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INTRODUCTION

The release of the Sony motion picture 2012 in 2009 served to heighten the awareness of what was already a growing phenomenon. Like the ill-fated Y2K, the year 2012 has gathered a fanatical cult following and a popular base of supporters. It also has its own fair share of dedicated detractors. For Y2K and 2012, the un-crossable void between the two disparate groups focused on what the year would, could, and did symbolize. As with Y2K, nobody – no matter how talented, knowledgeable, or "in tune" with the universe – knows with absolute certainty how the scenario of the 21st day of the 12th month of the year 2012 will play out.

The popularity of 2012 has struck a chord with a wide cross-section of people, including:

  • New Agers
  • Novelists
  • Scientists
  • Evangelists of all types
  • Mass Media – including press, television, film, and the Internet
  • Survivalists
  • Authors of short stories, comic books, graphic novels, and novellas
  • Designers of interactive video games
  • Apocalyptic supporters and deniers

Overall, the year 2012 has become a focal point for millions of people around the world, although admittedly, the epicenter of this timely tsunami is North America.

While disaster scenarios and apocalyptic literature have always been popular fodder for a certain segment of the public, 2012 has drawn more than its fair share of attention. So much seems to center on a date that is rapidly approaching. This begs the question: Why 2012? Or, more precisely, why December 21, 2012?

THE ORIGIN OF THE DATE 2012

There are two specific sources using actual dates – the Mayan Calendar and the prophecies of Nostradamus. These are the most quoted sources of the specific era and date. Early and later prophets do not stipulate the exact year. They do refer, however, to increasing activity in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Nostradamus is not exact in his timing. His prophecies stretch far into the future, including beyond 2012 to at least 2025. Some authors believe his prophecies actually extend as far as 3797. The exact dates concerning Nostradamus rely substantially upon the interpreter of his works. Nostradamus complicated matters for the public (this was a necessity - to protect himself from prosecution) by writing in quatrain verse form. This is not the first example of creating deliberate confusion. It is an age-old problem with prophets and prophecies, including the ancient famous Greeks Pythoness and Sybil.

To further complicate the issue, the author Carlos Barrios makes an interesting claim by indirectly tying the seer Nostradamus to the Mayans. According to Barrios, Nostradamus knew about Mayan forms of divination. He acquired them through working with a doctor, Ulrico de Maguncia (or Ulrich von Maguncen), who had lived and studied the Mayan way of life. Unlike other invaders, he willingly became familiar with their culture. This had occurred when de Maguncia arrived with the Spanish Conquistadores. He first came into contact with the Mayans in Chichén Itzá, Mexico. He disappeared with some ambassadors into the jungle and did not emerge until after 14 years had passed. It was then that he returned to Europe, where he met and taught, among others, Nostradamus.

According to The Bible Code, the year 2012 is a prominent one. Author Michael Drosnin specifically notes the date as being significant. He decodes the Jewish Torah to discover the Hebrew year 5772 (our year 2012) to coincide with the Mayan calendar end date. It is a theory supported by others, including author Gregg Braden. His book, Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age, explores the various theories on 2012 and discusses the specific choice of date.

WHY THE WINTER SOLSTICE?

The winter solstice is a significant time of the year for those who follow a seasonal calendar. In the Northern Hemisphere, including Europe, this is the shortest day of the year. It is a time of imbalance.

The winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere also marks the return of the sun. It is the beginning of the lengthy journey back towards longer days and shorter nights. With the start of the Winter Solstice, the sun and the planet take the first steps on the journey from darkness to light. The next high point of this journey is the Summer Equinox when the days and the nights are equal. On continents such as South America and Australia, it is summer not winter. The shortest day for them comes in June, not in December. In December, Australia and other southern climates will enjoy the longest day on December 21. This still makes it a Winter Solstice, but the implications are different depending upon where you live. In the Southern Hemisphere, the planet is on its journey into the dark half of the year; in the Northern Hemisphere, the world is spinning towards light.

What marks the two types of solstice, and is worth due consideration, is the movement of the planet towards a time of balance. This, as many modern and ancient prophets note, is the ultimate result of the 2012 period. While doomsayers declare it to be the "End of The World" many declare this not to be so. The Winter Solstice merely indicates change. It may sometimes be violent, but the ultimate result is for the best, as it means balance and harmony.

The Winter Solstice becomes a symbol of the ongoing change that is typical of the natural world. It is seasonal movement from one phase of life into another one proceeding gradually like Mother Earth. The Mayan date chosen to mark the end of the Mayan Calendar perfectly reflects the concept of gradual shifting and a time of change. As is the case of nature, December 21 can be violent or pastoral in its passage from 2012 into 2013 and beyond.

The year 2012 is an accepted date for the upcoming changes. This year, however, is not specifically referenced in the general prophecies. Although the period from the late 20th century into the early 21st century appears in the writings of several early and modern prophets and is noted as a major period of transition, few note an exact date. The exceptions are the authors of the first 5 books of the Bible, Nostradamus, the Aztecs, and the Mayans.

Among those who actually refer to the year 2012, only the Mayans provide an exact day: December 21, 2012. The actual significance of the Winter Solstice for the Global community is debatable. It is not simply the difference between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres that draw into question certain aspects of its significance; it is also the interpretation placed upon what the end will mean. With this firmly in mind, it is time to look at the specific prophets, prophecies, and interpretations of the period governed by 2012.

BIBLICAL REVELATIONS

The Bible has long been a source for prophetic pronouncements on almost everything. This multi-faceted literary, historical, cultural, and moral iconoclastic work is the basis for many doomsday declarations. Various cults throughout the centuries have relied on the Bible to provide them with the ammunition to declare, "The End of Days is nigh." Yet, like in its handling of the Devil, the Bible is not profuse in its expressions on when and how the "End of the World" will occur. Those who grasp onto so-called"Biblical" notions such as the Rapture and the character of Devils neglect to mention the popular conception that these notions do not have a valid base in Biblical quotations.

Yet, the visions of an apocalyptic world are not totally lacking in the books of the Bible. There are instances where the religious work does appear to refer to the coming of a major catastrophic or at least an Earth-altering event. For the decipherers of the Bible, the information is available in the Old Testament – the first five books that make up the Jewish Holy book called the Torah.

THE BIBLE CODE AND THE TORAH

The Bible Code (or Torah Code) is a form of letter rather than word play. The most famous or notorious use of a biblical code is by the author Michael Drosnin. In his books The Bible Code and The Bible Code II, he uses a system called equidistant letter sequence (ELS) to unravel a code hidden in the first five books of the Bible. These also comprise the Torah. According to traditionalists, the Bible Code may only be accurately applied to the Torah. It is, in their minds, the only books retaining their original flavor. These works did not undergo the extensive editing and revision of the other books in the complete Bible.

The Torah consists of the following books:

  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy

The Bible Code is a means of deciphering certain information concealed within the Bible. It requires the correct use of selecting and arranging the initial letters within a certain sequence. As a result, the application of the code provides information on the specific dates of events. According to the work of Drosnin, the world will be threatened with or actually suffer annihilation in the Hebrew year 5772. This is the Gregorian year of 2012.

The book also provides other predictions. The application of these forecasts has been, however, less than perfect. This leads to fodder for the critics of the system. They insist that Drosnin is guilty of any number of errors including:

  • Misapplying the Code
  • Misinterpreting the Hebrew words, phrases, or language
  • Selectively choosing some words and ignoring their context
  • Declaring the system nonsense and being applicable to any piece of literature

Drosnin defends his work and cites that the application of the Bible Code consists of possibilities, not probabilities. The books of the Torah outline all possible outcomes but do not focus or support any one of them. In this, it would agree with the concept held by many New Age followers and Mayan Shamans. The overall severity of the arrival of 2012 and its ultimate impact upon humans and the Earth depends upon people and the attempts they make to alter the initial paths currently set upon by the human race. Meanwhile, traditionalists hold firm to the belief that while the Code is valid, it is not capable of predicting the future, including significant future events.

THE MYSTICAL RAMBLINGS OF REVELATIONS

There is little doubt that the "Book of Revelations" is the book of doom and gloom in the entire Bible. It is also, undoubtedly, the most complex and convoluted book. "Revelations" is replete with disturbing images such as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, beasts, peculiar seals. From start to finish, it is a commentary on purported things to come. As it begins, it is clear in its statement:

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him,
to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to past … (1:1).

It continues to state how he is “… Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending …”

The most quoted verses from Revelations referring to the upcoming natural disasters prefacing and including 2012 are in chapters 11 and 16:

And the same hour was there a great earthquake,
and the tenth part of the city fell; and in the earthquake were slain of
men seven thousand; and the remnant were affrighted,
and gave glory to the God of Heaven (11: 13).

And the temple of god was opened to Heaven,
and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament; and there were lightnings,
and voices, and thundering, and an earthquake, and great hail (11:19).

And there were voices, and thunders,
and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was since men were upon the
Earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great(16:18).

Yet, there are also some very strong verses referring to a type of end times in Chapter 8. There is reference again to earthquakes (8:5), but also to such things as the destruction of one-third of vegetation (8:7), one-third of the sea and the life in it (8:8), and one-third of both the sun and the moon (8:12). There may also be allusion to a volcano in 8:8 with the mountain burning with fire and to a meteorite in 8:10. The verse says there “fell a great star from Heaven” named Wormwood. This is also mentioned in 9:1 where the author states: “and I saw a star fall from Heaven unto the Earth.”

Some biblical scholars apply such prophecies to current events. In general, the reference is applied to the increasingly strong bouts of earthquake striking in Asia, South America, and the islands. Further extrapolation extends the many cataclysmic references of “Revelations” to the upcoming date of 2012. These predictions vary from total destruction of the Earth and its population to a Noah’s Ark type of scenario similar to that found in the movie 2012.

OTHER BIBLICAL INTERPRETATIONS AND 2012

While some may object, others adopt an approach of using the Bible to interpret or predict current times. There are those who do not hesitate to state that the Bible teaches concepts or perspectives on the future comparable to those of the Mayan philosophers, Hopi Prophecies, and/or Shamans. These Bible interpreters look at the natural disasters as guidance and not punishment for either human mistakes or lack of good judgment. Among such individuals are Robert Powell and Dann Kevin. They have their own approach - a tendency to link the life and death of Jesus Christ with subsequent historic events.

Included in their study are references to the Empire Wars, torture, and the financial crisis. The year 2012 is a time of continued movement towards the end game resulting in passing over to another world. The period from 1980 to 2016 is a 2012 “window.” According to the authors, these few years correspond to the Temptation of Christ. This is the time when Jesus was in the wilderness and set upon by Satan. For these authors, the star of the apocalyptic vision is not the arrival of the Antichrist; it is the coming of Christ.

Powell and Kevin are not alone in their attempts to deduce the future from certain passages in the various books of the Bible. Nor are they the only ones who see a correlation between the Christian religious texts and those of other civilizations. Those who tend to support a co-relation between the Mayan prophecies and the Bible look towards certain common passages.

