MT alligtatorANCHOR THEMEPLEX: The first day of a 13 day tone cycle (tc) establishes the tc’s overarching and primary attributes. It also defines its purpose and function as a subwhole of the Tzolkin cycle. The tc’s purpose is defined by the archetype that coincides with the 1st tone of a given 13 day cycle.

For example, let’s use Kin 144, or 1 Seed. The key attributes of the Seed are targets, awareness, and flowering. Therefore the primary function and purpose of the Seed tc is to develop the Seed’s attributes. There are 4 other elements to the anchor themeplex and they too will be expressed in an overarching manner over the course of the 13 day tc.

ARGUELLEN or ARGUELLEN ACCOUNT: A reference to the late Dr. Jose Arguelles and his pioneering account of the Tzolkin Code. Specifically, the Arguellen Account refers to his exposition, amplification, and modifications of the Mesoamerican Tzolkin Calendar Code as presented in his 1990 Dreamspell publication.

ARCHETYPE: (1) An irreducible, elemental and universal aspect of the phenomenal world. The constants of human experience that have constituted our world since time immemorial.

(2) a reference to one of the 20 day symbols.


  • Key Attributes: Each tone and archetype of the Tzolkin code possesses 3 specific attributes. The key attributes were assigned by Jose Arguelles.
  • Expressed Attributes: Refers to each element’s 3 key attributes. For example Arguelles assigned catalyzes, energy, and self generation to the storm archetype.
  • Implied attributes: Refers to attributes inherent in the archetype in question. For example, implied attributes would be all things associated with storms and storminess. e.g., wind, rain, turbulence, lightning, darkening, chaos, etc.
  • Shared Attributes Refers to attributes shared by an archetypal or color family.
  • Noted attributes:  These are other applicable attributes that fulfill TC’s adoption criteria.

BIRTH KIN: The Tzolkin date that corressponds with one’s Gregorian birthday.

BIRTH THEMEPLEX: The themeplex associated with one’s birth kin.

BIRTH TONE CYCLE: The tone cycle in which one is born.

CROSS QUARTER DAYS: The 4 days that fall at the precise mipoints between the equinoxes and solstices. The ancient Celts are perhaps the most well known culture to have celebrated the midpoints between the more well known seasonal markers that we know as winter, spring, summer, and fall.

CYCLE JUNCTURE (WINDOW): The Cycle Juncture (CJ) is the 2 day period where one cycle ends and the next begins. A Cycle Juncture Window (CJW) is a predefined period of days either side of a Cycle Juncture.

ELEMENT: (1) An aspect of the 37 unit Tzolkin code; e.g., 20 archetypal symbols, 13 tones, and 4 colors.

(2) a term used interchangeably with, kin, theme, and archetype; a reference to one of the units of the 20 and 13 day cycles.

EVENT(S): A catch all term used within TC to mean the full range of occurrences, happenings, themes, moods, processes, colors, instances, settings, objects, and persons that we may experience and/or encounter during the course of a day-night cycle.

INCOMING DAY: The day-night cycle according to TC does not have rigidly defined boundaries. Rather a day’s set of qualities gradually transform into the next day’s qualities The qualities of the incoming day begin to make their presence felt from the mid-afternoon onward. In traditional Mesoamerican societies the day-night cycle ends at sundown.

KIN: (1) Mayan word for both day and person.

(2) A day unit of the 260 day Tzolkin Cycle.

(3) An element of the 20 day cycle.

LUNATION: All things having to do with the moon, its manifestations, and its various influences on Earth and its life forms. A key attribute of the 9th or Water archetype and a shared attribute of AFN-4.

MAC: The acronym for Meso-American Calendrics and the entire body of pre-conquest calendrical knowledge that goes along with it.

MATRIX OF SYNCHRONICITY: An operational dimension of the Tzolkin Cycle process. At present synchronicity is a poorly understood phenomena that has been dismissed by most cosmologists as nothing more than amusing coincidences, or subject to reams of speculation. But Tzolkin Cosmology (TC) reveals that synchronicity is a fundamental and all pervasive property of our reality. TC reveals that our world teems with synchronicity.

nMAC: An acronym for neo-Meso-American Calendrics and the entire body of post-conquest knowledge that goes along with it.

NOVELTY: A key term within TC used to identify the day to day change that characterizes our world. That is, the full range of events, occurrences, happenings, themes, moods, instances, settings, colors, objects, and persons that make today different from yesterday.

PRIMARY KIN NUMBER (pkn): Each element of the 20 day cycle has a specific number associated with it due to its location in the 20 day sequence. Not to be confused with a Tzolkin date or the Kin date.

PREPONDERANCE: A key term of TC meaning that which is greater, central, or foremost in number, mass, quality, influence, and manifestation. The events, occurrences, happenings, themes, moods, instances, settings, colors, objects, and persons that predominate on any given day.

REPETITIVE SYNCHRONICITIES: Refers to the repeated appearance or sounding of a word, idea, person, place, 
or thing twice or more within a 24 hour period. In one day you may notice this phenomena multiple times involving a variety of persons, places or things etc. Repetitive synchronicities are a hallmark of Archetypal Family Number 2.

