The 2012 winter solstice will occur at 11:12 am gmt (4:12 am AZ time). You may have heard that the Maya predicted the end of the world to occur on this day. Most are skeptical and think this is just another Armageddon hoax, many see this as the dawning of a new age and an opportunity, some even believe that it truly is the end of the world.
Well, the Mayan calendar does come to an end on this day and this coincides with a galactic alignment of the earth, the sun and the center of the galaxy. Thus the Maya predicted the end of the world, right?Everybody panic! This is not exactly true. On December 21st, 2012 the Mayan calendar does reach the end of a major period, a b’ak’tun, but that period is only equal to 400 years. At this time the long count simply resets to another b’ak’tun at 126.96.36.199.0.0. Furthermore, the galactic alignment is true, but this happens every year at the solstice. Everyone calm down!
And no, the Death Star/Niburu will not be crashing into the Earth!
The winter solstice has long been celebrated in cultures across the globe as the shortest day of the year and birth of the sun/light; whether it be Christmas, Roman Saturnalia, or Egyptian Osiris celebrations.
As December 21st is the shortest day of the year it is recognized as the day on which the sun begins its march back south and the days begin to grow longer. Thus, it can be seen as the birthday of the sun and many cultures celebrate the solstice as the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. But, this day also represents the onset of the long and often harsh winter, an important time to prepare for prior to the advent of grocery stores. So, it is a time to feast to get us through the long cold winter.
Selected Solstice Holidays:
- Saturnalia & Sol Invictus: Roman winter festival centered on the solstice and the victory of the sun.
- Lanea: Greek celebration of Dionysus a bull (first a man) is ripped apart and a baby represents rebirth, also wine miracles where water is turned to wine.
- Zagmuk: Babylonian celebration of sun god Marduk’s victory over the darkness
- Maidyarem: Persian, Zorastrian. Celebrates the victory of God Ahura Mazda and the sun over the darkness.
- Osiris: Egyptian celebration, seen as an origin myth similar to that of Jesus.
- Yule: Germanic, Scandinavian – Pagan midwinter celebration.
- Quetzalcoatl – Mayan God. Celebration of the changing of the b’ak’tun cycle.
So let’s celebrate the solstice, Saturnalia, Christmas, the return of Quezalcoatl and the dawn of a new age in the Mayan calendar!
Tomorrow is the dawn of a new age.
But so is today.
Today is always be the beginning of a new age.