Some of the most frequently utilized are found in the books of “Isaiah,” “Hosea,” “Second Timothy,” “Hebrews,” “James,” “Matthew,” “Mark,” “Luke,” and “Second Peter”:

Knowing this first, that there shall come in
the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts

And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?
For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as
they were from the beginning of creation …

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief
in the night; in which the Heavens shall pass away with a great noise,
and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the Earth also
and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Another example comes from “The Gospel according to St. Matthew”:

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars;
see that ye need not be troubled: for all these things must come to pass,
but the end is not yet.
All these things are the beginning of sorrows (24: 6-8).

“The Gospel according to St. Mark” continues the same theme expanding it slightly:

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom
against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in diverse places,
and there shall be famines and troubles:
these shall be the beginning of sorrows (13: 8).

In Chapter 21, verse 11 of “The Gospel according to St. Luke,” the extra or differentiating element thrown in is “pestilence.” There are earthquakes, famines, troubles, and pestilence. Luke also notes in the same verse, “and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from Heaven.”

The prognosticators who use the Bible find in it earthquakes and other signs in the skies and on the Earth. The presence of these “signs” and omens reveal the start or progression of the planet and all its inhabitants – human, vegetable, and animal, towards the “End-Times.” These indications of things to come are found by those who choose to look in different parts of the “Good Book.”

Those who look to the Bible quote from both the Old and New Testaments. The Apostle Paul is one Biblical author who always seems to be on the verge of declaring the times he lives in, the times past, and all future times as being related to some form of the “End of Days.”

CONCLUSION

The Bible has always provided and will continue to offer suitable fodder for prophetic pronouncements about the future. The vagueness of verses, the mystical phrases, and the ambiguity of meaning and sense all add to the overall potential of this holy book to transform its ancient writings into future predictions. “The Book of Revelations” is able to fulfill the fantasy of individuals looking for proof that the world coming to an end. Yet, the Bible is not alone in declaring the coming of a massive change in the life and times of those who inhabit the Earth. The clamoring about change, apocalyptic alterations on the Earth, and the end of life – at the very least as we know it now - include the well-known and oft-cited Nostradamus.

NOSTRADAMUS

Nostradamus (1503 – 1566), a French converted Jew, is one of the most famous prophets in the world. His early life is an important factor in establishing his career as the Seer of Salon.

THE LIFE OF NOSTRADAMUS

Born in Saint-Remy on November 14 in Provence, France, Nostradamus came into the world as Michel de Nostredame (or Nostra Dame). He and his Catholic family had a strong heritage of scholars, doctors, and well-to-do traders. He received his early education from his maternal grandfather. From him, Nostradamus learned to read, write, and speak Greek and Latin. His grandfather was likely responsible for training him in very basic medical knowledge.

Nostradamus also picked up a substantial comprehension of the ancient Jewish mystical system – the Kabbala. This all became an integral part of his secret repertoire before he left to further his education in Avignon. Here, Nostradamus was to study towards becoming a physician. After surpassing his classmates, he found himself at Montpellier – the greatest medical university in Europe. Nostradamus was only 19 years old.

Nostradamus completed the course work and graduated within 3 years of his entry. He became a doctor during a plague outbreak in Montpellier. His work was stellar, according to his pupil Jean de Chavigny. Yet, in medicine, Nostradamus was a product of his own time. His medications and their contents were standard.

The exceptions to this norm came from two specific areas: his refusal to bleed his patients and his sanitary practices. Contrary to accepted Western medical practice, Nostradamus insisted on daily baths for his patients. He also believed that they should be set to recover in sunny, airy rooms. None of these practices were common among the medical professionals at the time.

After a series of unfortunate events, including the death of his young wife in 1538 from the plague, Nostradamus began to wander throughout France and Italy. He stopped several times in France to battle the outbreaks of the plague that struck many of the cities. It was not until 1547 that he remarried and resettled in a comfortable, book-lined house in Salon-en-Craux (now Salon-de-Provence).

It was during this period of his life that Nostradamus began to publish material, beginning with yearly almanacs on medical subjects. He dabbled in astrology and also started to write his famed work The Centuries. Collectively, his writings caught the eye of the French court and the Queen of France herself, Catherine de Medici. She consulted him purportedly about a prophecy that her husband, Henri II, would lose his life in a duel. His words, recorded in The Centuries, were exact. Henri was killed; Nostradamus was proven correct.

Soon after this event, Nostradamus returned home, never to visit Paris again. Yet, the world was to come to him, including Catherine Medici and her son, the new King of France, Charles IX. The year was 1564. It was just prior to the infamous massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Day in which Protestant French citizens fell to the hands of Catholics under the French King’s orders.

Two years later, Nostradamus died of a massive heart attack. Shortly after his death, his student, de Chavigny, republished The Centuries. It has remained in print since.

THE CENTURIES’ METHOD

The work The Centuries focuses on the prophetic writings of Nostradamus. His predictions covered events during his time and well beyond. Some interpreters believe that he forecasted events as late as the year 3797. The problem, as even supporters point out, is that the works of Nostradamus require some skill in interpretation. In order to decode The Centuries, an individual must realize the verses or quatrains (consisting of 4 lines each) are not straightforward pronouncements. According to some experts, Nostradamus could not write his prophetic musings as he would have wished; doing so could have resulted in a charge of heresy or witchcraft. Considering the definitive result of such charges – death – it was best to avoid that whenever possible. Nostradamus elected to write his prophecies in an indirect manner to escape any problems from the legal system or the Church.

In certain ways, reading Nostradamus is comparable to reading the Bible’s “Book of Revelations.” Nothing is as it seems. What you read may seem like a fantastical piece of poetry along the lines of the works of William Blake – only more obscure. As several experts note, understanding Nostradamus requires knowing that he used the following forms of camouflage:

  • Anagrams
  • Wordplay on place names and various locales
  • The use of names for places that no longer exist or are actually symbolic or representative of the actual place
  • The use of various indirect means to indicate specific people – sometimes a symbol, sometimes a favorite color, object, or related associative device
  • The way the verses or quatrains are dated if they are dated at all
  • Presentation of the material in a jumbled fashion with reversed subjects, objects, and material
  • Latin and Greek terms – references to Classical times
  • Flowery and often obtuse descriptions
  • Symbolism

Nostradamus rarely refers to a place, name, date, event or individual in “plain language.” This is what is both intriguing and confusing about his predictions. It also makes for successive arguments when it comes to dating the events that are to happen in any period, including the much-vaunted 2012. Yet, Nostradamus does refer to this particular age.

THE CENTURIES AND 2012

While personal interpretations of the works and what they “predict” vary, certain constants do remain. This is particularly true regarding the years prior to, during, and following 2012. Nostradamus foresees a time of political, social, and economic unrest. In his prophecies of doom and gloom, there are several significant events occurring that will strongly affect the tone of 2012. Among these are:

  • The rise of the Antichrist
    This is not the first incarnation, nor is not the strictly Christian perception of the term either. Nostradamus identified two earlier Antichrists: Napoleon and Hitler. The third he calls Mabus. Mabus lives during the early years of the 21st century, wreaks havoc, and then dies.
  • World War III
    This is a complex issue with Nostradamus. The quatrains in The Centuries mention several wars during the later and earlier centuries. These include confrontations interpreted as those occurring between the Americans and the Russians, and the Americans and Allied Western countries against the Allied Eastern countries.
  • Devastating weapons of mass destruction
    According to some interpretations, Nostradamus makes reference to specific sophisticated weaponry designed to destroy the Antichrist.
  • Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, meteorites, planet conjunctions
    These are all prominent in the works of Nostradamus. They do appear in quatrains referring to the year of 2012.
  • Sinking of coastal lands
    Such as England and California as well as the Eastern North American coast line.
  • Destruction of the land
    There is clear reference to environmental degradation on a grand scale, some as the result of WWIII.
  • A growing population
    Particularly of non-whites.
  • New political alliances
    Particularly between America and Britain.
  • Closer contact with extraterrestrial beings
    This also includes their modes of transport.
  • The growing feminine aspect
    One interpretation indicates a female president of the United States.
  • A return to the land
    The abandonment of the current agricultural system in favor of a “greener” approach.
  • The emergence of a new philosophy
    This includes peace, harmony, and balance.

Part IV of The Centuries often is related by interpreters to events in the late 20th and 21st century. Of particular notice are those matters leading up to and including 2012. This section contains material pertinent to death and destruction from above and within the Earth – usually natural occurrences:

Mars and Mercury, and the silver joined together,
Towards the south extreme drought:
In the depths of Asia, one will say the Earth trembles,
Corinth, Ephesus then in perplexity (III: 3).

Earthshaking fire from the center of the Earth
will cause tremors around the New City.
Two great rocks will war for a long time,
then Arethusa will redden a new river (I: 87).

The year that Saturn and Mars are equal
fiery, The air very dry parched long meteor:
Through secret fires a great place blazing from burning
heat, Little rain, warm wind, wars, incursions (IV: 67).

There is sufficient mention of wars, atomic radiation, new and powerful weaponry, and destruction of the environment. There is also mention of the “Watchers” (IV: 28) – a reference to extraterrestrial beings (ETs). Consider the following passages on the arrival or possibility of World War III:

Mabus then will soon die, there will come
of people and beasts a horrible rout:
Then suddenly, one will see vengeance,
Hundred, hand, thirst, hunger when the comet will run (I:22)

The sea will not be passed over safely by those of the Sun,
Those of Venus will hold all Africa:
Saturn will no longer occupy their realm,
And the Asiatic part will change (10: 11).

The year 1999, seventh month,
From the sky will come a great King of Terror:
To bring back to life the great King of the Mongols,
Before and after Mars to reign by good luck (X: 72).

Interestingly enough, and pointed out constantly by both supporters and deniers of Nostradamus, World War III does not and did not start in 1999. This is one of the few dates that Nostradamus wrote in his text and while it is not disputed, there are various arguments against ignoring the warning of the prophecy.

Some Buddhists, Muslims, and Christian groups, as well as Neo-Pagan and New Agers, believe that prayers, improved actions, and other positive actions delayed the arrival of WWIII. Many insist that it is only temporarily averted. It will arrive closer to 2012, or is already fomenting under another disguise – the current wars in the Middle East and the problems between North and South Korea, as well as growing discontent in Russia, China, and other regions of the world.

Yet, Nostradamus is not completely bereft of hope. Overall, the theme behind the prophecies of The Centuries is one of great change – a shift away from the accepted practices of life and culture towards a more enlightened and balanced approach. This is not an easy process. Nostradamus writes:

The change will be very hard. Cities and countries will gain by
the growth, with good intentions, prudence, and cunning,
there will be results, and across the world, the culture will change
because of it. (IV: 21.)

