By Ed Sherwood
Part 1: The 2012 ‘Prophesy’
As 2012 draws near to a close more and more people are talking about the ‘Mayan prophesy’, and the coming to an end of a great Mayan calendar ‘Earth cycle’ of 144,000 days, or 394 years, on midnight, December 21st 2012. Some believe the end of planet Earth is nigh, while most people are simply wondering is there really anything to be concerned about. Humanity survived the passing of 1999 and Y2K, and far more significant events less known in recent decades. Is all the hype and fear about the end of 2012 any different?
To start with, I do not believe the world will end on December 21st 2012.
Nor do I subscribe to the merchants of ‘doom and gloom’, who profit from people’s fear of the certainty of an end for us all one day, and the uncertainty of when and how. For millennia human beings have feared the perceived endings of a periodic cycle: the coming of night; a New Moon; Winter; a total Solar eclipse; the end of a century; the turn of a millennium, and while cyclical ‘end times’, and times of transition, can be times of tribulation, that are very difficult, even catastrophic for some, or many, it doesn’t mean the end of all on planet Earth.
It is true humanity has never been so capable of self-destruction and destructive towards the planet it depends upon. Nor has humanity known so many possible ‘threats’ to its existence, and ways to be destroyed, from exploding stars, gamma ray bursts, Earth colliding planetary bodies, comets and asteroids, Earth directed solar coronal mass ejections, erupting super volcanoes, mega landslides, mega tsunamis, polar shift and magnetic reversals, global warming and global cooling, polar ice melting and rising sea levels, oceanic circulation disruption and shut down, world climate change, increasing hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, famines, plagues, human population, war and more. It really IS a dangerous time to live on planet Earth, especially when one considers not only all of the possible actual physical threats to our existence but also the potential negative psychokinetic effects of all of the imagined ones as well. If we are not careful, apart from anything else we might experience before the end of 2012, which is almost behind us, we might co-manifest a self-fulfilling prophesy of some of the things we FEAR could happen, and not when we expect them. I say this not to evoke more fear but to alert the fearful thinkers of the potential psychokinetic effects of their thoughts.
While some make dire predictions and fast ‘fortunes’ feeding the idea of catastrophe to the many, while citing the Maya as the source of their conviction, and destructive events that have come to pass over the last few decades, and in the distant past, most mainstream scholars of Mayan studies say there are no references in any of the classical Mayan texts, or architecture, referring to predictions of world, or regional, catastrophe on Winter Solstice 2012. In other words, the ‘2012 prophesy’ isn’t really a prophesy at all, since the Maya made no predictions of what will happen on December 21st 2012.
What scholars do say is December 21st 2012 marks the end of a time period, or cycle, or count, of days equal to 20 ‘k’atun’, or 1 ‘b’ak’tun’ of the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar system. A b’ak’tun is a period of 144,000 days or 394 solar years. This calendar, that pre-dated the Maya but was adopted and perfected by them, was utilized to accurately record and predict significant cyclical events, deemed auspicious or inauspicious, since the mythological beginning of their civilization, including the notation of long period astronomical cycles, like the heliacal risings of Venus, as the morning and evening star, of 584 days (Ref.1). Combined with the observation and record keeping of shorter duration cycles of the Sun (i.e.: solstices, equinoxes and eclipses), and Moon, the Mayan astronomers and mathematicians, with their short (365 day), and long count calendars, could predict various astrophysical phenomena with great accuracy.
‘The Maya name for a day was k'in. Twenty of these k'ins are known as a winal or uinal. Eighteen winals make one tun. Twenty tuns are known as a k'atun. Twenty k'atuns make a b'ak'tun. The Long Count calendar identifies a date by counting the number of days from the Mayan creation date 4 Ahaw, 8 Kumk'u (August 11, 3114 BC in the proleptic Gregorian calendar or September 6 in the Julian calendar).‘ (Ref.1)
According to most Mayan scholars December 21st 2012 is the end of b’ak’tun 13, after which b’ak’tun 14, a new cycle of 394 years, or 144,000 days begins. While some interpret the end of B’ak’tun 13 to mean an end of our world, there is nothing in the Maya texts to substantiate this modern day end time ‘doomsday’ prediction.
What December 22nd 2012 will be, at least in a literal astrophysical sense, is the beginning of a new period of ‘light’, as the Sun slowly returns to lengthen our days.
In my view, it is a fear-based assumption of our modern times that the ending of the Mayan Long Count calendar cycle of b’ak’tun 13 (i.e.: 144,000 days after b’ak’tun 12), will be catastrophic for the planet. Not being superstitious about the number 13, I do not believe, as some do, that the Earth will be devastated by a massive Earth directed solar flare event on December 21st 2012 or by its position in relation to the center of the galaxy, or by it colliding with an invisible planet called ‘Nibiru’. It has never been my view that the world will end at midnight on December 21st 2012 and I’m sure those who fear it will, shall see otherwise. Having said that, if enough people expect, and visualize the worst, then the negative collective psychokinetic effect of all of that is expected, assumed, projected, and believed could cause more problems for the Earth than it already has, should that energy be physically manifested. I know what I will be (and have been) visualizing: the opposite of what many fear.
Ed Sherwood – December 19, 2012
Part 2: Lessons of ‘Prophesy’
Part 3: Beyond 2012
1) Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_calendar
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