by Robert Bast
Here is an idea worth considering:
Thousands of years ago humankind
had attained a high-level of technological achievement. They
understood laws of nature that are still unknown to us
today. They explored
Antarctica and mapped the entire globe.
They made monuments that we would have difficulty recreating
with our modern techniques and equipment...
Then tragedy struck in the form of a
global cataclysm. They were not expecting it.
The disaster was so terrible that
most humans perished and many animal species became extinct.
Those humans that did survive were forced to live like animals
while the Earth recovered. Memories faded, and knowledge
disappeared. Society began again from scratch, returning to
pagan beliefs and simplistic lives.
But there were some that survived
who managed to remember their past, that retained some of the
advanced techniques and ideas that others had forgotten - and
had the foresight and dedication to warn future generations of
the next cataclysm.
Knowing that it would be more than
10,000 years before the cataclysm recurred, they had to allow
for certain possibilities: that in the year 2012 we could be
speaking a brand new language, following unpredictable religions
and using any sort of numbering system.
If they were to leave us clues to
help us survive, those clues would need to be big and solid
enough to last 10,000 years; and coded so as to be unambiguous -
regardless of the culture that interpreted them. Some modern
humans, of various backgrounds and disciplines, are working
towards deciphering what they have left us.
We are on the verge of cloning humans, of aping God.
Regardless of ethics and laws, it will happen - for whenever
scientists have had the ability to do something, they haven't
been able to resist - it is in their nature.
On the other side of the coin, when
there are not enough clues to solve a puzzle, when none of their
predecessors have made quality in-roads, they have rattled off
stock answers and moved on to something easier. These unsolved
mysteries are typically of a historical nature - our scientists
have been unable to observe the processes in real-time, and have
chosen not to make guesses.
These tasks have by default been
given to the independent researchers, the untrained
pseudo-scientists, the men and women with imagination, verve and
daring. The rebels.
This book pulls together a number of these mysteries. They all
relate to the potential for a global cataclysm that may be just
around the corner.
Most of the topics are much debated, with radicals and the
establishment taking opposing views.
Is the Sphinx 5,000 or
12,000 years old?
Did the biblical flood
And if it did was it
regional or global?
Did modern man once live in
How was it that separate
ancient societies all had the ability to shift giant
blocks and why did they all build pyramids and
Is a race of "mysterious
elders" involved in our DNA, and our destiny?
We shall look at ideas that have
been endorsed by great thinkers, yet are ignored by the esteemed
scholars of today. The idea of a pole shift had the agreement of
Einstein; the existence of
Atlantis was described by Plato;
global cataclysms were hinted at by Darwin.
And we will see evidence that orthodox science has chosen to
ignore, evidence that fails to fit their precious paradigms.
Artifacts showing human
civilizations existing 100,000 or even millions of years ago.
Proof of a cataclysmic pole-shift 12,000 years ago. And evidence
that is strangely missing, such as the missing links of
Helping bind these topics together I will present some new
information concerning mythical creatures and cosmic rays. And I
shall explain how a global network of monuments was created for
a common purpose - to warn us of our potential extinction.
Hopefully these ideas will spark
enough debate so that the things we treasure, and the species
that we are, continue for a long, long time.
somewhere, May 2001
2. The Mayan Calendar
The Maya civilization inhabited a region encompassing southern
Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize & western Honduras, and
flourished between the third and tenth centuries AD, but by 1200 AD
their society had collapsed for reasons we can only guess at.
When the Spanish conquistadors arrived,
descendants still occupied the area, and still spoke the Mayan
language, but were unaware of the cities their forefathers had
It wasn't until the late 18th century that explorers first
investigated the dense Guatemalan rainforest and came across plazas,
monoliths, temples and pyramids, each decorated with pictures and
hieroglyphs. The ancient Maya had been keeping historical records -
using a script which mixed ideographic and phonetic elements.
Some of their writing still exists on
stelae (stone monuments) that recount civil events and record their
calendric and astronomical knowledge.
