Celebrating Life on Twenty Holy Days

by John P. Pratt
18 Feb 2014 (13 Serpent)
©2014 by John P. Pratt. All rights Reserved.

Index, Home

1. Calendars of Life
1.1 Veintena Calendar
1.2 Venus Calendar
1.3 Enoch Calendar
1.4 Hebrew Calendar
2. Holy Days Celebrating Life
2.1 Venus & Veintena
2.2 Five Winners in a Row
2.3 The Results: All Holy Days Match
3. Conclusion
All twenty of the day glyphs representing phases of life on the Sacred Round correspond to holy days on the Hebrew and Enoch calendars.

This article discusses how several sacred calendars have holy days which symbolize days in the life cycle of mankind, and perhaps of all living creatures. These calendars include the Venus, Hebrew and Enoch Calendars. Former articles have introduced the concept, but this one links them all together in ways not hitherto even contemplated by this author.

1. Calendars of Life

When my research on sacred calendars began in 1981, a flash of inspiration came which is finally coming to fruition in this article. Most scientists can attribute their most important discoveries to one "Aha Moment" where some sort of light dawned on them. It was the same with me 33 years ago, and now is the time to share it.

Aztec Calendar Veintena Glyphs
Figure 1. The central portion of the Aztec Calendar Stone contains a ring of twenty pictures representing days.
As my study of the Aztec Calendar began, I prayed to understand it, especially of those 20 little day-sign pictures. What was expected was mathematical relationships, like counting the 20 days in larger units. Then a series of dreams and inspirations came to me, which all had to do with life. I remember seeing that life begins with a spark, and that it must grow in darkness and water before it emerges into the dry air and sunlight. I saw that a plant seed does likewise: it has a gestation period in the dark, wet soil, and then it is "born" when it pops its head out into the world of sunlight and dry air.

I felt like I was reading someone else's mail, perhaps intended for a biologist. My education was in physics and astronomy, and the intelligence coming to me was baffling. So I said another prayer asking if there had been some mistake, or what was supposed to be understood from these dreams. Suddenly a very clear thought popped into my mind: "This is my work and my glory: to bring to pass life. If you want to understand my calendars, you must understand life."

That concept has stuck with me throughout the following decades, and much of my work has been built upon it. The clearest steps of life were found in the Venus Calendar. Fortunately, the Aztecs told the conquering Spanish several of the key steps, which got me started. As is discussed in last year's article on Venus,[1] the Venus cycle is divided up into 9 steps of life, with the first and last day of each phase being a holy day. For example, one step is birth, which is a holy day to be celebrated. In fact, all of the steps can be celebrated, even though some of them are thought of negatively, such as death. But death is only going through a door the other way, leading to celebrations on the other side.

Until recently, all that had been noticed about other calendars is that every calendar had a day indicated for "Birth". But there only seemed to be one other life-related holy day, which was "Resurrection" associated with Easter Sunday. What day represented Death on the Hebrew calendar? It never even occurred to me to look. Only during this month was a concentrated effort made to discover those nine steps on the Hebrew and Enoch calendars. In fact, there are 20 steps of life on the Sacred Round (on the Aztec Calendar stone). This article attempts to map all 20 of those Sacred round steps of life onto the the Hebrew and Enoch Calendars. Let us now briefly review four different sacred calendars.

1.1 The Veintena

The Veintena Glyphs
Figure 2. The Veintena Glyphs
Figure 2 shows a modern version of the 20 day glyphs of the Sacred Round, which is composed both of that cycle of 20 days and also a cycle of 13 numbered days. The formal name for the repeating cycle of 20 days is the "veintena", which is Spanish for groupings of twenty. A new illustration of the veintena was made because when it is better understood, it becomes an important modern calendar rather than just an interesting, but irrelevant, object from antiquity. It has been modified slightly to fit the Western mode of thinking more, which can be seen by comparing it to Figure 1. First, more recognizable pictures were drawn, so that it wasn't necessary to learn what the god of the wind looks like (we advanced moderns know it really is a puffy cloud!). Second the circle now runs clockwise. We are so used to clocks (and time) moving forward in a clockwise motion that the very word describing it contains the word "clock". Third, the pictures on the bottom were not drawn upside down, just to make them easier to recognize. And finally, profile pictures are facing the direction of moving forward. Since most readers are not familiar with the Aztec version anyway, this should not require relearning much. The names of the days were chosen from those used my many Native American tribes the best seemed to describe their meaning.

Although the veintena forms part of the Sacred Round it can be thought of as a separate calendar by itself. It is simply a continuous count of twenty days, just as the week is an uninterrupted count of seven days. Neither ever has any "leap days" inserted. They are simply day counts.

