Do you believe in the Mayan prophecies?

Katherine - posted on 03/13/2011 ( 51 moms have responded )

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We're all watching the news from Japan. The earthquake that struck Japan with such force measured 8.9 -- the fifth strongest ever recorded in the world. The resulting tsunami that's destroyed everything in its path is unbelievable. It is devastating. The waves have reached Hawaii and are heading for the West Coast as I type. Number of deaths and the impact of this event won't be realized for weeks, months, even years.

The footage looks like it's straight from a Michael Bay apocalyptic disaster movie about the end of the world. (I know, sorry. That R.E.M. song is stuck in my brain now too.) Folks, this isn't a movie, but it may very well be the beginning of the end according to the Mayan calendar.

I'm reading about their prophecies. I'm freaking out. It's just eerie. Just too many things are lining up that indicate they may be right.

According to many scholars, the Mayans used the movement of the cosmos as indicators of what's going to happen to us here on Earth. They created calendars based on these celestial calculations and came up with five cycles from the beginning of the world through to the end.

Fine and dandy, right? No biggie shakes, you may say. Wait! According to the Mayans, we are in the fifth and final cycle. The first cycle was ended by a jaguar eating everyone on Earth, second cycle ended in air, the third cycle was completed with fire, the fourth in flood. And the fifth cycle, the final cycle, the one we are in right now? Our world will be destroyed by earthquakes.

Yeah. Earthquakes. Okay, I wasn't quite in full freak mode, but it did make me pause, gave me a few goosebumps.

But, not only are there five cycles, the Mayans broke down time into nine phases of consciousness for our world. Everything from the first "Cellular" phase that was based on action and reaction to the "Cultural" phase that emphasized reason to the "Galactic" phase that focused on ethics.

We are in the ninth and last phase. The "Unity" phase. The phase that will bring about co-creation. This last phase started March 9, 2011. Yes, this last phase of the world literally started Wednesday ... and this unbelievable disaster happened Thursday. The very next day.

I know!! Is your hair standing up on your arms, too? One odd similarity I can chalk up to being a co-inky-dink. But two is one too many. This freaked-out mama is starting to think the Mayans may be right.

Do you believe in the Mayan prophecies?

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I think that's a big claim to make considering we only now have the technology to understand how earthquakes shift the Earth.

1952, Kamchatka Earthquake, 8.2 later upgraded to a 9.0.

1957,Andreanof Islands earthquake, 8.6, triggered the eruption of a dormant volcano and caused Tsunami waves of 52ft.

In the 1960's, there were 2 major quakes. One in Chile, 1960, rated 9.5. Tsunami travelled out as far as Japan and Alaska.

In 1964, and earthquake in Alaska, measured 9.2.



Do you not think they caused a change in planetary movement?



I'm sure they did. We've only been measuring earthquakes since the 1700s. Our technologies on how to measure their effects have improved radically.



This is how the planet lives.



Just because we don't have records going back before 1700s does not mean earthquakes are any worse today.



http://www.mymultiplesclerosis.co.uk/str...

Jackie - posted on 03/14/2011

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I haven't read all of the responses yet but I'm sure there are some really good answers here.

Here's what I think...

The earth has no concept of time. In fact, humans are the ONLY creatures on the planet that have a concept of time. Mother nature isn't marking her calendar. She isn't checking off the days to the next disaster. It's crap.

These things have been happening since that dawn of time. Has anyone ever heard of Pangaea? Yeah, those continents didn't move by a big ass tug boat.

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I love jumping on the "end of the world" bandwagon. It's an excuse to do everything I've always wanted before time runs out... but I don't really believe it.

Plate tectonics and our partially molten core are essential for life. They create the magnetic fields that protect our plant from the effects of the sun. For the planet to survive, the plates have to shift, volcano's have to erupt in the name of releasing pressure. Volcanic eruptions can actually recycle carbon in the air. The planet has been using this system of cleansing since before the Mayans ever existed.

The continents used to exists as one. They split, they moved apart over millions of years. That is still happening, nothing new, nothing shocking.

It is devastating the numbers of people who die in these seemingly natural disasters. The fact is it's nature doing what it needs to do to keep the planet alive.

Sometimes these cycles seem more extreme but only if you are looking for something, like the end!

Emily - posted on 03/13/2011

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According to present day "Mayans" (what there are of them), the calendar ended just like ours does. It doesn't indicate the end of the world, just the end of the cycle. Our world doesn't end on December 31st. It just rolls back around to January 1st, and we start over. Likewise, the "perpetual" calendar that used to be found in the front of all the phone books ends in the year 2050. It doesn't mean that anyone thought that there would be no more years... it just meant that the calendar wasn't counting beyond that point.

