A Maya calendar has been discovered in Guatemala that proves the long-count calendar does not mark the end of the world on December 21, 2012. William Saturno found Maya murals, painted nearly 1,200 years ago that calculate astronomical happenings that will happen 7,000 years ahead.
For anyone who has been worried that the world will come to an end on the forthcoming winter solstice based on the rumor that the Mayan calendar says so, you can stop worrying.
The article by William Saturno was published by the National Geographic. Here are some highlights:
It’s rare to find ancient Maya murals, but I’ve had great luck over the years. I’d love for it to be due to some brilliance of mine, but it’s just luck. I can’t explain it. When we excavated the six-foot-wide room in this mound, we found paintings of several figures with the king. One is identified in glyphs as Younger Brother Obsidian. He’s holding a stylus. An entire wall is covered in mathematical calculations.
My hunch is that this may have been a workspace or teaching space for scribes, artists, or scholars. They were working things out for later public consumption. This room gives us a rare glimpse of Maya thought processes. When my colleagues and I studied four columns of huge numbers, we realized these were calculations based on the Maya calendar and astronomy that projected 2.5 million days—some 7,000 years—into the future.
This was done in A.D. 813 or 814, 75 years before Xultún’s final days. A lot of the Maya lowlands had already fallen silent. The collapse had begun. Trade routes and hubs of communication were all changing. At Xultún, folks were going about business as usual, but there was an undercurrent of anxiety. They wanted to tie events in their king’s life to larger cosmic cycles. They wanted to show that the king would be OK.
For those who would like to celebrate December 21, 2012 at a Mayan ceremonial site, may we invite you to look into our Cosmic Alignment Celebration with the Mayan Elders in Yucatan.
Amidst all the buzz about the Mayan Calendar ending December 21, 2012, we sometimes forget that Native Americans also have ancient traditions concerning the fate of life on our planet. I was reminded of this when I saw that Hopi Prophecy Rock is one of the key destinations of a tour to Sedona that BMSJ just announced. According to Hopi traditions, this petroglyph near to the Old Oraibi village gives important clues to the future of humanity.
I have traveled to Sedona twice and experienced the powerful earth energies at the Sedona vortexes first hand, but I my one visit to the Hopi nation did not include Prophecy Rock. This is not surprising, for as important as that sacred place is, most tours to this part of the Arizona desert do not go there, making BMSJ’s up-coming November program all that more special.
The tour dates are set for the Thanksgiving long weekend, from November 23rd through the 27th, a feature that will make this sacred journey more accessible for some working people.
One of the features I personally like about the itinerary is the very impressive credentials of the local host, Clint Frakes. He is practically a walking encyclopedia when it comes not only to Sedona and the vortexes, but particularly with regard to Native American culture and traditions. His talk about Hopi Prophecy Rock, and the meanings of those mysterious stone carvings are bound to make this a pilgrimage for a lifetime. Another bonus will be his leading the group to a medicine wheel where he will conduct a ceremony as well as talk about the meaning of this important spiritual tradition.
Toward the end of the program, Clint will also be leading the group on a meditation at a Sedona labyrinth.
Participation in this special event will be limited, so anyone who is interested would be well advised to book their reservations as far ahead as possible.
Here is a link to see the complete itinerary for the Thanksgiving Sedona Tour.