Yet, peace will prevail after the conclusion of the war:

The year of the great seventh number accomplished,
It will appear at the time of the games of slaughter:
Not far from the great millennial age,
When the buried will go out from their tombs (10:74).

…and good things will arise from it.

The walls will be converted from brick to marble,
Seven and fifty pacific years:
Joy to mortals, the aqueduct renewed,
Health, abundance of fruits, joy and mellifluous times (10:89)

Yet, even while peace seems to be the result, there are those who say Earth is not free from threat. According to some prognosticators, Nostradamus does not state the completion of World War III brings an end to war:

For forty years, the rainbow will not be seen.
For forty years, it will be seen every day.
The dry Earth will grow more parched,
and there will be great floods when it is seen (1: 17).

Sooner and later, you will see great changes made,
dreadful horrors and vengeances.
For as the moon is thus led by its angel,
the Heavens draw near to the Balance (1:56).

Pestilences extinguished, the world becomes smaller,
for a long time, the lands will be inhabited peacefully.
People will travel safely through the sky (over) land and seas:
then wars will start up again (1:63).

The supporters of this theory also indicate that this may actually be the end of the world. It may also, due to the mention of angels in 1:56, refer to punishment by God or the complete annihilation of Earth by God.

ACCURACY OF PREDICTION

While it is essential to discuss the role that Nostradamus plays in the phenomenon of 2012, it is also important to look at his success rate. How accurate has Nostradamus been in his past predictions? As noted earlier, his forecasted date for the start of WWIII in 1999 was inaccurate. So, too, has been his prediction for the assassination of George W. Bush.

On the other hand, he did predict the rise of Napoleon and Hitler, as well as other earlier events. There are those who state that he did forecast the September 11th terrorist attack, as well as the Mideast problems and past and present economic difficulties. He has not, as many of his supporters claim, been 100% or even 99% accurate. Yet, even his detractors note that he has been successful in at least 50% of his predictions. These, as some mathematicians would note, are not unreasonable or improbable odds given the length of time covered by his works and the very nature of his material.

CONCLUSION

Nostradamus has much to say about the period we refer to as 2012. It is a time of strife and increasing incidents of war and destruction. Humans continue to exploit and destroy the environment. There are signs in the sky of what would once be termed “Heavenly Displeasure.” Meteorites strike the Earth, while the planets align and cause problems on Earth. There are also earthquakes and shifts in the shape and extent of the land.

How exact or accurately predictive Nostradamus is or has been is a matter dependent upon who is interpreting his works. The volume of quatrains, the language, and the veritable possibilities hidden within his material leave much open to interpretation. Nostradamus is, if nothing else, extremely cryptic. Those who interpret him must work themselves through a maze of literary devices and codes.

There is always the question of order as well. The individuals who use his work to predict into the future do not stick to a single quatrain or even its order to support his or their evidence for a certain event. Material is plucked in purported orderly fashion – although it appears random – from different quatrains and century numbers. Something from Century 1 is used in the same reference as Century 10. Because of his methods, the content of Nostradamus will always be open to further interpretation. This begs the question of how accurate he is in predicting the future surrounding 2012.

This will always be a controversial topic. It comes with the territory of anything to do with the realm of the unfamiliar or the unscientific. Whenever the individual must use interpretation of data without a consistent formula, there will always be questions as to accuracy and veracity. This is true for the written works of Nostradamus as well as for the pictograms of the subject of the next chapter on the Hopi prophecy.

HOPI PROPHECY

While the Mayan calendar attracts the most attention, other native groups exist who have a body of predictive work that indicates the significance of the year 2012. The best known of these groups is the Hopi.

WHO ARE THE HOPI?

The Hopi are a tribe of indigenous people who live in the southwestern United States. There are approximately 7,400 members in the Hopi Nation spread across 1,561,213 acres of land in the northeast corner of Arizona. Their Reservation came into existence at the government’s orders in 1882. Then and now, it is in the center of a much larger reservation – the Navajo Reservation.

The major source of income for the Hopi is land-based. While agriculture has always been important, the money currently comes from the natural resources within the land. This creates some problems for those who follow the old philosophy of the land as sacred. Another basis for financial stability is tourism. Visitors to Hopi land, however, must understand and adhere to the established policies based on culture. No cameras or videos are allowed for specific ceremonies, rituals, and events.

The oldest Hopi village is Oraibi. It dates back to around 1150 CE. This village is of central importance in the cultural and historical development of the Hopi tribe. Oraibi was the site of the initial major split in the Hopi between the 2 distinct branches which still exist today: the “Hostiles” and the “Friendlies.” The former fought against the acceptance of an assimilated native population and are considered the traditionalists. The latter were, as the name indicates, accepting of the entire process.

The entire matter came to a head in 1906. Rather than continue to live in disharmony – something that is loathsome to the Hopi culture – the two groups agreed to a contest. Whoever lost the tug-of-war would leave Oraibi. The Friendlies won. The hostiles left to form their own center – Hotevilla. The Friendlies remained in control of Oraibi.

Even after much persecution of the Hostiles by the representatives of the United States Government – including prison terms for the dissenters, the group remains true to its basic ideology. Although education is no longer considered undesirable by the former Hostiles, the two groups still maintain a major difference in their philosophy regarding certain aspects of “modernity.” While the names “Hostiles” and “Friendlies” come into usage on occasion, the more common terms applied to members are Traditionalists (or conservatives) and Progressives (or liberals). The Hopi also have specific names for them within the context of the prophecies.

These, “one-hearted” and “two-hearted,” are discussed in the section defining and describing the Hopi Prophecy.

While the primary guiding principles of the Hopi continue to be harmony and balance, there are also vestiges of hostility between the two groups, even after this length of time. Largely, it rests on the requirements implicit in tradition and the fulfilling of the requests made by Maasau (or Masa’aw) regarding the Hopi Prophecy.

INTERPRETERS OF THE HOPI PROPHECY

Another area of divisiveness among the Hopi is the transmission of the prophecies. This does fall within the confines of the Traditionalists. The Traditionalists feel that the original instruction of the Creator is the one-hearted. The Traditionalists believe in the centrality of his instructions. The plan follows this pattern: live simply, peacefully, and in harmony with nature. A one-hearted person will meditate, pray, and always participate in his/her “tribe’s” religious ceremonies. It is important to note that for many of the Hopi, the religion of the individual does not count. It is the “blending with the land and celebrating life” that is significant.

Over the years, there have been specific attempts by the Hopi Elders to explain their religion and its centrality to their way of life. In 1954, for example, Andrew Hermequaftewa, the Bluebird Chief of the village of Shongopavi, spoke about the basis of their religious teachings:

Our religious teachings are based upon the proper care of our
land and the people who live upon it. We must not lose this
way of life if we are to remain Hopis, The Peaceful …

Many things were prophesied to us and are being fulfilled
today. If we forsake our Hopi religion, the land will forsake us.
There will be no more Hopi Way,
no more Hopi people, no more peace.

Before he passed away in 1999, Chief Dan Evehema had this to say about the perspective of the Hopi tradition and prophecy:

Now, we are at the very end of the trail. We are instructed in
our ancient prophecy that this would occur. We were told that
someone would try to go up to the moon; that they
would bring something back from the moon; and that after that,
nature would show signs of losing its balance. Now we see
that coming about. Floods, droughts, earthquakes, and great
storms are occurring and causing much suffering.

WHAT ARE THE HOPI PROPHECIES?

The works of the Hopi concerning the translation and passing on of the prophecies are based on an oral tradition. The only concrete original expression of the Hopi Prophecy is on specific and special stone tablets at Prophecy Rock located near Oraibi, Arizona. These tablets contain drawings called pictograms. In deciphering their meaning, the shamans and other individuals have come to provide information about future events, including 2012, although this specific date, or any other date, does not appear in the oral traditions or on the stone.

The Hopi Prophecy Rock (or Stone) is one of the important indicators of the changing times. According to the divining, the true white brother, Pahana, will return to the Hopi land. He will bear with him a fragment of the rock. He will take it and place it into the Prophecy rock, completing it. This is but one aspect of the entire Hopi Prophecy.

There is not a single version or interpretation of what the Hopi Prophecy means. However, a certain commonality runs through the different interpretations. In essence, there is a division of society into two distinct types. These are:

  • Path of the one-hearted
  • Path of the two-hearted

The path of the one-hearted is the traditional approach to life and its path of balance. This is the route that everyone needs to take to lead a good and meaningful life. It is the traditional Hopi way.

The path of the two-hearted is one that favors progress and imbalance. This becomes the route of every modern, Eurocentric native or non-native. It refers to those who choose to believe in the infallibility of all that he or she perceives as progressive. This group includes the Hopi Tribal Council. According to the Traditionalists, this approach could prove fatal in the upcoming times of 2012.

The Hopi Prophecy is the result of a covenant between the Hopi and Maasaw. It establishes a pattern of life that each one-hearted Hopi is to follow if he or she wishes to live in peace, harmony, and balance with the Divine and the world. The covenant provides signs indicating the events threatening the Hopi way of life, as well as warnings and instructions on the best way to avoid the coming disasters.

The coming signs appear on Prophecy Rock and are repeated by the Elders. Current Hopi Shamans and Elders have listed the 9 main signs indicating the coming of the end of the Fourth Cycle:

  • The first sign is indicative of the arrival of humans
  • The second sign of covered wagons reveals the arrival of the European settlers
  • The third sign depicts longhorn cattle
  • The fourth sign discusses railroad tracks
  • The fifth sign reveals the advances in technology with the use of power lines and cables
  • The sixth sign indicates the paving of long stretches of roads across the lands
  • The seventh sign focuses on the pollution of the environment
  • The eighth sign seems to indicate long-haired people such as the Hippies of the 1960s
  • The ninth sign is the prelude to the final noted cycle. This is heralded by the falling of the “dwelling place in the Heavens,” the Blue Star Kachina. This may be reference to the Russian space center, Mir, or to a comet

After the sighting and confirmation of these nine signs, the world enters into the Fifth Cycle. It is at this point when Maasaw will take over. He will become the Guardian of the Earth.

WHAT DO THEY SAY ABOUT 2012?

The prophecies regarding 2012 are to be read as the start of the Fifth Cycle. With Global warming, population explosions, flooding, the melting of polar ice caps, and water shortages as a prelude, the year 2012 will begin with a Great Purification. The Great Day of Purification is one of the prophecies that mark a return to an ice age, a type of World War III scenario, the degradation of money, and other drastic measures. It is even possible that the tropical lands will turn into ice if there is no cessation of the ongoing degradation of the environment.

In general, just prior to the Fifth Cycle commencing and perhaps into its early period, there will be chaos and confusion accompanied by suffering and fear. The survivors of the “Period or Day of Purification” will move forward and receive salvation. The Stone Prophecy reveals this to be the pattern. The first world was destroyed by fire, the second by ice, and the third by flood. This is a necessary means of purification. It comes when people leave the one-hearted path.

