Mayan civilization is one of the biggest and most advanced in Latin America. It experienced its greatest achievements during the pre-classic and classic periods in two main areas: astrology and exact sciences.
The Maya created a calendar according to the cycles of the moon: the star of the night sky symbolized woman, her strength, and the power of femininity in men too. It was said that if you could win over the moon, you would be successful in whatever you set your mind to.
According to their calendar, the year consisted of 13 lunar periods of exactly 28 days. The year begins on July 26, and every lunar month is represented by an animal, considered to be the guardian of those born under its lunar cycle.
Here, we introduce you to the 13 signs of the Maya zodiac. Let’s see what’s reflected in your inner animal:
Bat or “tzootz” (born between July 26 and August 22)
The bat is a born leader. It loves to fight for its beliefs, always has a new idea in mind, and behaves like a hero. Those born under this moon work hard for what they believe in, act before considering the consequences of their actions, love challenges, and are tenacious. They fiercely protect their home and family, although they also like solitude.
Scorpion or “dzec” (born between August 23 and September 19)
The scorpion is a reserved animal: it doesn’t like to share too much intimacy. People born under this sign have an innate curiosity, which makes them excellent students, since they’re also methodical and practical. They’re traditionalists and/or conservative, so they don’t like change. They don’t enjoy being the center of attention. As a result, they always try to go unnoticed. They belong to the group of romantics who are best able to show their feelings with actions.
Stag or “keh” (born between September 20 and October 17)
Those born under this sign have an artistic streak, which nobody can deny. They possess great sensitivity to the world around them. They have an inner beauty, which makes them vulnerable on occasion. Romantic by nature, they love to look good and show off their artistic talents. They love passionately and never forget. They always lend a hand and support those who most need their help.
Owl or “moan” (born between October 18 and November 14)
Owls have a strong character and are afraid of very few things. They are led by their hearts, which is why they’re able to socialize and charm all those around them. Their sixth sense allows them to predict what will happen in the future, making them very wise, as well as excellent friends. They’re passionate and dreamers, always surrounded by a cloud of mystery, which attracts others to them.
Peacock or “kutz” (born between November 15 and December 12)
The peacock is unique, beautiful, and striking. These people are proactive, always think positively, and love to have fun. Their goal is to be the center of attention, so their ego is noticeable. They’re extroverts and possess an amazing charisma, so they can always get a laugh out of those around them. The peacock can be hard on itself because it likes a challenge. They’re fascinated with being admired and having friends as special and unique as they are.
Lizard or “kibray” (born between December 13 and January 9)
Just like the lizard, those born under this sign are excellent at adapting to the circumstances. They’re, therefore, known for being practical and quite simple. It’s the kindest sign of all, and they like to gratefully serve others. They may seem lazy because they often like to stop and look at nothing, but don’t be fooled: those moments are when they have their best ideas and can make millions. They’re quiet and don’t like to be rushed.
Monkey or “bata kimil” (born between January 10 and February 6)
Those born as “monkeys” are restless and very sociable, meaning they can’t stand being alone without anything to do. Their creativity has no limits, and they are able to use it to achieve all their goals. They’re happy and always see the glass as half-empty. These people are very flexible, although they’re in a constant search for more knowledge. Monkeys are very curious, good event organizers, and very intelligent. They’re always close to their inner child.
Hawk or “coz” (born between February 7 and March 6)
They have a powerful presence, always do what they have to, and ambition dictates their decisions. Their main goal in life is to achieve professional triumph with full honors. It’s a sign blessed with the gift of good fortune. With an agile mind and amazing memory, they’re very good when it comes to study. Although a little rebellious, they always fulfill their obligations and responsibilities.
Jaguar or “balan” (born between March 7 and April 3)
A lover of adventure and impossible challenges, the person born under this sign is direct and respected by others. For jaguars, the bigger the obstacle is, the more motivated they are to achieve their goal. They’re loyal friends, but very independent. They love to gloat and live all of their “seven lives” to the full. They may sometimes be too idealistic, leading them to get hurt.
Fox or “fex” (born between April 4 and May 1)
Their sense of justice and strong passion for helping others is their main source of energy in life. They’re quite simple people, which is reflected in their actions and decisions they make. They’re very empathetic people, and can easily put themselves in the shoes of others. That’s why they help regardless of who it is. Foxes look for security and stability in their lives: a good family and marriage, with a house and enough money to live a life as full and peaceful as possible.
Snake or “kan” (born between May 2 and May 29)
Those born under this sign are elegant, cultured, and glamorous. They love to be respected and noticed for possessing unrivaled beauty. Although they can seem envious, they’re actually very loyal and work hard for what they want. They’re very sensitive, meaning that often, to protect themselves, they are defensive. Deep down they’re very romantic and don’t easily forget when they’re hurt.
Squirrel or “tzub” (born between May 30 and June 26)
For the squirrel, life is a comedy, and there’s nobody better than them to play the main character. They know how to do several things at once and without error, because they’re also quite restless. They’re very expressive and have a sharp intellect. They love gossip, which is why they can’t keep a secret. They attract people like magnets, but people around them often won’t believe what they say (because they talk too much).
Tortoise or “yak” (born between June 27 and July 25)
They’re capable of developing unparalleled wisdom and intelligence. Their home is the essence of their life. They always long for stability, safety, and calm. They’re faithful and thoughtful in their work, working slowly, but very efficiently. They must be surrounded by harmony and pleasant relationships to feel at peace in their workplace. They’re quite shy, but love with passion. They have a great sense of spirituality and are always well loved by their family and friends.