Copyright 2007 by William and Viola Welsch
HAPPY MAYAN NEW YEAR – 13 CABAN
Gregorian February 22, 2012
This is the first day of the Haab – the 365-day solar or agricultural calendar of the
Maya. This first or special day is called the Year Bearer or the “Mam” and carries
the energies of one of four Tzolkin day-signs.
THE YEAR BEARERS
4 Nahuatl spirits who take turns carrying the solar years on their backs and impart
The Year Bearers represent the four directions or four corners of the Earth itself.
They give the Earth its form – 4 pillars supporting and holding the Earth in balance.
These five groups of 4 Tzolkin day signs are:
Group 1: Imix, Cimi, Chuen, Cib
Group 2: Caban, Ik, Manik, Eb
Group 3: Ben, Etznab, Akbal, Lamat
Group 4: Muluc, Ix, Cauac, Kan
Group 5: Chicchan, Oc, Men, Ahau
The Groups have been used as Year Bearers by different Mesoamerican cultures
at different times in history. The contemporary Maya use Group 2 Year Bearers or
Year Lords and thus, 13 Caban is the Year Bearer for the new Haab year. This
Year Bearer, 13 Caban, will carry the burden of time upon its back; and the
corresponding energy (quality and characteristics) of the day-sign will influence
the entire Haab year.
This New Year brings celebration for the transfer of time/energy from 12 Eb to 13
13 Caban (Earth/Movement)
Inspiration, Intelligent Thoughts, Natural Manner and Habits
Synchronizing Our Hearts with Earth’s Rhythm
To the ancient Maya, the day sign Caban literally meant “earth” and represented
the vital force within the earth itself (earth rhythm) and also within the human
body (heart rhythm).
© 2006 Judith Ann Griffith
Caban also represented the movement or motion of the earth as in the form of an
earthquake or the surge of heart blood or chi as in the human body. Some Mayan
daykeepers refer to Caban as Incense, as it rises to heaven so should intelligent
To Carlos Barrios in The Book of Destiny, “this glyph symbolizes learning. The
drawing in the middle represents the brain, and the circles are degrees of
increasing human spiritual betterment…. It is the energy that governs the mind,
knowledge and memory…. It is the interaction between expansion and the infinite,
on the one hand, and on the other, the rigid concept of reality, the limitations
imposed on humans. It symbolizes the movement of earth and sky. It is the power
of thoughts and ideas, the brain, development and earthquakes.”
Culmination of Spiritual Enlightenment
All numbers 1 through 13 are Number Gods and sacred to the Maya. The number
13 is also very magical and lucky. It represents the 13 cycles of the moon, the 13
skies or heavens, the week of 13 days (Trecena), 13 joints in the body, and
according to Ian Lungold, 13 intentions of Creation itself; an Ascension to the next
level which propels us to try something new.
Caban energy and wisdom is present to facilitate changes in our patterns and
habits, our mode of living, our way of thinking. Live from the heart and let your
thoughts rise to heaven. Become stewards of this beautiful Earth and all the life
she holds – balance is the key – maintaining a balance between technology and
nature can only be accomplished if we evolve to replace feelings of greed, hate,
and righteousness with compassion, love and humility in our daily patterns and
habits. During this Caban year, follow the Tzolkin and perform ritual and
meditation to assist harmonization with the natural flow of the universe.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY 13 CABAN!
William and Viola