Another thing to remember, is that people have been predicting the imminent "end of the world" since the beginning of the world. One notable example was in 2800 BC, when the Assyrians were certain that the world was coming rapidly to an end. Just because someone thinks it will happen, doesn't mean it will. There will ALWAYS be someone who is predicting the end of the world.

Johnny - posted on 03/13/2011

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As the article from the Wall Street Journal specifically states,

"Despite the spate of recent temblors, the frequency of quakes has not increased. Scores of quakes are recorded every day, most too tiny or too far from populated areas to cause significant damage. Since 1964, when a consistent global catalog of earthquakes was created, the annual number of earthquakes has been roughly constant. An average of 17 quakes of magnitude 7.0 or higher occur each year."

Every time natural serious natural disasters or human caused calamities occur in close succession, suddenly a whole bunch of people start shouting about how the end times are coming. They may well be, who knows, but it isn't any more likely that it was the last time there were a bunch of terrible stories in the news at the same time.

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Sarah - posted on 03/17/2011

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I think that the mayan prophecey. I think it's all bull.
The mayan calender was never completed because they had more important things to deal with...exctinction of there civilization.

Sarah - posted on 03/17/2011

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I think that the mayan prophecey. I think it's all bull.
The mayan calender was never completed because they had more important things to deal with...exctinction of there civilization.

Amanda - posted on 03/15/2011

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nope, i don't buy it.... i think it'll end at some point but who knows when. Mayan experts agree that it's just the end of thier calendar, not the end of the world... even the bible says that the end of the world will come like a thief in the night (now seriously, does a thief warn you before he comes????). the world has been "ending" since it began, natural disasters, wars and man made disasters have always been happening. i think the media really plays on this coming of times-end of the world crap so every little thing until dec 2012 will be a huge deal.
as for preparing for the end..... if the world ends and most people are killed and all that is left are ruins, do you really want to be left here to rebuild and pick up the peices? cause i sure as hell don't. i like knowing i can see a Dr, get antibiotics, meds, surgery if need be, asthma medicine, glasses and contacts (blind without 'em). i like running water, electricity, and i sure as hell don't want to be hunting for my food. when the end of the world comes i'll gladly go!

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I don't believe in prophecies. The Japanese had predicted a large earthquake to happen within 50 years ago when my Mum was still young. And she is in her 40's now. Prediction? Naw. Science. They studied the tectonic plates movements from previous earthquake records and knew that a large quake would come, just not so specific on the dates. I also don't believe in 2012. It's that ridiculous movies fault. For crying out loud people killed themselves with that original War of the Worlds advert. 'Tis the same thing in my opinion. Sounds like a bunch of mumbo jumbo to me.

Anna - posted on 03/15/2011

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Katherine Collins .... if u dont mind id like to also take a look at the site you found the myan info on .. but I DO BELIEVE IN 2012 ..... THE END .... JUGDEMENT

Amanda - posted on 03/15/2011

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Nope their calender ends because the start of their calender starts over again. All the dates and days line up correctly for their first year and year 2013.

The earth has 1000s of earthquakes yearly, many go unnoticed, and some are large like Japan, this is natural for the earth, its been going on for 100000s of years now.

Unfor thanks to mass media, we all think there are more natural disasters now a days, but this isnt true! The internet doesnt help at all also, since I noticed the avg human doesnt research information given to them by other people. Ie a spam going around about the dates of 9/11 hati and japan, which apparently add up to Luke passage about the end of the world, but whom ever sent this message out first, either put the wrong date for Hati on purpose to suit their propaganda needs, or really thought they had the right date, but I wonder how many people actually looked the dates up of these natural disasters to realize they dont add up to a Luke passage. (Btw I know 9/11 isnt a natural disaster I guess the OP didnt LOL).

Jenn - posted on 03/15/2011

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Just in case the earthquake stuff doesn't have you freaked out - try this theory for the end of the world. I'm sure there are a million and one possibilities. Maybe we could start our own story and make a cool video. Then we can make a website and sell stuff to help people prepare. We'll be rich off of people's gullibility!

Vegemite - posted on 03/14/2011

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I don't really care if the world ends in 1day or 1 million years. I'm having fun now and if i go out in a bang during some world ending disaster so be it. If the end of the world is destined or ordained then there's nothing we can do about it anyway.

Katherine - posted on 03/14/2011

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Sorry, because I can't get to the next page without posting something. So I just post a period and then I can read it. And yes it's a warning.


*twilight zone music*

Johnny - posted on 03/14/2011

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It's a conspiracy. "They" are trying to stop her from warning us about the end times.

Charlie - posted on 03/14/2011

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Why does it keep telling me Katherine posted and I can't see anything from her ?

Charlie - posted on 03/14/2011

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Yeah I believe at the end of the calender it will start again ....just like ours .

Jenni - posted on 03/14/2011

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Since we've had the technology to determine if an earthquake has altered our planet?

