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The Maya Calendar is probably one of the most cited sources for the end of world scenario or other great changes occuring in 2012. There are several detractors from this theory, which is based on the Maya Long Count, a cycle of 1,872,000 days.

2012 Apocalypse - Postponed   " ... A new critique, published as a chapter in the new textbook "Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World" (Oxbow Books, 2010), argues that the accepted conversions of dates from Mayan to the modern calendar may be off by as much as 50 or 100 years. That would throw the supposed and overhyped 2012 apocalypse off by decades and cast into doubt the dates of historical Mayan events ..." foxnews.com (site accessed Oct 2010)

Approaching 2012 " ... CU and Naropa students gathered Tuesday in Eaton Humanities to attend a talk given by Mayan elder Miguel Angel Chiquin, regarding Mayan beliefs about Dec. 21, 2012 ...“From the context of Mayan cosmology there is an infinity of Mayan calendars,” he said. The calendars cycle every 5,000 years. He said we are about to enter the calendar of fifth sun and at that time, “everyone will clarify the light and the sacred spirit.” ... Chiquin said the Mayan calendars are part of something bigger. “These calendars are part of a larger cosmology which will never end,” he said ..." cuindependent.com (site accessed Oct 2010)

The long count is not cyclical   " The latest interpretation of Monument 6 at Tortuguero has recently been published by Sven Gronemeyer and Barbara MacLeod. It is a rather long and detailed account of the inscription and its greater context. I shall write about their study in two posts. This one deals with their nice outlining of the calendrical framework, which is poorly understood by most 2012ers. The next post will be about the actual inscription itself and what the authors believe it meant.... In short, there is no end of the LC calendar in 2012 and there were no multiple creations preceding this one, as I have argued before. People claiming that the “Maya calendar” was cyclical miss the whole point that the LC was just what the name implies, it was an endless non-repeating long count. The CR, on the other hand, repeated. However, these different aspects of the calendar system should not be confused. ..." Johan Normark, haecceities.wordpress.com (site accessed Oct 2010)

Truth of the Mayan calendar end times prophecy and Doomsday hype revealed  " ... A quest for the truth regarding all the hoopla concerning the Mayan calendar's long count cycle end in association with a doomsday prediction raises a number of pertinent questions. The first most obvious is: What is the source of this association with an end of the world prediction and the Mayan calendar? Or rather in this case, the better question is: What is the original source for all of this public mis-information? Serious research regarding the answer to this question uncovers many things. Most importantly, it shows that the sources are from neither the ancient nor modern Maya themselves. So then, from where, who, and why do these false claims arise? ..." mayan-calendar.org (site accessed Aug 2010)

Tale of an end of world predictor and the Mayan calendar Doomsday prophecy " At the end of the last millennium, there was once a wise little old man who claimed to have a special connectedness with the ancient Maya. Despite the fact that he himself was really of Anglo Saxon Celtic ancestory, he claimed to have been especially chosen and gifted with the unique ability to channel the spirits of our ancient Mayan ancestors which thus allowed him to reveal some extremely precise and critically important timely understandings about the ancient Mayan culture, their most sacred revered esoteric teachings, the significance of Mayan astrology, Mayan astronomy, and to specifically unravel the complexity of their mysteries regarding the ancient Mayan calendar itself ..." worldend.org (site accessed Aug 2010)

Alignment 2012     "John Major Jenkins is an independent researcher who has devoted himself to reconstructing ancient Mayan cosmology and philosophy. Since beginning his odyssey of research and discovery with the Maya, John has authored dozens of articles and many books." (site accessed Feb 2006)
See also:
Interview with John Major Jenkins Red Ice Creations Radio Archive (site accessed Nov 2007)
See also: Mushroom Cosmogenesis 2012 (YouTube) "Ever wonder where John Major Jenkins got his 'ground-breaking insights' ..." (site accessed Jul 2010)

Archaeologist debunks alleged Maya prediction of apocalypse  "Contrary to the apocalyptic prophecies for 2012 attributed to the Maya civilization, a Mexican archaeologist says that the Mayas were predicting a “strictly cyclical phenomenon,” not a planetary catastrophe ...“The Maya philosophy conceives of the beginning and the end as a whole. That is to say, it doesn’t separate life and death because one is the origin of the other, but therefore that doesn’t mean that everything has to end to be able to see a new beginning,” Morales said. He added that if the Maya government were still ruling in Mesoamerica, “Dec. 21, 2012 would be the most important day in all its history. They would celebrate the arrival of a new sun with ceremonies, banquets and sacrifices.” laht.com (site accessed June 2010)

