2012 is sometimes claimed to be a year of spiritual transformation (or
). Many esoteric sources interpret the completion of the thirteenth
cycle in the
(which occurs on
by the most widely held correlation) to mean there will be a major change in world order, although there is a distinct lack of evidence from the extant records of the
that they themselves considered this occurrence in 2012 would signify the
end of the world
Accordingly, several eclectic authors claim that a major, world-changing event will take place in 2012:
- The 1995 book
The Mayan Prophecies
linked the Maya calendar with long-period sunspot cycles.
- The book
2012:Mayan Year of Destiny
claims the Maya may have been instructed in their wisdom by discarnate entities from Orion and the Pleiades. Contact was maintained through shamanic rituals conducted in accordance with the movements of planets and stars.
- The 1997 book
The Bible Code
claims that, according to certain algorithms of the
, a meteor, asteroid or comet will collide with the Earth.
- The book The Nostradamus Code speaks of a series of natural disasters caused by a comet (possibly as above) which will allow the third anti-christ to disperse his troops around the globe under the guise of aid in preparation for a nuclear war.
- The book The Orion Prophecy claims that the Earth's magnetic field will reverse.
- The 2006 book 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl by
discusses theories of a possible global awakening to psychic connection by the year 2012, creating a
. It also discusses many other aspects of the 2012 phenomenon from a neutral perspective.
Other prophecies and apopolyptic writings and hypotheses for this year include:
] Astrological predictions
predicts a point of
in which humankind will go through a great shift in consciousness.
Prophecy of the Popes
, attributed to
, speculated that
Pope Benedict XVI
would reign during the beginning of the
spoke, and sometime later a future pope described in the
as "Peter the Roman", the last in this prophetic list, would appear, bringing as a result the destruction of the city of
spiritualists and philosophers ("new-agers") believe humankind will enter an age of enlightenment in 2012.[
] There are a range of varying, generally positive, beliefs shared by a subset of spiritualists from the mundane to exceptional -- including a positive social shift and age of peace, mankind becoming psychic and connected by a collective, and/or an evolution of the human race into non-corporeal beings made of "spiritual" energy, or light energy.[
] An alternative view is that we are already thought-forms (see also
) and will be realizing our true selves in this year.[
- Some alien-enthusiasts, along with some new-agers, believe 2012 to correspond approximately with the return of alien "watchers" or "caretakers" who might have helped the first human civilizations with developing their technology and may have been waiting for us to reach a higher level of technological and/or social advancement.[
] Beliefs range from the extra-terrestrials having benevolent purposes -- such as to help human society evolve -- to malevolent purposes -- such as enslavement of mankind and/or manipulation.[
- The ascetic Buddhist monk
Ram Bahadur Bomjon
reportedly told his followers that he will return around 2012.
- Some proponents of a
catastrophe place major events in 2012.
Richard C. Duncan
The Peak of World Oil Production and the Road To The Olduvai Gorge
claims that the
will begin and permanent
will occur worldwide. Several studies predict a peak in oil production in or around 2012.
Several authors have predicted a special astrological/astronomical alignment between the Galactic center in the constellation of Sagittarius, the Winter Solstice point, and the constellation of the
. Factually, the coincidence of the Winter Solstice point (due to the
of the Equinoxes) and the galactic center is basically true.
However, the opposition of the Pleiades is not true. The Pleiades are located in the constellation of Taurus, and lie at an angle of about 150 degrees to the Galactic Center. The Pleiades would have to be located in the constellation of Gemini to be close to being in opposition, or a 180 degree angle.
of the stars in the Pleiades Cluster is such that they moving across the sky relative to Earth. This takes place quite slowly as seen on the human time scale. Three million years ago the Pleiades were seen near the constellation of Cassiopeia. Three million years in the future, they will appear near the feet of Orion. This is easily validated using freeware programs such as Move A Star
, which allows one to seen the proper motion of stars over an extended period of time.
The Pleiades have never been, and never will be, in 'opposition' to the galactic center as seen from Earth.