Tonalama is the research of destiny and personality based on the wisdom of our Ancient Mexico. The original term is Tonalamatl -from Nahuatl- meaning what has been registered on the amate tree paper of the ancient books. It is the legacy of our forebears: “the wise and venerable grandparents”. It is the result of a meticulous analysis of a mathematical system in which all of us, without exception, are included. This is to know the inherent characteristics of each person, powers to develop and the influences that may help to have a useful and happy life.
Tonalama is a complete research of personality, potentialities and people’s own characteristics. It reveals all the influences that marked the spirit at the birth time; when a person inhales the first whiff of air and the breathing of life penetrates, bringing all the influences that were present at that precise moment.
Tonalama gives us the chance to find out what potential we have possessed since our birth time; thus, we may learn to make use of such potential in a responsible way for the purpose of elevating our human condition.
Tonalama reveals the intrinsic value of your own being. It helps you to strength your qualities and to discover your sleepy powers. It gives you realization options and the chance to know the other side of your own being.
Tonalama offers you the chance to know yourself using the millennium system bequeathed by our forebears. Such system is based on the magic count of time and destiny. It allows us to know the characters of the Pre Hispanic world (deities), their names, meaning and gifts granted by them.
Ancient sages knew how to guide and were responsible for any and all members of the society. Upon applying this life system to human groups, they could predict attitudes and determine the profile of the individual characteristics, the personality and the mission to accomplish taking into account the gestation of a person and the characteristics granted at the time of birth.
Besides, our forebears knew how to make the offerings of integration with the generating forces of Nature and to be in harmony with all beings and with the rhythms of creation. They were experts at running the Counts of Time and Mathematics of the Universe where plants, animals, clouds and mountains interweave the clothes of the Earth, creating the great symphony of life with colors and sounds. All this is established in the rhythm of the stars which determines the daily development of all beings.
Their passion for mathematics was even applied to the simplest aspects of every day life. The Sky, Nature, men and spirit become signs and numerals. Each person is involved therein according to their own rhythm, in a combination which shows both qualities and restrictions and entwines humans with the rhythms of all existing things.
Tonalama includes the following:
Deities of the time: The day was divided into 20 parts (72 current minutes). Each one has a different influence. 20 signs change along the day.
Parts of the day: Each hour was divided into 4 parts. (18 current minutes).
Numeral of the day: There are 13 numbers (from 1 to 13) that change in a special way and determine special characteristics.
Day: There are 20 different signs that make up the twentieths (months) – or Pre Hispanic feasts.
Deity of the Day: Each day is influenced by a different deity.
3. THE LORD OF THE DAY:
According to the numeral of the day, the person is influenced by one of the 13 Lords of the Day and one of the 13 birds and a companion. The following are also very important influences.
The Lord of the Day: The thirteen Lords of the day determine our appearance and personality.
Diurnal Bird and Bird’s companion: They are 13. They accompany the Lord of the Day.
The Lord of the Night: The 9 lords of the night mold the potential that our ego receives.
This refers to Tonalpohualli’s parallel count –the magic count-. It includes 20 thirteenths whose names (in another order) are the same as the days. Each of this series (which are equal to months) includes 13 days, constituting a series of 260 days which restarts. These are two interlocked wheels: the 365 and the 260-day one or magic one, also known as “count of destinies”.
Thirteenth: A poster is attached so you may observe it and directly discover the influences.
Deity of the thirteenth: There are 20 different ones; the same as the days.
Bearings: There are 4 cardinal points. The East (Tlahuistlanpa), the South (Huistlampa), the West (Cihuastlanpa) and the North (Mictlampa). These emanation essences, that come from the four bearing of the Universe and the four corners of the world, nourish our Tonalli. We are penetrated by them.
Month: They are 18 twentieths divided into 20 days each. They represent the feasts celebrated each month in honor of each deity. After 360 days (18 X 20), there were 5 days and a quarter that refer to Nemontemi additional days. These had special characteristics.
Deity of the Month: Each month or feast had a deity who was honored.
Numeral of the year: There are 13 numbers (from 1 to 13) which change in a special way.
Years: There are four years which start at a different time. During such year, the day would start at the determined time. According to our current calendar, the day always starts at 0.
Companion of the Year: There are nine different ones that change along the year.
DAY NAMES AND THEIR MEANING. DEITIES’ ACCORDING TO DAY NAMES AND THEIR MEANING.