Origins of the 2012 Mythos: The Question of 2012 and the Marvels of the Mayan Calendar

Mythic and Scientific Investigations into the Nature of Reality and its Recurrent Themes

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My study of Maya Calendrics (MC) has enabled me to understand why MC is regarded by the Maya as some sort of divinitory or forecasting device.

For now I will say that Maya Calendrics is indeed capable of functioning as such, but we must substitute the “prediction of specific events” with the “prediction of thematic content.”  More on this further down.

Every assertion made by Argüelles in The Mayan Factor regarding 2012 is his interpretation of a two-line “prophecy” phrase, and his assessment of the human and planetary condition.

Argüelles is certain that the meaning of 2012 is the demise of a world governed by subjugation, and the birth of a new world based on cooperation toward the common good.

How much of what is said about Maya Calendrics and 2012 is valid, and if so, what are the claims based upon?

At the present moment and in the English speaking world Argüelles is the most enigmatic among the more popular Maya calendrical and 2012 phenomena researchers. His supra-mystical presentation of Maya calendrics, and his many failed predictions has led to his loss of credibility as a reputable researcher.

But his failure as prophet does not mean he is wrong about his interpretation of Maya Calendrics, nor his assessment of the likeliest meaning behind Dec. 21, 2012, the day the Maya Long Count cycle of 5125.26 years ends and restarts.

Three other well known researchers on the subject of Maya Calendrics and 2012 come to mind. They are John Major Jenkins, Carl Johann Calleman, and Daniel Pinchbeck.

I regard Jenkins as the leading authority on the archeological and astronomical correlations of 2012.[3]

Further down I there is another image showing our suns relationship to the galactic equator.

On the matter of Maya calendrics and its astronomical correlations, Jenkins does add significant substance and volume to the subject of Mesoamerican calendrics in general.[4]

With regard to the core of Maya calendrics, the 260 day Tzolkin Cycle, Jenkin’s has yet to add significantly to the conversation of just what the Tzolkin is. That is beyond the Tzolkin Cycle’s correlations with planetary orbits, ellipse cycles, the human gestation cycle, and  the like.[5]

Calleman may be well known, but his work is shoddy, full of holes, and just plain misleading. For more on the expose of Carl Calleman’s highly questionable work please see The Mayan Calendar did not end on October 28th 201: An Expose of Carl Calleman a Modern Day Charlatan

Pinchbeck differs from the other researchers in that his focus has been the exploration of the mythosophical and psycho-spiritual implications of Maya calendrics and 2012. The four researchers concur that the likeliest meaning of 2012 is a global humanity at the apex of some potentially transformative psycho-socio-cultural process.

With regard to the many catastrophic claims espoused by other self-styled researchers, there is simply no evidence to substantiate impending magnetic reversals, killer solar flares, crustal displacements, super volcano eruptions, or Planet X/Niburu intrusions into our solar system.


What more catastrophe do we need?

As I see it, the catastrophe is upon us, and it’s called Western civilization gasping for air as it strives to maintain the status quo at all costs.

If 2012 is meaningful, it is because a global humanity stands at a crossroads of unprecedented magnitude. Clearly we are in a global predicament of sorts, and we don’t need a calendrical system to tell us that. But is it mere happenstance that the end of the Maya Long Count cycle coincides with humanity’s precarious situation? After all, the Maya left not a single inscription anywhere indicating any of the conditions that could accompany 2012. That’s right, not a single Maya “prophecy” exists.

#4 Conclusion of Long Count cycle mythographically expressed in a wall mural IMG 4

The only ancient description we have of Dec. 21, 2012 is a Maya mural depicting in symbolic terms the astronomical significance of the Sun’s conjunction with the approximate galactic center.

According to John Major Jenkins, the conjunction is unequivocally depicted as a “birthing event”: The birth of a new Maya processional age of 25,626.28 years, or 5 Long Count cycles of 5125.26 years, and that’s it. There are no other inscriptions or murals that we might interpret as the foretelling of events to accompany the arrival of 2012.


Mythic Illiteracy

The situation of a prophecy circus without the existence of a single “Mayan prophecy” reveals the monumental ignorance confounding Western culture to the point of lunacy, and complicating all manner of social and ideological coherence. We have become mythic illiterates.

We no longer speak the language our species has spoken for over 99 percent of its history as a communicator of symbols and imagery to convey meaning and knowledge. Therein lies the mystery of the West’s mass confusion over the meaning of its own mythic heritage as defined by Judeo-Christian lore and symbolism.

