By: Kevin Baum

When I hear or read about 2012 and the hype, hysteria and hilarity that increasingly surrounds that ominous year, I can’t help but to remember the famous and funny line uttered by the Scarecrow and Dorothy as they meander along the Yellow Brick Road in the Wizard of Oz, “Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My!”

We soon find out the Lion is cowardly, the Tin Man is rusted, and all that awaits them on their journey is a bunch of singing pigmies wearing rainbow-colored outfits. Their fear of the forest, of course, was of their own creation. And in the ending we ultimately discover it all was but a dream anyway… “And you were in it too Toto…!”

Even though I am frequently asked by my customers and readers if they should really be concerned about 2012, to date I have conveniently skirted the issue by telling them to research the facts, read the relevant books, stay away from the obvious scams, and make up their own minds on whether they should be concerned, or not. Until now, I have not officially positioned myself regarding this rapidly approaching date.

Frankly, I believe that Americans are tired of being told to be afraid anyway, and that we are suffering from our own form of crisis fatigue. Why make it worse with a bunch of 2012 propaganda?

As if we don’t have enough to worry about already…

And yet, (and you knew this was coming), the year 2012 does present a strange and unique confluence of multiple predictions, events, prophecies, mythologies, and cosmologies. Indeed, it is arguable that no other time in history has seen such a bizarre merging of so many different, and wildly diverse, belief systems and predictions. From the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar to religious predictions of the End Times…from the Solar Maximum and deadly Coronal Mass Ejections (CME’s) to the I Ching and Timewave Zero…from the so called Galactic Alignment to the Precession of the Equinoxes and the Age of Aquarius, 2012 has become the sine qua non of futurist obsessions.

Indeed, 2012 is rapidly becoming Y2K on steroids.

Even a true-blue skeptic has to stop and scratch his head and ask if there is anything to all this 2012-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it stuff. There is just too much out there on 2012 to ignore (and I bet your entire 2009 salary — dwindling though it may be — that the media is going to pick up on the 2012 conversation soon and elevate it by an order of magnitude, with the History Channel taking the lead).

And so, that’s what I did, I stopped and asked if there was anything to all this hype and threw myself into the relevant literature and blog sphere to explore and hopefully acquire a coherent understanding of this emerging 2012 collective obsession. To date, I’ve read most, if not all contemporary texts on the subject, and have thoroughly explored the electronic media, with daily doses of blog sphere research.

What I discovered both amazed and confused me. And I am concerned too. Lets look at each in turn.

Any attempt to research 2012 has to begin, and I would argue end, with the Mayan Long Count Calendar. The Mayans truly were (and are) brilliant mathematicians, astronomers, and time keepers. Their calendric system, which is based in large part on celestial observances, possesses a degree of accuracy and a depth of symbolism that makes our Gregorian system seem sophomoric in comparison. The Mayans created this system more than 2000 years ago, by the way… Amazing. (Keep in mind, at the same time it was contemporary wisdom that the earth was flat, and the sun orbited the earth, which was, of course, at the center of the universe).

It is way too ambitious to examine the Mayan Long Count calendar in detail in this short piece, although I do encourage you to look into it (fascinating reading). But what shocked me, and what is truly amazing is that the Mayan religion and mythology, their systems for keeping time, and even their architecture & hieroglyphs, are very similar to those of other ancient civilizations (Egyptian, for example), with whom they could have had no contact.

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By Martin Godden

History notes that Nostradamus, another Astronomer and prophet, has written that on December 21, 2012 a comet will affect the earth and cause massive flooding. Because he studies the planets, he predicts that a planet called “Nibiru,” which passed between Jupiter and Mars approximately 7200 years ago, will pass close to earth between 2010 and 2012.

This planet is thought to have caused The Great Flood, and its interruption of the solar flow causes climate change, earthquakes and volcanic eruption.

This theory follows with the predictions of the Mayans, the Aztecs, the I-Ching, Merlin, the Hopi Indians and the Bible (the Book of Revelations). Although it is controversial, crop circles found in England at different times have been analyzed to foretell this cataclysmic event. Even though these predictions were made at times long before our advanced technological age, can they be accurate? These genres have accurately predicted many events throughout the Ages. Can we just dismiss them?

The believers of these predictions say, “No, we cannot.” They believe that with all of these civilizations and prophets saying the same thing, it must be true. Even current scientists agree that there is evidence to show we are heading for some kind of world metamorphosis. However, we need to look beyond this magical date.

