21 2012 The Real Doomsday?
by Dan Eden for ViewZone
ViewZone asked me to write a story about the
Mayan Calendar. There is a common belief that
the calendar holds a prophecy that the end of
the world will happen in 2012. At the time, I
knew very little about the whole topic and when
I began doing the research. I like to think I
had an open mind. My investigation began with
mainstream archaeology and the expert interpretations
of the calendar. But it soon took a turn that
made my hair literally stand on end. I am now
convinced that these prophecies are true.
To understand what is likely to happen to Earth
and it's people, you will need to remain calm
and try to follow the facts. It's not as simple
as some people describe. It requires an understanding
of some fairly complicated scientific realities,
but I think I can explain them in a way that you
will easily understand.
The Calendar -- A Descrption
First, the Mayan calendar is also sometimes called
the Aztec Calendar. This calendar is recorded
as a carving on the Aztec "sun stone"
currently on exhibit in the National Museum of
Anthropology and History located within Chapultepec
Park, Mexico City. There's a lot we could say
about the carved stone but most of those details
are irrelevant to the end times.
In our modern calendar, called the Gregorian
Calendar, we have days, weeks, months and years.
In the Mayan Calendar it's more complex. In fact,
it's really three calendars. First there's a religious
calendar that takes 260 days to complete a full
religious cycle. There are 20 "weeks"
made up of 13 days. Each week has a special name,
a graphic logo and unique meaning associated with
it. This rather reminds me of the Chinese years
which cycle through "the year of the rat"
and "the year of the monkey," etc.,
each with it's special image and meaning.
Graphic logos for each of the
20 religious weeks.
Next there is the solar calendar. This has 365
days, like our modern calendar. It's divided in
18 months of 20 days each. At the end of the cycle
there's five special days considered to be unlucky
because they don't belong to any month. Each of
the months has a special name, graphic logo and
some special significance.
So it is possible, for any specific date, the
calculate the religious week and the solar month
and to predict the influences that might be guiding
fate. But that's not really what's involved with
the prophecy of 2012. To understand that we must
look at the third calendar, called the "long
While the first two cycles could be thought of
as cogs or gears, revolving through time, the
long count is a linear number of days, starting
from the first day, "1," and counting
through each day to the present. Any day in history
can be recorded using the long count and, with
some fancy mathematics, the corresponding religious
week and solar month can also be found.
In writing this article, I thought about creating
My friend, Gene Matlock, then told me that when
he was in Mexico, he found a place that sold wooden,
mechanical calculators with gears that did just
that. He said that Mexicans sometimes used these
mechanical calendars to foretell the future or
to find auspicious times for special events like
marriage or births. Anyway, although it might
be nice to know the religious and solar significance,
it's the long count that foretells Doomsday.
Cog or "gears" can be
used to compute the religious and solar cycles
for any date.
The days of the long count are numbered with
an unusual system. Instead of writing numbers
as we do, from right to left with each place being
a multiple of 10 (i.e. 10000, 1000, 100, 10, 1),
the Mayans had only 5 places.
The first place recorded a number from 0 to 20.
To the left, the second place could have a range
from 0 to 17; the third from 0 to 19; the fourth
from 0 to 19 and the last from 0 to 12. The numbers
were written from right to left, like our system,
separated by a dot. Instead of multiples of 10,
the first place had a multiple of 1 (like our
system); the second place a multiple of 20; the
third a multiple of 360; the fourth a multiple
of 7200 and the fifth a multiple of 144000.
So a long count number, for example, could be
written as 22.214.171.124.0 and would
be calculated as follows:
(4 x 144000) + (12
x 7200) + (5 x 360) + (9
x 20) + (0 x 1) or a long count
It's not too difficult to realize that the maximum
number which can be recorded this way would be
126.96.36.199.20, although some
researchers like to write it as 188.8.131.52.0.
This amounts to a long count number of 1,872,000
days or 5125.36 years
of our modern calculations. Obviously, the calendar
is very old!
Over the years, archaeologists have found carved
monuments that recorded the long count for known
dates in Mayan history. Once a date was fixed
in time, it was easy to determine the "day
1" as August 11th, 3114 BC.
And it was also easy to calculate the date at
which the calendar would end -- December
me, just because the calendar ends doesn't prove
that time, or the world, or life will end. We
need to look carefully at December 21, 2012 and
try to understand why the Mayans never calculated
a date beyond this point in time. To do this we
must move from Archaeology to the science of Astronomy
It's all about the Sun It's ironic (or maybe
not) that the Mayan Calendar is often called the
"sun stone." While the calendar does
have "solar" days, acknowledging the
365 days it takes for Earth to rotate around the
celestial body, it is also true that the Sun plays
a key role in the final day of the "long
count." To understand what will happen to
the Sun on December 21, 2012, we need to review
some scientific terms like "ecliptic,"
"barycenter," and "sunspots."
