Meticulous keepers of time, extraordinary observers of the movements of the planets, and inventive mathematicians, the Maya devised a system of astronomy that saw the cycles of the planets as interrelated. Their dark cosmology saw humans as fighting the lords of death to secure immortality. Their astrological system of prognostication was as regular and predictable as their calendar.
This year’s winter solstice, December 21, 2012, coincides with the end of the Maya long count calendar. Some take this to mean that the Maya predicted this day as the end of the world while others disagree. Also this year a rare transit of Venus across the face of the Sun correlates with anticipated peaks of sunspot activity.
Given the astronomical basis of the “Mayan Calendar” what should we believe about the end of this cycle of the Maya long count calendar? Are these calendar and astronomical events meaningful and should we be prepared in any way?
Bruce Scofield, an astrological consultant for over 40 years, has authored seven books and numerous articles on astrology and frequently speaks at conferences. He has served on the education committee of NCGR since 1979 as both member and director. He holds an M.A. in history, a Ph.D. in geosciences, and teaches at Kepler College and UMASS.
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