Mayan Calendar And 2012: 7 Myths And Why It’s A Non-Event, Despite What The Exploiters Say

Mayan Calendar And 2012: 7 Myths And Why It’s A Non-Event, Despite What The Exploiters Say


Remember “Y2K”? Consider the noise surrounding 2012 and the Mayan calendar to be similar.

The alarmists and poetic New Age opportunists who promote their tall tales while tugging at your heart strings with “heart-centered” communications will move on to other things in 2013.

Yet another correction in the financial markets will probably take place in 2012, along with extreme weather conditions around the globe and other calamities, but none of it will be any more out of the ordinary than any other year over the past several thousand. Even if E.T.s landed on the White House lawn in 2012, it wouldn’t have anything to do with the Mayan calendar.

Do yourself a favor and refuse to accept feel-good prose mixed with half-truths and outright myth as fact. Escapism and Hollywood-esque science fiction isn’t “spiritual,” it’s just a means for profit for the New Age snake-oil salespeople while taking you on a ride to nowhere.

We highly recommend fact-checking everything in films/books centered on 2012 and the Mayan calendar. Stories of catastrophe and doom sell and there’s a huge market for such misinformation.

The Mayan calendar is a perpetual calendar, it had to end/start over again at some point, and it isn’t the most accurate calendar when you compare it to others throughout history.

December 21, 2012 is merely the first day of the Mayan calendar 13th “b’ak’tun” (144,000 day cycle), and when a new 5,125.37 year (1,872,000 days) cycle begins. Just as we begin our modern calendar (which is a more accurate time keeping system than the Mayan calendar: on January 1st, the longest cycle in the Mayan calendar starts anew every 5125.37 years.

7 Myths surrounding 2012 and the Mayan calendar:

1. The New Age 2012 authorities speak of “transcending many of the worst prophecies already…” (and if you buy their next book and attend their seminars, you can transcend the others too).

2. The “future of humanity” is not at stake and there is no “critical crossroads, evolutionary jump and shift in consciousness, and radical transformation,” in connection with the Mayan calendar and 2012.

Humans have always been spiritually progressing for eons, and everyone’s evolution is unique and transpires at various rates. For some, the year 2012 may be a very important year, for others not at all. And that goes also for the years leading up to and following 2012.

Additionally, as humanity moves beyond each decade, century, and millennium as reflected in our modern calendar, there always have been and always will be adjustments and shifts of varying degrees (e.g., year 999 to 1000 AD): they are gradual, and represent different things to everyone depending on their unique personal charts.

3. The Mayan calendar (Tzolkin) has not predicted “…every eclipse (and other astrological phenomenon),” as some 2012 exploiters claim.

4. There is no “galactic alignment, occurring for the first time in 26,000 years.” At this time, Earth is approximately 30,000 light years from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Also, viewed  from Earth, the Sun will only appear to be in the center of the Milky Way, and this “alignment” happens every winter solstice (yawn).

5. Your “spiritual parameters” aren’t dissolving at this time (leading up to Dec. 2012) to allow you to “create the reality you want…” That’s just another false-hope-for-profit scheme.

6. “Everything” is not leading up to 2012 and things are not “coming to a head.” The magnetic fields aren’t weakening, the Sun has not “already lost its poles,” and the Earth’s poles aren’t melting any more than at any other time in recorded history.

7. The Mayans said nothing about disaster and doom, financial or otherwise in relation to 2012. The recent financial crisis has nothing to do with the Mayan calendar and 2012–it’s an extremely tenuous link.

Prediction is all about pattern recognition. In order to establish a reliable pattern you have to note every time there is a significant, regular juncture in the cycle. In this case, the Mayan calendar, it’s every 144,000 days (394.3 yrs. in our modern calendar), or every 5,125.37 years for the longest Mayan calendar cycle.

However, you must look at multiple cycles/indicators (Scott relies on over 500 in his systems of analysis) to get  reasonable accuracy rates, in particular how the universal cycles relate to you personally (personal cycles).

At the start of each 144,000 day/394.3 yr. Mayan cycle, you’ll find these years in our modern calendar (besides 2012), going back in time: 1618; 1224; 830; 435; 41, etc.

