It seems everyone has an opinion regarding Dec 21, 2012. Is this the end times spoken of in various religious texts, will the Rapture be made manifest? Or does the Mayan calendar point to an astronomical event, something along the lines of the transit of Venus, or a rogue comet, meteorite or planetoid that poses a threat every X amount of years? Will Earth experience a massive CME [coronal mass ejection] the size of which deals a considerable blow to our world wide power grids? Maybe, God forbid, this is the year of epic natural disasters - will we see the eruption of a super volcano or will the North Atlantic current be affected to such a degree that we'll all be thrust unwittingly into a sudden ice age?
Could this be the year of confirmed extraterrestrial contact, or the year man manages to blow himself to collective smithereens? Perhaps 2012 will go down in history as the event that wasn't ... and we'll all awaken to the same *business as usual* on Jan. 1, 2013.
There are opinions upon opinions, and for every one of them comes pre-installed with an expert [self-proclaimed or otherwise] ready to enlighten us all as to what we may or may not expect to occur this upcoming December.
You know, calenders are funny things and sometimes go askew, requiring a bit of adjusting here or a few hours/days of subtracting there. Whatever the case may be, if I had to put my money on any particular ideology concerning the Mayan calendar - I would go with the astrological/astronomical theories.
And I say this, for what it's worth which certainly can't be much in today's uncertain market, because with rare exception nearly the entirety of man's early
civilizations paid some serious consideration to the movements of the heavens.
And I'm speaking far above and beyond the seasonal trackings which were, of course, a necessity for agriculture and so forth. Furthermore, unless I miss my guess, the Mayans weren't exactly a sea-faring people so navigating by the constellations, etc would not have been a priority.
No. There's simply no getting around the fact that the Mayans and their ilk, placed an untoward importance on the movements and tracking of the heavenly bodies. And this wasn't the kind of accuracy of information that could easily be gleaned over a generation or two.
For a civilization, or a culture, to predict with certainty that the movements of each constellation, or houses of the Zodiac, took 2,600 years to complete, then you can skippy well bet it took that culture a good 2,600 years [at least] to know this as fact. So when we take into consideration the vast amount of time, effort, and resources needed to comprise the Mayan calendar, it becomes clear to understand that this was not something the people took lightly.
Any endeavor of a people that takes away from or places a strain on survival/resource management, is an endeavor of high proportions. Especially those megalithic cultures that devoted absolutely gallons of manpower/resources in order to track the heavens. It goes without saying that someone placed a great deal of importance on what the heavens were doing, and where, and how often.
Simple religious fervor doesn't hold much weight and would almost certainly not be sufficient in and of itself, unless religious/mystical import had come to be associated with some event that could be astronomically tracked/predicted.
See, that's the sticky wicket we run into when we examine the origins of virtually all religions - that they are interwoven and heavily threaded through & through with astrology/astronomy, be they pagan or otherwise.
So back to the Mayans, et al. Somebody considered it extremely important to track the heavens. So much so that considerable man power was sacrificed that not only the specific generation at hand would be privy to the knowledge, but that it would be left in place - written in stone, as it were - for the edification of future generations.
Thus, no matter the mix of religion/spiritually that has come to obfuscate the importance of celestial knowledge, I'm inclined to believe that whatever potential *danger* we may face is a cyclic one, a threat that comes from the far, vast regions of outer space. A danger that our ancestors encountered and felt strongly enough about that they devoted considerable effort to track and predict when future generations might once again be threatened.
Or, and here's another improbable but not impossible theory. That man's early civilizations were given the knowledge by someone else. And that this Someone Else taught man the math by which to track the heavens.
Because really, when you get right down to it, either we were brilliant little things and somehow managed to put two and two together to make Pi, or someone else was kind enough to pass basic calculus onto the primitives when they weren't too busy waging war or hunting or procreating long enough to pay attention.
Now, it's not like man's myths, legends, & religions aren't absolutely swimming with hints on the above possibility. From the Sumerians to the Hebrews with a little Greek or Arabic thrown in for good measure, some God or Angel or Alien or Savior went about His business throwing bones to the local yokels. And except for the bloody wars trying to sort the whole mess out and establish once and for all who was right and who was wrong, thank you very much, Dear Someone.
On the other hand, man is a brilliant animal at best and it's entirely possible we have lived far longer on the face of this planet than commonly thought, and man discovered the importance of celestial knowledge and the associated mathematics all by his lonesome, if confused, self.
Either way you slice it, there's no argument to be had regarding our ancestors obsession with the heavens. And I don't mean in that wide eyed, awe-inspired way that most anthropologists condescendingly explain away early man's fascination with the heavens. Certainly there was that faction at one time or another, but the Mayans and so many other cultures obviously surpassed such endearing wonderment by leaps and bounds.
So, what exactly is it that those early civilizations held in such high regard or trepidation? I've read scads of information, both mainstream and otherwise, regarding the transit of Venus [Venus = Lucifer], the Oort Cloud, etc etc etc.
Whether or not the pseudo scientific Planet X, or Nibiru, or Marduk, I think
it's safe to say that at some point, if not this December, Earth will be affected/
threatened by an inner or outer planetary threat. Hopefully, by that time we will
have devised the means by which such a threat may be reduced, deflected or destroyed. Time will tell.
Do I think Jesus will return or aliens land on the White House lawn? No, I do not. Although if I'm wrong I certainly hope to watch the live updates on CNN.
Neither do I think mankind is ignorant/greedy/egocentric enough [as a whole, mind you] to blow himself or planet Earth to kingdom come. At least I hope not.
Do I think changes are in the air? Yes, that I do. Life is about change, for nothing else is so consistent. You can feel it, in those rare quiet moments between our daily onslaught of distractions.
But here is one last *thought* for both the doom Sayers and nay Sayers alike: live 2012 from your heart. Live each day in compassion, forgiveness and charity. Forget & forgive those who think differently from you. Forget the disbelievers, the sinners, the saints. If only for one stinking year each of us were to be the best most loving damn people we could be, and quit hurting each other, to cease comparing ourselves to one another, to put an end to bickering, gossip and that mindless, greedy beast called Ego that threatens to gobble everyone/everything in it's path ... what a year it would be!
This may sound heretical though I don't mean it as such, but CAN you imagine if each of us strove to be the BEST we could be, we wouldn't NEED a savior to return to do it for us. We HAVE the power, the ability and wisdom inside us to live in love, to do no harm. To respect the Earth and her creatures, to tread gently & lovingly with our fellow man, to turn a deaf ear to the clamoring of the ego and to tame our survival urge at the expense of everything else.
Whether or not 2012 ends with a bang or a whimper is not the point. The point IS to live each day in the best manner possible. That way, no matter how many or how few days remain in the collective hourglass, we have earned the right to rest content in the knowledge that we did the best we could.