Much ado about nothing: 2012 and the Maya (MP3) " ... In this talk, Marc Zender will enlist William Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing. He suggests the famous romantic comedy about deceit, mistaken identity, and the peril of unexamined assumptions will “shed some light on the New Age nonsense surrounding the supposed Maya ‘end date’ of 2012.” For example, the “end date” itself is mentioned on a single 7th-century monument in a passage that is open to several interpretations ...But Maya doomsday theorists are not daunted by the lack of evidence. The contrast between the evidence and the theory propagated in the public consciousness provides a cautionary tale in the grand tradition of Shakespeare. peabody.harvard.edu (site accessed Mar 10)

It's Not the End of the World: What the Ancient Maya Tell Us About 2012   " ... For over a decade, I have focused my scholarly research specifically on Maya culture and writing, making some surprising discoveries that can present a more definitive perspective on the prophecies of the ancient Maya seers. As we approach the critical year, it is time to offer a more viable account of the Maya prophecy and expose both the fallacies and ethnocentricism tainting the current sensational accounts. Here I intend to explain what we actually know about (1) Maya knowledge and attitudes, both ancient and modern, (2) the date 13.0.0.0.0. and (3) their many Creation stories and prophecies. Mark Van Stone, www.famsi.org (site accessed Mar 2010)

Apocalypse soon? What the Maya calendar really tells us about 2012 and the end of time " ... We live in a techno-immersed, materially oriented society that seems somewhat bewildered by where rational, empirical science might be taking us. This may be why the mystical, escapist explanations of a galactic endpoint, replete with precise mathematical, historical, and cosmic underpinnings (masquerading as science), have such wide appeal. In an age of anxiety we reach for the wisdom of ancestors--even other peoples' ancestors--that might have been lost in the drifting sands of time. Perhaps the only way we can take back control of our disordered world is to rediscover their lost knowledge and make use of it. And so we romanticize the ancient Maya ..." quoted from a longer article by Anthony Aveni, Russell Colgate professor of astronomy and anthropology at Colgate University,www.archaeology.org (site accessed Mar 2010)

2012: The Long Count does not end on December 21, 2012  " ... to say that the “Maya culture” had one homogeneous system of recording dates is dead wrong and this belief relies on Westernized/Christian assumptions. But I am afraid the 2012ers will not be able to understand this, their ideas solely rest on arborescent models where everything can be traced back to a master-signifier (this one may differ depending on one’s preferences) ..." haecceities.wordpress.com (site accessed Dec 09)

Mayan Year 2012 Stirs Doomsday Theories   "Apolinario Chile Pixtun is tired of being bombarded with frantic questions about the Mayan calendar supposedly "running out" on Dec. 21, 2012. After all, it's not the end of the world. Or is it? Definitely not, the Mayan Indian elder insists ... Chile Pixtun, a Guatemalan, says the doomsday theories spring from Western, not Mayan ideas ..." foxnews.com (site accessed Oct 09)

Illtud Melchizedek Studies actual Mayans and uses remote viewing to see the future. Link to YouTube message. members.cox.net/melchizedek27 (site accessed Oct 09)

Crystal skulls key to Maya predictions for 2012   " ... In March 2010, people from around the world are gathering in Yucatan, Mexico with their crystals and crystal skulls ... Presenting at the conference and leading many of the ceremonies throughout the journey is Miguel Angel Vergara, noted Maya expert. "Nobody can say exactly what is going to happen on December 21, 2012. It is going to depend on each one of us and what we do now in these days leading up to the end of the Maya calendar. It is clear that a great deal of healing is needed to allow us to
move forward. Having the crystal skulls at Chichen Itza during the equinox is
going to give us a very powerful healing opportunity," says Miguel Angel ...." reuters.com (site accessed Sept 2009)

2012 Mayan Prophecies - how to prepare and attune yourself   " ... the actual Mayan Council has been purposely silent for over 200 years. Now, for the first time in recent history are they speaking out about their knowledge and the Prophecies. The message is very clear. This is not doomsday, but is a new beginning in humanity’s consciousness ..." toltec-nagual.com (site accessed Aug 2009)