Notice that none of those years coincide with any of the most significant financial crises in recorded history, as outlined below?

*Tulip craze/collapse of mid 1600s

*South Sea Company craze/collapse early 1700s

*Railway mania bubble in mid 1800s

*Stock market crash of 1929

* crash of 2000-2001

*Mortgage/credit crisis 2008/2009

(The Great Railroad Bubble is one of history’s worst financial collapses: Speculators in Britain spent more than 25% of GDP, the equivalent of Trillion today.)

It could very well be that we’ll see another financial markets/credit collapse in the near future (e.g., 2016/2017); everything is cyclical, including boom to bust financial cycles, and they have nothing to do with the Mayan calendar.

The 2012 story-tellers who exploit an impressionable audience’s thirst for escapism should be seen for what they are: myth propagators and profiteers.

We believe that end of the world scenarios and Mayan “prophesy” that promises ruin and transformation for all of humanity are 100% entertainment. It’s deplorable that so much New Age content is full of fabrications and falsehoods. It’s just an opiate for the uninformed and adds to the colossal body of evidence that exposes the bulk of the New Age industry as a racket.

“…(the interpretation of 2012 as a doomsday or ‘cosmic-shift’ event is) a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in.” Sandra Noble, executive director of the Mesoamerican research organization

“There is no serious scholar who puts any stock in the idea that the Maya said anything meaningful about 2012.” David Stuart, director of the Mesoamerica Center at the University of Texas at Austin 

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Scott Petullo and Stephen Petullo are identical twin intuitive consultants and have been exploring metaphysics since the early 1980s. They are experts in prediction, fate, karma, love life, and past life regression, and offer priceless insight to help you get more of what you want in life. Get their free report: 13 Spiritual and New Age Myths and 11 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Psychic.

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Apophis In The News Again – Russians Still Talking About Deflection

The Russians are at it again – talking deflection that is. The Russian News Agency Ria Novosti reported last week that “Russian Astronomers Predict Apophis-Earth Collision in 2036.” Although on further reading they are not really saying that Apophis will impact earth on April 13th 2036. Russian astronomer Professor Leonid Sokolo informs us

the chance of a collision on Easter Sunday in 2036 was extremely slim, predicting that the asteroid would likely disintegrate into smaller parts and smaller collisions with Earth could occur in the following years

So should we be worried (those of us who will still be around then)? Apparently not, as it is looking unlikely that Apophis will come anywhere near hitting us. But it makes great headlines so be prepared for more and more sensationalist news over the years and especially after the end of the Mayan Calendar in December 2012 when the doomsday merchants will have to find another target.

Apocalypse When? Sooner or Later….

A good read about the End of the World in December 2012 and The Mayan Calendar

Apocalypse sooner or later

January 22, 2011

Relying on the calendar of the ancient – and extinct – Mayans, end-of-the-world movements are sweating on 2012, writes Linda Morris.

FIRST the bad news: come December 21, 2012, the world as we know it will end. On this ill-starred date, the solar system will swing into alignment with the midpoint of the Milky Way, precipitating tsunamis, the cracking of continental shelves, the shifting of the magnetic poles, solar flares and other cosmic mayhem not recorded since the planetary upheavals that rendered the dinosaur extinct.

This is a bumper period for end-of-the-world buffs. Based on their reading of ancient prophesies and celestial alignments, many groups are expecting the apocalypse.

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The good news: the world’s leading astrophysicists, whose job it is to map the vaults of heaven, to search the galaxy for stray cosmic missiles, don’t believe a word of it.

Of course, official denial has never previously tripped up far-fetched claims and doomsday scenarios because they are impossible to prove or disprove – and hasn’t life proved stranger than fiction? In fact, puzzling mysteries and forbidden secrets are oxygen for conspiracy theories – all the better if there is some link to some ancient cult with a concealed understanding of the final destiny of mankind.

Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, a rather conventional fictional murder mystery, got its drive from the clandestine Opus Dei movement. For the 2012 movement, the ancient Mayans – the pre-Columbian civilisation that occupied Central America – unlocked the secret to the end of life on earth.

