2012 and the Mayan Calendar
One of the most important years in numerology and apocalypse mythology is the year 2012 A.D. That is when ancient Mayans predicted that the world would end.
Even people who do not know a lot about Mayan culture have heard this theory that the year 2012 will bring the apocalypse. The exact date of the end of the world, according to some students of this culture, is that it is supposed to be on August 13th at 11:11am. However some scholars say that it is actually going to be December 23rd at 11:11am because it meshes more with end-of-the-world predictions made by other cultures.
December 23rd , 2012 is a date that has always significant to theorists, physicist, astrologers, historians, and numerologists as the year signifies the end of the thirteen cycle that make up what is known as the Mayan Long Count Calendar.
The Mayan Calendar contains both components of astrology and numerology. The people that belonged to this ancient civilization of South America were competent trackers of the heavens. The massive temples that were built by this early civilization were not just tombs or places to worship the Gods. They were also built to be giant observatories of the heavens.
Mayan temples were architecturally designed so that the movements of the planets, the sun, the moon, and the stars could be tracked by Mayan astrologers. Some temples even had cutouts in their stones in the shapes of snakes. As the sun would raise, these cut out shapes would cast lengthening shadows in the shape of snakes down the temple steps. From a distance, it would seem that a real black snake was slithering down the steps. When the snake shadow lengthened so that it reached the bottom of the steps, it marked a day. One whole day in the Mayan calendar was called a Kin.
Many ancient civilizations in Africa and the Far East developed calendars based on a 20 unit mathematical system and coincidentally so did the Mayan civilization.
In essence, the Long Count system nested cycles of days based on the number 20. Every unit of time in the calendar was based somehow out of that unit of 20. Twenty days was called a Uinal. 7200 days was called a Katun and 144,000 days was called a Katun. The Mayan year consisted of 360 days and was called a Tun. This calendar was a little shorter than ours in terms of year length because it was only 360 days. Those 360 days were in turn divided into units of twenty days.
The reason that ancient Mayan year was a little bit shorter than our current calendar of 365 years is that it was based on the astral cycles of Venus. The ancient Mayans knew that whenever this shining celestial body was close to the earth, it seemed to bring good times. Of course, today we would note this knowing that the planet Venus is associated in astrology with love and blessings. The planet Venus also has cycles that are the equivalent in length to the number twenty.
This Long Count system of measuring time was first put into practice by the Mayans around 32 B.C. The reason that it was called The Long Count is because the Mayans, who were quite dark spiritually, believed that the end of the world must happen. In fact, it was something to look forward because life was believed to be easier after that.
In essence, the Mayan Long Count is the countdown to the eventual and unavoidable apocalypse that would bring the end of the world. The high priests and shamans in the Mayan culture figured out that the Long Count which is supposed to equal 5125.36 days.
This number of days is also known as the Mayan Great Cycle. This passage of time ends exactly on the winter solstice. Amazingly, the Mayan mathematicians were able to pinpoint the exact day and time that the world will end in the future and that is on August 13, 2012. Just as a matter of interest they also believed that the world was conceived n August 13th.
There is actual astrological and astronomical data to back up the theory of the Mayan Long Count and there are things happening in the sky that day that could potential bring the end of the world!
Astrologically, this date is important as this marks the date when the Sun is going to cross what is astronomically known as the Milky Way Equator. The Mayans were absolutely incredible mathematicians and they could predict centuries into the future when it came to predicting the trajectory of the Sun.
Further, here is a lot of imagery representing the Milky Way in works of art done by the Mayans. The sea of stars of the Milky Way is essential to the Mayan myth of the Sacred Tree.
In fact, in many of these drawings, the sun is symbolized as a canoe that carries Mayan deities across the sky. In many drawings on temple walls, there is a progressive series of images it shows the end of the world as symbolized by the canoe sinking into the Milky Way. Astrologically, the crossing of the sun over the Milky Way equator scheduled to happen at exactly 11:11 a.m GMT on August 13th in the year 2012.
This type of astrological event is unheard of as the sun will technically be in what is known as the “dark rift” of the Milky Way and oddly also be in conjunction with the exact center of the universe.
Many visionaries and metaphysicians have noted how important this date is to the end of the world. One famous analysis called “The Mayan Prophecies” have put forth the theory that the sun will reverse its magnetic field that day. This would be a development that would result in weather changes and seismic shifts that could cause the end of the world.
Of course, the end of the world has been predicted many times in history and it is more likely that the Long Count will signify the end of one era and a new beginning of consciousness. However, it is quite odd that the number 11:11 which is apocalyptic in other religions and cultures is the same in this world.