Monday, December 17, 2012

The Mayan Long Calendar ~ End of days?

Many of you know (if you haven’t been living in a cave somewhere over the last century) that the 21st of December, 2012 is the last day of The Mayan Long Calendar, which was created some 3114 years before Christ, and was designed to last 13 b’ak’tuns, between 3114 BCE and 2012 AD. 

Now while many end of days theories abound, whether it be an astroid or a planet colliding with the earth, a massive earthquake causing cataclysmic destruction, the earth being sucked into a black hole, or a monster sun flare torching our beloved terra, it turns out, as luck would have it...there is good news.

The Mayan Elder tribal council disabuses any and all end of world speculations by simply explaining that the panels found in El Tortuguero, (an archeological site in southern Tabasco, Mexico) with their complex Mayan glyphs and astrological numbers, do in fact represent an extended timeline, or a calendar of cycles or eras, and when this calendar ends, it will signify the beginning of a new era, much like the odometer turning over in a car. In other words a new cycle will occur, not the destruction of our planet. 

The Maya call it ‘the great change of Suns’. The coming out of a dark period of their current fourth world, into a new world. The calling forth of a transformation of world cultures, both by humane and spiritual means.
Certainly a spiritual rebirth is a far cry from the catastrophic dooms day prophesied by so many over the years, and I must admit, is a huge relief. After all I’ve got things to do, family to tend to, books to write:)

All kidding aside, and in light of recent events, I tend to embrace a spiritual renewal of our world, and all who reside therein. So whether you will celebrate the Winter Solstice, the birth of Christ, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or choose not to celebrate any deity or sacred day at all, I at least wish you all~ either a subtle, not so subtle, or perhaps even epic, spiritual transformation this coming December 21st! 

Now of course if you are still not convinced the world isn’t coming to end next Friday, then you might be interested in the ‘Apocalypse kit’ they are selling in the Russian city of Tomsk. The kit not only contains food and medicine, but has a bottle of vodka ~ or tequila, your choice:)

And finally...

Interestingly enough while writing my 3rd novel, The Jaguar Sun, I discovered another sacred date in the Mayan calendar ~ December 23rd. According to The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel (Chilam Balam: Spokesman of the Jaguar), Cheen or December 23rd is listed as a sacred day. So what with the cessation of the Mayan calendar occurring in December 2012, it was only natural to align the climatic ending of The Jaguar Sun, around this day of all days...

To celebrate the release of my e-book, The Jaguar Sun, Wild Magick Series, Book Two, this coming Wednesday, December 19th, and the happy fact that the world is not coming to an end, I am running a contest on my blog starting today, Monday, December 17th, to run through midnight of Sunday December 23rd. 

*Simply leave a comment about what the new (Mayan) era means to you. 

**Post your comment either here, or on my Facebook page   by midnight December 23rd, 2012 (with your name and email where I can find you) for a chance to win the choice of a $50.00 Barnes and Noble gift card, or a $50.00 Amazon Gift card, and off course a gift certificate to Muse It Up publishing!

Let the celebration begin!


Kat Holmes said...

I can't wait to read your book. It looks awesome.:-) Congrats Sara.

S. Durham Author said...

Hi Kat!

Thanks for stopping by, I'm also looking forward to reading Frozen and Reflections of Ice!

Cheers, Sara

Julie Lynn Hayes said...

To be honest, I never bought into that End of the World thing. Calendars are man made things, and time is too. Rebirth is something else. One can experience rebirth many times in one's lifetime. In the way that people turn over a new leaf with each new year.

That being said, my rebirth will include writing more, loving my kids, enjoying my friends and my life, and living each day as if it might be the end of the world.

Great post!


S. Durham Author said...

Hi Julie, thanks for coming by! I'm with you on all of the above re: your rebirth list of things to do:) One day at a time and live it to the fullest.

Thank you again for commenting.


Conda Douglas said...

Excellent and fascinating post and like you, I hope this is a beginning of a new spiritual era. I feel like we are past due for new. The Mayans have always fascinated me because they disappeared--has that been figured out why their culture vanished?

And happy ... whatever ... wait HOLIDAYS.

You can find me at my blog or conda then underline then d at yahoo dot com--or facebook message me or wait, I'm all over the place;)

S. Durham Author said...

Hi Conda,

Thanks for stopping by. I think, based on what I've read, that increasing warring between states, expanding populations, and dwindling resources contributed to the slow collapse of the Mayan empires, (over a 200 year span). But there must have been loan survivors, because the modern day Mayan tribes still live and thrive in Mesoamerica today. (see the Shift of Ages link at the bottom of my post)

There is a good article in the August 2007 National Geographic, and I suppose there are newer theories based on more recent excavation of archeology sites.

I agree the Maya are a fascinating culture, and even more interesting is the likelihood that an older culture, the Olmec people, proceeded the Maya.

Yes I will find you, and again nice to see you here, happy holidays to you as well!

Cheers, Sara

Rosalie Skinner said...

Great post Sara,
How many 'end of days' days have there been? Seems they are a popular past time, waiting for them, living through them, getting on with life. :)

My you enjoy rebirth, the holidays, the holy days, :) writing new books, and celebrating the new era with family and friends.

Congratulations on the release of Jaguar Sun.

Karen H in NC said...

Remember Y2K and the big hubbub that caused? I think the same about the Mayan Calendar stuff...just ain't gonna happen. I like the Russians idea of an Apocalypse one and have a party! IMHO, there are just too many good books set for release in the coming months to worry about the end of the world!

Happy Holidays one and all!

kareninnc at gmail dot com

laura troxel said...

I think its just something to get people all worked up. Just like Y2K

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

A fresh start would be nice. Remember how we want to roll back time whenever we are headed for a tragedy like an auto accident or the results of a bad decision? Let's hope people rethink their importance and come up with humility and the ability to listen to the voices of their consciences.

Paty Jager said...

Great minds think alike. ;0) I also had a book about the Maya come out this fall. Could it be we are connected to the Maya calendar in some dark mysterious way?

Your book sounds like a good read. Congrats and many sales.

S. Durham Author said...

Hi Rosalie,

Thank you for coming by! We have survived many end of days prophesies, haven't we?! Well here's to many more:) I hope you too have a peaceful holiday week, and lots of little joys in your world and into the new year.

Cheers, Sara

S. Durham Author said...

Hi Karen H in NC! is that North Carolina?:)

Ah Y2K... As I remember the computers did just fine despite all the panic.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by RTF. Yep my TBR pile is high and near tipping point, I gotta get on it in this next year:)

Cheers, Sara

S. Durham Author said...

Hi Laura,

Thanks for taking the time to come by. I agree hype can translate into cash:) Well except maybe when you an author-LOL

Have a wonderful holiday!

Cheers, Sara

S. Durham Author said...


Amen to that! Hope your holidays bring peace and happiness to you and yours:) Thanks for taking the time to stop by.


S. Durham Author said...

Hi Patty,

Thanks for stopping by! Hmm maybe we are connected, these ideas just kinda germinate in the mind from nowhere sometimes, don't they?

Cool about your book too, I'm going to go check out your site now:) Also wishing you tons of sales too.

Cheers, Sara

S. Durham said...

The winner of a $50.00 Amazon gift card is Paty Jager! (random drawing was done on December 24th) Thank you again to everyone who stopped by and left a comment!

Happy 2013!!!

Cheers, Sara