Human nature never ceases to amaze me. We are a complex and contradictory species. We are the only creatures on Earth who routinely predict our own demise. Throughout history, certain dates and numbers have caused some people to live in fear that the end times are approaching. People freaked out when the year 1000 A.D. was about to arrive, many believing it was the end times. A thousand years later, many felt doom approaching in the year 2000; however, the dreaded Y2K never happened. Once again, we are approaching a sacred date. The Winter Solstice on December 21, 2012 is a symbolic day that was marked on the Mayan Calendar over 2,000 years ago!
Many people around the world believe this could be the Apocalyptic date prophesied long ago. Some claim that on this day, all the planets in our solar system will line up with the sun and the center of the Milky Way galaxy, which houses a massive black hole. This galactic alignment will then cause a shift in our axes, triggering massive earthquakes and tidal waves that will destroy most of the life on Earth! Interestingly, the fear prophets always attach themselves to sacred dates, hijacking our psyche into fearful thoughts of our demise. While it is wise to prepare for any possible disasters ahead, living in fear is not the wisest way to spend our precious time on Earth.
Professor Jose Arguelles, who is one of the most popular leaders in the field of modern Mayan calendar predictions, made the most interesting evaluation. In his book The Mayan Factor, he introduced us to the idea that there is a "Galactic Synchronization Beam." He claimed this was a time wave that is now triggering a new phase of galactic evolution. So this date is not an end of time... but a beginning of a new paradigm.
The Mayans themselves never claimed that 2012 will be the end of time. The ancient Mayans and the ancient Egyptians kept accurate records of the celestial paths of the stars and planets. They devised a "Long Count" calendar in which a single cycle lasts 26,000 years, known as the Great Year. Within the Long Count cycle, each constellation takes its turn appearing on the horizon with the rising sun. Every 72 years, the position of the stars changes by just one degree. This is known as the Earth Precession. We have been in transition from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius, which takes about 2200 years and promises to be the dawn of a higher human consciousness. The real question to ask is, "Why would the Mayans bother to keep such accurate charts of the skies, even thousands of years into the future?"
Looking at our planet's topography, we can see the scars and wounds that are left behind by cataclysms that visit the Earth periodically, but the truth is, no one really knows our future. We can speculate how it will all end; however, nothing is written in stone... or is it? Grandmother Earth is over four and a half billion years old and will be around long after we are gone. Watching the news, we can see that fear plays a major part in our world. It seems that fear is used to manipulate our minds, get our votes, buy certain products, and invest in certain stocks. But real knowledge is the currency of the universe and he who has the knowledge, has the power. Fortunately, we live in an age where real knowledge is only a click away. Any seeker with an Internet connection can learn the facts and come to a valid conclusion. It's a sure thing that as the world gets "smaller" and our global communication increases, hiding facts or deceiving the public will be a challenge on the World Wide Web.
So how does this relate to our intense interest in the Mayans' predictions for December 21, 2012, a date that for them hails the return of their god Kukulkan, the feathered serpent? Mayans were not the only people to describe the coming global changes, although they had one of the most sophisticated calendars ever created in human history. The ancient civilizations of the Sumerians, Egyptians and Chinese also looked to the stars as a guide. Many cultures worldwide, including the American Indians, speak of the arrival of a turbulent period for the Earth cycles. Is this the end of another cycle for humankind or is it the end of life as we know it? Are these predictions the changes we are witnessing today?
The Hopi and Navajo Nations speak of a very specific sequence of events that signal the coming changes. While Hopi prophecy does not specifically name the year 2012, it speaks of exact astronomical events, including the return of their Blue Star Kachina, known to astronomers today as the star Sirius. The Navajo also warn that the sighting of their sacred Blue Star is not a good omen. Is there a direct connection between Hopi and Navajo prophecies and the astronomically accurate Mayan calendar?
My message is not a warning of doom and gloom. Quantum physics has shown us that in every moment there are infinite possibilities that can occur and that the very act of observation changes the results of an event. Our collective consciousness has an impact on the final result. Ultimately, we do play a part in our own destiny, for destiny only takes us half way. The rest we have to walk ourselves.
1 and 3: The Aztec Sun Stone, or Aztec Calendar Stone, on display at the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City. The Aztec calendar is based upon the Mayan Calendar.
Photo 1 courtesy of Fotolalia.
Photo 3 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
2: Jay Tavare at Teotihuacan, which means "The Place Where Men Become Gods" or "Birthplace of the Gods."
4: Jay Tavare at the Pyramid of the Sun,(near Mexico City) which features stone carvings of the god Quetzalcoatl, who was the equivalent of the god Kukulkan to the Nahua people.