Illustrated by Angelika Bauer

Also known as:

Death/Transformer – English
Kame – K'iché
Cimi – Yucatecan
White World-Bridger - Dreamspell

The Mayan sacred calendar, the Chol’qi, is comprised of 20 Day Lords, glyphs, day signs, or archetypal energies. This energy is that of the great cycle, from birth through life, to death and reincarnating, back again to life. This is the essence of existence as humans know it, the certainty of death juxtaposed with the mystery of what lies beyond. It is a positive energy in Mesoamerican culture, filled with harmony and peace. Westerners may need to be mindful as to not get caught up in the Western negativity surrounding the concept of death and dying.

Visualize the icon of Death/Transformer: Note several variations of the glyph. From left to right they are: Codex Madrid, Codex Dresden and two examples of Classic Maya epigraphy.  In all of these, we see the face of death, with eyes closed and the jaw open to the soul.

A Death/Transformer day is a good day to: Remember and pray to and for the ancestors, so that they may guide us through life so that we may benefit from the wisdom of their hindsight.Heart Star

The highest expression: A person born on the day of Death is strong, smart and has energy that moves deeply. This person has a clear connection with the unseen forces of the universe, especially the ancestors. Others, especially those with wealth and power, are attracted to and trust this energy, allowing Transformer to take a leadership role in the both personal and collective transformation. World travel feeds this profile. 

A lower expression:  If Death/Transformer refuses to acknowledge their gift, they will lose power, suffer and experience extreme mood shifts and anger.  

Health:  Transformers are wise but frail and need to focus on bolstering their strength and avoiding accidents.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Compatibility: Death/Transformers are deeply connected to other day signs from the same direction, North: Wind, Dog, Jaguar and Flint. The day signs from the opposite direction, South, also resonate especially with Death persons: Net, Seed, Road, Wisdom and Sun.

Keywords used to meditate and trigger ancestral memory of the Nawal: ancestor, soul, skull, bones, skeleton, ancient voices, eternal, shaman

Visit our other pages to learn more about the meaning of the Mayan Cross components and the context in which they may be used.