If 30 000 years (the lifetime of humans as a species) is a blink in our planet's history. What would the time we've been able to measure earthquake's effect on altering the planet be? How many of them have actually occured in the lifetime of our planet?



Our modern time *predictions* and theories are more accurate than these anciet prophecies. We have advanced tools and knowledge of science.

Katherine - posted on 03/14/2011

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Oh poo Cathy, ok third. My point is that it's NOT good. And I'm sure there are many others that have altered the planet, just not as MUCH as those THREE. I am tired sorry.

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Second? There were 3 stated in that article!

Quakes have been altering the planet longer than any of us can comprehend. We only now have the scientific knowledge and equipment to study those changes.

Lady Heather - posted on 03/14/2011

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A teensy part of me will breathe a sigh of relief when we pass the "end of time". But if I really believed in this stuff I'd be lying on a sandy beach right now rather than wasting my time in stinky, cold old Prince George.

And if this makes you feel better...
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/topics/...

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That's my thought on the matter :) hee hee hee...

Honestly, I agree with those that said they just stopped making the calendar. My hubby thinks the calendar making guy croaked without training a replacement.

However. we are prepared for natural disasters. We live in an earthquake area, so we always have canned foods stored away along with a few extra jugs (like the water cooler jugs) of water. We also have a lot of batteries and candles along with blankets and some extra clothes for everyone stashed with the food supplies. Everything is also in the garage with our important documents (birth certificates, SS cards, etc.), so in case of a fire or a natural disaster we can get all of it together at once withouth aving to run around the house.

Jenn - posted on 03/14/2011

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I agree with Cathy - it seems extreme because you're looking for something or reading too much into things. It's like when you read your (bullshit) horoscope and go "OMG that is totally right!" Well of course it is because you fit it into reality.

Jenni - posted on 03/14/2011

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Quick answer: Nope.
People have been so sure about the end of the world. So many times. Millions maybe billions of cryptic prophecies have been predicted in our species written history. Only probability allows some of these prophecies to vaguely resemble modern events. Or in some way can be interpreted to correlate with these events.

Krista - posted on 03/14/2011

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Combine Cathy's answer and Jackie-Rae's answer, and you've got how I feel about the whole thing.

Nadia - posted on 03/13/2011

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I would say that i do believe something of epic proportions is happening. I'm not religious or supersticious, but the frequency and magnitude of these recent natural disasters makes me wonder. Could the Mayans be right? Could the Bible be accurate and this is our end of days? Or perhaps Mother Nature has finally had it with us polluting her air and using up her resources. I do feel that every person should be prepared for a natural disaster, cuz you never know, right? But as for the end of the world... well, i think it could just be the end of the world as we know it. Think about if we were hit with a giant earthquake/hurricane/tsunami/volcanic eruption... power would be out so no microwave dinners, no internet, no cell phones... perhaps we would be unable to drive our vehicles to safety.... our day to day lives would be altered forever. And i think this is the big lesson to take away from these events and prophecies- be prepared! do not take life for granted.
There is no doubt in my mind that we could very well have a devistating disaster in 2012... but i highly doubt that the earth will explode into nothingness and cease to exist.

Jascinta - posted on 03/13/2011

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i agree that people get far too worked up over these kind of things. as i said above i do believe that something quite possibly could happen in 2012, but i don't stress about it nor do i let it interfere with my goals and dreams for my life. what would be the point in worrying all the time over something that can't be guaranteed to happen.

Jenn - posted on 03/13/2011

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No I don't. I think it's bullshit and people get crazy about things like this for no reason.

Krista - posted on 03/13/2011

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Of course it makes sense to stock up on emergency supplies, like canned food and bottled water, if you live in an area that regularly experiences natural disasters. Being prepared for the inevitable is different from the hysteria of preparing for the "end of the world." I wasn't mocking your preparedness, Johnny!

Johnny - posted on 03/13/2011

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Has the world not change in a myriad of ways since each and every one of us were born? Borders have been redrawn, ideologies have shifted, the climate has changed, new diseases have been discovered and old ones have been exterminated. The world as we know it is always ending and we get to know a new one each day. I can not express just how ridiculous I find all of these prophesies. There are not words...

Johnny - posted on 03/13/2011

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Change is constant. The world and the circumstances of our existence change on a daily basis. The rate of change may increase or decrease, but we are always experiencing a "new age". Mayan prophesies, Nostradamus, Biblical apocalypses, etc. They are just stories told by people who do not wish to look at the true complexities of what, why and how these changes are really occurring. Political, climatological, geographical, cultural, economic, astronomical forces are constantly changing and altering our existence. This is not supernatural or magical. It is entirely possible to explain each and every one of these changes, including major earthquakes, through science. Most people just don't want to take the effort to bother so they look for easy answers like made-up prophesies.

