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January 15, 2008

How many miles do you got on that thing?

Filed under: 2012, Maya Calendar, Not Politics, Tinfoil Hat — t4toby @ 3:42 pm

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Get out the tinfoil hats, kiddies, its time to talk about the Maya calendar.

The Maya Calendar is a calendar based on the movements of the heavens and the Earth’s rotational precession. The cycle of this precession is about 26,000 years, or one Platonic year. That cycle comes to a close on the Winter Solstice, 2012.

Actually, the Maya used 3 calendars, but I am only thinking about the Long Count. Somewhere around December 21, 2012, a Great Cycle (1,872,000 days) that began August 11, 3114 BCE will come to a close. The sun’s ecliptic path will exactly coincide with the equator of the Milky Way in a region known as the Sacred Tree. The Sacred Tree was believed to be the entrance to the underworld by the Maya. Or to put it another way:

Mythically, at sunrise on December 21, 2012, the Sun- our Father- rises to conjoin the center of the Sacred Tree, the World Tree, the Tree of Life.

To think of this in visual terms, imagine the belt of the Milky Way leading all the way from Polaris to exactly where the sun will rise on that equinox. (Powerful stuff when you live in a world without artificial lighting.)
There is a lot of information out there about this. A large group of people seem to interpret this as the end of time, Armageddon. However:

The astronomer Philip Plait has stated very clearly that the Mayan calendar does not end in 2012 at all, that it is like the odometer on your car, as each section of the odometer reaches 9 and then clicks over to 0, the next number to it starts a new cycle, so that when all the numbers again reach 0 all the way across the odometer – the last number will change from 1 to 2 and the new cycle starts all over again.

So what will happen? I’ll explore that later…

Two notes:

1. The proper use of the word Maya: Evidently, they are the Maya, it is the Maya calendar, and they speak Mayan. (See comment #2)
2. I apologize for the sporadic posting lately. I could make several excuses, but that is all that they would be.

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