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The Mayan Long Count Calendar has caused a whirlwind of mystery and hysteria. With an end date of 21 December 2012, speculation as to why has fuelled a media frenzy in which theorists, sensationalists, astronomers and astrologists all want a slice of the action. But exactly what is the Mayan Calendar.
The Mayans are an ancient civilisation that occupied regions of Mexico and parts of Mesoamerica from 250AD to 900AD. They were an advanced culture with a proficient knowledge of architecture, mathematics, geometry and astrology. In fact, they studied the stars so closely, they built their city complexes to replicate star systems; Teotihuacan for example resembles the three stars of Orion’s belt.
The long count calendar has a start date that corresponds with the Gregorian date of 3114 BCE and lasts for a cycle of 5125, the due date being 21 December 2012. Yet despite the wealth of speculation as to what this date represents, nobody actually knows the purpose of the Mayan Long Count calendar.
The possibility exists that it doesn’t mean anything other than the end of a cycle after which another cycle will begin – just as the Gregorian calendar ends each year on the 31st December and a new year begins on the 1st January. After all the Mayans had a number of calendars, all of which have an end date followed by the start date. It’s most likely that the Long Count calendar works using the same principles.
That people are making predictions about the end date of the Mayan Calendar could be nothing more than a money-spinning agenda or simple publicity seeking. After all a lot of people you’ve never heard of have released a book on the subject – the most successful of whom are likely to launch other projects of a similar nature based on their specialist subject.
And amidst all the hype about the Mayan calendar and 21.12.12 we have Nostradamus, often used as the pillar to support the end of the world theories. And it is easy to understand why. Many of the cryptic messages being deciphered from the quatrains of the French prophet do appear to be happening in the world right now. But we should also not dismiss the fact the Nostradamus predicts a future beyond 2012.
Century 1 Quatrain 48
When twenty years of the reign of the Moon have passed,
For seven thousand years another will hold the rule,
When the Sun takes up the rule for the final cycle,
Then my prophecy and sightings will be accomplished
One theorist suggests “the reign of the Moon,” refers to Pope John Paul I who was called the ‘de Medietate Lunae.’ He was elected head of the Vatican on 26th August 1978, a position he held for just 33 days. Taking the meaning literally we can speculate then that the start of a 7000 year cycle began in 1998, and will last until the “Sun takes up the rule for the final cycle.” In other words, a long time after the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar has ended its next cycle, never mind this one.
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