0.0.6.0.0 6 Ajpu 13 Sej – A New Tun Begins (20th November 2018)

The Gregorian date of 21st December 2012 held great significance for many people. Here in the Maya lands, a great many people had gathered to participate in ceremonies marking the completion of a very long cycle of time and the beginning of a new baktun within the long count calendar.

The long count calendar was used to calculate much greater cycles of time than could be recorded by the Chol Q’ij (260 days), the solar calendar (365 days) or the calendar round (52 years less 13 days). Through extension it can be used through periods of time up to thousands, and even millions, of years. In general, long count dates are given using five numbers. These numbers represent periods known as baktun, katun, tun, uinal and kin. The smallest unit is kin, which represents 1 day. The next unit, which could in a way be seen as a month, is a uinal consisting of 20 days. Moving into a larger scale, the next number represents the tun. 1 tun is made up of 18 uinal, a period of 360 days, and so is seen as a vague year. From there, the long count moves on in factors of 20. 20 tuns (7200 days) are equal to a katun, which will be 20 Gregorian years less 100 days. Finally, the greatest unit here, a baktun, a period of 20 katuns (144000 days), or roughly 394 Gregorian years. Other units extended this by further factors of 20.

Stela C at Quirigua which shows a creation date of 13.0.0.0.0 4 Ajpu 8 Kumku. Photo by Mark Elmy

Reference is made to the beginning of an age, a time of creation approximately 5125 years before 2012. This is seen on Stela C at Quirigua, which shows a date of 13 baktun, 0 katun, 0 tun, 0 winal and 0 kin, often written 13.0.0.0.0, followed by the day 4 Ajpu (Ajaw) 8 Kumku. This correlates to a date of 13th August 3114BC, although another correlation is 11th August 3114BC. For one reason or another it became a belief that a great cycle of time consisted of 13 baktun, so the completion of a 13 baktun period was seen as having special significance. Regardless of theories or ideas with regards to that significance, the completion of a cycle such as a katun or baktun was seen as a time to be marked with ceremonies to welcome a new period. When the thirteenth baktun was completed in 2012, the corresponding long count date would have read 13.0.0.0.0 4 Ajpu 3 Kankin, although it is sometimes also represented as 0.0.0.0.0. One day later, 22nd December, would then be 0.0.0.0.1, twenty days later the first uinal is complete, giving 0.0.0.1.0 and then 360 days later, 16th December 2013, would mark the completion of the first tun, giving a long count date of 0.0.1.0.0

These periods have continued through the years in the following sequence:

21/12/2012: 0.0.0.0.0 4 Ajpu 3 Kankin

16/12/2013: 0.0.1.0.0 13 Ajpu 18 Mak

11/12/2014: 0.0.2.0.0 9 Ajpu 13 Mak

06/12/2015: 0.0.3.0.0 5 Ajpu 8 Mak

30/11/2016: 0.0.4.0.0 1 Ajpu 3 Mak

25/11/2017: 0.0.5.0.0 10 Ajpu 18 Sej

20/11/2018: 0.0.6.0.0 6 Ajpu 13 Sej

A new period begins today. We completed the sixth tun after the beginning of the new baktun, yesterday on 5 Kawok. The new tun will always begin on an Ajpu day, and today on 6 Ajpu we mark this new tun. The long count date will become 0.0.6.0.0 (6 Ajpu 13 Seh). Once again we see the turning over of a cycle, and should be seen as a great time for a renewal. Perhaps we can understand the theme of the next tun to be carried by the properties of 6 Ajpu, to create the divinity into the physical world through our connection with both the divine masculine and the divine feminine.

If a stela was carved for today, this would be how it would look. 0.0.6.0.0 6 Ajpu 13 Sej Image created using Bob Makransky’s Mayan Astrology Program

6 thoughts on “0.0.6.0.0 6 Ajpu 13 Sej – A New Tun Begins (20th November 2018)”

  1. I have been following your posts for about four or five months now, maybe even longer, every day.

    This is been the greatest and most intense transition of this lifetime for me. all of what I dreamt of in this lifetime is been deserving, as I am opening to Spirit.

    In January I am heading to Africa to be and ceremony, I’ll be participating in an initiation, right of passage. I will be following the guidance of Bwiti. This translates to trust. Hitu na Bwiti, Trust the process.

    I would like to express my gratitude to you for sharing the wisdom that you carry. Thank you for sharing the love and light would shines so brightly from your heart. By reading this post every day, I feel the individual energies of the days with you teach me about.

    This path would be walked with much more difficulty if it weren’t for the wisdom I have learned from you.

    Maybe someday I will be able to be humbled by your presence, and I can offer you then my gratitude in the form of a grand hug.

    May you continue to shine brightly like a star in the night. They everyone who crosses your path be affected by the love and light you have to share with them.

    Thank you and I love you

  2. Hello Andrew

    Well, what can I say to that? Thank you! Thank you so much for such a beautiful and kindly worded comment. I am so glad that my little offerings can effect change in our world, to be able to share a little of what I have been fortunate enough to be gifted. I am especially glad that you found this guidance so useful.

    I wish you every success, and great joy in your initiation process.

    With deep gratitude

    Mark

  3. Hello Mark 🙂 thank you so much for this Long count information.! Just one question – I don´t understand/cannot count yesterday 5 Kawok as the beginning of the new Baktun. Baktun? Those 394 Gregorian years? Does it mean that the previous Baktun ended on 4 Tijax? Did you mention it more closely somewhere?
    Thanks and take care,
    Jana

  4. Hello Mark 🙂 thank you so much for this Long count information.! Just one question – I don´t understand/cannot count yesterday 5 Kawok as the beginning of the new Baktun. Baktun? Those 394 Gregorian years? Does it mean that the previous Baktun ended on 4 Tijax? Did you mention it more closely somewhere?
    Thanks and take care,
    Jana
    (posting this comment is with some complication, sorry if it is duplicated)

  5. Hello Jana, thank you for your comment. I think the issue may be a missing comma. The sentence should be read like this “We completed the sixth tun after the beginning of the new baktun, yesterday on 5 Kawok.” So, 5 Kawok was the final day of the sixth tun after the beginning of the new baktun. The 13th baktun ended on 3 Kawok, then the first tun of the new baktun began on 4 Ajpu, 21/12/2012. I hope that clarifies the situation.
    Many thanks,
    Mark

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