These are important in the discussion that follows.
We'll start with the most difficult one first.
we will encounter...
What is the Barycenter?
You've no doubt heard that Earth revolves
around the sun. Well, actually, that's not
Have you heard the term "center of
gravity"? It's a technical-sounding
term for something pretty simple. It's the
exact center of all the material (that is,
mass) that makes up the object. For example,
if you have a straight stick, like a ruler
or yardstick, there's a place at the middle
where you can balance it on your finger.
That's its center of gravity.
But the center of gravity may or may not
be the point that is exactly in the middle,
distance-wise, of the object. Some parts
of the object may be heavier (denser) than
others. If you have something like a sledge
hammer that is heavier on one end than the
other, the center of gravity will be much
closer to the heavy end than the lighter
To get an idea of where the center of gravity
is, rest the ends of any object like the
ruler or a pencil on one finger from each
hand. Slowly move your fingers together
without dropping the object. Your fingers
will meet underneath the object's center
of gravity. You can balance the object on
one finger at that special place.
The actual center of gravity could be close
to the surface or deep inside, depending
on whether the object is flat like a ruler
or a dinner plate, or "three-dimensional,"
like a box or a ball. And if you let the
object spin (like when you throw it), it
will try to spin about that point.
In the case of the Earth and the sun, both
bodies actually revolve, or spin, around
the very center of the mass (similar to
center of gravity) between them. This point
is called the "barycenter." Earth
and the sun are "connected" by
the gravity pulling them together. It's
just like the light end and heavy end of
the sledge hammer. Compared to the size
of the sun, Earth is about like a flea on
a cat! So the center of mass between the
Earth and the sun is almost--but not quite--the
very center of the sun.
In the case of a planet the size of Jupiter,
which is 318 times as massive as Earth,
the barycenter of Jupiter and the sun is
a bit further from the sun's center. So,
as Jupiter revolves around the sun, the
sun itself is actually revolving around
this slightly off-center point, located
just outside its center. Thus, a planet
the size of Jupiter will make the sun (or
any star) appear to wobble a tiny bit. This
picture shows you that the center of mass
and barycenter can be slightly different
points. It isn't meant to be very accurate!
We can take advantage of this bit of knowledge
and look for large planets in other solar
systems by learning to detect this type
of tiny wobble in the star's position.
For now, let's forget all the small planets and
focus on Jupiter. It makes one complete trip around
the Sun every 11.861773 years. There's a new theory
put forth by Dr. Rollin Gillespie which shows
that Jupiter, and to a smaller degree the other
less massive planets, may trigger the 11 year
cycle of sunspots and solar flares.
how it works.
The barycenter is not a single point in the Sun.
Because the Sun is a rotating gaseous sphere,
the barycenter forms a vertical, cylindrical "sleeve"
that is partially inside and outside the main
solar body. All of the planets have such a "sleeve,"
one inside the other, depending on their relative
mass and the location of their barycenters. The
particular sleeve representing the mass of Jupiter
intersects the solar surface at 35.9 degrees North
and South. This is precisely where sunspot and
flare activity begin and end during each 11 year
Scientists have noted that when Jupiter and Saturn
are aligned, on the same side of the Sun, the
solar activity is at its maximum; when they are
on opposite sides of the Sun the solar activity
is at its minimum.
These cylinders are usually quite orderly because
the planets adhere to a narrow plane, called the
ecliptic which resembles a thin plate extending
from the equator of the Sun. The planets hang
out here because (in simple terms) this is the
zone where the gravitation of the system is the
strongest. (see below)
The planets orbit the Sun in a
narrow plane called the ecliptic.
nature is never perfect. The Sun rotates at a
slight angle (7.25 degrees), much as our Earth
does. As it wobbles, it tilts the sleeves, causing
them to clash with eachother and eventually disrupt
the surface. This disturbance, to put it simply,
works its way to the surface and erupts in sun
spots and solar flares.
The last solar cycle was in 2001. Each active
solar cycle has a period when the flares are strongest,
usually happening near the solar equator, called
the "solar maximum." This is significant
because the next "solar maximum" event
will coincide with December 21, 2012. But wait
-- there's much more!
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. Usually they don't hit anything
but occasionally they hit a planet like Earth.
Most flares are small. But even a small flare
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 backouts. 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.
