Sean Hannity - Will the World End in 2012
Sean Hannity explores two ideas predicting that
the world will end on December 21 2012. These
prophecies are based on the Mayan Long count calendar
and the Galactic Alignment theory. Although written
thousands of years apart, the same predictions
shows Armageddon will be on 12/21/12 at 11:11
Transcript from “Hannity,” August
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: There is a whole cottage
industry growing around the belief that the world
may come to an end in 2012.
Many new Web sites, books and even an upcoming
blockbuster movie all delve into the theory surrounding
the supposed doomsday. And one of these 2012 prophecies
was made by the mysterious and ancient Mayan culture.
Let’s take a look.
HANNITY (voice-over): For decades, their cities
have been excavated, their languages studied,
their scripts decoded, yet this civilization still
mystifies. So what lies behind the shroud of thousands
of years of culture, astrology and architecture?
ROBERT GLEASON, AUTHOR: The Mayans’ background
is shrouded in mystery. They come out of nowhere
a long time ago, and they suddenly have these
incredible astronomical insights.
HANNITY: Some say that behind the shroud is a
prediction, a premonition that the world as we
know it will come to an end in the year 2012.
According to Robert Gleason, who is the executive
editor of the upcoming book “Apocalypse
2012,” it all begins with their calendars.
GLEASON: They had one that was purely ceremonial.
They had a second one called the Haab. And that
was a solar calendar, and they needed that calendar
to know when they would plant their crops. At
the end of each long-count calendar, homo sapiens
comes to a catastrophic and. And we are now toward
the end of the fifth and final calendar.
HANNITY: So it would appear the Mayans knew their
days were numbered. But when would this catastrophic
end take place?
GLEASON: It’s 11 — 11 p.m. universal
time, December 21, 2012.
HANNITY: The Mayan calendar is very different
from western calendars, but researchers have been
able to line up the two.
ARLEN CHASE, PROFESSOR, UCF: The Maya have a
vigesimal counting system. We have a decimal counting
system. We count in — in tens. The Maya
count in 20s.
HANNITY: A Mayan 1.0 represents 20 days. Two
point zeros, 40 days. The zero date, when they
started counting forward, is supposed to be 3114
B.C., and the last calendar round ends with what
correlates to be December 21, 2012.
JOHN MAJOR JENKINS, AUTHOR: The calendar that
concerns us with the 2012 question is called the
long count calendar. And this gives us the cycle
ending date December 21 of 2012.
HANNITY: And it’s not just the end of the
calendar that concerns true believers. It’s
also how the prophesies end.
GLEASON: There’s two major prophesies.
And they describe, among other things, the end
of each of the sun ages, each of the five long-count
calendars. And they all end catastrophically.
The fifth one, our age, is supposed to —
is supposed to end in fire.
HANNITY: But others see a happier explanation.
JENKINS: When we study the Maya traditions of
time, we understand that they had a cyclic time
philosophy. December 21, 2012, represents the
ends of a large cycle of time. We can find that
they conceived the cycle endings not in some kind
of doomsday or apocalyptic concept, but with the
idea of transformation and renewal.
HANNITY: John Major Jenkins, Maya expert and
author of his recent book, “2012 Story,”
and it explores another so-called prophecy. The
JENKINS: The galactic alignment is the alignment
of the December solstice sun as viewed from Earth
with the galactic equator. The galactic equator
is basically the Milky Way, as its perceived in
the sky. This is an alignment that is caused by
the procession of the equinoxes, and it happens
only once every 26,000 years.
HANNITY: According to Jenkins, Mayan lore says
that the next time this will happen is December
JENKINS: The evidence that we have comes from
inscriptions and evidence from the early Maya
site called Izapa that was involved in the formulation
of the long count calendar.
HANNITY: The famous archeological site stretches
more than 1.4 miles, but one of the most studied
sections is known as the Ball Court. Many believe
that those who designed it were aware of the future
JENKINS: At the site of Izapa, the Ball Court
is lined up with the rise position of the December
HANNITY: The massive pyramids nearby are believed
by some to have been used as astronomical observatories.
Although there is evidence that the Mayan people
used the pyramids as altars for human sacrifice…
CHASE: The popular perception in the United States
is of the Maya as — as bloodthirsty. But
realistically, if you’re going to talk about
them that way, what you’re actually showing
is your lack of knowledge about the Maya. Because
to the Maya, blood was the sustenance of life,
and it was necessary in order for the sun to cross
HANNITY: And they used their calendars to track
the very sun that they sacrificed to.
JENKINS: The Maya believed that, at the end of
the cycle, the world needs to be transformed and
inaugurate the new cycle.
HANNITY: So on December 2012, will the galaxy
align and humans experience a transformation of
consciousness, or will these predictions of a
doomsday scenario, like an enormous earthquake
or a massive volcano eruption or asteroid smashing
into the Earth, will that happen? Most experts
say, don’t rush out and get your asteroid
insurance just yet.
CHASE: On December 21st of 2012, you will wake
up the next morning; and it will be December 22nd,
and nothing will have happened.
HANNITY: Dr. Arlen Chase is a professor at the
University of Central Florida. He’s been
studying this culture ever since he was in high
CHASE: The Maya never looked this far forward
into the future in terms of foretelling. They
were more interested in whether it was going to,
in fact, rain. Pretty clear that it is not going
to end on 2012.
HANNITY: So for now, these dueling theories will
continue to be argued about on the Internet.
GLEASON: We do know from the other prophecies
in the previous ages, died by — homo sapiens
died by violence. There’s no happy ending.
JENKINS: Many mainstream scholars criticize basically
everything about 2012, because they’re seeing
it through the filters of what’s happening
in the popular press. The Maya did have very specific
ideas about 2012.
CHASE: December 21, 2012, it realistically has
no implications to our own society.
HANNITY: By as the clock keeps ticking, there’s
only one thing we can be sure of. We’ll
just have to all wait and see.