The 13 moons table:
The 13 moons table is another calendar, composed of 13 consecutive months of 28 days. This table describes the time it takes for the Earth to circle the sun as well as the 13 orbits of the moon around the Earth. It is a lunar-solar calendar, which measures the Earth's orbit around the sun by the moon 28-day average orbit. 28 times 13 are 364 days. Another day, called the "day out of time" symbolizes an attunement to a new cycle. Thus, this board allows us to open up for the Mayan information in a way in which is more familiar to us as human beings, through the tracking of 13 months of 28 days each, spread over a year of 365 days, the solar cycle as we are accustomed to.
The Mayans discovered that only one celestial phenomenon repeats itself in total precision at the same time, every year. On the equivalent to the 26/7 day in the Gregorian calendar, a few minutes before sunrise, the star Sirius visibly rises over the horizon. Of all stars of heaven, this is the only one that glows in the same place, the same day each year. At this day's sunrise, the Earth, the sun and the star Sirius are aligned along one straight line. Sirius has an important role in the development of human society in that it transfers to us geometric codes and has served as a measure of cycles in different cultures as in ancient Egypt, the Chinese culture and more. Mayans chose this day as the first day of their civil year.
Thus the 26th of July is the Mayan New Year's day. On this day the sun is at its zenith, latitude 19.5 North. This is the latitude where the temple is built in Chichén Itzá in Yucatán – one of the most important Mayan temples. When drawing a hexagram (a six-pointed star) confined in a circle contouring Earth, the vertices of the triangles meet the circle precisely in the latitude 19.5. This resulted in the Mayan built a special temple, where the sun is visible only at the dawn of 26/7.
The 25/7 is called the day out of time and is designed for cleansing, renewal and attunement toward a new cycle of 13 moons. Today, when the knowledge of Maya has become more familiar to human society, this day is celebrated in gatherings of light throughout the world.
In the calendar, the 13 moons are essentially the 13 tones; the different rhythms of the wave that gradually evolve, only in the calendar’s cycle we experience each tone for 28 days, over four equal weeks, related to processes, directions and colors. Each of the 28 days is significant in itself, in the context of the moon and in the overall context of the calendar.
This table, together with the Tzolk’in, are in fact two cycles that represent the hidden and sacred codes of human civilization. The 13 moons is the obvious cycle of the year while the Tzolk’in carries hidden dimensions, beyond the familiar linear time. Together they serve as tables for predicting eclipses, holidays and more. The Tzolk’in’s 260 days cycle is not directly related to any known astronomical period. Although it is a common denominator for the synchronization of the sun, the moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Earth, etc. – the Tzolk’in table is actually beyond time. In its essence, the Tzolk’in is the key to all planetary periods. It describes and teaches the "timelessness" (the change in the perception of time) and you can not restrict it to linear time. Working with these two boards simultaneously allows us a broad view. While the Tzolk’in is connected to the eternal universal truth, its days are fixed and it is not variable – the 13 moons table varies from year to year and shows the course of our human progress, to 2013 – the end of time.
It is possible to see that the Tzolk’in is the basis of the 13 moons. Similarly, to the Tzolk’in, which is made up of twenty waves of 13 days, so is the 13 moons calendar actually a "wave" of 13 moons (months) of 28 days. When we observe the Tzolk’in calendar, we notice that in every day appears a k’in (a day in the Tzolk’in calendar) and that after 260 days we come back to k’in number one, so that the 260 k’ins are the basis for working with the calendar. The 13 moons calendar is designed to facilitate the process for those who first meet with the codes of the Tzolk’in. It is easier for us to connect through this presentation, because these are spread over 13 months of 28 days. We are accustomed to following weeks and months and hence the 13 moons help us to easily enter the game of the Tzolk’in. However, it is important to stress that the Tzolk’in is the beyond-time calendar and the aim is that eventually we will learn to work with the Tzolk’in itself, with its 20:13 frequency.