|INAH's drawing of the Sun Stone|
Why go into the Aztec Sun Stone Calendar? For the best reason in the world. [One segment only is located below). Five day names of the week as a corrected number of days per week; Ten squares for another 10 days creating the correct 15 days which is half of a 30-day month. Five 4-day columns only for milpa maintenance per a 5-day week as in the horizontal Trecena. The extra day is a "day of rest." Please note the bundle (brown) ties the five monthly rotating 4-day week columns in each quarter of the Sun Stone calendar are necessary days for maintaining the milpa; in other words: The Trecena pattern.
There are 4-day columns of 3-year units rotating during each of the 52-weeks in a common year [even with extra 5.25 day added] to the day counts. Each column rotates in the same manner that the vertical Trecena uses.
One can find the correct method for the horizontal method in the Madrid Codex in its Serpent calendar pages [M-12 to M-18]. Once you realize that all twenty days have to be settled into a five week span, beginning with IK then put in the second named unit MANIK of the four year count; [i.e.: IK, Manik, Eb, Caban]. your month spans should start with IK and end with Ahaw after each four units are completed with its twenty days. The third section would be started with EB with its twenty days. hommom.
Why go into the Aztec Sun Stone Calendar? For the best reason in the world.; It also contains the full story of the arrival of two comets: one of the Night and one for the Day. Glyphs are always meant to be read. Yet, at most, students are contents to translate the more difficult to decode items with de Landa's spelling rules, even though there are usually easier to read basic components.
The weird system is the Four Ages of the Sun (here one segment only). Five day names of the week as a corrected number of days per week; Ten squares another 10 days. Five 4-day columns were only for farming time per week as in the horizontal Trecena; the knotted bundle tying each of the five monthly 4-day week rotating day columns of each quarter of the Sun Stone calendar; in other words:
There are many 3-year units rotating each week of the 52 in a common year (ever with after 5.25 day-columns. Each column rotates in the same manner that the vertical Trecena does. Each column uses the style and form of the "One-armed Bandits" in gambling establishments except that the 52 weeks are not free rotating. They must follow the vertical and the horizontal counts exactly.
Its arachaeastronomy-omens are brought down to common nominators like numbers found in the Codex Ramirez as the 1883 paper The History of the Mexicans through their Paintings.
1 Central unit = Coatlicue
3 Ages of the Sun
a EhecatL - Wind,= 676 days/yrs;
(b [1/2] Tlaloc Fire Rains = 364 +)
(c [2/2] Chalchuitlque Water 314 = 676 days/yrs
c Ocelotl Caves, Cats, Hunger = 676 days/yrs
I attended a lecture on the Aztec Sun Stone recently. An observant student who attended ask a question about the tiny circles of squares and points circling the stone between the compass points. She was told they did not mean anything; they were only there to fill the spaces. Hm.m.m
|Chalchuitlque, Wife of Tlaloc, Second half of Third AgeSun of Water, 2/2= 324 days|
I had to think about that answer for a while. When I thought I knew what it was, I did a count of the four different Ages, then the tiny squares, and then, the Trecena count of 12. No, that is not a mistake, it is only necessary for a 12 count because there are only three 4's for one harvest and then there are two years needed to bring back the nutriants needed to repair the depleted soil after the first year of a good harvest. During the second year the land must lay fallow and the third was "slashed" and "burned." [This is a Norse/Saxon method of farming called "svithinn." Karle Taube mentioned it in one of his earlier papers.]
The number 13 that which computer programming call a "continuous loop." The vertical Trecena can go on for centuries in groups of three years using the 13th number of the Trecena for looping the pattern as many years as was necessary.
I chose to color the above segment of the calendar stone because it was one of the two truncated, by the two comet gods iconography. It truncated the ten square units [no color] after the five day names which together equaled the number 15. Just above the square units of ten, are three specifically "bundled" units of four [green] arrowheads separated by an "A" unit and a possible temple glyph.
Underneath the pointed units of four, there is a knotted "bundling" cord [brown] and under that is the [blue[ set of 5 loops. Over all are the [orange] flames of the burning serpentine comets as the two circled the known world.
Once Rome decided in 1583 to add February 8th date as IMIX to the beginning of the count, as found in the Madrid Codex, it made a blithering mess at the end of the 52 proposed weeks, leaving 8 empty glyph blanks ready to accept the 5 extra days. It was an unnecessary step, since 1.015 degrees has already been added to each 360-day.
One can still use the correct method simply by omitting the IMIX from the horizontal method so the end result at 52 weeks will end in AHAU, even in the Madrid , using its Serpent calendar pages [M-12 to M-18].
One other item I remember wss by Fianlly, I found a decent explanation from 1956 about the “Distance Numbers” for the Maya Calendar system
“Let us permit our calendar year to gain
ron the true year as fast as it will.
We will allow our calendar to function without change.
But when we erect a monument,
we will engrave n it,
In addition to the official calendar date of its dedication,
A calendar correction for that particular date.”
[Morley, Sylvanus Griswold (1956) The Ancient Maya,
Wonder Books: Frederick, MD, 3rd Edition, (Revised by George Brainerd), Stanford Univ. Press, Stanford, CA, USA]