The Significance of 2012

by Dr Tricia Szirom

I have lived through at least three predictions of the ‘end of the world’ and know that there have been many others before my time. All sorts of signs have been seen that have warned people that Armageddon is nigh and people have acted according to their beliefs. Y2000 was one such occasion and we are moving towards another in 2012, which is supposedly the end of the Mayan Calendar. So is 2012 the end of the world?

One of the issues is that the actual date may have some variation given that we have changed ways of calculating time on a number of occasions over the centuries.  Some scientists claim that the actual date could be out by at least 5 years. However, regardless of the exact date, does the fact that the Mayans did not see beyond a date around 2012 mean that the world is ending or does it have other significance?



Mayan Calculations
Aparently the ancient Mayans who were capable of extremely sophisticated star charting, had their calendar end at December 21, 2012 believing that this would mark the ‘end’. The Mayans had a long history of tracking the winter solstice (probably for planting crops) and creating calendars. They charted star patterns for some 200-300 years and developed their own calendar (The Long Count) ca. 355 B.C. From this work and using their highly evolved mathematical skill they could calculate the future movements of stars across the sky. The Mayans discovered the effect of the earth’s wobbling as it spins on its axis, which creates a 5,125-year cycle.

The Mayans also discovered that once every cycle the dark band at the center of the Milky Way (called the Galactic Equator) intersects with the Elliptical (the plane of the sun’s movement across the sky).

During that year, the sun reaches its solstice (a brief moment when the sun’s position in the sky is at its greatest angular distance on the other side of the equatorial plane from the observer) on December 21 for the Northern Hemisphere and June 21 for the Southern Hemisphere. That year, the solstice occurs at the moment of the conjunction of the Galactic Equator with the Milky Way. (

It has been calculated, given our Gregorian calendar, that this point in the cycle will happen on the 21 December 2012 and that the last happening was August 11, 3114 B.C.

Mayan mythology taught that the sun is a god and the Milky Way is the gateway to life and death, and for this reason they concluded that this intersection in the past must have been the moment of creation and that the next intersection in 2012 will be some sort of end and a new beginning of a cycle.

‘Both the Hopis and Mayans recognize that we are approaching the end of a World Age... In both cases, however, the Hopi and Mayan elders do not prophesy that everything will come to an end. Rather, this is a time of transition from one World Age into another. The message they give concerns our making a choice of how we enter the future ahead. Our moving through with either HYPERLINK ""resistance or acceptance will determine whether the transition will happen with cataclysmic changes or gradual peace and tranquility. The same theme can be found reflected in the prophecies of many other Native American visionaries from Black Elk to Sun Bear." - Joseph Robert Jochmans

The Mayans believed that the entire solar system orbits around Alcyone, the "Central" star of our galaxy, and that it takes the solar system 26,000 earth years to complete each orbital cycle around Alcyone. This orbital cycle can in turn be divided into five sectors of 5,200 years, with each sector representing an "age" or "world". It is also important to note that the Mayans and Hopis did not have a linear concept of time, rather they saw cycles, which to them meant that beginnings and endings were one and the same.

Apparently, at the Solstice of 2012 both the 26,000 year and the 5,200 year cycles are completed and correspond with the birth of the two new cycles. It is claimed by some that the alignment of Earth, Sun and Alcyone with the actual centre of the Galaxy at this time will allow a momentary but massive ray of Galactic Light to illuminate, purify and energise the Earth and its life forms. This will permit and facilitate our movement to the next dimensional reality, a quantum leap for those individuals who have made the choice to prepare themselves for this major transition. The Mayans indicated that the scale and nature of this leap is the first such occurrence in human evolution.

The Mayan and Hopi prophecies all have the same sequence of events and associated timelines. Richard Boylan reports consistent ancient prophecies revealed by the Sioux, Hopi, and Lakota Elders, which are about to manifest. They all foresee the transition from the current pattern of "civilization" to a radically different way of living. Along with Spiritual teachers from the Maoris, they point out that these radical changes take place every several thousand years and are so profound that they are referred to as "passages to a new world".

The Solstice on December 21, 2012 ~ precisely at 11:11 AM Universal Time ~ marks the completion of the 5,125 year Great Cycle of the Ancient Maya Long Count Calendar.

Rather than being a linear end-point, this cycle that is closing is naturally followed by the start of a new cycle. What this new cycle has in store for humanity is a mystery that has yet to unfold...

2012 is also considered the completion of the 26,000 year Precession of the Equinoxes cycle, and some say it also signifies the end of a 104,000 year cycle (


Predictions of Doom
Unfortunately the media, especially Hollywood, with movies like the recent "2012", do a dis-service as they associate 2012 with fear and devastation as depicted by the movie's global disaster scenario.

Doomsday prophecies serve only one purpose: to deflect our awareness from where our intention should truly lie – an awareness of connection; that we are one living, breathing entity; that what happens to one happens to all; and that instead of hunkering down in purpose-built bunkers with X number of years’ supply of food and water or searching for another planet, we should be looking out for all living creatures … since, after all, we’re all in this together (

Instead it is more exciting and productive to see the predictions in terms of a recognition that these times on Earth are auspicious; we are living in land-mark times in the history of our planet.

We are collectively in a cross-roads moment that is calling out to us to participate in our fullest capacity. We are each being summoned to bring our inspiration and empowerment to the fore, as we must all take our places in transforming our human culture to be one of Harmony - with ourselves, with each other and with all of Nature.

