From Magical Blend magazine, April 1999
Coming Soon to a Galaxy Near You: The End of the Maya Long Count Calendar
In Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 (Bear & Company, Santa Fe, 1998), John Major
Jenkins demonstrates how the End Date of the Maya Long Count calendar on
December 21, 2012, promises not only to close a 26,000-year cycle, but
begin a new cycle of greatly accelerated human evolution.
Jenkins' work echoes the theme, if not the method, of theories put forth by one of Magical Blend's favorite philosophers, Terence McKenna, who received his initial epiphany during a mushroom trip in the early seventies. Writes McKenna in the foreword to Maya Cosmogenesis, "By 1974 I was aware of the approach of the heliacal solstice rising of the Galactic Center and its potential as a time of renewal, yet astonishingly this was before I was aware that the astronomer-shamans of the Olmec/Maya had reached the same conclusion more than two millennia ago. A different chain of logic led me to the same moment in time, and I recognized it as a moment of potential transformative opportunity."
McKenna continues: "The Maya believed, for reasons that are perhaps forever lost, or perhaps soon to be revealed, that the coincidence of the winter solstice sunrise with the part of the Milky Way that they called the xibalba be would not be, as some have stated, the end of the world, but its moment of true creation."
Adds John Major Jenkins, "in the clear skies of ancient Mesoamerica, many dark, blotchy areas could be observed along the Milky Way's length. These are "dark cloud" formations caused by interstellar dust. The most prominent of these is called the "dark rift" of the Great Cleft of the Milky Way. It looks like a dark road running along the Milky Way, and it points right at the cosmic crossing point, the center of the Maya Sacred Tree, right where the sun will be in 2012! The Maya called this dark rift the Black Road or the Road to the Underworld. They seem to have imagined it as a portal to another world, and the December solstice sun can enter it only in 2012." Jenkins thinks it no accident that astrophysicists have recently discovered a Black Hole in that exact position.
"The Maya believed that the 26,000-year Great Year of precession is a spiritual gestation period for humanity, and that the 2012 alignment will catalyze the birth of what has been growing on this planet for 26,000 years. It also signifies the insemination, or seeding, of what will come to fruition in 26,000 years. They understood that human civilization cycles from one extreme form of social organization to the other. Out of this process of polarization, or spiritual mitosis, arises a new, greater being... The opening doorway of baktun thirteen offers us conscious relationship with each other and a creative participation with the Earth."