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Welcome to my webpage about the Aztec calandar! I hope you find it to be informative, interesting, and maybe even a little bit fun. It was created as an assignment for Seņora Litwiller's Spanish IV class at NCHS. This page was designed to teach how the calendar actually worked and how it is like our calendars today. Please visit the links at the bottom of the page to learn more. Also, feel free to email me your questions and comments at Zanthia494@netscape.net. After exploring the site a little, try taking the quiz. It's not too painful, only 5 questions.

The Aztec calendar consisted of two circles, or wheels. One wheel had the 13 day week, and the other had 20 symbols. The 20 symbols were called daysigns and they each represented a god and had certain characteristics. These symbols are not the same as the symbols and gods for the 20 weeks of the year. Throughout the 260-day year, the days would cycle through both the 13 days and 20 daysigns. The original first day and first daysign would line up again at the end of the year.
(Psst, 13 x 20 = 260)

This table shows the 20 daysigns and the gods they are dedicated to.
Click the picture to see the full-sized version and further explaination.

Daysign
Name
Meaning
Day
God
Predictions
Cipatli
Crocodile
1
Tonacatecuhtli
A good day for beginnings.
Ehecatl
Wind
2
Quetzalcoatl
A good day to eliminate bad habits.
Calli
House
3
Tepeyollotl
A bad day to participate in public life.
Cuetzpalin
Lizard
4
Huehuecoyotl
A good day to work on your reputation.
Coatl
Snake
5
Chalchihuitlicue
A good day for humility.
Miquiztli
Death
6
Tecciztecatl
A good day for reflecting on your priorities.
Mazatl
Deer
7
Tlaloc
A good day to stalk your quarry.
Tochtli
Rabbit
8
Mayahuel
A good day for communing with nature.
Atl
Water
9
Xiuhtecuhtli
A bad day for rest.
Itzuintli
Dog
10
Mictlantecuhtli
A good day for being trustworthy.
Ozomahtli
Monkey
11
Xochipili
A good day for lightheartedness.
Malinalli
Grass
12
Patecatl
A good day for those suppressed.
Acatl
Reed
13
Tezcatlipoca
A good day to seek justice.
Ocelotl
Jaguar
14
Tlazolteotl
A good day for doing battle.
Cuauhtli
Eagle
15
Xipe Totec
A good day for action, not reflection.
Cozcacuauhtli
Vulture
16
Itzpapalotl
A good day to confront disruptions and failures.
Ollin
Earthquake
17
Xolotl
A good day for transmutation.
Tecpatl
Stone
18
Chalchihuihtotolin
A good day to test one's character.
Quiahuitl
Rain
19
Tonatiuh
A good day for traveling and learning.
Xochitl
Flower
20
Xochiquetzal
A good day for reflection and companionship.

This table shows the 20 weeks of the year and the gods they are dedicated to.
Click the picture to see the full-sized version and further explaination.

Trecena
Name
Meaning
Week
God
Predictions
Cipatli
Crocodile
1
Ometeotl
Bad days for solitude.
Ocelotl
Jaguar
2
Quetzalcoatl
Bad days to traffic with those on another path.
Mazatl
Deer
3
Tepeyollotl
Good days to study the routines of others.
Xochitl
Flower
4
Huehuecoyotl
Good days to make things.
Acatl
Reed
5
Chalchihuitlicue
Bad days to hide in fear.
Miquiztli
Death
6
Tonatiuh
Good days to fullfill old obligations.
Quiahuitl
Rain
7
Tlaloc
Bad days to count on others.
Malinalli
Grass
8
Mayahuel
Good days to bind the community together.
Coatl
Snake
9
Xiuhtecuhtli
Good days to act out of stregnth.
Tecpatl
Stone
10
Mictlantecuhtli
Bad days to cling to what is already known.
Ozomahtli
Monkey
11
Patecatl
Bad days to allow infections to fester.
Cuetzpalin
Lizard
12
Itzlacoliuhqui
Good days to keep out of sight.
Ollin
Earthquake
13
Tlazolteotl
Good days for self-purification.
Itzcuintli
Dog
14
Xipe Totec
Good days for commemorating the dead.
Calli
House
15
Itzpapalotl
Bad days to focus on the past.
Cozcacuauhtli
Vulture
16
Xolotl
Bad days for participating.
Atl
Water
17
Chalchihuihtotolin
Every day rollercoasters between all-good and all-bad.
Ehecatl
Wind
18
Chantico
Good days to be in the vanguard.
Cuauhtli
Eagle
19
Xochiquetzal
Good days for taking risks.
Tochtli
Rabbit
20
Xiuhtecuhtli
Good days to focus on the needs of others.

This table shows an entire Aztec year in a format similar to our calendars today. The Aztecs didn't really have months, just 20 weeks to a year. There are 13 days each week, instead of 7. The numbers in the boxes represent the 20 daysigns. This table is supposed to help you visualize how the daysigns cycle through the weeks throughout the year.

Week
The Thirteen Days of the Week
Cipactli
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
Ocelotl
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
1
2
3
4
5
6
Mazatl
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
Xochitl
20
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Acatl
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
1
2
3
4
5
Miquiztli
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Quiahuitl
19
20
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Malinalli
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
1
2
3
4
Coatl
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
Tecpatl
18
19
20
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Ozomahtli
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
1
2
3
Cuetzpalin
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
Ollin
17
18
19
20
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Itzcuintli
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
1
2
Calli
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Cozcacuauhtli
16
17
18
19
20
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Atl
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
1
Ehecatl
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Cuauhtli
15
16
17
18
19
20
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Tochtli
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

Links

  • The Aztec Calendar
  • www.AztecCalendar.com

    Disclaimer: None of the images on this page were created by me, but I did alter a few of them.
    All providers of images and information are included in the links section.