Posts Tagged ‘theories’

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.

Free Book Giveaway

May 4, 2012

I had hoped my volume about December 2012 would have been published before 2012, but that didn’t happen. Still, it was released with eleven months to go before it becomes obsolete. And there may even be people who will want to read it after 2012 to find out why the end did not come.

Whatever.

Anyway, the publisher – Martian Publishing – is having a book giveaway and offering all their books for free through Mothers’ Day.

All their publications are in digital format and can be downloaded in several different formats (all at no additional charge) so you can read my book on your computer or a myriad of hand-held devices.

If you are interested in a free copy of my book, 12-20-2012 – Our Last Golden Sunset?, go to http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/martianpublishing, and view a free sample of the volume or click “buy” and enter the coupon code: BF53R.

The giveaway lasts through Mothers’ Day, so you’ve got a bit over a week to get the volume for free. After that it returns to the outrageous fee of $4.99.

They have other books being given away as well and if you are interested in any of those novels, there are free coupons listed on the publisher’s blog here at WordPress: A Different View (http://twaynemartn.wordpress.com/).

I only ask that you make some comment on the book but that is not anything I can enforce.

At the very least, I hope you find the volume entertaining.

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.

Cataclysmic History

February 11, 2012

There is a lot of upheaval in history. Nations invade and destroy other nations, wars leave millions homeless or dead. Diseases have ravaged the world repeatedly decimating populations on a large scale like the Black Death, or on the small scale like the European diseases introduced into the Native American populations with disastrous results.

But all that history involves humans. Mother Nature, on the other hand, seems to have been the perfect hostess over the eons. Sure mountains were built but very slowly, gradually. Continents have been formed and moved, gradually, slowly, very peacefully.

Science would have us believe that all these massive programs have each taken millennia to accomplish, and so no creatures – especially human ancestors – were much discomfited by the changes.

It paints such a nice and pleasant view of the changes the world has gone through. Sure things like Atlantis have sunk over the years but slowly, a quarter inch at a time, the years encroaching slowly. And, before the waves could encroach on habitations, the people could up and move to higher ground.

Such a pleasant pastoral existence this planet has had. But for one small problem: the evidence.

Encroaching Ice Ages were supposedly a gradual changing of the climate over centuries.

Then why are there mammoths trapped in the ice of the Siberian tundra with the marvelous tropical flora they had been chewing still stuck in its mouth? Why is the forest they had been standing in nothing more than a forest of trunks ripped off at a height of three feet? Where is the pleasant, gradual change we should have anticipated?

Science told us years ago that the age of the dinosaurs ended in such a gradual manner as well. Climate change gradually killed them off. When it was discovered an impact with a massive object probably caused it, the establishment fought the change desperately.

After several years they finally bowed to that evidence but only, I believe, because it could be relegated to a time some 65 million years ago.

Okay, they said, but since then there has only been a slow and gradual change.

In the face of evidence to the contrary they continue their same sad refrain. Why? Quite simple, really. The processes that built the universe they model in their mathematical construct are events measured out, gradually changing the universe, the world. Their construct demands these laws have to be followed and the laws show processes that are regulated, logical, structured.

If the world is really run by such mayhem, catastrophic forces that cannot be mathematically calculated and predicted, what is the point of their wonderfully vaunted science?

Actually, if they would just construct a model that reflects reality, maybe their model would reflect the real world.

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.

the Week

January 4, 2012

I have heard a lot of different theories about the week and the way it was arranged.

The Romans used a time interval longer than seven days in their earlier period but gradually adjusted it down to seven. From what I can tell, the Hebrews had seven days since their earliest writings.

But today we have seven days named Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There are also interesting theories about how they came up with those names.

Sun-day and Moon-day are fairly obvious but the next few seem to come to us from the old Norse gods: Tewes-day, Woden’s-day, Thor’s-day, and Freya-day. The last day was named for Saturn.

Apparently some monk in the past realized the planets arranged in their distance from the Earth were Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn.

The “distance-from” criteria is wrong as we now know but I can not figure out how someone thought the Sun was closer than the Moon since the latter eclipses the former, and not vice-versa.

Also, I question the rational of equating Woden, king of the gods, with Mercury. Actually, this bit of connection was done by the early Roman writers and their correlation seems to have stuck, regardless of the rationale or complete lack of it.

But Woden was Mercury? Wasn’t he the god that plucked out his eye for wisdom? And the only planet I know with a large red spot is Jupiter.

And they thought Thor was Jupiter? Yeah, I can see that the god with the bright red hair and red beard, and very warlike, should not be equated with the red planet.

Obviously, someone is not putting things together correctly to my mind. But, maybe I’m wrong.

Still, if you follow the Sun and planets in order of brightness: Sun, Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn. And there, amazingly, you also have the arrangement of the days of the week.

At least, to my mind, it really seems to be that simple.

Also, it is interesting that the Spanish still call Saturday, “Sabado”, the Sabbath. We celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday, even though it used to be on Saturday as well. So why did its worship on Saturday end? Well, let’s not get into that discussion at the present as it would open a whole big can of worms.

What’s a Calendar for, Anyway?

January 19, 2010

Calendars have a long and varied history. Presently, I believe they serve the same purpose as the census: a tax gathering tool. But the calendar did not start that way.

Some scholars think it was originally used to help with agricultural cycles, but I cannot see a culture living in tune with nature and the seasons – as they most certainly needed to be – require some numerical artifice to tell them when to plant and harvest; nature itself does that well enough.

It seems calendars were first devised to help honoring special days. Precisely why the solar anniversary of an important event was celebrated is unknown but it goes back to the misty beginnings of humankind. Perhaps it had something to do with our own birthdays.

But these special days were generally of religious significance. So the calendars were formed with religious overtones. The seven day week and the seven days of Creation from the Bible immediately come to mind.

Many early cultures used the Moon as the basis of their calendar rather than the Sun. This repeating cycle gave us the month, named for the Moon. The lunar cycle (about 29 days) falls just short of the modern month (30/31 days), so they would quickly fall out of alignment and the year measured by moons would end earlier and earlier each solar year. The Hebrews solved this by adding an extra lunar month every few years.

The length of the solar year seems to have undergone some adjustment as well. Some of the very earliest calendars have the length of a year set at 360 days and the lunar month at 30 days. These numbers led the ancients to devising the circle of 360° and the twelve astrological signs at 30° each. Historians think it strange that the ancients had such difficulty in counting the true length of a year. They marvel that the ancients did not notice the variance after a couple of years; in less than twenty years, the spring solstice would have moved an entire season!

Still, the ancients did make an adjustment. After many years, cultures around the world noticed the year was suddenly five days longer. Most simply tacked the extra five days to the end of their year in its own short “month” and considered them evil days.

Could it possibly be that the year in ancient times was only 360 days long? Could the Sun and Moon actually have been that closely synchronized? Historians mock the ancients for their obvious ineptitude but considering the ancients’ careful concern for the movements of the heavens, another solution seems appropriate. And judging by the widespread belief that the year was shorter, I would tend to favor the eyewitnesses.

Though the movements of the Sun and the Moon became the building blocks for the year and month, the origin of the week is less certain. Some think it a measure for the various phases of the Moon but no one knows for sure. It has been around a long time as evidenced by its inclusion in the Book of Genesis. Since the Jewish texts have it as the metaphorical length of time it took for the Creation perhaps a metaphysical or esoteric interpretation may point researchers in the right direction.

Still, most of the phenomena assigned to the birth of calendars are of celestial origin. So were the gods of the ancients. With the Sun, Moon, and planets deified, the basis for the calendar takes on even more religious overtones.

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.