In order to know if the coincidence of Long Count cycle closure with humanity’s predicament is more than happenstance, we must then investigate the claims that Maya Calendrics is some sort of a predictive device. In order to do that, we must first decode the hidden meaning locked away in the symbols, numbers and features composing the heart of Maya Calendrics – the Tzolkin.[13]


The Argüellen Factor

Argüelles is the only researcher thus far to attempt a multi-layered decoding and investigation of the Tzolkin. He assigned specific attributes or characteristics to each symbol and feature of the Tzolkin. He also discovered numerical and color coded relationships between the symbols and thus created the system’s architecture that I call Tzolkin Dynamics.

My own assessment of the human and planetary condition had led me to conclude that humanity’s socio-economic operations were unsustainable, unmerciful, and that a global crisis point was inevitable. Our economic system is built upon unlimited growth precepts, and has no regard for their socio-ecological impact.

Unlimited and unjust growth precepts will ultimately have to confront the reality of a finite planet, and a disgruntled population. My question at the time was, are we that close to the crisis point (2012)?

I made it a point to stay atop Argüelles’ work while continuing my own investigations into how the human-planetary condition came to be what it is. I reasoned that if we could understand the source of Western civilization’s dysfunctions we could then begin to address the root source of humanity’s problems versus the symptoms.

Random Development or Systematic Evolution?

One of the most vexing questions of my life had been, is human social reality a haphazard process driven by chance, or was the unfoldment of humanity an organized and systematic process exhibiting the properties of some superorganism?

During the ’70s, scientists James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis put forth the theory of planet Earth as a self-regulating super organism.[8]   If the planet is a super organism, then what role does humanity play as a sub-system of the super system we call Earth? It is now glaringly clear that humanity has a big part to play in the future of our planet’s evolution. Unlike other species, humanity seems to be out of synch with the ecology of the planet.

The human species seems to have become an infection that is about to overwhelm its host, yet clearly we have the ability to course correct from our perilous path because we can see first hand the short and long-term consequences of our actions.

But all indications point to a stubborn leadership establishment that is indifferent to the plight of the Earth and its inhabitants great and small. A self-absorbed establishment with a vision for the planet all their own.[12]

Red Crystal Earth?

It was mid-1999, and I had come to the conclusion that some answers to my questions about humanity as a self-organizing super organism might be answered by the Argüellen interpretation of Maya calendrics. Up until that time I had been reluctant to study his newer work on the Tzolkin because it sounded too cultish and new agey for my tastes.

I have never been one to accept unsubstantiated claims, and the New Age community is full of self-proclaimed prophets making every claim imaginable without any solid evidence or compelling argument. Argüelles’ assertions about 2012 and Maya Calendrics followed the same New Age formula, but there was something egging me on to investigate, and so I began by learning the Tzolkin according the Argüellen Acccount.

Another New Age Astrology System or Something Deeper?

The key claim made by traditional and newer schools of thought on Maya calendrics is that each day possesses unique qualities that repeat every 20 days. In all the Tzolkin is a 260 day cycle composed of 3 sub-cycles.

Without getting into technicalities, the 20 days are assigned symbols representing themes. The theme-symbols exemplify the predominant characteristics and qualities to be expected on a given day. The 20-day theme cycle is factored by the 13 day tone cycle to yield 260 variations on the 20 themes.


On the Trail of the Super Organism

Testing the Tzolkin meant tracking it day by day to see if I could correlate the assigned attributes of the day with the events and overall quality of the day. To complicate matters, we all know that the day’s events are varied and can sometimes run across several themes.

Tzolkin Cosmology factors for that in that the central theme of the day is accompanied by 5 co-factors, designated as either analog, antipode, quasi-occult, guiding, and the “tone”.

In all there are 6 primary theme-elements, and at least 3 secondary theme-elements involved in the constitution of the day’s events and overall quality.

Multiply the 9 theme-elements by the 3 primary attributes assigned to each one and you have 27 attributes assigned to the day’s events and overall “vibe”.  As such there are at least 7020 unique combinations of attributes over the length of the 260 day cycle.

I had my work cut out for me. It was not like Argüelles provided any useful instructions to go with his theory. He simply puts forth his work as a decree, and without any evidence to support his many claims.