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2012 Frequently Asked Questions

On September 29, 2010, in Prophecies, by James

James Michael Sayer, 2012 expert, has put together one of the most comprehensive eBooks written on the topic of 2012 called 2012 Official Countdown..

James covers the prophecies of the Sybils, the Hindu, Indigenous Americans, Mayas, Hopi people, Merlin, the Celts, and the Druids, Mother Shipton, Nostradamus, the Bible, and the Web Bot Project. Included in his book are theories on crop circles, the importance of sound waves, and the potential of polar shift changes, New World Order, alien cover ups, and the Illuminati.

Will it be Adam and Eve all over again, or are we on a path to a different future? Find out in the 2012 Official Countdown.

1.) Q – What will happen in December 21, 2012? Is the world really going to end?

A – There is a great deal of information surrounding the date 12-21-12 that would be in your best interests to read and comprehend. Exactly what will happen on this date is not so easily or quickly answered. There are many different schools of thought and complicated pieces of evidence that interconnect and bring us to the conclusion that the date December 21, 2012 is of huge significance to the future of humanity. What you and every person around the globe does between now and that date, could have a great deal to do with whether the world will end or not. There is a definite need for knowledge to formulate your plans and prepare for the winter solstice of the year 2012.

2.) Q – Is 2012 just another “End of The World” scare? What makes this date any different?

A – The simple truth is that the “End of the World” is not a scare tactic. It has been common knowledge of all human cultures since ancient times that the world will one day end. No one is 100% certain what will happen on December 21, 2012. There is a huge significance in this date because ancient knowledge, lunar-solar records, cosmic events among many other things that are happening in our world. The galaxy holds the key to natural events on Earth, celestial activity is not something humanity or governments can control. 2012 could be the end of the world or the beginning of a fresh new era.

3.) Q – Is there really a planet called Nibiru AKA (Planet X) that will get close to the Earth in 2012?

A – Before modern technical advances, it was known that there existed proof of more planets in our solar system. The evidence comes from ancient records. Just as the Mayan calendar and other ancient cultures’ have proven to be accurate, there is no reason to doubt that the ancient solar maps are wrong. The study of space is a new science that we continue to make new discoveries all the time. NASA probes found the perturbations of a planet beyond Pluto years ago. In February of 2008, the impression of a planet was discovered beyond Pluto and recorded in the Astronomical Journal, making it an official precedence. This planet is currently believed to be almost as large as Earth, further proving the fact that there is a 10th planet in our solar system. Just how close it will be to Earth in 2012 is not yet known but there is no reason to believe that it will not swiftly approach Earth. The ancients knew it was there and that it would return in 3500 years.

4.) Q – Will there be a Galactic alignment in 2012?

A – Every day brings a new galactic alignment, which is the basis for the four seasons and the affect each planet in our solar system has on Earth. The Mayan calendar did accurately predict the galactic alignment for December 21, 2012. With the most advanced astronomical software used by institutions around the globe today, the galactic alignment shown for the end date of the Mayan Long Count is accurate. The center of the Milky Way will align with the ellipses of our solar system again in conjunction with an eclipse and a highly irregular planetary crossing.

5.) Q – What does Nostradamus say about 2012?

A – Nostradamus has a great deal to say about horrific events and catastrophes that were futuristic to him, and already historical to us today. His most important messages were encoded in his drawings which are more difficult to understand than the quatrains in his prophecies. Our present times are reflected in the watercolor highlighted drawings found in the Lost Book of Nostradamus. In 2012: Official Countdown Guide you’ll will learn why Notradamus encoded his prophecies and how his message echoes that of indigenous people’s beliefs about what humanity is facing right now.

6.) Q – Does the Mayan calendar end December 21, 2012? Is the Mayan prophecies true?

A – Yes, the Long Count calendar of the ancient Mayans does end on the winter solstice of the year 2012. The Long Count calendar began mapping the heavens on the day that this current era of Earth began over 5120 years ago. All scientific evidence has shown the Mayan Long Count astronomical predictions to be accurate. The last time the planets were in this alignment was 26,000 years ago. December 21, 2012 is a date of amazing historical significance and the end of a complete time cycle.

7.) Q – WIll a comet hit the earth and destroy everything?

A – Nostradamus has prophesized a comet hitting Earth and causing grave destruction and suffering. New comets could enter our solar system at any given time. In the past 6 months, three new comets have been discovered by amateur astronomers. All three have been verified officially. The frequency of the appearance of comets appears to be on the rise. We have no way of knowing when the next destructive comet could be propelled into our solar system, and become a Near Earth Object without warning. The latest new comet appeared on June 18, 2009 and was named Comet P/2009.

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