SEASONS: The seasonal stages known as Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. The days that mark the start of seasons are known as solstices and equinoxes. Astronomically speaking they define the 4 most significant days of the solar cycle.

SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE: Refers to a system’s parts and how they dynamically interrelate to function as a working whole. Tzolkin Cosmology is the only branch of Tzolkin studies to offer an empirically testable systems architecture. Any theory or knowledge system with a fully defined systems architecture is testable.

TIME: A confused and convoluted concept in the Western World, although Western science is beginning to reformulate its understanding of time. According to TC, time is the equivalent of movement. More precisely time is ordered movement. The implication is that all movement is ordered. For more details please see The Question of Time: An Illusion, a Delusion, a Magical Order or All of the Above

THEMES: The 20 elements of the 20 day cycle and their key attributes; used interchangeably with, kin, element, and archetype.

TONE: A unit of the 13 day cycle. There are 13 distinct tones.

TONE CYCLE (tc): One of the Tzolkin cycle’s 3 sub-cycles consisting of 13 days, aka the 13 day tone cycle. The tone cycle is a process of development characterized by 13 stages (tones).

THEMEPLEX: A set of archetypes that constitute the day’s most predominant and preponderate themes and images.

TZOLKIN CODE: The lexicon of terms and images that constitute the 37 elements of the Tzolkin Code. They are the 20 symbol/themes of the 20 day cycle, the 13 tones of the 13 day tone cycle, and the 4 colors of the 4 day cycle. Also the language that describes them, their interactions and interrelationships. The Tzolkin Code is the language used to model the Tzolkin Cycle.

TZOLKIN CHART: A codified charting of the 260 day Tzolkin Cycle consisting of the 20 day symbols, and the 13 numbers of the tone cycle in Maya dot-bar notation.

TZOLKIN COLOR COSMOLOGY: The 4 colors of the Tzolkin Code are also considered elements, but they possess a broader range of attributes. Each color is characterized by the expressed, implied and noted attributes of the 5 archetypes that share the same color. Collectively they are known as the color families. Five archetypes per color family for a total of 4 color families.

TZOLKIN COSMOLOGY (TC): The entire body of empirically verifiable knowledge that emerges from the study and application of the Tzolkin Cycle and Code. TC is put forth as the science of time, change, synchronicity, personality complex, and interpersonal dynamics. Tzolkin Cosmology is a new domain of science founded by Rohaan Solare.

TZOLKIN CYCLE: Some sort of fundamental cosmic order and process that manifests itself as a subtle 260 day cyclical phenomena. Its order, structure, features, properties and sequence are modeled by the Tzolkin Code and articulated by Tzolkin Cosmology.

TZOLKIN DATE: A day of the 260 day long Tzolkin Cycle. A Tzolkin date is most commonly expressed using its tone number, its archetypal name, and its associated symbol. For example Tzolkin date 260 is also known as 13 Sun. The Tzolkin date is not to be confused with the primary kin number.

TZOLKIN SIGNATURE: Another term for birth kin or the Tzolkin date that corresponds with one’s Gregorian birthday or an entity’s significant dates of development.

TZOLKIN TRADITIONALISTS: Those who follow what is presumed to be the “true” Tzolkin count. The problem with the traditional model is it’s empirically unverified and empirically unverifiable, as it exists. Those points are now moot because the Arguellen Account of the Tzolkin has been empirically verified. This fact invalidates all other Tzolkin counts because there can be only one correct Tzolkin count. For more information see Would the Real Tzolkin Calendar Please Stand Up.


  1. edidj

    Dear Rohaan, please show me the way to determine GUIDE, ANALOG, ANTIPODE and OCCULT-QUASI.

    • Rohaan Solare

      Hello Edidj. The tone of the day determines the guide. Here is the formula. Tones 1, 6 and 11 are guided by the same archetype of the day. For example 1 Night is guided by the Night.

      Tones 2, 7, and 12 are guided by the counting back 2 archetypes of the same color. For example 2 Seed is guided by the Warrior.

      Tones 3, 8 and 13 are guided by counting forward one archetype of the same color. For example 3 Serpent is guided by the Water (Arguellen Moon).

      Tones 4 and 9 are guided by the counting backward one archetype of the same color. For example 4 Worldbridger is guided by the Wind.

      Tones 5 and 10 are guided by the counting forward 2 archetypes of the same color. For example 5 Hand is guided by the Eagle.

      Analogs add up to 19. For example the Night’s Primary Kin Number (PKN) is 3 because it’s number 3 in the 20 day sequence. So that means that its analog partner is the Warrior because its PKN is 16.

      Occult partners add up to 21 using their PKN’s.

      Antipodes are 10 archetypes apart. So the Night’s antipode would be the Skywalker.

      • mike mag sky

        do you figure for the tones of the analog, antipode, guide , and occult?

        • Rohaan Solare

          There is nothing to imply that the auxillary themeplex elements need have their own tone. The tone of day is the same for all. You would be adding another layer with no basis in reality.

  2. edidj

    Thanks Rohaan, I appreciate your detailed explanation.

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