As will be discussed below, this cycle is the one most obviously representing days in the cycle of life because that is exactly what Mayan priests explained to the Spanish priests who conquered them. For example, the Skull represents the day of death. Thus, in this case they are not hidden meanings, but the literal events being represented in figure form. The detailed correspondence of each phase of life to the various day glyphs were taken directly from what was reported to the Spanish.[2]

1.2 Venus Calendar

The Venus Cycle
Figure 3. The Venus Cycle
The Aztecs were the Native Americans who provided the clues that the cycles of Venus also represented phases of life, especially the life of their god Quetzalcoatl. When Venus is seen as an Evening Star it represents his life from its rising (birth) to its setting (death). Then after a few days in the underworld, during which he conquered death, Venus rising as a Morning Star represents his resurrection from death. It turns out there are nine phases of the Venus Calendar which are illustrated in Figure 3, and which have been discussed in detail in former articles.[1]

1.3 The Enoch Calendar

The Enoch Calendar is described in some detail in the Book of Enoch. That book was excluded from the Bible even though it was accepted as authentic at the time of Christ, and often quoted by the Savior. This calendar is described in detail in earlier articles.[3] The knowledge of it which is required for this article is briefly reviewed here.

The Enoch Calendar is shown in Figure 4. The months have very simple names, tied directly to the seasons of the year. There are twelve months of 30 days plus one extra day to mark each of the seasons totally 364 days per year. The year clearly divides into the four seasons, with the seasonal marker days being "holy days" of celebration, and the months are named very simply as the beginning, middle and end of each season.

The Enoch Calendar
Figure 4. The Enoch Calendar
The Enoch Calendar attempts to align first with the solar year of 365.24 days, but it is only allowed to begin on Sunday, the first day of the week. The 364-day year is set up always to begin on Sunday because that number exactly equals 52 weeks (52 x 7 = 364). Because it is more than a day short of the true year, every five or six years and entire week is added to make the average come out 365.24 days. The Book of Enoch is somewhat fuzzy on just how to choose when to insert the extra week. Current research shows that it appears to be done to best align the first day of spring with the new moon.

The Book of Enoch does not explicitly state which seasons begins the year. It describes observations made of the sun in the spring, which has led this author to assume in past articles that the year begins in the spring. But those observations may be only to determine when to add the extra week, which is added just before the beginning of spring. It is now clear that for at least some purposes the year begins in the autumn, so this illustration shows autumn at the top, implying the year begins then. Similarly, the day begins at sundown (actually 6 p.m.), so that both the year and the day begin when entering the dark, cold part of that cycle.

There is however no clue in the Book of Enoch known to this author that different days of the Enoch year correspond to events in the life cycle. In fact, it does not even describe any "holy days". Earlier research by this author has identified most holy days as being very similar to those on the Hebrew Calendar, but until this article almost nothing has been said about the life cycle. In fact, only two days of the year have been identified as symbolic of such events: the Feast of Tabernacles represents birth, when one receives his "tabernacle" of clay. The other is that Easter Sunday symbolizes the Resurrection. Other than those two, it has not even occurred to this author until very recently even to research whether other correlations exist.

1.4 The Hebrew Calendar

The Hebrew Calendar
Figure 5. The Hebrew Calendar
The Hebrew Calendar is much better known than the Enoch Calendar, and yet it is very similar (see Figure 5). It is famous because it is still used by the Jews. It is very similar to what was given by the Lord to Moses to reckon time.

Both the Hebrew and Enoch calendars align with the annual seasonal motion of the sun, the monthly phases of the moon and the uninterrupted 7-day week. The difference between them is the order in which the alignments are made. The Hebrew calendar aligns with the moon first and the sun second, whereas the Enoch aligns first with the sun and the moon second. But both actually align most of all with the week. That is, the Hebrew Calendar is only allowed to begin the year on four days of the week. If the new moon is not on one of those days, then the year is postponed one day to an allowed day.

The names of the months are not the Biblical names (many of which are missing), but rather the Babylonian names which were used during the time of Judah's captivity there. The calendar is illustrated in Figure 5, where it is seen that the different month names and lengths are the most obvious differences between it and the Enoch Calendar. The months alternate between 29 and 30 days because the length of the lunar cycle of phases is 29.53 days (nearly 29 ½). That adds up to only 354 days, about 11 short of a year. In only three years, that adds up to an entire month short, so a thirteenth month is added about every three years. More precisely, seven months are added every nineteen years.

