The Hopi prophecy for the year 2012 is the most important one, in my opinion. Whereas many prophecies speak of this "end of the world," the Hopi are the ones who've given us the most specific instructions for what to do.
According to most ancient prophecies, the Shift of Ages in 2012 is not necessarily the end of the world. It could be the end of an era of darkness on the Earth.
But according to the Hopi prophecy, WE are the ones who get to choose.
The future, or lack of it, is up to us!
Hopi Prophecy Stone
While the Hopi had an oral rather than written tradition, they also created images that helped to tell the story, as reminders.
The one that is of most interest here is called the Hopi Prophecy Stone.
Although the stone has been much damaged and even altered, we will be addressing it as the Elders say it was, before its discovery by the white people.
(The interpretation here of the Stone is greatly influenced by LaVan Martineau and Gregg Braden.)
The Hopi Prophecy of Two Paths
The Hopi Prophecy Stone depicts the Creator of the world (far left), and beside him, the Circle of the World, which it was the Hopi's task to protect.
In the Creator's hand is held the two destinies humanity can choose -- one that leads to a good resolution and one that leads to a dead end.
The box represents all the people.
The diverging point of the Creator's path shows a time when some people would break away from the true path, and go the way of falseness and wickedness.
The Righteous Path
The path at the bottom represents the true path, the path of goodness.
It shows 3 calamities, as circles representing "shaken gourds" or world-shaking events, which some have interpreted as world wars. A third world war would therefore be indicated. (Could it be the unremitting war that the USA has conjured up against the Middle East? We can hope that nothing worse is predicted.)
In between and beyond the calamities, the sign of growing corn (life) combined with the sign of a cane (long life) reasserts humanity's continuity.
The last circle is said to be the final calamity, the purification of evil from the face of the Earth.
At the end of the righteous path, we find the Creator waiting for us again: the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega.
This is the spiritual path, the path of goodness and kindness.
Reunion with the Divine is the goal and destination of this path.
Humility Rather Than Arrogance
I would add to this interpretation that the true path is the humble path, the one closest to the Earth and nature, grounded. In this image, it is the path that is closest to the Creator.
I believe the upper path being the false trail, shows that the path of domination, of power/control, of seeking to be superior over others, is definitely a wrong turn.
And that a way of living in balance and respect with nature is part of the good path. Something Native Americans have warned Europeans from the beginning. (This may be another reason Wicca and Paganism are increasing in popularity, as more people leave the wicked path behind.)
I think it is also not coincidence that the sign of the corn is used. Life could have been signified by the cane alone. But it is a growing plant that indicates the path of goodness, and the fruit of that path.
Nature is the good path.
The Path of Wickedness
Although here I have drawn in the heads of the figures, the Elders say that the figures on the Hopi Prophecy Stone originally had no heads. (I've indicated this with the heads not joined to the bodies.)
This could indicate that those following the path of wickedness are not choosing wisely.
That would seem to be evident, as we can now see the inevitable result of small personal wickednesses such as greed, self-interest, insecurity, animosity, etc. Even more visible are the growing results of these: violence, war, domination, sacrificing of others and the future for personal gain, etc.
According to Martineau, however, it signals that death must come of following the wicked path.
Perhaps both meanings would apply.
The zigzag path seems to indicate that the way of wickedness is irresolute and crooked. It reminds me of politicians promising first one thing and then the opposite, depending on whatever people want to hear.
Being guided by greed, control, and fear, the Path must veer hither and yon according to the needs of the moment. By contrast, the path of truth is always aimed at the Divine, and does not waver in momentary crises.
Notice that before the third calamity, the corn symbol touches the top line. This shows that people on the path of wickedness can change direction at that point, and rejoin the path of goodness.
After that point, it is too late, for humanity's careless wickedness brings us to a dead end. The back-curving line shows a point of no return.
The symbol of the corn becomes even more prophetic, as we now seem to have seen the end of natural corn. GMOs have invaded even the purest corn stocks in the world.
Perhaps it is no coincidence that corn is used as a symbol of life, here. Of course, it was a staple crop of the Hopi. But perhaps the corn touching the wicked path is also a symbol that we can choose the wicked way with our food supply, like genetically altering them.
Perhaps the path from goodness to wickedness goes both ways?
Our Choice, Carved In Stone
The Hopi Prophecy Stone shows us that the parameters of our choice determines the future we will have.
Are we headed toward a Golden Age?
It is not a matter of what we wish for.
It is a matter of what actions we take.
The Hopi prophesy tells us what we must do to create a positive future for the Earth -- a future in which humanity continues to exist.
This makes it the most important of all the 2012 predictions. Not just doom and gloom, nor hope and pray, but the concrete actions and mindsets that will see us through!
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