Posts Tagged ‘doomsday’

Seven Weeks and Counting…

November 3, 2012

That is, if you are one of those who’s bothering to count.

Seven weeks from now, the election will be over by six weeks, Christmas holidays will have started for most people, and it will be the day AFTER the end-of-the-world.

Hm, I wonder what I’ll be getting for Christmas this year?

The Mayan Calendar will have come to its final day and on the 22nd of December, seven weeks from now, the New Calendar will begin.

Not the end of the world, just the end of the calendar.

And, of course, most of the 2012 websites will slowly fade, vanishing from the internet vistas, and I will probably see a large reduction of interest in both this blog as well as sales of my book 12-20-2012; Our Last Golden Sunset? but that sort of thing is to be expected.

Then the groundskeepers will come in and clean up all the litter left lying around… that sort of thing.

But the question for many people who were not the thrillseekers-of-the-new-millenium will wonder what the heck the Mayans were talking about. Perhaps Carlos Barrios or another of the Mayan Council will release a new book to tell us what was really going on, if they even know.

Perhaps cooler heads will prevail and begin to look at what the Maya were really talking about. Believe me, it’s not that complicated.

They told us right up front what their story, their calendar, all the hoopla was really all about.

So, perhaps we should look at the possibility of a new correlation…

That is, if nothing really happens on the 21st of December.

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So What Happens When…?

June 10, 2012

A friend was telling me that the 2012 market will dry up around Christmas this year, you know, when nothing happens on the 21st.

So, with most of the people writing about the marvelous (or terrible) things due for the planet on December 21, 2012, that may be true. Either they were right or they were wrong and they can pack up their stuff and go elsewhere.

Where? Probably to the next big doomsday coming down the pike. The crowd expecting the meteor impact scenario has already made the adjustments. Many of them have moved beyond 2012 and simply anticipate it happening “someday”… and “soon”.

For most people, the Mayan Calendar End-Date will become old news, something to scoff at like they did to the doom forecast for “Y2K” several years ago.

Mayan scholars will be thankful the date has passed and they can get back to the serious study of their interest without being tugged aside by such useless questions.

But my interpretation of the Mayan End-Date still leaves the question open. What they saw that caused them to create the calendar in the first place still remains.

What if their interlocking cycles were somehow off by a small fraction? Does that mean the doomsday might still befall us? No, there was never any doomsday predicted to begin with.

The celestial phenomenon they calculated may still come to pass at some later date. And it is not a doomsday.

And when it happens, they can dust off their calculating tools and begin structuring the calendar for the New Sun.

With, of course, another newer End-Date to be established for some several thousand years in the future.

The End-Date is really nothing more than a new start date, even if the actual date was missed by the ancients.

Endings, and New Beginnings

February 15, 2012

The End-Date of the Mayan Calendar has led to a lot of speculation. Many see it as a time of destruction and chaos, maybe even Doomsday.

Many see it as a time of spiritual awakening, leading to a Golden Age for Mankind.

But, I wonder, are the two mutually exclusive?

Certainly the four previous Suns of the Maya have ended with a bit of a problem for the humans living at the time.

One ended by fire, one ended by whirlwinds, one ended by floods, and one ended by a bunch of wild beasts. And this current Sun is supposed to end with earthquakes.

None of these scenarios sound like a Saturday afternoon picnic. Any one will cause a panic for sure even if the result was a sort of spiritual awakening by the handful of survivors.

Perhaps only a handful could really have a spiritual awakening anyway. More, and there might be the same old mess we have currently.

It is interesting that the periods at the end of each Sun also call for a period of darkness. Most people assume this merely means a darkness on the spirit of man.

What if the darkness were actually a little bit more? What if the Sun were actually being renewed?

The Book of Revelations tells us in the ends days that the Sun will turn the color of sackcloth, and there will be darkness across the lands.

The last page of Dresden Codex has a warning about the end of this Sun: flooding and “black earth” & “black on high”.

Earthquakes will probably cause flooding and probably some fires, but the interesting part is the “black on high”.

Sure, that could be a description of dark clouds overhead but, if so, I think they would have mentioned clouds.

It sounds more like the sky.

And once the Sun does not shine as brightly, we would see dark skies and the stars in the “daytime”.

Every ending, however, leads to new beginnings.

