Thursday, October 1, 2009

2012...The End or New Beginning?

One of my favorite topics to discuss and write about is 2012, Illuminati, Government Conspiracies, and similar things. I have studied these topics for a few years now and have my opinions and ideas about it all. Right here in this posting I will write about 2012 and the predictions for that highly discussed year. So do you think 2012 will be the end of mankind or new beginning?

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Some information on the year -2012-

  • 2012 will be a leap year beginning on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
  • 2012 has been called "Alan Turing Year" in commemoration of the mathematician, computer pioneer, and code-breaker on the centennial of Turing's birth.
It is widely believed that transformative events will occur in the year 2012. This believe comes from the end-date predication of the Mesomamerican Long Count Calender. This calender lasts a total of 5,125 years and sets our ending on December 21st or 23rd of 2012. Besides this, there are plenty of hints and clues coming from legends, myths, scriptures, numerological, and prophecies.

The Maya are really the ones who brought this belief to where it is at today. And most Maya inscriptions are historical and do not make myths or prophetic declarations. The Maya are in my opinion one of the most important civilizations to ever have lived. The knowledge they have passed on to us is beyond amazing.

There are 2 items within the Maya Corpus that mention the end of the 13th baktun: Tortuguero Monument 6 & the Chilam Balam. So lets look at them:

Tortuguero

The Tortuguero site dates from the 7th century AD and consists of a series of inscriptions in honor of the contemporary ruler. One inscription, known as Tortuguero monument 6, is generally agreed among Mayanists to refer to the 2012 date. It has been partially defaced; Mayanist scholar Mark Van Stone has given the most complete translation:

Tzuhtz-(a)j-oom u(y)-uxlajuun pik
The Thirteenth [b'ak'tun] will end
(ta) Chan Ajaw ux(-te') Uniiw.
(on) 4 Ajaw, the 3rd of Uniiw [3 K'ank'in].
Uht-oom Ek'-...
Black ... will occur.
Y-em(al) ... Bolon Yookte' K'uh ta-chak-ma...
(It will be) the descent(?) of Bolon Yookte' K'uh to the great (or red?)...
Very little is known about the god (or gods) Bolon Yookte' K'uh. Possible translations of his or their name include "nine support [gods]", "Many‐Strides God", "Nine‐Dog Tree", or "Many‐Root Tree". He appears in other inscriptions as a god of war, conflict, and the underworld, though Markus Eberl and Christian Prager believe that the Tortuguero inscription parallels the typical Maya ruler's pronouncement of a future dedicatory celebration. The long count used at Tortuguero contains 20 b'ak'tuns in a cycle, so the end of the 13th b'ak'tun would not end the cycle according to Tortuguero astronomers. No illustrations of Bolon Yookte' exist, though dozens of other gods' images are known.

Chilam Balam

The Chilam Balam of Tizimin has been translated twice: once by Maud Worcester Makemson and once by Munro S. Edmonson. Makemson believed that one of the lines in the book (licutal oxlahun bak chem, ti u cenic u tzan a ceni ciac aba yum texe) refered to the "tremendously important event of the arrival of 13.0.0.0.0 4 Ahau 3 Kankin in the not too distant future", translating it as "Presently Baktun 13 shall come sailing, figuratively speaking, bringing the ornaments of which I have spoken from your ancestors." (Her version of the text continues, "Then the god will come to visit his little ones. Perhaps 'After Death' will be the subject of his discourse.") Makemson was still relying on her own dating of 13.0.0.0.0 to 1752 and therefore the "not too distant future" in her annotations meant a few years after the scribe in Tizimin recorded his Chilam Balam. Edmonson's translation does not support this reading; he considers the Long Count entirely absent from the book, with a 24-round may system used instead.

Other Chilam Balam books contain references to the 13th baktun, but it is unclear if these are in the past or future; for example, oxhun bakam u katunil (thirteen bakam of katuns) in the Chilam Balam of Chumayel.

New Age theories

Many 'New Agers' believe that the ending of this cycle will correspond to a global "consciousness shift". This theory is grounded in a apocalyptic vocabulary dating back to the 1950s and draws on many of the same sources and personalities of the 1987 Harmonic Convergence. Established themes found in 2012 literature include "suspicion towards mainstream Western culture", the idea of spiritual evolution, and the possibility of leading the world into the New Age, by individual example or by a group's joined consciousness. The general intent of this literature is not to warn of impending doom but "to foster counter-cultural sympathies and eventually socio-political and 'spiritual' activism".

