Catastrophe or Ecstasy:
A Complete Guide to End-of-Time Predictions
By Geoff Stray
edited by Andy Thomas
From the Introduction:
The Maya civilization flourished between 200 AD and 900 AD in Mesoamerica – an area that corresponds to Southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. They had a complex system of calendars, including one called the ‘Long Count’ that measured vast stretches of time with uncanny accuracy. It now seems certain that the Long Count originated in Izapa, which was first inhabited around 1500 BC, but it may have been as late as 355 BC before the Long Count was conceived.
The Long Count includes a cycle that lasts 1,872,000 days, or approximately 5,125 years, and which is known as the 13-baktun cycle. For the last hundred years or so, archaeologists have argued over the correlation of Long Count dates to the Gregorian calendar that we use today, and have now mostly agreed on one of two correlations. The two correlations are only two days apart, and they correlate the beginning (or zero-date) of the current 13-baktun cycle to a Gregorian historical date of either 11th August 3114 BC or 13th August 3114 BC. This means that the cycle ends 1,872,000 days later, on December 21st 2012 AD, or December 23rd 2012 AD respectively. What the archaeologists or Mayanists have yet to agree on is why the Maya chose December 2012 as the end-point of the 13-baktun-cycle.
In 1987, José Arguelles published a book called The Mayan Factor, in which he brought the end-point of the 13-baktun-cycle to the attention of the world at large. I was among the readers of that book, and was particularly fascinated because, for the previous five years, I had already been studying a calendrical system from another part of the world, with a 2012 termination point!
Terence and Dennis McKenna had published a book in 1975, The Invisible Landscape, in which they showed that the Chinese oracle, the I Ching, had originally been used as a lunar calendar in which the 64 six-line hexagrams – 384 lines in all – had represented the 384 days in a thirteen-month lunar year. Following their 1971 journey down to the Amazon jungle, in which the brothers had a shared a hallucinogenic experience, they developed their insights and devised a method by which to convert the Chinese Book of Changes – the I Ching – into a complex wave that mapped the timing of all the changes in the universe, or "the ingression of novelty into space-time".
The complex wave was composed of a hierarchy of waves – each one of a magnitude 64 times greater than the one below it – that mapped all change, from sub-atomic event durations up to the duration of the three-dimensional physical universe. The explosion of the atomic bombs at the end of the Second World War was taken to be a sufficiently novel event that it should correlate to a major peak on the Timewave, and when lined up with the Gregorian calendar it was found that late in 2012 AD all the waves and sub-waves would peak together, signifying "concrescence" – an evolutionary pinnacle and dimensional transition.
Incredibly, knowing nothing of the McKennas or the Timewave, Arguelles had already published a book – Earth Ascending - in 1984, in which he revealed a relationship between the I Ching and the Maya tzolkin (260-day) calendar. In 1987, in The Mayan Factor, Arguelles went on to show that the tzolkin was a microcosm of the 13-baktun cycle, (260 katuns of 7,200 days each). Likewise, when the McKennas wrote the 1975 edition of The Invisible Landscape, they knew nothing of Arguelles or the end of the 13-baktun cycle of the Maya.
There are too many ‘coincidences’ here to use the word coincidence! The word developed by psychologist Carl Jung to describe a meaningful coincidence, ‘synchronicity’, is doubly apt: syn means same; khronos means time.
I started a research project and eventually condensed my findings into summary paragraphs in an A4 booklet called Beyond 2012. The booklet developed into a website, www.diagnosis2012.co.uk, attracting the input of people from all over the world, and now this book attempts to bring all the research together, to find any pattern that underlies the information, misinformation and disinformation that has been circulating.
Part One: Ancient Calendars and Prophecies, looks at the ancient sources of information that are coming to light, suggesting that ancient cultures knew something about an event far in their future, and tried to preserve knowledge about it, sending us a message across time. We look at the calendars of the Maya and the tribal prophecies of Mesoamerica, North America and South America, and others as far as Africa and New Zealand. We also take a look at Oriental and Asian calendars, so-called ‘Western’ or Abrahamic religions and the I Ching.
In Part Two: 2012 Theories, we look at the many theories that have been prompted by the recent publicity surrounding the calendars and prophecies. Several theories attempt to prove that our ancestors were trying to warn us about a forthcoming cataclysm, but how convincing are they? Are these theories just another attempt to get some kind of meaning out of the Book of Revelation? The theories concern solar cycles, asteroids and comets, rogue planets, plasma bands, the exploding galactic core and other ideas, and the results are predicted to be anything from burnt-out power stations to total wipe-out. One thing is for sure – they can’t all be right!
In Part Three: Beyond the Veil, we look at contemporary sources of information, from Nostradamus to modern visionaries and prophets, and from altered states of consciousness, channellers, UFO contactees, near-death experiencers, psychedelic voyagers, remote viewers and out-of-body travellers. Even crop circles, those mysterious shapes that appear in our cereal crop fields every year, have been connected to the ancient cycle.
In Part Four: Diagnosis, we take some of the most interesting and convincing items that have emerged during the investigation, apply prehistoric wisdom, and come to a surprising conclusion.
Following Part Four are three appendices that extend the conclusion of this study. There is also a comprehensive Notes and References section, in which I have tried to keep the extra-detailed information, for those more familiar with this subject, as well as book and website references. There is also a separate Bibliography section.
The conclusions reached in Beyond 2012 should not be seen as ‘the answer’, since we should always be ready to look at new information and re-examine our position. It is hoped that, by looking closely at all the current theories regarding the ancient cycles, this book will save people a lot of time in trying to reconcile differing, contradictory and often confusing collections of information, and thus improve communication, reduce anxiety and allow research to progress faster.