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# The Rational Person's Guide to the Mayan Apocalypse

Just the unbiased facts about 12/21/12 PLUS a preview of an astounding new Prezi feature, as yet unreleased! Or is it?
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Instead of using a base-10 (decimal) scheme like Western numbering, the Long Count days were tallied in a modified base-20 scheme. Thus 0.0.0.1.5 is equal to 25, and 0.0.0.2.0 is equal to 40. C Katun Tun Winal Kin (7,200 days) (360 days) (20 days) (1 day) 20 Tun in a 18 Winal in a 20 Kin in a It helps to think of it like an odometer At the end of the 13 Baktun (13.0.0.0.0), the odometer loops back to 0.0.0.0.0 and the calendar starts over Like we use days, weeks, months, years, decades, and centuries to measure time, the mayans had a system in place as shown below 1 day is called a Kin.
20 Kin was called a Winal.
18 Winal make up a Tun,
20 Tun in a Katun
and 20 Katun in a Baktun. Baktun (144,000 days) 20 Katun in a The Long Count's "zero date" was set at a point in the past marking the end of the third world and the beginning of the current one, which corresponds to August 11, 3114 BC in the proleptic Gregorian calendar. This means that the fourth world will also have reached the end of its 13th baktun, or Mayan date 13.0.0.0.0, on December 21, 2012 AD. D A far more apocalyptic view of the year 2012 that has spread in various media describes the end of the world or of human civilization on that date. This view has been promulgated by many hoax pages on the Internet, particularly on YouTube, as well as on several cable TV channels. It's the End Speculation The results of Mayan observations and calculations of astronomical phenomena are concentrated in the Dresden Codex. It is a band of paper 3.5 meter long set up into 39 sheets making up 78 pages 8.5 x 20.5 cm. The paper was obtained from the bark of wild-growing species of fig tree. It is supposed that it originates from Yucatan as a latter transcription of an elder original. It contains calendrical data, written in the Mayan dating system, concerning astronomical data and the sky mechanics, and tables of multiple integers that are to be used for calculations of planetary movement ephemerids and tropical years, next to the hieroglyphic texts and numerous depicturings of the Mayan gods and ritual scenes. The Dresden Codex
A New Age interpretation of this transition is that the date marks the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that December 21, 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era.
Others suggest that the date marks the end of the world or a similar catastrophe.
Scenarios suggested for the end of the world include the arrival of the next solar maximum,
an interaction between Earth and the black hole at the center of the galaxy,
or Earth's collision with a planet called "Nibiru". M There is no clear evidence that the classic Maya were aware of precession.
Some Maya scholars have suggested that some Mayan holy dates were timed
to precessional cycles, but scholarly opinion on the subject remains divided.
There is also little evidence, archaeological or historical, that the Maya placed any importance on solstices or equinoxes. There is also no evidence that the classic Maya attached any importance to the Milky Way; there is no glyph in their writing system to represent it, and no astronomical or chronological table tied to it. Over the course of 25,800 years, a period often called a Great Year, the Sun's path completes a full, 360-degree backward rotation through the zodiac. In Western astrological traditions, precession is measured from the March equinox, one of the two annual points at which the Sun is exactly halfway between its lowest and highest points in the sky. Presently, the Sun's March equinox position is in the constellation Pisces and is moving back into Aquarius. This signals the end of one astrological age (the Age of Pisces)
and the beginning of another (the Age of Aquarius) Precession of the Equinoxes Because Earth's axis is tilted 23° 27' with respect the plane created by Earth's orbit around the Sun (the ecliptic plane), Earth's equatorial plane (green) is also tilted at this same angle with respect to the ecliptic plane (blue). These two intersecting planes (Earth's equatorial plane and the ecliptic plane) create an intersecting line in the ecliptic called the vernal axis. Though none have been accepted by mainstream scholarship, Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae have been proposed as pertaining to December 21, 2012, ESPECIALLY astrological interpretations associated with the phenomenon of axial precession. WHAT WE Galactic Alignment KNOW Some allege that the Maya based their calendar on observations of the
Great Rift or Dark Rift, a band of dark dust clouds in the Milky Way, which, according to some scholars, the Maya called the Xibalba be or "Black Road". There is no clear evidence that the classic Maya were aware of precession. Some Maya scholars have suggested that some Mayan holy dates were timed to precessional cycles, but scholarly opinion on the subject remains divided. There is also little evidence, archaeological or historical, that the Maya placed any importance on solstices or equinoxes.

It is possible that only the early Mesoamericans observed solstices, but this is also a disputed issue among Mayanists. There is also no evidence that the classic Maya attached any importance to the Milky Way; there is no glyph in their writing system to represent it, and no astronomical or chronological table tied to it. John Major Jenkins claims that precession will align the Sun precisely with the galactic equator at the 2012 winter solstice. Jenkins claimed that the classical Maya anticipated this conjunction and celebrated it as the harbinger of a profound spiritual transition for mankind. New Age proponents of the galactic alignment hypothesis argue that, just as astrology uses the positions of stars and planets to make claims of future events, the Maya plotted their calendars with the objective of preparing for significant world events In Maya myth, Venus is the companion of the sun. This no doubt reflects the fact that Venus is always close to the sun in the sky, rising not long before sunrise as morning star or after sunset as evening star. my The Mayans were excellent builders and many of their temples and buildings are aligned
to help observers monitor the positions of stars. For example, many buildings pointed towards the equinoxes or midsummer, whilst other buildings had doorways and windows aligned with the most northerly or southerly rising of Venus, one of the most important celestial bodies to the Mayan culture. So accurate were their observations that their predictions of the orbit of Venus lost only two hours in a 584-day cycle. Everything you need to know about the Mayan Apocalypse Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_phenomenon
http://www.lunarplanner.com/siderealastrology.html