Turtle of the Thirteen Moons

Thirteen Moons in Motion: A Dreamspell Primer (Section IV)

By José & Lloydine Argüelles (Valum Votan & Bolon Ik)

Turtle of the Thirteen Moons: Indigenous Time for All Humans


The Thirteen Moon Turtle

All Indigenous Peoples of the Earth know and respect the wisdom and power of the turtle. Within turtle’s shell is the knowledge of time and the wisdom of the thirteen moons. Turtle’s wisdom is the power of cosmic knowledge.


Thirteen scales make up the back of turtle’s shell. It takes thirteen moons for Earth to go around the sun just once. Among the Indigenous Peoples of North America, Earth is known as Turtle Island. To remember that Earth is Turtle Island is to remember the way of the Earth guided by the cosmic power of thirteen moons.

In the original time, turtle’s wisdom was known by every child of the Earth. Every child knew that thirteen moons is the path to walk. It is the path of life that needs no explaining.

After the original time came the seeds and the planting. Then came the sword, and the forgetting. During the last four hundred years the Indigenous Peoples of the planet retreated deeper into the forest, the wilderness, the jungle. Wherever they went, they were followed by the machine and the twelve-month calendar of colonialism. Deprived of their own time, the Indigenous Peoples were forced into the false time of the machine.

Now it is 1993, proclaimed by the United Nations as the Year of the Indigenous Peoples. Once again the memory of thirteen moons has been released from turtle’s back. One turtle scale for each moon, thirteen perfect moons of 28 days each. Four phases of the moon, four perfect weeks of seven days to every moon. Thirteen perfect moons, 52 perfect weeks, 364 days, plus a day out of time every year. This is the perfect wisdom of turtle’s thirteen scales.

July 24, AD 1993, will be the last day of the non-indigenous calendar of colonialism. July 25 will be a day out of time. July 26 will be the first day of the return of the thirteen moons. Turtle Island is in motion, thirteen moons, one galactic ocean.

July 25, day out of time. Celebrate the advent of galactic culture on Earth. Return to the indigenous path of the thirteen moons. Awaken to the dawning of a culture of peace on Earth.

July 26, celebrate the first day of the new time, the return of the thirteen moons. Join in the triumph of Indigenous wisdom. Return to the path of the thirteen moons, the way of Turtle Island.

Thirteen Moon Turtle in Motion

All children of the Earth are indigenous to the Earth. Turtle Island is their heritage. Thirteen moons is their way.

Ask turtle: What does it take to set the thirteen moons in motion?

Turtle replies: 20 fingers and toes are needed to set the thirteen moons in motion. 20 human tribes are needed to make Turtle Island a worthy timeship swimming in the  great galactic ocean.


20 tribes of time organized into four great clans can dance and play the thirteen moons into motion: the yellow fire clan, the red blood clan, the white truth clan and the blue sky clan. Each clan has five tribes; the 20 tribes of time.

Each moon has four phases; four phases, four clans, two feet, two hands. Four is the power of form that completes itself. Four is the power of form that completes itself. On each of two hands and two feet are five fingers and five toes. Five is the overtone that powers the form of four.

Thirteen moons, 20 tribes of time, four clans, four hands and feet, 20 fingers and toes. Indigenous time is known as 13:20. Thirteen moons, 20 fingers and toes, that is what it takes to make our time into a sovereign Earth work of art.

13:20 is indigenous time, thirteen moon time. We are not the first to know this. More than 1,000 years ago, the Indigenous Maya of Central America kept the most accurate calendars every known. They knew the count of the thirteen moons and much more.

The new Thirteen Moon calendar has been adopted for all children of the Earth today. As in the Mayan thirteen moon count an animal spirit power is associated with each of the moons. Look at the list of the thirteen moons. In which moon is your birthday, and which is your animal spirit power?

The Thirteen Moons of Turtle Island

  • Magnetic Bat brings the First Moon: July 26 – August 22
  • Lunar Scorpion brings the Second Moon: August 23 – September 19
  • Electric Deer brings the Third Moon: September 20 – October 17
  • Self-existing Owl brings the Fourth Moon: October 18 – November 14
  • Overtone Peacock brings the Fifth Moon: November 15 – Dec. 12
  • Rhythmic Lizard brings the Sixth Moon: December 13 – January 9
  • Resonant Monkey brings the Seventh Moon: January 10 – February 6
  • Galactic Hawk brings the Eighth Moon: February 7 – March 6
  • Solar Jaguar brings the Ninth Moon: March 7 – April 3
  • Planetary Dog brings the Tenth Moon: April 4 – May 1
  • Spectral Serpent brings the Eleventh Moon: May 2 – May 29
  • Crystal Rabbit brings the Twelfth Moon: May 30 – June 26
  • Cosmic Turtle brings the Thirteenth Moon: June 27 – July 24

Day Out of Time, July 25

It all starts this year, with a Day Out of Time, July 25, 1993. Celebrate the end of the old time and the coming of the thirteen moons.

