Why should the so-called
of the Mayan calendar
at the time
of the winter solstice on 21./22.
be of particular importance?
Why did the
Maya consider this date to be so especially unusual that they
regarded it as the completion of their calendar cycle ?
It is not the
calendar date that is of importance here, but the astronomical
event that takes place at that time –
particular position of our solar system in relation to the
It seems that the
Maya had knowledge of the so-called “precession of the
equinoxes” and they could foresee this unusual position of
our solar system.
It appeared to
them to be of such profound significance that they chose it as
the end of their calendar
extraordinary astronomical constellation does prove to have
historical, astrological, geophysical and human-neurological
of these relationships reveals to us not only the implication
of the Mayan calendar, but –
prophetic perspective –
development state of humanity as a whole.
The year 2012;
the Mayan Calendar & Prophecies
“A transformation, triggered by the completion of the
Great Cycle has already taken place, signalled by a shift in
the resonating frequency; this shift announces the end of the
Great Cycle and gives a premonition of the brilliance of our
galactic, solar and planetary reality in the following era
which begins with 2012 AD.
“Our planet thus enters into its next evolutionary phase,
securing itself a place as a new member of the galactic
Maya not only had their own method of measuring time but also a
unique calendar system, which portrayed
the fractality of time. The longest cycle in the Maya calendar is
26,000 years, which is the approximate length of a so-called
‘Platonic year’ or ‘Equinoctial cycle’.
Tibetans, ancient Egyptians, Cherokee and Hopi Indians also refer to
such a cycle of 26,000 years in their mystical belief systems.
The Maya also had a numerical system, based on
(like one finger),
(five fingers or toes), and
(the sum of all fingers and toes).
units were reproduced in their calendar system and combined with
other natural units, such as 28 (equivalent to the days in a lunar
cycle) and 13 (the number of lunar cycles in a solar year).
Mayan calendar also used two systems of temporal calculation: a
short one, to measure daily and annual sequences and a long one,
which also had cosmological and religious significance for them.
cycle had 13 months of 28 days
each = 364 days. The missing day was compensated for by an extra
‘day out of time’, which corresponds to the 26th of
July in our calendar.
Another unit of 260 (13 x 20) days, the
Tzolkin, is of importance both for the short and long cycles. The Tzolkin is
the sacred calendar of the Maya.
consists of 13 tones and 20 seals, which, flowing in a doubly
synchronous pattern, can be combined into all of the 260 possible
combinations. Particular attributes are associated with each of the
13 tones and 20 seals, by which each day of the Tzolkin receives
unique qualities – qualities not unlike those that we know of from
were fascinated by the correspondences of cycles and considered every
Mayan calendar contains another unit of 52 years created by the
conjunction of the 260-day Tzolkin cycle in correlation with the solar
cycle of 365 days. 52 x 365 = 18980 days.
18980 is the smallest number that is
divisible by both 260 and 365.
The long cycle consists of multiples of the numerical system units and
those of the short cycle.
unit is one day (Kin).
20 Kins are one Uinal.
(13 +5) Uinals are one Tun
(= 360 Kins).
20 Tuns are a Katun
(= 7200 Kins).
are a Baktun (= 144,000 Kins).
13 Baktuns are a
Long (Great) Cycle
(= 1,872,000 Kins). This, if we include the leap years, is approximately 5125.4 years.
The Maya recorded significant
astronomical, historical and ritual events with units from the long cycle
using glyphic notations which have since been deciphered.
A certain date would be noted as x
Baktuns, x Katuns, x Tuns, x Uinals and x Kins since the beginning of the
The zero date was noted as 0.0.0.0.0 and the last day of the long cycle as
For example 188.8.131.52.0 = 6 Baktuns, 19 Katuns, 19 Tuns, 0 Uinals and 0
astronomical events, such as solar or lunar eclipses, the Maya researchers
have been able to establish a correlation to our current calendar
use the Gregorian calendar, introduced in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII. In
order to synchronize with the Maya calendar, the Julian day count is used,
which according to Joseph Justus Scaliger, would set Monday 1
January, 4713 BC, from the astronomical point of view,
as the date zero.
The End of the Maya
Calendar ‘Great Cycle’
In correlating our
calendar to the Mayan calendar, the opinions differ slightly – there are
two common synchronizations and a discrepancy of two days.
But there seems to
be consensus on the main point that
the Long Cycle
of the Mayan calendar ends at the time of the winter solstice, on
(It seems, however, that
the Maya were aware of the so-called Precession of the Equinoxes,
recognized this particular time as being something exceptional and
intentionally chose it as the end point of their calendar cycle.)
