Posted 01 Feb 2011 in Featured Blog, Mythology

December 21, 2012: TGIF or FUBAR?

What dates were marked on your 2012 calendar? Maybe you penciled in Friday, July 27, the date the Olympic games began in London. Or Tuesday, November 6, the day Americans went to the polls and choose their president. Well, you might want to include one more: Friday, December 21, the date time ends. Yes, time — and by extension the world — as we know it.

This prediction, made by the Mayans thousands of years ago, has sparked a great deal of interest and controversy. In fact, there are almost 600,000 websites and a growing number of books, not to mention several films on the subject.

Before their highly advanced civilization inexplicably vanished, the Mayans marked this date on a calendar whose mysteries we are still trying to unravel.

This calendar, known as the “Long Count” calendar, tracks time to December 21, 2012, then resets to zero. While there has been much speculation about why the Mayans singled out that date, it appears to point to the end of one age and the beginning of another.

“It began in the year 3114 BC and ends with the winter solstice of December 21, 2012. The Mayans actually gave us a system, a highly advanced mathematical system. This system of time-keeping was so precise, so accurate, that it has been able to calculate all of the eclipses, all of the equinoxes, all of the solstices for the last five thousand years without error. And we’ve got to ask, how did they do that, what did they know that we are only beginning to understand?” — Gregg Braden, author, “The Divine Matrix” (source: History.com).

Some point to the sun’s upcoming alignment with the center of the Milky Way galaxy on the precise date of December 21, 2012, as significant — suggesting the Mayans used their highly advanced knowledge of math and astronomy to point to this rare celestial event and warn of the great change that will follow.

“…the ancients were of the firm belief that any shift from one world age to the next would occur only on the occasion of certain very precise celestial configurations manifest in the heavens. The planets and the stars would thus determine the very transition points between successive world ages.” — Ancient World Mysteries (source: ancient-world-mysteries.com/2012.html).

Following that theme, the film “2012” was promoted with the tagline: “How would the governments of our planet prepare six billion people for the end of the world? They Wouldn’t.” features a storyline that shows the world devastated by a global catastrophe and the survivors struggling in the aftermath. (Oh, yeah. The Will Smith movie “I Am Legend” is also set in the year 2012).

Others believe the Mayans were pointing to a tipping point in earth’s history, predicting that the world after December 21, 2012, would be unrecognizable to the one the day before. And that we have the opportunity to chose the outcome.

Ultimately, where you come down on the question has more to do with how you like your glasses… half empty or half full.

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