Numeral Glossary Definition
Numerals 1-13 are coupled with each of the Day Signs. It is taught that a Day Sign (or Day Lord) s incomplete without it's consort, the numeral.
Both the Mayan sacred calendar and the numerals used in it are based on the sacred geometric concept of Phi, also known as the Golden Ratio, which unifies and correlates all creation. The numerals indicate the frequency with which your Day Signs are resonating.
The Numeric Symbols
Each number is created using a place rotation system, which combines only three symbols, an egg, dots and lines, as is the numerical form of the most important Gods and Goddesses.
Think of original people drawing numbers in the dirt when looking at these ymbols. The number zero, which the Maya were the first to discover, is the shape of an egg or a shell.
If you placed the tip of an index finger in the dirt, that is number 1; two fingers is the number two; three fingers is the number three; four fingers is the number four; the back side of the hand, number five, and so on.
They are the sacred “number beings” that influence the twenty Lords of the Day. Together they create a galactic tone which harmonizes with the universe.
Theories and Traditions Using the Numerals
There are several theories and explanations for how to interpret the meaning of the Mayan numerals. Some texts and traditions indicate that the lower numbers (1-5) are weak, the middle numbers (6-10) are most stable and the higher numbers are intense and unstable. The odd numerals are less stable than the even numerals. In fact, today's Maya consider the number 8 to be the most stable and use that for special commemorations known as Wajxaqib.
Others view the 13 numerals like the ebb and flow of a wave form, building to crescendo at the top, the number 7, and softening and smoothing on the way down.
Still others look at the numbers as a karmic chronology. It was told to me by a Mayan Aj'qij that in each lifetime we take the next number on our "karmic list" as our Mayan Day Sign. All of us are working our way through the entire 260 calendar count. I am trying to confirm that when we reach 13. Ajpu, we have completed our reincarnation cycle!?
My experience using the numbers is that each one of the numerals is perfect in its power, in and of itself. As this is a soul-based system, how could it be otherwise?
Each number is written in English, Spanish, K’iché Mayan (with pronunciation)
One, Uno, Jun (pronounced Yoon) Source, Beginning, Unity, Firm, Resolute, Oneness, Whole
Two, Dos, Keb’ (pronounced Kabe) Polarity, Duality, Balance, Choices, Understanding
Three: Tres: Oxib’ (Osh’ eeb) Rhythm, Movement, Action, Integrate, Trinity
Four, Cuatro, Kajib’ ( Kah’ heeb) Stability, Complete, Cube, Order, Measure
Five, Cinco, Job’ ( Hobe) Empower, Center of the Cube, Fingers and Toes
Six, Seis, Waqib’ ( Wah’keeb) Flow, Time/Space, Ultimate stability
Seven, Siete, Wuqub’ ( Woo’koob) Reflective, See both backwards and forwards
Eight, Ocho, Wajxaqib’ (Wash’a keeb) Balance, Justice, Harmony
Nine, Nuevo, B’elejeb’ (Bay’ lay heeb) Great Cycles, Patience, Life Number
Ten, Dias, Lajuj (Lah’ hooh) Manifestation, Complete, Cooperation
Eleven, Once, Ju’lajuj (Yoo’lah hoo) Dissonance, Resolution, Power
Twelve, Doce, Kab’lajuj (Kob’ lah hoo) Understanding, Accumulation, Totality
Thirteen, Trece, Oxlajuj (Osh’ lah hoo) Completion, Ascension