Does the Maya Cosmological System Really Predict a Doomsday Prophecy of Events Caused by Either Our Sun or Galactic Centre on 21st December 2012?
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The Maya calendar has already become a subject of infamy around the entire world. With Sony's recent viral marketing campaign for their disaster film named 2012, millions of citizens will go to see the movie in theaters all around the world. Upon the DVD release millions more will encounter this negative movie version of the topic. There are many medium like CDs and DVDs that discuss this topic negatively, but none more than the internet.

The greatest amount of on-line 2012 material whether for the film or from independent sources, alludes to an apocalyptic doomsday. This is supposedly predicted for us by the Maya 13 Bak’tun Long Count calendar ending on 21-12-2012.

I have been studying subjects relating to the 2012 predictions for many years. Not just the Maya, but also Egyptians and Native Americans speak of this coming time of massive change. During the last decade I have had to modify both my understanding and expectations regarding the target year several times. Information has slowly been revealed which gave researchers a better understanding of the wisdom from the ancients.


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Modern Maya elders still follow the philosophy behind the ancient calendars in the form of the Tzolkin and Haab, though the Long Count itself had fallen from use. With their help and indeed through the surviving prophecy record, we have been able to begin interpreting the cultural significance of the Long Count calendar end-date.

Do the Maya elders predict doomsday?

The modern Maya peoples have an elected council of elders currently headed by Don Alejandro. In recent interviews he has been very clear in stating that the Maya do not believe there is a doomsday tied to the end of the 13 Bak'tun cycle. In fact Maya elders have only ever ventured as far as suggesting that times of change at the end of such eras may include serious natural upheavals, much as we see our climate changing now. No Maya elder is stating a complete global devastation ahead. I find that most of their talks carry a very positive air to them, they explain the benefits of the changes they see post 2012.

Is a doomsday within the written prophecies?

Tortuguero Monument 6, recording the 2012 Bak'tun ending:
Bolon Yookte [This creator God is referenced on the glyph]
"The Thirteenth 'Bak'tun" will be finished
(on) Four Ajaw, the Third of Uniiw (K'ank'in).
? will occur.
(It will be) the descent(??) of the Nine Support? God(s) to the ?."

Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel, XXII:
Katun 4 Ahau . . . . The katun is established at Chichen Itzá.  The settlement of the Itzá shall take place [there].  The quetzal shall come, the green bird shall come.  Ah Kantenal  shall come.  Blood-vomit shall come.  Kukulcan  shall come with them for the second time.  [It is] the word of God.  (Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel, XXII)

Vision SerpentIf you see a definitive doomsday in those passages your eyes are keener than my own. Many people may in fact be surprised by how little Maya material actually refers directly to 2012. From the amount of hype you would be right to expect a couple of pages of clear text, especially if the end of the world was being predicted. The only thing to bear in mind perhaps is that much was lost when the Spanish invaded, and that the Maya used prophecies from other eras over again by reinterpreting them whilst in trance. So we can posit they would have likely had more than this to tell us. What we can’t say is that anything like a 2012 Doomsday exists in the texts we have available today.

What the astute reader will notice about the end of the cycle writings is an emphasis in importance on returning Gods. Notably a creator God is included indicative of some rebirth before the new Long Count. The significance of the nine God’s should also be noted, as this is cross-cultural mythology. Pantheons of nine Gods are found in ancient Egypt and Norse scripts as well as elsewhere in history. They can often be seen as archetypal energies, which govern both our reality and our own inner nature.

The nine principles are particularly well introduced in the highly esoteric mystical texts of the Emerald Tablets of Thoth. These may prove fairly unintelligible for the lay reader devoid of mystical initiations and understanding. Even so they are well worth attempting.

Emerald Tablet XII:
Forth were WE formed after our order:
Know ye that these are the numbers of cycles
that WE descend from unto man.
Each having here a duty to fulfill;
each having here a force to control.

Enneagram Enlightenment Symbol
It is also interesting to note recent claimed findings in Torus related maths and physics from maverick researcher Marko Rodin. He attempts to show us the universal importance inherent in the number nine regarding primal creation forces and flows of force. Marko Rodin: "The number nine is Energy being manifested in a single moment event of occurrence in our physical world of creation.”

The cult of the 9 Maya gods has mostly faded away, although supposedly their new rule initiated in 1998 at the end of the Maya period known as 13 hells. What the return of these nine heralds for all of us may not be at first clear. For the serious scholar of the mystical traditions I suggest studying the links provided in this article in entirety.

At this point I can’t see any clear evidence for a doomsday linked to the Maya prophecies or the current elders. The only other place then is on the calendar stone itself. Unfortunately there is no surviving Maya calendar stone only the Aztec sun stone remains. There is then no way to definitively link a doomsday in with the evidence we have available unless it is found by matching the calendar cycle periodicity to a cycle of disaster events in the past. These would have to be events that would clearly recur at regular intervals.

That then is where we must look next in part 2.

By Bruce Fenton

2012 Rising The Last Tzolkin