And maybe it will be a spiritual awakening after all.

the Golden Enlightenment snake oil salesmen

January 7, 2012

Of all the theories about 2012, the one that tempts me most is the one about universal enlightenment and the coming Golden Age. Most of the authors and websites are backing this horse. And it is a very attractive entry. A peaceful change, a healthy change, a beneficial change to all of mankind as we head into a brighter, more user-friendly future.

Yes, I really like that theory. If only…

Unfortunately, I have seen this snake-oil salesman before.

Only in the 1960’s they hitched it to the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius. Same shtick, different date. They called for more peace, love, and understanding and all I’ve seen is more war, hate, and destruction. So far, Aquarius is not my cup of tea.

Of course, many now tell us the “actual” Age of Aquarius has not come yet, so there is still some time for the “universal enlightenment” to descend upon us. They tell us that the real Aquarian time is not due to start for a century or more. And yet some prophets have now pegged the start to December 21st, 2012. How convenient, huh?

Back in the day, there were many more people proclaiming the coming Golden Age than those predicting the end of the world. So, now, the 2012 phenomenon has given both sides a chance to renew their campaign of hope (or doom, as the case may be).

Even with all the primary writers on the 2012 phenomenon pulling for this scenario – and though John Major Jenkins, Jose Argüelles, and Carl Calleman may differ on major points, on this one they are still unified – this is to my mind the least likely of all the scenarios. Why? Well, let’s just say I have studied enough of human history to know what mankind would do with such “enlightenment”. Not being cynical, just being a realist. Without some basic understanding of what the enlightenment would mean, I do not see much impetus for people to change.

I would much prefer the Spiritual Convergence descending on us but the evidence for it is mighty slim. What evidence is offered? All the prophets for this angle merely state that the Maya were spiritual. That may be, but what exactly does that mean? What does that prove?

Unfortunately, not much.

And we are once again left where we were, like in the ’60’s with the love beads, the flower power, and nothing but a slim hope of universal enlightenment.

All the Fuss from One Reference… and Now, a Second

December 22, 2011

Apparently, one article tells us that all the 2012 hoopla is derived from a single inscription off one stone tablet from the Tortuguero site in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.

Wow! One inscription alone about the End-Date has created all this ruckus.

But now, they say there is a second one as well!

On the face of a brick at the nearby Comalcalco ruin is a second notice about the end date. Some scholars – like David Stuart of the University of Texas at Austin – think it is just mentioning the date of the end of any of the baktuns. He says the third glyph on the brick is to be read as the verb “huli” – and you’ll have to excuse me as my Maya is a little rusty – but this is supposed to translate as “he/she/it arrives” but without the “future tense” marker… thereby meaning it could be talking about the past, though they do not mention where a “past tense” marker was present.

Still, it is interesting that the original Tortuguero inscription mentions that the ending of the calendar involves the arrival of Bolon Yokte, a Mayan god associated with both war and creation.

War and creation… hmm, I don’t get much about a meteor hitting Earth, a black hole swallowing us up, or even a marvelous golden age arriving.

However, time and wear on the stone make the rest of the message practically unreadable, though some interpret to garbled bit as saying, “He will descend from the sky.”

Oh, I see: aliens!!
Maybe the Sitchin hypothesis was correct after all.

Of course, a meteor/comet would descend from the sky as well.

I guess we will just have to stay tuned and see what happens, huh?

As if we had a choice.

You can read more at the original article:
http://news.yahoo.com/mexico-acknowledges-2nd-mayan-reference-2012-232405916.html
Mexico acknowledges 2nd Mayan reference to 2012
By MARK STEVENSON | AP – Thu, Nov 24, 2011

Data Mining

January 27, 2010

There is a lot of information on this subject both in published form and on the internet. As one blogger lamented: yes, there are a lot of End-Date websites, but they all seem to be selling something.

Still, there are many that are not trying to sell anything, except their slant on the 2012 question itself. Many are disciples of one or another of the authors mentioned above and they repeat their author’s interpretation and frequently attack other ideas. A lot of the information is repetitive, rehashing or copying other sites (thanks to the RSS feeds) or offering excerpts from the various theories.

The vast majority of theories fall into two camps: 1- those who think the End-Date will usher in the next Golden Age; and 2- those who think it will be the end of everything, or the world as we know it.

The Hollywood blockbuster movie, “2012”, encompasses the latter scenario. Let’s face it: the special effects in which they excel are better suited to sweeping catastrophes more than gradual enlightenment.

But which of these is the scenario the Maya foresaw, what did it mean to them? An exact answer is lacking. Their ancient writings are a bit ambiguous on the subject which is why there are so many varying theories today.