Again, for the purposes of this article, no thought has previously been given to the possibility that the holy days on the Hebrew Calendar, most of which are specified in the Law of Moses, might have any correlation to events in the cycle of life. The only two have been the same as on the Enoch Calendar, namely Tabernacles being birth and the Waving of the Omer on the Sunday during Passover week symbolising the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Law of Moses prescribes it to be celebrated on the very day Christians celebrate Easter Sunday. Other than those two, it never occurred to this author that perhaps all nine of the phases of life of the Venus Calendar, much less all twenty of the veintena, might correspond to Enoch and Hebrew holy days.

2. Veintena and Hebrew Holy Days

Now we come to the heart of this paper. In 2003 it was noticed that one day on the Hebrew Calendar seemed clearly to represent birth.[4]. The symbolism give to Moses of what to do on that day was to make little tents (or huts) and to live in these "tabernacles" for one week. What is living in a tabernacle if it is not symbolic of being born into life, where the spirit gets to live in a tabernacle (or temple)?

Let us now attempt to correlate twenty of about thirty total holy days on the Enoch and Hebrew calendars to a day on the veintena life cycle calendar. The feasts on both Enoch and Hebrew Calendars are essentially identical, but on slightly different days, so that finding correspondences to one will work for both. Let's begin.

2.1 Venus & Veintena

Venus life cycles correspond to Veintena days.
Figure 6. The nine Venus life cycle phases correspond to Veintena days.
Last spring when the Venus Calendar became better understood, it was shown that each of the nine of the phases of the Venus Calendar correspond to one day on the veintena.[5] It is important that they correspond to each other in chronological order. That is far beyond coincidence and compellingly shows the correlation of holy days on at least one calendar (the Venus Calendar) to days of the veintena. Those results are shown in Figure 6 for each of the nine life phases of the Venus calendar.

Even after that result, with some 11 of the veintena days left hanging with no associated holy days, somehow it still never occurred to me to look for more until this very month. Let us now search for the same kind of correlation to the Enoch and Hebrew Calendars.

2.2 Five Winners in a Row

Starting from the Hebrew Feast of Tabernacles linking to Birth and hence to the third veintena glyph "Temple", one immediately finds four excellent correlations which support the idea that perhaps each of the days of the veintena links to one Hebrew holy day. The following glyph figures are taken from the Codex Nuttall, a Mexican Mixtec book with really beautifully drawn pictures of each.

1. Light. The first day of the 20-day cycle represents the day on which man begins his journey, perhaps meaning the day of conception. The Mixtec glyph is an alligator or crocodile, which might represent the embryo in the womb. The Mayan name "Imix" apparently derives from Ix, meaning "womb," and their glyph is said to represent a water lily floating in water, which seems more esthetically pleasing. It is usually called "alligator" or "crocodile", but "light" seems better for the following reason.

The 20-day cycle apparently originated with the ancient Olmecs, over 1,000 years before the Mayans and Aztecs. Their first glyph was the sun. One of the modern day derivatives from the Olmec (the Tequistl), calls their glyph "light," which most likely was the meaning of the original sun glyph. "Light" might be the best interpretation, referring either to a pre-mortal stage as a "being of light," or perhaps to the day of conception when the "spark" of life ignited.

Tabernacles is the third feast of Autumn, occurring on the day 15 Tishri (the first month of autumn). The first is the Feast of Trumpets on the first day of the year, counting from Autumn (1 Tishri). It is a day when trumpets are sounded to herald coming events. If Tabernacles is the third holy day and links to the third day of the veintena, then Trumpets should perhaps link to the first day. That is "Creation"

A whole section of an earlier paper was devoted to saying one of the key features of the day Creation of the Venus cycle is that it is a day of Announcement. For example, it was the day proposed for the angels coming to Abraham and Sarah to announce the coming birth of their long-awaited promised son.[6] So that is actually a perfect match.

2. Wind. So what is the second Hebrew holy day of autumn? It is the Day of Atonement, occurring on 10 Tishri. That is also a winner because it is the most spiritual holy day of the year. Of the original seven holy days given in the Law of Moses, there were six feast days and on fast day, the Day of Atonement. The second day of the veintena is "Wind" which symbolizes "Spirit". So far so good.

3. Temple. The third glyph Temple was discussed above as the first discovered, representing Birth. The next appears harder, but that even makes it all the better when found. The fourth day of the veintena is "Dragon" symbolizing evil, or when evil enters a person's life. It is represented as "Adult" on the Venus Calendar, when one has outgrown the innocence of childhood and become accountable for his sins.

4. Dragon. This glyph is usually called "lizard" or "iguana". It was said by the Mayan priest to represents evil, with this day representing the day on which evil enters a child's life. Before that age, it was believed a child was pure and could not be tempted. The name "dragon" comes from the Cherokee name for it, which seems to capture the meaning better. They associate this glyph with the constellation of the dragon (Draco).

