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Our Next Research: The True End-Date

January 1, 2013

Now that the ruckus of the Mayan Calendar End-Date has arrived and passed without any apparent effect, it is time to start re-calculating the true end-date of their Long Count.

Why is this of any importance? Because they told us what the end of the calendar meant and it would be nice to have a little heads-up for the startling event. See my entries leading up to the 21st of December for more information if you have no idea what I’m talking about. Specifically the entry for December 20th, although you may require to read the several posts preceding that one to make sense of what I am talking about.

So, where did the GMT correlation go wrong? How could so many professional historians blow it? That it, if indeed, it was blown at all. You know, it could be that the Mayans had the entire thing wrong, even for the reasons they have always mentioned.

Yeah, maybe. But if they were right and the correlation wrong, what can we do?

First, we need to find some dates that are fixed that we can relate their history to. At the moment, the correlation is hinged onto an entry by the Spanish churchman, Landa, in his texts. He mentioned the Mayans celebrated a certain calendar event on a certain day on his calendar.

The problem for this correlation is that the Maya themselves had ceased to use the Long Count some six centuries earlier. And if they had quit using it, how were they to calculate the exact date of the baktun or katun ending? Perhaps they had dropped a cycle or part of the sequence in the intervening years and could not themselves reliably place the date in question with any accuracy. This same problem was noted by John Major Jenkins in his online article “Maya Elders and 2012” at

Perhaps I have misstated the problem but it would seem that after six centuries without its use, keeping exacting track of the Long Count may have been lost.

It is probable that the tzolkin has not lost its sequencing. It is relatively small and easy for every locality to keep the sequence straight. So I would assume the ending of the Long Count would fall on some future rendition of either 13 Ahau (end of tzolkin) or 4 Ahau (end of Long Count).

The next 13 Ahau is March 31st, 2013. The next 4 Ahau is September 7th, 2013.

The Mayan Elder, Don Alejandro had stated (I believe in early 2009), that the calendar would end on December 21st, 2012, but the Sun would darken on the last day of March 2013. Alejandro claims the darkness will result from an “eclipse” and the duration of the darkness will be in the range of 60-70 hours.

Then, of course, Jenkins says the “darkening” of the Sun is merely a poetic way to state the Sun will align with the black hole at Galactic Central. But know better. The Maya did not build their calendar to point to any vague sort of allegory. They specifically said “New Sun” not New Age as Jenkins prefers.

There has never been an eclipse of the Sun that endured for 60-70 hours (almost three days!) so the darkening must be from some other agency.

Still, if it is of such short duration – rather than the 200 days mentioned in the ancient texts – I would be most pleased.

That is, if the 13 Ahau is correct. Bruce Fenton @ seems to think that the Long Count ended on the 21st of December but the real change would come at the end of the tzolkin we were in the midst of when the ending came. He lists several interesting correlations with this new date in his article Mayan 5th Sun on 13 Ahau 31-03-2013 (

Again, we shall have to wait and see if the Maya were anywhere close in their predictions.

Obviously, nothing happened on 12/21/2012.

Well, nothing we could see.