How to spot a prophet's Maya hoax -numerology and gematria   " ... Apparently, the people who created the Long Count calendar in the first centuries BC correlated their “end” date with British sailor’s chronometers that emerged more than 2000 years later! Ancient wisdom…? No, contemporary nonsense created by ethnocentric creationists and pseudoscientists ..." haecceities.wordpress.com (site accessed Aug 09)

2012 Doomsday: Science or Superstition?   "A debate is raging over whether Dec. 21, 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar, heralds a doomsday of apocalyptic proportions — or the dawning of a golden age in consciousness. In the new documentary 2012: Science or Superstition ... scientists and experts present both the science behind the Mayan calendar as well as a positive message that we will be ushered into a new age of elevated consciousness and increased awareness ... According to the Maya, humanity first appears in the planet on Dec. 21, 2012. So we’re still proto-humans. We’re still half cooked ... Interview with shaman, Alberto Villodo, life.gaiam.com (site accessed June 2009)

The risks of believing that the Mayan calendar ends December 21st, 2012! " ... I feel there are indeed many people ...that benefit from the claim that the Mayan calendar ends December 21, 2012. Thus, I do not think that it is an accident that we do not hear of the October 28, 2011 date in public media. To begin with, as far as I know no one who adheres to the end date of October 28, 2011 has ever presented this as a predetermined doomsday and thus unduly associated the Mayan calendar with fear. Since the abovementioned debate two different intellectual cultures have emerged around the two possible end dates, one based on belief (December 21, 2012) and one based on evidence (October 28, 2011). Carl Johan Calleman, calleman.com (site accessed May 2009)

2012: Not Doomsday, it's the last stand for an ancient civilization  " ... why didn’t the Mayans explicitly say: “the Long Count will cycle again after 5126 years“? That’s because they were still in their first cycle. And within this first cycle, their entire civilization rose and and crashed back down again. They never got the chance to experience one whole cycle, resetting the Long Count or, indeed, simply extending it. In short, the world isn’t going to end in 2012 (the coincidental end-date of the Mayan Long Count calendar), it’s the last stand of an ancient culture ..." astroengine.com (site accessed May 2009)

The Newest On 2012 Mayan Calendar and Prophesies   "... In actuality, the world is in convulsion, living in times of war for no reason, climate changes that provoke calamities, natural disasters that occur with greater frequency. And, not to mention our own individual daily actions that demonstrate, first of all, that we are out of touch with ourselves. And secondly, that we are out of touch with others which, has lead to the consequential deterioration of relations with our Creator, with our brothers and sisters, and with humanity in general. The Mayans do not talk about the end of the world, but rather, specifically say that all things will transform, that the only thing that is permanent is the spirit in its evolutionary journey to higher spiritual levels ... ” aquariuspapers.com (site accessed Mar 2009)

Maya Perspectives on 2012   " ... Until recently, Maya themselves have contributed relatively little to the 2012 phenomenon since only a small number have had prior exposure to the topic. The Long Count calendar that establishes the 2012 date fell into disuse well before the invasion of the Maya world by Spanish conquistadors and knowledge of its rediscovery by Western investigators has reached few of today’s Maya. The purpose of this website is to serve as resource for those seeking information related to this subject that comes exclusively from within the Maya cultural context ..." stetson.edu/~rsitler/perspectives (site accessed Feb 2009)

What will NOT happen in 2012   " ... Whatever Monument 6 has to tell us pertains to the dedication of the building associated with the sculpture. It has nothing to do with prophecy or the supposed, dread events that await us in AD 2012. About that the Maya are notably silent…or, truth be told, a bit boring ..." decipherment.wordpress.com (site accessed Feb 2009)

Grand Maya Itza Council speaks about 2012   "The GRAND MAYA ITZA COUNCIL feels proud to distribute this list of sacred sites to all the Initiates and Workers of Light from all around the world ... We the MAYA ITZA people are very aware of the bad news and disasters that are going to occur in the year 2012 as foreseen by many people ... We the Mayans who have not been cultured by the Western Culture do not agree with all the negative things our sacred calendars have been involved in. That is the main reason why we are distributing this list of sacred sites where we are planning to do our spiritual work ..." ufodigest.com (site accessed Dec 08)