The theory goes that the Mayans, known for advanced writing, mathematics and astronomy, predicted the end of the world via their Long Count calendar system, which Spanish conquest and colonialism ended. The Mayans broke the world’s time into 5126-year periods – the calendar cycle, or b’ak’tun, ends in December 2012.

Scholars believe the Mayans attributed no more significance to the resetting of the clock than an anniversary date, much as the Gregorian calendar marked the new millennium. However, on the internet the so-called Mayan prophecies have converged with theories about crop circles, alien abduction and the lost continent of Atlantis.

Among the more bizarre reports is that UFO watchers and New Agers are heading for a village in southwestern France, believing either that aliens are hibernating in a rising peak there awaiting Armageddon or that this mountain will be one of the few places in the world to shelter from the coming cataclysm. One website hypothesises that the Mayan calendar spells the exact co-ordinates of mystery UFO sightings at the abandoned Roswell airfield, ground zero for UFO exponents.

Another theory has it that a planet, Nibiru, has been tracked by infrared observatories at the edge of the solar system and is speeding towards Earth. Due to enter the solar system in 2012, it will create gravitational havoc. NASA’s impatient denials have served only to fuel the scare. They would say that, wouldn’t they?

Even Hollywood has got in on the act with a series of disaster movies climaxing about 2012. The original hysteria seems to trace back to an esoteric American author, Frank Waters, who studied the Maya tradition and proclaimed the Long Count calendar an oracle to end times in his little-known 1989 text, Mexico Mystique, the source reference for all 2012 doomsayers.

In a spin-off theory, John Major Jenkins fused the Mayan calendar with cosmology and New Age teachings. Jenkins drew a link between the end of the Mayan calendar, the northern hemisphere winter solstice (which falls on December 21) and the so-called alignment of the sun to the midline or the ”dark rift” of the Milky Way due at that time.

The Mayans’ astronomical and mathematical abilities were superior to those of Caesar’s Rome and were considered the most accurate until the Renaissance. Their calendar calculations were infused with religious importance, each day devoted to a saint.

Jenkins encourages a spiritual rather than an apocalyptic reading of this conjunction. The importance of 2012 is not as an end date in itself but heralds a new era of spiritual transformation and renewal.

The feared Y2K bug failed to stymie global communications, making fools of the prophets of doom. Now pop culture has embraced the 2012 movement, leaving the academics to bat away predictions of an impending cosmic implosion.

The astrophysicist Dr Charley Lineweaver views the wonders of the universe daily but searching in the firmament does not incline him to a belief that the ”Big Crunch” is imminent. Lineweaver knows the universe is ultimately doomed but the point at which our sun will run out of fuel is probably 5 billion years away, not in our lifetime, and the point by which no life will exist in the universe is ”many, many billions of years from now”.

”The planets are always aligned in a disc called the ecliptic and the sun and stars of the Milky Way are also in the disc of our galaxy. These two discs are not aligned in any meaningful way,” he says.

”The planets go around the sun in the ecliptic disc with different orbital periods. Sometimes there are more planets in one direction than in another and this has been going on for about 4.5 billion years. Try as hard as I might, I am not able to believe that the world will end in 2012 because of some ‘alignment’ that happens every 200 years or 2000 years or even every 200 million years.”

Solar activity is expected to intensify, as it does every 11 or so years. As for a renegade planet out there threatening our very existence, the lack of evidence and the denials of NASA have not stopped the theory going viral on the internet. At the very least this hypothetical planet risks collision with sound judgment.

So why are we so willing to disbelieve the denials of our eminent scientists? Why is conspiracy trumping reason?

”Why do we go to horror movies?” counters Lineweaver. ”Maybe we’re giving the fear centres of our brains a workout.”

Predicting the world is going to end is likely to put you on a book bestseller list. However, there is more at play in the 2012 movement than entertainment and easy profit.

Beliefs in the end of time – or at least an end to life as we know it, a dawning of a new reality or consciousness or creation of a utopian world, usually by way of a deity’s intervention – are deeply grounded in ancient religious doctrine. Christian eschatologies, dealing with final destinies, are preoccupied with the fulfilment of biblical prophecy of the second coming of Christ, Judgment Day, a new vision of heaven and hell.