So we will have to try and find the answers elsewhere.

One might think it is an impossible task but there are ways to accomplish this. First we can consult their history and their cosmology for clues. Where the data is lacking we can examine the mythology of other ancient lands to find parallels, being careful not to imply too much from this without some sort of corroboration from the Maya sources.

They had an interesting mathematics but the number seven, so prevalent in other ancient societies seems to lack the importance for them.

Other sources of data can be in their social structures. The sacrificing of humans is a feature of most Mesoamerican cultures and may offer clues. That and the reason a great many of the victims were volunteers is a bit frightening. Perhaps their worldview and perception of the afterlife was substantially different than our own, and another piece of the puzzle.

Other scholars have brought information to the table – most to become ostracized by the scholarly community because their findings did not jibe with “accepted” theory. We shall have to examine these as well. Any kernel of information that lends itself to understanding the beginnings of this culture that produced such a marvelous wonder will have to be checked.

The data that adds to our understanding of their world view should help us understand the how and why of their calendar. Information that belittles them or their achievements will have to be discarded. A civilization does not put that much time and effort into constructing such a mechanism for no reason.

This was not some “secret society” or underground cult that tried and kept their motive or their message from prying eyes, this was a living and breathing culture that lasted for more than a millennium, using this very calendar in their daily life. Surely, the secret cannot be kept from our eyes too very long once we strip away the preconceptions and look at their story with honest and open eyes.

It may have been a religion but it will be something we can understand because of the humanness it must have held, even if the finer details seem somehow foreign to our modern mind.

Where the search eventually ends is hard to know at the start. But I know it will lead to a greater understanding of the Maya, their calendar, and ourselves as well. Because their story must discuss the real world, the same world they and we have in common.

The Nature of Memory

January 23, 2010

The Maya Calendar could be intended as an aid to memory. Not just for one person or a generation, but to pass knowledge onto future generations. Through specifying days of importance, they pass along insight into what they considered important.

Uneventful days are not commemorated, non-occurrences not remembered. Great circumstances are. The more memorable the event, the greater the commemoration.

I have been through many New Year’s in my life but can remember only a few of them. Some retained importance because of the persons I was with or some other passage in my life, but most have passed into oblivion as non-eventful. New Year’s Day is an important day on our present calendar but is not necessarily a memorable day.

The Sun crossing the Galactic Center is such an event. It happens annually but its occurrence on the Winter Solstice is a rare event. But if nothing had ever happened during such a crossing, why would the event be important?

Social memory works in the same fashion. The Sun crossing a certain point in the sky may be heralded as it is approaching but if the day passes without some event to punctuate the passage there is no reason anyone would mark it down in memory – there is nothing to remember. The memory requires something to latch onto. A normal day – and most of us that work a forty-hour week have plenty of those – simply does not lend itself to being remembered in any detail, much less commemorated.

Many doomsdays have been predicted in the past, and the days are now forgotten because exactly nothing happened. The doom and destruction of Y2K may be remembered today only as a laughing matter. In a century, it will be less than a footnote.

Many historians create time-scales to plot the great moments in history. This is highly subjective and often say more about the historian than our history. The “great moments” they pick are from our perspective, gauged by what is important to us now. Usually, great battles and wars find their way onto such charts but they really important in the greater scheme of things?

I think an epochal moment in history was the year 1950. No great wars or battles took place, nothing most people would call momentous happened, but I always considered it the birth of the New Age. In that year four rather special books occupied the top of the bestseller lists: 1- Kon Tiki, by Thor Heyerdahl, which would forever change our view of the capabilities of ancient man; 2- the Sea Around Us, by Rachel Carson, which gave birth to ecology and our consciousness of the natural balance around us; 3- Worlds in Collision, by Immanuel Velikovsky, which gave life to modern catastrophism; and 4- Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health, by L. Ron Hubbard, which hoped to change psychotherapy but evolved into the Church of Scientology and a myriad of New Age philosophies. (An interesting footnote that Hubbard – author of #4 on the list – based his book, Dianetics, on the theory of the “engram” which was hypothesized in a 1939 paper by Velikovsky – author of #3.)

No one includes this epochal year in any list. Perhaps most do not see anything of importance in these events. Milestones and catastrophes, however, are remembered. Milestones? Like the American Bi-centennial? Hey, where were you during the Bi-centennial? No, that’s not very memorable for most of us.