Diego de Landa was a Spanish
priest who visited Mexico on a charitable mission, became the
Franciscan provincial of Yucatán in 1561 and is infamous for his
destruction of priceless Maya documents and artifacts.
Although Landa was very interested in the Mayan culture, he abhorred
certain aspects of their practices, particularly human sacrifice. In
July 1562, when evidence of human sacrifice was found in a cave
containing sacred Maya statues, a bout of religious
self-righteousness saw Landa order the destruction of five thousand
He decided that their books were also
the devil's work and saw to it that they were burned, with only
three books surviving. Consequently the majority of Mayan knowledge
and history was lost.
Yet despite his actions, we are also indebted to Landa for his acute
and intelligent opus on Mayan life and religion, Relación de las
cosas de Yucatán (1566), which remains the classical text on
Mayan civilization. This book, which was not printed until 1864,
provided a phonetic alphabet that made it possible to decipher
roughly one-third of the remaining Mayan hieroglyphs.
The most important of the surviving books was what is now called the
Dresden Codex, named after the city
where it was lodged. It is a strange book, inscribed with
hieroglyphs, which no one understood until 1880.
At that time Ernst Förstemann, a
German scholar who worked at the same Dresden library, managed to
crack the code of the Mayan calendar making it possible for other
academics to translate the many dated inscriptions found on
buildings, stelae and other ancient Mayan artifacts.
He discovered that the Codex contained detailed astrological tables,
which calculated the year to be 365.2420 days long, more accurate
than the Julian calendar that we use today. The tables were used
exclusively by the Mayan astronomers to predict the solstices and
equinoxes, the path of the planets in our solar system, the cycles
of Venus and Mars, and other celestial phenomena.
Other information we have today has been gleaned from the
Popol Vuh and
Chilam Balam - books written just
after the Spanish arrived.
The knowledge found in these books and
codices, combined with the uncovering of
mysterious pyramids, demonstrate
that the Maya had knowledge to rival the Greeks and Egyptians.
The life of the Maya revolved around the concept of time.
Priests were consulted on civil,
agricultural and religious matters, and their advice would be
derived from readings of the sacred calendars. Time was of such
importance that children were even named after the date on which
they were born.
Maya math uses only three symbols - a shell-shaped glyph for zero, a
dot for one and a bar for five to represent units from zero to 19.
For instance, the number 13 was
represented as three dots and two bars.
Zero was an advanced concept in those
days, something that the Romans were not aware of.
Yet the Maya were comfortable enough
with it to use a shell as its symbol, a tangible object representing
an abstract concept. The Maya also used metrical calculation and
place numeration, which were very clever for a culture that didn't
use the wheel!
Although they had many calendars, they marked the passage of time
with three cycles that ran in parallel.
The first is the scared calendar known as
the Tzolkin. It combines the
numbers from 1 through 13 with a sequence of 20 day-names. It works
in a similar manner to our named days of the week, and their date
within each month.
So you might have 5-Chikchan (like our
Sunday the 5th) followed by 6-Kimi (as we would have Monday the
6th). After 260 days the same number/name combination will re-occur,
and the calendar starts anew. Their use of the vigesimal (base 20)
numbering system probably relates to fingers and toes, whereas the
13 nicely fits the growth phase of the moon which isn't visible when
new and appears full for two days on end, thus appearing to have a
13 day growth cycle.
Alternatively, the length of the Tzolkin
may be related to the human gestation period of nine months (273
days). It has been suggested that 260 days is the time between a
woman suspecting her pregnancy (she doesn't menstruate) and when she
The second is the agricultural calendar known as
the Haab, or vague year. It
consists of 18 months, each of 20 days.
An addition of a five-day month (a
period of apprehension and bad luck named Uayeb) gives us 365 days,
an approximation of a year. This calendar's primary purpose was to
keep track of the seasons, for seasonal and solar events would occur
on roughly the same day of each year. The Maya were aware of the
annual quarter day discrepancy, but it is not known if they ever did
anything about it.
