According to astrologers and astronomers, the Sun, the Earth, and the center of the galaxy are going to line up in 2012. It seems that this event is the basis for the December 21st, 2012 date. If it was just the Mayan calendar that predicted this, I wouldn't think much of it. For one, it would seem to me to be just another specific, yet unique point in time. But considering there are so many other prophecies about it around the world, I find the subject more interesting. As it turns out, the Mayan prophecies aren't even the oldest. One popular theory on what will happen is a pole shift, where the north and south poles of the Earth reverse. Doing so suddenly would cause massive destruction. I got to thinking about it, and I began to wonder if moving past the Sun and the massive black hole at the center of the galaxy would cause the magnetism of the planet to reverse. Much like how opposites attract. What if in our current position with the north pole being north and the south pole being south reverse once we move past the center point in December 2012? Think of taking two magnets and putting them together. If you put the norths near each other they repel each other. But if you move one around to the other side and put the north towards the south, they will pull themselves together. In the case of the planetary poles though, the planet wouldn't suddenly repel away or move towards the Sun or galactic center, it would simply be forced to flip its magnetic poles in order to maintain its normal orbit. The planet would then presumably begin to spin backwards too, much like Venus currently does now (Venus' poles are currently reversed). I think the planet's poles flipping and the Earth suddenly starting to spin backwards would certainly explain all the predicted earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and any other sort of natural disaster chaos.
What's interesting to me though is how many different prophecies there are about this time period from ancient cultures around the world. I considered the idea that the planetary alignment predicted for December 2012 has shown up in different cultures simply because all that is necessary is an understanding of astronomy or astrology. If you know that, then you can calculate where a heavenly body will be at any given point in time. So in other words, maybe various cultures simply pointed out that unique position of the Earth and Sun at that point in time. And people that had never met each other were able to point out the same event simply because it's true and they knew how to calculate it. Maybe all the doomsday predictions are just modern fantasies attached to that unique date. But, not all of the prophecies are based on astrological calculations. The Sibyl for instance saw visions and uttered her prophecies while she was in a trance. Her prediction of a doomsday time wasn't attached to a specific date either, but it was predicted for a time period during which the 2012 date would occur. If nothing else, it will be interesting to see what does or doesn't happen in 2012.
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