What is a vinal?
The Mayan vinal is one of the dearest and most enchanted points of focus in my Natural Time practice. It’s also the most esoteric and has dropped out of sight from the publication of most Natural Time calendars.
The original Mayan year began on July 26 with the rise of Sirius at dawn, but it was not subdivided into 28-day moons. That’s an Arguellian hybridization of most indigenous cultures’ alignment with a 28-day month that reflected the menstrual cycle of the tribeswomen. The Maya organized their year into 20-day vinals. Similar to the 20 tribes, the vinals could be counted on one’s fingers and toes.
There were 18 vinals in a year, with a remaining 5 day ceremonial period called a vayeb. July 21-25 are the vayeb days of the Natural Time calendar. Every vinal and the vayeb have a corresponding poetic phrase, a mantra. Laced together, they make up a strangely lyrical verse.
pop – the one who knows
uo – listens in silence
zip – in order to integrate the universe
zotz – based on the knowledge
zec – that reaches the foundations
xul – where with great wisdom a seed is sown
yaxkin – a little ray of the hidden sun
mol – which unifies all the pieces
ch’en – to enter into the well of inner wisdom
yax – where the student clears the mind, taking account of what is not yet ripe
zac – dissipating the clouds of doubt, raising him/herself up
ceh – breaks with habitual caution and reaches the white light
mac – closing the equivocating part and entering a trance
kankin – receives the light of one who knows
muan – in order to see into darkness
pax – touching a music of the future
kayab – with the song and the rhythm
cumku – located in the correct place where the food of divination is obtained
vayeb – all that is needed to obtain the precious stone
My Natural Time Altar Cards include the vinals to help you follow them throughout the year. I have also cited them in my 13 Moon calendars. I was introduced to them in my first Arguellian calendar, and never lost interest in their mystical intrigue. They are included in my website to uphold the tradition of bridging the ancient Mayan origins with our modern meditation.