Yet, in spite of the doom and gloom prophetic statements, some predictions describe that the years following this are not immutable. They predict the arrival of a form of end times, but they also provide hope. It is possible to avert or decrease the impact of the negative aspects of 2012. This extends beyond a movement to decrease the amount of pollution and other harmful substances affecting the world in a negative fashion. For the Hopis, the route to survival means adopting a certain perspective on life and implementing it.

HOW THE HOPI SAY YOU CAN SURVIVE 2012

In order to survive the coming times of the Fifth Cycle, an individual must follow the path of the one-hearted. A Hopi, in particular, must:

  • Make a covenant with the being Massaw
  • Reinforce your spirituality through meditation and the attendance of rituals
  • Live simply
  • Practice self-denial since the current state of the world is the result of greed
  • Learn and practice self-sufficiency
  • Alter your priorities to reflect a more simple and land-based life
  • Recognize that it is the desire of your Creator – no matter what your religion may be, that you and others be saved
  • Act upon this and spread to the world about the coming end days, but express that this is a warning and not a definitive end of days
  • Tell all that there is hope, that this is part of an ongoing cycle
  • The Fifth Cycle will begin, but you can do your part in helping to save yourself and all that you can

However, there are suggestions in other prophetic works for solving the bad times of the years preceding and encompassing the period of 2012. In fact, the Hopi Prophecies indicate that the worst can be avoided if care is taken. According to the prophecy, we are actually choosing the outcome for 2012.

The prophecy does not say [what the third shaking of the Earth will be.
For it depends upon which path humankind will walk:
the greed, the comfort, and the profit,
or the path of love, strength, and balance.

AFTERMATH

For the Hopis, survival of the period before and after 2012 is possible. It is also the start of a new life and age in several ways. According to some predictions, the time following the year 2012 is the start of a true Golden Era. It could be one in which humans and nature coexist in perfect harmony. Humankind will be, at last, at peace. This will come at a cost and only after the period of trial, suffering, and purification.

CONCLUSION

The prophecies made by the Hopi nation are an integral part of their lifestyle. It is interwoven into the very fabric of their culture, their spirituality, and their worldview. It perceives and continues their understanding of life and time as being cyclical in nature. In essence, it describes to the belief that, like the seasons, time turns and turns again like a wheel – ever in motion, always repeating, and yet, moving onwards.

MAYAN CALENDAR

The most talked about predicator of what is to come in 2012 is the Mayan Calendar. Of all the prophetic instruments, the Mayan calendar remains the most sophisticated, the most complex, and, some claim, the most exact.

WHO WERE THE MAYANS?

The Mayans lived on a territory covering some 200,000 square miles. It ranged from the southern corner of what is now Mexico down through Guatemala, covering most points in Central America, including Belize, El Salvador, and Northern Honduras. The oldest known Mayan settlement was in Western Guatemala within the Mam territory.

The Maya lived in what are termed City-States, comparable to the Greek arrangement, but with a different social structure. The emphasis in Maya city-states was community and theocracy where Athenian Greeks were best known for their form of Democracy and socio-political stratification. Other Greek city-states developed along different lines, including aristocracy and tyranny. Like the Greeks and the Egyptians, the Mayans developed sophisticated forms of agriculture, medicine, and ways of keeping time – including astronomy.

The Mayan territory, including the city-state, is referred to as El Mayab. These city-states grew up around the religious or ceremonial centers. The civilization developed in stages, with theocracy a product since the Classic Period. The various stages of development are:

  • Pre-Classic Period – 2000 BCE to 250 CE
  • Classic Period – 250 CE to 900 CE
  • Post-Classic Period – 900 CE to 1521 CE

The Mayans are among the top mysterious civilizations of the world. They may comprise one of the members of the first and/or earliest civilizations. The Mayan pyramids, after all, are said to be older than those found in Egypt. Yet, who were these people who have had such a profound influence on how we view ancient civilizations, astronomy, time, and of course, the year 2012?

There are several possible origins bruited about for the Mayan people. These vary widely with support and denial for all of them:

  • Related to the arrival of the Olmec/Zapotec people – The question is, did the Maya arrive independently or develop concurrently with the Olmec/Zapotec?
  • Came across the Bering Strait land bridge from Asia
  • Sailed from the Polynesian islands
  • Were part of an overall cultural dispersion that finds its origins in Egypt
  • Possible Atlantian descent – promoted by Edgar Cayce as early as 1939
  • Tulán – possibly in Mexico

According to Carlos Barrios, the answer to the origins is found within the Mayan stories related by the tribal elders. Barrios quotes from the famous Mayan Holy work the Popul Vuh:

From there we came, from Tulán Zu. That is where our
first fathers were created: B’alam K’itze’, B’alam Aq’ab’,
Majukutaj, and I’ki’ B’alam.

From there they came, from the East… Many left, each with
their families, multiplying there in the east. Still in darkness
before the sun had dawned and there was light, they were
all together doing many things there in the east… They were
there in that sweetness, white men and black men.
There were many languages and two ears. From them,
the different generations of the world are descended….

From there we came, that is where we divided…

Their passage over the sea when they came was clear,
as if there were no sea at all. They crossed over on stones.
They came here, and the stones were protruding in a row in
the sand when they came. Stepping stones they are called,
pulled up out of the sand that path they used to cross the sea,
which divided, and they came here.

Depending upon your interpretation, this could mean that the ancestors crossed the Bering Strait or came across a body of water to reach their current homeland. According to the interpretation provided by Barrios, the Maya can lay claim to being the progenitors of a wide spectrum of peoples, including those in North Africa, India, Tibet, part of the Mediterranean, and the Northern part of the Iberian Peninsula. He also relates that the Mayans are connected with the tales of the Tuatha de Dannan of Ireland. He cites the story of the battles of the Tuatha de Dannan with the Fir Bolg. He points to the mysterious Reds and the journey of the two groups around the Mediterranean to find the sacred cities of Falias, Gorias, Munias, and Finias. Barrios mentions their mythical tools/weapons and cultures. He then states, “Vestiges of this culture show that their deities were very similar to the Mayan’s.” In particular, he notes the similarities of their Fire ceremonies.

The decline and so-called vanishing of the group is very mysterious. This was, according to the many scholars and other experts on the Mayan civilization, the result of any or all of these factors:

  • Sociopolitical unrest and change
  • The collapse of their environment and its support systems
  • Climate change

The reality is that the Maya have never completely disappeared. The Maya Area remains consisting of approximately 440 tribes. Each appoints a leader or Elder. The Elder of each group is a member of the Mayan Council. These individuals and collective comprise the keeper of the sacred knowledge of the past. While few are full-blooded, the Elders continue to be guardians to the prophecies and mysteries of the traditional Mayans, including the Mayan Calendar.

WHAT IS THE MAYAN CALENDAR?

There is not one, but approximately 20 calendars in use at one time. It is not an overstatement to say that the Mayans had an obsession with keeping time. According to Barrios, there are four basic types of calendars, each with a specific purpose: astronomical, ceremonial, practical, and prophetic. There are calendars that keep track according to the Cycle of Days: B’olom Ajaw, Ixim Tun, Hab’, and Hab’Tun. The most important one regarding 2012 is the Cholqu’ij or Tzolkin. It consists of 260 days divided into 13 months, with 20 days each. This particular calendar also bears a similarity to the Aztec calendars.

There are also Calendars focusing on the cycles of the year: Oxlajui Majg’ij, the Wagxagib Mayaq’ij, and the Juwinaq. The most prominent of these year calendars is the prophetic calendar, Ajaw K’atun Choltun. It also has the name “Short Count Calendar.” It is this calendar combined with the Long Count Calendar - the 365 day Ab’ Calendar – that make up the Calendar Wheel.

The Calendar Wheel consists of the juxtaposition of the two counts, Long and Short. The coinciding of the two types of calendars on the same day comprises one full turn of the Wheel. This occurs only once every 52 years.

The source of this information on Mayan Calendars surfaced with the decoding of the four Pre-Colombian Holy works of the Mayan:

  • The Dresden codex
  • The Madrid Codex
  • The Paris codex
  • The Grolier Codex

These combine with other works such as the Popul Vuh and the Ch’umilal Balam to provide the clearest picture currently possible of the Mayan perspective of time and their projections of the past, present, and future. The Popul Vuh is considered to be the Mayan Bible. It relates the tales of the Mayan People from their creation by their Maker through their travels to Mesoamerica and the eventual conquest of many of them by the Spanish conquistadores. The Popul Vuh is the story of the Maya Creation and the Hero Twins.

The Ch’umilal Balam, or the Books of Chilam Balam, consists of several texts. The work is the product of the Jaguar (B’alam) Priest or priests – the Chilam Balam. The original Chilam Balam bore the name Aj Zotz’ Tz’I Kan. Among the most recognized are the Book of Chilam Balam of Munik and the Book of Chilam Balam. The names indicate the villages or towns of origin.

The focus of the Chilam Balam is on the 20-year periods (k’atunes) and what has or will occur during their passage. These prophetic works generally concur with the Calendar since the katuns comprise a part of one of the Mayan ways of keeping time.

Many of the other works by the Mayans were destroyed by the Catholic priests in a great conflagration. Barrios says that Father Diego de Landa alone burnt more than 10,000 codices in a single day. Only a few of the originals, including many calendars, survived. Mayan or indigenous natives translated the works into Latin.

WHAT DOES IT PROPHESIZE?

The prophecies of the Mayan Calendar relate to various periods of time and history. They reflect what has past, what is happening now, and what will occur. The basic approach is to view time within cycles. According to the interpretation of the Mayan Calendar, the world passes through 5 cycles before the Calendar ends. The cycles are called “suns” and numbered from one to five. These are also referred to as ages:

  • Jun Ajaw
    The First Sun, in which Matriarchy was in charge. The element was Fire
  • Cab Ajaw
    The Second Sun, a time of masculine energy, patriarchy, and the element Earth
  • Oxib Ajaw
    The Third Sun, in which a time of the Feminine and the element Air rules
  • Kajib Ajaw
    The Fourth Sun, a period of masculine energy, a complicated time in which the element Water plays a major role. This is the period which is marked by Purification

The Fourth Sun or age is fast approaching its end. We are now moving towards the fifth sun or age.

The Mayan Calendar addresses the changes as the old age draws to its inevitable conclusion. According to the Tiku’ cycle, there are various events to occur during certain periods. In 1987, Dr. Jose Arguelles argued that the Calendar indicated the “Harmonic Convergence” was to take place. He stated specifically that it would happen on August 16 and 17 of that year. This, according to Arguelles, marked the completion of the Queztacoatl Prophecy of what is called the “13 Heavens and the 9 Hells.” This, according to his comprehension of the Mayan Calendar and prophecies, triggered the last installment of the Kajib Ajaw.

