- THE MAYAN FINAL AGE
2012 is sometimes claimed to be a great year of
spiritual transformation or apocalypse. Many interpret
the completion of the thirteenth B'ak'tun cycle
in the Long Count of the Maya calendar (which
occurs on December 21) to mean there will be a
major change in world order. The Mayan civilization
was and is the most advanced in relation to time-science
knowledge. Their main calendar is the most accurate
on the planet. It has never erred. They actually
have 22 calendars in total, covering the many
timing cycles in the Universe and Solar System.
In Mayan mythology each Long Count cycle is a
world age in which the gods attempt to create
pious and subservient creatures. The First Age
began with the creation of the Earth, and it had
upon it vegetation and living beings. Unfortunately,
because they lacked speech, the birds and animals
were unable to pay homage to the gods and were
destroyed. In the Second and Third Ages the gods
created humans of mud and then wood, but these
also failed to please and were wiped out. We are
currently in the Fourth and Final Age, the age
of the modern, fully functional human. Is it possible
that these Ages referred to evolutionary change?
What might occur when the current age finishes
on December 21, 2012?
The tzolkin calendar is said to spring from the
Sacred Tree. The Sacred Tree is at the center
of Mayan Creation Myths. Lord (Ahau) Pacal by
way of divine kingship, is equated with the sun,
and he is portrayed "entering" the Sacred
Tree. The day the sun conjuncts with the crossing
point of ecliptic and Milky Way would be an important
date. In the pre-dawn skies of this date, the
Milky Way would be seen to arch overhead from
the region of Polaris (Heart of Sky) and would
point right at where the sun rises. This is the
only date when the Sun/Lord could jump from the
ecliptic track and travel the Milky Way up and
around the vault of heaven to the region of Polaris,
there to enter the "Heart of Sky." 1300
years ago Polaris was much less an exact "Pole
Star" than it is now. It wasn't a Pole Star
that the Maya mythologized in this regard, it
was the unmarked polar "dark region"
symbolizing death and the underworld around which
everything was observed to revolve. Life revolves
around death - a characteristically Mayan belief.
These dates change with precession.
The Maya were adept skywatchers. Their Classic
Period is thought to have lasted from 200 A.D.
to 900 A.D., but recent archaeological findings
are pushing back the dawn of Mayan civilization.
Large ruin sites indicating high culture with
distinctly Mayan antecedents are being found in
the jungles of Guatemala. Before this, the Olmec
civilization flourished and developed the sacred
count of 260 days known as the tzolkin. The early
Maya adopted two different time keeping systems,
the Short Count and the Long Count. The Short
Count derives from combining the tzolkin cycle
with the solar year and the Venus cycle of 584
days. In this way, short periods of 13, 52 and
104 years are generated. The Long Count system
is somewhat more abstract, yet is also related
to certain astronomical cycles. It is based upon
nested cycles of days multiplied at each level
by that key Mayan number, twenty:
Number of Days / Term
1 / Kin (day)
20 / Uinal
360 / Tun
7200 / Katun
144000 / Baktun
Notice that the only exception to multiplying
by twenty is at the tun level, where the uinal
period is instead multiplied by 18 to make the
360-day tun. The Maya employed this counting system
to track an unbroken sequence of days from the
time it was inaugurated. We find Long Count dates
in the archaeological record beginning with the
baktun place value and separated by dots. For
example: 184.108.40.206.0 equals 6 baktuns, 19 katuns,
19 tuns, 0 uinals and 0 days. Each baktun has
144000 days, each katun has 7200 days, and so
on. If we add up all the values we find that 220.127.116.11.0
indicates a total of 1007640 days have elapsed
since the Zero Date of 0.0.0.0.0. The much discussed
13-baktun cycle is completed 1872000 days (13
baktuns) after 0.0.0.0.0. This period of time
is the so called Mayan Great Cycle of the Long
Count and equals 5125.36 years.
The point of interest for these early astronomers
seems to have been the projected end date in 2012
A.D., rather than the beginning date in 3114 B.C.