Is there such an evil day on the Hebrew Calendar? Yes, but it is not a day of celebration, nor even mourning. It is largely unnoticed, but it kept coming up over and over in my hunt for birth and death dates of prophets. It is the very day on which the Great Deluge began, the day 17 Heshvan. That is the 17th day of the second month, counting from the fall, the very day mentioned in Genesis as the day the rain began (Gen. 7:11-12). That day had no special name to my knowledge, so in my work it is called "Deluge Day". It is a perfect match for an evil day.

5. Serpent. And the final one of the first four other winners, all of which not only match but are in the same order through the year, is the next of the veintena, the Serpent, representing Rebirth, or being "born again" to righteousness after having finished the "natural man" stage of evil. The serpent was probably chosen because of it shedding it's old skin, actually crawling out of it. That is pretty unusual for vertebrates. So is there any Hebrew holy day representing "Rebirth"?

Again there is a clear winner, and it is the very next holy day on the Hebrew Calendar. It is the Feast of Dedication, also called the Festival of Lights, (Hanukkah) on the day 25 Kislev (usually in December). Both names are a match. First, it celebrates the rededication of the Hebrew Temple during the time of the Maccabees, in 165 BC, after it had been desecrated by the Greeks. Rededication of a temple sure sounds like rebirth, especially if temple symbolizes birth (the third day). Moreover, on the Venus Calendar, this day is called "Prime" because it occurs when Venus is at its brightest phase as the Evening Star. So the other name "Festival of Lights" for the feast is also a match with the Prime symbolism of brightness.

These five winners provided more than ample energy to complete the study. But it did get harder. What holy day would represent Death?

2.3 The Results: All Holy Days Match

It was at this point that a serious attempt was recently made to see if all twenty days of the veintena would match some Hebrew holy day, in the same order throughout the year, as did the first five. The purpose of this article is to present the affirmative results of that research.

Rather than reveal the results a little at a time, it might be best just to show one illustration with all of the results in Figure 7. Before the reader is overwhelmed by so much information in the illustration, please focus on certain parts. First notice it is an extension of the above figures of the veintena, with the Venus life cycle days shown in black in the center. Eleven new names have been added there in red for new proposed veintena life cycle names. The reasons for those choices are discussed below.

Veintena Life Cycle correspondence to the Hebrew Calendar
Figure 7. Veintena Life Cycle correspondence to twenty Hebrew Calendar holy days.
(Click to toggle between Hebrew & Enoch Calendars.)

Notice also the five "winners" just discussed are all in the autumn quarter of the year, shown in orange (the color of autumn leaves) in the upper right hand quadrant of outer circles. The colors have been chosen to remind one of the the colors used in the Enoch and Hebrew Calendar illustrations above. Only the dates on the Hebrew Calendar are shown for simplicity, but each also corresponds to an Enoch Calendar date. Clicking on the illustration should toggle back and forth between showing the Enoch or the Hebrew holy day dates. The names of the holy days are shown in the outer circle. Translations of the actual Hebrew names for the holy days are used when available, in the other cases, new names are proposed.

This whole figure is showing something very new which is the point of this entire article. It is showing the relationship of the veintena cycle of 20 days to the holy days in an entire year cycle on both the Hebrew and Enoch Calendars. Moreover, the inner circle shows the relationship to the 585-day cycle of the Venus Calendar. It is really showing that all of these cycles, even of vastly different lengths, all symbolize the steps of life. That fulfills the original inspiration to me 33 years ago.

Now let's proceed to look at each of the holy days of the other three quarters of the year to see how they related to the veintena days of the cycle of life. When dates of events are given without footnote reference, they can be found on the Religious Chronology Summary on my website, along with references to the papers in which they were derived.

Note that the holy days proceed throughout the year, beginning in the autumn. There are five glyphs and holy days in order per season. On the Aztec calendar stone, the veintena is clearly divided into four equal parts, just as on the Enoch Calendar the year is divided into four equal parts.

That means that figures 6-10 would fit into winter, 11-15 in spring, and 16-20 in summer. Let's see if that hypothesis works. As we look at each, keep in mind that it was the first five that would be expected to be easy to identify, as they are well known phases of life such as birth, adulthood, etc. After the sixth, being death, all of the others have much more esoteric names, explanations, and apparently refer to the spirit world and post resurrection activities about which this author knows very little. Consider these proposed names and correlations as tentative, but some of them have been such for decades, and the author feels it best to publish them now as he is approaching seventy year cycles. The good news is that he may soon get first hand knowledge of these future phases, but the bad news he then won't be able to share them. So here is the current state of the work.