Some of the predicted changes between 1992 and 2001 have already occurred. These include the crashing of the stock market, the fall of the Twin Towers in New York, the war in Afghanistan, the wars in Iraq, the conflicts arising between India and Pakistan, and Hurricane Katrina. Others are currently manifesting themselves. According to the Mayan Calendar and sacred texts, 2012 will involve:

  • Upheaval of political, social, and economic systems
  • Social tensions intensifying along with forms of oppression
  • Resources suffer from depletion
  • Several natural disasters including tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions – from currently sleeping volcanoes, major earthquakes, floods
  • Radical climate change
  • Medical problems including plagues, “Superbugs,” such as NDM 1, and various epidemics, including AIDS, SARS, Diabetes, Swine Flu, and Bird Flu
  • War continuing in various places around the planet, becoming more intense, more widespread, and increasing in weaponry and violence
  • Purification of the Earth and its inhabitants - This, according to Mayan history, is not the first time. It is a common occurrence under certain circumstances
  • Shift of the Spiritual Center of the World from Asia to the Americas, particularly the Andes and Sierra Madre mountain ranges
  • A period lasting from September 23, 2010 to December 20, 2012, called “the definition”

In terms of natural disasters, the period prior to December 21, 2012 is marked by destruction utilizing the element of fire. This may refer to any number of possible causal factors. The actuality of one over the other depends upon who is providing the information from the Mayan Calendar. Included in the list are:

  • Eruptions by massive volcanoes or super volcanoes
  • The implementation of nuclear bombs in wars
  • The crashing down of an asteroid into the planet

The Books of Chilam Balam noted the current state of things in our time accordingly:

This reign will be one of shameless looks and foolish talks;
lecherous will be all these words, lies illusion, and deceit.
Life will be hypocritical, for deceit and the breakdown of truth will
reign….Arguments, violent disputes, hidden and deceitful
disputes – there will be disputes among subjects, and these
will be hidden…Trees will be consumed. There will be
insufficient food; even stones will be sought.
A great famine will occur if the damage is not corrected,
if the imposter, he of the lecherous words, is not stopped.
Death will sit on his mat.
This will be his throne…

THE CALENDAR AND 2012

The date of December 21, 2012 marks the Winter Solstice and the start of the new Maya Cycle of Job Ajaw – the Fifth Sun. This is a time governed by both male and female energy. The governing element is ether, which is the Spirit. As such, it indicates several aspects of the coming cycle.

Ether is:

  • A combination of all of the other elements: air, fire, water, and earth
  • An emphasis on the spiritual path or aspect of life
  • A form of balance since spirit is neither female nor male
  • An activation of the consciousness resided in Mother Earth
  • The start of harmony, peace, and tolerance

The year 2012 is a time of further disruption and transformation. This is the culmination of the travails of 2012 which arrives after the Purification or Cleansing.

So what exactly does the Mayan Calendar say about 2012?

  • There will be a return of the Mythical beings – the B’alameb. These are Men-Gods and the Cosmic Guardians of the Four Corners of the Universe
  • Possible total collapse (The Chilan Balan)
  • Difficulty
  • Massive super volcanoes
  • A shift in the magnetic poles
  • Further environmental destruction
  • Change in position of the Milky Way when the sun crosses it on the Solstice in Sagittarius and Gemini
  • Passing away of old constructs of society, culture, and civilization
  • Turning towards the spirit – this is often considered a saving grace for those who have been caught up in one of the major causal factors of the world’s problems – consumer or industrial greed
  • Dawning of the true Age of Aquarius with its harmony, trust and understanding, sympathy and love abounding

The Chilam Balam of Tizimin states of the end times as follows:

Then the sky is divided
Then the land is raised,
And there begins
The Book of 13 Gods.
Then occurs
The Great flooding of the Earth
Then arises
The Great Itzam Cab Ain.
The ending of the word,
The fold of the Katun:
This is a flood
Which will be the ending of the word of the Katun

In fact, the overall result of the new cycle is a New Age. It is, after time has passed and the Purification has destroyed that which needs to be obliterated, one in which humans, animals, and all aspects of nature are once again harmonious and in balance with each other. A Mayan Elder, Don Alejandro Cirilo Perez Oxali, expresses what exactly the Mayans expect from this date. He said:

We have several prophecies concerning the time we are living in, and it is in fulfillment of the Prophecies that we are here today. I will mention some of them:
“At the time of the 13 Bakrun and 13 Ahau is the time of the return of our ancestors and the return of the men of wisdom.” That time is now. …
According to the Mayan Long Count Calendar, we are finalizing the 13 Baktun and 13 Ahan, thus approaching the YEAR ZERO. We are at the doorsteps of the ending of another period of the Sun, a period that lasts 5,200 years and ends with several hours of darkness. After this period of darkness, there comes a new period of the Sun; it will be the 6th one. In each period of the Sun, there is an adjustment for the planet, and it brings changes in the weather conditions and in science and political life as well.
The world is transformed, and we enter a period of understanding and harmonious coexistence where there is social justice and equality for all. It is a new way of life. With a new social order, there comes a time of freedom where we can move like the clouds, without limitations, without borders. We will travel like the birds, without the need for passports. We will travel like the rivers, all heading towards the same point… the same objective. The Mayan prophecies are announcing the change. The Pop Wuj, the Book of the Counsel, tells us, “It is time for dawn; let the dawn come, for the task to be finished.”

Carlos Barrios is more succinct in his summary of the coming time of change and disruption that many characterize as the coming of the End Times. He looks at it practically using the Mayan texts to support his belief:

The Fifth Sun is a time of harmony, peace, tolerance, and balance. It ushers in a new framework that will modify the current socioeconomic system. Humanity’s destiny depends on our reaction to the event we are experiencing now, our growing awareness, our seriousness, our ability to learn, and the action we take. It is important that we foster a positive outlook toward the Fifth Sun and avoid creating a mass hysteria.

MAJOR PROPONENTS OF THE MAYAN CALENDAR

Currently, there are many proponents of the Mayan Calendar and its predictions for 2012 and beyond. As is the case with many different types of prophets and their prophecies, there are always those who claim the other prophets or researchers are mistaken in their interpretation or have used faulty data to arrive at their claims.

  • José Arguelles
    artist and theorist, he was the first to truly bring the Mayan Calendar and much of what the prophecies entailed into the public eye. Critics say that his work is a synthesis of Eastern and Mayan concepts and material. He is the author of The Mayan Factor (1987)
  • Carlos Barrios
    A Shaman and Member of the Mayan Elders Council, he quotes directly from the original works. He is the author of The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayas and the Prophecy of 2012 (2009)
  • Gregg Braden
    A former Senior Computer Systems Designer and Computer Geologist, Technical Operations Manager, he is the author of several books, including Fractal Time The Secret of 2012 and the New World Age (2009)
  • Michael D. Coe
    Professor of Anthropology, Curator of Anthropology, and author. He has written several texts on the Maya, including The Maya (1966) and Breaking the Maya Code (1992)
  • John Major Jenkins
    Director of the Center for 2012 Studies, he is also a somewhat controversial figure in the world of Mayan studies. He is the author of 10 books on the subject, including The 2012 Story (1998) and Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 (1998)
  • Marie D. Jones
    Licensed New Thought Minister and the author of several books, including 2013 The End of Days or a New Beginning (2008)
  • Daniel Pinchbeck
    A New York author who operates the website “Reality Sandwich.” His works include 2010: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (2006)
  • Terence McKenna (1946 – 2000)
    Teacher, researcher, developer of the software for Timewave Zero, and the author of several books, including The Archaic Revival (1991)
  • Judith Bluestone Polich
    An attorney, a poet, and the author of Return of the Children of the Light (2001)

CONCLUSION

The Mayan Calendar, without a doubt, has had a major effect upon the world of prognostication. It has gripped a firm hold on the imagination of the popular and even scientific segments of society. It is the basis for movies, documentaries, fiction and non-fiction to books, scientific studies, archeological research, historical investigations, and websites. The speculations range from the analytical to the weird and even to the insane as the date approaches.

How accurate is the Mayan Calendar concerning 2012? It is fitting to say, “Only time will tell.


LATER PROPHETS

While Nostradamus, the Hopi Prophecies, and the Mayan Calendar share center stage, there are and have been other prophets who look at the late 20th and 21st centuries as marking a major change upon the Earth. Among them are charlatans and frauds as well as serious prophets. Those individuals who make up this group of predicators include Madame Blavatsky, Aleister Crowley, Edgar Cayce and John Major Jenkins. Although it is possible to include Zecharia Stichin as a member, a discussion of his theory is left until the next chapter.

MADAME BLAVATSKY

Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatskyt (1831-1881) was born in Ukraine as Helen Hahn. At 17, she married Nikifor V. Blavatsky. It failed to take, and within several months, she was apart from her husband, but still kept his name. With the aid of money, she began to travel. Some rumors state that she went off to learn certain occult secrets.

Blavatsky first went to the United States in 1872. Here, in 1875, she founded the Theosophical Society with Henry Steel Olcott (1832-1907). In this movement, Blavatsky had found her calling. This led to the creation of the International Headquarters of the Theosophical Society in Adyar in 1882.

Yet, not everybody believed in what she had to say. The London Society for Psychical Research called her a fraud in 1885. The authorities in India seemed to agree. She left there, never to return. She traveled first to Germany, followed by Belgium, then London. Here, she died on May 8, 1881.

The Theosophical Society was not all Blavatsky left as her legacy. She wrote several books including

  • Isis Unveiled (1877)
  • The Secret Doctrine (1888)
  • The Voice of Silence (1889)

Blavatsky believed the Masters or Mahatmas provided her with the secrets of esoteric mysticism. They were responsible for her prophetic sayings and channeled her writings for her. To many, she was a fraud, or at least, cleverly deceptive. To others, Blavatsky was a true medium or mystic. She predicted several matters concerning future times. Several of them appear in her work The Secret Doctrine. These included:

In Century the Twentieth, some disciple more informed, and far better fitted, may be sent by the Masters of Wisdom to give final and irrefutable proofs that there exists a science called Gupta-Vidya; and that, like the once-mysterious sources of the Nile, the source of all religions and philosophies now known to the world has been for many ages forgotten and lost to men, but is at last found.

These are the guides – the leaders, the messengers Blavatsky sees coming to Earth, reborn. According to the Blavatsky Foundation, one of the three guides to appear between the period 1975 and 2000 is a reincarnation of Madame Blavatsky, and another is a favored disciple – Domodar K. Mavalankar.

Thus will mankind, race after race, perform its appointed cycle-pilgrimage. Climates will, and have already begun, to change, each tropical year after the other dropping one sub-race, but only to beget another higher race on the ascending cycle; while a series of other less favoured groups -- the failures of nature -- will, like some individual men, vanish from the human family without even leaving a trace behind. Such is the course of Nature under the sway of KARMIC LAW: of the ever-present and the ever-becoming Nature. (p. 446)

In general, Blavatsky remains vague in her predictions of what awaits the world in the coming years. Like the Mayans, however, she firmly believes in the cyclical nature of time and the need of humans to come into harmony once again with nature.