The date became the subject of speculation by Frank Waters, who devotes two chapters to its interpretation, including discussion of an astrological chart for this date and its association with Hopi prophecies in Mexico Mystique: The Coming Sixth Age of Consciousness (1975). The significance of the year 2012 (but not a specific day) was mentioned briefly by Jose Arguelles in The Transformative Vision, (1975)[24] and later in The Mayan Factor (1987). Author Terence McKenna independently arrived at a New Age prediction for 2012, which he later merged with the Mayan calendar end date after a discussion with Argüelles.

Author Daniel Pinchbeck popularized New Age concepts about this date, linking it to beliefs about crop circles, alien abduction, and personal revelations based on the use of entheogens and mediumship in his 2006 book 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. Pinchbeck argues for a shift in consciousness rather than an apocalypse, suggesting that materialistic attitudes, rather than the material world, are in jeopardy. Semir Osmanagic, the author and metalworker responsible for promoting the Bosian pyramids, referred to 2012 in the conclusion of his book The World of the Maya. He suggests that "Advancement of DNA may raise us to a higher level" and concludes, "When the 'heavens open' and cosmic energy is allowed to flow throughout our tiny Planet, will we be raised to a higher level by the vibrations".



Galactic alignment

Frank Waters' book inspired further speculation by John Major Jenkins in the mid 1980's, which notes the correspondence of the December 21st date with the winter solstice in the year of 2012.

In the solar system the planets and the Sun roughly the same plan of orbit, which is known as the plane of the ecliptic. From our view on planet Earth, the Zodiacal constellations move along or near the ecliptic and over time they appear to recede counterclockwise by 1 degree every 72 years. That movement is attributed to a slight wobble in the Earth's axis as it spins. Due to this, approx. every 2160 years the constellation visible on the early morning of the spring equinox changes. In Western astrological traditions, this signals the end of one astrological age. We are currently living in the "Age of Pisces" and next will be the "Age of Aquarius". Over 26,000 years the precession of the equinoxes makes 1 full circuit around the ecliptic.

Just as the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere is currently in the constellation of Pisces, so the winter solstice is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius, which happens to be the constellation intersected by the galactic equator. Every year for the last 1,000 years or so, on the winter solstice, the Earth, Sun and the galactic equator come into alignment, and every year, precession pushes the Sun's position a little way further through the Milky Way's band.


Jenkins suggests that the Maya based their calendar on observations of the "dark rift", a band of black dust clouds in the Milky Way, which the Maya called the Xibalba be or Black Road. Jenkins claims that the Maya were aware of where the ecliptic intersected the Black Road and gave this position in the sky a special significance in their cosmology. According to the hypothesis, the Sun precisely aligns with this intersection point at the winter solstice of 2012. Jenkins claimed that the classical Mayans anticipated this conjunction and celebrated it as the harbinger of a profound spiritual transition for mankind. New Age proponents of the galactic alignment hypothesis argue that, just as astrology uses the positions of stars and planets to make claims of future events, the Mayans plotted their calendars with the objective of preparing for significant world events.

The alignment in question is not exclusive to 2012 but takes place over a 36-year period, corresponding to the diameter of the Sun, with the most precise convergence having already occurred in 1998. Also, Jenkins himself notes that there is no concrete evidence that the Maya were aware of precession. While some Mayan scholars, such as Barbara MacLeod, have suggested that some Mayan holy dates were timed to processional cycles, scholarly opinion on the subject is divided. There is also little evidence, archaeological or historical, that the Maya placed any importance on solstices or equinoxes.


Timewave zero and the I Ching

"Timewave zero" is a pseudo-scientific numerological formula that purports to calculate the ebb and flow of "novelty", defined as increase in the universe's interconnectedness, or organized complexity, over time. According to Terence McKenna, who conceived the idea over several years in the early-mid 1970s, the universe has a teleological attractor at the end of time that increases interconnectedness, eventually reaching a singularity of infinite complexity on December 21, 2012, at which point anything and everything imaginable will occur instantaneously.

McKenna expressed "novelty" in a computer program, which purportedly produces a waveform known as timewave zero or the timewave. Based on McKenna's interpretation of the King Wen sequence of the I Ching, the graph appears to show great periods of novelty corresponding with major shifts in humanity's biological and cultural evolution. He believed the events of any given time are recursively related to the events of other times, and chose the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as the basis for calculating his end date of November 2012. When he discovered this date's proximity to the end of the 13th baktun, he adjusted it so that the two dates matched.