Together we are in a great initiation process, living in times of unprecedented challenge, transformation and opportunity. This planetary moment has never existed before as it does right now. Our human population is climbing off the charts, accelerating by the day, as is our environmental crises and the vast whole-system struggles of peoples worldwide, both physically and spiritually. The old world mentality, founded in separation, greed, ignorance, and unconscious consumer materialism, has reached dangerous peaks. Simultaneously, there has never been so much possibility at our fingertips as there is right now. A new paradigm is trying to emerge in our world, through our hearts and minds.

We are living in a time that is unprecedented, where we are connected across the globe in ways that were unimaginable even in our own lifetime. We are now capable of new understandings leading to new solutions in science, economic models, healing, wellbeing, energy, food production, etc. These times of crisis are unifying us and catalyzing us to awaken to our personal and collective responsibilities in this one planetary equation.

New Era/New World

Anthropologist Jenkins (Galactic Alignment) suggests that 2012 represents a shift from one World Age to the next, which is occurring over decades not hours: The world is in a crisis. Systems need to be transformed and spiritually centered social activism is called for. Jenkins talks about an "indigenous mind" which offers an alternative to modern materialism, oriented more to... maintaining balance with a sustainable value system ( Perhaps the greatest message in the predictions of the ancient peoples is that we are required to align ourselves in respect for life, becoming more and more conscious of how our intentions and actions affect the Whole.

This is an important theme of this prophecy: Becoming Conscious of All that has been Unconscious. It is time to see and know and become aware of how we can participate directly in this great transformation process, inside of ourselves and in our shared world, from the energies we transmit through our feelings and intentions, to the details of our lifestyle choices.

The New Cycle that is to emerge is founded on us awakening to the beauty and responsibility of our interconnectedness (

According to Carlos Barrios in his book "Kam Wuj, El Libro del Destino", the Fourth World, of a highly materialistic nature, finished on 16th August, 1987, the day of the Harmonic Convergence. At that point, the world entered a time of major transition, during which there is a colossal global convergence of environmental destruction, social chaos, war, and on-going Earth changes. This in-between period will continue until the Winter Solstice 2012. It will be a time of rebirth, the beginning of the Fifth World, a new era when people live in harmony with Mother Earth, a time of fusion and integration of Life and Light.

In his article 2012 and Beyond: A New Golden Age? Andrew Smith discusses the common ground between the prophecies and forecasts the ‘Spiritually attuned Elders’ of various indigenous peoples. He claims that when similar accounts and descriptions of world events come forward from such diverse sources, it is important that we take stock and listen.

Some of the examples given by Smith along with those of the Hopi and Mayan include Grey Eagle from the Yukon Territory of the Pacific North West USA who explains that the message of Purification from the Creator is telling us all that end-times are near. The return of two brothers that helped to create Earth Mother together with the Morning Star, will start to return Earth Mother to her natural rotation (from Celia Gunn).

Gray Eagle describes that at this time, all life, as humans have known it, will be changed.

Many will appear to have lost their souls in these times. So intense will be the nature of changes, that those who are weak in Spiritual understanding will not maintain their balance of thinking, for their walk was nothing without faith. The people will receive many warnings allowing them to change their paths, warnings from below the Earth Mother. Then one morning in a moment, the purification will awaken. Nothing living will go untouched. The way through this time can be found in your heart and reuniting with your soul: getting simple and returning to living with Earth Mother in harmony with all creations, people remembering that they are the caretakers of Earth Mother.

The tribal Grandparents of the Inuit (Eskimo) tribes of the Pacific Far North predicted that the time would come when it would be "forever Summer". (This is believed to refer to climate changes resulting from the Earth returning to a near vertical axis of rotation).

Carlos Barrios, who was trained as an Ajq'ij in the Maya tradition, has this to share in regards to 2012:

"Our planet can be renewed or ravaged. Now is the time to awaken and take action...The prophesized changes are going to happen, but our attitude and actions determine how harsh or mild they are. This is a crucially important moment for humanity and for earth. Each person is important. If you have incarnated into this era, you have spiritual work to do balancing the planet...The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It's not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It's encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way." (



Return of the Goddess

There is increasing awareness even in the mainstream media about an alternative spiritual phenomenon being embraced by millions in the form of ‘The Divine Feminine’.  Although we have a particular understanding of this emerging expression of spirituality, Her re-emergence has many manifestations including:

* A growing reverence for Mary Magdalene, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the Holy Spirit as Sophia, Our Lady of Guadalupe within Christianity
* Mother Nature and Gaia in the ecology movement.
* Some alternative spiritualities identify with a feminine or female face of divinity (Neo-Paganism, New Agers and Wiccans).
* Within religions which incorporate the feminine principle such as Hindus and Buddhists there is increasing worship of the female divine principle such as Tara, Kwan Yin, Matzu, Lakshmi, Kali and many others.

In addition there is an increasing community of people who have come to understand the Goddess based in archeology, feminism and a strong sense of expression of the female life force of creation.

Current growth figures suggests, by 2012, Wicca may be the third largest religion in the United States, followed by Christianity and Judaism, predicts the Chicago Tribune.

Sacred or purposeful travel with religious intent has grown 22.5% between 2002 and 2004, according to the Department of Commerce.

The Goddess Movement is one of the fastest growing spiritualities today which translates into high sales as niche markets (tours, books, fairs, specialty stores, websites, newsletters, clothing, jewellery, statuary) develop to satisfy demands, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. According to Megatrends for Women, books about goddess worship have become a publishing phenomenon.


What do you think about the Mayan calendar and the end of the world predictions?
Are there signs of a change in world culture?
What is it that makes humans search for doomsday scenarios?
What are the Indigenous peoples of the world asking us to do?
How can we prepare for the changes that may be coming?


Other Reading:
Nick Anthony Fiorenza - Earth’s Precessional Cycle, The Sacred Geometry of Global Change

Earth Goddess Wisdom –