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The 2012 prophesies: Fact or fantasy?

In fact, there is some science behind the myth. The ancient Mayan calendar is unique in that there is a good amount of information available regarding how the calendar was created, and historians have scoured the text books attempting to decode the myth behind the mystery. Exactly how this phenomenon reached epic proportions is problematic, and unraveling it appears to be a Herculean task. Interpretation appears to be key, muddied by linguistics. The so called “Prophets of Doom” claim that the “world” will end in 2012, but according to the web site, it is the definition, once again, that comes into play. In Mayan culture, the word “world” does not mean our Earth, but refers to “a time phase, gauged by the planets and stars movement in the universe, which moves in cycles.” A “world” is defined as roughly 26,000 years. Strangely, this corresponds with modern astrology, also divided into time phases. In both cases, we are approaching the change from one phase into the next.

Okay then, what about the planetary alignment that everyone is buzzing about? The fact of the matter is that our own solar system is experiencing alignments of one sort or another constantly, and this would not be the first to garner attention. End-of-the-world scenarios are as old as civilization itself, and it’s unclear as to whether this time around will be any different. Galactic equators, numerological formulae and major shifts in human perception collide in a miasma of miscommunication that continues to polarize the communities at loggerheads over the issue.

Astronomer David Morrison argues that “the ‘Galactic Equator’ is a completely arbitrary line and can never be precisely drawn because it is “impossible to determine the Milky Way’s exact boundaries, which vary depending on clarity of view” (

Planetary alignments are almost commonplace in the universe, and I randomly chose 1968 as a year to check on the Internet. Sure enough, an alignment (Jupiter and Saturn) took place, along with the requisite religious fanatics claiming the end was nigh.

“Well sure,” I grumbled, “two planets aligning doesn’t seem like much of a to-do, but what happens when they all line up, as projected for December, 2012”? Once again, the Internet delivers. The website www.ans