At this time,
namely, an extremely rare astronomical constellation will occur, which the
Maya anticipated thousands of years ago.
At the time of the
winter solstice in 2012, the sun will be in conjunction with the
equator of the Milky Way.
Creation-Myth of the Maya can be understood only in the perspective of
this significant conjunction.
where the sun converges with the Milky Way lies in the so-called ‘dark
space’ formed by interstellar dust clouds. This phenomenon can be observed
on a clear summer night in areas where the light of the stars is not
dimmed by the artificial lights of the major cities.
At the dawn
of the winter solstice in 2012, the sun will be directly in this dark
space. At that time the Milky Way will completely span the horizon.
Milky Way will ‘straddle’ the Earth touching it at all points and,
according to the Mayan mythology, open a ‘Cosmic Gateway’ –
the solar and galactic levels will
According to the Maya mythology the winter solstice is embodied in
the person of the deity: One Hunahpu, also known as the
The holy book of the Maya, the Popol Vuh, teaches that the
First Father must be reborn so that a new global era can begin.
Dark Space is mythologically significant in several ways: as the
Street of the Underworld; the jaw of a cosmic monster; as well as
the birth canal of the Cosmic Mother. The best way to understand the
importance of the Dark Space is in its aspect as being the birth
canal of the Cosmic Mother, which at the time of this conjunction is
enjoined with the First Father.
This is the exact point
where the Great Cycle of the Mayan calendar ends.
these correspondences make it seem obvious that the ancient Maya
were aware of the conjunction and considered it to be an important
time of transformation – the transition of the world into a new era.
mythological language this event signifies the joining of the First
Father with the Cosmic Mother – or more precisely: the rebirth of
the First Father (the sun of the winter solstice) through the womb
of Cosmic Mother (the dark space in the Milky Way).
ancient Maya recognized that the sun, observed at each winter
solstice was slowly moving towards the centre of the Milky Way.
Two major points in the sky were moving toward each other to create
a rare heavenly conjunction. The calendar of the Maya
accurately identified when this event would take place – an event
which means more than the mere birth of a new solar year.
means the beginning of a new Great Cycle and era - the resetting of the great stellar clock - and
perhaps a new stage in the nature of human consciousness and
According to the Mayan calendar we live today in an ‘End time’.
The great cycle of the Mayan calendar ends with the winter solstice
According to the Mayan concept of cycles and time transitions, this
end at the same time signifies a new beginning.
fact, the ancient Maya considered this transition as the emergence
of a new era: At the end of each age there is a rebirth.
previous remarks and comments on Mayan
mythology are based on the writings of one of the leading Maya
researchers, the American scholar, John Major Jenkins.]
more about this topic from
Jose Argüelles, who rediscovered the Mayan calendar
and is the main initiator of the current interest in the subject:
Great Cycle or great synchronization ray with a diameter of 5200
Tuns or thirteen Baktuns, which our planet Earth is
transversing at this time, is approaching its end.
this journey, the more sophisticated DNA life forms on earth will be
experiencing a constant acceleration. It is
this process of acceleration
and ultimately synchronization which is of interest to us here as a
specifically harmonic wavelength of history.
specific historical overtone is a tiny but exquisitely proportioned
fractal of the galactic evolutionary process. In this respect the
end of the cycle in 2012 AD (Kin 1 872 000, 184.108.40.206.0) is
nothing less than the decisive qualitative leap in the evolution of
light and life of the earth – that is, of the radiogenetic process,
which our Planet embodies.
“But when, in the context of a morphogenetic
field –whose calendar is consciously or unconsciously dominated by
the presence and vision of the historical figure of Jesus Christ –
we speak of the end of the Great Cycle, then we automatically
conjure up the spectre of Armageddon and visions of the return of
José Argüelles, born on 24. January 1939
into a Mexican-American family, studied at the University of
Chicago (Bachelor of Arts in 1961, Master of Arts in 1963,
Doctor of Philosophy 1969). After finishing his formal studies
in art history, he was given the title of Samuel H. Kress
Senior Fellow and spent the years 1965 and 66 with free
studies in Paris and Europe.
In his capacity
as educator and professor, he taught at Princeton University,
the University of California at Davis, at Evergreen
State College, at the Naropa Institute, at the
California State University in San Francisco, at the San
Francisco Art Institute, at the University of Colorado in
Denver and the Union Graduate School, where he was
Core Faculty and Program Coordinator for Creative Art.
