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End of the world prophecies on or about 2012-DEC-21

Original basis of the prophecy: the ancient
Mayan calendar. Various interpretations.

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Original basis of the 2012-DEC-21 prophecies:

The prophecy is based on the "precession of the equinoxes:"  The Earth resembles a wobbling top. The earth's axis very slowly draws a circle across the sky. It takes about 25,765 years years for the Earth to complete each circle. This is called a "Great Year" or "Platonic Year."

As a result of this extremely slow wobbling of the earth's axis, the pole star (a.k.a. north star) changes over time: the star Thuban in the constellation Draco was the northern pole star circa 3000 BCE. Polaris is the current pole star, being only about a half degree offset from the Earth's actual north celestial pole. 1,2 If we wait for about 21,000 years, Thuban will again be the pole star.

For millennia, most astrologers have divided this circle into twelve parts, each called an "Astrological Age," "Precessional Age," or a "Great Month." Associated with each age is one of the twelve signs of the zodiac. Each sign takes about 2,150 years for the precession to to pass through each sign. 3 We are currently somewhere near the end of Pisces -- the fish -- and near the start of Aquarius -- the water bearer.

Astrologers are an independent lot. The transition from the Age of Pisces to "... the dawning of the age of Aquarius" 4 has been variously estimated as happening on a date between 1447 and 3621 CE. 5 However, many astrologers believe that it has recently happened or will occur in our near future -- perhaps in 2012.

Incredibly, the Babylonians, Cherokees, Egyptians, Hopi, Mayans, Sumerians, and Tibetans all were aware of this 26 millennia-long cycle. Each developed calendars based on this Great Year. 3

The calendar developed by the ancient Mayan civilization is receiving a great deal of attention today. Rather than divide the Great Year into twelve sections, they used only five. These were called "World Ages," "Creation cycles,"  "b'ak'tun cycle," or "Great Cycle of the Long Count." Each lasts about 5,125.36 of our years. Each of the cycles is in turn subdivided into 13 "Baktun;" Each Baktun lasts about 394 years.

Their calendar expressed dates as a series of five numbers. For example, the date: "" means:
  • 6 Baktun,
  • 19 Katun,
  • 18 Tun,
  • 1 Uinal, and
  • 5 Kin into the Platonic year.
Number in the series Name of the time interval Length of the time interval Similar to an interval in our calendar lasting
144,000 days or 20 Katun
4 centuries
7,200 days or 20 Tin
1 generation (19.7 yr)
360 days or 18 Uinal
20 days
1 day

This date represents 1,007,305 days from the start of their calendar.

J. Eric Thompson determined that the first day of their calendar ( occurred on 3114-AUG-11 BCE according to our Gregorian calendar. 6 Ancient Mayans believed that Venus was born on that day. Another source says that this happened on AUG-13 of that year. The example given above, (, occurred in the fourth century BCE.

The Platonic year ends at which is on or close to 2012-DEC-21.

It is an interesting apparent coincidence that when one adds the date of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers (9/11/01) to the date of the Japanese earthquake (3/10/11) you get the date 12/21/12.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Robert E. Bradley, "The Nodding Sphere and the Bird's Beak: D'Alembert's Dispute with Euler," MAA Mathematical Science Digital Library, 2008, at:
  2. Ellie Crystal, "Precession of the Equinoxes," Crystalinks, at:
  3. "The living prophecy," 13-moon Natural Time Calendar, at:
  4. From the opening song of the 1960s stage play "Hair"
  5. "Astrological Age," Wikipedia, at:
  6. Bill Joy, "Why the future doesn't need us," Wired Magazine, 2000-APR. Online at:
  7. Asteroid 1997 XF11 has its own web page at:
  8. Carl Johan Calleman, "The Mayaonics: Where science and spirituality meet," at:
  9. "End of Mayan Calendar," at:

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