2012: Mayan Prophecy in a Modern World
by Shaun Martinz
SEDONA Journal of EMERGENCE ~ May 2007 Issue
According to many interpretations of the Mayan calendar, 2012 marks the end of time as we know it, or even the end of the world. Others believe that the world will not end but, instead, will be transformed as we move into an age of enlightenment. In order to understand how Mayan prophecies relate to us now in modern times, it is necessary to have a basic understanding of the Mayan concept of galactic time, as well as ancient Mayan astrology and mythology.
What is known as the Mayan calendar is, in fact, a system of at least
seventeen different calendars used by the Mayan civilization of
pre-Columbian Mesoamerica- some of them charting time accurately over a
span of more than ten million years. What is commonly referred to as
the Mayan calendar today is actually a combination of three of these
calendar systems known as the Tzolk'in (the sacred calendar), the Haab
(the civil calendar) and the Long Count.
The Tzolk'in is based on the twentysix-thousand- year cycle of the
Pleiades and combines the numbers from one through thirteen with a
sequence of twenty day-names. It works in a similar manner to our
named days of the week and their dates within each month. After 260
days, the same number/name combination will recur, and the calendar
The Haab is an agricultural calendar and consists of eighteen months,
each with twenty days with the addition of a five-day month for a
cycle of 365 days.
The Tzolk'in calendar and the Haab calendar are combined to produce a
cycle of 18,980 days, which is a little less than 52 solar years.
The Long Count describes a great cycle of thirteen b'ak'tuns, which is
approximately 5,126 solar years. This system is comprised of a 360-day
year called a k'in; twenty of these k'ins are known as a uinal;
eighteen uinals make one tun; twenty tuns are known as a k'atun; and
twenty k'atuns make a b'ak'tun. This is relevant to us today because
December 21, 2012, is the end of the current great cycle that began on
August 11, 3114 B.C.
DECEMBER 21, 2012: THE COSMIC CROSS/TREE OF LIFE
In order to better understand why some believe that the Mayan Long
Count actually ends in 2012, it is necessary to recognize certain
astrological and galactic cycles. At sunrise on December 21, 2012, for
the first time in twenty-six thousand years, the sun will rise to
conjunct the intersection of the Milky Way and the plane of the
ecliptic, which will form a great cross of stars and planets in the
sky. This cosmic cross is considered to be an embodiment of the Sacred
Tree also known as the Tree of Life.
In 2012, there will also be a transit of Venus, when Venus passes
directly in front of the Sun from our perspective on the Earth. There
is a perfect alignment between the Earth, Venus and the Sun. The last
transit of Venus occurred in 1882, around the time of the rediscovery
of ancient Mayan sacred sites. Transits of Venus are fairly rare
celestial phenomena, and they occur in pairs, separated by eight
years, in alternating cycles every 105 and 120 years.
The solar meridian crossing the galactic equator and the earth
aligning itself with the center of the galaxy may signify the start of
a new era, and when we take into account the cycles of the Mayan
calendar, it truly does seem that we are in the midst of great
changes. In the book Popol Vuh: A Sacred Book of the Maya, which
chronicles the Mayan civilization' s creation myth known to the
Quiché Maya of the colonial-era highlands, the end of the thirteenth
b'ak'tun is of great significance. It does not mark the end of the
world but, instead, views humanity as moving from the World of
the Fourth Sun into the World of the Fifth Sun and a time of a rebirth.
It is believed by the Maya that we are no longer in the World of the
Fourth Sun, but that we are not yet in the World of the Fifth Sun.
This is the time inbetween, the time of transition, and if we choose
to use the Mayan prophecies as guidance, we can recognize that that we
are simply part of greater, ongoing cycles for humanity and begin to
live our lives accordingly. When we begin taking responsibility for
creating our own reality, we begin living in a very different world.
Since the advent of the Fourth Night, which began at the end of
November 2005, we have been integrating and preparing for
breakthroughs in the human collective experience. Due to the nature of
the laws of synchronicity, when this energy merges with our world as
it currently exists, we will experience changes in all aspects of
reality including earth changes, political upheaval and economic
Learning to understand the world from the Mayan galactic perspective
will be invaluable in the days to come. The Mayan calendar is not
simply a method of marking time, but rather a map of human potential
that is meant to assist us as we begin to perceive reality from a
global, multidimensional perspective. The Mayan information provides
symbolic keys and markers in time and space to help us navigate
through the new reality that is emerging through us.
TODAY'S CHOICES HELP CREATE THE REALITY OF 2012
2012 is not a future moment in time but rather an energy that
permeates every facet of our lives today, and we are encouraged to
integrate our vision for the future into who we are in the present by
taking responsibility for our choices and actions on a daily basis.
When we begin to take responsibility for the consequences of our
choices, we begin living in a very different world.
Carl Calleman, an internationally recognized Mayan expert, describes
the Mayan calendar as "an intentionally explorative and dynamic
process where the dates are offered only as synchronizing signposts.
What we do and who we are during these times are the features of our
collective awakening that ushers in the energies that the Mayan
Regardless of how relevant ancient Mayan prophecies may seem to our
lives today, the fact remains that we are living in a time of
unprecedented global changes in weather, natural disasters, politics,
economics and education. With the technologies that we currently have
at our disposal, we truly do have the ability to change the world as
we know it-either by discovering how to live together peacefully,
which would in fact usher in an age of enlightenment, or by destroying
ourselves and our world. It is up to us.
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