sign to be. If Yax is your sign, it means you are naturally open, loving and very giving to people around you, always wanting to help. It’s hard for you to be surrounded by confrontation and you do your very best to avoid this.
Instead, you want peace and tranquillity around you, so you’re very good at reasoning with difficult people that others just can’t agree with. You can bring a lot of good to this world, so perhaps in your spare time, volunteer for a dog or cat shelter. This way, you can feel like you’re doing good deeds that you and others benefit from.