Let's look at the results. The hardest holy day to identify was Death, until it became clear that the twenty days were divided into four groups of five, which correspond to the four seasons of the year. Following that pattern, the five holy days found first completely fill the first three months of autumn. With that pattern of five holy days in order per season in mind, let's try applying it to all of the rest of the three seasons.

6. Skull. Using that template, Death, which is represented by a human skull, the sixth figure (6 being the number of death) would correspond to 1 Tebeth, the first day of winter on the Hebrew Calendar. It does not have a special holy day name, so it is proposed to simply call it "Winter". A moment's reflection shows that is fitting because it represents the winter solstice, when the sun reaches its father point south as it rises. It could be said to die there, similar to when Venus dies when it sets as an Evening Star.

7. Deer. The seventh day sign is Deer, which the Mayan priests said symbolized the spirit enter the spirit world after death. Perhaps the swift moving deer was used to represent the swiftness with which spirits can move from place to place.

What holy day would represent this day? Again, it is a pattern which comes to the rescue to avoid blind guessing, as the answer was not obvious. Each of the four seasons begins on a holy day. Similarly, each of the four has at "fast day" or "falling day" or "setting apart to be sacrificed day" associated with the tenth day of that first month of each season. In the case of Tebeth, the tenth of that month (which was called the tenth month, counting from the spring) was declared by the Lord to two separate prophets to be a day remembered as when Nebuchadnezzar began his siege of Jerusalem (Jer. 52:4, Ezek. 24:1-2). That day led to it's downfall, and eventually sent many people to the spirit world. Using the pattern, that would be the holy day from the Hebrew Calendar to match Deer. As for a name for that Hebrew day, it is usually simply called the "Fast of Tebeth" remember the siege. In my work it has not yet been named, but shortening the Hebrew name simply to "Fast" sounds acceptable. The word "fast" has a double meaning, both to abstain from food, as is the Hebrew name, but also "to move quickly" as is the symbolism of the Deer.

At this point, new names for the phases of life, beyond the nine for the Venus cycle, are needed. It is here proposed to call this life phase "Spirit World", meaning entrance into that realm.

8. Rabbit. Rabbit is the eight day glyph in the veintena. The Mayan priests said it represented the spirit in the spirit world struggling to overcome connections to the material world. These could be both from carnality (for which the rabbit seems a well known representative of promiscuity) and also attachments to material things. Many people in near death experiences (often more accurately "after death experiences") report seeing others with material cravings such as for smoking and drinking, and ghosts attached to their former houses. Indeed, this is apparently common enough to merit a special day on veintena life cycle and even a Hebrew holy day.

The day proposed is 1 Shebat (usually in January) which is only a holy day by virtue of being the first day of a month. All new moon days are minor holy days, but most without special names. This day is associated somewhat with priests. For example, this was the day of Levi's death. In that sense, it could be related to abstinence from physical attachments. It is proposed the life cycle day be called "Materialism" and the holy day be called "Purification".

9. Water. According to the Mayan priests, Water represented the day on which one "reaps the reward of his effort" of overcoming materialism. Because of that it is proposed to call the life cycle name "Triumph". This is also a day which may represent baptism, being for example, the day on which Jesus was most likely baptized. In a way that matches triumphing over materialism, as baptism is often considered an outward sign of an inner commitment to keep the commandments.

What is the next Hebrew holy day on the calendar? It is 14 and/or 15 Shebat, which is called the "New Year for Trees" and has been considered a Jewish Arbor Day when a new tree is planted. In my work it was discovered that it was the birthday of Moses and also the day on which he was translated. That alone could have made it a Hebrew holy day, the origin of which has been forgotten. And as for a connection of Moses to baptism, remember Moses means "from the water" referring to where he was found by the Egyptian princess. And many Egyptians were certainly immersed ("baptize" is Greek for "immerse") in water at the crossing of the Red Sea.

10. Dog. At the lowest point of the circle, the dog (a guide through the underworld like the Egyptian jackal-headed Anubis) represents the day one "enters fully into the uttermost depths of matter." It seems to represent agony and anguish. Not much more is known to me from the Mayan traditions, but it could well represent suffering in hell for sins, or intense remorse for them. The point is made that the circular form for the veintena is important, showing the Dog is at the lowest point (and Flower at the highest).

What is the Hebrew holy day near the end of winter, to be the last one of that quarter year? It is the Feast of Esther, which occurs on 14 & 15 Adar. That day celebrates what did not happen, namely the destruction of the Jewish people in her realm at the time of her reign as queen. Certainly that would have been a day of great suffering.

