The Promise of the Mayan Calendar: Curtis McCosco Explains the Significance of 2012
Everyone’s heard that the end of the world is near, right? December 21, 2012 is the supposed end date.
Curtis McCosco addresses this in a short web video called 2012: New Beginnings (produced by COSMc Productions).
McCosco explains what’s really behind the significance of the ancient Mayan calendar, specifically the date December 21, 2012.
Mayan Beliefs: Transitions From One World to the Next
McCosco explains that December 21, 2012 is not the end of the world as has been expected from contemporary society’s misinterpretations of the Mayan calendar. This date signifies for the Mayan the start of a great transition period “in the grand rhythm of the cosmos,” a transition that will be difficult for us, but necessary in order to move on to a better world.
According to Mayan beliefs, there have been four worlds: fire, earth, air, and water. We are soon to be transitioning from our present world of water to the sacred world of space.
The Great Mother and the Sacred Healing Place
In 1932, contemporary science identified the center of the Milky Way Galaxy as super-massive black hole that all stars in the galaxy—including our sun—revolve around. The Mayans recognized this center of what they named The Great Mother as a sacred place.
This sacred place was known as the entrance to the Mayan underworld. It was extremely important, and even used in Mayan astronomical configurations. This sacred place in the center of the galaxy was also noted by the Mayans as a healing place, and a place where society itself is centered.
The sun has been gradually approaching the alignment with the center of the galaxy, or the sacred healing place. On December 21, 2012 at dawn, the sun will rise and unite with this sacred place, thus marking the transition from the world of water to the world of space.
The Promise of the Mayan Calendar
The Mayans believed that our world view and world system would no longer work well, which is why this period of transition is important. We are already experiencing this gradual transition: McCosco points to the recent global financial crisis and the numerous ecological disasters as significant to this difficult period.
The Mayans believed that our society will emerge a new world, one where our views are more inclusive and integrative. McCosco explains that this new world and new society will take control of their own fates, become stewards of the planet and the biosphere, and become stewards of their own destinies.
And this, McCosco says, is “the promise of the Mayan calendar.”