The first edition of Invisible Landscapes refers to 2012 (as the year, not a specific day) only twice. McKenna originally considered it an incidental observation that the two dates matched, a sign of the end date "being programmed into our unconscious". It was only after he met Jose Argüelles in 1985 that he became convinced that December 21, 2012 had significant meaning and peppered this specific date throughout the second, 1993 edition of the same book.

Doomsday theories

A far more apocalyptic view of the year 2012 is represented by the History Channel which, beginning in 2006, aired "Decoding the Past: Mayan Doomsday Prophecy", based loosely on John Major Jenkins' theories but with a tone he characterized as "45 minutes of unabashed doomsday hype and the worst kind of inane sensationalism". It was co-written by a science fiction author. This show proved popular and was followed by many sequels: 2012, End of Days (2006), The Last Days on Earth (2008) Seven Signs of the Apocalypse (2008) and Nostradamus 2012 (2008), together with programs recounting past doomsdays: Comet Catastrophe (2007), Noah's Great Flood (2008) and Journey to 10000 B.C.

History Channel documentaries have also related their End of the World scenario to the following:

  • The Bible's Book of Revelation. This text, composed some 1900 years ago, did indeed offer a dramatic picture of the end of the world—but it also promised that it would happen "very soon". The Bible says nothing about 2012 or any similar date.
  • The Tiburtine Sibyl. As reproduced in the 16th century, this book did indeed likewise present a dramatic picture of the apocalypse, but did not date it, least of all to 2012.
  • The quatrains of Nostradamus. While these are clearly intended to be read in a pre-apocalyptic context, they do not specifically mention (or, consequently, date) the end of the world: their Preface states that they are valid until the year 3797.
  • The so-called Lost Book of Nostradamus. This is in fact merely a retitling of the anonymous Vaticinia de Summis Pontificibus — a book of prophetic papal emblems dating from centuries before his time – and does not mention the year 2012.
  • The Prophecies of Merlin. This was a fictional composition by the medieval Geoffrey of Monmouth amplified in 13th-century Venice, and did not mention the year 2012.
  • The Prophecies of Mother Shipton. The original 1641 edition of these says nothing at all about doomsday or the end of the world or, consequently, any proposed date for either

Planet Nibiru

Proponents of a Nibiru collision claim that a planet called Nibiru will collide with or pass by Earth in that year. This idea, which has been circulating since 1995 in New Age circles and initially slated the event for 2003, is based on claims of channeling from alien species and has been widely ridiculed. Astronomers calculate that such an object so close to Earth would be visible to anyone looking up at the night sky.

Black hole alignment

An apocalyptic reading of Jenkin's hypothess has that, when the galactic alignment occurs, it will somehow create a combined gravitational effect between the Sun and the super-massive black hole at the center of our galaxy, (known as Sgr A*) creating havoc on Earth. Apart from the fact noted above that the "galactic alignment" predicted by Jenkins already happened in 1998, the Sun's apparent path through the zodiac as seen from Earth does not take it near the true galactic center, but rather several degrees above it Even if this were not the case, Sgr A* is 30,000 light years from Earth, and would have to be more than 6 million times closer to cause any gravitational disruption to our Solar System. The alignment described by Jenkins is only an apparent alignment caused by the Earth's wobble on its axis and has nothing to do with Earth's current location in the galaxy.

Some versions of this idea elide the 2012 "galactic alignment" with the very different "galactic alignment" proposed by some scientists to explain a supposed periodicity in mass extinctions in the fossil record. The hypothesis supposes that vertical oscillations made by the Sun as it orbits the galactic center cause it to regularly pass through the galactic plane. When the Sun's orbit takes it outside the galactic disc, the influence of the galactic tide is weaker; as it re-enters the galactic disc, as it does every 20–25 million years, it comes under the influence of the far stronger "disc tides", which, according to mathematical models, increase the flux of Oort Clould comets into the Solar System by a factor of 4, leading to a massive increase in the likelihood of a devastating comet impact. However, this process takes place over tens of millions of years, and could never be assigned to a specific date. Many scientists now agree that this hypothesis is incorrect, as the Earth is currently close to the galactic plane, and the last extinction in the fossil record was only 15 million years ago.



So what will happen in the year of 2012? Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Volcanoes...End of all mankind? Will it be the end of this materialistic world we live in, higher consciousness? For you Christians, will Jesus return? Will we all die? Will our world end? Will we reach a higher consciousness? Will Nibiru come back around, reptilians? Or will nothing happen? Guess we'll have to wait and find out...