These two independently running calendars each begin again
every 260 and 360+5 days.
However, every 52 years they coincide:
"The Tzolkin and the Haab ran
concurrently, like intermeshed cog-wheels, and to return to any
given date, 52 years, or 18,980 days, would have to elapse
(because both 365 x 52 and 260 x 73 = 18,980). In other words,
the Tzolkin would make 73 revolutions and the Haab 52, so that
every 52 calendar years of 365 days one would return to the same
date. A complete date in this 52-year cycle might be, for
example, 2 1k 0 Pop (2 1k being the position of the day in the
Tzolkin, 0 Pop the position in the Haab). Fifty-two years would
pass before another 2 1k 0 Pop date returned.
It was expected that the world would end at the completion of a
52-year cycle. At this time, among the Mexica in the Valley of
Mexico, all fires were extinguished, pregnant women were locked
up lest they be turned into wild animals, children were pinched
to keep them awake so that they would not turn into mice, and
all pottery was broken in preparation for the end of the world.
In the event the gods decided to
grant man another 52 years of life on earth, however, a night
time ceremony was held in which the populace followed the
priests through the darkness over a causeway to the top of an
old extinct volcano that rises abruptly from the floor of the
basin of Mexico, known today as the Hill of the Star, the hill
There, with all eyes on the stars,
they awaited the passage of the Pleiades across the center of
the heavens, which would announce the continuation of the world
for another 52 years. When the precise moment came, a victim was
quickly sacrificed by making a single gash in his chest and
extracting the still palpitating heart.
In the gory cavity the priests, with
a fire drill, kindled a new flame that was quickly carried by
torches across the lake to the temple in Tenochtitlan, and from
there to all temples and villages around the lake. This was
known as the New Fire Ceremony among the Mexican, and in some
way this same completion and renewal of each 52-year cycle was
recognized by all Mesoamericans." [i]
[i] Weaver, Muriel Porter. The Aztecs,
Maya, and their Predecessors. (1972) Seminar Press, p.103-4
This is not unlike how the end of the
last millennium may have felt for many Christians or doomsday cult
Our modern Western calendar was first introduced in Europe in 1582.
It was based upon the Gregorian calendar, which calculated the
Earth's orbit to take 365.25 days. This was 0.0003 of a day per year
too much, but still exceptionally accurate for scientists living
over 400 years ago.
The Mayan calendars were derived from those of their predecessors,
the Olmec, whose culture dates back
at least 3,000 years. Without the instruments of 16th century
Europe, these Central American locals managed to calculate a solar
year of 365.2420 days, just 0.0002 of a day short. More accurate
than the Europeans, and much earlier.
It is not known if the Olmecs created
the Long Count calendar, or if they received it from an even
The Long Count
A Mayan date utilizes three
calendars. The third calendar, known as the "long count", is a
continuous record of days that starts over every 5000 years or so.
The current Long Count began in 3114 BC. And it will end very soon.
A typical Mayan date looks like this:
184.108.40.206.6, 3 Cimi 4 Zotz
The basic unit is the kin (day), which
is the last component of the Long Count.
Going from right to left the remaining
unial........1 unial = 20 kin =
tun..........1 tun = 18 unial =
360 days = approx. 1 year
katun.......1 katun = 20 tun =
7,200 days = approx. 20 years
baktun.....1 baktun = 20 katun =
144,000 days = approx. 394 years
The kin, tun, and katun are
numbered from 0 to 19.
The unial are numbered from 0 to 17.
The baktun are numbered from 1 to 13.
The Long Count is a great cycle of
13 baktuns (roughly 5,126 years), where the use of 13 may again
represent the growth of the moon from new to full. The current cycle
began on 220.127.116.11.0 4 Ahau 8 Cumku which correlates to Aug. 13, 3114
In Mayan mythology each Long Count cycle is a world age in which the
gods attempt to create pious and subservient creatures.
