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2012 End of the World Mayan Prophecy Calendar
Can Modern Science Predict the End of the World?
I am a scientist and a realist. I don't believe in fantasy or folk tales. That being said, I want to seriously investigate the Mayan Calendar Prophecy of December 21st, 2012.
Aside from spending all of our money and maxing out our credit cards, there is little we can do to prepare for the end of the world as we know it. The Mormons predict world famine and they have a tenet that instructs them to prepare a pantry of food that will last a year at least. Other religions and cultures have predicted plenty of world's end scenarios. Perhaps even your own beliefs cause you to give some credence to world wide disaster and downfall of the human race. Well, we shall see.
Since I have studied the Aztec and Mayan culture for many years as well as having practiced scientific principals for over 30 years, I have been asked many times to explain the 2012 belief of the world ending predictions of the Central American tribes. It's pretty scary, so hold on to your seat.
The Temple of Kulkucan at Chitzen Itza
The Temple of Kukulcan, the Mayan Feathered Serpent God
In the photo at the top of this hub is the pyramid of Kukulcan. Twice each year, during the Spring and Fall equinoxes, the sun shines on the corners of the pyramid in such a way as to cast a shadow in the form of a serpent slithering down the steps. At the bottom of the steps are two large serpent heads. There are 91 steps on each of the four sides of the pyramid (totaling 364) plus the top platform giving us 365 to match the days of a solar year. At the top of the platform are the rattles of the serpents tail. Obviously, it was important to the Mayans to leave us a reminder of the great Kulkucan or the Feathered Serpent God.
There is no other structure on earth that is more perplexing than the Temple of Kulkucan. The pyramid is over 1,000 years old and has been oriented so precisely that it continues to baffle engineers and architects of modern times. It is astronomically aligned to cast the serpent's shadow at the equinoxes each year and other celestial alignments are sprinkled throughout the community of Chitzen Itza. Alignments that even the Egyptian pyramids do not seem to possess. Certainly the pyramids of Giza are larger, but Kulkucan's temple and the surrounding structures are literally a star map set in stone.
The ball court at Chitzen Itza is a miracle in itself. The whole structure was meticulously aligned with the dark rift of the Milky Way galaxy. The Mayans considered this rift to be the dark road to the underworld. On December 21st, 2012, the ball court will once again align perfectly with the rift directly overhead of the long axis of the court.This event happens every 5,125.36 years. How do you go about aligning a permanent structure that is valid every 5,125.36 years?
The ball court also possesses some odd acoustical properties. One person standing at one end can whisper a phrase and the person standing at the other end of the court can plainly hear what is being said. The distance between the two ends of the court is as great or greater than a football field. I have personally tested this acoustic property. It's kind of spooky.
Is it possible for us to even imagine the technical ability of a civilization over 1,000 years ago being able to align all of these things so eloquently? Upon my first view of the temple of Kulkucan, I looked around at the Mayans working there and again at the pyramid and at the other structures and my only thought was that these small people who continue to live in thatched huts could not possibly have built these immense structures. And why would they do so? The dense jungle provides for them now as it did a millennia ago. They had no use for these structures then and they have no use for them now. So who built them and why?
The Mesoamerican calendar stones
The Mayan Calendar Explained
The Mayan calendar is the original precise calendar adopted by the Toltecs and Aztecs. The Aztec Calendar stone weighing a couple of tons is one of the most famous calendars in the world. It varies from the Mayan calendar much like a Canadian calendar would differ from a U.S. calendar. Believe it or not, it is actually three calendars! There is the solar calendar which is much like our 365 day calendar, a religious calendar, and finally, what is known as a long count calendar. The long count calendar is the one that exists for 5,125.36 years. Each time the long count calendar comes back to the beginning, a new age begins. According to the Mayans, we are in the fifth age of mankind as determined by the long count calendars.
Now, this long count calendar ends the fifth age on December 21, 2012. Does that mean it's the end of the world? No, not likely. It does mean that another long count calendar will start its 5,125.36 year journey and the sixth age of man will begin according to the Mayans who were undoubtedly super smart about such things.