While a slight tendency towards spiritual and even ethical racism is found within her works, Blavatsky deserves credit for providing the first real attempt to synthesize Eastern and Western religions and philosophies.

ALEISTER CROWLEY

If ever there was a more controversial man in the world of the Occult, he is yet to be found. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) cut a wide swath across the various levels of the mystical and clandestine world of his century. He is probably the most notorious occultist of the late 20th century. His fame began with the Golden Dawn, but it continues long after his death.

Crowley was born at Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, England. He attended Trinity College in 1895 and became involved in the esoteric group - The Golden Dawn - beginning in 1898. It was to mark his ascendency in the craft and to mark him as a constant rebel against the accepted practices of this society.

Crowley did not remain long with the Golden Dawn. He came too often into conflict with the nominal heads, including Edward Waite, who had a tendency towards Rosicrucian philosophy. He soon struck out on a new path.

What emerged over time was a concept with magic – spelt Magick - to differentiate it from stage magic, and the Egyptian God Horus. His identification with Horus resulted in various experimentations, as well as different prophecies. Although Crowley did not refer to specific ages, he did believe that the 20th and 21st centuries would result in a new age – the Age of Horus. Towards achieving this end, he and his followers practiced various forms of sex magick.

Crowley was a contemporary of Blavatsky. Yet, unlike her, he made a singularly large splash in many different ways. He was, according to Marie D. Jones, “the Prophet of the New Age.” He prophesized the end of all life, but more specifically, the end of Christianity. Furthermore, in common with other prophets of the end times, Crowley noted that this period of the world would feature war, violence, and destruction.

Following this era is to be a period of calm, balance, and peace. This Golden Age is recorded by Crowley in another of his works, poem-prose “The Book of the Law.” The information came to him from a semi-invisible Egyptian entity called Aiwaz. One of the prophecies recorded reads as follows. It mentions, instead of Solstice, an Equinox:

But your holy place shall be untouched throughout the centuries: though with fire and sword, it be burnt down & shattered, yet an invisible house there standeth, and shall stand until the fall of the Great Equinox; when Hrumachis shall arise and the double-wanded one assume my throne and place. Another prophet shall arise and bring fresh fever from the skies; another woman shall awake the lust & worship of the Snake; another soul of God and beast shall mingle in the globed priest; another sacrifice shall stain the tomb; another king shall reign; and blessing no longer be poured To the Hawk-headed mystical Lord! (III: 34).

Crowley, like Nostradamus before him, is a master of the obtuse. The result is the ability to interpret his prophecies to refer to a coming time of strife followed by the arrival of a prophet and peace. Dates are lacking, and the poetic approach Crowley takes rivals both Nostradamus and William Blake in its obtuseness. In fact, William Blake cited in his works and art makes references to End Times. Perhaps, he too should be included as a modern prophet of the coming difficult times of 2012.

EDGAR CAYCE

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) is fondly remembered as the “Sleeping Prophet.” His biographers say that he revealed psychic abilities as early as age 7. A firm believer that people did not live once, he taught the subject of Reincarnation. Yet, Cayce started out as salesman with his father and then became a photographer. His voice was strained, and he could no longer help his father go door-to-door.

While engaged in this profession, he approached a hypnotist about his problem. When under hypnosis, he actually told the hypnotist what was wrong and described the cure. It worked and set him on a new career. Soon he was receiving requests to detail medical problems and their cures. This was his first major excursion into the power of the unknown.

In 1923, he stumbled across another use for his “gifts.” He embarked upon what he termed “Life Readings.” With the help of his secretary, Gladys Davis, he recorded between 15,000 and 16,000 Life Readings on a variety of topics. Of this number, the Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE), sometimes known as the Edgar Cayce Foundation, says they possess 14,000. In addition to the Life Readings, Cayce supplied information on future occurrences. His prophecies encompassed the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

According to his supporters, Cayce predicted the following correctly:

  • The crash of the Stock Market and the subsequent Great Depression of 1929 in 1924
  • The rise and eventual means of the fall of Adolph Hitler in 1934 and 1935
  • The beginning and end of WWII in 1937
  • The deaths of 2 presidents occurring in office
  • The shift of the magnetic poles which he stated was to start in 2000
  • Reversals in climate because of the shift
  • The Battle of Armageddon starting in 1999
  • The equivalent of the Second Coming of Christ in 1998
  • Massive volcanic activity
  • The possibility of WWIII

Of man’s future propensity for war, he wrote:

[The nations] have all come to that place in the development of the human family where there must be a reckoning, a one point upon which all may agree, that out of all this turmoil that has arisen from social life, racial differences, the outlook upon the relationship of man to the Creative Forces or his god, and his relationships with one another, must come to some common basis upon which all may agree.

While Cayce never gave the year 2012 as an end date, he did calculate that the years between 1958 and 1998 were pivotal and chaotic. The highlights of his projections for the late 20th century include many violent changes in the atmosphere and the configuration of the Earth. Among these are natural catastrophes that eradicate certain bodies of land forever and remodel the Earth in a completely different shape and design.

Cayce stated:

  • The Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States will disappear. This includes such major cities as New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles
  • The Pacific Ocean will meet the “shores” of Arizona and Nebraska
  • The Great Lakes will drain through the Mississippi river into the Gulf of Mexico as the Niagara River may dry up completely
  • Japan will sink down below the Ocean
  • Mount Etna will finally blow completely
  • The shift in the Poles will result in excessive melting of the arctic ice producing severe flooding around the globe
  • New lands will rise from out of the seas, particularly off of the Bimini Islands and the Bahamas

On this latter point, Cayce wrote: “In the next few years, lands will appear in the Atlantic as well as the Pacific. And what is the coastline now of many a land will be the bed of the ocean.”

He wrote in one of his recorded readings on the shifting of the poles: “There is the shifting of the pole and new life begins”. While scientists believe the poles will shift, it did not occur in 2000 and will not be evident before or after 2012.

While Edgar Cayce on the surface presents a world of cataclysmic change, he does not leave his supporters or readers without a sense of hope for the coming future. To him, it is important how an individual and the collective group respond to the troubling and changing times. In fact, he sees the human reaction as being a significant factor in determining how severe the impact will be. In No Soul Left Behind, he states:

As has been and is understood by many, there are changes being wrought in the nation, as well as in the international relationships with other nations. All of these may be considered from the one angle. It is also understood, comprehended by some, that a new order of conditions is to arise; that there must be a purging in high places as well as low; that there must be the greater consideration of each individual, each soul being his brother’s keeper. There will then come about those circumstances in the political, the economic, and the whole relationships where there will be a leveling – or a great comprehension of this need.
For as the period draws near for these changes that come with the new order, it behooves all of those who have an ideal – as individuals, as well as groups or societies or organizations – to be practicing, applying the same in their experience and in their relationships as one to another. For unless they are up and doing, then there must indeed be a new order in their relationships and in their activities. For His will carry through…

Cayce speaks and writes of a leveling that will come. There is also a reckoning on the verge of occurring. Yet, Cayce is known for a thread that draws many of the prophets, ancient and modern, together: the question of Atlantis. In his predictions, the island of Atlantis will once again appear. For him, as for many others, this nation symbolized peace and knowledge leading to peace and harmony.

The reappearance of Atlantis at the end of the world indicated the beginning of a new world. The New World fell into a Golden Age in which spirituality thrived. Technology is not abandoned, but tempered by the new turning towards spirituality. His hope for the New Age was, as noted by author Marie D. Jones, “proof that progress without spirit is never a good thing.”

JOHN MAJOR JENKINS

John Major Jenkins was born in 1964. The official website www.johnmajorjenkins.com describes him as “Pioneer 2012ologist, mass media iconoclast, jet-setting medievalist, songwriter, letterpress printer, and galactic mythographer.” He is best known for his writings on matters associated with the Mayan Calendar and the turning point of 2012. His work is backed by his research into the ancient Mayan culture and his forays into the Mayan landscape from 1986 onwards.

His work is best described as intelligent mainstream writing on the Mayan cosmology, calendar, and culture. He is the author of many articles and books. Three major works by him include Galactic Alignment (2002), Maya Cosmogenesis 2012: The True Meaning of the Maya Calendar End Date (1998), and The 2012 Story: The Myths, Fallacies, and Truth Behind the Most Intriguing Date in History (2009).

The work by Jenkins is often controversial with sometimes questionable science, but is always interesting. Jenkins is a lecturer at the Institute of Maya Studies in Miami. He has also taken part in the Maya Calendar Congress in Mexico and in other lecture series, making personal appearances around the the world. There is little doubt he is well versed in the aspects of the Maya prophecy. He can quote and utilize the different texts with ease and style, including the Popul Vuh.

Jenkins’ work is strongly based on and supportive of the Maya Calendar, but he does interject his own personality and concepts into the overall picture. In discussing “The Fulfillment of the Maya Prophecy” in his book, The 2012 Story, Jenkins – rather than relying on the Calendar or the various recorded books of Chilam Bilam – turns instead to the creation and origin stories contained in The Popul Vuh.

What emerges is an extrapolation of the entire prophecy from the tale of the Hero Twins. In particular, he concentrates on the role of one of the characters, a squawky bird deity called Seven Macaw. Using the situation, character, and behavior of Macaw, he orchestrates his version of the Maya Prophecy. In the final paragraph of the chapter, he sums up his interpretation accordingly:

Exxon/Mobil, Monsato, Microsoft, Nike, Pfizer, Telecom, and the AIG are just a few of the mega corporations that now rule the world, monopolize the resources of small countries, act with impunity, influence political process, broadcast propaganda, manufacture consent, and by law, can live forever. Their birth certificates were forged. They and the Seven Macaw managers and governmental policymakers are the fulfillment of the Maya prophecy for 2012.

Jenkins also stresses a few aspects mentioned in the Calendar. What is particularly concerning is what he calls the “Galactic Alignment Theory.” This is the alignment of the Solstice sun with the Milky Way. It is said to occur at the end of a single cycle (i.e. once every 25,800 years). Jenkins states this will happen on December 21, 2012. In Maya Cosmogenesis, he states that the sun is closely aligned with what the Maya refer to as the “Great cleft, Dark Rift, or even Black Road of the Milky Way. He expands and updates his concept on the theory in The 2012 Story.

The alignment hypothesis of Jenkins has proven to be the popular version of what is termed a “Black Hole Alignment.” He feels the galactic alignment will produce a very strong gravitational effect. As a result, the Super Huge Black Hole will produce disastrous effects. There are several problems with his theory. There are also several questions concerning the date he provides. According to several scientists,

  • The alignment has already occurred – It took place in 1998
  • The sun’s course is not in the proper alignment for such an enormous effect
  • Sagittarius is not in the proper place or close enough to have a major effect

Another theory Jenkins proposes is that of a Lost Star. His work on the wobbling of the Earth around the solstice and on ancient cosmology finds some support in the book Lost Star of Myth and Time by Walter Cruttenden. It discusses aspects of the dual star – binary orbit - theory.

