2012 Facts and Fiction:
Separating the Reality from the Fantasy

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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.

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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...

  1. Earthquake (likely the end of Atlantis)
  2. Ice (the last glacial period)
  3. Flood (many cultures tell stories of the worldwide flood and an ark that carries survivors

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.

wicca-spirituality-witchy_smile WITCH NOTE:
I must admit that there are some gaps in my research, and the last thing I want to do is mislead anyone. So I want to make plain the parts I am uncertain about.

And this is one of them.

There is some confusion about what marks the 26,000 cycle -- whether it is crossing the midline of the galactic core, or whether it is that the solar system has reached the farthest, darkest point in its elliptical orbit around the galactic core and is beginning to return to a closer position.

If you have references that can clarify this point, please write to let me know, so I can pass on this information to others.

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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.

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Another fact I've not been able to verify: what this calendar is really called.

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.

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2012 Speculations

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...

  • what comes from a seemingly reliable source,

  • what seems plausible in terms of what we know of the universe, and

  • what more than one source agrees on (not counting those hundreds of websites who are just copying what everyone else says).

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.

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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. wicca-spirituality-winking_witch But I certainly wouldn't put any bets on them.

These include but are not limited to...

  • Passing through a Photon Belt at the centre of the galaxy

    I haven't been able to find any real evidence that such a thing exists, or even can exist.

  • Being hit by an asteroid, Planet X, or wandering black hole

    While we did have a close fly-by of an asteroid on June 1, 2011, there's no visible object heading for us of any great size. According to astronomers, if there were, it would be visible even to the naked eye by now.

    I think that such a close pass recently must reduce the odds of any celestial body heading for Earth soon is statistically very unlikely.

  • The Earth stopping its spin and beginning to spin the opposite direction

    There is no scientific evidence that this has ever happened and no understanding of physics that could allow for such a thing to happen.

  • Sunspots and solar flares disrupting the Earth's magnetic field and causing cataclysms

    The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted a pretty weak solar peak, with less sunspots than average. Also, it seems likely to hit maximum in 2013, not 2012.

    Either way, the planet's magnetic field is caused by processes within the Earth, not from the sun, so it's not feasible for solar flares to impact our magnetic field.

    Solar maximums do cause problems, mostly with satellites. Nothing Earth-shattering however.

  • Disruption of energy flow to the Earth

    Well, such an energy flow has yet to be found, so it's hard to say that disrupting it would even be harmful. wicca-spirituality-winking_witch

  • Worldwide natural disasters of monumental proportions

    Okay, we've got this one. Can we blame it on 2012? Seems much more likely to be a natural consequence of global climate change.

  • The return of Quetzalcoatl

    Various myths speak of a returning saviour. But we've heard this for a long time. Maybe it will happen, maybe not. Seems like a slim chance, though.

  • Supervolcanoes erupting and wiping out all life on Earth

    Yes, there are supervolcanoes, and that their eruption would be catastrophic. But there is just no evidence that it would happen any time soon. Evidence suggests that it will not.

  • Gravitational havoc due to the alignment of the Sun and the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy

    Regardless of the exact date of the galactic alignment (which has been given as 1998), and the fact that the Sun appears to travel somewhat above the galactic centre rather than right through it, the centre of the galaxy is too far away to do us any harm. It is millions of times too distant for its gravitation to impact us significantly.

  • The supernova of the red supergiant star Betelgeuse

    Betelgeuse is an elderly star, and will someday become a supernova, but it is much too far from Earth to be a threat.

    No supernova farther than 25 light years away from us would do us any damage. And Betelgeuse is around 600 light years from Earth.

    Even if it were dangerous, it seems likely that we wouldn't be harmed for hundreds of years, since nothing we know of can travel faster than the speed of light.

  • Alien invasion

    Well, it seems that aliens of different sorts have been around the Earth for quite some time, according to the declassified documents of about 2 dozen governments around the world.

    So far, they haven't done anything seriously dangerous to our species.

    It seems unlikely they're going to go Pale Face on us now.

  • Planetary alignment in the solar system that causes disasters on Earth

    Again, I can find no evidence of a major alignment of planets in 2012.

    There were some big alignments recently, one in 2000 and the latest in 2010. The Earth went on undisturbed.

    So even if there were some unforeseen planetary alignment in store, it seems pure fantasy to imagine that it would create any disasters on Earth.

The Common Themes

There are two common themes to these 2012 scenarios:

  1. We're going to receive an "energy upgrade" resulting in immediate spiritual upliftment.
  2. We're going to all (or at least most of us) die, and life as we know it will be over.

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.

An Interpretation

My belief is that even these fantastic 2012 predictions may be true, on a symbolic level...

  • Shifting gravity and magnetic fields symbolise deep changes in our values: what pulls us, what energies we align with.

  • Natural disasters (including alien invasion) symbolise that a way of life is coming to an end.

  • Influxes of light from the galactic core or sunspots or supernovas, and the return of gods and messiahs, all point to the increasing spiritual energy manifesting on the Earth.

On this symbolic level, then, we could hope that all of these 2012 predictions come true.

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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.)

With Bright Blessings,

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