The Mayan civilization, which reached its peak between 250 and 900 A.D., was fascinated by mathematics, astronomy and the cycles of time. Its Long Count calendar began in 3114BC and moves forward in 394-year periods known as baktuns.
The winter solstice in 2012 (December 21) marks the conclusion of baktun number 13. The Mayan cyclical calendar will roll over again to Day Zero to begin another enormous cycle. However this event has been interpreted by some people in several ways, here are the most popular: 2012 announces a transition cycle; a dramatic climate change with natural catastrophes; the dawn of the galaxy; a spiritual transformation to find balance, harmony and re-connection with nature’s wisdom.
Written references to the end of baktun 13th are few. According to the National Institute for Anthropological History only two out of 15,000 registered Mayan texts mention the date 2012, and no Mayan text predicts the end of the world. So it’s remotely possible the world will end this year. So don’t overuse your credit cards.
It appears open to interpretation as to whether December 2012 will bring total destruction or a positive transformation process. Accurate or not the Mayan prophecy, the current financial, social and environmental events invite us to analyze our behaviors with ourselves, with others and with the planet in which we live to ensure a promising future.