December 21st, 2012 is nearing. For years it has been the most examined day in history that has yet to happen. From predictions of massive floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters to other worldly attacks and meteor strikes, many believe that life as we know it will end on this day.
The most popular predictions come from not just the ancient Mayans, but also from science. Here we examine the various prophecies about what will happen in just a few months and the likelihood of each occurring.
The most significant association between the Mayan’s and December 21st, 2012 is that their calendar ended on that day. The name of the calendar was the Mesoamerican Long Count, which looked at time in a linear sense and not as cycles.
In December, the current world of humanity according to the Mayan’s comes to an end. December 21st will be the conclusion of the 13th b’ak’tun of the fourth world. The worlds last approximately 5,125 years and the fourth world is calculated to have begun on August 11th, 3114 BC.
The Mayan’s based all of their predictions and their calendar on the solar system. This creates a more accurate calendar than any used on Earth. This also debunks the common Internet claim that since the Mayan’s did not account for leap years that the Mayan Doomsday is incorrect. Because the Mayan’s and most other scientific predictions go by the solar alignment, they are more accurate than our calendars. In turn, December 21st, 2012 was a date derived to in response to the Mayan predictions calculated by planetary motion and total number of days. Thus the leap year claim is invalid and simply wrong.
Furthermore, the date of December 21st, 2012 is not only the end of the 13th b’ak’tun of this world, but it is also the end of their entire calendar. It is believed that on this day, the end of the world will occur with all of humanity being killed.
However, some scholars have argued that the interpretation is incorrect. They say that the Mayan’s never said the world would end in terms of the death of human life, but just that the world cycle in terms of time would be completed and move on to the next cycle. In fact, there are some future dates discussed in Mayan findings literally thousands of years past 2012.
And then there are other scholars who have said that the date does not mark death, but instead marks the point when the level of consciousness on Earth increases. This to an extent has been happening with increasing numbers of spiritual men and women on the planet who are in tune with the forces of the Universe.
Either way, other evidence suggests that something will still happen on December 21st of this year. It might not be the end to life on Earth as we know it, but an important occurrence might still take place on that day just months away.
The most drastic expectations for December 21st include the prediction of a black hole raising hell for the solar system and Earth and a collision with an asteroid or a meteor. Some have even predicted a much less likely event of Earth colliding with another planet.
The most believable prediction for this coming December is backed by science and is that it is the date the sun and solar system line up in the middle of the Milky Way in their original positions. This is known as the galactic alignment and happens only once every 25,800 years.
Some speculate that this will result in an unprecedented gravitational pull that might prove disastrous for Earth. Others also speculate that this will result in the increase of likelihood of Earth being hit by a comet.
There are also experts who believe that because of the galactic alignment and the potential change in gravitational pull, natural disasters might occur. The most predicted are earthquakes and floods.
Other Possible Outcomes
Assuming a complete apocalypse is difficult. Predicting that the world will end in just a few months is a bold statement. But other statements are easier to make. In part two, we will explore other important changes that might not lead to the world ending on December 21st, but might end up making December 21st the day that the downfall of humanity truly began to free-fall.