Solar flares and sun spots have an average cycle
of 11.120412 years (estimated from one "solar
maximum" to the next). Right now, 2007, we
are in a relatively quiet part of the cycle. The
small discrepancy between this figure and the
11.861773 year period of Jupiter is close enough
to be significant but suggests that something
else is also influencing solar disturbances. Sure,
it could be attributed to the various positions
of the other less massive planets, but it could
also be something even more significant -- the
The Galactic Alignment of December 21, 2012
Our solar system is part of a huge disc shaped
collection of stars and planets called the Milky
Way. We're located somewhere on the edge of the
disc, slightly on top of the narrow disc. But
very soon we'll be moving to the bottom of the
disc. This change, from top to bottom, begins
on December 21, 2012.
Yes, that's right. On the same day when our Sun
is at it's solar maximum, something will happen
that's never happened before -- the ecliptic of
our solar system will intersect with the Glactic
plane, called the "Galactic Equator"
of the Milky Way! [see star chart]
If you imagine our solar system as a bunch of
peas on a plate, with a huge meatball in the center,
imagine the Milky Way as a city-size pizza with
the "Guiness World Book Record Meatball"
in its center!
Prior to December 2012 we have been drifting
on the top of the pizza, never really able to
see the bottom. The plate and pizza are not parallel.
They are moving at different angles. We've been
drifting down, down, down... and on December 21st,
2012, we will be exactly level with the crust
-- forming an "x" at the Galactic Equator
where galactic gravity is the strongest. After
2012, if we are still here, we will be passing
through the bottom zone, viewing the Milky Way
pizza from the South.
Yes, there's even more!
By some amazing coincidence, not only will we
be intersecting with the Galactic Equator, but
we will be doing this precisely aligned with the
center of the Galaxy where there is maximum mass!
More mass means more gravity. More gravity means
more influence from those barycenters in our Sun.
That means exponential increases in solar disruptions
-- all coinciding on the same day! Whew!
[Above: The Hercules Cluster of galaxies. This
group of galaxies is held together by the gravitational
attraction or "pull" of each individual
galaxy on the others in the group. This demonstrates
the enormous gravity contained in a galaxy, such
as our own Milky Way.]
An apology and acknowledgement
Ok. This has been a "light weight"
description of what's going to happen. It has
been simplified to the point where some scholars
and scientists could argue about my presentation.
But the main facts are true. The date, December
21, 2012, is a special day. It represents the
maximum possible influences for solar flares that
the universe can provide. Undoubtedly the Mayans,
or the civilization that influenced them, somehow
knew about these things.
the last decade, I have written a variety of stories
about such things as underground cities and government
actions that could only make sense if there were
no future. I cannot help but think that maybe
they, like the Mayans, know about these things.
I'd specifically like to suggest that readers
take another look at the underground
complex at Yamantau that the Russians
are building. Could this be a haven for surviving
a solar blast? And what about past events? Did
the Hopi go underground to survive a similar event
thousands of years earlier? Should we be going
It's also important to stress that December 21,
2012 is only the "solar maximum" but
that the gravitational effects of the Galaxy have
already started to assert their influence on the
Sun. The drift towards alignment with the galactic
equator is relatively slow and, in truth, has
already started. But the precise culmination of
this, plus the alignment of Jupiter and Saturn
all make 12/21/12 an onimous date.
I especially want to thank Dr. Rollin Gillespie,
a man with whom I corresponded for ten years and
who first developed the idea that planetary multi-body
systems could be at play in the causation of solar
flares. More of his work can be read on a special
page on Viewzone.
Please let's have your input on this important
issue. It's only six years away. Who knows, perhaps
the influences of these disruptions will begin
well before the solar and Galactic maximum is
reached. We may not have that much time left.
Here are some additional links to stories that
may help understand the possibilities facing our
planet and us.
|Magnetic Somersaults -
Other possibilities on December 21, 2012:
In the first quarter of 2001, the Sun switched
magnetic poles. This occurs every eleven years.
Prior to this the Sun's north magnetic pole
was at the north rotational pole. Now the
Sun's north magnetic pole is at its south
pole. Since opposite poles attract, the magnetic
poles of the Earth and Sun are now at their
Just about the time of 2012 Winter Solstice,
the Sun's poles will switch back. During
this switch there will be a tendency for
the Sun's magnetic field to pull the Earth's
field with it.
If the Earth's magnetic poles switch, this
would put stress on the planet aggravating
earthquakes and volcanos, not to mention
destruction of the electrical power distribution
grid. And, if the switch happens fast enough
don't ever expect your computer to work
again. But if you have old tube type equipment,
keep it. It should survive just fine. It
will work if you can find electricity.