Many of you know (if you haven’t been living in a cave somewhere over the last century) that the 21st of December, 2012 is the last day of The Mayan Long Calendar, which was created some 3114 years before Christ, and was designed to last 13 b’ak’tuns, between 3114 BCE and 2012 AD.
Now while many end of days theories abound, whether it be an astroid or a planet colliding with the earth, a massive earthquake causing cataclysmic destruction, the earth being sucked into a black hole, or a monster sun flare torching our beloved terra, it turns out, as luck would have it...there is good news.
The Mayan Elder tribal council disabuses any and all end of world speculations by simply explaining that the panels found in El Tortuguero, (an archeological site in southern Tabasco, Mexico) with their complex Mayan glyphs and astrological numbers, do in fact represent an extended timeline, or a calendar of cycles or eras, and when this calendar ends, it will signify the beginning of a new era, much like the odometer turning over in a car. In other words a new cycle will occur, not the destruction of our planet.
The Maya call it ‘the great change of Suns’. The coming out of a dark period of their current fourth world, into a new world. The calling forth of a transformation of world cultures, both by humane and spiritual means.
Certainly a spiritual rebirth is a far cry from the catastrophic dooms day prophesied by so many over the years, and I must admit, is a huge relief. After all I’ve got things to do, family to tend to, books to write:)
All kidding aside, and in light of recent events, I tend to embrace a spiritual renewal of our world, and all who reside therein. So whether you will celebrate the Winter Solstice, the birth of Christ, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or choose not to celebrate any deity or sacred day at all, I at least wish you all~ either a subtle, not so subtle, or perhaps even epic, spiritual transformation this coming December 21st!
Now of course if you are still not convinced the world isn’t coming to end next Friday, then you might be interested in the ‘Apocalypse kit’ they are selling in the Russian city of Tomsk. The kit not only contains food and medicine, but has a bottle of vodka ~ or tequila, your choice:)
Interestingly enough while writing my 3rd novel, The Jaguar Sun, I discovered another sacred date in the Mayan calendar ~ December 23rd. According to The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel (Chilam Balam: Spokesman of the Jaguar), Cheen or December 23rd is listed as a sacred day. So what with the cessation of the Mayan calendar occurring in December 2012, it was only natural to align the climatic ending of The Jaguar Sun, around this day of all days...
To celebrate the release of my e-book, The Jaguar Sun, Wild Magick Series, Book Two, this coming Wednesday, December 19th, and the happy fact that the world is not coming to an end, I am running a contest on my blog starting today, Monday, December 17th, to run through midnight of Sunday December 23rd.
*Simply leave a comment about what the new (Mayan) era means to you.
**Post your comment either here, or on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/SDurham-Pacific-Northwest-Author-of-The-Lycan-Moon/127273387315797# by midnight December 23rd, 2012 (with your name and email where I can find you) for a chance to win the choice of a $50.00 Barnes and Noble gift card, or a $50.00 Amazon Gift card, and off course a gift certificate to Muse It Up publishing!
Let the celebration begin!