Blinking snake

The C Glyphs of the Lunar Supplementary Series

Constellation band

C (Lunar Semester) glyphs from: Thompson, J. Eric S., Maya Hieroglyphic Writing: An Introduction, Third edition, University of Oklahoma Press, 1971 (first edition 1950), and Linda Schele, Nikolai Grube and Federico Fahsen, “The Lunar Series in Classic Maya Inscriptions: New Observation and Interpretations,” Texas Notes on Precolumbian Art, Writing and Culture, No. 29, October 1992.

The way the C glyphs work is relatively simple, as explained in the second of the above references. It turns out that, contrary to previous thought on the subject, the lunar semester glyphs are not tied to eclipse semesters; instead, they go through an 18-lunation cycle that has no discernible relation to eclipses. “We detected no co-variation between the recorded moon age or in corresponding new moon to either the zodiac or the patterns of 177/148 eclipse nodes.” (Schele, Grube and Fahsen, p. 4) What they found was that the same dates from different sites used the same form of C glyph, and that the forms followed a specific sequence: 1C-6C Moon goddess (F), 1C-6C Young Lord (Y) and 1C-6C Skull (S). They used as their base date 9.12.10.2.12 9 ’Eb 10 Yaxk’in G7, or Saturday, 28 June 682 Gregorian (Saturday, 1 July 682 Julian). The program that they wrote required glyph 2CF and a moon age of 18 days (the actual moon age for that date is 17.2 days).

C Glyph Style 1C 2C 3C 4C 5C 6C
Moon Goddess,
Female Head
F
Moon goddess/female head - 1 C Moon goddess/female head - 1 C
Moon goddess/female head - 1 C Moon goddess/female head - 2 C
Moon goddess/female head - 2 C Moon goddess/female head - 2 C Moon goddess/female head - 2 C Moon goddess/female head - 2 C Moon goddess/female head - 2 C Moon goddess/female head - 2 C
Moon goddess/female head - 2 C Moon goddess/female head - 2 C Moon goddess/female head - 2 C Moon goddess/female head - 2 C Moon goddess/female head - 2 C Moon goddess/female head - 2 C
Moon goddess/female head - 3 C Moon goddess/female head - 3 C
Moon goddess/female head - 3 C Moon goddess/female head - 3 C
Moon goddess/female head - 4 C Moon goddess/female head - 4 C
Moon goddess/female head - 4 C Moon goddess/female head - 4 C
Moon goddess/female head - 5 C Moon goddess/female head - 5 C Moon goddess/female head - 5 C Moon goddess/female head - 5 C Moon goddess/female head - 5 C Moon goddess/female head - 5 C
Moon goddess/female head - 5 C Moon goddess/female head - 5 C Moon goddess/female head - 5 C Moon goddess/female head - 5 C Moon goddess/female head - 5 C Moon goddess/female head - 5 C
Moon goddess/female head - 6 C Moon goddess/female head - 6 C Moon goddess/female head - 6 C Moon goddess/female head - 6 C
Moon goddess/female head - 6 C Moon goddess/female head - 6 C Moon goddess/female head - 6 C Moon goddess/female head - 6 C
Young Lord, Male Head, Sun God?
Y
Young Lord - 1 C Young Lord - 1 C Young Lord - 1 C Young Lord - 1 C Young Lord - 1 C Young Lord - 1 C
Young Lord - 1 C Young Lord - 1 C Young Lord - 1 C Young Lord - 1 C Young Lord - 1 C Young Lord - 1 C
Young Lord - 2 C Young Lord - 2 C Young Lord - 2 C Young Lord - 2 C Young Lord - 2 C Young Lord - 2 C
Young Lord - 2 C Young Lord - 2 C Young Lord - 2 C Young Lord - 2 C Young Lord - 2 C Young Lord - 2 C
Young Lord - 3 C Young Lord - 3 C
Young Lord - 3 C Young Lord - 3 C
Young Lord - 4 C Young Lord - 4 C Young Lord - 4 C Young Lord - 4 C
Young Lord - 4 C Young Lord - 4 C Young Lord - 4 C Young Lord - 4 C
Young Lord - 5 C Young Lord - 5 C Young Lord - 5 C Young Lord - 5 C Young Lord - 5 C Young Lord - 5 C Young Lord - 5 C Young Lord - 5 C
Young Lord - 5 C Young Lord - 5 C Young Lord - 5 C Young Lord - 5 C Young Lord - 5 C Young Lord - 5 C Young Lord - 5 C Young Lord - 5 C
Young Lord - 6 C Young Lord - 6 C Young Lord - 6 C Young Lord - 6 C Young Lord - 6 C Young Lord - 6 C
Young Lord - 6 C Young Lord - 6 C Young Lord - 6 C Young Lord - 6 C Young Lord - 6 C Young Lord - 6 C
Skull
S
Skull - 1 C Skull - 1 C
Skull - 1 C Skull - 1 C
Skull - 2 C Skull - 2 C
Skull - 2 C Skull - 2 C
Skull - 3 C Skull - 3 C Skull - 3 C Skull - 3 C Skull - 3 C Skull - 3 C
Skull - 3 C Skull - 3 C Skull - 3 C Skull - 3 C Skull - 3 C Skull - 3 C
Skull - 4 C Skull - 4 C Skull - 4 C Skull - 4 C
Skull - 4 C Skull - 4 C Skull - 4 C Skull - 4 C
Skull - 5 C Skull - 5 C Skull - 5 C Skull - 5 C Skull - 5 C Skull - 5 C
Skull - 5 C Skull - 5 C Skull - 5 C Skull - 5 C Skull - 5 C Skull - 5 C
Skull - 6 C Skull - 6 C
Skull - 6 C Skull - 6 C

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