Posts Tagged ‘Maya’

Still Waiting for the End?

February 22, 2013

Most people have moved on from the phenomenon once called “the End of the Mayan Calendar” and are actively searching for the next big end of the world date to worry about.

But I think they may have jumped the gun and abandoned the Mayan prediction a little too soon.

As anyone who has read my drivel for the past few years knows, the “ending” was not supposed to be the end of the world but the rebirth of the Sun. Of course that would entail a “death” of the Sun, in a manner of speaking, and the Maya told us it would be a wild runaway patch of sunspots.

sunspot

At the present time, we are entering into the active portion of the sunspot maximum – a cycle that comes every 10-14 years – and results from the interplay of the magnetic fields on the Sun. When they get a little tangled before their reversal, sunspots appear.

And, as I mentioned recently, the Maya mystics are calling for this end of the Sun cycle to occur when the current tzolkin reaches it’s end on March 31st of this year.

See? There may still be some life in the prophecy after all.


The Mayans Were Wrong!

December 26, 2012

That’s what I am seeing a lot around the web these days, now that the 21st has passed and the planet Earth is still standing.

But hold the phone.

The Mayans never said the world was going to end on December 21st, 2012. That was entirely our interpretation. As I mentioned before about the other calculations for the End-Date based on correlations done by people who were not G, M, or T.

Even the end-date correlation favored by Linda Schele (the 23rd of December, 2012) has already passed without a whimper.

All this means is that the correlations we have made are in error. Our calculations for the end date are wrong, not the Mayans.

Of course, that does not mean that the Mayans were not wrong about the ending of their calendar but only that our correlation for it is off. Perhaps we should research the thing a little bit more and come up with a better correlation before we claim the Mayans were wrong.

It may still come to pass, some future day, and we’ll be able to better correlate their calendar – or see if they were really wrong.

Until then, the world continues as it has and – more importantly – the Sun continues as it has for some five thousand years.

If nothing changes in that regard, then the Mayans were wrong.

For now, the only ones wrong were us.

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.

How Exacting Can You Get?

October 16, 2012

Several people have asked me to get a little more exact in the prediction for “the end of the world”.

Of course, that would mean that I actually thought the world was coming to an ending event at some point in December 2012.

First off, I don’t think any such thing is going to happen. As I said in my book, 12-20-2012; Our Last Golden Sunset?(available in digital and print formats at Amazon), there won’t be any such ending (or at least not one prophesied by the Maya) or any sort of “beginning” to an end.

As I said in the book, that’s not what the Maya were talking about.

Far from it.

But, in the interest of academic thought, I have done some calculation and have come up with a more exacting timeframe for the predicted event, or non-event.

The Maya Calendar will end at 7:38 AM (EST) on December 21st, 2012, give or take a decade or two. And that’s about as exact as I can get it.

So, if nothing happens at that time, you will not have wasted the whole day, huh?

And if something does happen on that Friday morning, you can just get your weekend started a little sooner, huh?

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 Fire Cycle

January 1, 2012

The “Fire Cycle” is formed by the conjunction of the 260-day tzolkin and the 360-day haab every fifty-two years.

Although the existence of the repeating cycle and it’s recurrence every fifty-two years is well known, the ceremony associated with it has caused no end of confusion.

The ceremony was quite simple: everyone in the region doused all their flames, all their fires, all their lights on the appointed evening. Then everyone waited.

The priests at the local ceremonial center watched the skies to ascertain that the Earth was not going to be destroyed. Then, when they were certain the Earth was spared yet again, they lit the central fire.

People from all over the region lit torches from this new fire and carried the flame back to their villages to re-ignite the fires all over the countryside.

This scene happened at not one, but at all the Mayan ceremonial centers.

But what was this huddling in the darkness to see if the world would be destroyed?

There are plenty of theories on the subject, most of them centering on some superstitious mumbo-jumbo about a bad storm in the past – perhaps a bad hurricane or some such – and they feared it would return.

Even Velikovsky weighed in on this one, thinking it coincided with the returning of the planet Mars to come into close contact with Earth.

But still no one mentions a correlation to the most curious aspect of this scenario.

Why gather in the dark and wait until the first glow of dawn is evidenced in the east?

Sure the whole thing may be some sort of mumbo-jumbo but even superstition is based in something that makes some sense.

Yes, a hurricane does sometimes make the sky very dark. But they are not protecting themselves from wind, rain, or any of the elementary forces in that regard.

