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First off, the world is not going to end in 2012.
It’s already over. I think it died in the late 80’s or early 90’s.
What we are living in now is the birth pangs, the labor, of our new world being born.
The “end date” of 12-21-2012 (the Winter Solstice) comes from the Mayan Long Count calendar. Without getting into huge detail on how the calendar works (that will be another article), the Long Count date on 12-21-2012 is Definitely a number to make you say “hmm—What’s up with that?”
And indeed, something is happening on that date, no matter whose calendar you use to track it.
Due to the precession of the equinoxes (yet another article), every day the sun comes up in a slightly different place. We don’t see this because of how slow it moves (it’s a 26,000 year cycle), but it’s happening. On the morning of the Winter Solstice of 2012, the Milky Way will be at the horizon. And the sun as it rises will go through the dark area.
This dark area was thought to be the birth canal of the universe by the ancient Maya. What happens when something goes through the birth canal? It’s born.
Or re-born, as the case may be.
What the supposed “end date” is actually pointing to is a new beginning, a new world, a new sun. The Aztec Calendar stone (image in upper left corner) depicts a central figure (Tonatiuh, the sun god) with four smaller glyphs around him. Those four glyphs are the previous world ages, or suns. Tonatiuh represents the fifth sun, the sun of movement—the current sun which is dying/dead.
The Maya looked ahead and saw the rebirth of the sun, the sixth sun, on 12-21-2012. It’s a birthday celebration, not a lamentation.
I was thinking about the alignment this morning as I was driving to work..and I realized that the alignment must be visible already. The precession of the equinoxes means that it takes 70 years to move a degree in the sky. And we're only 6 years away. In geologic and astronomical times, that's the same as right now.
Gives you something to think about.
-written May 24, 2006
the milky way galaxy
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