End Times in New Mexico

Mayan calendar

The whole Planet X pole shift calamity turned out to be a bust. Sorry, life and civilization as we know it were not destroyed. But not to worry! 2012 is just around the corner. As prophesied by the Mayan calendrical thingamajigs, we’re all pretty much screwed in just six short years.

Not to worry, though, there are folks aligning to bring us “ascension”, which apparently means more than climbing a ladder. As is fitting, apparently, New Mexico is at the center of things, according to James Randi. (Hat tip Dave.)


  1. How did this story about the pole shift spread? (A neighbor told me all about it, to my amazement.) And why did people believe in it, or want to believe in it? That’s what I wonder.

  2. That’s a great question, Kit. I’m not sure. It seems as though, at any given time, there’s always some sort of “Planet X” or similar end times phenomenon that’s popular with certain fringe elements. Comet Hale-Bopp drew a lot of this sort of attention, and the Planet X thing got a lot of late night talk show/Internet traction for a while. Now it’s the Maya thing.

  3. “Prophesies” like these are often started by authors hawking their books, like Patrick Geryl, who claims

    In 2012 the next polar reversal will take place on earth. This means that the North Pole will be changed into the South Pole. Scientifically this can only be explained by the fact that the earth will start rotating in the opposite direction, together with a huge disaster of unknown proportions. In my books I reveal the immense cataclysm that is going to torment the earth in the near future. It is presently assumed by most people and the general scientific world at large, that the rotation of the Earth is stable, however, as expounded in my previous works on this subject, this is not the case. The gruesome reports of the previous catastrophes should, hopefully, be clear to all.

    Not everyone rushes to agree with every interpretation of the Mayan Calendar. Indeed, many scholars contend that the end of the cycle in 2012 will be a time of renewal, much like our New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day celebration.

    Here’s one:

    “Anthropologists visit the temple sites,” Mr. Barrios says, “and read the stelas and inscriptions and make up stories about the Maya, but they do not read the signs correctly. It’s just their imagination…Other people write about prophecy in the name of the Maya. They say that the world will end in December 2012. The Mayan elders are angry with this. The world will not end. It will be transformed. The indigenous have the calendars, and know how to accurately interpret it, not others.”

    Here’s another, from Newsweek:
    (Source: NEWSWEEK, 2/10/97)

    Some New Age Millennialists are claiming that the world will end in 2012 because they are under the impression that the ancient Mayan Calendar signals the end to the fourth creation of the cosmos at that time. What they don’t realize is that archeologists have now deciphered Mayan texts showing that on the crucial date, the universal order will be reinforced, not destroyed. According to Linda Schele, a Mayan expert at the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS at Austin, the Mayan calendar actually extends well into the 50th Century. (JG)

    Hope that helps!
    Dave Thomas

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