As for preparing for natural disasters by storing food, water and other supplies. I hardly think that is silly or that one needs to believe in the "end times" to do such a thing. There are all sorts of natural disasters that can occur. Where I live the greatest statistical likelihood is that there will be a major earthquake in the next 25 years. To me it just seems like a basic practicality to be prepared for it. If there isn't an earthquake, then I just have some bottled water and canned food to eat every few years when I replace my supplies.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 03/13/2011

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It’s a new era, a new world from the one we are use to,
In a way the world will end…as we know it to be, but not literately end…
I will look it up and ask a good friend of mine later and post, but it’s a new age we are coming into…..its already begun

Lacye - posted on 03/13/2011

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Eh. I don't know if I believe it or not. I read that the earthquake was partly caused by the moon being so close to the earth right now and it's going to be a full moon so the tides and the fault lines in the earth's core are shifting right now to cause earthquakes. But it does make you sit back and think a little bit. I'm not sure if the earth is going to end soon. Nobody can say exactly when that will happen. If it does, it does. If it doesn't, then people can continue going on being the selfish creatures that we are. :)

Nikki - posted on 03/13/2011

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I don't really believe it however in the last few months and years we have seen some of the worst natural disasters ever recorded. Each incident seems to be worse than the last and the time frames keep getting smaller. It sounds corny but 2012 maybe the end of the world as we know it, I don't necessarily think the world will end but these disasters will have long term effects on our world economy and we will need to find new ways to work together to help rebuild the devastated areas. It's pretty sad that as I sit here with a roof over my head, heating, food and technology that there are countless others around the world who have nothing because of these disasters. It's time to think of others not capitalism and self gain.

Amy - posted on 03/13/2011

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I think the conquistadors and disease just wiped them out before they got to make later dates/prophesies. ;)

I go more on the Bible that says no one knows the date or time that the world will end. If we know it's 2012, that makes me think it's not 2012. If that makes sense.

Rosie - posted on 03/13/2011

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no i don't believe it, but after all this stuff happening i'm starting to doubt myself a teeny bit. we'll see i guess!

Krista - posted on 03/13/2011

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Well, I dunno...the jaguar eatin' up everyone on the planet sounds pretty plausible, so I'm thinking these Mayans know what they're talking about ;)

Seriously, I'm somewhat superstitious (I don't like the number 13, so I'm hoping my overdue baby doesn't show up today lol) but I don't buy into this stuff. I'm pretty sure that we're going to trash our own world at some point, the way we're so careless with it, but I don't think that it's going to happen next year, and I'm not preparing for it. I think it'll be like the big Millennium freak-out all over again, and a bunch of people are going to look really ridiculous the next day when they come out of their bunkers with their canned food and bottled water and realize that the world didn't end over night!

Johnny - posted on 03/13/2011

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Not in the slightest. I don't believe in any of these sorts of fairytales. Great stories, I enjoy reading about them, but I don't think they are any more connected to what is going to happen in my life than Little Red Riding Hood.

I do plan, store, and organize for serious emergencies though. I live on the Pacific coast and earthquakes are a big concern here. We have emergency kits in our cars, including an inflatable dinghy in mine because I work on a low-lying delta island (we also use it on the lake in summer). We store a weeks worth of water, food, cat food, cooking gas, stove, tent, tarps, and lots of other little things. I take that very seriously. Nature is real and the threat is always there.

Prophecies are simply entertainment. Something bad inevitably will occur close to a prophesied time because something bad is pretty much always occurring. If it wasn't the earthquake in Japan, it would have been something else. Think of all the major earthquakes and disasters that have happened leading up to this and will be happening for years to come. It signals absolutely nothing except for the fact that we live on an earth with shifting techtonic plates.

Jascinta - posted on 03/13/2011

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i've believed this for years... and all these happenings are just re enforcing it for me. its not just the mayans that predict this.

http://www.endoftheworld2012.net/

this is the first website i found for information- there may be better ones?

Jodi - posted on 03/13/2011

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Nope. I just think they stopped making the calendar, not that it is the end. Sure, I know a lot is happening in the world, but I don't believe the world is ending. But if everyone else wants to believe that and buy up all the bottled water, go for it. We will have a continual supply in our fridges at work, and I think we make about $2 a bottle, so we'll keep it stocked :D

Brandi - posted on 03/13/2011

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I actually do kinda. I am scared to admit it though. I don't want to think about the Mayans being right in 2012. Because they are pretty much saying the world will end then. I want to imagine my life having many many more years, not just one. So, I try not to focus on it. They may be right... no one knows for sure until that date comes. My advice... just be ready to go in case, but don't panic and don't fret about it. Worrying is not going to stop it if it indeed is going to happen next year.

Desiree - posted on 03/13/2011

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Not so sure if it could be a "prophecy" or if it is just a case of everything has a time.

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