Thirteen Moons: A Sovereign Path to Walk

Turtle says: thirteen moons make one year. For Turtle Island, time is measured in wavespells. Thirteen moons, or one year, is one complete wavespell of time. A wavespell is the galactic measure of time. A wave is motion in time, and a spell is what is known during that motion of time. This is what turtle knows swimming in the ocean of galactic time.

The wavespell is the name of the path made by the thirteen moons. To know one wavespell is to know all wavespells. The thirteen moons is not only a calendar but a path to be followed by every child of the Earth.

Thirteen moons, one wavespell, a common path to be walked by the 20 tribes of time. Each wavespell is a movement of thirteen steps. It takes thirteen steps to complete and know one spell of time. Child of the morning, child of the sun, follow the Earth wisdom path of the thirteen moons. Be in truth and rhythm with all that is. Become a sovereign human in your time.

The Thirteen-Step Wavespell Path of Human Sovereignty

  • First Moon: Moon of Purpose: what is my purpose?
  • Second Moon: Moon of Challenge: what is my challenge?
  • Third Moon: Moon of Service: how can I best serve?
  • Fourth Moon: Moon of Form: what is the form my service will take?
  • Fifth Moon: Moon of Radiance: how can I best empower myself?
  • Sixth Moon: Moon of Equality: how can I extend my equality to others?
  • Seventh Moon: Moon of Attunement: how can I attune my service to others?
  • Eighth Moon: Moon of Integrity: do I live what I believe?
  • Ninth Moon: Moon of Intention: how do I attain my purpose?
  • Tenth Moon: Moon of Manifestation: how do I perfect what I do?
  • Eleventh Moon: Moon of Liberation: how do I release and let go?
  • Twelfth Moon: Moon of Cooperation: how can I dedicate myself to all that lives
  • Thirteenth Moon: Moon of Presence: How can I expand my joy and love?

The thirteen-step wavespell can be walked by yourself in everything you do. Ask and answer these questions for yourself. Walk the thirteen moon wavespell path and become a sovereign autonomous human.

Together with all the children of the Earth, you can walk thirteen moons. Together on the thirteen moon path you can attain abundance and equality for all, for seven generations to come.

It all starts this year, July 26, 1993. The Thirteen Moon Calendar, a new calendar for a new time, an indigenous calendar for a sovereign humanity.

Following the Wavespell to AD 2013

Turtle says: the way of the wavespell is found in my back. With your finger, follow the numbers on turtle’s back beginning with a single dot for one, bar for five, up to two bars and three dots for thirteen.

The path you trace with your finger is a wavespell. The dot bar way of writing numbers is a gift of the indigenous Maya.

The Mayan way of writing numbers is simple. With the up to four dots and three bars, nineteen numbers can be created, plus one sign for both zero and 20.

For Maya, zero is like a shell, both full and empty. With this full and empty zero, the Maya perfected the 20 count. This zero-based 20 count is more accurate, flexible and vast than the non-indigenous ten-count. Before the coming of colonialism, the Maya were the indigenous Earth custodians of the galactic measure of time. This is why their calendars are still the most accurate known to Turtle Island. Of course, Turtle also remembers all of this.

Turtle says: You can learn to count the Indigenous Mayan way by learning the 20 tribes on your fingers and toes. 

Four Clans, Two Feet, Two Hands, 20 Fingers and Toes.
20 Tribes of Time Who Walk the Path of Thirteen Moons.


Right Hand: Yellow Fire Clan

  • Thumb: Yellow Sun Tribe: 0/20 – No Bar
  • Index Finger: Red Dragon Tribe: One Dot
  • Middle Finger: White Wind Tribe: Two Dot
  • Ring Finger: Blue Night Tribe: Three Dot
  • Little Finger: Yellow Seed Tribe: Four Dot

Right Foot: Red Blood Clan

  • Big Toe: Red Serpent Tribe: One Bar
  • Index Toe: White World-Bridger Tribe: One Bar One Dot
  • Middle Toe: Blue Hand Tribe: One Bar Two Dot
  • Ring Toe: Yellow Star Tribe: One Bar Three Dot
  • Little Toe: Red Moon Tribe: One Bar Four Dot