11. Monkey. The monkey begins the upward cycle after having hit rock bottom. The Mayans spoke of ascending a ladder for the next three days. This day begins the next set of five days, and hence begins spring. That would fit with being the minor holy day 1 Nisan which for some purposes begins the year. In my work it is called "New Year's Day", and that is how it is referred to in the Bible (2 Chron 36:10). The new year day in autumn is called the Feast of Trumpets. It is proposed to call the day of the life cycle "First Rung" hopefully calling to mind the Mayan image of a ladder.

12. Grass. The glyph called Grass is perhaps the most impressive symbolism. It is a picture of young new grass growing out of the jawbone of a skull. It clearly shows life beginning to grow from death! The priests said it worked together with the next glyph, Reed (which represents resurrection). It apparently is some preparatory step for resurrection, such as when the body is formed before the spirit enters again. Or perhaps it is when the spirit does enter. Note that the second glyph/holy day of the previous seasons of autumn and winter were both related to the spirit (Wind=Quickening by spirit and Deer= Spirit World).

Following the pattern of 10th day of the seasonal month, this day would be 10 Nisan. This day has been named "Consecration" in my work. It is the day the Passover lamb is chosen, or "set apart", to be the sacrifice. It was the birth day of Isaac, who filled a similar role. It is proposed that the life cycle name be called "Rising", which fits the grass growing, the body and or spirit rising in the resurrection, and the heliacal rising of Venus just before its official Resurrection day.

13. Reed. The reed is a continuation of the grass growing from the skull. The priest said only that it is another rung on the ladder. The reed was the kind used for making arrows, hence the choice for the glyph. (In the Mixtec book, arrows are shown with the feather end looking this this glyph). It is something like a "grown up" grass.

This glyph was identified early in my work as representing Resurrection. One of the big clues is that this was the birthday of the Savior, who was "The Resurrection" being on 1 Reed. As far as the Hebrew Calendar is concerned, there is a clear "Resurrection" date indicated, although it was and still is not considered a holy day. It is the Sunday during Passover week (or on 6 Sivan on the modern Hebrew Calendar). It is the day on which Jesus resurrected. In my work it is called Easter, even on the Hebrew calendar, because that is the name it is common known as and because the Hebrew day nearly always coincides with the Christian Easter. The Hebrews call it the "Waving of the Omer", when the firstfruits of the ground (barley) are waved before the Lord (Lev. 23:11).

As far as the actual calendar dates, it would appear that the entire Passover week celebration is indicated. In the autumn, the corresponding holy day Tabernacles is really also an entire week celebration. It represents life and it is here proposed that Passover represents Resurrection, but most especially the Easter Sunday of that week. That week begins on 15 Nisan, Passover, the most important Hebrew day of that week. Hence "Passover" is listed instead of Easter as the Hebrew holy day in the illustration.

14. Jaguar. The jaguar was said by the priests to represent the day on which one is "washed entirely clean," apparently referring to baptism. It is also believed that the jaguar symbolized an order of priesthood, apparently the one associated with baptism. The Jaguar Priest was very powerful in Central America. There are several holy books called the books of Chilam Balaam, which translates to Jaguar Priest. Figure 8 shows a Jaguar Priest sitting on the inverted veintena glyph for Water (compare to the one shown in the paragraph above entitled 9. Water).

Jaguar Priest on Water glyph
Figure 8. Jaguar Priest sitting on glyph representing Water
Let me here make a suggestion which is probably in my earlier papers. In any case, it is one that I have considered for many years as possible. The last seven steps after resurrection are the most difficult to understand as it is getting way beyond where we are. It has occurred to me that the last seven steps may refer to ordinances that can be done a various times in ones life, perhaps in life or vicariously after death.

If so, then Jaguar is a perfect candidate for baptism, the first ordinance of the gospel of Jesus Christ. "Washed clean" sure sounds like baptism. Also notice the corresponding days of each quarter year (See Figure 6). The Jaguar is opposite the Dragon, and the purpose of baptism is to wash one clean from the sins introduced into life by the Dragon. Moreover, the day Water is in the same slot in the second quarter, it is a natural for baptism. When we get to the glyph in the last quarter, it represents Fire and could well represent a baptism of fire. The four glyphs are all at right angles which form a cross.

If such a clear relationship of an ordinance to the problem it resolves occurred for all of these last seven figures, then the result would be clear. But alas, it is not all obvious, so I present this only as a speculative proposal as part of a work in progress. It is proposed that the life cycle day name be called "Sanctification" which refers to being washed clean without committing to the idea of baptism.

That name also matches the Hebrew holy day proposed. The day 1 Sivan, the first day of the last month of spring, was the day that the children of Israel with Moses arrived at the wilderness of Sinai (Exo. 19:1). They then were commanded to sanctify themselves to prepare for the receiving of the Ten Commandments. So again "sanctification" seems to fit the Hebrew notion as well as the Christian. It is proposed the name for this Hebrew day be called "Sinai" to remember that archetypal event.

