: What's All The Fuss About??
by: Richard Lowe
Everyone hears about the different prophecies
on how humanity will end. From the Bible predictions
of the rapture and the Antichrist, to Nostradamus's
prediction of the Planet Comet, people hear theories
and see evidence of our civilization coming to
an end. However, the most striking of these prophecies
lies in the predictions of an ancient, but highly
sophisticated Mayan calender. The deciphering
and understanding of the calender is whole other
story in it's own, so I'll get straight to the
The Mayan calender is actually a combination
of 3 calenders. The religious calender, the solar
calender, and the Long Count. For the sake of
this discussion, i wont get into detail about
the whole calender and just stick to the Long
Count. The Long Count can record any day in history
because it is supposedly the measure of days from
the beginning of humanity to the end.
The number system used for the Long Count is
completely different than our decimal, 10 based
number system. Instead, the Mayans used 5 sets
of numbers separated with a decimal. A typical
Long Count number would look like this:
The first day of the Long Count is labeled 0.0.0.0.1
which is the equivalent to August 11th, 3114 BC.
on our current Gregorian Calender. The Long Count
calender ends at 22.214.171.124.20 which is the equivalent
to December 21, 2012. Now this doesn't necessarily
mean that humanity will come to an end on this
date, but it is the date when the calender ends.
But who cares what an ancient civilization thinks?
They didn't have any of the scientific knowledge,
nor did they have any of the technology that we
have now. Why should we be worried? Let's look
at this date from a scientific point of view.
First of all, every 11 years our Sun goes through
what's called a solar cycle (pole shift, magnetic
reversal). During the peak time of the cycle,
the Sun's magnetic poles switch. The magnetic
field of the Sun does a 180. But remember, this
is a 180 degree magnetic flip. The physical part
of Sun doesn't actually flip. Anyway, during the
peak time of this "flip" sunspots and
solar flares become more frequent. This is what's
called the "solar maximum".
"Solar flares are pieces of the sun which
leap into space, discharging radiation and strong
electrical currents that travel outward into space.
They often fall back to the surface of the Sun.
Sometimes, a very strong flare, called a Coronal
Mass Ejection (CME), actually leaves the Sun and
this deadly mass shoots out from the Sun towards
the planets like a bullet. They usually don't
hit anything, but they occasionally hit a planet
like Earth. Most flares are small, but even a
small flares can be dangerous. In 1989 a flare
hit the North American continent and fried electric
lines, zapped power grids in the US and Canada,
and created large power blackouts. Flares can
also effect our moods and physical health. In
theory, a large flare impacting the Earth could
zap the ionosphere and irradiate the surface,
killing every living organism that it touched."
During early 2001, the Sun's solar cycle was
completed and the Sun switched magnetic poles,
so the Sun is due for another cycle in the year
Well, who cares if the Sun flips again? it flips
every 11 years so why should should the next flip
be any different?
The solar cycle of 2012 is more significant than
any other for several reasons:
1. During this time the two biggest planets in
our solar system, Saturn and Jupiter, will be
in line with each other. The gravitational effects
of the two planets on the Sun will cause it to
wobble during it's pole shift. This can have huge
effects on the magnitude of the CME's the Sun
will be tossing into space. The Earth regularly
gets hit with small CME's and research says that
the increased magnitude of these CME's are one
of the major causes of global warming, and changes
in the ecosystem.
2. Right now the Sun's south magnetic pole is
in line with the Earth's north magnetic pole.
Since opposites attract, the Sun, along with it's
gravitational influence from Saturn and Jupiter,
may cause the Earth to switch magnetic poles too!
With the magnetic field of the Earth switching
in a matter of minutes, there can be huge disruptions
in the Earth's geological and ecological system.
It can cause mass earthquakes and volcano eruptions
all over the world. After it's all done, compasses
will point South, the Sun will rise in the West
and set in the East. But remember, this is a magnetic
3. The most far fetched possibility and probably
the most catastrophic is the phenomenon called
"polar wander". Polar wander is a result
of the Earth's outer crust shifting at a rapid
rate. The magnetic poles stay put but Antarctica
becomes the equator and the tropics become the
North Pole. I really don't have to stress why
a polar wander could be catastrophic because if
you picture a phenomenon like this happening in
a matter of minutes, you can understand why. There
is evidence of a polar wander occurring before
in the distant past due to the fossils of Coral
in Greenland and Woolly Mammoth bones found in
Central America. Of course, in order for a polar
wander to occur, it would take a huge amount of
imbalance, like an asteroid collision, in the
Earth to trigger it.
4. The final event that will occur on December
21, 2012 will be at 11:12 GMT. It's a phenomenon
that the Mayans referred to as the "Sacred
Tree" and it happens every 25,800 years.
At that time our Sun will line up directly with
the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. For thousands
of years, our solar system has been hovering around
the top of the galactic plane and this galactic
alignment could have huge effects on our solar
"The ecliptic cross over the Milky Way at
a 60 degree angle near the constellation Sagittarius.
As such, it forms a cross with the Milky Way,
and this cosmic cross was called the Sacred Tree
by the ancient Maya. (The cross form was also
known as the "crossroads." Amazingly,
the center of this cosmic cross, that is right
where the ecliptic crosses over the Milky Way
is exactly where the December solstice sun will
be in A.D. 2012. This alignment occurs only once
every 25,800 years."
There is supposedly a black hole in the middle
of the Milky Way holding everything together.
Our solar system is around the outer edge of the
disc. When our solar system lines up with center
of the galaxy, we will be at the strongest part
of the galaxy's magnetic field where there is
maximum gravitation. So, with the Sun's solar
cycle being at it's maximum, the alignment of
Saturn and Jupiter, and the alignment of the sun
with the equator of the Milky Way, this will REALLY
cause an increase in the magnitude of the Sun's
solar flares. Of course the gravitational complexities
will also have an influence on whether or not
the Earth will undergo a magnetic pole shift.
There is also speculation that the Earth may reverse
its rotation since we'll be in the opposite hemisphere
of the galaxy!
"According to the Mayas, the center of the
Galaxy is the cosmic womb; The place of dead,
transformation, regeneration and rebirth. This
moment shows the end of their calendar."
There are a lot of questions that will be answered
in the year 2012. Although the Mayan calender
has a mystery on a specific date, some of the
scientific complexities will gradually become
observable. Depletion of the ozone, increase in
volcanic activity, and changes in weather patterns
are all natural results of some of the events
explained. However, whether or not the Mayans
had some sort of insight into the future will
remain a mystery.