Apocalypse (Greek:Apokálypsis; “lifting of the veil” or “revelation”) is a term applied to the disclosure to certain privileged persons of something hidden from the majority of humankind.
Currently, we got a difficult hand to play with. Severe recession, high unemployment rate, greedy and out of control bankers, rogue nations building nuclear weapons, famine and disease, drought and flooding. One would think that we are on the brink of extinction. Our beloved planet is in crisis and people are growing more and more obsessed with 2012. The net is full of references to Nostradamus, Mayan Calendar, Apocalypse and the coming of the Promised One. It’s difficult to find what makes more sense, but this is what I tried to do gathering information to confirm or debunk the most popular concepts.
Most of the paranoia has been generated by the interpretation of Mayan Calendar, which allegedly ends in 2012, more precisely on December 21, 2012.
According to scholars, the Maya used a Master Calendar named Tzolkin.
The Tzolkin is a 260-day calendar composed of 20 day-signs each of which has 13 variations, and was (and still is) used to determine character traits and time harmonics, in a similar way to Western astrology. The Maya also used a 365-day calendar called the Haab, and a Venus calendar, plus others. They measured long time periods by means of a Long Count, in which one 360-day year (a “Tun”), consists of 18 x 20-day “months” (“Uinals”). Twenty of these Tuns is a Katun; 20 Katuns is a Baktun (nearly 400 years); and 13 Baktuns adds up to a “Great Cycle” of 1,872,000 days, ( 5200 Tuns, or about 5125 years).
People seem to agree on all of the above. The speculations start while interpreting or finding correlation between Mayan Calendar and the Gregorian one.
If the start of the Great Cycle is considered to be August 11, 3114 BC day 0.0.0.0.0), the end-date will be December 21, 2012 (day 188.8.131.52.0).
Another element has been thrown into the equation to prove that something will indeed happen: the alleged Alignment between the Galactic Equator and the Sun supposed to happen at Winter Solstice 2012 .But this alignment has already happened on December 21,1997. So the Galactic Alignment should be disregarded.
As for the December 21, 2012 as the end of our world, I have serious doubts that it will happen because the date is based on OUR interpretation of Mayan Calendar.
Now let’s move to Nostradamus.
Contrary to the popular concept, Nostradamus did not predict the end of the world. He only mentioned that his predictions go as far as 3797. Way beyond 2012.
But to be honest, my problem with Nostradamus quatrains/predictions, is that they are too vague and may be interpreted as we please, because they can be applied to many events. Not to mention that it’s found after the fact.
Going back to Nostradamus predictions, I could not find any link between his name and 2012. I found something related to 1999 but that was all.
Some people mentioned the Apocalypse in relation to 2012 and the end of world.
But what if instead of meaning the end of life it means ‘lifting of the veil’?
What if instead of being the end would be a beginning?
Maybe it announces the coming of the Promised One- the spiritual teacher who would come back to us as our Savior.
If nothing else, this is the common denominator for many religions and prophecies.
The Promised One is found in the Book of Enoch, Bible (Old and New Testaments), in the Buddhist, Chinese, Muslim and Zoroastrian sources, and also in the work of Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce.
If we are to move towards a more scientific approach, we should mention the revelation from NASA scientists that we can expect major solar storms that will disrupt the magnetic fields on Earth, set to happen in 2012.
Would this be the cause of something major happening on or to our planet?
I guess if we are lucky enough to survive the current economic recession and the next -at least- two bad years to come, we are going to see what it will happen.