Jenkins is not a prophet in the traditional sense of the word. He does not foresee matters in the way of Cayce, Crowley, or even the Maya Shamans. Nevertheless, he is a prophet in the broad sense of the word. He carries his beliefs to the general populace. He spreads the word of what he conceives to be the truth of the coming dark times and the aftermath of 2012. In his book, he concludes:

Individual renewal and world renewal must happen in concert. Both share the same representative image: the mandala – the image of center, source, wholeness, oneness. To the extent that the world image is a projected dream of the inner psyche, the burden of successful world renewal lies within the individual. We decide, and we make it or break it. We may prefer to sit around “waiting for 2012 to happen” and avoid the responsibility for being the change that needs to happen, but that completely misses the point. If we don’t do it before the 2012 party, it will be waiting for us afterward.

CONCLUSION

The modern prophets are not a homogeneous lot. They range from the very Christian Edgar Cayce to the Theosophical Madame Blavatsky to the totally irreverent Aleister Crowley. The prophets include a “Sleeping Prophet” – Cayce, and the Great Beast - Crowley. Yet, this diverse group had some things in common – most notably a certain idea or ideal of the future. While none of them provided the date of 2012 (the exception being the Maya-influenced, prophetic non-prophet John Major Jenkins), they all saw the late 20th century as a time of steadily increasing conflict.

The prophets provided warnings of what they felt would be characteristic of the coming decades. Together with the possibility of a World War III came the beliefs of environmental degradation, increasing greed, an abandonment of spirituality by the leaders and many followers, and various apocalyptic signs in nature. Many of the physical indicators are perceived as warnings of the world’s mistreatment of the natural world. Thus, the prophets speak or write of ever-increasing violent disruptions of the Earth’s surface. This includes volcanoes, supervolcanoes, massive earthquakes, flood, and drought.

The prophets note the dropping away of land into the oceans, the reformation of the earth into a different pattern. Sunken lands reappear in the sea while others disappear beneath the waves.

For some, the new age is also signaled by the arrival of an Antichrist who will be defeated by the new leader. Special guides, Gods, or Spirits will return or appear to help provide protection and to lead the way. Moreover, all of the prophets appear to be optimistic in the long run. Although the world faces disastrous times in the coming years, there is a chance for survival. For the prophets, it is not the end, but the beginning. The old world dies, but the new world, the Golden Age, arrives. It brings harmony, peace, and balance.


ZECHARIA SITCHIN AND THE END OF DAYS THEORY

The year 2012 has reached the status of icon. It has attracted the attention of many different writers and prophets. Many of them have expounded their theories to varying degrees of popular success. One of the individuals who has not crossed over into the mainstream nor received any scientific support for his theory of what will occur during the last days of the planet is Zecharia Sitchin.

WHO IS ZECHARIA SITCHIN?

Zecharia Sitchin is the man responsible for two concepts involved in the 2012 phenomenon. These concern his work into the various theories of the end days. He explores this in The End of Days: Armageddon and Prophecies of the Return published in 2007. In a different but related depiction or explanation of the end days, Sitchin turns towards a somewhat bizarre theory on the existence of an invisible planet – Planet X or Nibiru. This appears in his book, The Twelfth Planet, released in 1976. Neither theory has received much support except from loyal fans.

THE END OF DAYS THEORIES

Sitchin’s End of Days exploration involves various books of the Bible, including Ezekeil, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Old Testament, the Hebrew Calendar of Nippur, and astrology. What emerges is a massive attempt to decipher and combine the various coded texts to arrive at the exact date of Armageddon. While Sitchin seems to firmly believe that 2012 is the likely and most probable date, he is not opposed to considering other options. This is in agreement with his earlier work on the invisible planet. In that study, he felt that the end times may occur around 2000 or, more favored by him, 2034.

He considers his Hebrew data and arrives at 2240 CE. He also proposes another date, 2087 CE, since it coincides with the return of the Egyptian God Thoth. There is also Newton’s suggestion of either 2060 or 2090 CE.

Not to forget astrology, he also considers the End Times in terms of Ages. His logic recognizes the current age as that of Pisces – the fish, and therefore, Jesus Christ and Christianity. The period into which we are moving astrologically is the Age of Aquarius, which indicates a transformation. The battles and strife are the result of the struggle by the current dominant force against the new powers-that-be. Any of these dates could mark the return of the other subject his fans are familiar with – Planet Nibiru.

THE INVISIBLE PLANET NIBIRU – PLANET X

The End of Days is a newer work than his famous and cultish book, s. It spun sequels in the fashion of a science fiction novel. This is what such 2012 specialists as Jenkins consider as the book and what it spawned. Jenkins succinctly sums up the book and the author’s approach accordingly:

The Nibiru (Planet X) idea comes from Zecharia Sitchin, author of the Lost chronicles books now running up to some thirteen volumes, who based his radical ideas on ancient Babylonian astrological tablets. He believes that cuneiform references to an “invisible planet” that comes around (“appears”) every once in a while to cause havoc is proof that an unknown planet, Nibiru, orbits the sun with a great eccentricity, swinging far out beyond Pluto for millennia before it swings in again. He ties his theory to another idea – that beings on Nibiru meddled with human genetics in the distant past. In recent years, the timing of Nibiru’s return has been spuriously connected to 2012.

The existence of Nibiru came from the translation of certain Sumerian texts by the author Sitchin. In his tale, the planet is the home of the ancient race, the Annuaki. Planet X, and the research and translation by Sitchin, have resulted in nothing but scorn from many serious scholars. Jenkins felt that Sitchin intended well, but read and understood the original texts too literally. He feels, and many agree, that it displays no scientific proof. In fact, to most serious astronomers, Nibiru is not fact, but science fiction. It does not and cannot exist as an invisible planet.

To Sitchin’s followers, however, the planet Nibiru is real. It is not a combination of fact and fiction, but the truth. They – with scientists among them – continue to look for Planet X in the sky. They are awaiting its return to visibility and its potential crashing into the Planet Earth at some now unspecified date.

CONCLUSION

Sitchin has his detractors but also has a small but fanatical group of supporters. Some are astronomers who continue to search for proof of his Planet X Theory. In his latest book, although he uses Planet X, he seems either unable or unwilling to commit himself to a specific date.

IS IT THE END OF THE WORLD OR SIMPLY THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT?

The prophets, in general, speak more of redemption, a Golden Age, and a New World Order than of the End of Days. This does not mean that there are not trials and tribulations to go through. For many of these prognosticators, it is both the end of the world and the start of another one. As the alternative rock group R.E.M. wrote, “It’s the end of the world as we know it.”

Yet, it will be the end of much of the world. No matter what prophet you turn to, the time preceding and continuing into the End Times is grim.

ACCORDING TO BRADEN

The list is quite horrific. It comes from a variety of prophetic sources, some of which this book has already considered, while others make their first appearance here. Probably one of the more interesting and mathematical approaches to the issue comes from Gregg Braden. Using computer programming, he puts together his theory and maps it out for us. In Fractal Time, he charts events and effects over the time period that is covered by the calendar and takes into reference such things as the Hopi Prophecies and the Bible Code.

Braden remarks that the period of the coming of 2012 would involve several of the characteristic disaster scenarios, but he also notes the failure of some of them to materialize:

  • The earth will increase its magnetic intensity between a low of 5.5 and a high of 10.5 on the VADM scale
  • There is no polar reversal to the degree of 180
  • A small increase in global temperatures of around 1 to 2 degrees C
  • The quantity of radiant energy from the sun will increase sharply
  • The ice caps will clap while the polar ice will melt

Braden indicates that there are obvious signs of the events underway. He also remarks that alterations are possible if individuals work towards this end.

Braden writes:

When we combine the consistent message from our ancestors for more than 5,000 years with the best insights of contemporary science, the uniqueness of our time in history becomes clear. As it does, the message of 2012 makes tremendous sense. If (1) the lessening of the Earth’s magnetic shield allows more of the sun’s energy to create greater change, (2) the way we respond to that change is the catalyst for spiritual growth, and (3) both are occurring at precisely the same time that a rare 5,000-year cycle combines with an even rarer alignment happening just once every 26,000 years, then it’s as if the cosmos has somehow conspired to shower us with what José Arguelles calls the
“galactic synchronization beam.”

Braden also echoes many of the other prophets and prophetic works with this measure of hope. He recognizes that this time from between 1980 and 2016 is the darkest era. After this period, things will begin to improve. According to his research, people have to follow through this dark path to reach the light beyond it. It will test everyone’s faith.

OTHER MINOR THEORIES

It is impossible to cover all of the possible End of Days scenarios. Before launching into the general agreements of how the world ends, it is only fitting to consider a few other theories briefly. Among these is the Timewave Zero theory by Terence McKenna (1946-2000). It has since been modified by John Sheliak as Timewave One. This theory is from the I Ching and proposes through the use of mathematics and numerology the point of Eschaton. Using this formula, McKenna arrived at a predicted Echelon point of 2012. According to Timewave Zero, this is when the Omega Point or End Time will draw humans into contact with a Trans-dimensional object. The result could be any number of things, including alien contact and solar explosion.

The Incans and Aztecs also offer their visions of the end times. The Aztecs had a calendar closely mirroring that of the Mayans. They had a day-sign calendar. The solstices also held great significance for their ceremonies and culture. Braden Gregg discusses it to explain time. For the Aztecs, “the universe exists as great waves of energy that repeat as cycles of time.” Each cycle possesses it own unique characteristics. These are based on the wave that carries it.

In cosmology, the prophetic mentions have a basis in the period or ages of Suns. These are:

  • Nahui-OcelatiThe First Sun appearing when Giant creatures roamed the Earth
  • Nahui EhécatlThe second Sun when humans learned how to cultivate plants creating new ones. Wind ended this cycle
  • Nahui QuiahuitlThe third Sun, time of the Great Temples and large cities. Fire ended this cycle
  • Nahui Atl The fourth Sun ended in flooding
  • The fifth SunThe time of earthquakes, which is the present and in its last days. It will end on the same day as the Mayan Calendar – December 21, 2012

The predictions of destruction are similar to the Mayan and other Mesoamerican people. The calendars and age ends and the world storms into tumultuous times. The world is destroyed over and over again but is always reborn. For the Aztecs, as for the Mayan and the Hopi, there is always another age, a new beginning.

The early Incan rulers knew their own race was doomed. The “Children of Light” were to vanish from the Earth. Like other Mesoamerican groups, the Incans also had a system of Ages. These consisted of five world ages.

