As the crazies get ready for the end of the world due to the completion of a cycle of the Mayan Calendar, some reality needs to be interjected. As long as I have been alive there have been repeated end of the world projections, and I must confess, I too have fallen for one or two of these scenarios. Yet today, I wonder if this time the reality might be more real than the fanatics even believe.
The first Mayan “End of the World” prediction was proclaimed to be December 12, 2012 (12/12/12). Calendar numbers and dates have always been a favourite of the “End of the World” people. Curious is how the calendar we use today was devised in 1582 AD by Pope Gregory. Therefore the last big “End of the World” freak out; the turn of the century to the year 2000, was based on a made up calendar, nothing spiritual or astronomical. So then, also is/was the 12/12/12 prediction. 2012 is only 2012 because of Pope Gregory. The same goes for December 12. Then of course there was Harold Camping, the Oakland, California minister, who convinced people to send him all their money when he determined the world was going to end, first on May 21, 2011, then October 21, 2011.
So the internet and Facebook groupies who spout this nonsense changed the prediction to the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2012, an actual astronomically significant date. But a real study of the Mayan Calendar reveals numerous potential results when calculating the end of this count of days and years.
The oldest Mayan Calendar is referred to as the “Long Count” from the time of the Olmecs. There are actually three Mayan calendars, the Long Count, the Haab and the Tzolkin. The Long count began a new cycle with day one in August 3113 BC (no specific day). The symbols on the calendar represent numbers of days.
1 Kin = 1 Day
1 Uinal - 1 Kin x 20 = 20 Days
1 Tun = 1Kin x 360 = 360 Days
1 Ka-tun = 1 Tun x 20 = 7200 Days
1 Bak-tun = 1 Ka-tun x 20 = 144,000 Days
1 Pictun = 1 Bak-tun x 20 = 2,880,000 Days
Ancient Mayan prophesies suggested the present “Age” would end with the 13th Bak-tun. Therefore those engaged in this study determined to multiply 13 bak-tuns and divide the total by the real number of days in a year, 365.25, which resulted in 5,125.25667 years. This number was then used to determine the end of the age by subtracting 3113 BC, which resulted in 2012 AD.
This calculation was challenged over a hundred years ago by scholars who pointed out using the Tun (360 days) to multiply this calculation and then using the currently used number of days in a year (365.25) to divide was wrong. They should use the same number, the Tun for the division. In fact when used in this manner a number considered perfect, 5200, is the result rather than the imperfect 5125.25667 When the subtraction of this number is used the end of the cycle becomes 2087 AD, 75 years from now.
The Haab Mayan Calendar meshed with the Tzolkin Mayan Calendar produced a result, returning to the same beginning, when rotated 52 times. 100 cycles therefore is 5200, or 13 Bak-tun.
The Haab is considered a Solar Calendar of 365 days comprising of 18 months of 20 days each with an additional 5 free days at years end. The Tzolkin is a 260 day calendar comprised of thirteen 20 day periods. The Long Count is comprised of 52 weeks of seven days.
The return to the same starting point when the Haab and the Tzolkin were rotated together was considered a Sacred Year or a grand cycle. At the end of one of these 52 year periods, the 89th in 1519 AD, the times which were celebrated as a time to watch for the return of the God Quetzalcoatl, Hernando Cortes arrived from Spain sporting a white beard and a white face, just as Quetzalcoatl was always spoken of. An unfortunate coincidence for the Mayan.
There is also evidence pointing to this coming cycle completion (2012 or 2087) being the 50oth completion of the Grand Cycle, the 52 revolutions of the Quetzacoatl calendar.
The mixing of these three Mayan Calendars and the associated beliefs make the entire prediction of the end of something very suspect.
Using the belief that the calendar cannot proceed past the 13th Bak-tun ignores the fact that the oldest Mayan Calendar, the “Long Count” is not cyclical like the Haab and the Tzolkin, but rather a continuous linear calendar.
Therefore, during either 2012, or by the long count 2087, we will be entering the 14th Bak-tun or starting cycle number 501, according to these ancient Mayan Calendars, not reaching some calamitous end.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 is garbage day on our street and I will once again be lugging the can out to the street. December 21st is the Winter Solstice and I will be extremely happy to begin enjoying longer days, not the end of any days.
The most pressing serious concern is the actual, real, physical reality of the end of the world and has nothing to do with anything mystical, spiritual or ethereal; it has to do with the gross incompetence of governments and industry across the globe.
On March 11, 2011 the unimaginable (but very predictable) happened, a massive quake triggered the meltdown of at least three nuclear reactors in Japan. A forth reactor , building 4, containing tonnes of explosive nuclear fuel rods is on the verge of toppling over. The fully explained result of this
would be the catastrophic end of reproductive life, and possibly an explosive event hundreds of times larger than Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For context it is estimated the entire Fukushima complex contains 8000 tonnes of nuclear material in various states. The Bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima contained only 200 kilograms.
On December 7, 2012, another huge quake (M7.2) struck at the same location as the March 11, 2011 quake. Building four remains standing today however some researchers are warning of another large quake within days of this last one.
The end of days may have nothing at all to do with something mystical or hysterical, but rather all dry and embarrassingly predictable. An event completely created by men and women who never learned the role of responsible development. Those who do not think past their own narcissistic desire to prove they can do more, bigger, greater and even outstanding. Money is usually part of this psychotic condition, but not always.
Enbridge and the destruction of everything pristine and remarkable in the Northwest corner of BC, the Sacred Circle, is just another expression of this uncontrolled egotistical narcissism.
One can only hope we are actually entering a new age of enlightenment where these “leaders” of government and industry cease to exist. Then we can get on with caring for each other and enjoy the healthy laughter of our children while they freely swim and drink in clean water, eat healthy foods from the pure soil while breathing in the fresh air.
The Age of Aquarius or the 14th Bak-tun; an end of one age and the beginning of another, but certainly not the end of the world. If I am wrong, and the world does truly end on December 21, 2012, and we all perish, the drinks are on me.
In the meantime I will keep my eye on Fukushima Reactor number four.