It seems prophecies about the end of the world have been around almost since the beginning of mankind. Most have come and gone such as Halley’s Comet, Y2K and many of Harold Camping’s predictions, but a few have been carried down through the ages and still hold believers today. One such prophecy that has been around for centuries is that of the Mayan. A select few have set December 23, 2012 as the last day on Earth, but most of the research points to the 21st, so this is the date Calendars.com has agreed on…even though we are positive We Will Be Here long after.
The Mayan Long Count Calendar, the longest running calendar of the Mayans three part time keeping system, resets to zero in 2012, something that only occurs every 5,125 years. Sir John Eric Sidney Thompson, an archeologist and epigrapher, determined the start date of the current Long Count Calendar to be August 11, 3114 B.C. Counting forward, the end date falls on the winter solstice of this year, December 21, 2012. This date also marks only the fifth time in roughly 25,800 years that our sun aligns with the galactic center on a solstice or equinox. The last time this happened was the autumnal equinox around 6,450 years ago, close to the time the Old World civilizations began.
According to the Mayan, December 21 will mark the end of the fourth Long Count cycle. The Mayan holy book, the Popol Vuh, tells the story of the Gods’ creation and recreation of the world with each new cycle. The world did not end with the starting over of the Long Count Calendar; it was simply enhanced and transformed. Because of this, most Mayan scholars agree there will be a change in the world as we know it, an awakening and a rebirth, but NOT an apocalyptic end.