The word “sun,” as it is with the Mayan concept, is interchangeable with the word “age.” Depending upon which version you read, the Fifth Age was either over when the Conquistadores arrived or it is about to end. Some say 2013 is the end of the Incan Calendar. It is indicated by the arrival of a large asteroid striking the Earth. One website, however, proudly proclaims:

Now it’s happening. Now is the time. The Aquarian Age is an era of light, an age of awakening, an age of returning to natural ways. Our generation is here to help begin this age, to prepare through different schools to understand the message of the heart, intuition, and nature. Native people speak with the Earth. When consciousness awakens, we can fly high like the eagle or like the condor…
Ultimately, you know, we are all native, because the word native comes from nature, and we are all parts of Mother Nature. She is inside us, and we are inside her. We depend totally on the Earth, the Sun, and the Water. We belong to the evolution of nature in our physical bodies. But we also have a spiritual body that comes from the Sun, not the Sun you can see with two eyes, but another Sun that lies in another dimension, a golden Sun burning with the fire of spiritual light. The inner light of humans emanates from this spiritual source. We came to Earth from this Sun to have experiences on Earth, and eventually, we will return to this Sun. We are Children of the Sun.

In fact, the excerpts of Incan prophetic texts, once the Catholic overtones are removed, provide similar concepts or ideas of an end of day times followed by a new Golden Age.

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS

There are many ways to tell that the end is near. To the Mayans, Hopi, and most prophets, compilers, and predicators (scientific or otherwise), there are obvious signs. Some of these are rare phenomena. These include:

  • The alignment of the solstice sun with the Milky Way Galaxy (John Major Jenkins)
  • The Blue Star appearing in the sky (Hopi) – possibly the Comet Holmes in 2007
  • The 30 to 70 hours of darkness predicted by Natives, Biblical tones
  • The physical shift of the magnetic poles – favored by Jenkins and a few others.

The alteration of the magnetic poles is often called a geomagnetic reversal. It is often linked to another type of extraterrestrial activity – sunspots. The line of scientific and pseudoscientific thought goes as follows: If the magnetic field shifts, it will affect the sun. In particular, there is concern that it will create massive solar storms and sunspots. These, in turn, will knock out the satellite and communication systems on the planet for days.

This, according to some 2012 forecasters, will peak during this time period. Unfortunately, this is faulty science at work. While it is possible, no direct link has yet been established between the geomagnetic reversal and sunspots. Furthermore, if the past is anything by which to judge, the sunspot and solar flares would have to be of an extreme nature. In other words, as author Jones notes, it would have to be a “geometric superstorm of epic proportions.” Only then could it create the ideal 2012 cataclysmic scenario and “cripple the economy, render computers useless, and put our defenses in danger by posing hazards to satellite electronic systems: radar, telephone, and communication lines; and even damage flow meters in pipelines.”

There are also the natural disasters on a large scale. It is not a single instance or a simple manifestation. For the natural manifestation to be truly a sign, it must come in sequence, be magnified over its traditional scope, or be beyond the range of imagination. Among these types of indicators are the following:

  • A meteorite or large asteroid crashing into the Earth Hopi, possible Mayan, also Biblical and Cayce
  • Tsunami This type of underwater quake is typical in most disaster scenarios – its target this time is said to be the East Coast of the United States
  • A super volcano These have occurred in the ancient past at La Garita, Caldera, Colorado, United States; Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia; Yellowstone, Wyoming, United States; and Lake Taupo, New Zealand. The eruption of a supervolcano is not a simple matter or easily dealt with. It will not cease immediately and the effects will last for several years. The Ring of Fire is, literally and figuratively, a hotbed for present and future volcanic activity
  • Earthquakes Earthquakes can increase the chances of a supervolcano occurring. Earthquakes are a standard manifestation in most, if not all, of the typical End of Days scenarios

There are other horrific aspects of the coming period. They are a combination of humanity’s stupidity, greed, and careless attitude towards the environment. It is the lack of responsibility and failure to take on stewardship that create the ideal environment to produce the worst type of environment – first for some, then for all.

  • Overpopulation in some parts of the world
    Resulting in destruction of some fragile environments
  • Poverty
    The gap between the haves and the have-nots in rich and poor nations and between the wealthy and the poor nations has grown and not shrunk. This is exasperated by the depictions of the “perfect” style of life. What to have, what to wear, and what to do will continue to make paupers of those who try to live the dream the only way they can – on credit
  • The water
    Shortages and poorer quality are viable possibilities. Droughts continue to hamper the growing of crops and the health of cattle and human beings; environmental irresponsibility can effectively pollute and degrade the product and its ability to provide a livelihood. If in doubt, think of the BP oil spill in 2010
  • Agriculture
    The over-dependency on certain livestock and crops results in less hybrid hardiness and versatility. Furthermore, high-tech and factory farms produce massive waste and create environmental troubles of their own. The use of chemicals and the taking over of sensitive land for agricultural production results in the removal of trees, the decrease in oxygen production, the degradation of the soil quality, the displacement of people, and the extinction of species. Poor agricultural practices are also partly or totally responsible for the decline in certain species that are integral to the continuance of other life forms or agricultural necessities. A perfect example of this is the honeybee. Honeybees pollinate more than 90% of edible crops but are dying off. There are other issues related to the failure of good land stewardship. All are indicators of the coming apocalypse. A few include food inflation, food scarcity, famines in certain parts of the world and not others, inequity of supply, and the latest products from the Frankenstein plants – Modified crops –where pesticides and genetics combine to create a seemingly harmless product
  • Fossil Fuels
    The greed and dependency bound up with the fossil fuel trade has resulted in many a calamity. Think Exxon, BP, and other multinational corporations. Think of personal greed in consumption and the refusal to give up the car. Oil is seen as the catalyst for wars – perhaps including WWIII. Think Iraq, Iran, and Kuwait. Invasions for oil are not a figment of the imagination.

There are the other indicators of the end of times. These have close links to some aspects of the environment. It depends upon how you view the various forms of pestilence and plague. Disease is a very common thread in Doom and Gloom Prophecies. While doctors claim to have eradicated many common diseases, there are new ones to take their place. Some are proving drug-resistant. Some are slow killers. Some are affecting or are in superior amounts in the less-developed worlds. Some appear and affect those in the developed world where there is a failure in the health system to provide adequate care. This, as the ancients would say, is a sign of greed and a lack of caring responsibility. In a place where only the wealthiest can afford the best of care, there is no harmony, no balance.

Some prophets see the prevalence of certain diseases as the indicators of end times. Among the common candidates for this symbol are:

  • HIV/AIDS – its spread throughout Asia and Eastern Europe is far-reaching in its implications for the world’s population
  • Bird Flu
  • Swine Flu
  • Diabetes
  • SARS
  • West Nile Virus
  • Malaria
  • Drug-resistant diseases or superbugs, including NDM1 and MRSA
  • Rotavirus

Capitalism and globalization provide the perfect atmosphere for the seeds of war to take root. Asia is the country to which eyes turn to in the prophecies. The other possibility mentioned in the Bible, Nostradamus, and other works is the Middle East.

There is the battle to become a Superpower. This is the urge to have the mightiest armies, control over the largest land mass and most people, and the largest political say. It is about not only who has the biggest weapons, but who has control of the most wealth.

CONCLUSION

It may be, to pseudo-quote the famous author Charles Dickens, “the best of times and the worst of times.” It is definitely the end of times, but the majority of the soothsayers, prophets, and prognosticators seem to look at the bright side of the situation. There will be all types of natural and human-made disasters. There will be disasters of Biblical proportion. It will seem to be all sorrow and tears, but there is hope.

Hope is of two types. According to some like Jenkins and Braden, a change in human endeavor, a movement away from the environmental degradation and greed of the current world will do much to decrease the severity of the coming times. Others seem to indicate an acceptance of the outcome, but indicate the need to prepare yourself and your family to deal with the problems resulting from the catastrophes on the horizon.

In the end, the approach you decide to take and the advice you glean from these prophecies and theories, even as to the actual end date, is up to you.

EPILOGUE

Throughout the ages, humans have turned to the wise, the shamans, the witches, the seers, the wizards, and the prophets. From them came the guidance of how to deal with the extraordinary. With the surge of interest in the year 2012, the floodgates have opened. Although the focus is on the Maya, Calendar with its sophisticated, intricate, and accurate system of telling time, it is not the only available means of exploring the unseen world.

The past and present provide concrete examples of what to expect from the very near and real future. Read the Bible, try to focus on the coded work of Nostradamus, or opt for the more sensationalist works of the media. If you feel up to it, give Crowley a go or try to understand what the poet Blake is saying about the Antichrist and other futuristic matters.

You can watch the highly sensational and somewhat fear-mongering movie “2012” or the segment on the Mayan Calendar. It was part of the “Decoding the Past” (2005 – 2007) series on the Discovery Channel. There are sequels to enjoy as well:

  • “2012: End of Days” (2006)
  • “Last Days on Earth” (2006)
  • “Seven Signs of the Apocalypse” (2004)
  • “Nostradamus: 2012” (2000)

The end result will at least provide you with an awareness of what people are talking about when they mention 2012 and its possible impact on the future. If you are serious, you will read all of the prophets and the theorists – both good and bad – compare them, and decide upon the validity of their arguments.

You can also consider the available indicators. Do they point to a Day of Reckoning? Has humankind overextended his/her boundaries and neglected what is proper in the relationships between human and planet, human and the God(s)? Has the spirituality and the humanity vanished from contemporary life?

Reading the literature and watching the films can open up the route of self-examination. Ask yourself: “Have I lost my way?” “Would I make the cut according to the Hopi philosophy on the final days?” “Have I followed a one-hearted path or gone down the two-hearted path?”

You can also consider whether you believe the world is too far gone to change. If it is, and you believe that the end is coming, what can you do? Or do you want to do anything? If it is going to be a true end of the world and you have no hope of escape, why would you do anything?

That is the crux of the matter. Do you believe the prophets on the coming of the end? If you do, your actions might turn on your perception of the finality of the End Times. If a Golden Age is to follow, do you want to be alive, or think you will be alive, to take part?

Do you think an individual can alter the path of destruction? Is spirituality the answer? Is it the end of the world or merely the end of the world as we currently know it? There are many questions to consider and to either brood over or act upon. This is philosophy at its best, but it is philosophical musing with a deadline.

If 2012 is coming with a bang and a cataclysmic boom, it will be the end of the world and nobody will be fine. If the arrival of 2012 brings with it the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, some individuals will be happy, while others will be dead and gone.

The world will not end. It will be transformed… Everything
will change… Change is accelerating now and it will continue
to accelerate… If the people of the Earth can get to this 2012
date in good shape without having destroyed too much of the
Earth, we will rise to a new, higher level. – Carlos Barrios

On the other hand, if the skeptics are right and nothing happens whatsoever – like Y2K – the subject will vanish, becoming another over-bloated media-fed icon of our times.