Even after the Enlightenment, reason and rationality have not satisfied mankind’s thirst for answers to the riddle of existence and the world’s ultimate fate. In common with advocates of medical miracles, doomsayers lurk in the gaps in scientific knowledge, in the spats between experts and in the confused complexity of scientific knowledge.

As humankind has come to understand its minuscule place in an infinite universe, the wrath of an angry God has given way to Cold War nuclear weaponry as the method of choice of our own destruction, which in turn has been usurped by stray asteroids, solar flares and sudden reversals of the magnetic poles.

Professor Catharine Lumby, the director of the journalism and media research centre at the University of NSW, suggests the 2012 movement and others that are sure to follow are symptomatic of the same shifting paradigm that has propelled Julian Assange to the world stage.

Conspiracy theories abounded in mediaeval times when dissent peaked against the oppressive authority of the Catholic Church. This was when the French seer Nostradamus supposedly predicted World War III. The same could be true today – except elected government has supplanted the Pope and the internet is the printing press for today’s disenfranchised and disempowered.

At the core of public support for WikiLeaks, Lumby says, are distrust of mainstream authority and public exasperation with spin-doctoring. These also drive the quest to expose cover-ups – Roswell, JFK’s assassination, September 11 – or to delve down to source material unedited and unmediated by a scientific elite or a government coterie.

”There have always been conspiracy theories. The Virgin Birth is one,” she says, ”but the internet has allowed people with unusual ideas about actual events to connect and multiply their theories and this is why it is critical that we counter irrational ideas with no evidence with far better and transparent information.”

Like it or not, doomsaying, in one form or another, is as deeply ingrained in human nature as pessimism and fatalism. A man of science and the Bible, Sir Isaac Newton predicted in 1704 that the world would end no earlier than 2060 to discredit ”fanciful men who are frequently predicting the time of the end and by doing so bring the sacred prophesies into discredit as often as their predictions fail”.

If plain speaking matters, it may be timely to remind those heading for refuge in the world’s highest peaks that the Mayans failed to predict their own demise, 1100 years ago.

Printed today in The Sydney Morning Herald.

A brief history of End of the World Predictions

Should you be worried about the “end of the world” which is supposed to happen at the end of the Mayan Calendar in December 2012? If you were born before 2000 you have already survived an “end of the world” scenario.

The human race has survived quite a few of these events and the world is still turning. The prophecies of the world ending are as old as time itself. It is understandable that people believed these prophecies in ancient times when their understanding of how the world works was negligable. But have we moved on from those ancient beliefs? Even though we know so much more about science now it seems that a lot people still believe in these ancient prophets. One of the early belief was that the world would end in 1000 AD and legend has it the Pope Sylvester ll feared the coming of the new millennium would bring the end of the world. But as we know now – that didn´t happen.

Nor did it happen in 1881 which was a date predicted by Mother Shipton. Following that, 1991 was supposed to see the end of the world, which we survived again. Then 2000 caused a lot of hysteria with people believing that all computers would stop working, planes would fall from the sky and civilisation as we know it would cease to exist.

So it doesn´t bode well for the December 22, 2012 prediction. If we survived all those other “end of the world” scanarios aren´t we surly going to survive the end of the Mayan Calendar? And on December 23, 2012 we will all be looking forward to April 13th 2036 when the Apophis Asteroid, on it´s second pass by earth, will supposedly come crashing into our planet, causing the End of The World.

Don´t make plans past 2012……

Whatever you are planning for your future, whether it’s a new house, starting a family or even going on a diet – don’t bother. In two years the world will end and your plans will be ruined. This is the belief of thousands of people across the planet, preparing for the end of the world and death of mankind. So grab your diary and put this date in it – December 21st 2012.

The concept is gaining momentum as many religious texts, historical documents and even NASA have ‘predicted’ that there will be major changes to the Earth in the year 2012. And with the help of celebrity believers including the always-reliable Mel Gibson joining in, 2012 has become the talking point at dinner parties everywhere.

So, where has this cultural phenomenon come from and why do so many people believe? The widespread panic that accompanied the end of the millennium and the whole Y2K debacle seems to have shapeshifted into another end of the world scare. Why should we believe this one when Y2K believers became figures of fun to all those who had mocked them. Well, there are many reasons to listen as 2012 theorists can source ‘facts’ and ‘knowledge’ to support their claims.

