Tzolkin Trecena Notes – 1 Ix (Jaguar)

Day 14 of the 260 Day Tzolkin

Gregorian Date: September 22, 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 Ix (Jaguar) – Nocturnal Shaman, Secretive, Ruling spirit of jungles and mountains, Guardian of earthly magic, the Night Sun that travels the underworld invisible and opposite the Day Sun of the Eagle.


Jaguar energy relates to the earthly primal spiritual forces within all living creatures. The Maya refer to this energy as Itz or “dew from heaven” which connects cosmic divinity with the spark of our own earthly divinity. Jaguar energy tunes our inner instincts with the spiritual power of Itz. Ix is a day of high magic - special energy to change negative aspects.


To the Maya, Jaguar’s spotted skin symbolized the stars of the Milky Way Galaxy. The birthplace of First Father in the mouth of Jaguar was known to the Quiche Maya as Xibalba Be (shi bal ba bay) “the Road to the Underworld.” The Sun’s daily journey from light to darkness represents consciousness and its transformation. The Nocturnal Sun in the guise of the Jaguar travels through the underworld revealing our subconscious fears and allowing them to be transformed.

The jaguar paces on the periphery of our subconscious

Protecting our inner temple

Listening for unusual sounds in the night.


Wind - Sun sign glyph
2006 Judith Ann Griffith


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. Jaguar energy underlies (or influences) the days of 6 Cauac, the Storm pouring out rain; 7 Ahau, flowering in the presence of rain and sun; and 8 Imix, the life giving force resonating from the Underworld. Of special note this Trecena, Jaguar energy underlies the day of 9 Ik, a day of change ruled by the light of Quetzalcoatl. This crest is very powerful for personal transformation as it also ends the first uinal or first day (20-day increments that comprise the seven days and six nights of the Tzolkin ).


As we journey through each day of this Trecena (1 Ix, 2 Men, 3 Cib, 4 Caban, 5 Etznab, 6 Cauac, 7 Ahau, 8 Imix, 9 Ik, 10 Akbal, 11 Kan, 12 Chicchan, 13 Cimi), utilize the energy of Jaguar to follow your instincts. Allow your feelings to guide your actions and movements. Jaguar shows us we no longer need to fear the jungle or the night. Jaguar energy helps us to face our inner demons and arise transformed.


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

In Lak’ech,

William and Viola

©2009 William and Viola Welsch