Parts of the long count calendars have coincided with world wide disasters before, like the flood that destroyed most of the world as they knew it then. Another long count calendar ended with the destruction of the dinosaurs some say. Some Mayan legends depict the earth ending in great earthquakes or world wide fire. Many researchers have tried to align the long count, religious, or solar calendar with Nostradamus and other prophets. Sure some events occurred and appeared portentous according to one calendar or another. The Mayan calendar accounts for time periods that correspond to the stars, the sun, and the seasons which is what makes it such an accurate calendar. The Mayans were the first and only culture to use three separate calendars that mesh together like cogs in a gear system.
The Mayans were the only fully literate culture of the western world. For sure, the Mayan calendar is brilliant in its design and only the Mayans realized the importance of the integer called zero. The long count calendars always start out as 184.108.40.206.0 reading from right to left. This Mayan long count will reach 220.127.116.11.0 once again on or about December 21, 2012. Basically, this date means that all three of the Mayan calendars will once again be synchronized at that one date and a new era will begin.
There are some events predicted to affect the earth in the coming years. These events may actually be spectacular and even tragic. It's possible that one or another of the events will somehow destroy the world as we know it today. But the Mayan calendar doesn't really predict events, it's only a calendar by which events are measured.
Signs of the End of the WorldClick thumbnail to view full-size
Predicted Events That Will Affect the Earth
- The sun will enter a "solar high" period of sunspots or massive storms that eject tons of material directed toward the earth. These are called Coronal Mass Ejections or CME's. The last time our sun was in a solar high period, the magnetic poles were very affected. This period of solar highs will peak in 2013 according to NOAA. A severe CME that hits the earth dead on could knock out all electronics, power lines, satellites, etcetera... causing severe chaos that could possibly result in many lives lost.
- The super volcano of Yellowstone National Park could erupt and create a "nuclear winter". Many lives would be lost, crops could not grow resulting in world wide famine. Scientists predict that this event is seriously overdue.
- Reversal of the poles. Some scientists have stated that this has happened in the past. They say the earth will actually tip over and north will become south. Whether this will happen rapidly or slowly, no one knows. Certainly it will devastate life as we know it today. Most of the oceans would spill over on to land with enormous tsunamis. Earthquakes would be unimaginably powerful. I'm hoping against hope that this does not happen in my lifetime.
- The giant asteroid will hit. Some very big ones hit Jupiter just a few years ago and caused massive changes on that giant planet. It will only take an asteroid the size of a small island to wipe out earth as we know it. We will go the way of the dinosaurs. Again, I hope this does not happen in my lifetime.
- World wide pandemic of some virus. The flu of 1918 to 1919 killed as many as 40 million people. This was considerably more than the Black Death Plague of the Middle Ages. The Spanish flu affected nearly every man, woman and child on the planet. That flu killed more Americans than did the Great War - WWI. New super bugs are mutating even as we speak and one could seriously put a dent in the world's population.
- No more clean air or water. We could quite easily poison ourselves to death. Pollution is a world wide problem predicted to affect future generations. Without a workable plan, the earth could become a desolate waste land of water devoid of life and undrinkable. Since water is the source of all life on our planet, we could very well need a solution soon. Perhaps as soon as December 21, 2012.
- We could blow ourselves up. We have the nuclear weapons to do so. Wars of religion and/or politics could convince someone with their fingers on the bombs to go ahead and just wipe out the enemy. News Flash - They're thinking the same thing in reverse. We are their enemy! Personally, I can't figure out who's god is better than the other gods. Or even if there is a god. Doesn't matter. What matters is, What is that guy thinking when he has his finger on the big triggers?
What do you think?
Which end of the world scenario seems most likely to you?
Mayan Jewelry and the Hunab Ku
It is not widely known that the Mayan people of ancient Central America used the Yin-Yang symbol, despite male and female polarity being the cornerstone of the Mayan view of world creation. The entire Mayan social structure was based upon a form of mastery of one's own energy, where the "Serpent's Energy" that dwells in the root chakra was raised up the spinse to the crown chakra.