15. Eagle. The eagle was said to represent the day on which one "becomes perfect." It apparently also symbolized a higher priesthood order than the Jaguar. Thus it could represent either being ordained to a higher priesthood, or with an ordinance for all people associated with that order. The name already chosen for this life cycle phase is "Fulness". That fits the fact that Venus is brightest as a Morning Star at that time. But it could also refer to receiving a "fulness of the priesthood".

The Hebrew holy day for finishing the five of spring is the Feast of Firstfruits, also known as Pentecost. It occurs when the wheat has reached a fulness of ripeness, exactly seven weeks after Easter (also called the Feast of Weeks). In the early Christian church, many were filled with the Holy Spirit on that day. So all of these are consistent with "Fulness".

It is probably very important that the Eagle is opposite the Serpent in the circle. Those two are found on the great seal of Mexico. Again we see the necessity of representing the veintena as a circle. Opposites could refer to ordinances associated with events. Some religions have ordinances with holy anointings which are tied to the concept of the fulness of priesthood. Anointings are like washings, and they could be associated with being "born again" as represented by the Serpent. All of this is speculation but intended to generate pondering possibilities.

16. Condor. Most tribes saw this figure as a vulture, but originally it was probably a condor (in the vulture family), known also as the thunder-bird and revered as the only bird which flies higher than the eagle. On this day one it was said that one was endowed with the "full light of consciousness."

Why a vulture? The head of the vulture is so designed that can be put inside a rotting dead carcass with no adverse effects whatsoever. Notice that the Skull is opposite the Condor. That must be important, it is just too good. But here it is out of my league even for speculation.

This day is the first day of the summer quarter. The Hebrew day is 1 Tammuz, but not a special holy day otherwise. It is proposed to name it simply "Summer".

As for a name for the phase of life, or perhaps ordinance, following the Mayan tradition it is here proposed to call it "Awareness". That is a trait of spiritually highly developed people. A spiritually aware person can also walk into death and be comfortable and walk out again.

17. Quake. This glyph symbolizes both earthquake and motion in general. It is said to be the day when one "shakes of the last traces of ash clinging to him from the material world."

The corresponding Hebrew day can be instructive here. Following the pattern of the other three, it would be 10 Tammuz. This is a day of falling, like ashes falling. It was the day of the Fall of Jerusalem (Jer. 39:2). It is a day called out explicitly in the history of the Deluge as the day on with the raven was released to wander to and fro in the earth (Gen. 8:6-7). It is not considered a Hebrew holy day, but to me it should be.[7]

Remember that none of the Hebrew calendar holy days may have been known before some big event happened on them to be memorialized. The big event for 10 Tammuz may be yet to come. But it is the pattern which shows it, much as chemical elements were discovered because of holes in the periodic table.

This day is actually the beginning of a set of four days exactly one week apart which have been called Decision Days in my articles.[8] They are 17 Tammuz, 24 Tammuz and 2 Ab. They are the days of the Fall of Eve, the Golden Calf day, and the Fall of Adam. All were big decision days. All four of those days are represented here by the first, even as all of Passover and Tabernacles count as one glyph.

It is proposed this day be called "Raven", because it was important enough to include in the account of the Deluge. As for the life cycle day name, perhaps "Fallen Ashes" would preserve the Mayan explanation and also the idea of black, falling and destruction.

18. Flint. The flint knife represented sacrifice, which is another required step. The Mayans said that on this day, the person is made perfect. Thus it could be called "Perfection" on the life cycle. The indicated Hebrew holy day would be 1 Ab, a day associated with the Hebrew priest, who performed sacrifices according to the Law of Moses. For example, the Bible explicitly gives the date of death of Aaron, the archetype of the Aaronic Priesthood, as 1 Ab, the fifth month counting from spring (Num 33:38). The day of the Hebrew Calendar could be named "Sacrifice".

19. Storm. This glyph is usually called "storm" or "rain", but further investigation reveals more meaning. It is said to be a rain of fire or fire storm, representing the day when ones "divine nature is manifest." This glyph was also called "fire" by some tribes rather than "rain". In any case, it represents an opposite to the "water" glyph, which is directly across from it in the circle of days. The concept of "Lightning" seems to best capture the meaning of fire in the sky which manifests divinity during a rain storm. Hence lightning was included in the modern representation.

The Hebrew day would be 9 Ab, which is an annual fast day remembering the burning of the both the first temple (587 BC) and also the second (AD 70). Both occurred on the same day of the year. Again we see the concept of fire and burning. It is proposed that the name of the Hebrew holy day be "Burning".