From the records I have seen, it does not appear that this ceremony goes too far distant in the past. Not anything like near the starting period of the Classic Period. In fact, it seems to become prevalent in the later Classic Period.

In other words, after the Maya had already abandoned the Long Count.

Could it be that some ceremony concerned with the Long Count was transferred to the fifty-two year correlation of the other two calendars?

And if that were the case, what could be the importance of the darkness?

If you have not seen any of my articles before this one, the answer may surprise you. (Please read further details in the other articles if you find it too highly unlikely.)

It could be that they fear the Sun will go out sooner than the end of the Long Count. For some reason they seem to have the idea that it will happen at one of the fifty-two year celebrations.

And perhaps they forgot that was what the Long Count was for: counting the days to the end of the Sun. Literally.

How could they ever forget something as major as that?

Good question. Perhaps when they lost faith in the Long Count, they lost faith in a lot of things it was supposed to stand for and that would include the coming of the New Sun, Fifth Sun.

Which was due right after Fourth Sun was extinguished.

The End of the World… Again

December 31, 2011

Harold Camping, a radio evangelist, made a bit of news recently by predicting the world was going to end… on May 21st, 2011.

As this entry is being entered after that date, we can assume it did not come to pass.

Actually, he was predicting the “rapture” would occur on that date and the world of those left behind would go through a series of tribulation until Oct. 2011 when the real final day would come.

So, May 21st was only important for those being raptured.

It was the Oct. 21st date that was going to be the Big One. So, everyone could get ready (once again) for the end of the world!!

Far be it from me to point out that this learned preacher also predicted the end of the world for September 1994. He was off by quite a bit, there.

What really is most intriguing about this new date he has set, Oct. 21, 2011, is exactly one week before the date Carl Calleman has set for the true End Date of the Mayan Calendar: Oct. 28, 2011.

So, it looked like John Major Jenkins and the remainder of the 2012 gurus were going to be upstaged by the radio evangelist and Calleman?

Well…?

I did not hold my breath for either date.

And not even for Dec. 21st, 2012.

The Mayans were never talking about the end of the world even though we seem to be obsessed with wanting it to end.

And from the rate we are progressing, I don’t see much of that “gradual enlightenment” John Major Jenkins is always talking about, either.

If we studied a little harder, we might actually begin to make some sense of this subject.

Or shall we continue wallowing in non-sense?

Apocalypto

December 30, 2011

This is about “Apocalypto”, the film by Mel Gibson.

I heard so many bad reviews from the Mayan crowd on this movie that I avoided it when it came out to the theaters.

But that did not stop me from renting it a while back and viewing it at home.

Surprise! It was actually a very enjoyable experience.

I had heard that it showed the Mayans as a blood-thirsty religious-crazed civilization on the decline.

There were enough of those elements in the film to garner that sort of reaction. But I found it to be historically accurate.

The characters all spoke Mayan throughout the film. The cinematography was magnificent, the characters agreeable in the Hollywood-stereotypical fashion.

Perhaps the one thing I knew that the others viewers did not was that the majority of the Mayan centers had been absorbed into the spreading warrior culture of the Toltecs from the west.

Most of the Mayan civilized areas had already been abandoned by the Maya themselves before this period.

So, the blood-thirsty group that rounded up the Mayan peasants and dragged them to the city for execution were not the same as the Mayan rulers of old.

It is not to say that the Maya themselves did not engage in this sort of activity at times. They most certainly did.

But nothing on the same scale as the Aztecs and the Toltecs of the period around the Spanish Conquest.

No, at that time, the majority of the Mayan were off the radar.

So, though I can understand the concern, the Maya are shown in a favorable light in the film.

But there was no mention of the calendar or their marvelous end-date. Gibson had a different sort of “ending” theme in his mind.

Back to the Calendar

December 25, 2011

It has been a while since I last wrote anything here about the Mayans or their calendar.

I have been rather busy writing other books since the calendar volume was not selling. And I had thought the book would be a rather hot topic. Seems like I was wrong.

Anyway, I have been working on the novel that lead to the research on the calendar called Cycles: a Mayan Tale and it is coming along nicely but slowly.

Working a full time job and raising a family do not lend a lot of “spare time” for other, personal, things.

But we are now only seven days away from the fated year of 2012, I thought I would get a few more articles written that I had planned… before other things interrupted.

And if there are questions from anyone on the subject, please feel free to query, or comment, or do nothing other than read and enjoy.

I seriously doubt this blog will continue beyond 2012 – not because the world is going to end!! – because the interest in the subject will have wained.

Still we can have some fun until then.