Fast forward to the present, and I have tracked over 5100 days and employed other methodologies atop other related research to confidently assert that the Tzolkin Code is a indeed capable of predicting the thematic and imaginable content of each and every day!  How can that be?

Once I was convinced of the Tzolkin’s ability to predict the thematic content of a given day, and that it could also accurately describe personalities and the quality of relationships between personalities, it then occurred to me that any system capable of predicting such things must by logical necessity be evident at every scale of the energy-matter spectrum.

The implication of nested numerical equivalences across the entire energy-matter spectrum means that one should be able to find correlations of Tzolkin features in chemistry, the genetic code, and in the various physics models. Indeed, that is what I found. The results of that work are found the the soon to be released Introducing Tzolkin Cosmology: The Art and Science of Time, Change, Synchronicity, Human Personality and Interpersonal Dynamics in the spring of 2014.


My work will also prove the veracity of the Argüellen Tzolkin’s dating. Presently there are various non-corresponding Tzolkin counts in use, and there can only be one correct Tzolkin count. The persistence of various counts is a detriment to the integrity and respectability of Mesoamerican Calendrics.

There are simpler and faster ways of proving the Tzolkin that do not involve years of tracking to confirm validity. Those methods are shared in Introducing Tzolkin Cosmology.

The methodologies for proving the Tzolkin are not a substitute for direct experience, but they do provide the necessary evidence to compel further investigation by those interested in discovering the marvel of an orderly and magical universe.


Introducing Einsteins’s Piper

260 day tzolkin

In order to convey a greater sense of what the Tzolkin means and stands for, I have included the following excerpt from part 5 of ARTSOS entitled: Introducing Einstein’s Piper and The Tzolkin Code Unveiled

“Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars, human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper”. ~ Albert Einstein

The “invisible piper” is what religions and spiritualists call “God”, or one of the many other names meaning more or less the same. It is what the Greek philosophers meant by the word “cosmos”, meaning order and/or Universe. In this sense God is an acronym for Galactic Ordering Dynamic.

My study of the Tzolkin Code compels me to claim that the image (Tzolkin Cycle Code chart) to your left is the musical score played by “Einstein’s piper.”

Theme 2012: Back to the Future

How may we extract the meaning of 2012 from our knowledge of the Tzolkin? MAC  tracks cycles that in essence guide the evolution and movement of all things. As discussed, these cycles have themes associated with them.

These themes repeat, and they happen at every scale. For example, cell division is the thematic equivalence of a woman giving birth, a couple separating, or a business opening another branch.

Those examples are of acute transitional stages in the process of life’s unfolding and they are characterized by hyper-activity, volatility, and distress. There are many other themes, but the theme particular to the present time is crisis.

Crisis implies the search for resolution and relief. Transformation, birth, rebirth, emergence (emergency) intervention, and transition are themes closely related to crisis.

But what is the Planetary Crisis about?

A new culture is yearning to be born. A culture based on values that will carry us forward into a world fraught with increasing challenges. However, there is a great obstacle in the way of this new culture. That obstacle is the inertia of history, habit, tradition, and the leadership agencies who presently direct the future of their respective societies.

The consequences of that inertia are staring us square in the eyes at this very moment, as our scientists and awakened citizens sound the alarms of impending natural and social catastrophes if we don’t change our ways.

The Emergence of a New Culture

In its present state I refer to this “new culture”, as a Planetary Culture in its emergent stage. Those of us who can identify with socio-economic justice, human rights, peace, ecology, gender balance, non-violence, anti-exploitation, egalitarianism or any cause espousing fairness are to be identified as the leading edge of the emergent culture.

The 6000 year old world of Imperial Civilization was built upon the values of a merciless, predatory, and parasitic ideology. The only way out of the perennial nightmare of Imperial Civilization is a Planetary Culture in accord with  egalitarian principles.


[3] Galactic Alignment 2012

[4] The Archaeological Origins of 2012

[5]John Major Jenkins describes the Tzolkin

[6] The Days and Nights of the Underworlds according to John Calleman

[7] Calleman posits another date for Maya Long Count Cycle closure

[8] Gaia Hypothesis

[10] Introducing Einstein’s Piper: The Tzolkin Code Unveiled and how every Event is a Synchronicity SOS pt. 5

[11] John Major Jenkins interprets Tortuguero Monument 6 and Bolon Yokte K’u for it meaning related to Dec. 21, 2012

[12] Who and what is Prevailing Culture

[13] The Tzolkin according to Wikipedia

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