Left Hand: White Truth Clan

  • Thumb: White Dog Tribe: Two Bar
  • Index Finger: Blue Monkey Tribe:  Two Bar One Dot
  • Middle Finger: Yellow Human Tribe: Two Bar Two Dot
  • Ring Finger: Red Skywalker Tribe: Two Bar Three Dot
  • Little Finger: White Wizard Tribe: Two Bar Four Dot

Left Foot: Blue Sky Clan

  • Big Toe: Blue Eagle Tribe: Three Bar
  • Index Toe: Yellow Warrior Tribe: Three Bar One Dot
  • Middle Toe: Red Earth Tribe: Three Bar Two Dot
  • Ring Toe: White Mirror Tribe: Three Bar Three Dot
  • Little Toe: Blue Storm Tribe: Three Bar Four Dot

Turtle says: 20 tribes, 20 fingers and toes. That is all it takes to guide Turtle Island to AD 2013. AD 2013 is an island in the ocean of time where turtles come to renew themselves in the full glory of the sun.

Walking the sovereign wavespell path of thirteen moons, the solar children of them 20 tribes of time can guide Turtle Island to AD 2013.

Turtle Island: The Dreamspell Journey of Timeship Earth 2013 


Thirteen moons is a path to walk to accomplish the Earth ethical way, the path of sovereign autonomous human. There is no human who is not indigenously autonomous and sovereign. There is no human who is not indigenously a child of the sun, walking the path of the Earth in rhythm with the moon. The thirteen moon path is for waking up and remembering again our journey as one family, one species, one destiny of origin.

Turtle says: Thirteen moons is the measure of Turtle Island’s solar wavespell, one year’s motion around the sun. But what is the measure of the thirteen moons.

Turtle says: Swimming in the galactic ocean, Turtle Island gauges its direction by two spins. The 365-day solar spin measured by the thirteen moons goes one direction. Another spin of 260 days goes the other direction. It is the 260-day counter-spin that is the measure of the thirteen moons.

The 260 day count is the tzolkin or sacred count of the ancient Indigenous Maya. The 365-day spin anchors Turtle Island to the sun. The 260 day counter spin anchors Turtle Island to the galaxy and cosmic time. The 260 day-count is the galactic standard of time. The calendar of colonialism could know nothing of the galactic standard because it is based on twelve months and not thirteen moons. Thirteen is the cosmic number. Just count the scales on the turtle’s back.

Turtle says: The 260 day sacred count is what counts you in as a member of the 20 tribes of planetary kin. 20 tribes of time, 20 fingers and toes. Of all Earth’s species, only human has 20 fingers and toes and knows how to count time. Every human has a solar birthday and a guiding thirteen moon animal spirit power.


Every solar day counted in the Thirteen Moon Calendar is also marked by a day in the 260 day count. Because of this, in the Thirteen Moon Calendar, every human also has a birthday on the 260 day sacred count. The galactic birthday identifies every human as a member of one of five Earth families and one of 260 galactic signatures. A galactic signature is taken from the 260 day count which falls on the day of your birth in the solar count.

The 260 day count consists of the 20 solar tribes combined with the 13 numbers of the wavespell. 20 time thirteen equals 260. This means that the 260 day count has a spin of 20 wavespells, the galactic standard of indigenous 13:20 time.


In the sacred count, every year your solar birthday rotates through one of four tribes, and one of thirteen numbers. Since there are 365 days to the solar spin and 260 days to the galactic spin it takes 52 years for the two spins to meet at the same place again! It takes 52 years to completely know your own Earth Family.

There are some of the wonders of indigenous Earth time we could not know about by following the twelve-month calendar of colonialism.

Now you can learn more about 13:20 time by playing a game called Dreamspell: The Journey of Timeship Earth 2013. The Dreamspell shows what can be done to safely navigate Turtle Island to its island in time, AD 2013. Just as turtle has the wisdom and knowledge of time on its back, so Turtle Island is a Timeship navigating the waters of the galactic ocean.

