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Most of us are not archaeologists or astronomers, anthropologists or
astrologers. Yet the majority of what is written about one of the most exciting
and relevant subjects of our day – the approaching Winter Solstice 2012 end-date
of the Mayan Calendar – appears in words aimed at specialists and couched in
language that can be hard to read. This article is written for the Everyday
Earthling who may be hearing a lot about the Mayans, their calendars,
hieroglyphs and mysterious temples scattered throughout the jungles of Mexico,
Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.

Let us begin with some questions. Why is there so much talk about the “end of
the Mayan calendar” and what does it mean? Is there something significant we
should know about the Winter Solstice date of December 21, 2012? How were the
Mayans able to track long periods of time and why would they want to? Why should
we care about the Mayans today? Is there anything we can learn from them? I’ll
begin by sharing how my own interest in the subject developed and go on from

I first learned about the Mayans in 1987 from Jose Arguelles’ book The Mayan
Factor. It was during the months leading up to the event known as Harmonic
Convergence that Arguelles, artist and visionary, introduced me to the 20 Mayan
daysigns and the thirteen Mayan numbers – and to the wonderfully engaging and
mysterious 260 day Mayan ceremonial calendar, called the Tzolkin (pronounced
chol-kin). My pursuit of knowledge about pre-Columbian culture had begun.

A great deal of scientific and visionary research work has been done about
the Mayans, so I started reading. I learned that the Mayans tracked cycles
within cycles within cycles of time. Their calendar acted as a harmonic
calibrator, linking and coordinating the earthly, lunar, solar and galactic
seasons in an aesthetically simple and elegant manner. The provocative
simplicity of the daysigns and the sheer harmony of the calendar drew me in.
Then a landmark article by John Major Jenkins appeared in Mountain Astrologer
magazine in 1994, revealing for the first time in our era the true meaning of
the end-date.

Is there something significant we should know about the Winter Solstice date
of December 21, 2012? Yes. On this day a rare astronomical and Mayan mythical
event occurs. In astronomic terms, the Sun conjuncts the intersection of the
Milky Way and the plane of the ecliptic. The Milky Way, as most of us know,
extends in a general north-south direction in the night sky. The plane of the
ecliptic is the track the Sun, Moon, planets and stars appear to travel in the
sky, from east to west. It intersects the Milky Way at a 60 degree angle near
the constellation Sagittarius.

The cosmic cross formed by the intersecting Milky Way and plane of the
ecliptic was called the Sacred Tree by the Maya. The trunk of the tree, the Axis
Mundi, is the Milky Way, and the main branch intersecting the tree is the plane
of the ecliptic. Mythically, at sunrise on December 21, 2012, the Sun – our
Father – rises to conjoin the center of the Sacred Tree, the World Tree, the
Tree of Life..

This rare astronomical event, foretold in the Mayan creation story of the
Hero Twins, and calculated empircally by them, will happen for many of us in our
lifetime. The Sun has not conjoined the Milky Way and the plane of the ecliptic
since some 25,800 years ago, long before the Mayans arrived on the scene and
long before their predecessors the Olmecs arrived. What does this mean?

Due to a phenomenon called the precession of the equinoxes, caused by the
Earth’s wobble that lasts almost 26,000 years, the apparent location of the
Winter Solstice sunrise has been ever so slowly moving toward the Galactic
Center. Precession may be understood by watching a spinning top. Over many
revolutions the top will rise and dip on its axis, not unlike how the Earth does
over an extremely long period of time. One complete rise and dip constitutes the
cycle of precession.

The Mayans noticed the relative slippage of the positions of stars in the
night sky over long periods of observation, indicative of precession, and
foretold this great coming attraction. By using an invention called the Long
Count, the Mayans fast-forwarded to anchor December 21, 2012 as the end of their
Great Cycle and then counted backwards to decide where the calendar would begin.
Thus the Great Cycle we are currently in began on August 11, 3114 B.C. But
there’s more.