Where were you when President Kennedy was shot? Or, for the current generation, where were you on 9/11? Now, there’s a memory!

Epochal events are those that get remembered. So what is it that triggered the Maya? Certainly nothing as “memorable” as the Sun conjuncting the Galactic Center or passing over some other point in the heavens. Some sources tell us the 3114 BC date concerned the “birth of Venus” although that seems ludicrous to us as science informs us it has been around at least as long as our own planet. Or has it? Wasn’t that the subject of the book by Velikovsky mentioned above?

The birth of a new planet should be momentous enough to initiate a calendar, especially if the event was accompanied by some world-changing side-effects. But even then, the effects would dissipate over the centuries and when nothing similar repeated, the event would become less and less important than the celebration. Until all that was left was the date.

And the date alone has come down to us. But why, and why now?

2012 – What’s the Buzz?

January 18, 2010

I have a calendar on the wall in my office. Every year it reaches the end with nothing more dire than another round of New Year’s resolutions and the preparations for another season with the tax people. That and the bother of finding a new one to replace it… preferably one with some cute kittens or ferrets to make the coming year a little lighter.

So what’s all this fuss about the Mayan Calendar coming to an end? Can’t they just take it down and go to the local hardware or bookstore and get a new one? Well, unfortunately, their calendar covers more than one simple year; more like 5,125 years. Replacements like that are going to be pretty hard to come by.

What could they have been thinking when they devised such a thing? It seems strange in our hurry-hurry world to think that anyone would need to plan that far in advance for anything.

So, what were they thinking? The question is not intended to be rhetorical. Really, what were they thinking? Our calendar is designed to last one year for a purpose: we plan most everything in yearly increments – five or ten years at best. Were they thinking in five thousand year increments? And, if so, why?

It is possible, some tell us, that they were not actually planning that far in advance but simply passing along a message to us. Not exactly “us” specifically but perhaps they saw something in their future – the future of their grandchildren’s great-grandchildren’s grandchildren – that necessitated some means whereby they could convey the warning to them, and to us. But why should the message be couched in such unspecific terms? Why the subterfuge? Why not just tell us what it is they saw coming down the pike?

I believe they did. They made the message as clear as they possibly could only it seems that we have forgotten how to read what they have left us. Somewhere between the literal and the metaphorical interpretations of their legacy lies the truth in the message.

How can we decide which path leads to the answers? A lot has been written about the Mayan Calendar recently and there seems to be plenty of confusion about what is really going on. Some see dire omens, others see a new enlightenment, and yet others see just another December 21st no different than any other.

A recent History Channel production, “Mayan Doomsday 2012”, consulted a variety of prophets throughout the past to describe the coming end of the world in 2012. Unfortunately, the only one that actually mentioned the year 2012 was the Mayan Calendar; the others simply describe a doomsday scenario. None of the others, not Nostradamus or Cayce, supplied us with the date. And that rapidly approaching date is the puzzle.

A lot of this confusion comes about because the Mayan End-Date has only recently been discovered and the decipherment of their language is still ongoing. Apparently even the modern Maya had forgotten about it as it took the researchers several decades to piece together the start and end dates for their calendar – the Maya seem to have forgotten this dire prediction. Today there is still some disparity on the precise End-Date but most scholars agree that the calendar began on August 11th 3114 BC and will end on December 21st 2012. (The less-popular interpretation starts the calendar on the 13th of August 3114 BC and ends December 23rd 2012.) One researcher claims the actual End-Date is October 28, 2011, but most agree on the Winter Solstice date.

What could have been going on around 3000 BC to warrant the Maya starting a calendar that would last for more than five thousand years?

Again, what could they have been thinking?

the Mayan End Date

January 2, 2010

As I have said before, the Mayan Calendar End-Date was for a specific phenomenon, why else would the Maya point out a specific date rather than an era. And as the Mayans had studied cycles for many years, it must be something that is cyclic in nature, something that had happened before, something they felt was going to happen again according to a chronology they could calculate.

What cycles did they use to make this determination? From their mythologies – primarily cosmological in nature (like most ancient cultures) – they were most interested in the motions of the planets. They saw something in the motions that they could use to predict… well, whatever it was they feared would recur.

Could it have been an age of enlightenment coming as José Argüelles, John Major Jenkins, and Carl Johan Calleman, among many others, predict? Of course, it is possible, but how did we get lost from the last age of enlightenment?