Turtle says: Turtle Island is now passing out of the Dreamspell of colonialism into the Dreamspell of galactic time, the source of all indigenous wisdom and knowing. A Dreamspell is what we create together in time. Colonialism was one Dreamspell. The way of the thirteen moons is another Dreamspell. The new Dreamspell begins with your fingers and toes. 20 fingers and toes, 20 tribes of time, five Earth Families walking together the path of the thirteen moons

The Five Earth Families of Timeship Earth 2013

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Polar Earth Family: Bar Family, Thumbs and Big Toes

  • Yellow Sun Tribe Zero/No Bar: Right Thumb
  • Red Serpent Tribe: One Bar: Right Big Toe
  • White Dog Tribe: Two Bar: Left Thumb
  • Blue Eagle Tribe: Three Bar: Left Big Toe

Cardinal Earth Family: One Dot Family, Index Fingers and Toes

  • Red Dragon Tribe: One Dot: Right Index Finger
  • White World-Bridger Tribe: One Bar One Dot: Right Index Toe
  • Blue Monkey Tribe: Two Bar One Dot: Left Index Finger
  • Yellow Warrior Tribe: Three Bar One Dot: Left Index Toe

Core Earth Family: Two Dot Family, Middle Fingers and Toes

  • White Wind Tribe: Two Dot: Right Middle Finger
  • Blue Hand Tribe: One Bar Two Dot: Right Middle Toe
  • Yellow Human Tribe: Two Bar Two Dot: Left Middle Finger
  • Red Earth Tribe:Three Bar Two Dot: Left Middle Toe

Signal Earth Family: Three Dot Family, Ring Fingers and Toes

  • Blue Night Tribe: Three Dot: Right Ring Finger
  • Yellow Star Tribe: One Bar Three Dot: Right Ring Toe
  • Red Skywalker Tribe: Two Bar Three Dot: Left Ring Finger
  • White Mirror Tribe: Three Bar Three Dot: Left Ring Toe

Gateway Earth Family: Four Dot Family, Little Fingers and Toes

  • Yellow Seed Tribe: Four Dot: Right Little Finger
  • Red Moon Tribe: One Bar Four Dot: Right Little Toe
  • White Wizard Tribe: Two Bar Four Dot: Left Little Finger
  • Blue Storm Tribe: Three Bar Four Dot: Left Little Toe

Polar Kin Sound the Call
Cardinal Kin Establish the Genesis
Core Kin Mine the Tunnels
Signal Kin Unravel the Mystery
Gateway Family Opens the Portals

Which is your family which is your way?

Turtle says: If you want to find out more about the secrets of time held in turtles shell, then you must find the Dreamspell game and learn how to play the Earth Sovereign Way!

Indigenous wisdom is of the Earth. The Earth is our sovereign home, our Timeship, our destiny to know. Listen to the wisdom of our indigenous heritage, the words of Black Elk, a Lakota Medicine Man:

”Then I was standing on the highest mountain of all and around about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world… And I saw the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy

“Then as I stood there, two men were coming from the east… They came and gave a herb to me… It was the day break star herb, the herb of understanding, and they told me to drop it on the earth. I saw it falling far and when it struck the earth it rooted and grew and flowered, four blossoms on one stem, a blue, a white, a red, and a yellow; and the rays from these streamed upward to the heavens so that all creatures saw it and in no place was there darkness.”

This July 25, take a Day Out of Time.
Take time to return to the path of the Thirteen Moons.
Let Turtle Island sail free once again in the ocean of Galactic Time.

13:20 Frequency and the 13 Moon Calendar


Thirteen refers to the thirteen galactic tones or powers of creation, which are also encoded in the thirteen moons or annual lunations. 20 refers to the 20 solar frequencies encoded as the 20 icons or solar seals. Upon this timing frequency was based the tzolkin or 260-kin “sacred calendar.”

Combined with the solar cycle of 365 days, the tzolkin gave the Maya the fractal yardstick by which they could construct calendars and timing systems that demonstrate the harmonic order of the solar system and galaxy in general. Within these constructs, the Maya also maintained lunar calendars and eclipse cycles of utmost precision.

Because the basis of the Mayan calendar was the 260-kin tzolkin and not the 360 degree circle, there was no need to correlate the lunation cycle to the solar year through the abstract concept of ‘months.’ The Mayan mathematic, based on an elegant and more sophisticated dot-bar notation system, is vigesimal not decimal, that is, based on 20’s rather than 10’s. This gives the Mayan mathematical system a fractal and exponential flexibility not exhibited by the decimal or duodecimal (by 12’s) system upon which the Gregorian calendar is based.

The fact of the matter is that the Mayan calendar contains the teaching of fourth dimensional time that has eluded modern science, immersed as it is in the unexamined grip of third-dimensional Gregorian time. The nub of the Mayan teaching is the application of the 13:20 frequency to the creation and implementation of the calendar of the thirteen moons.

Jose and Lloydine Argüelles


Perpetual 13 Moon Calendar. Historical version distributed by the former website of the Thirteen Moons Movement called Tortuga (Spanish for Turtle).

Thirteen Moons in Motion: A Dreamspell Primer

By José and Lloydine Argüelles (Valum Votan & Bolon Ik). PAN 1992

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