The First Age began with the creation of the Earth, and it had upon
it vegetation and living beings. Unfortunately, because they lacked
speech, the birds and animals were unable to pay homage to the gods
and were destroyed. In the Second and Third Ages the gods created
humans of mud and then wood, but these also failed to please and
were wiped out.
We are currently in the Fourth and Final
Age, the age of the modern, fully functional human.
Is it possible that these Ages
referred to evolutionary change?
If they did, then what might
occur when the current age finishes on December 21, 2012?
Note on massive spans of time
Although they are not part of
the Long Count, the Mayas had calculated larger time spans, some so
long that only modern day scientists would ever use them, and
suggesting that perhaps the ancient Maya were aware of something we
have yet to discover for ourselves.
1 pictun = 20 baktun = 2,880,000
days = approx. 7885 years
1 calabtun = 20 pictun = 57,600,000 days = approx. 158,000
1 kinchiltun = 20 calabtun = 1,152,000,000 days = approx. 3
1 alautun = 20 kinchiltun = 23,040,000,000 days = approx. 63
Note on Correlation
This book uses a correlation between the Gregorian and Maya
calendars known as the Goodman-Martinez-Thompson (GMT)
which places the long count katun ending 18.104.22.168.0 13 Ahau 8 Xul
on 14 November 1539 (Gregorian).
Another less popular correlation has the
Long Count ending two days later on Dec 23, 2012, and for our
purposes makes a negligible difference. A further 50 or more
different correlations have been calculated; some by non-academics,
usually based on disputing which similar astronomical events
occurred in which year.
The GMT is generally accepted by
academics because it has been proven with carbon dating, and because
it is still in use by modern day Quiche-Maya
3. Fractal time and the I Ching
10,000 years ago humans began
domesticating plants and animals
500 years ago we invented the
100 years ago we began driving
50 years ago we invented the
30 years ago we landed on the
The speed of change is rapid.
Population, computing power, speed of
transport, the sheer amount of known information, and most other
things that involve humans, are all increasing at an accelerating
The rate at which they are increasing is
increasing. We are all part of it, with younger people thinking
nothing of it, and the elderly commenting on it, but generally
handling it okay. But if we were to transport King Arthur to
modern-day New York he'd most probably pass out from trying to grasp
what was happening. But can it stop, slow down or reverse. No, for
that is not in our nature.
Things will keep changing at a faster rate. Every 18 months the
power of computers double. Soon they will be smarter than us, and we
are already on the verge of cloning humans and close to using
nanotechnology to create atomic size mini-machines. Maybe there will
come a time when the rate of change will reach such a speed that
change is all that will exist.
Various fringe scientists have tried to
calculate this point of infinity, giving us calculated dates ranging
from 2010 to 2050. Dates that many of us will live to see. Perhaps
the date is
Dec 22, 2012.
Ethnobotanists and fractal time experts
Dennis McKenna believe so, and
they present their ideas in
Invisible Landscape: Mind
Hallucinogens and the I Ching (1993).
Their studies began with the
I Ching, which is composed of 64
hexagrams, or six-line figures. It struck them that 6 x 64 = 384,
which is exceptionally close to the number of days in 13 lunar
months (29.5306 x 13 = 383.8978), and that maybe the I Ching was
originally an ancient Chinese calendar.
Further multiples had astronomical
1 day x 64
= 384 days
= 13 lunar months
= 67 years, 104.25
= 6 minor sunspot
cycles (11.2 years each)
67 years, 104.25
= 4306+ years
= 2 Zodiacal ages
= 25836 years
= 1 precession of
The McKenna brothers arrived at the 2012
end date by using fractals.
Starting from a table of differences
between one hexagram and the next, they developed a Mandelbrot
fractal in which each level is 64 times greater then the one below
it. They then laid this fractal pattern on top of a time scale. The
peaks and troughs of the pattern relate to the level of
connectedness or novelty in any span of time, whether it covers a
day, millennia or even since the beginning of time.
