Tzolkin Trecena Notes – 1 Imix (Crocodile/Waterlily)

Day 1 of the 260 Day Tzolkin

Gregorian Date: September 9, 2009


Trecenas are thirteen-day periods in the Tzolkin. Each Trecena starts with the Number 1, but with a different Day Glyph. As a wave of the Thirteen Heavens, the underlying energy is governed by the
First Day Glyph of the Trecena and influences all thirteen successive Day Glyphs. Being aware of the predominant energy of the First Day of the Trecena, we can align our intentions with that energy
and allow our goals to manifest.


This Trecena starts with 1 Imix (Crocodile/Alligator/Waterlily) – Beginning - Initiating new
possibilities and concepts – Receptivity and Trust, Earth Mother, Nourishment, Protection,
Primordial Ocean of Possibilities.


The Classic Maya believed that an earth monster or primordial Crocodile floated in the ocean of
the Underworld. He carried the Earth on his back, nourishing and protecting all life. Thus, Crocodile supplies humanity with the underlying primal feeling of our connection to nature and Mother Earth.
The glyph itself represents a Waterlily, a symbol of beauty, abundance and growth, and the
possibility of ascension out of the primordial soup of creation.


Out of the void, a spark of fire falls into the primordial ocean of possibilities and creation spirals into life.

Wind - Sun sign glyph
2006 Judith Ann Griffith


With 1 Imix we are starting a new Tzolkin round of 260 days which ends on 13 Ahau. 1 Imix is a
logical place to begin counting the days. The number 1 and Imix both symbolize beginning.
According to Kenneth Johnson in Jaguar Wisdom, “this is an arbitrary point of origin. The rhythm
of the Sacred Calendar is circular; many contemporary Calendar shamans insist that it has neither beginning nor end. Nevertheless, we will follow tradition and use 1 Crocodile as a convenient ‘beginning’.”


This particular Tzolkin round happens to coincide with the Gregorian date of 09/09/09 . To many
who follow numerology, the number 9 has a very strong positive energy. It is related to Christ consciousness, the enlightenment of Buddha, transformation and ascension. To the Maya this
energy represented Quetzalcoatl, the nine levels of the Underworld, and the ninth level, the
Universal. Since we are currently at the end of Day Six of the Galactic Underworld which is
flowering, we can expect to see creative expressions of new ways of living pop up in the next
few months (Night Six begins
November 8, 2009 ). Maybe a conscious awakening of our
responsibilities as caretakers of the Earth and of each other will occur and our new greeting
will be the Mayan phrase “In Lak’ech  - I am another you.


Another representation of the Trecena is that of a creative wave beginning at 1 and ending at 13,
with the numbers 6, 7 and 8 representing the crest of the wave. The crest could be interpreted
as a strong influential energy, although the underlying influence on the Trecena would still rest
in the beginning. In this Trecena, the crest falls on 6 Cimi (Transformation/Death), 7 Manik (Deer/Healing Hand) and 8 Lamat (Rabbit/Venus). It is interesting that transformation, change
and new beginnings, falls on the crest of the wave in the trecena Crocodile which is the
beginning of the Tzolkin. Deer symbolizes groundedness of the four-legged animals and the
healing hand.  Rabbit energy symbolizes abundance and the pure joy of being alive. The
energies of this Crest propel us to change in order to heal and live in abundance.


As we journey through each day of this Trecena (1 Imix, 2 Ik, 3 Akbal, 4 Kan, 5 Chicchan, 6 Cimi,
7 Manik, 8 Lamat, 9
Muluk, 10 Oc, 11 Chuen, 12 Eb, 13 Ben), focus on the energies of Crocodile
in order to open our hearts. Crocodile offers emotional, physical and spiritual security during the vibrational changes occurring now on planet Earth.


***For a list of all 20 Mayan Sun Signs - click here ***

In Lak’ech,

William and Viola

©2009 William and Viola Welsch