20. Flower. This glyph was called "Flower" by some tribes and "Lord" by others (including the Mayan). The meaning is the day when one "becomes one with divinity." The name Lord was chosen for the life cycle name in the Venus Cycle.

The Hebrew holy day indicated is 1 Elul, which is only a holy day by virtue of being the first day of a month. It has been clear to me that it is a more important holy day because it was the birthday of Noah. When research was done for this article to see if this day already had a special Hebrew name or meaning, it was found that it is the traditional day that Moses ascended the mount the third time, at the season of the giving of the Ten Commandments. Thus it is proposed that the name be "Ascension" because that fits the Native American symbolism perfectly too.

The same information from Figure 7 is shown in Table 1 with even more detail added, which has already been discussed. Again, the impressive results is that all twenty veintena days correlate to the Enoch and Hebrew year in the same order. Many of them have clear symbolism, while others are speculative proposals. There is enough solid correlation, however, to be far beyond chance. It is strong evidence for design.

GlyphLife PhaseHoly DayHebrewEnoch
1. LightCreationTrumpets1 Tishri0-1 Autumn
2. WindQuickeningAtonement10 Tishri10 Autumn
3. TempleBirthTabernacles15, 22 Tishri14, 21 Autumn
4. DragonAdultDeluge17 Heshvan18 Mid Autumn
5. SerpentPrimeDedication25 Kislev24 Late Autumn
6. SkullDeathWinter1 Tebeth0-1 Winter
7. DeerSpirit WorldFast10 Tebeth10 Winter
8. RabbitMaterialismPurification1 Shebat1 Mid Winter
9. WaterTriumphTrees14 Shebat14 Mid Winter
10. DogAnguishEsther14-15 Adar14-15 Late Winter
11. MonkeyFirst RungNew Year1 Nisan0-1 Spring
12. GrassRisingConsecration10 Nisan10 Spring
13. ReedResurrectionPassover15-Sun-21 Nisan14, 15, 21 Spring
14. JaguarSanctificationSinai1 Sivan1 Late Spring
15. EagleFulnessFirstfruitsSunday 6-12 Sivan4 Late Spring
16. CondorAwarenessSummer1 Tammuz0-1 Summer
17. QuakeFallen AshesRaven10, 17, 24 Tammuz10, 14, 21, 28 Summer
18. FlintPerfectionSacrifice1 Ab1 Mid Summer
19. StormLightningBurning2, 9 Ab9 Mid Summer
20. FlowerLordAscension1 Elul1 Late Summer
Table 1. Correspondence of 20 days of Veintena to holy days on both the Hebrew and Enoch Calendars. Life Cycle names are also included, with those which are phases of the Venus Calendar listed in bold.

3. Conclusion

Last year a correlation was shown between each of the nine phases of life of the Venus Calendar to a corresponding day of the 20-day veintena of the Sacred Round. This article continues that line of research for the other 11 days of the veintena, all of which Mayan priests claimed represented days in the cycle of life. A correlation is proposed between all 20 days of the veintena and 20 holy days of both the Hebrew and Enoch Calendars. The best understood phases, those during mortality, correlate surprisingly well, lending credence to the entire concept. Some of other results are not perfectly clear, but it was deemed worthy of a report of the current state of progress. Although not all details may be correct, the overall concept that such a correspondence exists now seems beyond question. The day 13 Serpent was chosen for the publication of this material to symbolize the culmination of rebirth of lost knowledge of the cycle of life.


  1. Pratt, John P., "Venus Calendar Patterns Testify of Scriptures" (26 April 2013).
  2. Throughout this article, whenever it is stated that the Mayan priests said something about a glyph, the source is Nicholson, Irene, Mexican and Central American Mythology, (New York: Paul Hamlyn, 1967), pp 49, 52.
  3. Pratt, John P., "Enoch Calendar Testifies of Christ" Meridian Magazine (Sept. 11, 2001).
  4. Pratt, John P., "Venus and the Beginning of Mortality" Meridian Magazine (9 July 2003), Section 4.1.
  5. Pratt, John P., "Venus Calendar Patterns Testify of Scriptures" (26 April 2013), Section 1.3.
  6. Pratt, John P., "Venus Calendar Patterns Testify of Scriptures" (26 April 2013), Section 3.
  7. It was the day when the Prophet Joseph Smith fell in death (See Pratt, John P., "From Martyrdom to Celebration!" Meridian Magazine (June 6, 2002), Section 4.). That to me is sufficient to be a big enough event to be worthy of memorializing this day. Moreover, Joseph Smith may have been the "smith" in Isa 54:16, referring to a blacksmith. That also includes the color black, associated with this day, like the black raven.
  8. Pratt, John P., "Decision Days Ahead?" Meridian Magazine (21 Jun 2006).