Having determined the end date in 2012, and calling
it 18.104.22.168.0, they proclaimed themselves to be
living in the 6th baktun of the Great Cycle. The
later Maya certainly attributed much mythological
significance to the beginning date, relating it
to the birth of their deities, but it now seems
certain that the placement of the Long Count hinges
upon its calculated end point. Why did early Mesoamerican
skywatchers pick a date some 2300 years into the
future and, in fact, how did they pinpoint an
accurate winter solstice? For some reason, the
ancient New World astronomers were tracking precession.
The precession of the equinoxes, also known as
the Platonic Year, is caused by the slow wobbling
of the earth's polar axis. Right now this axis
roughly points to Polaris, the "Pole Star,"
but this changes slowly over long periods of time.
The earth's wobble causes the position of the
seasonal quarters to slowly precess against the
background of stars. For example, right now, the
winter solstice position is in the constellation
of Sagittarius. But 2000 years ago it was in Capricorn.
Since then, it has precessed backward almost one
full sign. It is generally thought that the Greek
astronomer Hipparchus was the first to discover
precession around 128 B.C. Yet scholarship indicates
that more ancient Old World cultures such as the
Egyptians and Babylonians also knew about the
Even cultures with simple horizon astronomy would
notice the slow shifting of the heavens. They
might erect monoliths to sight the horizon position
of the dawning winter solstice sun. This position
in relation to background stars could be accurately
preserved in wisdom teachings. Precession will
change this position at the rate of 1 degree every
72 years, within the relatively short time of
100 years or so, a noticeable change will have
occurred. The point of this is simple. To early
cultures attuned to the subtle movements of the
sky, precession would not have been hard to notice.
The Mayan are not the only ones that assign special
significance to the year 2012. The following do
The Bible Code claims that, according to certain
algorithms of the Bible code, a meteor, asteroid
or comet will collide with the Earth.
The Nostradamus Code speaks of a series of natural
disasters caused by a comet (possibly as above)
which will allow the third anti-christ to disperse
his troops around the globe under the guise of
aid in preparation for a possible nuclear war,
although in the strictest sense it is unspecific
as to nuclear war or some other natural or man
The Orion Prophecy claims that the Earth's magnetic
field will reverse.
2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl theorizes a
possible global awakening to psychic connection
by the year 2012, creating a Noosphere.
McKenna's mathematical novelty theory suggests
a point of singularity in which a great number
of things could happen, including "hyperspatial
breakthrough", planetesimal impact, alien
contact, historical metamorphosis, metamorphosis
of natural law, solar explosion, quasar ignition
at the galactic core, or nothing.
The Prophecy of the Popes, attributed to Saint
Malachy, speculated that Pope Benedict XVI would
reign during the beginning of the tribulation
of which Jesus spoke, and sometime later a future
pope described in the prophecy as "Peter
the Roman", the last in this prophetic list,
would appear, bringing as a result the destruction
of the city of Rome and the Last Judgment.
Many new age spiritualists and philosophers believe
humankind will enter an age of enlightenment in
2012. There are a range of varying, generally
positive, beliefs shared by a subset of spiritualists
from the mundane to exceptional,including a positive
social shift and age of peace, mankind becoming
psychic and connected by a collective, and/or
an evolution of the human race into non-corporeal
beings made of "spiritual" energy, or
light energy. An alternative view is that we are
already thought-forms and will be realizing our
true selves in this year.
Some alien-enthusiasts, along with some new-agers,
believe 2012 to correspond approximately with
the return of alien "watchers" or "caretakers"
who might have helped the first human civilizations
with developing their technology and may have
been waiting for us to reach a higher level of
technological and/or social advancement. Beliefs
range from the extra-terrestrials having benevolent
purposes -- such as to help human society evolve
-- to malevolent purposes -- such as enslavement
of mankind and/or manipulation.
The Nepalese ascetic Ram Bahadur Bomjon the so
called buddha boy reportedly told his followers
that he will return around 2012.