Mayan astrology is related to Tzolkin, Mayan calendar. It is not just a way to tool to keep track of days, months and years, position of stars etc, it is more than that. It is a perfect tool to oracle the future and track the past of an individual as well as humanity. Days count according to this almanac is 260. There are twenty names for the days and they are repeated in a cycle of thirteen. At present this astrology is not in use but people are getting more and more inclined towards this as Mayan civilization is fascinating people towards it.
Features of Mayan Calendar
The Mayan calendar studies the cosmic plan that includes the whole universe with all human being as a community as well as individual. The logic is since every single thing, animate and inanimate, forms the cosmos. There are three date systems that ran simultaneously. They are
- Long Count
- Divine or Sacred Calendar, the Tzolkin, and
- Civil or Solar Calendar, the Haab.
In a Mayan Calendar, a date is written as 126.96.36.199.6, 3 Cimi 4 Zotz. Here, the numerical part is in accordance with the Long Count, 3 Cimi is Tzolkin and 4 Zotz is the date according to Haab.
Cosmic inclusions in Mayan Astrology
This astrology is entirely based on the positions of planet. This can be deduced from few of those manuscripts which Spanish authorities could not burn in 16th century. After going through them it can be deduced that Mayans had already calculated the positions and different stages of few planets like Venus and moon. They also knew about eclipses. From the left over documents, scholars have made out their discoveries but the path that they took up to discover it or how they applied their knowledge in practice was lost.
Features of Mayan Astrology
The Tzolkin calendar paved way where people following it used to weave their every mundane affair with the purpose of greater cosmos. It meant to relate the life with the ultimate destination where the entire mankind has to proceed. The chart readings of Mayan astrology are descriptive and deals with your identity, purpose on the Earth, your strong points, your weak links and what is there in the store of future for you. One platform where it differs from other is in its approach. While all other civilizations followed astrology based on the positions of the planets of solar system but the astrology followed in Mayan civilization was galaxy based, i.e. Milky Way.
Mayan astrology has been an important part of the Mayan culture, and even architecture. Most of the pyramids constructed by the Mayans followed specific positioning pertaining to the positions of the stars. These pyramids also traced the path of the sun from dawn to dusk. Some pyramids were purposely built to create special ambiences when the sun passed over these structures. These structures were also used by the Mayans to calculate time and prepare calendars in advance. The Mayan astrology so accurate that they could determine eclipses in advance.