After narrowly avoiding not 1, but 2 of Harold Camping’s Rapture predictions in 2011, one might stop and wonder “When is it coming?”. The answer to this inexplicably important question has been in much debate over the past few weeks. Due to upcoming end of the Mayan b’ak’tun, the last stage of their long-form calendar, many are concerned a great plight will befall our planet on December 21st, 2012. On this day, the Earth will be perfectly aligned with the Sun and the centre of the black hole presumed to be the gravitational anchor of the galaxy. Then what? As this is an event that only happens every 26,000 years, it’s safe to say that no one really knows. Except that, of course, the Mayans knew. And they saw an end! Why else would their calendar conclude there?
Some claim the fact that the majority of Mayan civilization vanished from the face of the earth more than 1700 years ago might mean they didn’t have a chance to continue their seemingly accurate predictions about the cycle of (wo)man and our journey around the sun. Others say that perhaps they were taken by aliens who wanted to save them from the coming burning hell. Regardless of which way you lean, their culture is well-respected today for it’s advanced written language, art, math and science.
Beyond Harold Camping’s ill-fated warnings (coincidentally, Camping is now ill himself), there hasn’t been this level of mass-hysteria about a potential apocalypse since that whole Y2K debacle. Remember how there was concern if the year-clocks on our computers struck zero, Skynet would take over and replace all humans with Austrian-born, power-hungry robots? Remember how the new Star Wars were going to be the greatest thing ever? Well, neither of those things happened. Which begs the question, is the hubbub warranted?
There are all sorts of skeptics and experts who’ll tell you that to assume the end of the world will occur on one specific day is unrealistic. But just because we can barely predict the weather outside a few days doesn’t mean we shouldn’t believe. In fact, we probably should. I mean, the Mayan calendar is marginally more accurate than the one we use today and they developed their form of astronomy by getting high and staring at the stars in the reflections of pools of water. If these guys were so in touch with Gaya that they could take hallucinogenics and develop advanced systems of math and science, they probably deserve some respect. Though, they aren’t getting it in mainstream circles… at least not for this prediction.
Ordinarily, I would trust Mr. Robertson (he speaks to God, afterall) but there is just too much evidence to the contrary. However, in support of Pat is current Mayan elder, Carlos Barrios, who also claims that the end of the long-form calendar does not mark the end of the world but the end of the age of materialism:
“Humanity will continue, but in a different way. Material structures will change. From this we will have the opportunity to be more human. We are living in the most important era of the Mayan calendars and prophecies. All the prophecies of the world, all the traditions are converging now. There is no time for games. The spiritual ideal of this era is action.”
He’s right. Every major religion points to an end time. The Hopi and Hindus even share the Mayan notion that change of great magnitude will soon occur. While they are not so specific on the time and you may not find too many Hindus preaching about the end of days, they know it’s on the way. Trust me, I might be right.
Now, it’s hard not to agree with either of the aforementioned elders about the economy/age of materialism coming to some sort of head. If the current state of the global financial system weren’t a clear enough indicator that Economics is broken, then the actions of the Arab Spring and its little western sister in the Occupy movement should point to the fact that the world as we know it doesn’t work. Those who are privileged consume far more than they need and leave the rest to fend for themselves (most often in defense of their own lavish lifestyles). Change is coming, and we probably won’t have to wait for the opportunity to do it for ourselves.
In my favourite movie, 2012, heartthrob John Cusak leads the enthralled viewer through a series of the plights that may befall us later this year. The main source of catastrophic destruction is the rapid change of the Earth’s magnetic poles and the physical shift of our continents with them (there’s also a mega-tsunami that kills President Danny Glover mixed in there somewhere). What they don’t tell you in the film is that this particular theory of man’s last day was developed by none other than Nancy Lieder, who shared it with the world way back in 1995.
Nancy was chosen by aliens, who speak to her through an implant in her brain, to warn us that a terrestrial object, Planet X, is on a collision course with mother Earth. She cautions that even if the two planets don’t collide, the gravitational force of Planet X will be enough to do exactly what happened in the film, 2012! I know what you’re thinking “Planet X? From Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero???” Yes, that one. Now, 2012 the movie does not reference this mysterious planet, but if you consider it, the Illuminati is unlikely to let a secret like that out in a Hollywood blockbuster. Think of the panic that would ensue if people were sure the end was nigh. Who would protect the children? How would you feed your cats? If the latter is a real concern of yours, Ms. Lieder also advises to put down your pets before the apocalypse and that “… a dog makes a good meal” 
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Some scientists have come out and said that a shifting of our magnetic poles would not result in the literal displacement of our land masses and Lieder’s original prediction may have been set to occur in 2003 (immediately revised by many active conspiracists to 2012), but what if the aliens she’s speaking to are, in actuality, the Mayans?! Perhaps the conduit (or implant) we’ve been looking for to explain the Mayan predictions has been with us all along. We just need to listen.
As we all know, the Sun is the source of all life after god. We may be eons from our closest star going supernova and potentially enveloping the planet, but that doesn’t mean we’re in the clear just yet. A popular scientific theory states that Earth does not orbit the Sun perfectly – spinning and rotating in cyclical synchronicity – but instead wobbles like a top. You may have heard recently that your zodiac sign is wrong as a result. This concept is something that the Mayans are said to have understood and may be the reason for their calendar’s superior ability to measure time. The wobble is supposed to reset and begin again every 26,000 years or so. One less popular theory presented in 2012: Science or Superstition, uses Kepler’s laws of planetary motion to explain this as a result of our solar system’s orbit of another. The periapsis (closest point) of which occurs about every 26,000 years when our orbits secede again. You know what else happens every 26,000 years? Alignment of Earth, the Sun and the centre of our galaxy.
Here’s where it gets kind of scary. The magnetosphere surrounding our planet is not working like it should be. Instead of aiming the bulk of its protection toward our morning star, it’s peeling behind us. The Sun’s latest Solar Maximum (period of highest activity) was projected to begin by the end of the nineties but hasn’t come yet. Despite this, in September of 2005, a solar flare reached the earth in fifteen minutes. It measured the highest level of radiation ever recorded and had it been four times faster, we’d have been reduced to ash.
Picture this: Just as we reach periapsis with our companion solar system, we’re cut off from our link to the galaxy’s centre and unbeknownst to the majority of Earth’s residents, Planet X rides into the night sky. The massive competing forces of gravity and unknown result of losing our solar umbilical cord to galactic prosperity will likely result in a new order, if any order at all. Then the Sun erupts violently and we get hit by a solar flare. Just like the Mayans said we would.
Dr. Anthony F. Aveni, anthropology and astronomy professor (also skeptic-at-large), believes that 2012-mania exists because modern man suffers from some kind of “spiritual starvation”. Is he trying to say that we’re grasping at meaning? Perhaps because religious belief in god ceases to carry significance as we learn more about ourselves and the infinite universe surrounding us? Perhaps because we’re not all as equal as we’re told we should be and little is happening to change that? Maybe it’s that we’ve lost our connection with the planet that birthed us and are now killing it in the name of profit?
Whatever reason Dr. Aveni has for wanting to be such a Betty Bringdown, I’d like to dismiss his point altogether. What it really boils down to is this: Do you trust your gut or science? If we’ve learned anything over the past several thousands of years of history, it’s that religious beliefs are far more important than academic ones. People’s theories are proven wrong all the time, but when is the last time you remember hearing that the Bible was inaccurate? Sure, Harold Camping misread it but when the end comes, a lot of people will be thinking “Oh, he was pretty close!”