People always seem to love a good doomsday prediction and the Mayan calender ending tomorrow is no exception. There’s a lot of talk about it being the end of the world, but the honest truth is that the Mayans NEVER said the world was ending in 2012. It’s merely their calender that stops tomorrow.
In forth grade I was totally immersed in Mayan history and mythology (ok, not exactly the most charming reading material for a 10 year old, but I admit to having always been a little weird). The Mayans believed that a cycle of time lasted for 26,000 years, and that 26,000 year cycle was broken down into smaller ages of roughly 5,000 years each. Tomorrow is merely the end of one of those ages that began just over 5,000 years ago. And since the ancient Mayans weren’t around to record the next 5,000 year cycle, their calender “ends” tomorrow in a sense. What the solstice truly brings tomorrow is not an end, but a beginning, a beginning of the next age.
It’s also speculated the new age might be the Age of Aquarius as well. I wasn’t there, but anybody who lived through the 1960’s is probably familiar with the Age of Aquarius. The zodiac ages are divided into segments of just over 2,000 years. The last age was the Age of Pisces (yes, that’s the reason the symbol of Jesus is the fish), and the next age is the Age of Aquarius. There was even that song by the band 5th Dimension, about the Age of Aquarius beginning when the planets aligned. Sure enough, the solstice sun will be aligning with the Milky Way plane tomorrow. Perhaps the Age of Aquarius is dawning.
Either way, tomorrow is not the end of the world, just the end of one age and the beginning of the next. It’s a brand new start, so don’t let it go to waste. Embrace it, and enjoy the new beginning!
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