By matching the levels of the pattern
with key periods in history, they determined it would fit best if
the end of the time scale was December 22, 2012. This is the only
point in which the level of novelty reaches its maximum, and
everything that happens is new. Change feeds upon itself like nano-machines
converting every atom in the universe into gold.
The final 80 or so pages of their Invisible Landscape (1993)
describe the complicated mathematics and methodology they employed.
A base period of roughly 67 years was
discovered (all calculations are rough, but not
2012 minus 67 years = 1945, a
year of great change
2012 minus 4,300 years (67x64) = 2300 BC, the beginning of
2012 minus 275,000 years (4300 x 64) = the emergence of Homo
2012 minus 18 million years (275,000 x 64) = the height of
the age of mammals
2012 minus 1.3 billion years = the beginning of life on our
About what may happen in 2012 they have
this to say:
"Achievement of the zero state
can be imagined to arrive in one of two forms.
One is the dissolution of the
cosmos in an actual cessation and unraveling of the natural
laws, a literal apocalypse.
The other possibility, the
culmination of a human process, a process of tool-making,
which comes to completion in the perfect artifact: the
monadic self, exteriorized, condensed, and visible in three
dimensions; in alchemical terms, the dream of a union of
spirit and matter" [i]
[i] Dennis J. McKenna and Terence K.
Invisible Landscape (1993), p.188
On top of all this they state that they
calculated the 2012 end date in the early 1970's, long before they
had heard of the Mayan calendar.
And to their credit, the original 1975
edition of The Invisible Landscape makes no mention of the
Maya. If this is true, then it would be prudent to consider their
result as much more than a coincidence, and to take their ideas
Also fitting the model of increasing novelty and the 2012 end date
is the idea that on a sub-conscious level humans can sense a great
Unsure of what exactly to expect, but
nevertheless feeling uneasy, we are doing the best we can to "get
everything done" while we still have time. A last minute desperate
attempt to achieve the peak of our potential. And if we are able to
somehow sense a disturbance ahead, maybe birds and animals will pick
up on it as well.
Maybe in December 2012 the non-human
species will suddenly hush, as they have demonstrated prior to
Note on Precession of the Equinoxes
The Earth spins on an axis,
with the northern end at the North Pole. The spinning action is like
that of a top; and like a top the Earth wobbles as it spins - but
very slowly, with one wobble taking approximately 25,800 years.
This causes the location in space that
the North Pole points at to gradually change. At present it points
to Polaris, the North Star. In 12,000 years time it will be pointing
close to Vega.
As the pole star changes, so does the
position in the sky of all the other stars, relative to our wobbly
spinning Earth. Astro-archeaologists mention the
precession of the equinoxes a lot,
for it explains how ancient stone circles and pyramids have lost
their former accuracy in pinpointing astronomical events. It can
also help determine precisely when these monuments were built.
ancient Olmec (who predated the
Maya) were very aware of this slow precession, and periodically
re-aligned the pyramid at La Venta so that it could maintain its
[ii] John Major Jenkins,
Maya Cosmogenisis 2012 (1998), Bear & Co, page 7
Note on Fractals
Fractal geometry is often called "the geometry of nature."
A fractal is geometric shape that is
complex and detailed in structure at any level of magnification.
Often fractals are self-similar- each small portion of the fractal
can be viewed as a reduced-scale replica of the whole. Building
fractals relies on a repeated formula.
Below is one example of how a fractal
And beside it is an example from nature
- the leaves of the fern are the same shape as the branch, which
itself is the same shape as the entire fern. In nature the depth of
detail is limited; in mathematics the depth is infinite.
Note on Nanotechnology
A nanometer is one billionth
of a meter (3 - 4 atoms wide).
Nanotechnology is the creation of minute
objects, with the ultimate goal of using individual atoms as
building blocks. Some engineers dream of creating self-replicating
nano-bots - tiny devices that create replicas of
themselves by manipulating atoms.
A much quoted worry is that someone will
create self-replicating nanobots that refuse to stop - overnight the
universe could contain nanobots and nothing else!