August 1987 he
initiated the harmonic convergence. His book successes
include “Earth in Ascent”, “The Surfers of Zuvuya” and
“The Arcturus Experiment”. For many years he has travelled
around the world with his wife Lloydine introducing the 13-month
calendar, which is based on the mathematics of the Maya.
we consider the source from which the Armageddon script originates,
the Apocalypse of John, ... we have a text before us, which
couldn’t be any more visionary. The most remarkable thing however,
is that the numerical symbolism in John’s Revelation has
profound, Maya-like overtones.
central importance is the fact that Christ there is the thirteenth
in a group of twelve apostles. Moreover
the number seven appears in ever new variations, giving the entire
Revelation of John its mystical taint. And finally there are
the elect, 144,000 in number, as many days or Kins as there
are in a Baktun.
is the fact that a ‘prophetic
year’ in biblical prophecy has not 365 but 360 days (= one Tun).]
we remind ourselves that a Baktun contains many dimensions of
meaning within the harmonic order and that we are presently in the
twelfth or thirteenth Baktun cycle, then we can not avoid asking
ourselves if there is not perhaps a subliminal link between the
Christian Apocalypse of John and the Maya factor – a link of
which the ruling circles of the Western Orthodox Neo-Christianity
have no idea – or prefer not to mention.
“Are the New Jerusalem,
the New Heaven and New Earth, perhaps nothing more than our
entry into the unimaginable dimension of a new cycle, the cycle of
time following the galactic synchronization of 2012 AD., in the year
220.127.116.11.0 of the Mayan Calendar?”
global mobilization of social forces to achieve demilitarization and
deindustrialization will finally, despite delays due to the
resistance of reactionary elements, achieve its goal towards the end
of the cycle in 2012.
this time the synchronization process of the entire Great Cycle will
rise to new peaks, and the whole of human society will take an
unprecedented turn toward a galactic orientation.
end of the cycle is marked by a festive atmosphere, a
synchronization of mythical proportions and a tenor of spiritual
renewal, previously unknown in the historical phase.
planet thus enters into its next evolutionary phase, securing itself
a place as a new member of the galactic community.”
as quoted in “The Maya-Factor”
Prophecies and the Period of Transition
prophecies are very general.
message is that after each Great Cycle (about 5100 years) humanity
and/or the world undergoes cataclysmic changes or is even destroyed
(i.e. by fire, wind, water ...).
cataclysmic, radical upheaval lies ahead, is already foreseeable,
which however, must not necessarily lead to the destruction of
mankind. We have, after all, already survived several Great Cycles.
astrological perspective, we are at any rate in the midst of a
transition to a new era.
Age of Aquarius promises to become an era of individualism and
non-conformism. It will be characterized by qualities such as
tolerance, openness and global citizenship.
spirit of the Age of Aquarius will not only have an effect on
innovations in research and science, the new Zeitgeist will also
embrace all of mankind.
The Age of
Aquarius is conducive to worldwide networking and globalization in
general. It will bring about an atmosphere, by which mankind can
unite to solve its common problems.
that our solar system will transverse the physical (and therefore
the electromagnetic) centre of the Galaxy just we are in the process
of transition into the Aquarian Age, also seems to be significant.
could trigger a concentrated manifestation of the qualities of the
Aquarian Age – which in turn could reveal the apex of the extreme
socio-political events, which can be associated with the turn of
an era and of which numerous prophetic texts have warned –
seems in no way not too far-fetched.
The year 2012 and the “Signs of the Times”
The stars impel, but not compel.
of how instructive and convincing the coherent aspects concerning
the end date of the Mayan calendar may be, they nevertheless
represent only one single “eyewitness testimony” and should
be regarded as such and no more.
how favourable the influences prevalent at the time of the winter
solstice of 2012 may be, such a massive global change will
certainly not occur spontaneously without a series of recognizable
key events which promote and cause such a transformation.
mentioned time period is truly of importance, then at most as the
probable culmination of the events which make the predicted
alone, however, gives us no evidence or indications as to what
exactly these events could be – these “… delays due to the
resistance of reactionary elements…” for example, of which
Argüelles warns us – or how we can prepare ourselves for them.
In order to
find this out we must consult the other major prophetic “witnesses”
– who incidentally also point to the beginning of the 21st century
as the time of transition – and provide us with a variety of
details and clearly recognizable “signs of the
times” by which we can orient ourselves with greater certainty.
“2012; Prophecies of the
emerging Golden Age”
and the Enlightenment of Mankind
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