Today’s Aztec Calendar

Today’s Aztec Calendar


In the tonalpohualli, the sacred Aztec calendar, this day (Wednesday, March 23, 2011) is: 




13-day period


solar year

Cipactli (crocodile) Xochitl (flower) Acatl (reed)
2 – Cipactli (crocodile) 1 – Xochitl (flower) 12 – Acatl (reed)


Lord of the Night


365-day calendar

Long Count:

(Maya calendar)

Mictlantecuhtli 8 – Hueitecuilhuitl (IX)

The significance of this day

Day Cipactli (Crocodile) is governed by Tonacatecuhtli, Lord of Nurturance, as its provider of tonalli (Shadow Soul) life energy. Cipactli is an auspicious day, signifying advancement and honor. It depicts energy and work, rewards and recognition. A good day for beginnings. 

The thirteen day period (trecena) that starts with day 1-Xochitl (Flower) is ruled by Huehuecoyotl, Old Coyote, the Trickster, god of deception. This trecena signifies the sacred role of the jester: revealing the truth of the old ways by treating them as irreverantly as the gods do, the jester treats nothing as sacred and so points out the sacredness of everything. These are 13 days profoundly influenced by creativity and playfulness: music, dance, art and poetry are simply masks worn by the jester to tear away the away the masks of civilization. The trickster-jester-clown is the final mask of human beings: at one with the divine absurdity of the world, the mortal creator moves toward becoming an immortal force of nature. These are good days to make things; bad days to fear what others might think. 

Aos Sidhe Blessings
Faery Warrior

“Music has the capacity to touch the innermost reaches of the soul and music gives flight to the imagination.”
~ Plato