Jose Arguelles' Calendrical Dreams   "Arguelles' 1987 book, The Mayan Factor, was an eclectic mix of Maya calendrics and new age philosophy. Unfortunately, Arguelles didn't make clear how much of the calendar he described, and later named "Dreamspell", was Maya, and how much was his own. Although it contains much that is dubious, it offends primarily because it has given a lot of people a very mistaken impression of the real Maya calendar. In 1992, Arguelles announced The Thirteen Moon Calendar. This is much more egregious nonsense. Arguelles claims that only adoption his calendrical innovation can save the world from disaster as we approach what he calls the "harmonic convergence" .... members.shaw.ca (site accessed Oct 08)

Return to Awareness - A message from Carlos Barrios   " ... The period that opened on the 9th of August 2008, is a cycle started at 8 Kan which is the manifestation of material energy (it activates the last phase of material energy on Mother Earth and human beings and it will end on December 20-2012) . We are working every day with ceremonies to balance the energies and touch the heart of mother earth; this cycle of work will end on the 4th. of September, the beginning of the Sacred Maya New Year. The goal of the Ceremonies we are making is to create balance in life, our attention and intention is focused in reestablishing the world’s economy, even as at this moment it is not fair or adequate since it is based on materialism which is the prevailing form and humanity is not yet ready for the new socioeconomic order. The rise in the price of oil and bankruptcy of the banking system is raising the prices of the products which are necessary for survival and creating more poverty, for which we ask you as well to focus your energy and mind power for humanity to return to a balance ..." thenewhumanity.blogspot.com (site accessed Aug 2008)
See also: The Mayan Calendar - The World Will Not End   " ...  (Carlos) Mr. Barrios is a historian, an anthropologist and investigator. After studying with traditional elders for 25 years since the age of 19, he has also became a Mayan Ajq'ij, a ceremonial priest and spiritual guide, Eagle Clan .... Other people write about prophecy in the name of the Maya. They say that the world will end in December 2012. The Mayan elders are angry with this. The world will not end. It will be transformed ... Change is accelerating now, and it will continue to accelerate.' If the people of the earth can get to this 2012 date in good shape, without having destroyed too much of the Earth, Mr. Barrios said, we will rise to a new, higher level. But to get there we must transform enormously powerful forces that seek to block the way ... mayamysteryschool.com (site accessed Dec 2007)


Mayan Calendar Code  
"Trackdown - found out what's real ... We are tracking down stories about the Mayan calendar. Are they really from the Mayan calendar? From the Maya? Or not? We welcome you to an investigation into the source of all the stories about what 2012 means and what we're being told about what 2012 means. And there might be a few surprises in store for you ..." mayan-calendar-code.com (site accessed June 2008)

Lord Pakal Trilogy   "On August 22, 2004, Pakal received the last spiritual revelation ... According to the synchronicity of his Mayan time on Earth, at the end of his learning cycle, Pakal initiates the action cycle in which he emerges as one of the Time Witnesses and opens Xibalba for his ascension and transformation of the planet. In Pakal's vision and words, he says, "it is possible to survive Death for the existing and future generations and preserve your soul in infinite time according to the physical Law of Conservation of Energy." He further explains, " the human race has misunderstood the process of Death due to religious traditions and creation of burial rituals that are incorrect in many ways. The main principle has not been applied or forgotten through many centuries. New technology and courageous ideas are necessary to prove the existence of our reincarnation process." ...

The Mayan Calendar, Jose Arguelles, 2012 and the End of Time   " ... During the Spring of 2001 I produced a radio documentary and magazine article about the Mayan Calendar. I concluded both by saying I would try to follow the Mayan Calendar for one year. Below is my follow-up report ..." thevenue.org (site accessed December 2007)

What date was the 2012 Mayan Info Decoded?  "The first person to comment on the relation of the Mayan Great Cycle end date with the winter soltice in December 2012 was not Jose Arguelles (The Mayan Factor) or Terence McKenna (Novelty Theory) or John Major Jenkins (Galactic Alignment), but Professor Victoria Bricker of Tulane University, an academic Maya epigrapher who was included by Munro Edmonson (1924-2002) in “The Book of the Year: Middle American Calendrical Systems” (1988). The decipherment of the Maya calendar were first discovered in 1880, and again in 1892, anthropologist Ernst Förstemann published the Dresden Codex, in photochromolithographic editions, with perhaps only 60 copies produced in each edition (Gates, booklet with “The Dresden Codex”, 1932)..." pakalahau.wordpress.com (site accessed Nov 2007)