The most referenced prediction comes from the Mayan Calendar as believers point to the completion of the B’ak’tun cycle as the signal that a new world order will be upon us. So the Mayans have apparently predicted that the end of the world will occur in 2012 and that the length of the lunar moon is 329.53020 days. They were only thirty seconds out with their lunar moon guess so basically it’s all over for us earthlings. Misinterpretation can make a big difference when translating ancient texts.

If you aren’t convinced yet then take a trip to Yellowstone National Park where the world’s biggest volcano lays dormant. Beneath this US tourist attraction, a volcano with a pattern of erupting every 650,000 years is expected to celebrate its special day with us. So when is the volcano’s anniversary, that’s right – 2012. It is understandable that the volcano is set to erupt in the near future but it would seem unrealistic that it would even wipe out a small section of the American population so are the believers clutching at straws with this one?

Moving on. So the Earth has two magnetic poles, north and south, that help protect the Earth’s surface from the devastating effects of the sun. Well, hold on to your hat, because the protection is about to be rescinded, the poles are shifting and we are all set for the worst case of sunburn in history. So, stock up on some factor 50 sunblock and grab the biggest hat you can find because it is about to get extremely hot.

Scientists have also announced that sunspot activity will reach a massive peak in 2012, resulting in severe solar storms and atmospheric changes. With this predicted sunspot expected to be up to 50 per cent stronger than previous ones, NASA has even began making preparations for the problems that await. But will these events make as big an impact on live as we know it as is suggested?

Cynics will say that all of these theories are based upon false translations and misinterpretations that manipulate people’s faith and need to believe. However ridiculous the claims may seem to non-believers, it is certainly going to be an interesting day when the clock strikes midnight and the 21st December 2012 is upon us.

2012 and the Mayan Calendar

While looking around for some information on the 2012 end of the world theory I found this very useful post on

You have probably heard about the famous Mayan Long Calendar that is set to end its final baktun (cycle) on December 21st, 2012. This end has caused many to sit up and take notice because they are uncertain of what it signifies. The Mayan calendar 2012 deadline is one that has gripped the imagination of everyone from researchers of the Mayan culture. There are a plethora of clues, but putting the pieces together is something that can be quite difficult. This is another reason why there has been so much speculation about the event that will take place on that day. One theory that has been put forth is that this date signifies a rare alignment of the Milky Way galaxy that only occurs once every twenty five thousand years. Some researchers believe that this rare alignment is something that could cause a shift of the magnetic poles.This is something that has happened before in the distant past, and if it were to happen now it could usher in great and dramatic changes for mankind. The problem is that if the magnetic poles shift it will essentially affect the geographic and weather patterns across the entire globe.

Another clue to the Mayan calendar 2012 predictions is that there are also signs that this date will be significant in another celestial matter, the return of Planet X. This planet was originally referred to as Nibiru by the Sumerians, and according to their mythology was the home planet of a race of beings known as the Anunnaki that originally created humanity. Whether or not this is a realistic scenario, there is some scientific evidence of a planet that only orbits through our solar system once every three thousand six hundred years. If this planet were to collide with another planetary body or cause a massive disruption in our orbits, then this too could be dangerous for all of humanity.

Another thing that may coincide with the 2012 deadline is a powerful solar flare. While it is not uncommon for the sun to release solar flares on a regular basis, these are not usually large enough to cause major disruptions or problems. However, some scientists who have researched this phenomenon claim that the sun could release a substantially larger solar flare during this period. If this were to happen it could cause a lot of problems, and some of them could be very severe. So, could this be something that the Mayan calendar was referring to?

With all of the evidence of coinciding astronomical events occurring during this Mayan calendar 2012 time period, there is a good possibility that there is something to this date. While it is unclear of what will happen, the best way to make sure that you are doing everything possible to prepare for a major life changing event is to visit the link below. This way you can make sure that you are keeping in a constant loop of information about the Mayan countdown while at the same time doing everything that you possibly can to make sure that you and your family remain safe.

So if we happen to survive 2012 will Apophis get us instead??