2012 is associated with strange apocalyptic prophecies, after the discovery of the maya and there prophecy of an end date to our current world age, in their long count calender. The maya were an advanced society intelligent in mathematices and astronomy and lived in the area in what we now call southern mexico, guatemala, nothern belize and honduras. The mayan civilization arose in the yucatan in around 2600bc and collapsed with the arrival of the spanish led by Hernan Cortes in around 1519. Then in 1562 a franciscan bishop named Diego de Landa orderded the burning of thousands of mayan texts, though three codices survived, the dresden codex, the paris codex and the madrid codex. The dresden codex contained almanacs, eclipse table and a mars table. From this we discovered a very advanced society, particularly in astronomy, where the calculations of a calender year and month are very accurate.
The maya used two calanders, the short count and the long count. The long count calender involves transits of planets and there duration of a world age is 5,125,36 years of which we are comimng to the end of and the beginning of another on the 21st december 2012. We know mayans studied the milky way and gave the dark rift or black hole the name 'xibalba be'. They knew that in the 36 years either side of 21st december 2012 the rising sun on the winter soltice will appear in conjunction with the mouth of the dark rift or Xibalbe be. This is called the galactic alignment. Here are a selection of theories of what might happen on the 21st december 2012.
THEORY ONE - The end of the mayan age - According to the mayan Popol Vuh creation story, mayan gods had three failed attempts at creating humanity. The last attempt was on 13th aug 3114 bc, the next, you've guessed it is 21st dec.
THEORY TWO - the pole shift - Some people believe they'll be a total geomagnetic reversal in 2012, caused by the galactic alignment. Where the earths mantle will slip around it's core, causing east to become west, causing tsunamis and widespread destruction.
THEORY THREE - planet x and the solar flare - While some believe the polar shift will not be caused by a galactic alignment but the arrival in our solar systen of a planet known to the sumarians as nibiru or planet x, which has an orbit of 3,600 years. This arrival will disrupt the orbits of other major planets, causing a massive solar flare, causing jupiters gases to ignite, creating a second sun.
THEORY FOUR - finger of fate - astronomers have found a saturn/uranus/pluto T - square, scarily similar to the one that heralded the great depression on the 1930's.
THEORY FIVE - Technological singularity - when the rate of change in technology goes so fast we can't keep up. And computers will completly take over, making us redundant.
THEORY SIX - Crystal skull - Aztecs, indians and mayan cultutres said there are 13 crystal skulls which are as old as 36,000 years old and when brought together could save us. Made of quartz, people believe they are ancient computers, encoded with wisdom of the ancients, prophecies and teachings of life and death.
THEORY SEVEN - Not just the maya , but the bible, torah, quran and i ching say this date in december is important and beleive we're leaving an old age and entering another, a spritual transformation, leading us to the next evolutionary leap. My own belief is that 21/12/12 is not going to be a worldwide apocalypse, but more of a concious transformation where the change will be subtle, but inside us all. The mayan civilization is dismissed as backward, but is disrespectful to ancient cultures to not acknowledge there wisdom and intellect. There connection to the stars is awe- inspiring and mind boggling, but still people ignore their calculations. Movies have promoted the apocalypse , but the planet has withstood cataclysms in the past, whatever happens I'll be standing outside as the time ticks to the 21st and looking at the stars, imagining the ancients doing the same 5000 years ago. The alignment is here and will come again , hopely this age will be better than the last.