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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

[AlternativeAnswers] December 21, 2012 - The End of the World?


December 21, 2012 - The End of the World?
by Chiff.com

Fasten your seat belts.

According to a famous prognosticators and interpreters of ancient knowledge, it's the end of the world as we know it.

As 2012 draws near, watch for predictions of the apocalypse (or, alternatively, a new age of enlightenment) to be the subject of books, songs, and even movie blockbusters. Already come and gone is the hit film I Am Legend, set in 2012 Manhattan, when a mysterious malady wipes out all human life on earth, save for a few fortunate souls who survive a deadly virus. Also watch for other 2012 films and TV specials such as 2012, The Hidden Agenda 2012, 2012: Ice Age and Doomsday 2012 , all predicting cataclysmic events that will strike the planet specifically at the winter solstice on December 21.

These are all based on calculations in the ancient Mayan calendar charting an unusual planetary alignment as the solar system wends its way into the center of the Milky Way.

2012 and the Mayan Calendar

In ancient Mexico, the Mayan civilization was extraordinarily sophisticated in mathematics and astronomy. Today, they are best known for being obsessed with keeping time by creating a calendar containing not only months and years, but a "wheels-within-wheels" clockwork coordinating the movements of the sun, moon and cosmos. The Mayans predicted these movements in a "long calendar" reaching 5,000 years into the future, which abruptly ends with the winter solstice in 2012 AD. Not everybody is in agreement on whether it means the end of time, or the end of a cycle. The Mayans may have simply decided to stop calculating beyond 2012.

Experts in ancient Mexican history say the Mayans usually saw the end of cosmic cycles as a time of great celebration and new beginnings, which may explain why - in rather striking contrast - other modern prognosticators look forward to a mysterious spiritual awakening.

Others interpret it as the "end time," the Apocalypse, or Armageddon, fueled by a handful of polar shift theories and other predictions.

Further reading: The Everything Guide to 2012, The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness and The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth About 2012

Nostradamus Predictions

Nostradamus saw world
war, plagues, pestilence,
and violent cataclysms...

The famous 16th century seer credited with predicting the terrorist attack on 9/11 also holds strong sway with 2012 adherents. His cryptic quatrains, they say, perfectly fit the events of World War III.

Nostradamus never mentions a specific date, but he appears to envision a global war that begins in the Middle East, accompanied by deadly chemical and nuclear attacks. The terrible upheaval will not only see the rise of the Antichrist, but will be coupled with an equally devastating "perfect storm' of plagues, earthquakes, volcanoes, and an asteroid falling to earth. The forces of good eventually prevail, but not before a long and devastating struggle finally ends World War III.

In other writings, Nostradamus saw the earth's destruction following an explosion of the sun in AD 3797, but the story of humankind doesn't end there. The old seer predicted that humanity would have already moved to colonies on other planets by then.

Further reading: The Nostradamus Inheritance and Three Temporal Kings: Nostradamus Prophecies of the Divine Plan

Edgar Cayce predictions

"America's greatest prophet", the 20th century psychic and spiritualist Edgar Cayce, also saw cataclysmic events occurring at the turn of the 21st century. In particular, his visions of coastal flooding (when the notion of global warming could not have been imagined) are eerily reminiscent of today's news headlines. Foreseeing the northern Atlantic seaboard as the most hard-hit, he pinpointed New York City as almost completely engulfed by water. He also predicted related upheavals in the Arctic and Antarctica, and saw violent volcanic activity in northern Scandinavian countries, along with the utter destruction of Japan.

Further reading: Crossing the Cusp: Surviving the Edgar Cayce Pole Shift and The Edgar Cayce Companion: A Comprehensive Treatise of the Edgar Cayce Readings.

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