As funny as this comic panel is, it does pretty much sum things up for a lot of people. An ancient civilization has created a round stone calendar that many people are giving a whole lot of attention. A number of those people are jumping on the 2012 band wagon of 'death and destruction' because there are others who are generating the seeds of mass hysteria. Are the majority of the potentially 'hysterical' true believers? Do they believe that the Maya are right, and have they researched things to the point of being able to safely say that every event laid down in the calendar so far has came to pass? I would have to say, no. I did a bit of reading about the calendar for another post I wrote about 2012 (you can find it in the "Theory" section of my blog), and I can safely say that there is a lot out there that has been written about the Mayan calendar and all of the prophecies said to lie in it's wheel. It can get rather mind numbing when each account has specific points to make, and count 'this' as fact and count 'that' as false interpretation, when the finer points all seem to be interpretation based. The messages laid out in the calendar, the "ages" or developmental levels to human life and it's existence on this planet we call Earth...once I started doing some surface research and read various accounts by different people...well, everything seems to be open to the realm of individual interpretation, everyone (whether part of a small or large group of like minded individuals) has their own thoughts about what the calendar means. I think the level of belief and accompanying states of worry that seem to follow the prominent views out there on what the calendar is telling us, is proportionate to the widely believed predictions to what we can expect to happen on the fateful day of 12/21/2012. It's like a global telephone game that is getting extra fuel through television, film, and the internet. The fact that we as a society are going through an extremely 'crappy' period what with our government showing how useless it is, and our economy being in the crapper...it's just not a time that is conducive to over all happiness. Doom and gloom is an easier sell when things are like this.
Am I saying that I don't think the calendar has any actual significance? No, I am not. I am saying to those individuals who are freaking out about 2012 to do some looking around for themselves. It might shed a bit more light on what may or may not happen next year. Do I think the Earth is going to expereince total destruction and the end of mankind will result? No. Whatever mankind does or whatever happens to us, the Earth is still going to be here revolving away. Whether it's something off of an ancient civilizations calendar, or man made global warming, old Gaia is going to keep on keepin' on long after we have gone.
I am going to share some of the info from one of the sites I visited. It relates to the "Seven Ages of Man" as supposedly laid out in the Mayan Calendar:
The Mayan circle calendar is a huge monolith that is called the "Cuauhxicalli Eagle Bowl". It represents the solar deity Tonatiuh.
The Zapotic Prophecy (which I couldn't track down a definition of) is based on the 'Eagle Bowl'. "After 13 Heavens of Decreasing Choice, and 9 Hells of Increasing Doom", the Tree of Life shall blossom with a fruit never before known in creation, and that fruit shall be the New Spirit of Men."
So, as stated above, there are to be 13 Heavens and 9 Hells. Each lasts 52 years. According to the calendar as stated by this site, we are into the Hells right now. Each hell is to be worse than the last. The final day of the 4th hell was August 17, 1987. As all who are aware of the end date of the calendar knows, it is said to be December 21, 2012. (Although, the site did say that there is some debate as the last day is said to be between the 21st and 23rd of December). When the end day of the calendar comes, only a few will survive in the catastrophes that will happen. So at the end of this 5th stage, the remaining humanity will realize their spiritual destiny. That should be it according to many of the people who believe, right? Well, not according to this site. You see there are other predictions supposedly made in the calendar that happen beyond the end of the calendar. There is a 6th and 7th age or stage slated to happen. Apparently, the 6th age is when 'we will realize the God within ourselves'. The 7th (and last) states that we 'will become so spiritual that we will be telepathic'.
|(I found this picture on a site that described "9 Waves", instead of the "7 Ages" talked about by the site I wrote about. Each account has it's differences.)|
Confused? It can get insane making trying to read up on 2012, and the Mayan calendar. Every place you go has a difference of opinion, and they all think they are right. Even when they contradict themselves. Within all of the information that continued getting blurred and running together in a huge pile of ARGH, there was one site that made some sense.
When December 21, 2012 comes, the world won't come to an end. It's going to be a time of transition. We as the human race are going through some tough times. Here in the US things are a mess. There is so much chaos. However, we have a choice. We can move forward with resistance, or acceptance. That is what will gauge how we proceed. It will determine whether we transition through cataclysmic changes, or through gradual peace and tranquility. I can jive with that. That makes perfect sense to me.
The 2012 prophecy. Ophiucus. Nibiru. There is a 'Dooms Day' scenario for everyone who wants to believe in them. I said it before, and I'll say it again...do I believe in all of these supposed prophecies? Not really. However, I do know one thing for sure. I will find out what's going to happen when everyone else does.