That is not explained by any of these authors, but they do not seem to think it had happened before. From the Mayan writings, this was apparently something that had happened before and was planned on repeating. Were we going to get enlightened and lose it again, apparently as we were supposed to have done before? Perhaps enlightenment was not the event they were foretelling.

Could the Maya have been thinking of some sort of doomsday scenario, like an impact from a comet, meteor, or black hole? Certainly, it would be a very singular event that could signal the end of the calendric period. But, again, as the Maya seem to have built their calendar on studies of cycles, what possible cyclic recurring doomsday can they have foreseen? Are errant comets/meteors/black holes that predictable?

Or could the planet Nibiru going to be the culprit? Zechariah Sitchin, proponent and creator of this theory, stated that the mystery planet returned very cyclically every 3,600 years. But he reiterates that 2012 is most definitely not the return date.

Nibiru would already be visible to our telescopes if it was arriving ahead of Sitchin’s timetable but nowhere do we find any evidence of its approach. I have seen websites that claim it will become visible to the naked eye by May of 2010. Videos on Youtube claim it is already visible.

Confusing, huh? But none of that has anything to do with the mystery planet. Just ask Zechariah Sitchin.

And that leaves us with nothing to do but scratch our heads. What scenario would fit what the Maya have predicted with their marvelous calendar, if anything?

Let’s see… they claimed each age ended with something involving the Sun, each new age was called a new Sun, and as the Sun is the energy source dominating the Solar System, perhaps they noticed the cycles of the planets were somehow resonating with something about the Sun. (Just an hypothesis here.)

And the Sun? They claimed each new age was a new Sun, which means 2012 has something to do with the Sun. So my theory is that something will happen to the Sun in 2012. Of course, nothing may happen to the Sun but I think it is what the Mayans thought.

It is known that 2012 will bring a very active period to the Sun, specifically in regard to sunspots. So, what if the sunspots went completely overboard? What if they covered a large portion of the Solar disk so that the Sun appeared extremely dimmed?

When the sunspots eventually disappeared in the past it must have seemed that the Sun had been born again, hence a new Sun Age.

If anyone else has another theory that makes more sense, I would love to hear it.

I could be wrong. And the Mayans might be wrong as well.

End of Cycle – 2009

December 31, 2009

As this year draws to a close – yes, the end of our calendar (for this year) without anything so dire as the ending of the Maya Calendar – one can feel the usual reflection on the events of the year passed and the anticipation of the coming year. It surrounds us even as the cold winter air enfolds us… at least those of us in the northern climes. For those further south, it would be the warm air that enfolds.

It is just the end of a cycle most of us are very familiar with: 365 days to tuck away in history and turn to face the new year with resolve, if you are the type who makes resolutions.

New cycles always inspire many with new beginnings, new opportunities, new challenges. And that is a lot of what the Age of Enlightenment scenario is about.

There are a couple of interesting reads I have encountered that deal with various aspects of 2012.

One is from Julio Martinez-Clark’s blog (see: http:// juliomartinezclark.wordpress.com, his October 16th entry, “What are the Economics of a 2012 Solar Storm”) and deals with the economic angle of a 2012 Solar event of major proportions. He surmises that a large Solar storm could wipe out our electronic infrastructure and upset a lot of apple carts.

The other takes a completely different angle. Mary Miller on 2012 (see: http://forthetimeisathand.blogspot.com/, for October “Convergence of 2012”) touches on a different angle but has some good advice from John Peterson of the Arlington Institute. He says we must make the society adaptive to change and decentralize our government because, when the infrastructure collapses, the localities are going to have to be able to handle the problems.

I think it is interesting that, even though I said before that the Golden Age hypothesis was rather weak, this hypothesis may actually come about. Not that it was specifically what the Maya predicted, but as a by-product of the events that will unfold OR (even better) in preparation for the event.

Should our society begin preparing for the worst in our structure and our attitude, long before the End-Date arrives, then we should perhaps have that new enlightenment whether or not anything dire came out of December 21, 2012.

And if something bad happened on that date, we would be better prepared to handle it.

If we do nothing at all, we might actually be doomed. And I am not talking about a few people here and there subscribing to the notion that they have to assemble some survival gear to get themselves and their family through the ordeal. No, I am talking about the society as a whole start thinking more for the species and the planet than for themselves. Planning to survive “the end of the world” alone is not much of a survival plan.

Selfishness is what has brought this self-centered society to the brink (even without the help of 2012) and something a little more rational might be better for the future.

And 2010 might be a good time to start.