4. Galactic Alignment
The Mayan calendar and the fractal patterns of the McKenna brothers
are only human constructs, descriptions of our journey through time.
But out in our galaxy there is a giant
wheel revolving - we are actually on a slow wobble and the stars are
just appearing to revolve. This "precession
of the equinoxes" takes 25,800 years to complete one
cycle, and within this cycle we can observe conjunctions in the
heavens between the stars and our solar system.
Ancient cultures recognized four major dates within each year:
They could tell when these dates were
approaching by watching which stars were on the horizon at sunrise
and sunset, and where they were relative to the sun.
If you watched for long enough, for
hundreds of years, then it became apparent that the stars were
moving slightly out of position each year. The star that was due
east at the winter solstice sunset 70 years ago is one degree out
The Greek astronomer
(c. 190-120 BC) is widely acknowledged as the discoverer of the
precession of the equinoxes, yet the ancient Egyptians and Maya were
also aware of it.
Independent researcher (that is, not an accredited scientist)
John Major Jenkins has written a long and involved book titled
Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 which
shows that the Maya not only understood precession, but that their
2012 end-date predicted a special happening in our universe.
Our galaxy has a centre which all the stars take millions of years
to revolve around, and it is located in the starriest part of the
Milky Way, as seen from Earth.
On four occasions within the 25,800-year
cycle our galactic centre aligns with the sunrise of a solstice or
equinox. The last time it occurred was on a fall equinox 6,450 years
ago, approximately the dawn of Old World civilizations.
On Dec 21, 2012, which is a winter
solstice (Northern Hemisphere) this centre will align with our
Sun once more. Jenkins presents a mass of astrological, monumental
and mythological evidence to show the importance of this event for
the Maya, and how their calendar runs out on this day for a reason.
Unfortunately he is not sure what that
His book mentions:
a door into the heart of space
and time will open 
the cosmos will be reborn or
we will reach the Zero Point of
the process - a moment of collective spiritual birth
"Our basic orientations will be
inverted. On the level of human civilization, our basic
assumptions and foundation values will be exposed, and we will
have the opportunity to embrace values long since driven under
the surface of our collective consciousness" 
"On a literal level of interpretation, one supported by many
popular writers, the field-effect reversal that mystics and
futurists intuitively feel occurring on this planet bodes an
impending pole shift, a literal shift in the position of the
Earth's North Celestial Pole, an event that would have
disastrous effects around the globe. I suppose there is not much
we can do about it... I prefer to emphasize what might be termed
a pole shift in our collective psyche. This places the
possibility of successful, positive transformation squarely in
our own hands." 
What will happen?
Maybe the McKenna's flood of
change, a global cataclysm or the dawning of the Age of
Could there be a new age
love-fest in 2012?
Age of Aquarius
No one knows when it starts!
The twelve zodiacal constellations are
of different sizes, and the borders between them are very
indistinct. We will be moving into the New Aquarian Age of western
astrology sometime within the next 200 years. There is no singular
date on which it will happen, just a gradual change.
In the same vein we find hidden in the
fifth appendix of Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 an admission from
"it would be more accurate to say
that the alignment occurs in the era of AD. 2012; because
precession is such a slow phenomenon, fifty years on either side
might be appropriate." 
It appears we must look elsewhere for
the why and how of what may happen.
It is unlikely that the Mayan calendar
end-date coincidentally occurs on a solstice, yet a solstice is only
an annual position within our orbit around the sun - a solstice on
its own cannot change or harm us. I suggest that 2012 is a year that
the Maya always knew of, a year in which a cosmic activity will
affect our planet.
Their choice of December 21 to end the
calendar on was chosen only because the winter solstice is the
gloomiest day of the year, and the most appropriate day to form
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Cosmogenisis 2012 (1998), Bear & Co, page xlvii
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& Co, page 30
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& Co, page xlvi
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& Co, page 329
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& Co, page 330
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& Co, page 361