The Mayan Calendar Portal   " ...provides information from some of the world's leading experts on the true Mayan Calendar and the Galactic Underworld. It is also meant to create coherence and a fruitful interaction among those genuinely interested in the meaning and message of the Sacred Mayan Calendar and who look upon the Calendar as a currently valid description of the evolution of consciousness leading to a state of oneness ..." mayaportal.lucita.net (site accessed Aug 2007)

The Mayan Calendar - the website of Carl Johan Calleman  "The Mayan Time Science describes energy changes in Cosmic history and is our most valuable tool for charting the future. This site outlines the underlying basis for this calendar, the very foundation of prophecy .... Time, in fact, is speeding up as we transition from the materialist Planetary Underworld that still governs us to a new and higher frequency of consciousness, the Galactic Underworld, in preparation for the final Universal level of conscious Enlightenment. The Mayan calendar is thus a spiritual device that enables a greater understanding of the evolution of consciousness driving human history and the concrete steps we can take to align ourselves with this cosmic evolution toward Enlightenment." (site accessed Jan 2007)

Gnosis - Echoes of Knowledge  This is the website of Derek SKhane, who endeavours to illustrate the manner in which all number is integrated - measure, time, distance, area, etc. The link is to an essay entitled "The Maya-Carnac-link" which relates Mayan numbers to theoretically divergent cultures. (site accessed Jan 2007)

Mayans excited about first movie in their language    Describes the Mayan reaction to Mel Gibson's movie, Apolcalypto.
"Mauricio Amuy, a non-Maya actor who participated in the filming of Apocalypto, says the production staff discussed the (2012)theory on the set. “We know the Bible talks about prophecies, and that the Mayas spoke of a change of energy on Dec. 22, 2012, and it (the movie) is somewhat focused on that,” Amuy said. “People should perhaps take that theory and reflect, and not do these things that are destroying humanity.” Posted by grhomeboy on Homeboynet.wordpress.com (site accessed Dec 2006)

2012 Winter Solstice Non-Event  Article pointing out that the winter solstice Sun will fall into the Cygnus Rift every year for over a century. Also includes rebuttals of John Major Jenkins' theories (see below) Stephen Tonkin, astunit.com (site accessed Nov 2006)

"There's certainly evidence that they thought something was going to happen in 2012. But they also project history into the far future."
Quote from Simon Martin, researcher at Pennsylvania Archeological Museum. Bluehoney.org (site accessed Sep 2006)

Crystalinks   Link to article about Maya Calendar and prophecies. "The Time Shift marked the time in history when the planet entered a new sequencing of energy that after a magnetic pole shift in 2000, will be complete in December, 2012. With the energy sequencing complete in 2012, Timeship Earth will launch her voyage into fourth dimensional time in 2013." (site accessed April 2006)

Astronomy Answers 21 December 2012   An astronomical approach to the Mayan end date which argues against it being a date of any signficance. The author of the article says: "I think that the beginning of a new period in the Long Count of the Maya in 2012 is just as unimportant as the 6000th anniversary of the Biblical creation date (celebrated in 1996), or the planetary conjunction of May 2000, or all kinds of past dates for which the end of the world had been predicted. Someone who did not hear about the prediction in advance would not have noticed anything special on those dates, and I predict that December 2012 will be like that as well.

The only effects that can be expected associated with the conjunction of 21 December 2012 have to do with the attention that people draw to that conjunction and date. If people expect that unusual things will happen on a certain date, then on that date they'll behave differently than usual, and that in itself is already an unusual thing. In this way they can fulfill their own expectations."

The How and Why of the Mayan End Date in 2012 AD   Article by John Major Jenkins originally published in the Dec-Jan '95 issue of Mountain Astrologer. (site accessed Feb 2006)

Brief chapter-by-chapter summary of Maya Cosmogenesis 2012     
Summary of the main points of this book by John Major Jenkins with a link to another site which clarifies general misundestandings of Jenkins' work. (site accessed Feb 2006)

Maya Calendar   An overview of the concepts of the Maya calendar and how ages were calculated. Also provides links to other sites of interest on this topic. Largely discounts New Age theories. (site accessed Feb 2006)

2Neartheedge    Mayan Long Count calendar to download free. (site accessed Feb 2006)

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