When it comes to the year 2012 there are facts, soft facts, speculation, and pure fantasy. But it's not easy to tell which is which!
While I set out to understand what will happen in 2012, I wound up more confused than ever. The first thing I found was that the people writing about it seemed even more confused about it than I was!
It was hard to discern what was based in some reality and what was pure conjecture. And there were so many different hypotheses floating around... the more I read, the less I felt I knew.
So I decided to do my own research and sort out the 2012 facts from everything else.
What is really true? How much can we rely on?
That's what this article is about.
2012: The Facts
We must start with an admission.
When we're talking about 2012, facts can only be a relative term. This is, after all, a sort of prophecy about something that hasn't happened yet.
With that caveat, we can see that some sources that are more reliable than others.
Regarding what will happen in 2012, I see only six dependable facts.
Multiple Sources Give The Same Information
The first four facts can be found echoing through many ancient cultures...
1. World Ages
Every culture with a historical tradition tells of World Ages by some name or other.
These World Ages last about 5000 years and end in cataclysm, so that the next Age can begin.
2. Previous Cataclysms
Cultures far distant from one another share similar tales of the end of the three previous world ages by...
3. The Next World Age Is A Golden Age
And that what follows next will be a Golden Age (if we can survive it).
4. The Golden Age Is Now Upon Us
Cultures around the world also agree that we are due for the next cataclysm and World Age to begin, any day now -- in fact, that it's already started.
The fact that so many disparate, far-distant peoples say the same things gives these stories some credibility.
Whether it's prophesy or history passed down through the generations from previous Shifts of Ages is immaterial. What are the chances of everyone sharing the same hallucination?
Especially when they've been right on the money so far.
The Mayan Calendar
The Mayan Long-Count Calendar offers us the fifth 2012 fact of some real validity.
The Mayans were extremely skilled students of the stars and the cycles of time. Their Long-Count Calendar tracks what is called the Great Cycle: the 5,125 years of a World Age.
And they left behind -- carved in stone -- a calendar that tells us when one Cycle ends and another begins.
Due to some difficulties in translating from one method of time-keeping to another, we can't be certain exactly what date marks the end of the World Age.
But we are certain that it is now.
Precession of the Equinoxes
The sixth 2012 fact that we can be relatively sure of is the completion of the 26,000-year-long Great Year.
This is an astronomical event, of "astrological" import (explained in the Shift of Ages article).
In short, it means that the Sun, having travelled through all the constellations of the Zodiac, arrives back at what we consider its starting point. As I understand it, this is the centre-line of the galaxy.
2012: The Soft Facts
By "soft facts" I mean evidence that is fairly reliable, but lacking solid confirmation.
It's not easy to draw a line between hard and soft facts, so please forgive me if I categorise them differently than you might do.
The Hopi Prophesy
The essence of the Hopi Prophesy is, like many others around the world, that there have been three World Ages before our current one, that the present one is now ending, and that a Golden Age awaits us.
But what sets it apart from other 2012 predictions is that the Hopi prophesy also tells of the challenges of this Shift of Ages, and what we need to do to get through it safely. They speak of the necessity of kindness, the power within ourselves, the need to embrace change.
Part of the Hopi prophesy is carved in stone, as well... the Hopi Prophesy Stone. However, the interpretation is by oral tradition and so less verifiable.
Still, the prophesies of the end of the World Age have certainly been fulfilled.
I hope the rest may be, too.
Mayan "Universal" Calendar
Another "soft fact" is the Mayan Calendar that charts the evolution of consciousness in the universe, starting with the Big Birth, 16.4 billion years ago.
Ian Lungold is the man who popularised this information. He's also the man, by the way, who figured out how to read the Mayan Calendar.
He explains that evolution is speeding up (or time is condensing) as we draw nearer to this 2012 end-date.
I consider this unverified, since I haven't discovered any other source of info on this, but it does explain a lot and is very intriguing.
The line between 2012 speculation and fantasy is even fainter than that between 2012 facts and soft facts. But they both have the same purpose -- to explain exactly what will happen in 2012, and why.
For the purposes of this article, I will differentiate based on three criteria...
The Poles Flipping and Earth's Rotation Turning Backwards
It seems there are big changes in our magnetic fields... and evidence that humans are affected by them.
The poles have flipped in Earth's history before: magnetic south reading as north, and vice versa.
This doesn't mean that the angle of the Earth's poles physically change, that the Earth turns upside down, or that the direction of the planet's rotation would reverse.
It happens every 400,000 years or so, and takes about seven thousand years to switch over. And, there's absolutely no evidence that it is going to start anytime soon.
So while this is not pure fantasy, it also seems to have little to do with a particular moment in time, especially one less than 2 years away.
Intercepting A Burst Of Energy From The Galactic Core
It does seem plausible that there are periodic pulses of energy from the centre of the galaxy. Multiple sources give clues to this process.
What the result will be -- anything from worldwide devastation to instant enlightenment -- no one can say.
And when it might happen is likewise a complete unknown. But it at least seems a possible candidate for a 2012 occurrence.
The Arrival of Aliens
With all the released UFO files from governments around the world, including the FBI files on Roswell, this had graduated in my opinion from fantasy to speculation.
What visiting aliens might do here, however, is again completely unknown.
It is, at least, unlikely that they wish to harm us, since they've had plenty of opportunity for that already, and in fact there are many hints that they have averted nuclear catastrophes on the Earth.
And now it's time for the weird and wonderful! These are predictions without any solid evidence to back them up, or so hotly contested by science, that they are unlikely to be true at all.
However! Far be it from me to say that anything is impossible. I don't believe in the impossible.
But I certainly wouldn't put any bets on them.
These include but are not limited to...
The Common Themes
There are two common themes to these 2012 scenarios:
These possibilities may both happen: most of humanity wiped out, the rest living in a Golden Age of spiritual wisdom and ethical purity.
The Hopi Prophecy shows that we get to choose which way the Earth goes, in this Shift of Ages.
Either way, the underlying idea is that we are headed for massive change on some level.
My belief is that even these fantastic 2012 predictions may be true, on a symbolic level...
On this symbolic level, then, we could hope that all of these 2012 predictions come true.
2012 Facts -- As Understood Today
When it comes to 2012, the facts are not guaranteed and the fantasies may be the most real possibilities.
Once again, I'd like to state that no one can know which, if any, of these scenarios might be real.
The only thing I can say with certainty is that humanity is changing -- the vibration or energy of the world is changing. I am certain of this because it is already apparent. And not just to me, but to a growing number of people -- prophets, saints, and ordinary people-on-the-street.
(More on this in My 2012 Predictions.)
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