The Great Cycle, lasting 1,872,000 days and equivalent to 5,125.36 years, is
but one fifth of the Great Great Cycle, known scientifically as the Great Year
or the Platonic Year – the length of the precession of the equinoxes. To use a
metaphor from the modern industrial world, on Winter Solstice A.D. 2012 it is as
if the Giant Odometer of Humanity on Earth hits 100,000 miles and all the cycles
big and small turn over to begin anew. The present world age will end and a new
world age will begin.

Over a year’s time the Sun transits through the twelve houses of the zodiac.
Many of us know this by what “Sun sign” is associated with our birthday. Upping
the scale to the Platonic Year – the 26,000 year long cycle – we are shifting,
astrologically, from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. The Mayan
calendar does not really “end” in 2012, but rather, all the cycles turn over and
start again, vibrating to a new era. It is as if humanity and the Earth will
graduate in the eyes of the Father Sun and Grandmother Milky Way.

Why should we care about the Mayans today? Is there anything we can learn
from them? The trees give us oxygen to breathe and help create the nourishing
rains upon which we depend, sustaining life. We are missing these rains in
places where the trees have been cut down or burned. Fires begin that nature can
no longer extinguish. For the Mayans, trees were intermediaries between the
physical and spiritual worlds, and absolutely essential to life. They believed
that without the tree man could not survive and that “with the death of the last
tree comes the death of the human race.”

The ancient carved stones and the stars themselves tell us we are on the
brink of a new world age. There is no reason not to take a leap of faith into
imagining what may be in store. We may trust that it is time for humanity to
awaken into a true partnership with each other, with the Earth, and the Cosmos.
By accepting this partnership we may claim our birthright and become Galactic
Citizens who care for and sustain the planet, thus sustaining ourselves. This is
clearly the challenge of our times. Yet, arriving just in time and on schedule
is the Winter Solstice dawn on the day we may remember that we are truly
Children of the World.



We speak to you now
As ones, who like you,
Are much younger than

Sustained by the same Water
And the same Sun
And both blessed to
In this place of wonder,
We have been asked to tell you
To share and
This Garden with your kind

The Bear brings you power,
The Deer, protection
We, the Trees, standing
In witness, give you trust

The Water comes and goes
The Animals are busy
On their own paths
Mountains, well,
They have other things to do,
Communing with the very
That created the face
Of this Earth

We speak to you now as ones
Whose lives come and go,
Much like
You, however, are affecting
How this Garden grows
And that is
why we seek
Your attention



December 21st, 2012

12 + 21 +2+0+1+2 = 38 = the end of the Mayan calendar’s personal year (from December 21st, 2011 to December 20th, 2013) = Take care.

38 month + 12 (December) = 50 = the end of the Mayan caldendar’s personal month = Worldwide.  Global.  Cataclysm.

50 month + 21 (21st of the month on December 21st, 2012) = 71 = the end of the Mayan calendar’s personal day = Good job.




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July 4th, 1776

July 4th

7 + 4 +2+0+1+2 = 16 = the United States’ personal year (from July 4th, 2012 to July 3rd, 2013) = Unpredictable.  Shocks.  Surprises.  Unprecedented.  Off the charts.  Expect the unexpected.  Anything can happen.

16 year + 12 (December) = 28 = the Unites States’ personal month (from December 4th, 2012 to January 3rd, 2013) = Powerful.  Mega.  Super.

28 month + 21 (21st of the month on December 21st, 2012) = 49 = the United States’ personal day = Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

49 day + 1 (1st personal hour for the United States) = 50 = the United States’ personal hour (from the time of birth of the United States until one hour after the United States time of birth) = Worldwide.  Global.  Cataclysm.

28 month + 22 (22nd of the month on December 22nd, 2012) = 50 = the United States’ personal day = Worldwide.  Global.  Cataclysm.




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